Scandinavia is known throughout the world for being the center of minimalist design. Since the 1950s, the countries at the northern end of Europe have celebrated simple functionality and incorporated it into every aspect of everyday life.
Clean, functional living space is one of the greatest features of log cabins, but when this concept meets the purpose-led Scandinavian approach to interior design, the results are outstanding.
Villa Maria is a vacation rental cabin located in Nuuksio National Park of Finland. It has a secluded woodland setting on the shores of a glistening lake, yet is only 45 minutes from the country's capital city, Helsinki.
We're sure you are going to love this cabin, which will feel familiar to an American audience, yet with subtle differences which are sure to inspire you.
We enter the cabin via a covered terrace. This seating area boasts direct views of the lake. The cabin even includes a private pier and rowing boat.
Upon entering the house, we are immediately blown away by the clean lines and minimalist spaces. The main living area has an open concept floor plan incorporating the kitchen, dining, and lounge, with attractive grey tiling throughout.
This gorgeous cabin has numerous large windows which flood the home with natural light and serve relaxing views of the lake and woodlands from every corner of the house. The simple sitting area is elegant and clean: very typical of Scandinavian design.
The kitchen has a contemporary style, incorporating modern stainless steel appliances with lustrous white cabinetry. While starkly different from the rustic log walls, it does maintain the minimalist theme which runs throughout this cabin.
The kitchen has a large dining table which can comfortably seat all the members of your party. The large picture window which overlooks the lake adds a constant sense of tranquility to the room.
Villa Maria has two bedrooms which house twin beds. These simple sleeping spaces are cozy and inviting. The bedside tables made out of logs are a delightfully rustic addition.
The cabin has a second sitting room which is ideal for those who enjoy a little alone time. It includes a fold-out sofabed: meaning the cabin can sleep up to six adults.
Villa Maria's bathroom is a bright, white space which is finished with stylish modern fixtures.
The cabin includes a gorgeous walk-in double shower room: perfect for cleaning off after those long days in the woods.
No self-respecting Finn would build a log cabin without a sauna. It is a normal part of Scandinavian life. This cozy steam room includes an electric stove. What an excellent way to relax your tired muscles after a long day hiking - perfect!
The floor plan shows how simple the layout for this single-level cabin is.
Is there a better way to explore the woods than from a base in a remote log cabin?
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