From my urban-Swedish position I continue to examine the trendification of the countryside. Here’s another fresh and inspiring example. An urban career couple with a nice Stockholm apartment stumbled upon a very rickety, even dilapidated, timber cottage from the year 1792. It was in the beautiful countryside region of Hälsingland, and so their four-year adventure began to make the decrepit place a homey home.
The entire interior of the old cottage was dismantled and fixed by using traditional methods and materials. The couple also endeavored to add traditional patterns and forms from the district, e.g. the rugs below, woven by grandma. The chairs in the dining room are newly manufactured after old model and has been painted with linseed oil according to the district’s tradition: grey frame and black seat.
The city pair became a family running their own business in a rural area. They have now the house of their hearts, a fixed point in life with great comfort. And may I add, with great style. I fully understand projects of this kind! And it’s great to see trendy interior styles be applied to, and created in, beautiful countryside houses.
| story – and all images, by Anna Kern for, – SvD |