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An Incredible Hide-away In The Saguaro National Park

I've only been back at my desk two weeks and I'm already dreaming of getting away from it all. Are your summer (or winter for you Southern Hemisphere guys) holidays over too? If so, let's dream away together over a stay at this dreamy retreat in Arizona! Designed by über talented duo Sara and Rich combs of The Joshua Tree House fame, The Posada, is a 5 suite inn in Tucson, Arizona - opening this September. Book a stay and you'll be invited to reflect, reset and create in a relaxed living space decorated with furniture, rugs, art and accessories in shades inspired by the golden, earthy tones of the surrounding Saguaro National Park. And then there's the outdoor terrace too... 

Art by Julia Kostreva, wooden table made by Sam Okerlund, sofa from six penny home


Despite the huge amount of effort that went into creating this beautiful space, it's the details, like this built in shelving and ceramics that Sara and Rich feel most proud and make the inn feel extra special.  


This is could quite possibly be the most incredible shower / bath combination I've seen. Imagine cooling off from the 38-degree Celsius midsummer heat in this sunken bath? Heaven! I'm now wondering how I could Scandify this look for my own home. Hmmm

Read more about the bathroom renovation here

Tiles from Fireclay Tile, source great macramé plant hangers here*

I also have a serious crush on this wall mounted sink with a raw, handmade feel from Cast Concrete Basins, do you think you'd need to have a country home to get away with this, or could I install one in my townhouse?!

The Posada is situated on 38 acres of land and the terrace looks out over a forest of Saguaro cactus, native plants and passing wildlife. Quite a spot for an evening meal, don't you think?! 

Outdoor string lights*

I'm already on that terrace sipping sangria. Fancy joining me?!

You can book a room at The Posada here

Sara and Rich also rent out a hacienda and casita in Joshua Tree which look like a pretty nice getaway too. 

See also - A desert hideaway

Can you tell I'm not ready for the colder weather to arrive in Sweden yet?!

Ha så fint! 

Niki

Credits: Sara & Rich Combs / The Joshua Tree House / @thejoshuatreehouse

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Contemporary Meets Cosy In a 1920s Swedish Apartment

Why, hello there! I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was chaotic to say the least (with even a trip to A&E thrown in - my younger daughter hurt her foot poor thing, but all was OK - phew!). Don't you find, sometimes though, you only need to do one really nice thing to make the entire weekend feel special? Yesterday afternoon we went out fishing for a couple of hours just next to where we live and caught some herring for our supper. It was so relaxing - and rewarding! Speaking of sailing, I shared some snapshots from our island hopping on Sweden's south east coast yesterday. I hope the pictures might inspire you to visit this part of the world one day! Anyway, I'm sure what you really came by for today is the home tour, so I promise not to waffle on! Let's dive straight in!

I stumbled across this Swedish maisonette on Kvarteret Mäkleri earlier today. Built by architect Nernst Hanson in 1923, it's located in Gothenburg and has been carefully renovated to preserve all the original details such as serving cabinets, wood floorboards and high skirting boards. It also has some rather lovely modern touches -  striking just the right balance between contemporary and cosy!  

Grey-beige toned kitchen cabinets have been popping up a lot lately in Sweden. The beige adds a lovely warmth to the grey and yet the look is still very calm. I wish I had a colour code for these, if anyone can help please do add a comment below! 




The master bedroom is down a flight of stairs. Although, it may feel slightly dark during the daytime (there's only one small window), I can imagine the white washed wood beam ceiling, stone walls and quietness more than make up for it! 

Mirrors are such a great way to add natural light to a darker space and make the room feel larger. It also gives us a small glimpse off the stairs which have been painted in fresh white - lovely!

I loved the simplicity of this space - kind off perfect for a Monday, don't you think?

Did anything stand out to you?

As always, you can enjoy a load more Swedish homes in this archive. There must be well over a thousand homes squirrelled away in there by now! Perfect for a rainy day! 

Have a great start to the week! 

Niki 

Photography / for sale through Kvarteret Mäkleri
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Travel diaries: Swedish Island Hopping in The Baltic

In partnership with Skandinavisk 
"Silken lakes, secluded islands, silent forests, memories of rowing to deserted islands, the slippery touch of damp rock moss underfoot, and the fragrant green embrace of dog-rose and crabapples." This is the inspiration behind Skandinavisk's wonderful Øy (island solitude) fragrance, a description that perfectly encapsulates the Swedish coastline with its myriad of islands, skerries and rocky outcrops - many of which are uninhabited and totally exposed to the elements. In the summer, Swedes head out to the islands to relax, recharge their batteries and lead a simple life inspired by the wild beauty of this wonderful natural environment.

This summer we took to the waters on Á La Vie, our family sailing boat to explore the remote islands off Sweden's South East coast. Our three week voyage took us through the secluded Blekinge and Karlskrona archipelagos, to the long slender island of Öland and the stunning Baltic island of Gotland. Being on board had its limitations (there was barely enough room to swing a cat - and we were completely dependent on the wind!) but we'd do it all over again if we could! I hope these pictures help tell the tale of a coastline that's rich, diverse and mesmerisingly beautiful and will perhaps inspire you to visit one day.

Tjärö


A jewel between the ocean and sky, Tjärö is nestled in a cluster of islands in the little-known  Blekinge archipelago. Privately owned, the entire island is a nature reserve characterised by bare rocks with deep crevices, beech forests, meadows and grassland. We loved hiking around the shoreline, enjoying barbecues on the warm rocks and a special afternoon at our very own wood-burning sauna accessed by rowing boat. 

