An Oregon Chalet Is Inspired by the Nature of Iceland and Norway

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At first glance, you might think that Duane and Sarah Reed's cabin is nestled in the mountains of Norway. But the house, which can be rented on Airbnb, is set on the East Sandy River in Mt. Hood, Oregon. Shortly after purchasing the cabin, the couple, who run the design firm Arbor & Co., took a trip to Norway and Iceland and found plenty of inspiration for the space. "Scandinavian design elements were always on our mind and we drew a lot of inspiration from places like the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway and Kex Hostel and Krauma baths in Iceland," says Duane. "These places were so inspiring and left us with a sense of comfort and awe that we wanted to recreate."

They gave the outside of the chalet-style structure a fresh look with black paint and used the same shade on the beams, bookcase, and breakfast bar to tie the interior and exterior together. They also drew inspiration from the cabin's surroundings, adding touches of green, wood, and stone to the neutral palette as a nod to the wilderness outside. Together, the Reeds were able to blend Scandinavian style and natural beauty into a home that lets their guests truly feel like they're getting away from it all — without having to hop on a plane to Norway.

The Reeds wanted the interior to feel modern and cozy. The living room mixes an IKEA sofa with CB2 floor cushions and a vintage lounge chair and ottoman.

The stone fireplace, plus Lopi stove insert, is the centerpiece of the living room. The beams are painted in Behr Marquee's Matte Black.


In the dining area, a woven pendant light by Wanderlust 4 hangs above a table from Tropical Salvage and seating from Overstock. The cowhide rug and sheepskin add to the Scandinavian vibe.

In the open kitchen, concrete countertops were installed and Arbor & Co. created the reclaimed wood shelving. The shiplap walls were painted in Behr Marquee's Ultra Pure White.

A pine wall treatment doubles as a headboard with built-in nightstands in an upstairs bedroom.

The couple skipped bed frames in another upstairs bedroom to accommodate the sloped ceiling. The peace sign print is from Cash Color.

A wall in the downstairs bedroom is lined with pine and has a shelf and hooks for storage. IKEA stools double as bedside tables.


Black accents continue into the main bath, where an industrial-style wall light from Overstock illuminates a mirror from AllModern.


Elizabeth Stamp is a freelance writer in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and CNN Style.