Swivel Interiors by Board & Vellum


Board & Vellum

Interiors: Swivel Interiors

Contractor: Dowbuilt


John Granen




Eastern Washington, U.S.A.


Pair of cabins located in the rolling hills of Eastern Washington designed by Kathleen Glossa of Swivel Interiors in collaboration with Board & Vellum.
Designed for clients who desired simple dwellings for their expanding family and frequent visitors, everything needed to be a mix of low key and welcoming. An old barn on the property dating back to the 1890s was taken down and its siding salvaged so it could be reclaimed as a material for the spline wall that divides each identical cabin down the center of the dwellings. Built to last, the builder, Dowbuilt, took great care to miter the wall corners to ensure the same board continues on each return.

Approximately 900-square-feet each, the cabin’s locally sourced, durable material palette includes salvaged wood, exposed plywood, concrete flooring, metal siding and tin roofs among other materials. Inspired by the client’s energetic and outdoor-loving lifestyle, the cabin’s interiors are hardy and low maintenance while still exuding a good dose of a spirited and eclectic cabin-cache. Colors used were inspired by nature.

Throughout, authenticity was a must—materials and furnishings were sourced from a mix of family collectibles, vintage stores and selected new quality, multi-generational lines. Each cabin has a wood burning stove to gather around. All of the cabinet hardware, bathroom accessories and drapery hardware were custom crafted by Black Dog Forge. While the dwellings have under-counter fridges and coffee machines, the focus on meal time is at the main house or one of the impromptu barbeques.

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