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!


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 Charming Gothenburg Family Home Gets A Last Hurrah!

Julia and Emanuel Karlsten and their two young children Billie and Frank moved house back in the spring. Before they closed the door for the last time on their Gothenburg apartment, Elle Decoration stopped by to take some pictures. As with all goodbyes, it couldn't have been an easy one - especially when the home has been lovingly furnished with unique objects, handmade pieces and painted in the perfect shades of grey and peach! Here's a final peek into the Karlsten's Kungsladugård home! 

Picture shelves are ideal if you love to shake things up at home without making millions of holes in the wall (guilty!). The Poster Club* sells similar prints and ships worldwide. And will you look at those parquet floors! 

I love the open shelves in this kitchen too, they're perfect for personalising the space. I was considering something similar for the cottage kitchen, kind of wish I'd trusted my instinct now! Guh! 

Two ikea AGAM children's chairs are a perfect match with a classic Lilla Åland chair. But best of all IMHO (I had to look this abbreviation up the other day - always so late to the tech / online party!!), is the sliding door painted in a peach accent, it totally makes the space! Could you imagine doing something similar in your home? 

There's so much to love about the sitting room. If I had to pick three things, it would be the DIY coffee table painted in brown-pink, the retro corduroy Karin chair and Tisca rug

The Line no 05 print from Hein Studio has been combined with a Gloria Candleholder and Julia's own handmade ceramics on a side table in the sitting room. 

Such a lovely space, don't you think? 

Follow Julia's blog and instagram for more beautiful inspiration and to see snapshots of their new house (currently under renovation) - I can't wait to see what they do next! 

You can also see more pictures of her former home and read a full interview with Julia in Elle (in Swedish). 

Looking for more Swedish interior inspiration, today? How about:

If you love colours, there's a high chance you're going to love tomorrow's post too! At least I hope so, as Ana and I felt so inspired putting it together.  Don't forget to stop by!

Happy Wednesday friends!


PS I'm heading to Hamburg tomorrow to record a pod cast with Holly Becker from Decor8  as part of her Living At Home Holly magazine- feeling super excited, I love that city - and I love Holly! But it's also a little nerve-racking - have you ever recorded a podcast? Tips / advice welcome! 

Photography: Jonas Gustavsson
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Contemporary Meets Cosy In a 1920s Swedish Apartment

Why, hello there! I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was chaotic to say the least (with even a trip to A&E thrown in - my younger daughter hurt her foot poor thing, but all was OK - phew!). Don't you find, sometimes though, you only need to do one really nice thing to make the entire weekend feel special? Yesterday afternoon we went out fishing for a couple of hours just next to where we live and caught some herring for our supper. It was so relaxing - and rewarding! Speaking of sailing, I shared some snapshots from our island hopping on Sweden's south east coast yesterday. I hope the pictures might inspire you to visit this part of the world one day! Anyway, I'm sure what you really came by for today is the home tour, so I promise not to waffle on! Let's dive straight in!

I stumbled across this Swedish maisonette on Kvarteret Mäkleri earlier today. Built by architect Nernst Hanson in 1923, it's located in Gothenburg and has been carefully renovated to preserve all the original details such as serving cabinets, wood floorboards and high skirting boards. It also has some rather lovely modern touches -  striking just the right balance between contemporary and cosy!  

Grey-beige toned kitchen cabinets have been popping up a lot lately in Sweden. The beige adds a lovely warmth to the grey and yet the look is still very calm. I wish I had a colour code for these, if anyone can help please do add a comment below! 

The master bedroom is down a flight of stairs. Although, it may feel slightly dark during the daytime (there's only one small window), I can imagine the white washed wood beam ceiling, stone walls and quietness more than make up for it! 

Mirrors are such a great way to add natural light to a darker space and make the room feel larger. It also gives us a small glimpse off the stairs which have been painted in fresh white - lovely!

I loved the simplicity of this space - kind off perfect for a Monday, don't you think?

Did anything stand out to you?

As always, you can enjoy a load more Swedish homes in this archive. There must be well over a thousand homes squirrelled away in there by now! Perfect for a rainy day! 

Have a great start to the week! 


Photography / for sale through Kvarteret Mäkleri
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A Small, Yet Soothing Swedish Apartment In Grey-Beige Shades

It's Friday, friends! Yay! It's positively baking here in Sweden - is it sizzling where you are too?! I think this calls for a lovely cool, calm home tour, don't you?  Somewhere we can imagine kicking back with a magazine and an ice-cold drink, while a lovely breeze washed over us from the windows (OK, getting slightly carried away). The apartment in question may not be big, but what it lacks in size, Refine Design Studio has more than made up for in style. The Stockholm based interior design firm were tasked with fitting 21 apartments in a wooden house in Linköping, built by Wilzéns. Led by Natalie Strömberg, they selected a palette of soothing grey-beige and nutty brown with touches of black and white to highlight the incredible design elements. Let's dive in!

