Another amazing Norwegian house

18 Jan

I find it really interesting that two individual house tours can end up with exactly the same tags (vintage, Norwegian, wooden house, reclaimed…) yet the overall style of the homes can be so very different. While last week’s house was all about fresh, effortless elegance, today’s has a striking rustic look, with battered dark wood, artistic clutter and a worn-in homely feel.

I love them both equally, but differently. Maybe I could have last week’s as my main home and this one as my weekend escape! Which do you prefer?

Everything inside the house feels like it’s been there forever, but the building (an old rectory) was almost completely derelict when the owners bought it, and all the materials and fittings were painstakingly sourced from reclaim yards and architectural salvage specialists all over Europe. The fireplace is a mish-mash of various antique French surrounds, cleverly pieced together.

Another themed picture wall for me to ponder over. This one’s made from paintings and sketches collected from San Francisco flea markets where the couple lived for 25 years before moving back to their native Norway.

This bedroom looks so warm and cosy, though even the hippy in me recoils from a bed made from straw bales *shudders at the thought of the dust*

{all Trine Thorsen via Sköna Hem}

I don’t even know where to start with this amazing bathroom! I adore the colourful turtle tiles, the enormous beaten bathtub, the bird etchings on the walls, the shell panel curtain… even the house plants which are normally one of my pet hates actually look lovely in here.

I have such admiration for people who can pull together creative chaos like this… it’s so much more difficult than it looks!

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4 Responses to “Another amazing Norwegian house”

  1. Madeleine January 20, 2012 at 00:14 #

    Yes, stunning, and the bathroom is really original. I’d imagine the “creative chaos” has evolved over time because it looks authentic not forced. I really prefer that to places that are trying too hard and look contrived.

  2. Michelle January 19, 2012 at 22:55 #

    Amazing! That chandelier in the first picture is gorgeous. I think I might have this as my weekend home too. I don’t think my boyfriend could handle the gorgeously disheveled look as much as I can.

  3. Elizabeth January 18, 2012 at 13:13 #

    Creative chaos? I love it. I’ll have to pin some of these to my pinterest boards. Thanks for sharing.x

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