Denise Hopkins is an architect with a serious and long-term love of nature, modern design, health, food, and wine. When she’s not designing, gardening, or out exploring nature, she’s writing about the incredible power of our natural world in design.
Whether you’re pimping out a camper or downsizing into a tiny home (maybe even with wheels!), efficient design matters. The main considerations when decorating a small space are simple: look for...
While you might not notice it immediately, this family’s private summer cabin was designed to mimic a series of tents.
We’re a country obsessed with privacy—or a lack of it. But that doesn’t mean you have to shut yourself in a bunker whenever you go on vacation.
Retreats are about getting away from the stress of our digital, hyper-connected life. But that doesn’t mean you have to rough it.
You know that cabin you’ve been dreaming about building? Well, maybe you should go ahead and break ground.
Massive windows, sheltered decks, and rooftop seating are all features you might expect in a house that celebrates nature. But sliding glass walls and slatted wood screens aren’t exactly standard.
This Volga Dacha, located in the country outside of Moscow, is one of the best examples we’ve seen of a simple, efficient four-person home.
How do you build an energy-efficient home on an island that’s 20 miles from civilization—and electricity? Let’s just say you’ll need some creativity, and a lot of time.
When you only have 150 square feet to work with, you better understand efficient design.
The Janda Baik forest in Malaysia is a great place to be active, with its backpacking trails and mild climate. But it’s an even better place to be inactive, especially if you can hole up inside this...
Rocky slopes. Powerful winds. Mercurial weather. Those are some of the challenges architects face when designing a home on the wild shore of Fosen, Norway’s outer coast.
This retreat on San Juan Island in Washington is set in stone. Literally.
Almost every feature of this Lake Superior cottage is remarkable. First, let’s talk about its location, perched atop a granite bluff overlooking the lake.
Like the prow of a ship, the roof of this 1,290-square-foot cabin glides over the retreat’s sliding glass walls.
This cabin on Lopez Island, Washington was built in homage to the area’s striking natural beauty.