In the wake of the economic crisis, Carmella and her family decided to take stock of their lives, to live simply, to live smaller, and to live better. They moved to Wyoming, embraced the fresh scenery, and planned a 665-square foot cabin perfectly suited for their small-living dreams.
Planning such a small home to suit the needs of five people wasn't easy, but all the thought and love that the family poured into it meant that they had a chance to truly evaluate their priorities. In Carmella's words,
Our jewel-box dwelling began coaching us in simplicity, even as a sketch on graph paper. It gently guided us in tailoring our possessions to include only the dearest-held and the most-loved. There would be a place for the old oak rocker that my husband remembers as a boy in the bunk house of his family’s Montana ranch; there would be a nook for a writing desk (because there surely would be writing); there would be a drafting table in the loft for the boy who cartoons, and a place for an electric guitar and amp for the boy who plays; there would be shelf space for collections, a hook for grandfather’s hat.
When I recently found Carmella's blog, I was so impressed, not only by their amazing story, but also by just how well thought-out and how spacious the cabin seemed. Even though it's less than 700 square feet, it seems light, bright, comfortable, and open.
For more lovely photos of the completed cabin, some "before" shots, and more of the family's inspiring story, visit Assortment.