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Would You Live Simply in this Sugar Magnolia Tiny Cabin?

This is the Sugar Magnolia tiny cabin on a foundation at Blue Moon Rising which you can actually vacation in if you want to.

On the Blue Moon Rising property, there are 14 cabins on site (and growing). This seems like a great place to visit for small house living inspiration, doesn’t it?

But for now, let’s focus on just one of their little cabins on site… The Sugar Magnolia. Here it is…

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Sugar Magnolia Tiny Cabin for a Simple Living Vacation


Images © Blue Moon Rising

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As you walk up the lane here at Blue Moon Rising and pass the Phoenix building, Sugar Magnolia comes into view. Themes of river life are woven into the decorative features of both the exterior and interior. A natural stained board and baton were used as exterior trim and cedar decking boards were used for the entrance porch. Inside, as in many other waldens, heart pine has been used for both the floor and trim work accenting the straw plaster finish on the walls.

Learn more: Sugar Magnolia Tiny Cabin at Blue Moon Rising

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Kelly Libert
    August 26, 2014, 3:51 pm

    Nice use of space. It looks comfortable for a short vacation.
    Is there a bathroom behind the ladder?

    • Paul
      August 26, 2014, 5:59 pm

      The bathroom is to the right (as you look at it in the photos) of the downstairs bedroom. Confirmation by picture outside back of the house shows vent on left hand side of picture which equates to right hand side as you see from inside.

      OK, maybe, for a getaway place but, I like to lounge around on a couch and there isn’t one, and doesn’t really appear to be the space to include one due to the layout of the construction.

      • Alex
        August 27, 2014, 1:30 pm

        Thanks Paul!

      • Nysha
        August 27, 2014, 1:36 pm

        If you only needed one bedroom, you could turn the loft into a lounging/TV area. Or use the loft as a bedroom, move the kitchen into the bedroom area, then the front half would have room for a couch.

        • Jane
          November 29, 2016, 8:04 pm

          I like the idea of moving kitchen/dining to downstairs bedroom and making a living space with a sofa, maybe a pull-down desk. Would love to see the bathroom, though.

  • DFallis
    August 26, 2014, 4:25 pm

    I love it. It has that homey/comfy look to it and I love the interior decor. Great place to visit or live.

    • Alex
      August 27, 2014, 1:32 pm

      I agree 🙂

  • Martha
    August 26, 2014, 7:24 pm

    The dinette seats look very uncomfortable. I think I’d replace the entire unit with a small round table & a couple of chairs. I’d also want a couch or even a recliner chair for sitting around.

    • Alex
      August 27, 2014, 1:28 pm

      Good ideas Martha 🙂

  • Justin
    August 27, 2014, 1:19 pm

    Squeeze a small bathtub in there and I’m set!

  • Ruth Vallejos
    August 27, 2014, 1:38 pm

    This is a cabin! To me, the definition of a cabin is: a large portion of the floor space is devoted to sleeping. Also, I like that this cabin is not a little house. Much much simpler. That said… I would find the dinette uncomfortable as I am on the tubby side. If the room were dominated by a table, and a fireplace, that would be wonderful!

  • Sue G
    August 29, 2014, 3:51 pm

    love this design. Looks very cozy and with a bedroom on the first floor, will suit us elderly needs. the loft can be for visitors and or storage.

  • Martha F.
    November 21, 2014, 11:08 am

    I think I would remove the dinette entirely and find a sofa or love seat to fit in that bump-out space. I would have a coffee table in front of it and use it as a dining table, computer table, etc. I think there are great possibilities for living in this cabin.

    • Becky Holm
      November 30, 2016, 3:06 pm

      I love the idea of a love seat with coffee table in front of it… one of those tables that lift to eating height would be great!

      (ps… i accidentally hit the report button… nothing to report but good will!)

