Kindly sponsored by Nordal, thank you for supporting the brands which make features like this possible*
A few weeks ago, I headed off to My Scandinavian Home interior designer Helen Sturesson’s 19th century summer cottage in Blekinge on Sweden’s east coast. We had such a lovely time! Last week I shared some information about the cottage’s fascinating past and some snapshots of the cosy kitchen, including her Mum’s incredible apple pie – take a peek here if you missed it! Today, I’m looking forward to showing you a tour of the main living room area and bedroom (the entire cottage is made up of three rooms: a kitchen, sitting room and bedroom. The loo is at the end of the garden and the bathroom is… in the Baltic Sea! A special thanks to Nordal – the Danish brand who made this trip possible – you’ll spot many of their lovely pieces throughout the rooms! Ready to take a look?
The cottage is L-shaped, and the sitting room connects the kitchen (to the right) with the bedroom, when the family of four are here, they all share a room. Two windows flood the space with a warm southerly Autumn light.
The room is made up of many different items collected over time – including a vintage sofa, a big glass cabinet which helps to keep books and games dust free as well as an incredible mirrored coffee table!
When Helen moved in, she peeled back the plaster on the wall to discover beautiful wood panelling. The planks are all numbers which could indicate the house has have been moved here – although this isn’t confirmed (I have come across ‘house moving’ before in Sweden, does this ever happen in your country?
Large ‘kakelugn’ (tiled ovens) stand in the corner of the main living room and bedroom and are amazingly effective at heating up the house.
In this picture you can catch a glimpse of the wood floor which squeaks as you move across it. A traditional Swedish ‘trasmatta’ (rug woven with rags / scraps of cloth which I wrote about in my Lagom book as they are a big part of the Swedish heritage) helps to keep drafts at bay and if you look very closely you’ll notice the walls are wonky, adding to the charm!
In the bedroom, floral wallpaper and natural wood help to bring the outside in and a candle brightens up the dark autumn day while adding a sense of calm.
I hope you enjoyed this snapshot into Helen’s cottage.
If you have any questions about anything, give me a shout in the comment section below and I’ll ask Helen for the low down.
Incidentally, it’s not possible to buy the Nordal items directly from their website (they sell wholesale only), however, there are many webshops throughout Europe which stock their things. Find your nearest stockist here.
Next week, I’m looking forward to sharing the final post of three: Helen’s cottage ready for Christmas – weeeee, so excited about this one!
Meanwhile, I’m busy packing for a two-day trip to Oslo, Norway (very excited!) where I’ll be writing a guide for Simply Scandi magazine UK (my guide to Helsingborg appears in the latest edition and there’s also a Christmas edition on sale right now which features a piece I wrote about our Swedish Christmas). The mag is available here in case you’re curious!
Do you think it could be interesting to share a guide to Oslo here on My Scandinavian Home too?
Wishing you all a REALLY wonderful, relaxing weekend – and look forward to seeing you here again on Monday!
*Thank you to Nordal for this paid partnership and helping to make My Scandinavian Home possible. All words and photos in this post are my own and I only ever work with brands I love and think you will too.