Dan Pauly and his company, The Rustic Way, design and construct small buildings that could be from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. Each building is built with naturally weathered, reclaimed wood. They're designed to be asymmetrical, with a windy chimney, and angled roof. Every building also comes equipped with two windows, and a front window box for bonus whimsy.
Pauly's family emigrated to the US in the 1800s and have a long history of woodworking. In fact, several barns built by his ancestors are still standing today. This connection to his past is one of the reasons Pauly uses reclaimed wood.
As I uncover an old barn or shed, I realize that it could be the same lumber that my great-grandfather used more than 100 years ago. I think that respect for the craftsmen and craftswomen of the past, and for the wood they used, make a difference in each new piece I create.
The buildings are amazing, and functional. The Rustic Way currently offers garden sheds, playhouses, guest cottages, warming houses, saunas and outhouses. Each is wired for electricity, and both windows open. For those of us who want a bit of enchantment but can't afford the price tag, they also offer birdhouses and squirrel feeders on their website.
Daydream about whimsy and enchantment while looking at the photos below.