Situated at the base of mount Hafnarfjall along the shores of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland, this traditional timber house was built by interior designer Rut Káradóttir and her husband Kristinn Arnarson as a romantic getaway for the two of them and their friends. It’s situated in a diverse and peaceful landscape of fjords and volcanic peaks along with vast stretches of rugged coast and sea cliffs in a rare and ancient forest from the time of the first settlers. Inspired by traditional Icelandic homes, which used to be coated with insulating tar, they decided to go for the authentic 18th-19th-century style of country houses of the region and paint their cottage in deep black.
The interior combines chic modern elements with old worn style in an open plan living area that mimics the surrounding landscape with dark saturated hues. Find more romantic interiors inspired by modernity in our book New Romance, featuring an array of desirable and divine dream homes.
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