Before Annie van der Heide dared make any improvements to her country home in the tiny village of Hornbæk, Denmark, she talked to various craftspeople to ensure she found one with the right skills and experience. The solution turned out to be Brian, a skilled carpenter, and his assistant Mike.
‘My plan was to open up the house, removing the dividing wall between the living room and kitchen to create a large, light, open living area with views of the garden, and raise the ceiling height in the living room to further increase the sense of space,’ Annie explains.
As well as being a learning curve for Annie, the project offered new experiences for Brian and Mike, too, who had to turn their hands to several tasks that they had never tried before, such as when Annie asked for a huge trompe l’œil of a window above the brick daybed in the living room. The shutters, which she had once found at a Copenhagen antiques store, came to frame the painted window, completing the illusion.
Owner: Annie van der Heide, a nutritionalist specialising in veganism and raw food. She also teaches meditation
Property: A small country cottage built in 1889 on the outskirts of Hornbæk, North Zealand, Denmark
Essential repairs: The property was in good repair, with a recently fitted kitchen, so Annie added decorative touches and opened up the space
Layout: By removing the walls between the living room and kitchen, and adding eight new rooflights, Annie increased the sense of light and space
A run of rooflights and large windows along one side of the room allow the forest and home to merge
Author: Iben Ahlberg/Gap Interiors
Photographer: Neils Ahlberg/Gap Interiors