Weekend Cabin: Creekside Cottage, Santa Rosa, California

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The 1920s cabin outside Santa Rosa, California, had some challenges. The windows were small and the setting was forested and located along creekbed, all of which reduced the light. So San Francisco architect Amy Alper didn’t mess around: She added a large L-shaped living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, brightening the space dramatically and giving the house a living green wallpaper.

Photo: Eric Rorer

Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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