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A Delightful Home Where Swedish and Danish Style Comes Together

Denmark closed for business last night (more of which at the end of the post), driving everyone to the safe haven of their homes for the next fortnight. Swede Ulrika Horn has retired to her home in Helsingør, Denmark where she lives in a 1950's 'murmestervilla' with her Danish husband and their two daughters. The pair bought the house back in 2008 and have been renovating it ever since. Today it's finally ready and the family enjoy a home full of treasured vintage and antique finds as well as some more modern pieces. The super mysigt (cosy) home combines rustic, industrial and bohemian charm and a place where Swedish and danish style can come together in perfect harmony! I especially love the 'garden room' which the use from late spring when they're not in the garden taking in the views over the Öresund strait. Enjoy the tour! 




Remember that garden room I was talking about in the introduction? Here it is (it's like stepping into Summer!):  


Such a charming home!

I especially love the chequered floor in the hallway and the garden room - so pretty! 

Is there anything that stood out to you?

You can see more of Ulrika's home on her instagram @a_nordic_story. Word on the street is that they recently bought a summer cottage in Sweden - I can't wait to follow the progress! 

Other Danish country homes to love: 


I also promised to come back to my comment about Denmark on shut down. I don't really want to talk too much about the Corona Virus here as I see this as a positive bubble in which to escape each day. But it would have been weird to feature a Danish home today and not mention it. 

So, just to share my thoughts - my heart goes out to those currently affected. I'm a little worried of course, as we should be, and I'm certainly washing my hands A LOT and taking responsibility wherever possible. I'm also following the news and following the advice of the Swedish government.  For now, we're still going about our business but they've banned large events and gatherings of over 500 people, which makes total sense. I wouldn't be surprised if they take stronger measures very soon, and this would be welcomed. But I haven't gone out and bought 200 loo rolls just yet. I'm not actually sure where I'd put them?! 

What are your sentiments? Are you concerned? It would be interesting to hear what's happening in your country. 

Niki

Photography: Ulrika / @a_nordic_story

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  1. I'm in Seattle: ground zero for Covid in the USA. I am lucky I am hypervigilant about deep pantry and preparedness....for earthquakes. So I have a 6 month supply of TP! and dried food and instant coffee (so important!). My husband works for Facebook and they started working from home two weeks ago, I already work form home. We have been self isolating for 3 weeks now. I am starting to get cabin fever...thank goodness for Netflix! We go for hikes on weekends, walks in neighborhood in evenings. But when we encounter people we stand 6 feet apart. We were going for beer or coffee if they had outdoor patios with seating ...and never sat closer than 6 feet. But I think now we are in the exponential growth curve of the outbreak here, that will stop.

    We cannot contain this virus anymore...but we can help to flatten the transmission/contagion curve by staying home, not traveling, practicing all the other good hygiene principles. This is so we do not overwhelm the hospital system like what happened in Wuhan and is happening in Italy now.

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    1. All sounds very wise. We’ve got three people in our home who go to school each day (including my husband!) so it’s a bit of a minefieid and no chance of isolation Unfortunately. Instead of saying ‘hi’ when they walk in I’ve found myself barking ‘WASH YOUR HANDS’!!! Sounds like you’re a complete pro at stocking up - super handy!

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  2. Hello!I am from Serbia and yes,we are concerned about the corona virus!Especially becouse the mortality rate is higher in Italy than in China!The President of our count ry with a group of doctors called this virus ridiculous 🤔!Greetings from Serbia,from NORMAL people!

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    1. Italy is very alarming I must say! Does your president mean ridiculous as in it shouldn’t be taken seriously or ridiculous as in it’s very serious?

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    3. Ridiculous as it shouldn't be taken seriously way!Can you believe it?!🙄

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  3. I'm another USA gal. My state (Kentucky) is starting to lock things down too (for all the reasons Mims listed above). We don't have many cases yet but our state and local government is trying to be proactive. Things like the local St. Patrick's Day parades have been canceled. My husband is a professor at a university and he's preparing to start teaching from home during that time. We're stocked up. The self isolating is coming soon for us.

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    1. I think it’s great to be proactive. You sound well prepared too. My husband is a teacher and they’ve discussed working remotely too but the Swedish government won’t shut down the schools as they are concerned that grandparents will be drafted in to look after the children which will put them at risk. We’ll see, maybe this will change. Stay safe!

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  4. I’m in Canada and we haven’t experienced any lock downs, just warnings to take reasonable precautions, hand washing, coughing in sleeve and this week a suggestion to postpone conventions and travel restrictions to the hot spots. Myself, I would avoid any out of country travel and am just being careful about virus hygiene protocols.

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    1. Sounds like sensible measures. Good to hear nothing has got too serious in Canada.