  • Comet
    November 21, 2014, 11:29 am

    As a cabin this is very cute—for full time everyday living–not so much. What others have said plus–that closed in bedroom is adorable for–kids. Not so for us older people with creaks and midnight bathroom needs. IF as it looks the bed is stuffed into the room to the walls changing it would be a challenge too. That could be photo angles tho. Also not a fan of booth type seating–for me not having the ability to do the “side ways shove” means–no booths for me!

    Do love the cut out details on the planks around the loft bed–here in the Adirondacks we often see houses and cabins with cut outs on the shutters–pine trees; crescent moons and stars are common.

  • Kaleb
    November 21, 2014, 11:43 am

    The one exterior shot has snow. And I scrolled down to see if there was a wood stove just to warm this visually for me. Did I miss it? Don’t think I’d want to get away during the winter time otherwise.

  • Bill Burgess
    November 21, 2014, 11:57 am

    Very Odd Alex…The exterior is one cabin, the interior is another. Can’t change roof pitch and style if you want to fudge the look of the space.

    • Paul
      November 22, 2014, 7:17 am

      Sorry Bill, but it is one and the same. External pitch is straight but internally it is what we call Dutch Dormer. Pop on over to their website and see. It isn’t the only one like that, also Skyeia cabin is done similarly.

      I double checked the windows… they are identical so it isn’t 2 different units. But… in your defence, yeah without doing comparisons it does indeed look that way.

  • LiLi
    November 21, 2014, 10:59 pm

    To Phyllis Hirshorn – Unplug & Live. Wi-fi is not healthy.

  • Larry
    November 29, 2016, 5:56 pm

    Very nice layout. What I like about the structure is that you can modify the room layout to meet your demands. Sweet!

    • Natalie
      November 30, 2016, 10:17 am

      Great layout! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Lee
    December 5, 2016, 4:17 pm

    I didn’t see a stove or fridge.

    • Dick
      December 29, 2017, 4:54 pm

      Their website says each cabin has an undercounter fridge and a NuWave cooktop. In this case, I think the fridge is under the counter that extends from the front wall (on your left as you enter), and the cooktop is probably stored in a cabinet.

  • Marsha Cowan
    July 23, 2017, 12:22 pm


  • AVD
    September 12, 2017, 5:31 pm

    The exterior design is quite appealing. But there is an enormous amount of “wasted” floor space on the main level because of the way the floor plan works. The photo, looking down from the loft, seems to prove the point that too much floor space is devoted to nothing but circulation.

    The kitchen is too small for the size of the unit and the work flow is just plain bad.

  • Scott
    September 12, 2017, 11:01 pm

    Agree with previous posts about the dinette layout. Would be awesome if the benches could move to make a long seating bench or transform into a bed.

  • Paula
    December 29, 2017, 8:33 pm

    Ugh…awful. That is nothing more than the floor plan of an RV. That bed would be a nightmare to make and there is nothing comfortable about a dinette. Not for me…..and I live in an RV.

  • Clare
    December 30, 2017, 12:08 am

    I like it!
    Yes, I could live in this one. It’s delightful.

  • Dee Gerber
    December 30, 2017, 5:00 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this cabin. Being in a wheelchair(but still ambulatory), the only change I would think about making is the doorway by the ladder–and only to make 32″. SIGN ME UP!!!!

  • Gerald Mingus
    February 3, 2018, 7:22 pm

    They have some very nice units. I looked into them quite a while ago. I thought it might be cool to try out, however their prices are through the roof. If their prices were a bit more in line, I would seriously consider it. They still send me emails. I guess I’ll just wait and see if something changes.

  • CJ
    March 10, 2019, 12:47 pm

    Love the layout. This floorplan is similar to our home but for two differences, 1) we can walk all the way around our full size bed and 2) no dinette. In the empty area shown in the picture, my husband and I have lounge chairs and a TV.
    Based on the photo of the bedroom if they had a smaller size bed could you walk around it?

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