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Bookworm Cabin: A Pine Home Away From Home in the Forest

Bookworm cabin view

If you had your very own vacation cabin designed to maximize your reading enjoyment, how could you ever leave? “The Bookworm Cabin” is exactly what it sounds like, a home away from home surrounded by peaceful natural scenery with interiors that prioritize plenty of bookshelves and natural light.

Designed and built by its owners, Bartlomiej Kraciukand and Marta Puchalska-Kraciuk, the 377-square-foot cabin is located about 31 miles outside Warsaw, Poland. The couple took inspiration from both the forest and nearby sand dunes for the design, which features a dramatic sloping roofline.

Bookworm Cabin exterior

While being immersed in nature is enough for some people, interior designer Puchalska-Kraciuk wanted to make sure she wouldn’t get bored.

“I just loved staring at this landscape – but how long can you do that for?” She told Dwell. “Maybe longer if you are indoors facing a big window, sitting on a comfy chair. Still, how long can you endure this? That’s when the idea to fill it with books came in. That way one can sit, stare, and have a reason for it – the reason being reading a book.”

Bookworm Cabin shutters

Bookworm Cabin interior

The Bookworm Cabin features a pine and spruce exterior and one wall that consists almost entirely of glass doors and windows, with two enormous shutters that can close to protect it when the owner aren’t there. The 16-foot ceiling lets light stream into both the main level and the loft. The cast-iron wood stove, an Iwaki model by Invicta, acts as a focal point inside – at least, if you can tear yourself away from the views.

Bookworm Cabin kitchen

Pine was used throughout the interiors as well, even in places you might not expect at first glance. The custom-made pine plywood cabinetry was “hand-impregnated” with micro cement to give it a unique finish. See more photos and get additional details at Dwell.


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