A House and Garden with a Beautiful Greenhouse on The Swedish Island of Gotland

A House and Garden with a Beautiful Greenhouse on The Swedish Island of Gotland


Today I'm taking you to the magical Swedish island of Gotland for a tour of Linnea's romantic home and garden. Linnéa lives in south Gotland with her husband and their two children Lilly and Harry. During the day Linnéa runs interior shop Ladan I Hemse (a must visit if you're on Gotland!) and online baby boutique  Papijjon Sweden together with her best friend Sandra. And luckily for us, she also takes the time to share snapshots of her house and garden - including DIY ideas and her latest flee market finds on her beautiful instagram feed @leitntoinspiration

Think deep green and dark brown tones, traditional wallpaper and a nostalgic nod to times gone by.  

Welcome to Linnéa's world!

Linnéa and her family added a greenhouse to their property a couple of years ago. Greenhouses have become highly coveted in Sweden and are used not only for gardening - but also as an extra room! With its Gotland stone foundation this greenhouse is extra pretty! Note how Linnéa has lined the ceiling and walls with fabric to help keep the heat out. A crucial element! 


Simply beautiful! 

Where to start? The traditional touches, the greenhouse, the cats? All lovely! 

I'd love to hear your thoughts below! 

And of course, it would be rude not to share more beautiful homes from the island! Take a peek at: 

Stor kram (big hug) from me! 

Niki 



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An Abandoned Property Becomes a Beautiful Swedish Country Home

An Abandoned Property Becomes a Beautiful Swedish Country Home



Do you ever walk / drive passed a dilapidated house and dream about transforming it into a beautiful home? I definitely have - I was even close to dropping a note in a mailbox once to see if the owners would sell! But for Lisa and her fiancé Gusten and daughter Lilly this wasn't necessary as the property was already in the family, it just needed a huge amount of tender loving care! Here's Lisa to pick up the thread, and tell us all about the renovation of her beautiful house in the forests of Småland, Southern Sweden in her own words: 

"The house has been in my fiancés family since it was built in 1912. His grandmother's cousins used to live here so she spent a lot of time here as a child. When the old man who lived alone in the house died, my Father-in-law bought the house (and the surrounding forest) and my fiancé started to dream about renovating the house some day."

Exterior before

"When we met, he took me to see the house one June. It had been abandoned several years before, the paint was cracking, and it was in need of a great deal of love and work! 

Exterior after

"As soon as I walked inside, I fell in love with the old floors, original double doors, large rooms, fireplaces, porch and big garden. We were only in our early twenties, but we started to discuss buying the house some day."

Porch before


"In the fall of 2016, we applied a small loan and were able to buy the house. We had just finished our studies and recently started working. We hadn't had the time or means to save any money, so we needed to work with what we had, which meant do everything ourselves."

Porch after


"We started working on the house on the weekends, but quickly realised it would take up all of our spare time, so we started to work on it every evening after work too. We'd stay until sunset, head back home for the night, go to work, before returning the following evening. We spent every weekend, evening and holiday working on it. We also saved as much money as we could - which meant no fancy cars, no vacations abroad -everything we had went into the renovation."  

Kitchen before

"We did everything we could ourselves: changed the windows, renovated the wood on the exterior, changed the water pipes, put in a new bathroom, kitchen etc. We had to learn everything from scratch - I'd never even painted an item of furniture before! We also received a lot of help from family."

Kitchen after


"We renovated in this way for two and a half years, the last nine months of which I was pregnant with our first child. I was painting the house when my waters broke!" 

Sitting room before 


Sitting room after


"It was very  important to us for every detail to reflect the age of the house, while ensuring a modern standard of living. We chose windows in wood - which were specially made to look like the old ones. We restored the fireplaces and renovated and painted the porch in linseed oil so it would last a lifetime." 

Bedroom before 

Bedroom after


"I would describe our style as a mix of Swedish country with touches of mansion glamour. We decorate with lot of second hand furniture and I like to invest a little more in accessories and paintings that will last a lifetime - instead of needing to replace them in the near future. Sustainability is key."

