On an 18th-century farmstead in rural Sweden, two Copenhagen designers handcraftd a summerhouse that seamlessly melds the modern and the traditional.

Throughout the home, Mads Odgård and Mette Lyng Hansen mixed Odgård’s pieces, such as the Odgård kettle for Raadvad and custom table, with Ikea basics and a few designer pieces. The simple, pared-down aesthetic and the open-ended time frame of the project—along with the couples’ building and design skills—helped Odgård and Lyng Hansen achieve their renovation on a miniscule budget, with a project outline that ebbed and flowed with Odgård’s professional successes in product design.

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The owners framed remnants of 19th-century wallpaper found during the renovation. What a great idea!Modernized-Farm-5

The exterior paint, Falu Rödfärg, is made locally in Falun, Sweden. It requires no primer or sealant due to its highly pigmented, all-natural composition. Using it eliminated some supply costs associated with outdoor painting.Modernized-Farm-3Modernized-Farm

The family’s main bathroom—a rustic wooden outhouse—is illuminated by Arne Jacobsen’s iconic AJ wall lamp.Modernized-Farm-2

Photo by: Ake E:son Lindman via Dwell