Saturday, May 12, 2012

Scandinavian Style in the Hamptons

There is no end in sight to my adoration of spare, Nordic inspired interiors. This contemporary barn-style home in Amagansett looks like the perfect summer house to me.

Built by a Finnish fashion stylist, Tiina Laakkonen, and her American husband, the house was inspired by a derelict barn that originally stood on the property.

To perpetuate a sense of the history of the place some purposeful imperfections were included in the design; the walls, for example, are all brush painted.

Nevertheless, says Laakkonen, “Here there is no attempt to do something visually clever, just to make it a home.”

The interior isn't only influenced by Laakkonen's Finnish heritage; the house is filled with treasures collected on twice-yearly trips home.

The wooden floors are painted the gray of every farmhouse in Finland, and a patchwork of Marimekko prints covers the sofas in the living area.

Laakkonen so enjoyed the decorating process she plans to open a shop which will carry a selection of products by Finnish designers.

Read the full article by Alix Browne from the Design and Living issue of the New York Times Magazine in T Magazine online. Photos by François Halard.


  1. I love great huge rooms with high ceilings. This is, for me, the most comfortable space. Love the colors or lack of in these pics. xx's

  2. Hi P - I saved this copy of the Times magazine....have been admiring it. Such a cool place....LOVE it all! Especially the butterflies in bedroom and, everything actually. I love Scandinavian modern / mid century....this one is fabulous, not cold, and stylish. I could live there :-)

  3. Just found your blog through Tone on tone. Love this home and love your home. Took a stroll through your blog. Enjoyed looking at your beautiful pictures.

  4. Such a great post Phyllis! I love Scandinavian design, but I have been afraid to incorporate into our home because we are in a cold climate. You showed that it can be done. We can have simplicity and elegance in a neutral palate without feeling cold. Thanks for this!!! Brenda:)

  5. This is a truly lovely home and totally lacking in pretention! The butterfly wallpaper is so pretty. x Sharon


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