House and Cottage

How to turn an old house into a stylish residence - an example from Iceland


This originally ramshackle house, according to its owners,Had no chance of becoming better. They could not even imagine that he would become the embodiment of their long-standing dream. Having bought a nondescript house on a small island in Iceland, his new owners did not even expect that something worthwhile could be made of him. Initially, they planned to make a guest house out of it, where you can come on weekends. They liked the place itself - a spit surrounded by the ocean, with spectacular views. True, there was one "but" - the windows of this house were absolutely not designed for admiring the sea sunsets. Why did the choice fall on this house,Built in 1968? The fact is, what was bought by his middle-aged couple. The sixties are a period of their turbulent youth, a time when they met. The house became a certain echo of that time, and in it the married couple decided to spend their weekends. For help in decorating the house, they turned toBritish designers Ian McLeod and Kerry Johnson. And, as they say, they gave their house at their complete disposal. Experts immediately saw great potential in this structure. The first step was to leave the architecture and layout as intact as possible. Our opinion: - Since the house was built in the late 60s, this also played a role in defining the style. The designers opted for a vintage style with the characteristic elements of a modern eco-friendly. Moreover, this atmosphere was just to the liking of the owners of the house and fit the general concept of "house-nature". Even a quick look at the interior of this house saysThat his masters are people with good taste and well-off. This is indicated by expensive materials: a marble top and candlesticks, an array of wood on the floor, a natural stone in the facing of the walls, as well as numerous designer items. For example, leather chairs Dwell Studio Cooper, authentic in that they were produced in the 60-ies. Let's assume that the owners of the house in the pastOften moved, replacing one apartment with another. Perhaps she is a former lawyer, and he is a pilot of an airplane. After retiring, the couple decided to buy a house, continuing to feel the urge to change places. But they could not have imagined that after the restoration they would want to stay in it. All because Ian and Kerry decided to embodythe dream of the elderly British come true - panoramic windows were installed around the perimeter of the whole house, from which incredible landscapes open. Our opinion: - We decided to leave the slightly sloped wooden ceiling with beams and paint them white. This is how we managed to make the interior lighter and more visually spacious. The illusion of additional space was also created thanks to the glass partitions. Abundance of wood, vintage furniture, naturalTextiles and a fireplace handmade - all these small details made the interior so complete and cozy that a couple of pensioners could look at their house with different eyes. They decided to leave life in the city for the sake of carefree life on a small island.

On a note!

  • Vintage is the best choice if your house is built in the middle of the last century and it has the characteristic architectural features of that time.
  • If the windows of your house are beautiful views, for example, on a lake or forest, then do not cover them with curtains, and if possible - make panoramic windows.
  • For finishing a country house is best to use natural materials - wood, flax, stone. So you can emphasize the atmosphere of relaxation outside the urban environment.
  • Use the reception with glass partitions. They can make your interior light and make the studio space, observing the correct zoning.
  • The house with a good view from the window does not needAbundant decor. The decoration of the walls can be even brick masonry or wood paneling. Vivid pictures can only distract from the contemplation of nature. If you really can not live without the works of your favorite artists, then give preference to quiet works, in neutral shades.
  • Photographer John Sinal