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A Rundown House Becomes a Fairytale Swedish Country Home

In 2010, Johanna Berglund and her family were living in a tiny cottage in the village of Broddarp, North East of Gothenburg - and dreaming of owning a house. One day they heard a rumour that the nearest property was for sale. They immediately knocked on the door. And the rest, as they say is history. Well, not quite. The 280-metre square house needed a lot of work - but they knew it had great bones as it had been built by Johanna's husband's great uncle - a talented builder. The pair set about transforming the house room by room, learning as they went - and ten years later it's nearly finished. Before we take the tour, I can't resist sharing a picture of the house before the renovation - the transformation is simply incredible! 

Before

After

I actually had to do a double take to check it was the same house! I'm so impressed with their vision and how they've gone the extra mile. The level of detail is a rare sight these days and really warms the heart - don't you think? Her online moniker 'snickarglädjen' (joiner joy) starts to make sense now! 

Behind the beautiful carpentry, there's a deck complete with an outdoor kitchen and dining area - an idyllic place to enjoy long summer evenings! 

Johanna and her partner have taken equal care with the interior, creating a charming home full of traditional details, beautiful wallpaper (mainly by Boråstapeter) and a cosy corners. Enjoy the tour! 







What a magical home! The level of care that has gone into the renovation oozes out from every room.
So much so, that it's worth going through the pictures several times - you're bound to spot something new every time!

Is there anything that stands out to you? 

You can see more pictures of Johanna's home over at @snickargladjen and on her website. If you're in the area you might also like to stop by Prästgården - where Johanna runs a boutique and a place to enjoy a swedish fika - as well as pick your own flowers. I'm all in!

If like me, you're now dreaming of rural life, here are a few other homes you might enjoy today: 


Speaking of rural life... we're up at the summer cottage for a few days and word on the street is that my parents-in-law are about to arrive in the harbour by boat. The girls are rushing around me in excitement. I'd better get busy so we can go and welcome them!

Wishing you a happy hump day (nope, still not quite used to that term!!). 

Niki

Photography courtesy of Johanna Berglund with kind permission. 

LATEST COMMENTS:

  1. Incredible! I thought you were having us on when I first saw the before picture, hhahah. Just incredible. To think that something so new can look like those old heritage homes one sees in Sweden is just amazing. And not just outside but inside as well. Wallpaper everywhere. They kept it so authentic that it looks like it's at least 100 years old, but yet it's very modern. well done.

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    1. Honestly - I had to double check the facade as I thought I may have made a mistake! Such an incredible transformation. I always enjoy your comments, you have a wonderful way with words which entirely sums up everything I was trying to say!

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    2. Thank you! I am so self-conscious to say anything, but your posts are always so lovely and well curated that I just can't help it :-). And it's kudos to you and your skill in choosing these gorgeous places and creating beautiful posts that makes it so easy to comment. I start my day with your blog and it sets me right.

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  2. So lovely! Love everything about it and the wallpaper...I don't usually like wallpaper but somehow it works in that home. I would so live there full time if I could.

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    1. Completely agree, the wallpaper choices are perfect! Very subtle, as if they have always been there. Love that!

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  3. A sensational house, inspiring, charming, well thought out....when can I move in?

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    1. You might have to join the queue behind me!! I agree, it’s so special!

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  4. Okay I would love to move in like yesterday. The details of the outer veranda and the wood work just stunning and they have really given the old house a new lease of life.

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    1. I couldn’t believe it when I realized they’d added all the details, really warms the heart in this day and age!

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  5. Dreamy house, such amazing makeover.

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  6. That reading nook in the kitchen - wow ! what a dream....

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    1. Agree! I love a nook, and this one is so perfect!

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  7. Gorgeous house, both inside and out!

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  8. Stunning! A new favourite.

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  9. Wow this home is absolutely STUNNING. I just bought a fixer upper mid-century style home and it's been a lot of work but so totally worth it. I just got the exterior pressure washed and then had the deck rebuilt and it's coming together nicely!

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  10. Well I learned today that I LOVE Scandinavian Swedish style! So beautiful!

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