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A Warm Rural Swedish Home That Combines Old And New

It's a new dawn, a new day, a new week even. But not a new house tour, especially if you've been reading My Scandinavian home for over four years! Oozing charm and character, the country home of Swedish interior stylist Anna Truelsen has gradually migrated from a more fresh white aesthetic to deeper earthy tones. Which is why I thought it was time to pay another virtual visit! Today, Anna's home is a perfect blend of muted earthy tones, antique furniture, shelves crammed with porcelain collected over the years and several handmade pieces. It's the type of home that looks equally beautiful in all seasons - but there's something about the candlelight, roaring wood burning stove and deep hues in the bedroom that makes it feel especially cosy in the Autumn. Välkommen in

Thonet and other vintage chairs* have been arranged around a table that was built by Anna's Grandfather. The plate racks on the wall were also made by 'Morfar'. The wall have been painted Metropolitan AF-690 from Benjamin Moore. 


Anna has been collecting cake stands, terrines, glasses and bowls since she was 17. The collection has been carefully culled over the years, and today, she possesses only the pieces that hold real meaning.


To me, Anna's home is instantly recognisable in magazines and online thanks to the wonderful, original wood burning stove in the kitchen. Isn't it beautiful?

A simple linen tablecloth* adds a soft touch to the grey and white kitchen - while sunflowers provide a burst of sunshine. Sadly, they're fading in Sweden now, are they still in bloom where you are? 


Anna bought a second-hand 4-seat Klippan sofa from Swedish site Blocket and then coveted with a loose fit white linen cover from Bemz*


The 'Mediterranean Teal 2123-10' paint colour in the bedroom reminds Anna of the forest! I reckon come December, you'd want to hang out there all day and snuggle up with a good book, don't you think?


This home tour has put me in such a good mood - a perfect way to kick off the week, don't you think?

Did you get any ideas for your own home? 

In case you missed it in the intro, you can take a peek at how Anna's home looked four years ago. Quite an interesting transformation. It's easy to see how this has been a gradual process. Oh, and you might also like to follow Anna on instagram where she shares snapshots of her home as well as her styling work for magazines. It's such an inspiring feed! 

Other country homes to love today: 


Wishing you a wonderful start to the week friends!

Niki

Photography: Anna Truelsen, shared with kind permission

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An Idyllic Rustic Swedish House In The Countryside

Tjena! I hope you had a great weekend! I might be at my studio in the heart of the Malmö right now, but my mind is distinctly in the quiet of the countryside - or at least, that's where I'd love to be today. And when you see this rustic cottage, I've got a feeling you might feel the same! This traditional red and white Swedish house has been decorated in muted greys and fresh white and filled with antiques, vintage finds and lots of interesting art. I could quite happily pad around here all week - working from that desk, tinkering away on the piano, enjoying coffee on the terrace and taking leisurely walks by the water. How about you?! 










What an idyllic retreat! 

Could you imagine spending your week here too?

I have always been a fan of a simple white and light grey combo! 

Incidentally, a friend of mine is moving into a new home this week and asked me to recommend a white paint. In Sweden the most popular seems to be 'Stockholmsvit' (Stockholm white) code S0502Y. It has a warm tint to it which adds a homely vibe of the living space. It also works in well with warm textures such as wood, rattan and other natural, earthy materials. 

I'll be quiet now and leave you to dream! 

Wishing you a wonderful start to the week. I hope it's as peaceful as this very house! 

Niki

Photography: Fantastic Frank found via Nordic Design with thanks

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A Beautiful Swedish Home As White As Its Snowy Surroundings!

We're seeing a load more colour seeping into Scandinavian homes right now. But who said we have to follow the trend? Anette's beautiful Swedish home is proof that white will always be right, too! Her tone on tone palette with subtle nuances of light grey and the odd touch of rustic is the epitome of calm and just like the blanket of snow, it's a picture of peace and tranquillity. Better still, the 'all white' look is super easy to achieve with a few clever tricks. Välkommen in

Anette has worked hard to break up the white in subtle ways. The nuanced texture in the tiles and marble worktop / back splash help to add interest and depth to the space, while a rustic wood stool* helps to add contrast and bring the space together.

A chrome toaster*, bin and sink carry the white and grey thread throughout the kitchen. 

The Gervasoni Ghost sofa is always a winner as the linen adds a lovely relaxed look. If you find the price a little out of your league, combining a Söderhamn sofa from IKEA with an absolute white loose fit linen cover from Bemz will give you a similar look for a fraction of the price (great hack!). 

White can appear cool - but Anette has used layers of texture to soften the look. Think soft rugs, linen and fluffy white sheepskins* galore! 

Playing with different shapes is also a great way to bring a white look to life. The Atollo lamp* is one of my favourites! Isn't it fab?

Is anyone else a fan of wide wood flooring? I have a sneaking suspicion this one is from Dinesen (one of my favourites!). 

The beauty of using white in the home, is that you can add pieces without really 'adding them'. Does that make sense? What I mean is, a bold colourful chair in the corner of this landing could make the area look cluttered, left empty and it could look, well... empty!! But a white eames chair* with a soft white sheepskin* adds something to the space, making it more homely without the visual clutter! Clever! I might just use this trick on my own landing!

This bathroom is divine, don't you think?! The wooden table is from Granit but sadly seems to be out of stock. Annoyingly. 

It's that white linen* and rustic bench* look I so love again. It reminds me a little of my old bedroom, a look I might return to one day. 

White string storage is perfect for hiding any clutter (and 'colourful' items!).

Surprise! All that white and the exterior is actually jet black. What a beautiful contrast. 

Let's take a moment to admire the breath-taking scenery too. 

Beautiful. Really beautiful. 

I love the simplicity. 

Does this all white look appeal to you? 

If in doubt, you can see more pictures of Anette's home over at @whitelivingetc and you might also like to check out the beautiful white home of Malin Nilsson. I can also recommend the book For the Love of White by Chrissie Rucker - it's one of my favourites. 

Oh, and there's an entire archive dedicated to white homes here - just saying! 

Have a lovely day!

Niki

Photography: Anette / @whitelivingetc 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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