Perfect Guest House Clad in Wood and Glass by Marc Canut

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When most of us think of a guest house, we probably think of a small cottage, tucked away at the edge of a property, one just large enough for a couple of guests to stay a few days; this guest house by Marc Canut, however, is inviting enough that you’ll want to linger. The long rectangle is edged in walls of glass, letting sunlight bathe its interior and affording a great view. On the edge of the perfectly-sized pool is a surprise: a deck of wood, rather than stone, concrete, or tile, for a cozy feel that harmonizes nicely with the green surroundings. Entertaining is easy outdoors, with an al fresco table and chairs all set for a feast — perhaps prepared in the streamlined kitchen with its handy white-and-wood workspace.

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But even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the indoor dining area faces those wonderful windows… giving you a great view without battling the elements. And indoors is a very pleasant place to be in this guest house. A soothing neutral palette of gray and white, softened by abundant wood grain, stretches from the living room’s plush seating to the bedroom pillows. Small touches add fun: handy built-in storage above the bed, a perfect space for that nighttime novel — and a large print of a lime on one wall. You’ve got plenty of storage space in this “cottage” as well: from bookshelves in the living room to cabinets in the kitchen and closets tucked inconspicuously behind white doors. In this winsome design, Marc Canut has realized a cozy place with openness and privacy, fun and functionality.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).