A Warm and Relaxed Swedish Cottage by the Sea

Hello friends! It's so great to be back here on the blog after my summer break! I am easing myself in slowly with this wonderful summer cottage in the picturesque fishing village of Simrishamn, south Sweden. It's a popular summer destination and this cottage, with its charming touches from the 1860s and sea views is a perfect place from this to enjoy all the town has to offer! 

I was planning on sharing a carefully whittled down selection of pictures from the listing, but the task became impossible - there is simply too much inspiration to be gleaned from each and every room. What I love most about this cottage is how the owners have veered away from a more obvious blue and white coastal theme. Instead, an ode to the summer and sea can be seen in a variety of clever ways - from the warm yellow tones, straw hats, art, scalloped edges and sea-themed lamp shades! Välkommen! 

You'll be hard pressed to spot new items in this lovely home. Chairs, tables, cabinets and mirrors have a distinct vintage and antique vibe  while other touches have a traditional touch to match the soul of the 150-year-old property. 

Rattan, bamboo and woven rugs bring in a relaxed costal touch while rag rugs (seen furthest away in the above picture) bring time-honoured tradition to the cottage, while also helping to keep drafts at bay. 

A mix of pieces help to create a relaxed atmosphere in the sitting room. 

I don't think I've ever seen so many hooks! They are highly practical in a summer cottage when storage is limited, although you'd need to pack your prettiest garments - and underwear would need to go elsewhere (I'm not sure I would want to wake up to a row of Per's boxers!). 

The yellow bedspread brings instant sunshine to the space - well needed given the rainy summer we have just had in Sweden! Any tips on where this might be from? if so, please do share in the comments section below! 

Wildlife art in the stairwell draws the surrounding nature indoors, while curtains help to create privacy for extra bunks in the landing. 

Open storage is great for short term stays. I like the way they have made the most of space under the sloped ceiling. 

How lovely! I could definitely see myself wiling away the summers here, about you? 

See more pictures and the full floor plan here

You might also like to take a peek inside a few other these coastal cottages:


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Photography courtesy of Ekström & Co


  1. from the french woman : very happy to see you back and to admire some very nice visits !
    the weather this summer has not been great either in many places in france ! maybe an indian summer in september ?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I am REALLY hoping for an Indian summer too! / Niki

  2. Hey Niki, Your blog and my coffee are the first things I do every morning. Regarding the yellow bed cover. I think it could be ELSA C. I have a few of these French boutis / covers. It looks like it, but just my guess. Caroline

    1. Thank you so much for the tip - fantastic! I'll going and check them out. I love this bed spread :) / Niki

  3. if it's feasible could you please, double please, add a link to pintererst. there are so many of your pictures i would love to add to many of my boards. thanks for listening.

    1. Good news - there is a Pinterest link already. If you hover your curser / mouse over the pictures the pin button will pop up in the corner of each picture. But thank you for highlighting this as maybe it needs to be clearer. / Niki

  4. Welcome back! I hope you had a marvelous time with your family.

    How cute is this place??? I absolutely love it--the retro vibe, the hints of yellow--the fish picture, the dangling rowboat decoration--so fun and quirky.

    1. Thank you kris, we did indeed. It's been lovely to spend time as a family in a relaxed way rather than the usual chaos! I hope you've had a great summer too!

      I love this place too, thank you for pointing out all the touches, you always have a great way of describing the homes I share and singling out small details! / Niki

  5. Nice to have you back, Niki.

    1. Thank you so much Alena :) / Niki

  6. So good to have you back. I can start dreaming of visits to these lovely countries again!

  7. Deborah MacKenzie10 August 2023 at 14:52

    What a gorgeous place! I adore the large oval basket next to the bed with the golden coverlet.

  8. Que bien que estés otra vez de vuelta! Espero hayas disfrutado de tus vacaciones.
    Echaba de menos tus publicaciones

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