my scandinavian home

Your own little fisherman's cottage on Sweden's west coast?

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

We're slowly touring the beautiful Swedish west coast - namely the Gothenburg archipelagos. It's a really special place for my husband and I since it's where we met. The waterways are dotted with little fishing villages with bright coloured 'fiskebodar' (fishing huts) and clapboard cottages perched on the rock face. Yesterday we visited picturesque Smögen where, the boardwalk bustles with people shopping, or buying fresh seafood by day. And by night it comes alive with restaurants and bars with live bands. If you're a party person, it's a must! But what's behind the doors of those little old clapboard fishing cottages? As you've guessed, many of them are just as charming on the inside. Here's a tour of a little white cottage in the heart of Smögen dating back to 1830....

Source: For sale through Stadshem, with photography by Janne Olander

Oh so charming! How wonderful would it be to have a little cottage like this to go to in the holidays? Your dressing gown hanging in the hall ready for that daily dip?

Get the look: I like this industrial pendant (keep an eye out for others here). Retro kitchen storage. Source a Swedish rag rug here (IKEA also sells them). 

You can see more pictures of this lovely cottage and the village of Smögen here

If you fancy touring the islands next summer here's a guide to some of the islands and places to stay. One of these days I'd like to create my own guide as there are just so many hidden gem!

We're heading south now (sniff sniff), and wifi might be a little touch and go. I'll do my best to post Friday but bear with me! 

Have a wonderful couple of days!

PS I also love this traditional Swedish cottage also near Gothenburg and this fisherman's cottage on the South coast. One day....  

The Line in a cottage by the ocean

Monday, 25 July 2016

Have you ever visited the Hamptons on the easternmost tip of Long Island, New York? My Mum once took my sisters and I there on a road trip (a diversion en route to Martha's Vineyard) when I was nine years old. I'll never forget the pretty clapboard houses and lovely beaches! Excitingly, The Line has taken over a seaside cottage in Amagansett - creating a beautiful beach home that's both relaxed and elegant - and of course, everything's for sale! Time to do that road trip all over again?

Photographs: Hanna Tveite
Could you imagine owning a holiday cottage by the ocean like this? Just lovely! 

If you like some of the items but the Hamptons feels a bit of er a trek, no need to worry, you can always shop online (this could get dangerous!).
We're still on holiday on the West coast of Sweden (and been soooo lucky with the weather - with deep blue skies and beautiful sunsets. The girls have been in the water from the moment we wake up to when the sun goes down).  I love the Fiskebodar that line the water's edge and the sharp light too. 

Since I'm on 'summer time' I'll be back with a post on Wednesday. Until then...

'Ha det så bra!'

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