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A beautiful, relaxed Swedish country home

Hej hej! Its my second day here in the Hudson Valley - and all going well (promise I'll be able to reveal all soon!). It's such a beautiful part of the world, have you been? I've been once before to photograph a couple of homes for my first book Modern Pastoral and so excited to be back! I do love country homes with a modern twist no matter where in the world. This home in Borås, West Sweden, for example, is so inspiring!  It belongs to Swedish interior stylist and blogger Johanna Flyckt Gashi, husband Luzim and their three children, and has been furnished with an amazing blend of vintage, flea market finds, handmade pieces and lots of art which makes the home a truly warm and inviting. Let's take a tour...

Photography / styling: Johanna Flyckt Gashi - shared with kind permission.  

I love how this space is instantly recognisable as Johanna's home. She's got such a unique style which stands the test of time (I showed her home a few years ago here  and I think it looks equally good then as it does today, don't you reckon?!).

Get the look from Johanna's wonderful home: Sitting room - pick up a vintage metal folding chair here, mustard coloured throw, source a vintage black scissor lamp here. Bedroom - I love this pale grey stonewashed bed linen (and it's in the sale too!).

If you're doing up a country home (or actually, just want to wile away an hour or so - and why not I say?!)  kick back and enjoy this lovely archive (makes me want to move to the country - how about you?!).

Have a lovely day!

Lovely greens and blues in a Swedish space

Well, hello there! I hope you had a great weekend? I'm writing from a sunny Hudson Valley this morning - it'll be my home for a few days since I'm collaborating on a super exciting project (more to be revealed soon, although I might not be able to resist sharing a few sneak peeks on Instagram.... (just don't tell anyone!). Even though I'm miles from home I'm still drooling over this elegant home currently for sale in Gothenburg, on Sweden's west coast. There's something about the green and blue tones and textures (how much do you want to run your finger along that kitchen worktop?!) that makes me feel like hanging out there all week (once I'm back of course!). How about you?

Photography: Anders Bergstedt. For sale through Entrance

Oj oj oj (as they say in Sweden!), what a fabulous apartment, don't you think?!

There are so many pieces I know and love in this apartment, in order of appearance: Blur print by  Esther de Groot, Vertigo pendant light, Menu wall-mounted candleholder, Remodelista book,
In Detail: Inspiring ideas for creative interiors by Hans Blomqvist, Z1 pendant light (also seen in my sitting room), Hektar Clamp Lamp.

Is there anything that you love about this home?

Right, better get on with the project here in Upstate New York! I hope you've got some great plans for the week too!

See you tomorrow!

PS Does anyone know the stylist behind this beautiful apartment? if so please let me know in the comment section below and I'll update the post.

My 'Lagom' book available to pre-order in US!

Popping in with a rare Sunday post as I have some super exciting news to share.... my new book Lagom: (not too little, not too much) The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life will also be available in a US version - (same book, different cover) and is set to launch stateside on 3rd October, 2017 (available to pre-order here)  - eeeeee! You can read a little more about my book and find links to the European version here (it will also be available on French, Portuguese and Czech!). Thank you so much for the overwhelming response - det värmer i hjärtat!

I've actually just landed in the USA myself (I'm working on a fun project in Upstate New York over the next few days)! But I will of course be back tomorrow as usual with a beautiful Swedish home tour - look forward to seeing you then!

My sitting room refresh with Bemz

I'm super excited to reveal my new sitting room today. It's been a long time in the making since I simply couldn't decide which sofa to go for: I've been looking for something our entire family could get cosy on in this Autumn, and of course, a piece that looks beautiful too! The answer came in the form of a marriage between two brands: IKEA and Bemz! Of course, we're all familiar with the first, but have your heard of the latter?! Bemz makes the most beautiful customised, replacement covers for IKEA sofas and armchairs (as well as curtains, cushions and bedroom textiles).  It's such a simple process too. You basically pick out the piece you like from IKEA (or if you're lucky you can find it online second hand), better yet upgrade an existing IKEA piece at home, and then choose from over 250 Bemz colours and patterns, all of which are machine washable and sewn to order in Europe. How great is that?! Here's a sneak peak of what has officially become the most cosy corner in our house... and a little more information about the make-over.

I invited Gen (the wonderful My Scandinavian Home interior designer) over for a brainstorm (any excuse for a coffee and a chat!) and we opted for the SÖDERHAMN three-seat sofa with chaise longue with a Bemz Urban Loose Fit cover in Rosendal Pure Washed Linen in Silver Grey. I have a weakness for relaxed, natural textures and absolutely love the pronounced seams - such a beautiful touch, don't you think?! Not only that, but the Bemz loose fit slipcover completely transforms the look of the original IKEA SÖDERHAMN, giving it an exclusive touch - love that! 

The cover was added to the sofa during the assembly process (admittedly I've never been great with an Allen key so I might just have got the man involved at this point!). Of course, while strolling through IKEA I also picked up a few accessories to match - including the Stockholm 2017 chair, GRADVIS vase, VILJESTARK vase, and ARV bowl (hey, the new IKEA catalogue 2018 came out this week, how could I not?!) - but some of the older, more rustic pieces at home fit really nicely with the look too. I hope you like the result as much as I do!

Photography: Niki Brantmark - My Scandinavian Home. Interior design / styling: Genevieve Jorn

Roll on Autumn!

If you fancy giving an IKEA piece a new lease of life at home, it's well worth checking out the Bemz covers and slipcovers - there are some really beautiful ones. The great thing is IKEA sofas are built to last, and the SÖDERHAMN has a 10 year warranty so if you tire of it or spill your espresso martini, it is easy to update the cover - yay!

I think I might go for a headboard next...! 

Have a lovely day!

PS If you're wondering where anything is from, please do ask away in the comment section below!

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