Inspired cabin escape Simple materials shape a stylish cabin getaway in Northern Washington state Finding the right spot "We looked at about every nook and cranny in Methow Valley," says Andy Maloy of his search, with wife Sarah, for a quiet site on which to build a streamlined, budget-friendly retreat. They eventually found it in a 2½-acre parcel near Winthrop, Washington. Pinterest Creative cost-cutting Fir plywood gives this home a warm look for less than standard wood paneling. The metal wall grids neatly hide the rough-cut edges. Casual kitchen Thrifty choices in this kitchen include a mix of open shelves and laminate cabinets. Smart trade-offs Limiting the number and size of windows in the bedroom and elsewhere helped offset the cost of a large opening in the main living space. Room with a view The sliding doors provide access to the deck and the forest views beyond. Small space–big living By keeping the materials simple and the layout of the 860-square-foot cabin uncomplicated, the Maloys ended up with a clean-lined, warm home that serves as a jumping-off point for skiing, fishing, and mountain-bike excursions. Design: Tom Lenchek, Balance Associates Architects, Seattle (206/322-7737) Floor plan The open floor plan groups cooking, eating, and hangout areas at the front of the house, near the deck. The resulting laid-back flow adds a sense of spaciousness. Get the look: Cheap seat Promote shoes-off habits―and a cleaner home―by placing a bench near the entry (Norden solid-wood bench, $70; 133/4 by 59 by 173/4 in.; ikea.com). Get the look: Floor show Jazz up a neutral room with a geometric-pattern rug (Zumi rug in brown, from $199 for 4 by 6 ft.; crateandbarrel.com). Get the look: Light fantastic Give your dining area an industrial-chic air with a metal pendant lamp (Progress Lighting Model P5094-13, $69; 16-in. diameter; homedepot.com). Get the look: Hug a tree Or at least rest your glass on one (Natural Tree-Stump fallen-cypress side table, $229; 121/2 by 19 in.; westelm.com).