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  5. Rural Deep South US here - our state today recommended all mass gatherings be limited to 250, and the older folks over 65 not attend any group over 50 people. (Our health services don't have a lot of capacity, thus the smaller numbers I think.) Everyone will make adjustments. I'm thinking churches will adapt with smaller services and be fine. Universities have gone online. The spring festival circuit is hard hit, but people are clever...they'll think of a way to market themselves.

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    1. All sensible approaches I think. You’re totally right that we all need to adjust and do what we can to help. Hopefully it will all be over soon.

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  6. Arizona in the US Southwest chiming in...Firstly, Nikki, thanks so much for your blog and the lovely Danish home today. Such a bright and cheery post for me. Btw,I work with reading tutors in the local schools and all of these lovely and committed volunteers are 50 plus-it's an AARP program. FULL suspension of this program mostly likely March 16th. I have friends who initially pointed their fingers at the Media for HYPE-they aren't doing that now. Sure wish the USA had been more on the ball with mitigation and the "powers that be" would have let their focus be people not the stock market and the economy. Getting off the soap box now. I was supposed to be in Scotland in July-not going. Son was to study abroad in Italy-nope!! Take good care of yourselves everyone.

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    1. Sorry to hear about all your cancelled trips. Let’s hope you can make up for them later on down the line (I lived in Scotland for four years since I was at Edinburgh university - it’s a beautiful part of the world!). Happy to hear measured have been taken to protect all the wonderful volunteers. It’s the elderly I worry about most. My eighty year old father in law is having open heart surgery on Monday and I we’re so concerned, even more so with this virus. We’ve kept well away from him just to be sure we don’t pass anything on. Take good care in the south west and thanks for your kind words about my blog :)

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  7. Greeting from Australia, all gatherings over 500 people have been cancelled, some school have closed if a student or teacher has tested positive for the virus, the government is advising against non essential travel, and many local events cancelled - for example my children's basketball competition. I am a health professional working at a large regional hospital - I dread to think what will happen if or when the virus gets there. Gabrielle

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    1. Hi Gabrielle, thank you for the update from Australia. It’s so tough with everything being cancelled - I can only imagine your children’s disappoint about the basketball tournament. Everything’s been cancelled here too. I totally understand your concerns about the hospitals, I hope everyone takes heed of the advice to stay home to flatten out the curve and relieve pressure. My sister is a doctor in London and it’s simply crazy to hear the crisis talks, you guys really are on the front line and have my utmost respect. Take care of you! X

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  8. Here in the Chicago area things are much the same. Our governor is definitely more on the ball the proactive measures than the president. We are all stocking up on essentials, and that is wise. I work in an elementary school, and every night the surfaces are bleach wiped. It smells like a swimming pool, but that is okay. I really appreciate how my school district is responding. Alyssa

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    1. Great to hear your governor is being proactive and that your school is taking extra measures - have they talked about closures? In my daughters schools they are planning for teaching via video link.

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  9. Love your posts! In Nebraska and things are getting close, toilet paper, antibiotic wipes and soaps are being scooped up as soon as they are available. There are lots of jokes about it all on facebook, but I know too many people who are over 60 and who also have health issues and younger ones with health issues too, and in my home we have three of us at a higher risk. Today the city will decide if schools are closing and it sounds like the colleges will be mostly online. I'm nervous, but also happy that my home follows my danish roots and is minimal and easy care.....less to clean!! Take care over there!

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    1. My thoughts are with you as a higher risk group. It’s up to the rest of us to be responsible and stay home and protect you. There are strong hints that the schools will close in Sweden within the next few days and it couldn’t come soon enough. Thank you for your kind words about my blog, it means so much! Take care over there!

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  10. This is such a lovely post and I adore the blending of rustic and refined. That garden room is special!

    I’m another US based reader from New Jersey. Across the river, Manhattan they have closed down Broadway shows, museums, etc. My husband and I are 61 and retired, so able to shop and run errands in off peak times and heed the recommended precautions. We are also nearly stocked with a good supply of provisions if we need to self contain for two to three weeks. We have one more outing planned to get a few more items in reserve (including loo paper!) today and then will remain cautious and observant.

    Hope all in your family and blog community remain well and globally I hope we eventually see this event as an opportunity to “do better” for the future.

    Best,
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Great to hear you’re all set up and taking extra precautions! So wise! It’s frustrating to see everything shut down but a relief at the same. I guess we all feel the same. Crazy times.
      Stay safe and take good care! I’ll be doing my best to keep blogging daily even if the schools close. I’m stubborn like that!
      Niki

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  11. Hi Niki, love your blog. Are the floors in this home white painted hardwood that are nailed to the floor or are they white tongue and groove hardwoods? thanks.

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    1. Hi Jeanette, I can’t say for sure, but usually in Scandinavia people just paint the wood floor they have so my guess would be the first one. We’ve painted the wood floor in our bedroom and I’m so happy with it!
      Thank you for your kind words about my blog - it means so much right now!

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