A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the Catskills

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A Norwegian couple crafts a contemporary cabin in Bovina, New York.

Originally from Norway, photographer Torkil Stavdal and nutritionist Jeanette Bronée brought a slice of their native Scandinavia to the Catskills when they collaborated with architect Kimberly Peck to design their dream home. “We wanted the feel of a New York loft and a modern house while also adapting the 'hygge' from the cabins we grew up with,” Bronee, a former interior decorator, says. The 1,945-square-foot residence blends rustic, industrial, and midcentury modern elements for a laid-back yet sophisticated look.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Gable RoofLine, and Metal Siding Material. In Scandinavian regions, traditional cabins are painted black using a mixture of tar and linseed oil. Peck reproduced the look using corrugated metal—a lower-maintenance, more sustainable material. “We love that it is black, because it really reminds us of home,” Bronee says. The house has no windows on its front side, belying its light-flooded interior. Photo  of A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the CatskillsView Photos

In Scandinavian regions, traditional cabins are painted black using a mixture of tar and linseed oil. Peck reproduced the look using corrugated metal—a lower-maintenance, more sustainable material. “We love that it is black, because it really reminds us of home,” Bronee says. The house has no windows on its front side, belying its light-flooded interior.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Concrete Floor, and Coffee Tables. The house captures meadow views, thanks to three large sliding doors by Loewen that lead out to a big deck. “We wanted to hide the view from visitors until you get inside, so it would feel like a surprise when walking in,” Bronee says. “This also gives us the sense of being tucked in and cozy in the winter with a view of the meadow, and in the summer it feels like indoors and outdoors are connected. We live just as much on the deck as we do inside.” Photo  of A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the CatskillsView Photos

The house captures meadow views, thanks to three large sliding doors by Loewen that lead out to a big deck. “We wanted to hide the view from visitors until you get inside, so it would feel like a surprise when walking in,” Bronee says. “This also gives us the sense of being tucked in and cozy in the winter with a view of the meadow, and in the summer it feels like indoors and outdoors are connected. We live just as much on the deck as we do inside.”

Modern home with Kitchen, Metal Cabinet, Concrete Floor, Pendant Lighting, and Wall Lighting. The cabin’s basic structure was reclaimed from a barn built in 1840 and purchased from Heritage Barns out of Waco, Texas. The same company supplied the recycled wood that clads the walls, though the ceiling boards are new. “We stained them with a gray wash to match the tones of the post and beam, but with a more clean look,” Bronee explains. The concrete floors were polished and waxed for a sleek finish. Photo  of A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the CatskillsView Photos

The cabin’s basic structure was reclaimed from a barn built in 1840 and purchased from Heritage Barns out of Waco, Texas. The same company supplied the recycled wood that clads the walls, though the ceiling boards are new. “We stained them with a gray wash to match the tones of the post and beam, but with a more clean look,” Bronee explains. The concrete floors were polished and waxed for a sleek finish.

Modern home with Living Room, Standard Layout Fireplace, Concrete Floor, Chair, and Sofa. Most of the home’s furniture was purchased at Restoration Hardware, Circa Modern, or antique shops. “We both love the midcentury designs that we grew up with,” Bronee says. “We wanted furniture that was authentic to us and our personal styles while also fitting into a Catskills hideaway barn.” Photo  of A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the CatskillsView Photos

Most of the home’s furniture was purchased at Restoration Hardware, Circa Modern, or antique shops. “We both love the midcentury designs that we grew up with,” Bronee says. “We wanted furniture that was authentic to us and our personal styles while also fitting into a Catskills hideaway barn.”

Modern home with Kitchen, Metal Cabinet, Wood Counter, and Pendant Lighting. In the dining area, Danish modern chairs purchased at Circa Modern are tucked into a wood table from Restoration Hardware. The kitchen cabinets, counters and sink are from Ikea with faucets from Danze. The backsplash tiles are from Heath Ceramics. Photo  of A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the CatskillsView Photos

In the dining area, Danish modern chairs purchased at Circa Modern are tucked into a wood table from Restoration Hardware. The kitchen cabinets, counters and sink are from Ikea with faucets from Danze. The backsplash tiles are from Heath Ceramics.

Modern home with Bedroom and Bed. With its open-joisted, gabled ceiling, the upstairs bedroom is cozy but bright. Bedside tables from Kartell and Tizio Lamps from Artemide flank the bed, while a midcentury credenza, purchased at Old Soul Antiques sits beneath the window. Photo  of A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the CatskillsView Photos

With its open-joisted, gabled ceiling, the upstairs bedroom is cozy but bright. Bedside tables from Kartell and Tizio Lamps from Artemide flank the bed, while a midcentury credenza, purchased at Old Soul Antiques sits beneath the window.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Siding Material, and Metal Roof Material. The total cost of the house was about $350,000, though the owners have since added a garage, outdoor bath and shower, and a yoga platform in the woods. Photo  of A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the CatskillsView Photos

The total cost of the house was about $350,000, though the owners have since added a garage, outdoor bath and shower, and a yoga platform in the woods.