my scandinavian home

All things bright and beautiful in a small Swedish space!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Hello! I'm working in the garden today - and it feels a little like when we were at primary school and managed to persuade the teacher to take the lesson outside - and then no one concentrated whatsoever! Despite the sunshine, and relative lack of focus my day got even brighter when I stumbled across this delightful Swedish apartment over at Entrance Mäkeri! Although the family of three only have one bedroom, they've used the space wisely - carving out a makeshift bedroom in the corner of the sitting room which can be separated off using a curtain. The entire apartment, except for the children's bedroom -  has been kept gloriously light with natural wood floors and the palest of grey on the walls. I'm in love!

Photography: Anders Bergstedt / For sale through Entrance Mäkleri.  

What a beautiful space, don't you think?!

I've noticed a growing trend for using relatively dark, bold wallpaper in children's bedrooms right now - see another fine example here. In this home, the William Morris Strawberry Thief wallpaper in looks particularly great beside the powder bed canopy - and I love the rabbit nightlight (my daughter has the same!).

Could you imagine going dark and bold in your child's bedroom?

A few other items I love and where to find them: source vintage botanical school posters here, get made to measure linen curtains with ties in a colour of your choice here, combine string shelves to create storage to fit your space.

Have a wonderful start to the week!

A dreamy, rural Swedish summer cottage

Friday, 19 May 2017

The excitement in the air is palpable in Sweden: the warm weather has finally arrived and in just six weeks time people all over the country will be closing their laptops and heading out of town. Many will visit a summer cottage and spend the summer enjoying the simple things in life: long hours of daylight, nature and being together with friends and family. Despite it's size, this beautiful 19th century summer house (formerly a school for farm workers' children) just North of Stockholm has every trapping of a traditional Swedish summer cottage. Owner, Erica Franzén, who runs design firm Loft Stockholm, has carried out a total renovation and created a magical home which is pared-back and simply furnished with classic fittings, vintage finds and warm, natural textures. Outside it's red and white facade juxtaposes with the lush nature in which it resides - and a terrace has been put in place to enjoy it! Oh and....  you'll never guess what? It's for sale.....

Credits: Interior designer: Erica Franzén. Stylist Line Sandberg. Photography: Camilla Lindqvist. 


I'm actually having a hard time to complete this post now. In my mind I'm already enjoying long lunches on the terrace and Christmas by the wood burning stove! Help!

I mean, could you imagine?!

I'm sure it will get snapped up in no time, and if it's not by one of us, there's nothing wrong with stealing a few ideas now, is there?! Here are a few items I know and love: kitchen - lampe gras wall sconce, Meraki soap, source a vintage school desk here, grey sheepskin throw. Desk area: wishbone chair. Bedroom: William Morris Willow Boughs wallpaper.

Such perfect inspiration for the weekend, don't you think? I might just head over to the estate agent and drool over the remainder of the pictures. And after that, a visit to my 'summer cottage' archive is definitely in order. Meet you there?!

Have a wonderful couple of days and see you Monday!

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