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A Nordic Bohemian Farmhouse with Soaring Ceilings

by Sofia Tuovinen

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Living in an old farmhouse in Denmark means bonfires and endless summer nights in the garden, as well as frosty winter days full of hygge, the warm atmosphere that goes hand in hand with cozy and modest Danish living. Mette Skov and Claus Christensen bought their 1920s farmhouse back in 2009 and fully renovated it before moving in the following year. Mette, who works as a visual merchandiser, grew up on an old farm herself and knew she would one day want to offer her children a similar country lifestyle. With a future family in mind, Mette and Claus, a self-employed plumber, turned the farmhouse into a bohemian Scandinavian oasis that is designed for time spent together. The couple heavily focused their renovating efforts on the living area, where even larger parties can gather with ease. Achieving the living space of their dreams meant having to make some tough decisions and ultimately, some design sacrifices. To expose the old structural beams and allow for a spectacular, 26-foot ceiling height in the living area, Mette and Claus gave up their plans for a grandiose main bedroom upstairs. Despite the loss in square footage, tearing down the upper level above the living area is a decision that neither Mette nor Claus has regretted. The stunning beams, the amount of natural light and the general wow-factor more than make up for a larger bedroom!

Since moving in, Mette and Claus have welcomed two beautiful daughters, Alma and Liva, who keep their lives in the countryside busy and full of action. When the family isn’t enjoying their own garden, you’ll find them strolling down the quaint streets of Skaelskor, the closest town to the farm, or riding their bikes down to the beach, just a few minutes away. When the family spends quality time at home, they enjoy each space to the fullest. Every square inch of the old farmhouse home was designed and decorated to allow the family members to relax, feel safe and truly enjoy their surroundings — the end result, according to Mette — “a mix of Nordic and bohème.” —Sofia

Photography by Mette Skov / @weaverbynight

Image above: The old beams that Mette and Claus exposed in the living room are without question their favorite thing about the house. “Another big thing for us [is] the huge garden and the fact that we don’t have any neighbors, which allows us to just be us,” Mette says. 

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Achieving the 26-foot ceiling height meant kissing goodbye to the idea of an extended main bedroom upstairs. It’s a decision Mette and Claus have never regretted though — the airy living room more than makes up for lost square footage! 

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The family’s decor is a mix of classic Scandinavian pieces, mid-century modern elements, and bohemian details. “I love all types of styles, as long as they’re thought through and properly implemented,” Mette says. “It took us a few years to find our exact style, which is best depicted as a mix of Nordic and bohème.”

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Mette and Claus with their daughters Liva and Alma in front of the gallery wall in the living room.

 

Our home is all about us.

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Unique vintage pieces can be found throughout the family’s home. The old German plant table was a gift from Claus to Mette.

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“This fireplace is our savior in the winter!” Mette exclaims. “It makes the whole house so cozy as it has glass on both sides — it means that we can enjoy the fire from both the living room and the dining room.”

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Mette and Claus wanted the dining room table to be as long as possible. They ended up having it custom-made to fit larger dinner parties. Wishbone-style chairs add to the Nordic feel of this neutral space.

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“Our kitchen is a bit of a challenge right now,” Mette shares. “When we installed [it] eight years ago, we agreed on a very neutral black and white kitchen. We did this to make sure that we wouldn’t end up getting tired of the look… but here [we are] eight years later, […] tired of it anyway. The next step will be to paint the walls in a warm color and see if that won’t do the trick.”

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The hallway leading to the guest room is designated for coats, bags, hats and souvenirs from travels near and far.

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Because the family lives in the countryside, visiting guests often end up staying overnight. The daybed in the guest room has been priceless, providing friends and family with a place to lay their head at night.

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“I enjoy making macrame, both wall hangings and plant hangers, and this is where I store a small part of my stash,” Mette says. The suitcase and handbag are souvenirs from the family’s recent two-month trip to Indonesia. 

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The main bedroom is located at the end of the upstairs hallway. “It’s a tiny bedroom, but we are happy with that compromise [for] a bigger and brighter living room downstairs,” Mette says. 

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Minimal yet warm, bright yet cozy — Mette and Claus’ bedroom is quintessentially Nordic. 

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The stunning beams continue through each space upstairs, reminding the family of the century-old history of their beloved home.

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Mette added bookcases to the upstairs play area to hold all of the girls’ books. “This is where [the girls] play and where we read bedtime stories every night,” Mette shares. The chimney was painted in a matching color to the fireplace downstairs.

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Mette and Claus wanted to create a cozy sleeping corner in Alma’s room. To distinguish an area intended for dreams and relaxation, they painted the wall behind the bed dark purple.

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As Liva is all about pink, it was the only thinkable color option for her bedroom wall. Her window offers gorgeous views over the Danish countryside.

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Floor plan of the family’s 2,000-square-foot farmhouse.

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The family’s old farmhouse is surrounded by a beautiful garden and plenty of space to roam. 

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