In these dark days of winter, cottage home designs like this Norwegian house really whisk us away to the warmer, and brighter, days of summer. The homeowner and her husband, German architect Jurgen Kiehl, are the brains behind this classic cottage home, where outdoor living takes precedence during the short summer season here in Norway. Simple, humble and natural, this vacation house became a creative playground for the architect, who let the 800-million-year-old rock slab, once formed by ice a mile thick but now surrounded by the welcoming lapping shoreline, inspire this rustic house style. Inside, we love the unusual staircase and the built-in benches, which make the most of the natural wood and create a comfortable and thoughtful yet care-free “campy” feel. For every indoor space, there is a corresponding outdoor entertaining area.
photo credit: Pia Ulin