John Muir once said “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” In what is both a fitting and fortuitous coincidence, Ashley, the blogger behind Hither & Thither shares a surname with the esteemed American naturalist and owns two homes—both on streets named for pine trees. The second of these homes is a recent addition, a stunning A-Frame cabin located two hours from her family’s home-base in Davis, California. The home does double-duty, functioning both as a rental property and as a retreat for Ashley’s family on holidays and weekends.
“Getting outside is of course one of the primary goals of having a cabin in Tahoe,” Ashley notes, “but it was important to us that the cabin feel like a retreat—both for us and for the guests to whom we rent it out Decoration is naturally kept at a minimum by the sloping A-frame walls, but we tried to add special touches where we could. The space is a rental, so we needed hard-working, but affordable pieces that could stand up to wear and improve with age.”
Although Ashley was inspired by an American rustic sensibility, she wanted to make sure to steer clear of any decorating cliches. Inside, a simple monochrome color palette keeps things minimal and uniform, while natural materials like light-toned woods lend the space an overall feeling of warmth. Take a peek at the full space below!
“We love how cosy and calm it feels inside the cabin,” Ashley says, “especially when you wake up and see the light starting to come through the trees outside.”