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The Soot House: A Beautiful Cabin Inspired By Rugged Landscape

What do you get if you combine a sculptor with a builder? The Soot House, that's what! Sculptor turned builder Anthony Esteves built the Soot House by hand, combining his learnings as a sculptor with newly acquired high-end building techniques. The charred black structure was inspired by the 'ghostly quality' of 17th century New England homes and the wild, craggy landscape of Spruce Head, Maine. Today Anthony, his wife Julie O'Rourke (founder of RudyJude kids clothes) enjoy the house and it's beautiful surroundings first hand. 

I've always been such a big fan of black houses. They're fairly common in Scandinavia (especially for summer houses / cabins). For this charred black structure, Anthony was inspired by the island's black spruce and lichens as well as the wild landscape. 

The table (which was picked up at a local secondhand shop) is so beautiful, don't you think? My Mother has a similar one which she bought at auction years ago- sadly the drawers mean that it's too low to fit a chair / your legs under the table (just a word of warning to measure up before you acquire one of these bad boys!). She uses hers as a side table, and it looks equally beautiful!

I love how the textures - such as stone and wood - have been carefully selected to mirror the craggy surrounding landscape.


A small stove resting on a vintage chest-of-drawers serves as somewhere to cook evening meals (in a back-to-basics kinda way!).


Rails made from copper pipes and ropes are used as clothes hangers in the bedroom.

Wow! So striking, personal and unique! You can really sense the connection that the house has with its surroundings.

The interior would look equally at home on the rugged Swedish Baltic island of Gotland.

And the exterior reminds me a lot of this incredible black house by the sea in rural Iceland which I'm totally planning on renting one day! 

Are you a fan of black facades too?  

Niki

Photography Greta Rybus, found via Remodelista with thanks. 



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  1. I do like black facades but I think it too me a while to get used to them when the trend started. I don't think they are generally accepted though. A while ago, I saw, on another blog) a Victorian house painted completely black, including the window frames and I read lots of comments about how unpleasant it looks, even scary, menacing and "freakish".
    In my street, a house was sold and the new owners are doing a lot of renovations. I can't wait to see what colour the facade will be. It is a side-split bungalow, the windows got black frames and the bottom part of the exterior walls (stone) was painted charcoal. The upper half used to have vinyl siding, which was removed so now it's just the sheets of insulation. And already people say it looks ugly, that it's too dark, etc. I can't wait to see what colour the upper walls will be - it should be any day now when the reno is finished.

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  2. Lovely and relaxed cabin, nicely decorated. Dear Nicki Thanks for sharing us with the treasures.

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  3. Wow. I love every single detail of this cabin. Jealous....

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