A 19th Century Swedish Cottage Where the Past Meets the Present

A 19th Century Swedish Cottage Where the Past Meets the Present


In the space of three years, owners Malin, Wilhelm and their daughter Olivia have transformed a former Fisherman's cottage in beautiful Österlen, South Sweden into a light-filled family home. A combination of white, wood and concrete, the living space has gone through a total gut renovation and appears way more spacious than its 85 m2 (914 f2) thanks to the airy open-plan layout and wonderful high ceilings. Malin and Wilhelm were keen to flirt with the past - and signs of the original 1870 architecture are everywhere: exposed beams, wood panelling and on the upper level - the original floor which has been whitewashed - all of which adds oodles of charm! At this time of year, life spills outside where several seating areas and an abundance of fruit trees await! Anna Truelsen and Jonas Lundberg paid a visit to take these pictures. 

What a summer oasis! 

I can't even begin to imagine the level of work the family have put into this renovation (it would be so interesting to see the 'before' pictures - apparently it was in a total state when they bought it!). 

The bedrooms in particular really stood out to me - I love the dark wood exposed beams, they add a wonderful contrast to the room. 

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Österlen is a lovely part of Skåne (the county I live in) and known for its beautiful landscape and light, attracting many artists. 

I recently featured this house in Österlen, being sold by Laura and Nora of Our Food Stories and out of coincidence, I met the new owner at a party last week (Sweden is a very small world!). Needless to say, they were thrilled and can't wait to spend summer there! 

Other houses I've featured (and love) from the area include:

Here in Sweden, the sun is shining, and the school summer holidays have begun (queue very messy house and an empty food cupboard!). This afternoon, I'm sneaking off over the bridge to Copenhagen to see all the latest design news from 3 Days of Design. If you'd like to follow along, head over to my instagram stories! 

Wishing you all a lovely, sunny day! 

Niki



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Beautiful Small Space Living in a 19th Century Swedish Apartment

Beautiful Small Space Living in a 19th Century Swedish Apartment


Every now and then a real gem comes on the market - like this apartment in a 19th century farm building right in the heart of Gothenburg! Measuring a mere 38 m2 (402 foot square), the living space might be considered relatively small - but it's an absolute dream for a single occupancy or a couple. Think lovely high ceilings, large arched windows and doors and beautiful old beams. In summertime the apartment spills out onto an inner courtyard, extending the living space. All in all, it's a wonderful lesson in organising and decorating a small space - and of course a dream for anyone that snaps it up. Enjoy!  

I'd be so happy to call this space my home, how about you? 

Sadly, but not surprisingly, it's already sold. 

Other Scandinavian small space inspiration: 

7 small space tricks to learn from a Stockholm home

Clever small space ideas in a Swedish studio

A cosy small Swedish pad with warm tones

Wishing you all a lovely day!

Niki

Photography: Jonas Berg, styling Grey Deco for Stadshem



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An Incredible 19th century Stockholm Home (With a Fascinating Treasure!)

An Incredible 19th century Stockholm Home (With a Fascinating Treasure!)


You might have a bone to pick with me. I promised a Finnish home tour today. And then time ran away with me and I haven't been able to give that blog post the attention it deserves - so please bear with me, I promise to share it on Thursday. The good news is, I have another fine apartment up my sleeve - and I'm sure you won't be disappointed! Located in central Stockholm, the majestic property dates back to 1885 features large airy rooms and a fantastic ornate wood ceiling as well as parquet floors. The owners just happen to have fantastic taste too, filling the rooms with unique design pieces and small treasures. How they can bear to part with it is beyond me, but it's now on the market and waiting for a new owner. Could it be you? 

The star of the show: an incredible 'Vril skål' (burl bowl). I only discovered these recently via my good friend Sofie who just returned from a trip to North Sweden. I thought they were so beautiful I ordered two online immediately. They are handmade by North Swedish craftsmen using burl - a woody growth found on the trunk of a spruce, birch or other tree.  

It almost pains me to share the details as I love how unique they are at present (does that sound terrible?), but since we're all friends, I'll let you in on a secret.... you can source them online here* and here - although you'd need to be quick they are vintage one-offs! Otherwise keep an eye on Etsy for the latest birch burl bowl listings*.  Just don't tell anyone! 

The sofa is by Melimeli - the founder of whom's home I once featured here

A hot trend right now - painting ceilings a darker tone - like this! I love the lamps in this room, including a pair of Panthella* and a Snoopy. I also spy a fabulous Dora Maar vase* by Jonathan Adler and an iconic Karin armchair

All in all, such an incredible space! Oh, the things I could do with this place if it were mine. 

Could you imagine transforming this into your home? And what did you think of the Birch Burl bowl? 

Wishing you all a great day! 

Niki

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A Relaxed 19th century Apartment Full of Vintage Finds

A Relaxed 19th century Apartment Full of Vintage Finds


God morgon vänner! I'm excited to kick off the week with the wonderfully relaxed home of Jenny Brucherseifer, a jewellery buyer living in 'Südstadt', Cologne, Germany. Jenny and her boyfriend took their time to find their new home - eventually falling in love with this 19th century apartment with its magnificent high ceilings and large windows. The pair moved in in February 2020 - immediately before the pandemic. The lockdown meant they had plenty of time to furnish their new home - choosing to invest in a wonderful selection of vintage pieces and beautiful lighting (some iconic, some high street!), designed to stand the test of time. In the evenings, the couple love to read and listen to music - either playing their own tunes or listening to music from the neighbours pads, floating in through the window! 
Recognise the Elfa shelves? I pointed these a couple of weeks ago in a small swedish home too) - they're very popular as they look great but also really practical! 

Jenny has used the same styling trick seen in a Swedish home last week: placing a large plant on a stool to give it more height. 

How wonderful! Every time I look through the pictures, I spot another fabulous piece of furniture. And I love the vibe too! 

Is there anything that stands out to you? 

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the week! 

Niki



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A 19th Century House Ready for Summer, On The Swedish Island of Gotland

A 19th Century House Ready for Summer, On The Swedish Island of Gotland


Linda and Martin Bendelin Munkhammar grew up on the Swedish summer paradise island of Gotland before moving to Stockholm for higher education and work. But when they had their first child, they longed for their home turf and wanted to give their children the idyllic childhood they had enjoyed on the Swedish Baltic island. The pair fell in love with a dilapidated old 19th century limestone house near the coast in Djupvik in Southwestern Gotland which was in major need of repair. After extensive work - the beautiful house has become their home - and a place where children can roam free in the garden surrounded by lavender, and Linda and Martin can enjoy morning dips on the nearby beach. The interior offers a cool respite from the long hours of sunshine - and features cool, exposed stone, original wood beams and beautifully textured walls inspired by the surrounding landscape. Let's take the tour!








How beautiful! 

I understand why they wanted to go home, do you?

Gotland really is a wonderful island, and really comes into its' own in summertime. But more so, I bet the locals really appreciate the end of summer when the tourists pile onto the last ferry back to the mainland and the island quietens down and readies itself for a raw yet revitalising winter! 

Would you like to see more inspiration from Gotland? I love: 

Har det så bra! 

Niki


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