my scandinavian home: Summer at this charming Swedish cottage?

Summer at this charming Swedish cottage?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

I've been dreaming of villas in tropical paradises lately (as you know!), but actually when the warm weather arrives and the skies clear here in Sweden there's nowhere I'd rather be. And I'm not alone. Many Swedes take to their summer cottages for the month of July. The cottages are more often than not decorated in a lovely relaxed, fuss-free style with a focus on the simple way of life. Today I stumbled across this charming traditional family summer cottage in Kyrkeby a little hamlet north of Gothenburg and it immediately reminded me of these care-free summer days with long lunches alfresco and dips in the sea. Let's take a tour...

For sale though Stadshem. Photography: Janne Olander.

So pretty don't you think? Charmingly simple and laid back. I love the pretty floral wallpapers and traditional stove - is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look: traditional bench with storage, source pretty vintage tea sets here, the purple anorak is by Danish brand Noa Noa, pink hunter wellies. The traditional Swedish rag rug. This bold floral cushion is similar.

You can see more pics of this home here (did I mention it's for sale! Tempted?).

I've shared a few other idyllic traditional Swedish summer cottages in the passed including this pared-back one on Gotland, an idyllic cottage with an outdoor kitchen and a summer home with a lovely bed nook. Oh so lovely!  Do you have a favourite?

A few mid week links I love from around the web:

You know it's summer when.....22 of the prettiest outdoor showers. And my latest purchase (for those with indoor showers).

A simple peach caprese salad. Mmmmm.

This hanging plant pot. Grow your own Pineapple plant.

Still grey where you are?  Embrace it with these paint colours!

Have a lovely day!


  1. I love the pops of pink in the foyer. A pale magenta on the boots, and a dark fuchsia in the jacket all pull from the wall paper. So pretty!

  2. It's nice to see some red, makes a nice change from all of the pastel colours around at the moment! Do people in Sweden rent out their summer cottages sometimes or do they just keep them for visiting themselves? This cottage is so peaceful and cosy looking, I'd be very tempted by a trip there!

  3. The red is a very traditional Swedish colour - I agree it looks lovely! There are lots of swedish summer cottages available to rent- I can recommend the Gothenburg and Stockholm archipelagos in particular - so beautiful in the summertime. Try Visit Sweden for more info.

    1. Thanks, I'll take a look! We actually went to those places for our honeymoon. I'd love to go back, so beautiful!

  4. Such a lovely Swedish cottage! It looks so romantic!


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