Mother Earth Living


In Quietude: A Simple, Healing Mountain Cottage

Denise Franklin lives happily in 280 square feet designed to nourish her soul.



Clematis covers the entryway trellis. Denise plants flowers that attract hummingbirds to the pots on the porch.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Denise feeds herself all summer (and beyond) from her garden, where she grew carrots, beets, garlic, beans, peas, potatoes, lettuce, basil summer savory, dill, tarragon, lemon sage, thyme, mint parsnips, kale, cauliflower and more.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Architect Henry Yorke Mann calls the central living area "the quiet and soul of the home."
Photo By Stuart Bish
Open shelving is built into the walls' structure. Denise enjoys light from the south, west and north as she cooks.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Architect Henry Yorke Mann designed a simple, spiritual home for Denise Franklin.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Denise sleeps on a "shelf" above the front door. "I think my shelf is my favorite part of the house," she says. "I'm transported when I go there."
Photo By Stuart Bish
Tucked off the living space, the kitchen provides ample room for Denise to entertain.
Photo By Stuart Bish
The house is built of local lodgepole pine. The ventilated, insulated double metal roof reflects heat away from the house during the hot Okanagan summers.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Friends gave Denise the wasp's nest, which she displays as art.
Photo By Stuart Bish
The vaulted ceiling's skylight bathes the home in light.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Denise stores canning supplies in a 100-square-foot root cellar.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Tall ceilings and ample shelving make Denise's home feel more spacious.
Photo By Stuart Bish
Clematis covers the entryway trellis. Denise plants flowers that attract hummingbirds to the pots on the porch.
Illustration by Andrej Galins

















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