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This cottage dating to 1875 is the setting for one family’s summer holidays.

- WORDS BY ANJA BLINKENBER­G ∙ PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY BIRGITTA WOLFGANG BJØRNVAD

“I LIKE TO MIX STYLES AND I LOVE TO MIX TEXTILES.”

IVALO OLSEN

When spring arrives, the Olsen family know it is time to get their 200m2 holiday house ready for summer. They bought the house 14 years ago and have been coming there since the boys were young. In the intervenin­g years, the family’s needs have grown – the boys are now almost adults – so a large, open family room with kitchen, dining room and living room was created.

“The old kitchen was really cosy but tiny,” says Ivalo Olsen. “You could actually stand in it and reach everything next to you – that’s how small it was. With the new, large, open kitchen, we can all be together and everyone can help cook.”

Recently Olsen and her husband, Torben decided to add some extra rooms as the family often has guests visiting. The extra rooms are small cabins in the garden, right next to the pool, where the young people like to spend time on sunny days.

Located in a small village, the aim was to create a simple, country-like interior for the home. The main house has white painted floors. Winters are long and dark in Denmark, so light is important: these walls and ceilings add a ‘summer feel’ all year round.

Olsen previously owned an interior design store and many of the things from the house are from her own store, mixed with antiques and treasures brought home from travels.

“THE OLD KITCHEN WAS REALLY COSY BUT TINY.”

IVALO OLSEN

“I like to mix different styles and I love to mix different textiles, as in the living room with linen cushions on the sofa and antique rugs on the floor. The rugs also add a colourful contrast to the otherwise bright room.”

The rooms feature many finds from nearby antique shops. Gilded gold mirrors and crystal chandelier­s blend easily with the ethnic touches. Life is lived differentl­y than in the family home in Copenhagen. Here there is more time to be with each other.

“We have deliberate­ly arranged it so that you have different places and oases both in and outside, where you can be at peace,” says Olsen.

“And then there are also areas where we all gather for meals. We enjoy shopping locally, picking up country eggs and fresh salad picked in the morning. It feels like real life and I just love feeling the wind in my face or the fresh seawater.”

The tables are laid with white tablecloth­s, wildflower­s are set in vases and the meals are homemade. It is like the countrysid­e invites everybody to do their part. Every day the adults swim in the sea, while the young often prefer to just cool by the pool.

The house stores many wonderful memories – which the family recall every time they return.

IVALO OLSEN “I JUST LOVE THE FEELING OF WIND ON MY FACE.”

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 ??  ?? Opposite page: The large family needed a generous entrance hall. The baskets are flea market finds.
This page: The French gilded gold mirrors in the living room were found in various antique shops. The sofa is from Othilia Living, with linen cushions from local interior shop. Coffee table and candle holders from former interiors shop run by Ivalo.
Opposite page: The large family needed a generous entrance hall. The baskets are flea market finds. This page: The French gilded gold mirrors in the living room were found in various antique shops. The sofa is from Othilia Living, with linen cushions from local interior shop. Coffee table and candle holders from former interiors shop run by Ivalo.
 ??  ?? This page: With five boys and frequent visiting friends, the generous entrance hall features hangers, a bench and baskets for storing shoes and accessorie­s.
Opposite page: The kitchen cabinets are in stainless steel from OC Bjerregård. They have a unique tabletop in stainless steel. The white sofa is from Othilia Living. On the visible beams are various objects that Ivalo has found while travelling.
This page: With five boys and frequent visiting friends, the generous entrance hall features hangers, a bench and baskets for storing shoes and accessorie­s. Opposite page: The kitchen cabinets are in stainless steel from OC Bjerregård. They have a unique tabletop in stainless steel. The white sofa is from Othilia Living. On the visible beams are various objects that Ivalo has found while travelling.
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 ??  ?? Opposite page: Various antique rugs on the floor. Dining table is from Green Square, just like the grey painted chairs with core leather seat. Large baskets from Fil de Fer.
This page: On first floor, framed pictures made by Ivalo. Grey dresser is Chinese; (Below) Boat found locally, the sculpture is from Green Square. Bedspread from shop in Hornbaek. Plaid in cashmere throw from Ivalo’s former interior shop.
Opposite page: Various antique rugs on the floor. Dining table is from Green Square, just like the grey painted chairs with core leather seat. Large baskets from Fil de Fer. This page: On first floor, framed pictures made by Ivalo. Grey dresser is Chinese; (Below) Boat found locally, the sculpture is from Green Square. Bedspread from shop in Hornbaek. Plaid in cashmere throw from Ivalo’s former interior shop.
 ??  ?? Clockwise from above: Sari rug on a bed in the guesthouse; Chinese paddles, wooden handle and wooden trunks from Green Square, candlehold­ers from Fil de Fer; Ivalo by the pool; Antique French gilded gold mirror from Fil de Fer. Underneath is a Chinese bridal coffer with two ceramic mugs, also from Fil de Fer.
Clockwise from above: Sari rug on a bed in the guesthouse; Chinese paddles, wooden handle and wooden trunks from Green Square, candlehold­ers from Fil de Fer; Ivalo by the pool; Antique French gilded gold mirror from Fil de Fer. Underneath is a Chinese bridal coffer with two ceramic mugs, also from Fil de Fer.
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