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Magda's Beautiful 17th Century Swedish Country Home

Tjena! I thought I'd round off the week with a tour of the Swedish log house of fashion and interior designer Magda Marnell, Alexander  and their three children; dash, Milada and baby Lev. Nestled in the woods in eastern Uppland, the house was in total disrepair without running water or sewage when they bought it at the start of the pandemic. but they fell in love with the 17th century former iron smith's home. 

Magda and Alexander set about drilling a well and installing an ecological sewer before combining three properties to form one larger house, building an extension and renovating the interior. Everything has been done with a careful hand, as to not disturb the historical soul of the space. Exposed beams, stone walls in earthy tones serve as a rustic backdrop for libraries of books, vintage and antique furniture and beautiful, unique touches (keep a look out for the mural by Czech Republic artist Jindra Skrivankova - inspired by murals commonly found in 18th century log houses - and representing the family of five - beautiful!).

The property was recently captured by Michael Lundblad for linen company Midnatt. Enjoy the tour!  


So beautiful, I love the rawness of it and how the history of the house shines through. 

Is there anything that caught your eye? 

See more of Magda's home over at @magdamarnell and read the full interview here. You can also explore other Scandinavian country homes here if you're on a roll! 

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Kram!

Niki

PS Thank you for all your kind words and comments about my attic make-over

Credits: Styling: Magda Marnell, Photography: Mikael Lundblad

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Before and after: Our Attic Make-over


Sponsored by Elfa, all words and photos are my own. I only ever work with brands I love. 

Last January, I announced it was finally time to organise our home - having lived in our house for 15 years, it was well overdue! I'm proud to say, I stuck to my word and 2022 made-over our laundry room, created a new wardrobe in the bedroom and installed wall to wall shelving and a desk in Allie's 'tween' room. But there was one space which needed the biggest overhaul of all: our attic. 

Located off our bedroom at the top of the house, our attic has been a dumping ground for just about anything and everything. Christmas decorations, yoga gear, frames, camera equipment, and all my styling props are part of the jumbled mess. To retrieve something is like a scene from Mission Impossible: climbing over and under things, searching for a needle in a haystack! Here's how it looked before (embarrassingly): 

Despite the mess and low ceiling, there were a couple of things in our favour (every cloud, right?) - good solid walls, and a nice wood floor. So, I turned to the Elfa online planning tool and design team and we got to work planning the space! 

This is one of two storage rooms that we have at home and I was keen to make this feel accessible so that styling props and other items were in easy reach. I sometimes need to work with mood boards and comparing items them side-by-side, so I was also keen to ensure a comfortable open-space in the centre of the room! 

Design 
Having had plenty of experience with Elfa for theist part of a year. I was keen to use the storage system init this space too. If you're not familiar with the Swedish storage system, it's centred around a series of vertical rods to which you can click in an array of units such as shelves, drawers, hooks, mirrors, peg boards and more - making it completely flexible and suitable for any space. 

It made sense to make full use of the width and height of the walls in the attic and I was keen for everything to be on display to make it as easy as possible to find things, so we opted for open shelves and see-through mesh drawers. 

For the wall to the right, the plan included storage for creative items (far right), as well as space for tools, nails and other small objects. 

The ceiling height is really low at the back of the room. We therefore felt it would be an excellent place to install long items such as rugs, a tent, yoga equipment and other large items. 

The wall on the left is reserved for styling props including cushion covers, blankets, vases, clothes, and picture frames. I changed the section to the left to include a clothes rail 

With the plans in place, the next step was to clear out the room and have a really good declutter! There were quite a few trips to the second-hand store and our bedroom looked like this for a few days:

But it was well worth the effort. 

Ready to see the results? 

After - wall to right

Fun is not usually a word I would associate with tidying up, but I can't tell you how much I enjoyed putting everything in its place. 

The open melamine shelf has proven really handy for files and small storage boxes and I've used mesh drawers underneath for ribbons, cards, stationary, photography equipment, cables and Christmas decorations. 


Craft section

One of my favourite areas is the craft / DIY section which includes a storing board with hooks and hoops for tools, small trays for nails and other small items and metal rings (book ends) and a reversible tray to suspend rolls of paper. 



After - end wall 

A wire shelf with valet rods suspended underneath provides space for longer items. I also like that there's floor space underneath for furniture. 



After - wall to the left


The above picture gives you an idea of just how low the ceiling is. Since I'm often kneeling down, I added a rug for comfort! 


This side of the room has open shelving (including melamine shelves and wire shelf baskets) to display all my textiles and books. I also installed a clothes rod, the area underneath of which doubles up as an area to store larger prints and frames.  


We're so thrilled with the results. Rather than scrambling around searching for things, it's actually a joy to retrieve stuff and put it back in its place again afterwards! 

