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"My wife recently sent me a photo of this small home...without a description or an explanation. She knew it didn't need one. I looked at the photo for a long time and felt the weight of a hectic life being washed away. The stack of article layouts on my desk disappeared. The coast-to-coast travel schedule pinned on my wall 4 photo shoots in a two week span was no longer there. The political chatter on the radio, which had driven me toward madness on the ride in, no longer mattered. The small board-and-batten clad cabin...evoked a wave of peace in me. I have seen "tiny" homes before, but none struck me in the way this one did."

— Rob Yagid, Editor-in-Chief, Fine Homebuilding Magazine

"It's really an amazing story!"

— Newell Turner, Editor-in-Chief, House Beautiful Magazine

"Innermost House is so small it fits into a narrow space between standing oaks. Yet it captivates our eyes. In a forest, without electricity, you might imagine a wild life of hundreds of years ago. But her humble house creates an atmosphere that is more intellectual than modern commercial buildings and as solemn as shrines. "Innermost" means "the most internal part" or "profound"...It is as meaningless

to speak about the numerical size of her house as it is of measuring the size of space in the human mind. Diana's life is our dream."

— Takamura Tomoya, Simple and Free in a Ten Square Meter House

"Sometimes you come across something and it makes your heart beat a little faster, your hope grow a little stronger, your love grow a little deeper, your belief a little firmer, your passions a little fiercer. It moves you. Changes you. Revives you. Uplifts you. This is one of those things."

What New Mystery Is This?

"The Lorence's dwelling in the northern California woods embodies simplicity at its finest."

— Yahoo Homepage

"The other day I found a real intense peace sitting in front of this fire... There is something almost unbelievable about Innermost House... But Innermost House is real. Now it’s a few days later and I’m still trying to pin down what makes Innermost House so special...the deep peace... The light... Freedom from outside, worldly distractions... The simplicity... The fact that Diana and Michael have lived this type of life for seven years makes their personalities and conversations a part of that secluded and secret atmosphere. The back to basics that we all crave. I can’t really explain Innermost House but there is something there (spiritual, refreshing, unexplainable). No way to nail it down and no way to really capture it..."

— Kent Griswold, Owner/Editor, Tiny House Blog

"Perhaps the most intense Tiny House I’ve ever come across is Diana and Michael Lorence’s Innermost House."

— Yule Heibel's Post Studio

"When I first saw Michael and Diana's northern California home, I felt I had stepped back in time. But the longer I stayed, the more I felt the place really defied time. Diana says you enter timeless time here, and without the distractions of modern life, it's easy to forget about everything but the moment. It reminds me of something Emerson once wrote, 'We ascribe Beauty to that which is simple, which has no superfluous parts, which exactly answers its end, which stands related to all things.'"

— Kirsten Dirksen, Founder/Editor, Faircompanies

"When it’s Christmas or my birthday, I ask God for a present...something like a cool drink for my soul, a restorative for my inner condition. In so doing I came across The Innermost House; and that was my Christmas present from God, the restorative for my soul, with the ability to re-orientate me towards my right north star, the direction my life is headed...starting with the inner life and allowing that to work outwards so that home becomes an expression of meaning...Beautiful. Just beautiful."

— Penelope Wilcock, Author of The Road of Blessing, in "A Gift of God"

"INNERMOST HOUSE: a 'concentrated life' of simplicity and conversation..."

— Kiplinger, "10 Tiny Houses You'll Love Big Time"

"...I had the opportunity to meet a lovely woman who embodied a simple lifestyle...I was impressed with this woman and her husband who elected to live a prayerful, meditative and uncomplicated lifestyle... What would that be like to live so simply?"

— Cheryl Floyd, Publisher, Natural Awakenings Magazine

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