Nordic Homestead


Nordic Homestead – Riina Ahtola & Kati Pilli-Sihvola

Texts: Riina Ahtola
Photography: Kati Pilli-Sihvola
Editing: Elina Lähteenmäki
Photo editing: Viola Virtamo
Layout design: Marja Wickman
Language: English


Surrounded by apple blossom, gravel crunches under the foot as we reach the entrance of an old country house. The lichen-covered stone steps beckon to climb up and enter through the red double doors flung open wide.

Nordic Homestead whisks readers to a place where a piece of earth is a slice of heaven. All of the ten families featured in the book have moved to the countryside, where there’s plenty of room to breathe. They all share a desire to be surrounded by nature and see the world afresh – leaving the humdrum behind, devoting more time to the family, and embracing the peace and quiet.

The book will take you on a journey to homes in the Finnish countryside, where deserted log houses, old farms, manor houses and former village schools with creaking floorboards, cosy fireplaces, timeworn brick walls and other beautiful, original features await their new faithful owners.

The authors Riina Ahtola and Kati Pilli-Sihvola share a love for country living and old houses, which are not only beautiful but have their enchanting stories to tell.



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