Living Large In Small Spaces - Eco-Cottage

 Forty-seventh post in the series 
"Living Large in Small Spaces"

Eco-Cottage, Zealand, Denmark - Boutique Homes Listing

“One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” 
Francis Jourdain

Welcome to another edition of Living Large In Small Spaces.

I have long admired the Scandinavians for their ability to make less in a home look like so much more.  Today's featured cottage is a perfect example.

A vacation home in Zealand, Denmark, this traditional Danish/cob house began life as horse stables. The owners -- a Danish eco architect and his wife -- restored and redesigned it using natural materials and building techniques. It is original in every sense of the word.

There's a peacefulness about this home. 

The furnishings are minimalistic, allowing the architecture to take center stage.

Look at the texture in these rooms. The walls, the floors, the ceilings, the use of aged wood. It's beautiful.

What can I say about this kitchen? It's timeless and wonderful.

The lovely surprise in  this neutral palette is the living room floor painted in traditional Scandinavian green and red. 

It makes a subtle statement.

The round, white ceramic stove is so charming.

This green home has an odor-free composting toilet.

The cottage is stunning in its simplicity.

There are two bedrooms upstairs.

The built-in green cabinets on the landing are a nice touch.

Tucked under the eaves, the cozy bedrooms are filled with natural light.

Gorgeous windows throughout.

Furnishings are eclectic; antiques and handmade furniture sit well in this home. Lighting brings just a hint of industrial vibe.

The grounds invite outdoor living.

I love this cottage.

How about you?

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 Living Large in Small Spaces

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  1. I feel like a giant looking at the distance photo of the front of the house!

    This is simply amazing. Love the white walls! What are they made of, specifically the curved part by the bedroom window?

    Absolutely rustic luxury. Love the painted floors too!

  2. Love it, love the simplicity of the indoors and outdoors!

  3. Hello Nancy I think this is one of my favorite top 3 cottages you have featured on your much looked forward to Saturday cottages. Denmark... maybe one day I'll visit. The architecture of this beautiful cottage shines through. The neutral, textural rustic palate just sings a heart song that makes my heart beat a bit faster. Although I don't know about the "ordorless" composting toilet I do know everything else is alluring.
    Enjoy the long weekend.

  4. Very pretty, I think I would love this as a vacation place. Have a wonderful weekend! xox

  5. Yes! I like the floors SO much - especially in the kitchen! I'd very much like t to achieve this simplicity but don't know where to start!

  6. This was such an interesting tour, Nancy. I have wanted brick floors in my kitchen for ages...ahh! That ceramic stove is so unique and amazing. I agree that this would be a dreamy vacation home!

  7. Hi Nancy,
    I love this cottage too. It is so simple and cozy. I love the natural decor. Oh to sit at that beautiful wood desk on the computer as you look out that sweet window. Really sweet. Love this one.

  8. Hi Nancy,
    I love how unique this cottage is. That green and red floor is breathtaking! The ceramic stove is gorgeous and I love the roof! Wondering, are you in your new cottage?

  9. I love it, too! The green floor seals the deal for me. I love the rustic wood and white combo; it is so pleasing to the eye!

  10. Truly . . . minimal, simple, clean lines
    becomes beautiful design
    with warmth . . .
    Truly a Danish Charm . . .

  11. Oh my, I can hardly stand it! the kitchen is ,well let's just say. PERFECT! Wow! Love the beams! Ceilings ! Floors ! Walls! Sinks! You name it!

  12. Nancy, I'd have to say that THIS is my favorite cottage that you've shared. Living here in Minnesota where there is a deep Scandinavian influence, I've seen many of these charming and minimalist elements and I love them....the light, the white, the simplicity; it's brilliant.

    The natural wood and textured walls along with the fibrous fabrics for the doorways speaks NATURE to me and then those arched dormer windows....YES YES YES! I would take this in a heartbeat.

    And how is your darling Norwegian-inspired cottage? I bet you are loving it so! Happy Sunday dear one! Anita

  13. I like the neutral colors and clean lines but I would need some more stuff and color around me on the walls and furniture to make it feel cozy! Love the fairytale look of the outside.

  14. I love the clean lines and basic colors of this one, Nancy. I can imagine it with just a few pops of red...of course! ;)

  15. This is a cute, little cottage. A bit more sparse than I prefer but such a sweet place.

  16. Oh how I want to sit in that chair in the bedroom window and gaze peacefully over the countryside. The ceramic stove is so cozy looking, I really like it. One question kept popping in my head, where are the closets to put your clothes? Love the rustic wood and the gentle curves of this cottage. Debbie

  17. That outside structure (solid fencing?) is SO unusual! I love the ceilings.

  18. That outside structure (solid fencing?) is SO unusual! I love the ceilings.

  19. The one thing that sold me on this home is the cove windows (don't know what else to call them lol). How amazing to sit there and gaze out! A little too sparse for me, but I really like it too :)


  20. Oh Nancy, this sweet cottage is so amazing. Denmark is the home of my ancestors. Looking at this beautiful yet very humble sweet home touches my heart. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Jo

  21. I'm so happy to have found your blog. I live in a "normal" sized house on the south coast of England (mine is approximately 800 sq ft) and whilst I'm in awe of homes such as Romancing the Home and the French Country Cottage the sheer scale of those houses bear no relation to my home (which I love dearly). Finding your blog and the homes you showcase has given me many ideas which I can put into practice. Also your blog has a very peaceful and tranquil air about it.

    Very best wishes,

    1. Margaret, what a delight to read this. I'm so thrilled you found my blog, and thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you'll visit often. I'd love to see your your beloved home, by the way. All the best ~ Nancy

    2. Thank you for your warm welcome. I will certainly be visiting often.

      Very best wishes,

  22. That is just a DARLING little place. I love it- it is sweetly simple and warms my heart. xo Diana

  23. It's very interesting: I love how the emphasis is on the archotecture... I would need a little more curves in the furniture to be perfectly happy, though.

  24. Nancy, this is a sweetheart of a house! I thought at the first picture that it was a dollhouse, and that chair sat in the open air. But to see it from the inside and then from the exterior picture at night with the lamps lit, I think I could fall in love with this house just from that one thing.

    My non-minimalistic self would certainly have to rethink everything if someone gifted me with this house, because it would be a shame to add too much else to it, wouldn't it?

    So much of the charm of these posts of yours is in the way you write about them. Nice!

  25. Another beauty Nancy. The cottage furnishings are simplistic, but I think it allows you to focus on the rustic charm of the brick and wood floors, the wood ceiling and those beautiful windows.

  26. I found your blog through Musings of a Vinage junkie. I really love your series on Living large in small spaces!

  27. Very sweet home, I love the green floor with the subtle red design in it and then the same green used on the Grandfather clock and the built in on the landing.
    I have to tell you that I continue to get likes on a sweet home that you featured a while back, every day!!! And sometimes two or three a day! There is something extra special about some rooms!
    I enjoy your blog. Cindy


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