ISSUE 24  |  Scandi Midsummer

Steal This Look: A Danish Summer House with Outdoor Shower

June 17, 2014 1:30 PM

BY Dalilah Arja

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When you live in a climate where winter is the longest season, you have to cram a lot of outdoor living into the rest of the year. Just north of Copenhagen, we discovered a summer house that’s designed to keep you outside from May to August. We’ve rounded up everything you need to recreate the look:

Above: We first spotted this outdoor space via Delikatessan. We love the terrace’s simple color palette: the black exterior, white window frames, and the furniture and flooring in shades of gray. Photograph courtesy of Delikatessan. 

Above: The outdoor shower is our favorite part. You’ll get a similar look with the Barber Wilsons Mastercraft Exposed Deck/Wall Mounted Tub and Shower Set, available in polished chrome with a 5-inch rain-shower head; $3,040 from Quality Bath. For other ways to bathe alfresco, see 10 Favorites: Outdoor Showers.

Above: The teak lounge chairs at the Danish summer house have a nice weathered look. After some time, Thos. Baker’s Classic Teak Steamer Chair (from $645 to $995, depending on cushions) will have the same appearance. To get the look in a hurry, refinish your chairs with Behr’s Weatherproofing Wood Stain in Cape Cod Gray. See more stains in Palette & Paints: 8 Colorful Exterior Stains.


Above: A 20-inch square Charcoal Ticking Stripe Outdoor Pillow made from weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric is currently on sale for $29.95 from Crate & Barrel.

Above: A 12-inch Rattan Pot Cover (a slightly smaller version of the one seen against the wall) can be found for about $20 on Amazon. 

Above: Plop a pelargonium into the pot (but Please Don’t Call It a Geranium). A packet of 10 seeds of Nano White is $3.99 from Swallowtail Gardens. For UK gardeners, a potted white Pelargonium Zonale is £3.99 from the Vernon Geranium Nursery.

Above: Create an instant stoop in front of the door by simply laying a few Concrete Blocks end to end; $1.28 each from Home Depot.

Above: The exterior paint is a close match to Benjamin Moore’s Gravel Gray (second from left on the bottom); $68 per gallon. For more gray swatches, see Shades of Gray: Architects Pick the 10 Best Exterior Gray Paints

Visit our archives for more from our Steal This Look series. And for an interior upgrade, see Remodelista’s Steal This Look: A Scandi-Inspired Bedroom, Small Space Edition