I was looking through the beautiful portfolio of architect James F. Carter recently and came across an unusual project: a small vacation cabin in the woods of Sewanee, Tennessee.  Sewanee is a picturesque small town in middle Tennessee where the University of the South (often referred to as Sewanee) is located.

An Alabama couple who had met at the University of the South and wanted to create a family vacation compound on land they had acquired near the school asked Carter to design a small guest cottage for the wooded property. Inspired by a log house on the University of the South campus, Carter decided upon a log-cabin design. He found a pair of log cabins in Ohio that dated from 1840 and had them disassembled and moved to Sewanee. There, he used the wood from those 19th-century log cabins to create a cozy cabin that looks as though it has been on the Sewanee site forever.

The exterior of the rustic cabin, made from salvaged materials:

I love that the photos were taken in the fall so we can see the colorful foliage in the surrounding woods!

The cabin’s interior is the smallest space Alabama-based interior designer Tammy Connor has ever been asked to design. She used a subdued palette, lots of texture, pretty fabrics, and English antiques to create a cozy and inviting retreat.

The large open space housing the living room on one end and the kitchen on the other end:

Beautiful exposed wood walls and rough hewn beams:

Pretty details in the kitchen:

The mudroom:

Love the painted floor in this hallway/library:

The loft bedroom area is accessible only by ladder, as there was no room for stairs:

A refined master bedroom:

A small bedroom:

A cozy loft bedroom:

The inviting enclosed porch:

Wouldn’t this cozy cabin be the perfect place to enjoy the fall foliage?

If you would like to see more of James F. Carter’s work, please take a look at the elegant Birmingham home featured in my earlier blog post here.

Photos are from Veranda and the architect and interior designer’s portfolios.