Tucked away in nature, these rugged cabins and barns conceal remarkably refined living spaces.

Danish architects John Lassen and Joanna Tench renovated the interior of this quaint 1960s thatched-roof cottage in North Jutland, giving it a clean, modern face-lift.

It takes creative spirit and a keen eye to see the potential in old spaces—and we love it when dilapidated and dated structures are given fresh life with new materials, clean lines, and more functional layouts. These rustic retreats embrace their heyday on the outside, while their brand-new interiors have been redesigned for modern living. From their exteriors, you wouldn’t be able to guess the surprises that await inside!

A Danish Cottage on the North Sea

Danish architects John Lassen and Joanna Tench renovated the interior of this quaint 1960s thatched-roof cottage in North Jutland, giving it a clean, modern face-lift.

Danish architects John Lassen and Joanna Tench renovated the interior of this quaint 1960s thatched-roof cottage in North Jutland, giving it a clean, modern face-lift.

Photo by Jens Barslund

White plaster walls and a curved ceiling play up natural lighting, while minimalist decor and furnishings (many of which they designed themselves) make the small space feel larger.

White plaster walls and a curved ceiling play up natural lighting, while minimalist decor and furnishings (many of which they designed themselves) make the small space feel larger.

Photo by Jens Barslund

Interior designer Eva Holbrook and artist Jamie Williams brought this cozy mountain retreat back to life by embracing an

Interior designer Eva Holbrook and artist Jamie Williams brought this cozy mountain retreat back to life by embracing an “uncluttered simplicity” design concept. They brought the outdoors in by incorporating wood elements, big windows, and reclaimed materials.

Photo by Margaret Austin Photography

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