Inside a Tiny House in the Forest With a Tea Room and Indoor Swing

updated Jan 17, 2021
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Credit: Mike Belleme

A tea room, 18-feet high ceilings, and an indoor swing are just a few of the amenities in a particularly charming tiny house nestled in the forest of Swannanoa, North Carolina. The tiny house, appropriately titled The Nook, is described as a “collection of stories”—stories of “cultural and personal history, ecology, and craft.” Suffice to say, The Nook certainly has that fairytale cottage feel. 

The Nook belongs to photographer Mike Belleme, who enlisted the help of design studio Shelter Collective to construct the tiny cabin. According to the cabin’s Airbnb, every aspect was woven, shaped, or whittled by hand. The 400-square-foot house, while relatively small, is mighty. A kitchen, a living space, a bathroom, a sleeping nook with a queen bed, and two loft spaces—one for entertainment, another for tea time—make up the interior of the bright and spacious home. 

Credit: Mike Belleme
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Whites, rustic light browns, and blacks make up the color scheme of the house, evoking a warm natural feel. The indoor swing, situated in the living space, is placed right in front of large windows. In the tea loft (because every tiny house needs a tea loft, obviously), circular cushions are flanked on both sides of an ebonized oak table. In the cozy bed nook, a mountain landscape painting by a local artist is adorned on the walls, giving The Nook even more of a natural feel. 

All in all, the tiny house is bright and airy. That brightness can, of course, be attributed to the large windows and a transparent sliding glass door that leads out to The Nook’s deck area. The exterior is made of shiplap cypress siding (Joanna Gaines would so approve) and also features elements like black walnut and local lumber. To learn more about the space, visit The Nook’s Airbnb. Perhaps a visit is in order once the pandemic is far behind us.