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Step into Innermost House, a rustic reminder of ages past

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As soon as you enter a log cabin, you will feel the calming effects of the natural surroundings. The simple way of life encourages family and friend conversation. These rustic retreats are known for their back-to basics lifestyle.

We will be taking a tour of Innermost House, located in the coastal mountains north of California. This home was built and designed by lifestyle experts Diana Lorence and Michael Anthony Lorence to create a space for reflection and discussion. Take a look at this tiny floorplan which covers approximately 13.4 square meters (144 square feet).

Innermost House is situated in a beautiful woodland. The location is perfect, with aged trees all around and gorgeous rolling hills to the rear. The views are breathtaking and immerse you in nature. The exterior is finished in rough-sawn boards of redwood, which blend perfectly with the surrounding environment.
No log home is complete without a place where you can sit and enjoy the natural surroundings. The porch of Innermost House faces south, allowing for plenty of natural light to filter through the trees. 

In Innermost House we find the main space for living: A simple and elegant living room that measures approximately 77 sq. ft. (7.2 sq. m). The sitting room, which is tastefully furnished, celebrates the art of conversation. Two comfortable chairs are placed in the perfect way to engage in conversation. 
Innermost House’s walls are finished in plain white lime plaster that is applied by hand. The non-linear wall finishes add a sense of timelessness to the home, giving it a classic feel throughout. The stick construction is post and beam. The frame of the house is a feature throughout the entire home.

This cozy and peaceful space, away from the noise and pace in the city, is ideal for quiet, reflective conversations.
The fireplace is raised slightly in a brick hearth that projects into the room. Innermost House has no electricity, so it uses a simple kettle to heat water. The fire is the only source of heat for cooking, a gentle remembrance of a simpler lifestyle.
Watch the light shafts pierce the room as the day turns into night. Innermost House has no electricity and is lit by candlelight or fire. This is so elegantly gorgeous!

Innermost House has a gorgeous 12-foot cedar ceiling (3.7 meters). The use of natural, simple materials makes this house effortlessly beautiful, whilst the care taken to render the wood neat and plain is in keeping with the nature of the house – simplistic and mindful. 
The kitchen in Innermost House has been kept as simple as possible. The kitchen is elegant and functional, with only a few cabinets to store the few appliances needed.
The deep sink is the focal point of the kitchen. It makes it easy to wash vegetables and clean large fire pans. The taps have a beautiful design that is also functional. 

The bathroom of Innermost House has the same modesty and simplicity as the rest. The owners, who use very little, have installed a conventional sewer system. This is a practical and sensible solution to an ugly problem.
The living room features a large bookcase wall, with carefully selected books which represent the spiritual nature of the house. It is a delightful opposite to the fireplace and serves to perfectly finish the sitting room.

The study of Innermost House is hidden behind the bookshelf. This quiet space must be ideal for those who love to read, write, and reflect.

The sleeping area is located in the loft, and can be accessed from the sitting room by a small staircase. 
Innermost House is all about simplicity. The bedroom is a comfortable, uncluttered sleeping space. 
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