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A Contemporary Finnish Cabin On The Water's Edge

This is turning into a very Finnish week, I must say! I love that, since I always feel I don't show nearly enough homes from this Nordic country. While yesterday's Finnish home tour wouldn't have looked out of place in my Relaxed Rustic book (formerly known as Modern Pastoral), this holiday cabin designed by award winning architect and owner Joanna Laajisto has more of a contemporary edge. Villa Rauhanniemi is perched on the edge of lake Karjalohja (don't even try to pronounce that!) in Southern Finland and designed to embrace the indoor-outdoor lifestyle our Nordic friends so enjoy in summertime. The pared back interior allows the lush surroundings to take centre stage while natural materials such as wood help to add warmth. But most of all, I love the deck. I could just imaging sitting there watching the sun going down with a drink - wait till you see it! 

What an idyllic setting! I recognise the last image from an outdoor space round-up I created a few months back. It's so great to see the cabin it's connected to!

Could you imagine spending summers here, looking out over the lake? 

I'm sure it's magical in winter too, when the lake turns to ice and the world is covered in a soft blanket of snow. 

You can see more of Joanna Laajisto's work here

Take a peek inside a load of other incredible Scandinavian holiday homescabins and rural retreats in the archive. It will have you dreaming of summer! 

I'm off to Denmark this morning by train (carrying a load of paperwork including my negative test!) - where I'll be making a short film about hygge with Knud Erik Hansen, CEO and grandson of the founder of Carl Hansen & Søn for their online open-house event in June - register for our live Q&A here!). Come and join me on Instagram stories for a sneak peek behind the scenes! Knud Erik's house is simply incredible! 

Niki

Photography: Mikko Ryhänen found via Desire to Inspire with thanks. 

LATEST COMMENTS:

  1. Stunning Writing!! Keep up the good work.

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  2. Love the spareness in this house, the space, the lack of decoration.

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    1. Yes, I think that's what appeals too - sometimes that's all that is needed. It's like you can go there and completely switch off - no noise!

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  3. Beautiful surroundings, nestled in nature. It must feel very serene to live there. I love how the house brings the outside into the indoor living spaces.

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  4. Lakeside scandi design, and a slower pace of life. What's more to ask for! Perfection.

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  5. Sara Henderson24 May 2021 at 22:14

    Love the kitchen! I've been thinking about doing cabinet door replacement on my kitchen cabinets and I love these ones.

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  6. I'm a big fan of the contrast between the dark and light wood. Very much like the interplay of shadow and light in a forest. Beautiful work.

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