Lilly's bedroom 


"My fiancé and I and our three-month-old daughter moved in to the house in the spring of 2019. It wasn't ready but it was in liveable condition." 

Bathroom before


Even though we've lived here for quite a few years now, the house still isn't finished. We have a lot of projects left - for example, there's a lot of work left to do on the garden, and we need to renovate the outhouses. We see this house as a lifetime project. It's our dream home and the place we're looking forward to raising our children. 

Bathroom after

Thank you so much for sharing your story, Lisa! Truly inspiring! 

It feels all the more special looking at the pictures, knowing that so much work has gone into it. 

For more information about Lisa's country home and to follow her latest projects, head over to  @faggemala1912

Would you like to see a few other inspiring renovation projects today? Check out: 

Are you tempted to take on a project like this? Or perhaps you already have? I'd love to hear about your experience below! 

Niki



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Luxe Black kitchens

Design inspo: Beautiful black kitchens


Thinking of going black for your next kitchen? It’s a bold and sexy look that we love, Love, LOVE!

Black kitchens can suit a range of interior styles from contemporary to Victorian, ultra-luxe and minimalist. In flat fronts or shaker-style doors, recessed pull handles or statement metallic handles, there are so many ways to do a black kitchen.

To inspire you to embrace black, here is a round up of our favourite black kitchens.

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A touch of traditional

Black kitchens don’t just fit contemporary design and as proof, check out these dreamy kitchens that embrace black cabinets for a modern twist on a traditional style.

Shaker profiles and black are a winning combo, only made better by a hint of bling with metallic hardware. If you also want to use statement handles similar to these kitchens, check out our top places to shop for handles here.

Black and white traditional kitchen
Modern take on a Victorian kitchen, absolute perfection! Image via @redesignhomellc / Photography by @stofferphotographyinteriors / Design by @redesignhomellc 
Open shelving either side of rangehood
Move over white shaker doors when black ones look this good! Designer Charlie Coull Design / Photography Valerie Wilcox

Contemporary design

Contemporary design is one of the most difficult design styles to pin down because it’s a fluid design that refers to what’s ‘here and now’. Right now, the use of stone, architectural lighting and floor-to-ceiling joinery fit the contemporary brief. Also, pushing the boundaries of a traditional island bench by creating the sense of furniture legs or embracing a curved design are very contemporary.

Concord Residence_kitchen via curved end
Kitchen at Concord Residence, take the full tour
Black kitchens with island like timber furniture
We love the furniture leg design detail on this kitchen island. Designed by @studio_ezra / Photography by Amelia Stanwix

Retro twist

Terrazzo has been making a comeback in recent years and when it looks this good in the kitchen, why wouldn’t you embrace it?! As well terrazzo, we’re seeing a return of ’70’s design features — think bold floors, curved cabinetry and statement splashbacks — so perhaps the inspiration for your new kitchen lies in the past?

Minimalist design

Many of these kitchens fit within the contemporary design umbrella but they pare things back so far that we felt they deserved their own title. It should be noted that minimalist design stand the test of time. While you can personalise these kitchens with your own styling, don’t be afraid to embrace their simplicity and sense of zen!

Rangehood over large glass window Black kitchens
What a beautiful statement this oversized window makes with the rangehood. Designed by @studiotate / Photography @sharyncairns / Image via @dotandpop
Bianca and Carla kitchen
Bianca and Carla’s kitchen on The Block 2018
Black kitchen on polished black concrete floor
Stylist Kate Nixon / Photography Maree Homer / Architect Mason Cowle – Ellivo Architects via Homes to Love

Statement stone

A popular combination unlike any other = black cabinets + stone. Whether you embrace the real deal or find an engineered alternative, black joinery picks up on the veining of stone and is a winning formula to elevate the look of any kitchen.

Portrait light in kitchen
Gina’s kitchen, see more photos here
Black, timber and marble kitchen
Designed by @alto_architects / Photography @cathyschusler / Image via @stylesourcebook

Find even more kitchen inspo here and if you have a kitchen challenge you’d like our help with, pop a comment below or email it to us at [email protected] 🙂

More kitchen inspo here

This article was first published in March 2019 and continues to be updated with the best black kitchens.



