Summer at this charming Swedish cottage?

I've been dreaming of villas in tropical paradises lately (as you know!), but actually when the warm weather arrives and the skies clear here in Sweden there's nowhere I'd rather be. And I'm not alone. Many Swedes take to their summer cottages for the month of July. The cottages are more often than not decorated in a lovely relaxed, fuss-free style with a focus on the simple way of life. Today I stumbled across this charming traditional family summer cottage in Kyrkeby a little hamlet north of Gothenburg and it immediately reminded me of these care-free summer days with long lunches alfresco and dips in the sea. Let's take a tour...

For sale though Stadshem. Photography: Janne Olander.

So pretty don't you think? Charmingly simple and laid back. I love the pretty floral wallpapers and traditional stove - is there anything that stands out to you?

Get the look: traditional bench with storage, source pretty vintage tea sets here, the purple anorak is by Danish brand Noa Noa, pink hunter wellies. The traditional Swedish rag rug. This bold floral cushion is similar.

You can see more pics of this home here (did I mention it's for sale! Tempted?).

I've shared a few other idyllic traditional Swedish summer cottages in the passed including this pared-back one on Gotland, an idyllic cottage with an outdoor kitchen and a summer home with a lovely bed nook. Oh so lovely!  Do you have a favourite?

A few mid week links I love from around the web:

You know it's summer when.....22 of the prettiest outdoor showers. And my latest purchase (for those with indoor showers).

A simple peach caprese salad. Mmmmm.

This hanging plant pot. Grow your own Pineapple plant.

Still grey where you are?  Embrace it with these paint colours!

Have a lovely day!

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Holiday at this Brazilian escape in lush tropical gardens?

Someone stop me, I can't stop sharing tropical hide-aways. This is the third in two weeks (see the others here and here).  Soon I'm going to have to change the blog name to 'Scandinavians on holiday'. In this case the escape (or your next little piece of paradise?) is in the form of 'The Fogo Residence' a few minutes walk from Quadrado in the heart of Trancoso, Southern Bahia, Brazil. The home is split between a main villa and a pool house and decorated with a beautiful mix of local materials, wood, whitewashed walls and furniture, with one-off items designed by local craftsmen and artists to give the home a quirky bohemian vibe. It also 'has a bright blue infinity pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens' says Kid & Coe, the rental agent. And I'm sure I see a caipirinha with my name on it about you?

The Fogo Residence - Kid & Coe

So beautiful - and relaxing!

Could you imagine a fortnight here?!

Get the look (yes, really!)....rattan lampshades, round (I also like this reversible one) and oblong jute mat. White linen by the yard, vintage driftwood coffee table.  This sunlounger is similar. .....pool optional!

I also love this Brazilian pool villa escape and beach house - beautiful!

Have you been to Brazil? I'm thinking it's time....

Have a dreamy day!

PS Today I have a live radio interview about with On the House at 7.30 am PST (if you feel like checking-in!).

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