Move over hygge, here comes gezellig. The Dutch phrase encompasses coziness, fun, and conviviality — all qualities a couple with two children wanted in their second home near Mount Hood in Oregon. Along with designer Casey Keasler of Portland interiors firm Casework, they settled on alpine, funk, and gezellig as the three words that would be touchstones for the interior of the cabin, which was designed by Blane Skowhede of Keystone Architecture and built by Ethan Beck Homes.
Keasler pulled together a high-contrast color scheme anchored by a custom shade of black. "The palette was inspired by the family's three year stint living in Amsterdam," Keasler says. "The high-contrast scheme is composed of two simple elements: white walls and black trim. It's common in the Netherlands to have high-gloss paint for your trim."
The couple wanted to incorporate Jan Davidsz. de Heem's Still Life with Flowers into the design, so Keasler downloaded the digital file offered by Rijksmuseum and turned it into a pattern that could be printed on fabric. She then used the fabric to cover an IKEA sectional. Keasler brought in a faux fur-covered ottoman for texture and the rug and pillows, from Schoolhouse, for an extra burst of pattern.
A vintage chair sits by the entrance. The house was designed without outdoor living spaces so the owners wouldn't need to worry about snow removal during the winter.