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Hannes' Beautiful Helsingborg Home Is On The Market!

Hannes’ Beautiful Helsingborg Home Is On The Market!


I'm finishing off the blog week with some good news: Hannes Mauritzson and his partner are selling their flat. OK, if you're well settled where you are, this might not be that good news - save for the fact that we get to drool over the beautiful room-by-room photos all over again (I featured it last year)! But if you're looking to move to Helsinborg, Sweden (lifestyle change anyone?), this is surely excellent news. Hannes' apartment is stunning! There's the architecture dating back to 1907, subtle yet warm tones, and of course the beautiful blend of furniture, a combination of old and new - although sadly I doubt this comes with the flat! All-in-all it's 90 metres square / 968 feet square of charm. Could you imagine living here? Take the tour and discover for yourself! 

Lovely! 

I could happily see myself rocking about here all weekend, how about you? 

Right folks, that's it from me this week.

Har en jätte trevligt helg allihopa! 

Niki



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Old Meets New in a Beautiful Swedish House From 1910

Old Meets New in a Beautiful Swedish House From 1910



I've got a sunny Swedish home tour to share with you today that matches the bright sunshine we're currently enjoying in Sweden. I hope you are also able to feel the warmth oozing from the pictures! This historical house near Uppsala went on the market this week and I've never been so tempted to relocate! Dating back to 1910, the traditional early 20th century architecture serves as a backdrop for contemporary design touches and an eclectic blend of furniture. The result is a wonderful, warm and inviting home in which you'd want to pull up a sheepskin-covered chair and stay for a while! Ready to feel inspired? 


I feel more relaxed just looking at these rooms, how about you? What a perfect place to unwind! 

The sunroom really caught my eye - I can just imagine sitting there on a cold, sunny day with a cup of tea. Heaven! And just how lush is the surrounding parkland? 

Quick lamp round-up as there are some real classics in this home: 

Could you imagine living here? 

Niki

Photography courtesy of Länsförsäkringar Fastighetsförmedling



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6 Small Space Ideas To Learn From a Beautiful Blue Swedish Pad

6 Small Space Ideas To Learn From a Beautiful Blue Swedish Pad


Why, hello there! I hope you had a great weekend! It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Southern Sweden and I pedalled to work feeling full of the joys of spring (although, also mindful that snow could appear on the forecast at anytime - let's hope not!). Yesterday Per and I went to see how our tiny cabin build is coming along - I'm so looking forward to sharing an update tomorrow. Small spaces are therefore on my mind, and lo and behold, this beautiful 34 square metres (365 square feet) Gothenburg home popped up in my feed this morning. I simply can't believe, it's almost the same size as our little cabin - not only does it look very stylish (and yes, styled!), it also looks really spacious, despite breaking the rules with a darker wall colour HOW? I dissected it to find out what's at play and discovered 6 great small space styling tricks:

1. Round tables - circular tables have a smaller footprint than square tables simply because corners are such a waste of space. Better still, choose an extendable table for entertaining - as well as chairs with the same curve so they can be tucked away under the table and you'll achieve a flexible, space saving dining / work area. 


2. Use the height: OK, this place has envy-inducing, ridiculously high ceilings - but still, one of the biggest mistakes people make is not using the vertical height - crucial when it comes to making the most of every square inch. 


3. Bed nook: evolutionary, we sleep a whole lot better if we feel cosy and safe - so carving out a zone for sleep in which we feel cocooned in some way is key. Here, they've made great use of a nook. if there isn't space for this, you can create your own bedroom zone in a small space using shelving placed perpendicular to the wall, curtains, or screens.  


4. Paint your storage the same colour as the walls: if you want a neat and tidy home, plenty of storage is key. But that doesn't mean it needs to take over. Paint it the same tone as the walls and it will blend into the room to help create a clean, clutter-free and cohesive look. 


5. Make the most of every nook and cranny: a bespoke cabinet has been squeezed into a nook in the bathroom to create storage space. I'd have probably also included an under sink cabinet (like we're planning in the bathroom at our cabin). 

