Before and After: A Swedish Attic Apartment Gets a Cosy Makeover

As I roll through the snow Swedish countryside on route to the Stockholm Furniture Fair  today, I thought I'd stop by to share a wonderful renovation project a few hours north of the capital. Josefine Gunhamre, her husband Rikard and their four legged friends Buddy and Frank rent the top floor of her parent's house in Lexe, just outside Gävle. With it's own entrance, stairwell, kitchen and bathroom, the 65 m2 / 700 f2 apartment is completely separate from the rest of the house. Tucked under the roof, the angles can be tricky to navigate, but with a lot of work, Josefine and Rikard have made great use of the space they have, and transformed a dated space into a cosy, warm and inviting living space. 

Kitchen before


Dark wood floor: Kährs. Kitchen: Claessons Kök in colour code NCS S4005-G50Y.

Dining area before


Pendant lamp from Watt & Veke. Cabinet painted in 'Gul antik' by Jotun.

Sitting room area before 


Coffee table Soffa direkt, rug from Classic Collection

Bedroom before

Bedroom after

Sandberg wallpaper, Shell lamp from Byon Design

Cabinet Chilli

Stairwell before

Stairwell after

Colour on stairs: NCS S 6005-G50Y colour on walls 'Kalk' from Jotun. 

Hallway Before

Hallway after

Mirror Zara, walls in Kalk (as before). 

What a fantastic transformation! They have turned a fairly dated, non-descript space into a really cosy home! 

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

See more of Josefine's home updates over at @josefinegunhamre and take a look in the before and after archive for a ton more incredible renovations! 

The internet connection is so poor on this train that I'm going to keep it short and sweet! Wishing you a great Wednesday! If you'd like to follow my visit to the Stockholm Furniture Fair, head on over to my instagram stories for the latest updates! 


Photos courtesy of Josefine Gunhamre, shared with kind permission.

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Holiday Rental: An Architects' Villa in Österlen, Sweden

I'm often being asked to recommend holiday homes in South Sweden. There are plenty out there, but some have that extra magical design touch! Although I haven't experienced this Architect's villa in Grevlunda, Österlen in person, from the listing it looks like somewhere I'd love to stay! Nestled among a one hundred year old apple orchard, the wooden villa is near the picturesque village of Kivik  on the Baltic coast. Inside, it's pared back and full of fab vintage pieces - as well as small reminders of the surrounding nature. Outside it has a small guesthouse, a clay boule pitch and plenty of sociable areas. But I rather like the idea of pulling up a chair under an apple tree and reading a book! Here are some snapshots! 

Could you imagine hanging out here this summer? If so, you can find the full listing here for more info! 

Oh, and if you are in the area, don't forget to sample the apple juice - the area is famous for its juicy, sweet red apples! 

Looking for other places to stay in Sweden? Here's a list of holiday homes, Airbnbs and design hotels I compiled a while back (maybe it's time for an update soon, what do you think?). I've always wanted to stay at Stedsans in the Woods too! 

Have a great start to the week! 


Photography courtesy of Stugknutan

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A Charming Swedish Cottage with Beams and Cosy Fireplaces

Bringing you all the cosy Friday feels with this Swedish country home. Currently on the market, this charming, rustic home is nestled into 101 m2 (1087 f2) of living space on the shore of Lake Mälaren, Sweden. Think old beams. wonky ceilings, cosy wood-burning stoves and lots of warmth! Could this be your next home? 

What a mysig (cosy) home! I love how it's full of beautiful historical details. I'd be perfectly happy to spend my weekend here (maybe the month..... or even the year), how about you? 

Is there anything that you love in particular about this cottage? 

Check out more charming Swedish country homes here: 

Thank you so much for stopping by this week and for all your comments - I've read every single one of them and will reply soon! Things have been really hectic these past few weeks and this space has been a peaceful haven! 

Have a relaxing weekend friends!


Photography / for sale through Fastighetsbyrån
Found via Nordroom with thanks 

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A White, Light & Airy Cabin on a Danish Island

One for the minimalists - or simply those of you dreaming of owning a Danish cabin! Kristina, an Interior design consultant, has put her white washed cabin on the Danish island of Fur in the Limfjord, just North of the Salling Peninsula, on Jutlund on the market! The Dane has a penchant for all things minimalist, carefully curating her living spaces with only what is needed and nothing more (I've tried to source as many as I can for you!). Tones are soft and muted, with the odd splash of black for contrast, and the architect of the building (think wood panelling sloped ceilings and beams) shines through to add interest. The look is serene and calm - perfect for an interior designed for relaxing and switching off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life! 

Lovely - like a breath of fresh air! - And just waiting for someone to come along and put their personal stamp on it! Sadly if I recall right, you are not allowed to buy a property in Denmark unless you are a Danish citizen. But a girl can dream, right

If you fit the criteria and interested - reach out to Kristina here. For all others, you might like to check out Kristina's inspiring feed which also includes pictures of her beautiful house in Randers, Denmark. 

Is there anything you love about Kristina's cabin in particular? Could you imagine spending your summers here? I've heard great things about the island of Fur. Sadly it's a little too far for us to sail to, but we're looking forward to discovering other Danish islands when we set sail this summer. Exciting! 

Would you like to see a few more Danish cabins today? 

Happy Lillördag (little Saturday)! 


Photography courtesy of @_rosemille - shared with kind permission.

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