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A Striking Swedish Flat, Full of Contrast

I whizzed up to our little cabin yesterday over the day to take some photos. I noticed that the buds were starting to appear on the bushes - small wins friends, small wins! It's hard to imagine that in just 10 weeks it will be June - the month when the Swedish school summer holiday begins. 

Many flock to the island of Gotland in the Baltic to soak up the warm weather and beautiful light. The island also has many year round dwellers who make the most of having the place to themselves the rest of the year. This striking apartment in the picturesque capital - 'Visby', looks like somewhere someone could happily live year round. Built in the 19th century, the flat has many features typical of the time including high ceilings, large spacious rooms and wide doorways as well as a beautiful tiled masonry oven. 

The decor is one of contrast - where a deep charcoal and dark wood juxtaposes with white, while a mustard tone fills the in between to create harmony. Look closely and you'll also spot some gems, including the desk lamp and bamboo safari chair as well as other vintage pieces. I hope you enjoy the tour! 

I'd happily sit at this desk while looking out over the Baltic Sea, how about you? 

I haven't see a bamboo version of the safari chair before, have you? I found a similar one here

I love this spot - it's the perfect place for a little light therapy and warmth, even if the weather isn't playing nicely outside! 

While monochrome can feel quite austere, the use of mustard / golden tones helps to soften the look and add warmth. 

Source a similar vintage scissor lamp*

Such a stunning tiled masonry oven - it's like art in itself. 

The kitchen  cabinets and backsplash are all made from wood - a look we don't see very often!  

The subtle shift in tones between the sitting room and bedroom add to the interest of the living space. 


It's not always easy to understand the layout of these homes, so I have promised to start sharing the floorplan whenever there is one available. This is how this apartment is laid out:

Glossary; 'sovrum' = bedroom, 'Vardagsrum' = sitting room, 'Kök' = kitchen 

Are you a fan of dark colours in homes? 

We once had a black wall in our bedroom (many moons ago) and while I enjoyed the contrast and cosiness, we needed to add a lot more lighting! Just to warn you, in case you're feeling inspired to do something similar in your home. 

Fancy moving to Visby? This apartment is for sale via Bertwig

See more homes on the island on this archive - so many beautiful ones! 

Vi ses på Fredag! 

Niki

Photography: Andreas Ljungqvist / Bertwig with thanks 

LATEST COMMENTS:

  1. I love looking at all of the masonry ovens that you feature, but this one is especially gorgeous. I tend to gravitate towards lighter and brighter interiors, but I like to see darker contrasting elements in the furniture/decor. I think there are a lot of factors in deciding light vs dark walls--the dark walls seem to work here, maybe because of the high ceilings and the amount of natural light, but I'm a light fanatic so I wouldn't opt for them, personally. I like looking at them in other people's homes, though!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts around the dark / light - so interesting! / Niki

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  2. from the french woman : many strikes in France, many interruptions of electrical energy in my sector and therefore no computer !
    it is with delay that I appreciate this nice wink with the presentation of the plan of this accomodation. I thank you for giving so kindly to my wish.
    Bravo Niki, you are a real attentive professional !
    I look forward to my little moment of pleasure on Friday.
    See you tomorow !!!

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    1. Yes, I've been seeing all your strikes on the news, I hope normalcy resumes for you soon! I'm so happy you noticed my efforts to include floorplans where possible :) / Niki

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  3. Very charming, and the unbeatable view!

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    1. You can't beat a view of the sea! :) / Niki

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