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I still daydream about having a vacation home that’s the complete opposite of the house I live in now (like this one in the Catskills which, as far as I know, STILL has not sold). Imagine my delight when I came across this amazing Swedish cabin designed by PS Arkitektur on Remodelista the other day…and then I saw the door number.

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Hmmm, I wonder if the homeowner would like to trade houses every so often? It seems meant to be! The address labels would only require minor tweaking! Perhaps they dream of taking vacations in a Victorian rowhouse in a small, riverside, urban town in upstate New York. Hey, you never know!

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Yeah, I could definitely feel at home here.

Does your house have an alter-ego? Do you dream about living in a space totally unlike your current one, even if you love your home?

See more photos of this amazing cabin on PS Arkitektur‘s site.

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  • Reply martha January 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    yes -your house:)

  • Reply Laura VW January 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I love the little wood storage space next to the log burning stove – attractive and convenient.

  • Reply Sammi January 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Yes!!! I rent my place and can’t do a lot to it- we are also a Door Sixteen- and I’m always thinking of how I’d like my house to look, or how I’d like totally relocate to someone else’s place.

    I’m quite nosey with homes and love looking at The Selby to see inside people’s places 🙂

  • Reply eM January 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    we have a funky century + old fishing shack on an island in puget sound – which is dedorated in what I call ‘sustainable chic” (aka lotsa flea market/thrift/found stuff) and shells and branches from the island. everything is white and varying shades of turquiose and blue, with a little pale green here and there.
    for the past year and a little we have been renting a craftsman bungalow in the city – which I have decorated with craftsman pieces from a past house and mixed in some midcentury and ikea pieces – everything is green, brown and yellow and I use lots of huzbeau’s photos on the walls. both places are completely me, and completely dfferent!

  • Reply Kathleen January 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I feel like my home is my alter-ego space. For the past five years I’ve developed a fierce love for cold mid-century lines to fab ’70s design and architecture. Then I fell in love while living in a 1920s tudor style duplex in a historical neighborhood. My boyfriend and I bought a home together around the corner from the duplex that is cozy, warm and needs lots of love.

  • Reply Vicki January 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t have a specific home in mind, but whatever and wherever it is, it must have a working fireplace!!!

  • Reply stephanie January 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    wow- what a place! i definitely dream about living in another place, even though mine is ok. actually i dream about designing/decorating a place 100% my style instead of always friggin compromising (blast living with a partner!!) i feel like it’s a constant struggle. do you ever have any design disagreements??

  • Reply Anna January 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Anna,

    I definitely love my house and I still fantasize about living someplace completely different, maybe mid-century modern, or I could be tempted by Arts and Crafts. And this is exactly why it’s so fun to read your blog and to see your house, because it’s different than mine! My own style would probably best be described as “impoverished post-grad-school eclectic” where “vintage” really just means “hand-me-down.” But a girl’s gotta dream. 🙂

    Best wishes,
    Anna N.

    P.S. – Keep posting about whatever you please (i.e. cutting your dogs’ hair, grouting, art projects, or whatever). I haven’t yet read an uninteresting post on your blog and I’ve been reading regularly for at least six months!

  • Reply Courtney January 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I think my house could probably have a few alter egos because I really love such a wide variety of styles.

    I must agree that this house looks perfect for a cozy winter getaway. And your house is so beautiful, they very well may be interested in that swap!

  • Reply Cecilia January 5, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    We don’t just dream about it–we have done it….my husband and I have changed houses five times in the last decade…first one was a townhouse in the city, next a house on 5 acres in the country, back to the city, then back to the country again (this time on 50 acres which proved to be more than we could handle)…and now back to the city…we like to give our equity over to real estate commissions….

    We are thinking that perhaps we need to seek some sort of therapy for our compulsive moving as it gets expensive…

  • Reply joanne January 5, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    LOVE your blog!

  • Reply kristy January 5, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    ooh i would so love to trade houses with that one too – and yours of course. so i guess if you ever want an australian swap, i’d be more than welcome to oblige 🙂

  • Reply desiree@lookiloos January 5, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Anna,

    I found your blog thru AT last week. I too dream of having a second home to escape to. I have dreamt or should I say fantasized how this little place would look. This is an adorable cabin. Thanks for the peek!


  • Reply Tanya January 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I would absolutely love to live in a home with normal walls and no wood panel. I’ve grown to despise it due to dark times in my childhood. And guess what kind of walls are our current living room? We rent, so we’re not changing anything in this house. But I have decor blogs to thank for letting me dream a little. Thank you, Door Sixteen.

  • Reply yvette January 5, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    oh, wow. what a gorgeous cabin! actually, these days i’ve been perusing the internet to look for a mountain home here in california so i can have a lovely winter getaway with my boys (hubby + 2 dogs). not that i have the funds (you know, minor details).

    but i imagine this mountain home to be more or less on the 60s swiss chalet style. nice!

  • Reply Adam January 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I love my house, more so after each project I complete. I sometimes dream of living in a completely Art Deco styled apartment, and if I ever move again in my life to an apartment that is probably how I would decorate it.

