Nordic Components; Hillsden House by Lloyd Architects

Modern, but not in a cubist sort of way. The Nordic components of this home perfectly bring together a rustic yet Scandinavian cabin feel while also effortlessly maintaining state of the art architectural features, clean lines and open spaces. 

“Contrary to popular belief, it actually takes a lot more time and effort to create such clean and simple spaces,” says interior designer Ann Tempest. The final result blurs boundaries between modern and rustic, creating a truly timeless and comfortable residence. 

Architect: Lloyd Architects 

Interior Designer: Ann Tempest

Photography: Leah Miller, Mark Weinburgh, and CityHome Collective

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Cabin on Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Located on the shores of Femunden, a large lake near Norway's border with Sweden, lies this dynamic reconstructed property. The lot used to be occupied by two separate one-room log cabins, one over 100 years old. The owners, looking to preserve the old cabins but increase square footage asked architects Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter to come up with a design incorporating the two old cabins into a larger, combined structure linked under a common roof. 

The finished project covers a floor space of 915 ft2 (85m2). The largest wing of the house contains an open floor living area, as well as a small bedroom that stretches towards the lake. Large glass windows were used throughout the house to capture ample natural light and magnificent water views. The remaining wings of the house contain the bathroom, sauna, storage and utility spaces. The main cabin and one of the smaller cabins, used as another bedroom, are heated by wood stoves.

Photographs by Tom Gustavsen, courtesy of Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter.

Elfin Lakes Trail; PNW Winter Escape

Nestled 1,600m above Squamish, BC, Elfin Lakes is a mountain escape that equals no other. The mountain cabin holds a capacity of 33 bunks on the upper level, with ample space for cooking and dining on the level below. The 11km trail (one way) is accessible in both summer and winter months, and doesn't doesn't fall short when it comes to panoramic mountain views. 

Incredible images were captured by Hennygraphy

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Fall Things; Cider Tea

Simple, but good as. The perfect coffee alternative to heat you up on a cold fall day. Heat up one cup of apple cider. Let tea bag steep as desired. Top it off with a bit of whipped cream and drink! Some tea ideas to try with; Vanilla CaramelTazo Chai, and Lemon Ginger.

Photography and inspiration via The Merrythought 

Campfires and Chasing Auroras

Unplanned adventures always seem to turn out with the best surprises. Our short trek out to Furry Creek a few weeks back only strengthened this rule, as a casual night around the campfire quickly turned into a spectacular showcase of the milky way above and the northern lights dancing behind.  

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Location: Furry Creek, BC

All photography by Ian Tyley. Find his works here. Follow him on Instagram: @iantyleyphoto

DIY Minimalist Wine Rack

When simplicity is key, less is more. All you'll need for this minimalist wine rack is a wooden board, leather straps, some paint, screws and a leather punch. Choose the size of your wood board based on the size of your kitchen and how many wine bottles you wish to store. A 60cm x 40cm is shown here. First step is to paint the board with a white lacquer. You can of course choose a different colour, or leave the wood board untreated. However note that the white contrast with the dark wine bottles will give your board that distinct Scandinavian feel.  

If you have the tools, cut your own straps of leather. If not, purchase some pre-cut straps of equal width and about 35cm in length. At both ends of each strap punch a hole the exact size of the screws you wish to use. From this point, simply form a loop with your leather strap and decide where you wish to place the positioning for the three bottles. It's advised you lay out all six loops before attaching them to ensure they are of enough distance from one and other as well as from the edges of the board; this way your bottles will appear centred on the mount. Once you're set on position, simply screw the straps in place. 

Tutorial and photography via: ItsPrettyNice

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Know The Wilderness; The Importance of Tracking

Whether you're out for a hunt, hike, simple stroll in the woods or (ideally not) in a survival situation, knowing how to read your surroundings is key. There are many tracking guidelines, books and courses out there which all can assist you in learning the skills necessary to become proficient. There is also a growing popularity in tracking field practice, which puts classroom learning on the back burner and allows you to get out in the wilderness and learn hands-on with an experienced tracker (in our opinion, the best way to learn). However, no matter what method you use, the takeaway remains the same; You'll be surprised at how many things you'll see once you know what to look for.

Animal tracking is not only a useful tool for hunting, an association it is most commonly known for. It is a skill that lures us in and forces us to appreciate the strength of seemingly unnoticeable hints shown to us by the natural world. A knowledge of your surroundings encourages you to open all of your senses to the subtle clues hidden everywhere in the wild, making the supposedly chaotic and unpredictable reappear as orderly and familiar. 

 Grizzly bear clawed tree. Shot by  B. Atalay

Grizzly bear clawed tree. Shot by B. Atalay

 Tracking the rut. Learning to read rubs via  OutdoorLife.  Shot by Lance Krueger.

Tracking the rut. Learning to read rubs via OutdoorLife. Shot by Lance Krueger.

Tracking animals is broken down into an assorted group of techniques and goals. Depending what you're looking to do you may be; tracking animals (animal track identification), trailing (following animal footprints/signs over long stretches), track aging (discovering how long the tracks have been there), gait interpretation (knowing how animals moved through an area without actually having seen them) or all techniques combined. 

The know-how not only includes a thorough knowledge of tracks, trails and sign, but also draws on the natural history, anatomy, and behavioural characteristics of animals and the environment. There is no doubt a primitive aspect to these skills, drawing on basic perceptions with minimal (if any) interference by technology, offering a welcome break from our ever-growing dependence to the online world. Ultimately, tracking is about the uncontaminated relationship between the tracker and the surrounding wilderness.

Some starting tips to keep in mind:

An understanding of basic ecological concepts is important.

Learn to consciously recognize unfamiliar parts of the landscape; create a habit of seeking out unfamiliar aspects of one’s surroundings, or consciously alter the physical vantage point you observe the landscape from.

Focus on the big picture. One of the most effective ways to recognize patterns and relationships is to sit down and just watch the entire landscape without focusing on any one detail in particular. This allows us to recognize macropatterns which are larger than the detailed sphere of one’s normal awareness.

Give time for processing perceptions and information (minutes to hours to days depending on the scale of your goals). It takes time for the senses to wander and truly learn the landscape.

Have some familiarity with the landscape. Gain experience of the area by means of trial or accompaniment of an elder tracker with a profound knowledge of the area/s.

Though in written form it may sound farfetched, an awareness of one’s instinctual feelings about the landscape and perceptions can help bring attention to things which you may be aware of on a subconscious level.

Understanding in a relational sense involves making connections, rather than just making recognitions. Being able to compare one observation to another or to theoretical knowledge is vital.