Scandinavian Cottage Makeover

Discovering beautiful homes is always a pleasure for me and by some nifty law of attraction they just come my way! This one was a lucky find that I can’t wait to share with you guys! It is a super sweet cottage in the wild woodlands of Norway, beautifully transformed by designer Siv Brenne. And on a budget too!

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The owner -Brit- had purchased the tiny (500 sq ft) cottage partly due to its location, on top of a hill surrounded by forests, partly  due to the charm of its interiors. Although the original paneled walls felt too dark and heavy for such a small house, there was plenty of potential in its architecture. Realizing she needed help transforming the interiors, Brit enlisted designer Siv Brenne and with a carefully chosen color palette, a few gallons of paint, old furniture and cherished family heirlooms, the transformation is stunning!

This is a partial view of the kitchen before, with dark blue and red trim. Not that bad, considering those modern pulls and pine flooring but the heavy colors had to go. Taking inspiration from the outdoors and from Brit’s vision of a harmonious, calming space, the designer decided to bring in soft blues and greens, and a few warming beiges. Plenty of natural wood grounds most of the rooms.

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And the kitchen after! Loving those butcher block countertops and how open, yet warm, this space feels with the lighter palette.

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Here’s the bathroom before. Again, nothing terrible except the colors.  With a few small, well thought out changes this bathroom became…

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…a totally different bathroom! A cute skirt covers under sink storage and amps up the cottage feeling. Since space is an issue, upper cabinets were removed and replaced with a standing corner cabinet that offers plenty of storage for toiletries.

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The master bedroom before…Ughhhh!!! No charm there!

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And the master after!!! It goes without saying that artwork is a must in any bedroom…

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A close-up of the pretty roll-up Swedish blinds! Easy and effective.

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This was the guest bedroom before, with bunk beds and an interesting, hopefully faux, hide.

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And the after! I think this room has changed the most. It looks layered, warm and, without the bunk beds, grown up. If the adorable nightstand looks familiar, you’re right. It’s from Ikea.

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I also love the blue/gray contrasting trim, reminds me of Steven Gambrel’s Sag Harbor …

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There are no before pictures of the living room/dining area so these pretty afters must do.

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In the living room, Siv reused some of her client’s old furniture and other pieces inherited from her family. They work beautifully and I particularly have my eyes on that checkered wingback.

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In the dining area a comfortable bench and wicker chairs offer plenty of seating options.

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That fireplace looks gorgeous!!! Cold nordic days by the fire…

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{And here’s Brit, happy with her pretty cottage!}

The only space in the house where the paneling was left in its original color is the entry way. The natural wood reflects the  outside and makes a warm welcome to lucky guests!

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I hope you enjoyed this cottage tour as much as I enjoyed discovering it. My favorite part about this whole makeover is the fact that most changes (if not all) kept the existing architecture intact. The dramatic change was achieved with paint and ingenuity, and a thoughtful approach of using what there is and make the best of it. There’s a lesson in there for many of us.

xo,

Eva

P.S: Images and info are from here.