A Cosy Summer Cabin In The Swedish Countryside (available to rent!)

Tjena! How was your weekend? I'm feeling so distracted today: the schools have broken up, the warm weather has arrived and the sparkling sea beckons!  It's honestly the best time of the year to be in southern Sweden. Why don't you come and join us?! I wrote a local guide to Malmö here - and if you're a foodie, there's the unique Stedsans in the Woods about an hour away. Better still, if you're travelling as a couple and looking to get away from it all, I spotted that Swedish interior designer and photographer Daniella Witte is renting out her super cosy summer cabin.  Situated near Lomma (which has a wonderful beach), the cosy grey and white summer cabin interior is reminiscent of Daniella's own lovely home, sleeps two and has beautiful vistas over the Scanian countryside.  It's hard to imagine that the structure is made from repurposed steel shipping containers! How incredible is that?!

Daniella has painted an Ivar cabinet from IKEA in the same colour as the walls (Jotun Demidekk S 2502-Y) and added wheels.

I like how Danielle has also painted the hooks (seen above left) in the same colour as the walls - and opted for a kitchen cabinets and a table in a similar colour to keep the look clean and decluttered. 

When you go for a monotone look it's important to add loads of texture. Curtains are great for adding texture, softness and dampening the sound. 

A white bed skirt and natural bed linen* add a lovely freshness to the space. As you've no doubt noticed, linen is a massively popular material in Scandinavia. One of the main reasons is that it's really practical - it keeps you warm in winter and nice and cool in the summer, plus the natural creases add a relaxed look to the room - no ironing required!  

Perfect little spot for a morning coffee (or evening G&T! FYI the nearby island of Ven makes a great local gin, just saying!).

You might need to book quickly - before the resident cat gets in there first! 

Daniella rents it out Sunday to Sundays throughout the summer. Her contact details are available here

A quick note on container houses: there are thought to be over 14 million out-of-service shipping containers in the world. They have become a popular building material since they are relatively cheap to acquire, easy to transport and keep construction costs down - plus it's a great way to recycle!

Have a fabulous start to the week. 

It might just be time for that first dip in the sea for the day here in Malmö...


Photography / design: Daniella Witte

PS it's Per and my ten-year wedding anniversary next week and we've booked a little getaway to Italy (so excited, I can't remember the last time we were without children!). We're flying to Pisa and looking for somewhere beautiful to stay on the coast or Tuscan countryside - any tips?! All a bit last minute, I know! 


  1. Looks beautiful, but don't these get incredibly hot in the summer? Granted, the Swedish countryside isn't the hottest place on earth, but it can get sunny and hot there too. I used to work on a project where we used shipping containers for storage, and we just called it the sweat box... The metal lets very little air though, even with windows, not like an airy wooden house.
    As for Italy-tips - I went to Castellina in Chianti some years ago, and loved it. No tips for places to stay, but I am sure there are lots of lovely places in the area. Great wine, too...

    1. We have Air conditioner in the house! :)

    2. There's also always a lovely breeze from across the Skåne fields :)
      Fun that you've been to the same region in Italy, I'm looking forward to the wine!

  2. I would never have guessed that this is made from a container! Perfect cabin for a holiday. Maya :)

    1. I know, right?! It's so clever! tempered to do something similar in the grounds of our summer cottage now too.

  3. Hy i am italian.
    If you want to stay on the coast you could choose between Versilia (but it is more expensive) or Argentario/Maremma (Grosseto) San Vincenzo for example or Castiglione della Pescaia.
    In the countryside San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza, Siena are unmissable.
    For you accomodation you can search on or
    Sorry for my english :-)

    1. Thank you so much for all these tips - so many wonderful places, such little time. Sounds to me like this will be the start of many trips. I love Italy! PS your English is GREAT!

  4. Haven't been there, bo it is on my bucket list, and than I would definately go for ;) Looks amazing on Instagram <3

    1. What a pretty table setting! I'd love a wooden table like that! Thank you for the tip. I hope you make it to that part of the world too one day :)


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