I hope you like our new highly organised attic space as much as we do! Do you think it will stay this tidy? Knowing my family, it could be a battle, but we'll give it a shot! 

In case you're feeling inspired to organise your attic space, I can highly recommend the Elfa planning tool or asking for help from Elfa professionals (available pretty much worldwide). The Elfa storage system offers a solution for just about anything - no matter how big or awkwardly shaped so you'll have your space organised in now time. 

Do you have any rooms or areas in your home you're hoping to organise in 2023? If so, I'd love to hear more about your plans! 

Niki

A special thank you to Christine Dahlman, Storage Expert at Elfa, who has been so helpful and instrumental to the results! 

Photography: Niki Brantmark

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A Bright and Modern Danish Apartment With Art and Vintage Pieces

Why, hello there friends! Happy New Year! It's great to be back blogging again after a break over 'Jul'! If like me, you like a fresh start, you're going to love today's home tour, so let's dive straight in. 

This beautiful old apartment in Randers, a city on the Jutland peninsular, Denmark belongs to Anne Hundborg and her family. Anne had applied fresh light tones to the floors and walls, which serve as a neutral backdrop so her art collection, rugs and vintage furniture can pop! Keep a look out for all the glass cabinets, cool lights and touches of pattern too. Although pared-back, her home is full of fab details! 

Velkommen! 

I was pleasantly surprised to discover the kitchen is from IKEA! Designer items like a tap from Pulcher Denmark and lighting from Nordlux (over island), Verpan and By flou elevate the look.

The large kitchen also has a dining table and sofa as well as a back entrance. 

I love the vintage shoe rack, we could do with sometime like this in our house! 


In the sitting room a mid-century style table from Warm Nordic sits in front of a Hay sofa

A second hand cabinet and a wired shelf from Montana serve as storage beside the TV. 

Anne repainted a secondhand cabinet picked up from danish second hand store DBA. The rug is from Benuta and the wall features art such as Vinyl Guy by Jenny o Jens

The striped bedspread steals the show in the bedroom (I can't find a source, could it be handmade? I'll follow up with Anne and get back to you!), together with the Point chair from OK Design, rug from Benito (as before) and wall mounted second hand cabinet. I love the laces on her Adidas trainers too (below!). 

A second smaller bedroom features a HAY mega dot bed spread, IKEA cabinet (to the left) and an iconic Fritz Hansen Dot stool

What a beautiful apartment. I always think the Danes make it look so effortless to add pops of colour and funky touches to their homes, while still keeping the look calm. It's definitely an art form! 

Is there anything that stood out to you in particular about Anne's home? 

See more and feel inspired over at @by_blogliv. And check out a collection of other fab Danish homes with pops of colour here

Have a great start to the week friends, see you Wednesday with a tour of my new attic storage make-over - I'll tell you now, it was a lot of work clearing out the mountains of stuff, but I'm so happy with the results! 

It's good to be back! 

Niki

Photography courtesy of  @by_blogliv, shared with kind permission. 

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God Jul / Merry Christmas / Happy Holiday!

It's time for my family and I to enjoy 'Jul' with our Swedish family and then Christmas with the English side! 

Thank you for a wonderful year here on My Scandinavian Home and for all your kind messages! I'll be back again on January 9th, 2023, in the meantime, if you feel like looking at some Scandi inspiration while I'm away, cosy up with a blanket and check out these archives: 


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God Jul! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I hope your new year sparkles and you have a wonderful start to 2023! 

Kram! 

Niki

This beautiful photograph is by Jenny Jolkkonen / @nordic_stories - a photographer in Finland -  shared with kind permission. 

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Best of My Scandinavian Home 2022

What a year it's been here on My Scandinavian Home. Despite blogging for over 11 years (I started MSH in 2011, can you believe that?) I've enjoyed blogging this year more than ever. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your inciteful comments which I really enjoy reading - and also for helping to sprinkle a little Scandinavian home love around! I'm so grateful to be a part of this community. As per tradition, I've been looking through the archives to find your most loved homes from 2022. Here's a round-up of the top ten: 




9. An abandoned property becomes a beautiful Swedish country home












And now ladies and gentleman, please be upstanding for the most read post of 2022.... drum roll please! 


What a great, varied collection of tours! I also loved that the small pools post was in there - perfect inspiration for our tiny cabin! 

Did you have a favourite? Or perhaps there's a home which you loved that didn't make the list, if so, do share the link below. 

Would you like to see some past round-ups? Check-out: 





The holidays are just around the corner, do you have anything planned?  I'm so looking forward to just hanging out in my PJs with my family - that's all I really want for Christmas! 

See you Friday with a final post of the year friends. 

Kram!

Niki

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