When you think winter cabin, the first image that comes to mind probably involves heavy wooden beams, a roaring fireplace and sparse, conservatively drawn windows that won't let in too much of a draft.
A portrait of insularity, if you will.
Which is great for staying warm but awful for taking advantage of another thing that snow-covered landscapes lend themselves to: views.
Guesthouse (6 images)
Enter the private Board + Batten guest house done from Birdseye Design, which can be found in Plymouth Notch, Vermont. Could be seasonal bias, but it seems to us the picture-perfect embodiment of the Northeast’s winter charm, done up here in metal and glass instead of the standard timber and stone.
Metal guesthouse (4 images)
Outside, you get the air of a Japanese tea house, with a peaceful landscape both under snow or afoot bursting spring bulbs. Inside, Brooke Michelsen design has cultivated a high-end aesthetic that makes elegant use of the social, open floor plan. Cool-toned floors and walls are contrasted with custom woodwork and chunky, evocative objects like the Eames Lounge Chair (which just topped our ode to leather chairs) and heavy pendant lights.
And don't worry — it's still packing one helluva fireplace.