A dip in the (very 'fresh') Baltic, was rewarded with the ringing of a bell as you raced back to the warmth of the sauna! 

Utlängan

It wasn't hard to adapt to the sleep, swim, eat, rhythm of life on the tiny island of Stenshamn. Situated the furthest out in the Karlskrona archipelago the harbour was dotted with traditional Falu red and white cottages and a shop selling homemade pies (the pies could have had something to do with how much I enjoyed this place!). 


The island was connected to Utlängan via a narrow road, which turned into a stone path leading passed woodland and meadows to a lighthouse. It was wild, secluded and stunningly beautiful! And of course, there was that pie waiting for you on return! 

Wildflowers were never far away. Ox eye daisies, milkwort, thistles, heather and other species were found by the roadside, in the dunes, or growing through the crevice of a rock. The scenery might be visually rich - but the scent is incredibly subtle. On my walk through Utlängan, I thought about how Skandinavisk captures this understated scent in the Øy collection (which includes a body wash and lotion, hand wash and hand cream, bar soap, scented candle and scent diffuser). The collection is gentle and lightly scented, yet designed to cleanse and soften exposed skin.    

The lightly scented Skandinavisk Øy hand wash, hand and body lotion and hand cream contain extract of sea buckthorn - designed to cleanse and soften exposed skin. 

Gotland

If you've followed My Scandinavian Home for a while, you'll no doubt have heard of the island of Gotland. It certainly has its fair share of beautiful homes. But there's so much more to this remote island! Hop off the ferry (or in our case sailing boat) and you will be greeted by the medieval walled town of Visby, a UNESCO World heritage site with its medieval ruins, defence towers and cobblestone streets lined with charming cottages, cafes and restaurants.  

As with all towns and villages on this coastline, Visby has its own swimming piers, and the 'dip' is a part of everyday life. The length of time spent in the water depends on the temperature of the sea - and I'm not going to lie - the Baltic is fresh! But it's only mildly salty. If you do as our nordic friends do and submerge yourself even for a mere second, you'll come out feeling invigorated and relaxed - and with silky smooth skin! 

Ljugarn, Gotland


Ljugarn on Gotland's east coast was another favourite spot. The day we arrived, the atmospheric sky was like a watercolour tinged with soft greys and inky blues. We tucked into a potato pizza at Bruna Dörren, hidden away in the woods beside a secluded silvery beach. 

A visit to Ljugarn wouldn't be complete without a visit to interior design shop Verkstan, selling everything from clay pots and seagrass baskets to hammam towels. But also, it's worth taking time to browse the many pottery ateliers and galleries throughout the island. 

Before returning to the marina in Visby we visited Tofta and took in the wild flower meadows, a soft sandy beach and remnants from the Bronze Age. 

Fårö

Connected to Gotland by chain ferry, it's easy to see why Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman made the small island of Fårö his home. Narrow roads lined with wild flowers lead to a rocky coast dotted with rauka (sea stacks), forests dense with bluebells and remote, windswept beaches. 

The island has many pared-back eateries such as Albatross and Creperie Tati, the relaxed style blending in seamlessly with the raw, understated nature of the island. I wish I could have stayed a while! 

If you visit Fårö, make sure when on the way back to the car ferry you pull-over for a freshly baked cinnamon bun from Sylvis Döttrar Bakery. They are to die for!

The Baltic Sea

On our sail between Gotland and Öland there wasn't a breath of wind. The sea was glassy calm, we simply drifted around and launched our stand-up paddle board, enjoying the silence. It was a rare moment and truly magical.

Öland 

There are so many harbours to choose from along the slender island of Öland - but in the end we decided on Nabbelund located in a lagoon in the Northern part of the island. Remote and off the beaten track - it felt like the perfect base from which to explore the magical Trollskogen (the Trolls Forest) with its gnarled windswept pine trees, ancient oaks, harebells and viking burial sites. 


Blå jungfru

The tiny uninhabited island of Blå Jungfrun rises up out of the blue waters of the Kalmar strait. Its magnificent silhouette is the subject of countless folktales and myths, and is a legendary gathering place for witches. We moored Á La Vie directly onto the warm granite rocks - which are home to a variety of plants and wildlife (including the crazies, who loved hopping between the large rocks and picnicking on the shore!). For a few blissful hours, we were completely alone!


Utklippan

Arriving at Utklippan, Sweden's south-easternmost archipelago feels like you've entered the last corner of the world. This small archipelago is divided into two small islands Norraskär and Södraskär - the former  is home to a lighthouse and a hostel - as well as skerries enjoyed by a thriving colony of seals. Per and I roamed the islands, enjoying the solitude - whilst our children nervously checked out the 'dry' loos. Needless to say, we enjoyed this wild outpost more than they did!  

I hope you enjoyed these little snapshots of our trip!

I wish I could do it all over again!

If you love going off the beaten track and feel drawn to this remote part of Sweden, here are a few links you might find helpful. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section too! 


You could visit this part of the world over a lifetime and still not see everything so please feel free to share your experiences I would love to hear about them! 

In the meantime, you can experience the scent of the islands from the wonderful Øy (island solitude) collection by Skandinavisk. In particular, I absolutely love the hand wash and body wash - they remind me so much of our holiday! 


Niki

This post is supported by Skandinavisk. However, all words and pictures are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too. Thank you for supporting the businesses which help me to bring fresh content to My Scandinavian Home! 

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