Norwegian Wood

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March 4, 2009
Originally published in Before & After
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  “People scold us if we don’t raise the kite,” says Holm (sitting with Kiehl,). From the bench outside, the couple can wave to friends passing in boats and make use of the long summer evenings.
    “People scold us if we don’t raise the kite,” says Holm (sitting with Kiehl,). From the bench outside, the couple can wave to friends passing in boats and make use of the long summer evenings.
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  Neighbors can tell the Holm-Kiehls are at home when their boat is tied at the dock and their Japanese koi kite flies over the front door.
    Neighbors can tell the Holm-Kiehls are at home when their boat is tied at the dock and their Japanese koi kite flies over the front door.
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  Kiehl’s mentor, Horst Beier, built a ladder from the living room to the guest-bedroom loft.
    Kiehl’s mentor, Horst Beier, built a ladder from the living room to the guest-bedroom loft.
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  Built-in benches function both as seating and as spare beds in the living room. Holm says the striped, hand-woven fabric she found in Greece is indestructible, and the cork flooring throughout the house has gone 40 years without needing replacing.
    Built-in benches function both as seating and as spare beds in the living room. Holm says the striped, hand-woven fabric she found in Greece is indestructible, and the cork flooring throughout the house has gone 40 years without needing replacing.
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  The master-bedroom addition juts forth like a prow of a ship.
    The master-bedroom addition juts forth like a prow of a ship.
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  Kiehl's original sketch of Hanko hangs on the wall.
    Kiehl's original sketch of Hanko hangs on the wall.
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  Magnets and hooks keep kitchen necessities within reach.
    Magnets and hooks keep kitchen necessities within reach.
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  Blocked from the wind, a deck at the rear of the house is a favorite place for sunbathing and also shelters planters of herbs.
    Blocked from the wind, a deck at the rear of the house is a favorite place for sunbathing and also shelters planters of herbs.
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  The sauna door handle is a simple piece of driftwood. “One principle rule I followed,” says Kiehl, “was: Don’t build on outdoor space if it can work as outdoor living space. Norwegian summers are short. We want to be outdoors as much as possible.”
    The sauna door handle is a simple piece of driftwood. “One principle rule I followed,” says Kiehl, “was: Don’t build on outdoor space if it can work as outdoor living space. Norwegian summers are short. We want to be outdoors as much as possible.”
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