Category Archives: rural

Mountain cabin in Reineskarvet, Norway

Pretty spring colours are everywhere, so fresh and bright, or alternatively delicately pale pastels, Easter decorations, flowers, summer fashion, blah blah blah. When the rest of Europe is packing away their merino thermals, up north Easter is when the ski season actually gets going.

This cabin is in a fantastic location in Norway near Ål, in Reineskarvet, only a short hop from the ski resorts Hemsedal and Geilo, and another short hop from Finse. The entire plateau is a true Disneyland for cold weather adventurists, and it has played a big part in  many polar expeditions; Scott’s ill-fated South Pole expedition trained in Finse, and many present day adventures have started here (our Greenland trip included). Hardangervidda’s fierce weather provides ideal training conditions for such adventures, with blizzards, extreme cold and high winds a normal occurrence during the winter months.

What better place to build a cabin, I say. The mountain hut is located at 1100 metres with huge panoramic windows giving these incredible views of the mountains and surrounding wilderness. Outside and Inside it is clad with aspen, lovely light pale wood that is soft to touch and has great acoustic properties. A neat 124 square metres houses five bedrooms, a bathroom, a sauna and a huge open plan living space. I’d happily have winter all year long if I could live here.

via Hytteliv, photos by Sveinung Bråthen

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Concrete House in Lagnö, Sweden

Happy Friday! I could not sleep last night for all the BIG PLANS. Here’s today’s house porn, I shall wait while you pick your jaw off the floor…

This concrete wonder is in Lagnö in the Stockholm archipelago, and it is the handiwork of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter who are famous for reinterpreting traditional structures in a way that makes you go slightly weak at the knees. From the road, you see a concrete wall. On the other side facing the sea, a swimming pool and a sprawling partly glass covered veranda, massive floor to ceiling teak windows and a view to the sea. With a rather modest 100 square metres it manages to look discreet and not like a cold war mausoleum. Inside, it’s Artek-tastic. I love it. Can someone get a message to the owners that I would like to be their friend and come and live here? Please?

Featured in Residence magazine, styled by Lotta Agaton.

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Farmhouse in Österlen, Sweden

I discovered Elle Decor Country in a WH Smith in Stansted Airport on our way to Finland last month, this magazine is a-grade house porn and it gave me much joy during another painful Ryanair flight to Tampere. It is impossible to pick your favourite house, but this one is a strong contender. An old gabled farmhouse in south-west Sweden belonging to Maria Åström, who inherited the house from her parents, and her husband, artist Sam Stiggson. It is full of stuff, and it looks so lived in, and loved in, instead of being styled within an inch of its life. Shot beautifully by the Stockholm based photographer Jonas Ingerstedt.

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Restored log cabin in Dalarna, Sweden

Still steadfastly resisting the unrelenting progress of spring, I am drawn to this gem of a house in Dalarna province in Sweden.

One of the most famous symbols of Sweden, the dalahäst, is originally from Dalarna province. These small painted horse statuettes carved from wood have been around for centuries, they were children’s toys crafted by travelling woodcutters from wood scraps using only knives. The men would stay in these simple log huts in the forest, away from their families, and carving toys by the fire was a way to pass the long dark winter evenings when no felling or transporting could be done. Wood carving used to be a very common skill in rural Scandinavia, and log scraps were made into spoons, bowls, cups or toys.

This house was renovated from such 19th century single-room log house in Tällberg. The owner, a plasterer by trade, knew his way around concrete and stone and with the help of an architect, created an utterly modern house nestled in the snowy forest. I love a design which dares to be extraordinary. This house has its origins in one of the old one bedroom woodcutters cabins, to which more square metres have been added. There is the open plan living room, the raw concrete joining beautifully the darkened, aged logs from the old cabin. And then when you think ‘ooh this is a lovely cosy house’, you enter the concrete hamam complete with moroccan tiles and a view over the snow covered lake Siljan. Blown. Away.

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via Lantliv 

 

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