  • Reply Margo January 5, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Anna-I am also a HUGE fan! Living in Sunny Socal, I too have always fantasized about an “opposite” vacation home. Something in the mountains where all the furniture was left behind by the original owners (sofas in buffalo-checked fabric and ruffled kitchen curtains)where my husband and I can enjoy hot buttered rum by the fire while watching the kids play in the snow outside. Ahhh…..

  • Reply paisley penguin January 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    I dream of converting an old warehouse in to a cool condo with film production space. A great open space where we can have parties but it still feels comfy.

  • Reply Cassie January 6, 2009 at 12:36 am

    A house alter-ego? Oh my goodness yes! (Judging by the comments, it’s a pretty common sentiment.)

    I live in a studio apartment in a 10-year-old building in New York City and I frequently fantasize about living in a creaky little cottage in a seaside village. My own home is too small to outfit any more, so it’s always nice to have some dream homes I can decorate in my mind.

  • Reply Jo J in New Zealand January 6, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Yes, yes, yes!

    I live in a fifty year old kiwi bach (weatherboard summer home) on a lakeshore, overlooking the mountains. It was my perfect just-post-divorce place ~ polished rimu floors, chandeliers, Cath Kidston and kitties ~ and I still love it, but I dream too of a brand new prefab green home (the Method cabin? the iPad?) overlooking ocean.

    Dreaming is LOVELY.

  • Reply DiP January 6, 2009 at 7:06 am

    “Yeah, I could definitely feel at home here.”

    Couldn’t be the chairs by any chance…

  • Reply brand-eye January 6, 2009 at 8:11 am

    that house is beautiful. i dream of owning a house on a lake. preferably a super modern one, with concrete floors, wood and lots of windows. and a dock with a boat and a beach area for moz to swim (our dog LOVES the water.)

  • Reply nicole January 6, 2009 at 9:03 am

    i absolutely LOVE my home, a 5000 square foot brick bank building built in 1917 – complete with vault. but i do have my moments, especially in warmer months, when i totally crave a house with a front porch and swing and a yard that i could transform into a bountiful garden. someday (probably in the distant future considering the current economy) i would love to create that porch and garden, but just put it on top of our roof!

  • Reply erin@designcrisis January 6, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Who knew plywood could be so sexy?

    And I’m planning to vacation trade with Nicole and her bank building. Killer!

  • Reply Christine January 6, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I just found your blog today via Apartment Therapy’s Homies 2008, I absolutely love it! Your home is so pretty!

    Oh, yes, on the post topic, my home totally has an alter ego. Right now we live in a town home in S.Fl and are slowly trying to create a NY brown stone type vibe, very homey with rich colors…however my alter ego home would be filled with the crisp whites that I’ve been seeing lately, sigh.

  • Reply Mac January 6, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Since relocating to Skåne (sweden) a few years ago I have begun dreaming of a farm style summer home on a lake, or log cabin in the woods. Not my normal taste but I think that is what makes it so obvious you are there to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. The drastic difference from your normal decor gives it that feeling.

  • Reply Averill January 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I think part of the success of your blog (and others like yours) is that you’re supplying people with access to your beauitful home and thereby enabling them to fulfill (at least virtually) the fantasy of inhabiting another fantastic space.

    As for me personally, I live in a townhouse not unlike yours (albeit significantly younger) in Houston, TX. I often find myself daydreaming of living back in the northeast (went to college in CT) and living in an older home with more history and enjoying four full seasons (instead of Houston’s two).

  • Reply jan January 6, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Congrats on your Homie nomination! Good luck!

  • Reply nathalie January 6, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Wow, what a charming house ! I really love it.
    Why not trading houses (or apartments) internationally ? ;o)

  • Reply lesley January 7, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Anna, you will flip, but… I didn’t like my (mid-century modern) house very much when I bought it. So why’d I buy it… well, I could afford it (or so I thought at the time, lol) and location location location. But the house I imagined/was dreaming of was a big old creepy victorian with pocket doors and carved details, 14 fireplaces, and plenty of room for all my velvet and tapestry and heavy goth furniture and stuff stuff stuff. I tried to strongarm this house into *being* that house for about a year–velvet curtains puddling on the floor, detailed Olana-style paint everywhere… Then I realized both the house and I were unhappy. So I started to “give in” to modernism, inch by inch… and turns out, the house changed my aesthetic, once I stopped fighting it. Now I’ve found a look&feel for the house that suits its architecture, but still feels comfortable for me (i.e. not like you just walked into 1958 via time machine). It’s been an interesting journey… been thinking of… blogging about it, actually… hee hee hee.

  • Reply Purple Area January 21, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Love these, wonderful architecture and interior style!!

  • Reply JOdy January 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I know this post is a year old but I just found your blog and I LOVE it! I love this thread because I am in the process of replacing probably my 5oth rug in my family room!! Yes is seems that my little BOston Terrier likes to pee on that rug no matter what we try, not matter what rug it is!! I have just ordered FLOR tiles thinking it might be cheaper to replace tiles than entire rugs!! Oh well- WE love him- so we put up with it!!
    Again- I love your style!!

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