Gorgeous Details Turn This 19.6-Ft. Tiny Home Into a Modern Rustic Masterpiece

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When creating the coziest, most welcoming ambiance inside a home, you can't go wrong with old-school Scandinavian aesthetics. Modern accents and fresh ideas were infused into a classic barn-style interior for a unique, memorable experience. The Shetland is a modern rustic work of art in an unexpected location, proving that traditional home nostalgia is universal.
Tasmania makes you think of exotic retreats, wild adventures, and untamed nature waiting to be explored. This is why it seems like an unusual location for a traditional farmhouse-style tiny home; yet, this is what makes The Shetland even more striking: this vibrant, red-colored beauty was custom-designed and built for customers who wanted to recreate the homely ambiance of a rustic abode with Scandinavian aesthetics. The result was a remarkably cozy house on wheels that also met the highest comfort levels expected of a contemporary vacation home.

Folks at Artisan Tiny Homes are truly experts in both craftsmanship and interior design. The homes they build have strong personalities and showcase impressive attention to detail. Nothing is basic or left to chance; each detail builds upon the others to enhance the overall style and, ultimately, comfort. As the future owners requested, The Shetland is profoundly rustic style-wise yet modern in terms of amenities.

The compact frame (a six-meter/19.6-foot length coupled with a 2.4-meter/7.8-foot width) reveals a simple layout with one loft bedroom and an open-concept ground-floor configuration. This cozy nest is designed for no more than two guests, which keeps it intimate, cozy, and even romantic. The bold, striking exterior hints at the barn-style aesthetics due to the classic red-and-white color scheme. On the inside, however, The Shetland becomes much more mellow and relaxed: a calming, neutral-tone color palette with lots of white, natural wood, and light pastel green takes over.

The Shetland Tiny Home
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For a not-so-big tiny, The Shetland is wonderfully luminous and airy. The farmhouse-style windows were one of the key elements in achieving this unique look. The oversized window that takes up almost an entire wall ensures spectacular panoramic views while amplifying luminosity. The lounge itself is quite small, more like a relaxation nook than a standard living room. A rustic bench by the window becomes the perfect spot to relax while taking in the gorgeous natural view. The fireplace nearby is the perfect addition to keep things toasty and deepen the rustic vibe.

The middle section of the home masterfully combines rustic and contemporary accents. The gorgeous farmhouse sink, the tapware, and the custom-made cabinetry are full of vintage charm; the asymmetric countertop, with a section doubling as a minimalist breakfast bar, is strikingly contemporary. The tiled backsplash and traditional-style windows look amazing together, creating the perfect backdrop for this eclectic mix of vintage and modern elements.

Since it was meant to operate as an Airbnb, The Shetland is less focused on appliances and storage. Its adorable kitchen is big enough to incorporate an oven, a cooktop, and a mini fridge, while the full-size closet is meant as a half-wardrobe, not a pantry. The staircase leading to the loft bedroom is another eye-catching contemporary accent. It's neither a traditional staircase nor a basic ladder; it's a hybrid item combining the compact frame of a ladder with the comfort of a staircase, plus the perk of integrated storage. This hybrid fixed ladder saves a ton of space compared to a conventional staircase, yet it's also much more comfortable and practical than a simple ladder. It also comes with a minimalist timber handrail for extra safety.

The Shetland Tiny Home
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Instead of bulky overhead cupboards, this tiny kitchen features expansive windows that flood it with natural light. A couple of floating shelves offer additional storage while fitting perfectly into the rustic farmhouse aesthetics.

Behind a sliding barn-style door, The Shetland hides a remarkably stylish bathroom. It's important for Airbnbs to have attractive, well-equipped bathrooms, and this one is beautiful. It comes with both a modern shower cabin and a classic bathtub – which is remarkable for its size category, and even sports two windows instead of one. The tiled shower and the vintage-style vanity in pastel green add a wonderful rustic touch to this otherwise luxurious bathroom.

Although small and simple, the loft bedroom has its own surprises to share. This is not a loft that will impress with its spaciousness or built-in furniture, and there is no safety barrier either. However, everyone will be delighted by the whimsical circular window above the bed, flanked by two generous, opening skylights. It's a beautiful way to create visual interest and depth while enhancing functionality. Both rustic and contemporary, this room also comes with power points on both sides of the bed, while the English-style wallpaper is a gorgeous, unexpected touch.

The Shetland Tiny Home
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Designed and built in the magical Tasmania, The Shetland is a modern rustic masterpiece that would look good anywhere, brimming with timeless charm. Australian builders are mostly known for their fresh, cool take on tiny house design, which makes this vintage-style gem even more unique and a lesson in old-school coziness.
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Otilia believes that if it’s eco, green, or groundbreaking, people should know about it (especially if it's got wheels or wings). Working in online media for over five years, she's gained a deeper perspective on how people everywhere can inspire each other.
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