Kvitfjell, Norway

Per Yngland and Hanne Borge-Yngland knew exactly what they wanted from their cabin. It had to be at the ski


Per Yngland and Hanne Borge-Yngland knew exactly what they wanted from their cabin. It had to be at the ski area he’d spent most of his days shredding, and the entrance needed to big enough for a family of four to get in and out of their boots and gear. They wanted to see sunrise from kitchen and sunset from the living room. The rooms should be open and airy so the kids could run around. And it should be a traditional log cabin.

They got most of what they wanted, but the log structure fell by the wayside, inconsistent with the desire for openness. Instead, they built what’s called a trønderlÃ¥n, a long, narrowish house traditional in Norway. Typically, the short wall is determined by the length of the logs available. And from the outside, it blends in with other dwellings dotting the hills around Kvitfjell, with black wood walls and a simple roof. But on the inside, it’s a different story. Hanne owns an interior furnishings store in Oslo called Bolina, and she put together a style that’s very much rooted in tradition, with a hint of the rustic, yet clearly connected to the contemporary. Look no further than the smoking skull pillow as centerpiece for a rough-hewn wood sleigh bed as example.

“It is important that the style is relaxed,” said Hanne, “and I love the raw, unprocessed materials. Concrete and industrial shelving makes sure the cabin does not get too cute. We like grays very much and it fits perfectly in a winter cabin.”

It’s a cool mix. The couple found used doors from various places, so all the passages are different sizes. The paneling is designed for exterior use and has a rougher hand, while the walls are treated with linseed oil and tinted beige. One of the tables is new, but the top was used by a butcher. Plates and dishes are stored in an old hand cart from a factory. Some of the kitchen furniture is from Ikea, and one of the couches is built with two Ikea mattresses and a custom frame. Guests sleeping on the couches using sheep skin throws for blankets.

The bedrooms are located downstairs in the 600-square-meter cabin, where the temperature is cooler, while the living room benefits from the rising heat. Early autumn is when they start coming back to the cabin, and they make trips nearly every weekend through Easter. They knew what they wanted, and it looks like they got it.

Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal.
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