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A dreamy, rural Swedish summer cottage

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!


  1. if not the leather furniture- this would be my dream house. beautiful decor though x

  2. This looks amazing! I love the kitchen, I've been a fan of black cabinets since they started becoming a trend. I'm wondering though, if black cabinets are still a trend which is going to make it to 2018 or if we will be kind of bored by it by then, what do you think?

  3. I like yellow additives :) It is said that yellow is a good color in the kitchen. Stimulates appetite - good if someone has a small foster home ;)
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  4. I love the dark lower cabinets with the bright open shelving in the kitchen! It's very similar to what I would choose for my dream kitchen -- I think I'd probably choose a cobalt blue or bright navy for my lowers.

    Also -- the little desk area is SO CUTE.

    -Megan | Adventure & Home


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