The walls were full of moss and the bath was previously a barn.
When Elisabeth Sweet six years ago first walked into the creaky, blasted house at Dvergnestangen near Kristiansand, it was drastic there and the basement could be seen between the floorboards. – The light that flowed in was like a revelation. The location was almost too good to be true. I was just standing and feeling good, says Elisabeth.
She is herself from Kristiansand, but moved to England 19 years ago. She would so much like her own children to experience southern Sweden’s summer. The family lives in Wiltshire, and daily she works with interior and real estate in London. She and her British husband were acting after the stomach feeling and before all the impressions were digested, their place was. They have never regretted it. The old fishing village has now become a beautiful seaside cottage.
Bathtub in the barn
The outdoor area has dried up and the beautiful stone walls are re-fitted. The old floors were put in place without being fixed after the heating cables were laid under the slanting wooden boards. The house has been allowed to remain a bit skewed and shaken. In order to preserve the charm of the wooden house, the new custom adapted what has always been there.
– We have spent countless hours on this. Without help from my parents, we had not got it. They interrogated the museum while I read in old books about southern Norway to get inspiration, says Elisabeth.
The house was probably originally located in Valle i Setesdal. That it has been built over time is revealed by several time-specific details. “From the walls we picked up moss that was used for insulation. And when we ground the walls with a machine on the barn, it smelled fresh. When the bath stood, stood before a goat and a cow told her with a smile.
Many of the furniture has she grown up with, and some of them have taken part in the sea trip back and forth over the North Sea. She has found the details in England. – Yes, and think – the old baking oven works brilliantly. It is a nostalgic and practical touch on the cottage.
Had to change the windows
The favorite place has been added to the conservatory of recent times. Especially when it’s raining, it’s good to find the calm in the day bed with a good book. This gives a refill of energy for a toddler’s mother to three.
That the old windows in the living rooms had to be replaced was a sad decision for a nostalgic. – We tried, but after the first Christmas celebration here we froze. So I had to renounce nostalgia for the sake of ease of use, “she says. The windows were given to the city museum in Kristiansand.
To look up the beautiful door to the sea, sit down on the stairs and let the sea air penetrate the senses is the very best start of the summer day for Elisabeth. – When we are in England, we miss the cottage life. It means so much that the children experience Norway and how it is in southern Norway.