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A 19th Century House Ready for Summer, On The Swedish Island of Gotland

Linda and Martin Bendelin Munkhammar grew up on the Swedish summer paradise island of Gotland before moving to Stockholm for higher education and work. But when they had their first child, they longed for their home turf and wanted to give their children the idyllic childhood they had enjoyed on the Swedish Baltic island. The pair fell in love with a dilapidated old 19th century limestone house near the coast in Djupvik in Southwestern Gotland which was in major need of repair. After extensive work - the beautiful house has become their home - and a place where children can roam free in the garden surrounded by lavender, and Linda and Martin can enjoy morning dips on the nearby beach. The interior offers a cool respite from the long hours of sunshine - and features cool, exposed stone, original wood beams and beautifully textured walls inspired by the surrounding landscape. Let's take the tour!









How beautiful! 

I understand why they wanted to go home, do you?

Gotland really is a wonderful island, and really comes into its' own in summertime. But more so, I bet the locals really appreciate the end of summer when the tourists pile onto the last ferry back to the mainland and the island quietens down and readies itself for a raw yet revitalising winter! 

See the full feature in Residence magazine here (in Swedish). 

Photography: Emma Jönsson Dysell - shared with kind permission

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A Soothing Swedish Home With Subtle Festive Touches

Why, hello there! How's your week going? It's kind of a crazy time in the weeks running up to Christmas, don't you find? I hope you'll be able to find a little respite while enjoying today's post because I've got a lovely Swedish home to share with you! This beautiful Swedish house in Piteå (that's FAR, FAR, FAR north!), belongs to interior stylist and Mother Frida Andersson. The country home has been decorated in soothing tones of green grey which provides a calm backdrop for a blend of traditional and contemporary design pieces and lots of lovely linen! I love the Christmas touches too! Enjoy the tour!

I wonder what Frida's planning to do with the orange slices? Perhaps she's going to make a garland like the one in this post

Source a similar linen tablecloth here*. I also spy a Bernadotte thermo pot* by Georg Jensen (I have a new found love for the Danish brand having experienced their Christmas Collectibles first hand yesterday!). 

I wasn't kidding when I said that these paper snow flowers are the biggest thing in Sweden this Christmas! I've shared a DIY tutorial here

This sitting room is all about the texture from the wooden chest and Urn to the linen sofa (Bemz do an urban loose fit linen cover* like this for IKEA sofas). The dusting of snow outside adds to the cosy feel too! 


How pretty is this snöblomma in the window? I also love the simplicity of the fir tree branch in the urn. It reminds me a little of the decoration beside our daybed (except I added a single golden Christmas decoration!). I often think more simple seasonal touches are the prettiest. 

The mix of linens in earthy tones add a cosy touch to the bedroom and look super soft too! 

I discovered a great source for rustic benches like this one on Etsy here



There are so many lovely touches in this home - did anything catch your eye? 

I like the wreath in Frida's daughter's bedroom - it's such a pretty way to add a festive touch! Incidentally both my daughters have asked if they can put Christmas trees in their bedrooms this year. There's no way their bedrooms are big enough and we've got a load of guests coming (plus our big tree fell over yesterday - I'm not kidding! - so I'm already battling enough with that one!). But maybe they could each have a mini table toptree? Hmmm. Do you have multiple trees in your home? 

You can see more of Frida's home over on her instagram and blog - Mitt Pallas.  

Check out more soothing Swedish homes here

Ha en bra dag! 

Niki

Photography: Frida Andersson
*Affiliate link which means if you click on the link and buy it, I might earn a very small amount of money - perhaps enough for a pepparkaka biscuit with my tea!

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If you move to Gothenburg in Sweden, you could live like this!

I mean, seriously - look at this place! It's 184 square metres (1980 square feet) of pure heaven. I'm already picturing myself swanning (because that surely what's you'd in an elegant apartment like this, swan!) from room to spacious room, the parquet floor softly creaking under foot! Fires would crackle away in the wood burning stoves, casting shadows on the lavish 19th century period features! It's Monday, I'm in love! Let's take a tour and then decide which one of us will move in and invite the other for fika (and the odd party!). Deal?!


Be still, beating heart. I do believe it's a Grand Air love seat (Gen has one in her living room and I couldn't get out of it the entire shoot!). The rug is from Tisca. I also spy a Pion light by Hay.


I really love how the doors, doorframe and skirting boards have been painted in a mid-grey, it adds a contemporary touch to the room and helps to highlight the details of the magnificent doors. 

I'm all into blue velvet sofas right now having installed one in my own sitting room last week - are you a fan too? I'm not sure where this one is from (love the studs!) - any idea?

We have a rubber plant like this at home too. We call it 'Farfar' (which means Father's Father or 'Grandad' in Swedish) since Per inherited it from his grandfather who passed away many years ago. It's an amazing plant!

These Swedish masonry ovens are just so beautiful, don't you think? They are amazingly efficient too (the tiles retain their heat long after the fire has gone out).





Are you convinced yet?! 

I'd move in in a heartbeat!

Other fabulous historical properties to enjoy today:

A vintage inspired Swedish home full of soul (this one is soooo charming!)

I hope you have a great start to the week, I've got a feeling this one is going to be a great one!

Niki

PS - I've had SO many questions about the Bemz covers from Friday's post. If you're stuck on which fabric to choose, I'd advise ordering a few samples. They're very quick to send them out and you should still be able to order in time to receive the 25% discount. 

Photographs courtesy of Entrance, with thanks.

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A Soothing Colour Palette of Blues and Greys in a Swedish Home

Tjena! Lately Per and I have been thinking about moving house - mainly to get a bigger garden (from my side), I think he said something about a tool shed....(maybe he's resigned to the fact that he's the My Scandinavian Home DIY main man!). But, having taken a few months to look around the ruthless housing market that is Malmö right now, we're getting major cold feet and considering making changes to our house instead - have you been through this thought process too?! If we stay put, one of the first things I'd update is our kitchen and open plan living area (potential mood boards to follow!). I think this is why this Swedish apartment appealed so much to me this morning. Look at that blue / brown combination! I also love how they've painted the underside of the dining table to match. The rest of the apartment has been painted in subtle nuances of grey which complement the blue in a beautiful way and help bring the entire look together. All in all, a truly inspiring palette! 




The kitchen cabinets and brass knobs are both IKEA.

This soothing colour palette from Jotun Lady is similar to the one in the kitchen:

On trend brown and amber tones compliment the greys and blues and add warmth. 

The Little Petra armchair looks like a big bear hug! I could totally do with a cup of tea in that very spot right now, fancy joining me?!

The same tones are carried through to the bedroom.

This cushion is very similar to the one seen (it appears slightly darker in the picture but I have the same one on my sofa and it's actually lighter in real life). Source a pretty ruffled bed skirt here*.





We were at the summer cottage this weekend and every other person at the 'morgonbrygga' (morning swimming bridge) was wearing an old dressing gown and pair of clogs like the ones in this hallway. Another observation: if you truly want to fit in the next time you're in Sweden you're going to need a fairly battered pair! Sadly I don't have any either - but a quick search uncovered a treasure trove of vintage clogs and even a pair of wood and leather Scholls*

Vintage Swedish footwear aside (!), is there anything you love about this home? Could you imagine going for a colour scheme like this? 

Pull up a chair and drool over a load more Swedish homes in this archive

Have a wonderful start to the week! 

Niki

Credits: Entrance
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