6. Disguise the front door: In a small space front doors can be very prominent - sometimes leading straight into the main open-plan living area / bedroom. A curtain in front of the front door is a great way to create an oasis, plus it helps to keep sounds from the communal hallway and drafts at bay. 

Here's the floor plan: 

I hope this has given you some ideas for your own home! 

Did you spot any clever solutions I missed? Please do point them out in the comments below. 

Here are a few other small spaces to feel inspired by: 

Wishing you all a wonderful start to the week! 

Niki 

Photography courtesy of Alvhem (through whom the apartment is currently for sale). 


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An airy Swedish Home With a Beautiful Kitchen

An airy Swedish Home With a Beautiful Kitchen


Tjena! This lovely Swedish kitchen stopped me in my tracks this morning. It's like a total breath of fresh air! The room occupies the lower floor of a maisonette in central Gothenburg designed by uber stylist Emma Fischer. A friend once described the kitchen as 'the engine room of the house' - and this couldn't be more evident than in this home! I love how a large table takes centre stage, creating a space to gather, study, work and eat! Note the art too, helping to blur the boundary between a highly functional kitchen and somewhere enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing to hang out. 

In recent years, it's become really popular to do away with the upper cabinets in favour of open shelving, or even a blank space. This has a wonderful 'airy' affect but it's not always practical if you require a lot of storage and / or don't enjoy dusting! 


A space under the stairs is used as a coffee station - important in a country which ranks 6th in the world for coffee consumption (never get in the way of a Swede and their fika!).

Note the small ledge which can be used for pictures, cookery books and other slim items. 


A calming green accent appears in the form of doors, shelving and plants  -  adding a wonderful harmonious feeling to the space. 


A simple bench provides a place to sit and relax by the window - bathed in natural sunlight. Sadly, the balcony won't be used for quite a few months yet (we're still hovering around 0 degrees Celsius in Sweden!). 


An entire wall in the living room has been dedicated to books (a 'library' seems to be the theme of the week - I loved the one in yesterday's home tour, how about you?). This shelving system is by Elfa - a popular swedish brand, which you'll have seen in many of the homes I've featured. Look closely and you'll spot a series of tracks which allow you to move shelves around according to your requirements. Funnily enough, we have a builder at home installing an Elfa wardrobe and shelving system this minute! I'm looking forward to sharing the results with you soon!

A tight corner has been transformed into a reading spot complete with chair, wall mounted shelf, lamp, magazine rack, a blanket and even a plant! So cosy, and such a great use of space!

If this was in my home, you wouldn't even see the chair for clothes! Do you have a 'chairobe' at home too? 


A lovely touch of pink in the bathroom. A curtain hung on a circular rail takes up way less space than shower doors in a small space. It's a balance though - you need to get rid of the water after you've showered, or you'll be looking at wet socks! In Sweden you'll usually find a squeegee device* in private and public bathrooms / changing rooms alike - to save each others socks, and leave the room exactly how you found it. 

All in all, a beautiful home full of nice ideas! 

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Har det så fint! 

Niki

PS My thoughts are never far from what is happening - as I'm sure is the case with you. To read my sentiments, please see yesterday's post. Sending love and hoping for peace. 


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A Beautiful Vintage-industrial Inspired Living Space in France

A Beautiful Vintage-industrial Inspired Living Space in France


Hej, or should I say 'bonjour! in the language of love - something of which I am hoping to spread today on Valentine's Day with this dreamy open-plan room in France! Alexandra - who owns online antique furniture boutique Petite Belette and runs online 'upcycling' masterclasses - describes her home and workshop as "a universe made of forgotten furniture, of raw and simple materials that respond to the adage: 'nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed,' (Antoine Lavoisier). I couldn't resist sharing this light-filled room, packed with personality - and yet at the same time cosy and calm. A perfect place to curl up with a book!

Eclectic furniture, industrial touches and rough walls rich in patina all help to create this wonderful room!


A library of books wait to be plucked from the shelf before curling up on the sofa. 

Beautiful. 

Imagine all that light! 

Could you imagine pottering around this room today? 

Wishing you all a happy St. Valentine's Day and a wonderful start to the week! 

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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