The idyllic Swedish summer cottage

When it comes to March and the first real warm days of the year, I dare to dream of long, carefree summer days. Freshly baked bread (by my man - after all, the secrets out - I'm the world's worst baker!!), the dewy grass under my feet and our children dashing around the garden screaming with laughter. In fact, the setting is not unlike that of the summer cottage of photographer Carina Olander in Dalarna, Sweden. Dating back to the 1800's, the charming cottage had no warm water and was in desperate need of renovation when the family first acquired it. Today, white washed walls serve as a simple back drop for a mix of antiques and vintage finds. The door is idly thrown open to the garden - which takes centre-stage all summer long. What an idyllic setting, don't you think?

Photography / home-owner: Carina Olander, shared with kind permission.

Oh how I'd love to be enjoying 'fika' under the boughs of that tree right now, fancy joining me?!

Get the look from Carina's lovely cottage: kitchen / dining room - Bialetti coffee maker, keep an eye out for a pair of industrial pendant lamps here, Moroccan woven shopping bag. Second dining space: bamboo lounge table and sofa bench from Tine K Home (I also like this folding table in bamboo for smaller spaces), set of linen cushions.

You might also like to take a peek inside more dreamy scandinavian summer cottages in this archive, and a whole host of idyllic Swedish cottages here (if this comes up first just scroll passed it). There really is something extremely special about a Scandinavian summer cottage, don't you think?

What does your 'summer dream' look like?

Have a wonderful weekend!

PS You probably recognise Carina's name as I'm often sharing her beautiful photography here on the blog - including the home of a collector, a country home at Christmas and a beautiful Gotland home in soothing grey.  Oh so lovely?!


  1. Bags are packed, we're on our way... ;)

    Gorgeous. Enjoy!

  2. Amazing! That cupboard with the pottery...sigh...the white paint! It's just perfect!!!

  3. i am in love with the garden table and chairs set! the kitchen is beautiful too. i really love the wood elements in this house

    1. I love the garden table and chairs too - so simple and just lovely!

  4. Oh, I love this cottage so much!!!! (Bdw, my husband is also who makes bread and other delicious food at home!!). Happy weekend!!

    1. Phew - so happy to hear! What great men we have?

  5. Oh we are dreaming of winter here in oz....summer just keeps coming and unfortunately it's indoor weather. To Scandinavia I come

    1. By indoor weather do you mean too warm to go outside? It's a hard concept to imagine right now in Sweden!

  6. Oh I would never leave!


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