Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

A Slice of Scandinavian Design in the Catskills


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.

In Scandinavian regions, traditional cabins are painted black using a mixture of tar and linseed oil.
The house captures meadow views, thanks to three large sliding doors by Loewen that lead out to a big deck.
The cabin’s basic structure was reclaimed from a barn built in 1840 and purchased from Heritage Barns out of Waco,...
Most of the home’s furniture was purchased at Restoration Hardware, Circa Modern, or antique shops.
In the dining area, Danish modern chairs purchased at Circa Modern are tucked into a wood table from Restoration...
With its open-joisted, gabled ceiling, the upstairs bedroom is cozy but bright.
The total cost of the house was about $350,000, though the owners have since added a garage, outdoor bath and shower,...
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