On the colour:
"Warm colour range of grey-beige shades together with accents in black and white to create a Scandinavian base with industrial elements."

On the kitchen:
"The kitchen has been given a nutty beige-brown tone with matt lacquered doors and the work surfaces are lined with a white terrazzo HT-Calacatta and chrome details."

On Terrazzo: 
"Terrazzo is an artificial stone made of crushed marble or even of hard rocks and cement. It is an old method which has recently made a comeback in Scandinavia with its vibrant expression and changeability with compound mixed rocks giving the kitchen character and playfulness."

I'm feeling revived just looking at this space. Plus, the neutral scheme would make it easy to make it your own too - perfect!

Is there anything you love about this home?

There's a load more beautiful Swedish homes to be found in this archive! If this pops up first, just scroll on passed. 

Right, that's it from me. I've got two little girls waiting to go for a dip in the sea! And then we're hoping to head up to the summer cottage (can't wait to potter around that kitchen!). 

I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend too - stay cool! 


Credits: Refine Design Studio / @refinedesignstudio

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There's a new Danish mouth blown lamp in town, and it's beautiful!

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You know that feeling when one of your favourite designers launches something new? That's how I felt when Danish artist Pernille Bülow (creator of the SKY pendant lamps over my dining table and vintage bar cart) announced the launch of her new SKY ceramic lamp this week. Yay! True to Trine's signature style, the beautiful lamp is made from mouth blown glass out of her atelier on the Danish island of Bornholm. It's also massively versatile: the lamp base comes in a choice of white, grey or anthracite and in sizes small, medium or large size and you can pair it with a glass shade in pink, turquoise, tea, recycled, golden, blue, bronze, clear or grey (also in small, medium and large). I immediately envisaged these beauties in Felicia Alm's home (Felicia is currently working with me as an intern and her taste is BEYOND!) - although I might just have to nab one or two for my own home , of course! Here are some pictures we took earlier this week...

We each had our favourite and this was mine: medium SKY ceramic lamp in anthracite. It looked perfect against the darker wall: subtle yet interesting but I could also imagine it silhouetted against a fresh white wall.

Felicia fell in love with the large SKY ceramic lamp with a tea coloured shade  - and I have to agree that it is very pretty! 

FYI it's common for Swedes to place lamps in the window (it makes a home feel more warm and inviting when you arrive home)  - and this lamp looked instantly at home in this spot by her dining table (you can imagine the warm glow at night!). 

And finally, we chose a lamp with a small SKY ceramic lamp in grey with a clear glass shade. It felt very dainty and perfect for lighting up a little corner of the home beside the TV. 

Isn't it pretty?

Do you have a favourite colour combination? 

The SKY ceramic lamp is available directly through Pernille Bülow's online shop - and they ship worldwide - hurrah

Where would you place yours?


Photography: Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home. Styling: Felicia Alm

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Pernille Bülow, however all words are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too! 

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A Mini Yet Mighty One Room Swedish Attic Apartment

One of the things that first drew me to Scandinavian design all those years ago is just how clever they are at transforming cramped living spaces into practical, beautiful homes. Of course it helps that Scandinavian style is often characterised by light colours and clean lines which lends itself nicely to a small space. But there's also something else at play: their ability to whittle furniture down to the bare necessities and strike that perfect balance between form and function. And this lovely one room studio high up in the roof tops of Gothenburg, Sweden is a fine example. Enjoy the tour!

Check out how shelving has been tucked under the sloped ceiling to create space for little treasures! 

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Loose fit linen sofa cover and cushions from Bemz*, Knot cushion*, Formakami table lamp*

Anyone else considering down-sizing after seeing this?! Or perhaps you have a large attic space that needs converting? Either way, I find this space so inspiring and would quite happily turn in each night in that little bed nook, how about you?! 

Check out more small space living ideas here! And for small backyards - hop over to yesterday's round-up (in case you missed it!). 

It's a public holiday in Sweden today and we're gearing up for the arrival of guests from the UK. of course, me being me I can't stop at making beds, I have to dive into town to pick up flowers, some curtains as the bedroom is way too light in the mornings and some other KEY bits and pieces (cue: major eye-rolling from Per!!)  Anyway - we can't wait! 

I hope you've got some fun plans for the next couple of days too. I'll be stopping by tomorrow with a final post for the week, and I think it's a goodie too - see you then!


Photography: Maria Sahlander
Styling: Nouvel Interior

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