Author of Chasing Slow and founder of the homeschooling co-op Other Goose, Erin Loechner is a writer, speaker, and product designer, among other talents. Her work has been showcased in the New York Times, Parenting, Dwell, Huffington Post, and on a two-season HGTV.com web special, garnering over one million fans worldwide. She has spoken for and appeared in renowned international events for clients such as Walt Disney World, IKEA, Martha Stewart, and Home Depot. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, Erin, her husband, and their two kids strive for less in most areas except three: joy, grace, and goat cheese.
After welcoming an infant son in a whirlwind adoption, our existing guestroom was transformed into a nursery overnight. Never one to shy away from a challenge, we toyed with the idea of a room addition when my woodworking husband asked: “Why don’t we just build a whole guest house?” And so we did. The structure is right off the deck, parallel to a renovated sunroom and adjacent to our main home, so it’s fully integrated into our existing outdoor space. When the bi-fold doors are open, the guest house becomes an extension of our deck, which is perfect for dinner parties and backyard BBQs. When closed? The space transforms into a private retreat for guests who want to visit long-term, or a simple, secluded home office (my husband and I both freelance from home). As is often in life (and decorating!), what we set out to create became so much more than we’d imagined. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out. – Erin Loechner, designformankind.com