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In 1929, Vir­ginia Woolf wrote about “a room of one’s own.” Al­most a cen­tury later, Jackie Nay­lor took that idea a step fur­ther.

“I’d just re­cently taken up pot­tery and I wanted to have a pri­vate stu­dio for my­self,” she says. “That’s how the whole con­cept of the house evolved.”

With that stu­dio in mind, in­clud­ing the de­sire to have ex­tra room for vis­it­ing guests, Jackie reached out to Michael Grant of Mod­ern Rus­tic Homes in El­li­jay, Ge­or­gia, to get started on the de­sign of her bunk house-meets-cre­ative space.

Lo­cated a half mile up the road from the Nay­lors’ main res­i­dence (a “clas­sic, rus­tic log home,” ac­cord­ing to Grant), the bunk house has a dis­tinctly con­tem­po­rary feel — a sur­pris­ingly fit­ting aes­thetic for the moun­tain set­ting. “I re­ally wanted it to con­trast and com­ple­ment our log home while cre­at­ing some­thing that would work with

the rus­tic set­ting,” Jackie ex­plains. “To do this, we cre­ated a straight-for­ward de­sign with a lit­tle edge. It re­ally is the best of both worlds.”

Step in­side and you’re in­stantly greeted by a sooth­ing mix of clean, con­tem­po­rary lines and a well-bal­anced use of space. The vaulted ceil­ing helps to make the limited square footage feel much grander than it ac­tu­ally is, while cool, gray tones through­out keep the in­te­rior from feel­ing busy or clut­tered. Tri­an­gu­lar clerestory glass was in­stalled to the left and right of the fire­place to keep the space bathed in nat­u­ral light through­out the day. Smart built-in units con­ceal kitchen ne­ces­si­ties, linens — even the tele­vi­sion. “The cab­i­netry units are com­pletely packed full, but you’d never know it,” says Jackie with a laugh.

In ad­di­tion to the main liv­ing space, the fin­ished cabin fea­tures two bunk rooms, a bath­room and an open sec­ond-story loft with ex­tra pull­out beds to use when more vis­i­tors come to stay. “There’s no fur­ni­ture up there, so it’s just an open, mul­ti­func­tional space,” says Jackie, adding that it’s the per­fect spot for in­door yoga when the weather’s not co­op­er­at­ing.

Her most beloved spot, though? The well-planned pot­tery stu­dio that was her in­spi­ra­tion from the get-go. “Michael had the idea to put in the glass garage door down there so I can see the view of the moun­tains and feel the fresh breeze while I’m work­ing,” she says, adding the space feels ex­tremely spa­cious de­spite its size. “It’s just a lovely place to be.”

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The back porch adds more than 600 square feet of space to the cabin. Half of the porch is open while the other half is screened-in, fea­tur­ing swing­ing beds made by Jackie’s hus­band. “The views and the moun­tain air are amaz­ing,” she says.

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