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Le Shack

I read this story in the New York Times about Isabel Marant’s little shack up in the French countryside (via Emily). I love that it is 30 minutes from the city and it is a pretty simple set up ie: it doesn’t have any running water, just water pumped from a spring. I would love to put something together like this outside San Francisco. If it was something really simple I wonder how expensive it would be? It looks like heaven. (It reminds me a little of this.)

photo by Adrian Gaut

  1. lillie

    August 31, 2011

    sweet! reminds me of the Tumbleweed Houses based in Sebastapol ( — and the “World’s Tiniest Hotel” (, which is also nearby!

  2. Lesley

    August 31, 2011

    it looks divine! what else do you need in the country but a little place to spend time with the ones you love?


  3. Amy | Flowers for Wedding

    August 31, 2011

    EDEN! great idea to have one next to the city… I don’t know much about willing to spend a weekend on spring water… but it sure looks lovely!!

  4. mandy

    August 31, 2011

    manalive! me too!

  5. Cecelia

    August 31, 2011

    My parents have a similar set-up in Western Washington near Mt. Ranier. I think the key bit that caught my attention about this shack in France is that it has an ice box and a way to get water (plus a river you could *possibly* bathe in). I know I loved my parents’ cabin growing up, but as I got older I resented how much work it was keeping the food cold, and filling up many, many plastic jugs with water before we left. Those and cleanliness were the biggest things that kept me from enjoying it into my teens. But up until age 12 or so, I thought it was perfect! I’m sure your boys would adore a place like this!

  6. nichole

    August 31, 2011

    This is exactly what I want. Simple and smack in the middle of nature. Sigh …

  7. Joan

    August 31, 2011

    I’d love something like this too, but running water and electricity are a necessity. Otherwise, it’s too close to camping, and that’s just too much work!

  8. Nichole

    August 31, 2011

    That sounds heavenly.
    I’m in Sacramento…maybe we could do a shack time share. 😉

  9. rebekka

    August 31, 2011

    That is to die for!!!

  10. Sarah

    August 31, 2011

    My husband and I have been wanting to do this outside of San Francisco, too. Perhaps it’s smart to buy a tiny piece of land and build something collaboratively. Maybe we could find 10 friends, Jordan! Just a thought. Unfortunately, land here is so expensive.

  11. bj

    August 31, 2011

    Oh, my gosh…I want this sooo bad. How great it would be for the spirit and soul.
    xoxo bj

  12. joyful.mara

    August 31, 2011

    I love this! Thank you for sharing! I am very inspired to create something like this outside of Seattle.

  13. Sarah @ Designsgood

    August 31, 2011

    That’s awesome! It would be so much fun to have a little place like that … just buy a little patch of land in the foothills and build a little shack!

  14. Yolanda @ Milk And Freckles

    August 31, 2011

    This place is lovely and reminds me of the summer cottage I visited in the countryside of Sweden. This would be an amazing place to just be still.

  15. Amy

    August 31, 2011

    I love this place. That is where I want to run away and spend Labor Day!

  16. cozette

    August 31, 2011

    So beautiful! I think it’s important to take a break from electricity, indoor plumbing, computers! It gives a chance to be curious, breath and experience the world, and nature, in a different way. We have a little place like this – a simple cabin in Maine on a hillside. I recommend it.

  17. Carol

    August 31, 2011

    This looks like a dacha. A garden shed that becomes a base for weekend shack-camping. We saw them all over when we took the train from Prague to Berlin. You will need a creative landuse lawyer to do this in the greater Bay Area.

  18. Kacie

    August 31, 2011

    Wow. That makes me dream a little dream…. so perfect and simple. If you had the property it would be really easy!


  19. Hannah @ Smith+Scout

    September 1, 2011

    I would love this! It’s like luxury camping- I need solid walls!

  20. Lea Andrew

    September 1, 2011

    Absolutely Darling! Doesn’t seem like it would cost too much? Land would probably cost more!

  21. Sarah

    September 1, 2011

    Wow, the idea is very romantic and in a way would be lovely, but I wouldn’t be able to visit there longer than a weekend. I love my running water haha.

    – Sarah

  22. april mae

    September 1, 2011

    bay area has very strict laws about tiny houses. they are pretty much illegal–boo!

  23. Val

    September 1, 2011


  24. Inka

    September 1, 2011

    In Finland everyone owns a shack like this. In finnish it is called a mokki and they have no running water just a pump of fresh water. Most have electricity. The toilet is an outdoor toilet but people don’t care the whole point is spending your whole summer with family going in the sauna and swimming in a lake (most are situated on a lake or near a lake with a communal dock). It is seriously heaven :)

  25. Kate

    September 1, 2011

    Looks AMAZING… also I loved reading the comment above about Finland too. I think Europeans have us beat in this regard!

    Kate (giveaway today!)

  26. Kelly

    September 1, 2011

    I read that too and salivated at the lushness and riverside location. I have that dream here in the Bay Area too. The real estate here is so dang picked over, but I keep feeling like a bunch of people could get creative and make it happen.

  27. Susan Hazel

    September 4, 2011

    I love this. I think it’s so important to have a place the helps you reconnect with nature and decompress from city stress. I love this little shack.

  28. Jessica

    September 4, 2011

    I think this looks fabulous, and if it were somewhere close outside of the city, it would be the perfect escape from life. But I’m not sure if I’d want to give up the running water… so maybe just a little bit of modern in moderation? 😉

    JB @

  29. kate

    September 10, 2011

    While looking for places in and near SF, I found a couple of mid century cabins near the city for under 200K in/near Cazadero. See

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