When M.J. Boyle, the blogger behind , decided to build a small home to live in after her kids graduate from college and move out of her house, she went all in. It took 15 months of hard work, but when she finished her tiny Sherwood, Oregon abode was the definition of guest-approved: It has a spare bedroom for sleepovers and a full kitchen for home-cooked meals.
Not convinced? Perhaps the fact that Boyle hosted Thanksgiving this year will change your mind. (It was a gathering for two, but still.) The wooden countertops offer plenty of space for chopping and prepping, the relatively large appliances (hey, a four burner stovetop ain't bad) means she can cook and store food with ease, and the deep sink provides tons of space for washing dishes afterwards. However, our favorite part might be the wine rack that shows off a very full collection.
And just in case one of Boyle's guests has one glass too many (or one of her kids wants to stay at mom's for the night) she has a second sleeping loft. When not in use by guests, the space is a cozy reading nook. We don't know about you, but we'd gladly curl up in that space with whatever book everyone's touting as the new Gone Girl. While Boyle still has a little bit until she moves in full-time, she plans to use it as a writing studio and occasional getaway until then.
Take a look: