'Glad Midsommar'

Studio Impressions / photographer Marcus Bell and team, Brisbane, Australia. Bali Wedding - Angie and Ben

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,

Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” 

Happy Midsummer! And a great weekend (for those of you in the Southern hemisphere!). See you Monday! x

PS - for midsummer floral hair garland inspiration see today's post by 79 ideas and this page on Pinterest. Beautiful alfresco table settings here and here.  And a Swedish garden you'd want to spend midsummer in. 

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An apartment with a penchant for all things Tom Dixon

One of the hottest light brands right now has to be Tom Dixon. And looking at this Swedish apartment it's not hard to see why. The space is pared back and simply decorated save for the fabulous Beat Light Tall, Fat and Wide over the dining table and the Copper Shade pendants in the sitting room. I also spy a Tom Dixon Etch Candle holder on the table too (I have one of these in on my coffee table and they let off such a warm glow). Another lovely touch to this space is all the fresh summer flowers which have been organised into a mix of different vases and placed on a light grey marble slat. Great table inspiration for anyone celebrating midsummer tomorrow, don't you think?!

FastighetsbyrÄn via Planete Deco with thanks

I do love the Beat Lights I have to say! I wonder if there is anywhere in my home I could put them....hmmm. I've also got my eye on the London Candle to remind me of home!

I also spy  a mid-century credenza. There's a great post about credenza's over at one of my favourite blogs SF Girl By Bay. You can often find one up for auction here.

Tomorrow it's Midsummer's Eve and in Sweden that calls for a big celebration. My family and I will be heading to my brother-in-laws summer cottage (by the way, how idyllic was the summer cottage in yesterday's post?!) where we'll pick wild flowers for my little girls to wear in their hair and then they'll dance all afternoon around a maypole. Afterwards we'll tuck into a late traditional lunch of pickled herrings, locally produced new potatoes, boiled eggs and VĂ€sterbotten pie washed down with schnapps and beer. Followed by lots and lots of strawberries.....and cream. Yum!

Will you be celebrating Midsummer's Eve?

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The idyllic Danish summer cottage

The evenings are so lovely and long now in Southern Sweden, it never really gets dark. This Friday we'll celebrate midsummer and then it's time for many people to retreat to a summer cottage by a lake or sea for the summer. The existence is so relaxing: sitting with a morning coffee and breakfast out in the sunshine while the children play, maybe taking a morning dip in the sea or a lake followed by a long lunch (note I keep coming back to food....ha! I think I'm actually just painting my perfect day...). Anyway, to me this Danish cabin is the archetypal Scandinavian summer cottage. Owners Lone Backs and Nels Rasmussen have spent 10 years lovingly renovating it to the perfect pared back cabin.  Located in Ellinge Lyng, it's actually not that far from where I live - oh how I would love to spend a summer there, how about you?

Bolig Magasinet. Stylist: Mette Helena Rasmussen. Photography: Tia Borgsmidt

The cabin is just so idyllic don't you think? It's actually only 39 metres square but they've made great use of the space, have a beautiful 'outdoor' room in the form of a garden and look at that guest house?!Such an inspiring home?! 

Since I'm now dreaming of scandinavian summer cottages....there's a whole host of them here too if you've missed them over the past few years: summer cottages.

I do love the simple life don't you?

PS Thank you so much to talented photographer Tia Borgsmidt for allowing me to share these lovely images, you always find the most incredible homes (more fab Danish home tours from Tia's portfolio herehere and here).

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