my scandinavian home: Could you while away summer days in this Swedish garden?

Could you while away summer days in this Swedish garden?

Thursday, 15 May 2014

I know it's only Thursday but I'm already gearing up for the weekend and looking forward to some down time in the garden with my family. We've got so much to do to our outdoor space so I've been pouring over inspiration lately (I'd probably do this even if we didn't have anything needed doing...!). Today I'm inspired by this outdoor space. It's a beautiful Swedish which fills me with ideas from the roses over the door, and the hollyhocks lining the wall of the house, the different social areas (cute kid alert) and 'secret garden'. I hope you get some ideas too.












Photography: Jonas Ingerstedt (with kind permission. Sköna Hem

Could you while away a summer's day in this garden?

In my (small) garden I've decided the key requirements are: a comfy area for lounging, a social yet relaxed covered (possibly using white linen) dining area, making it as green as possible, beautiful scents wafting from flowers in bloom, the sound of running water, and candle lights. Achievable in 5 metres square? Hmmmm, optimistic. But dream big as they say....

What are your outdoor space essentials?

More garden inspiration can be found on my Alfresco board, as well as previous posts of this beautiful Montreal oasis, eating alfresco and outdoor showers /bathrooms.

Have a lovely day!


15 comments:

  1. Hello! these are such a beautiful garden ideas! Amazing! Thank you, the summer is almost here and I would like to change the appereance of my yard!

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  2. So, so wonderful.. I also have a lot of plans for our garden, almost don´t know where to begin!
    Hope your day are good, thanks for sharing : )
    Elisabeth

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    1. Good to hear someone is in the same position as me! Hope you have a great day too..../Niki

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  3. Gorgeous ! I'm planning an outdoor (summer) kitchen and would be grateful for inspiration.

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  4. Oh this is just so beautiful! I am living in central London and with these glorious spring days I am constantly dreaming away to when I can have my own garden. It would be decorated very similar to the above as the seating area is just perfect for socialising - and in the evening I would make sure that there were little fairylights lighting up the place. Thank you for a beautiful post! iida x

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    1. Ooooo, fairylights - yes!! I need to add these to the list too :) Thanks Ida!

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  5. amazing place, I like the decoration they choose. it's perfect for kids

    www.stelstyle.com

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  6. Amazingl!!! A beutiful post! Have I nice weekend! Anna

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  7. I love this garden! In my garden I need lots and lots of plants and somewhere to sit, preferably to somewhere to eat as well. Enjoy the weekend!

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  8. I love the lounging area! I'm thinking of my garden as well and my #1 priority is... a vast meadow area instead of 'well-kept' suburban lawn. My #2 priority is to plant some veggies (collard greens, nice little cabbages, etc.) in wooden boxes in front of my kitchen window. Have a nice weekend!

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    1. YES! Totally with you on the 'meadow rather well kept' and the addition of veggies / herbs. Will add to my list!! Have a lovely weekend yourself! /Niki

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  9. Wow, really like the last picture! Big comfortable sofa, lots of greens, and a small garden it's my perfect yard :)

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  10. A very different point of view of this lifestyle :) I knew only the other side of Scandinavian-inspired minimalism like this kind of basic information about white walls, open spaces or wooden floors, but I never thought about how a garden would look like… You just made me dream of a big white sofa where I can just relax (similar to the one in the last picture), some nice flowerpots and other things that give a garden more soul and a small part with plants… I’m curious about yours, I hope you will share your process of creating your small piece of heaven :)

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  11. Those ideas are great! Anyway, I believe there’s a lot of stuff you can do in a five-meter square lawn. You can have trellis and use vine plants to make it look striking. Building a small gazebo is also possible, if you want to have an area in your garden where you can entertain guests, or just hang out every once in a while. Anyway, how are things doing so far?

    Gwendolyn Reyes @ Tapestry Landscape

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