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! 


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A Converted School House on the Swedish Island of Gotland

A Converted School House on the Swedish Island of Gotland

Summer dreaming here again on My Scandinavian Home - with a virtual trip to the beautiful Swedish island of Gotland - and a magnificent, converted school that's just come on the market (are Per's ears burning yet?)! Dating back to 1860, Frojels Annex is located in Western Gotland and made up of a series of buildings which have been lovingly restored, all the while ensuring original features such as the big stone walls, atrium and beams play a starring role. The entire place sleeps 14 - which makes it a perfect place for an extended family to gather in summertime and unwind.  No doubt there are some bikes at the ready to take on of the gravel lanes down to the Baltic for a swim, before coming home to recline on vintage furniture in one of the many outdoor social areas. A perfect summer oasis in which to relax, be together - but also be alone! 

Could you imagine spending your summers here?

I understand the bidding has already started - but if you're quick, it might not be too late to jump in! More info via Bertwig here
If you're looking for a Scandinavian adventure this summer which includes Gotland, check out my guide to Swedish island hopping in The Baltic.  

In the meantime, why not lengthen your virtual stay on the island today and take a look at: 


Have a great start to the week! 


PS Thank you so much for your all your lovely comments about our new bedroom nook at the cabin (and for sharing your tips on air circulation) - it means so much. We're hoping to head up there later this week finish off some of the details. We still don't have blinds - with a 4.30am sunrise that's a little bit of a struggle!
Photography: courtesy of Bertwig with thanks 

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Nannygai house by Paul Butterworth Architect

The epitome of island living: Exploring Nannygai

For this week’s home tour, we take you inside Nannygai. Designed as a bare-foot beach abode with an endless connection to nature, it’s the epitome of island living.

Located on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) off the coast of Queensland, it’s a home we couldn’t wait to explore.

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Nannygai house by Paul Butterworth Architect
View from living room inside Nannygai

With a location this perfect, there’s no question that the view is the hero.

Nannygai is a special family retreat. Designed by Paul Butterworth Architect, it’s a physical and ideological haven for gathering. Bringing together family and friends, celebrating food and enjoying the beach lifestyle.

Nannygai aims to create lasting memories surrounded by that spectacular coastal landscape. So the house itself is simply an elevated platform, centred around the natural beauty of its island setting.

The original site was re-formed to a series of landscape terraces. The home’s design and purpose was simply to allow the occupants to immerse themselves in nature, living amongst the tree tops.

The home is comfortable accommodating both an intimate couple’s getaway, or entertaining a large group at family get-togethers.

Deck with a view at Nannygai
Bedroom to patio with view of ocean

Nannygai’s design centres around family holiday rituals creating a low-maintenance, refined home.

The home owners wanted their space to be memorable and unique. Their brief was for coastal living that was flexible, functional and minimal.

The house is comparatively compact, considering its occupant capacity. Actually, it’s only slightly larger than the asbestos shack it replaced. The external landscapes become habitable spaces requiring less ‘built’ area.

Areas were organised by holiday rituals. Clever design tricks like sliding panels connect occupants with the landscape, or facilitate privacy. Similarly mirrors play tricks with space, views and light.

Nannygai blurs the lines of traditional rooms, deconstructing them to allow lots of people to use them simultaneously. For example, multiple sliding stacking doors convert the second living area into an overflow bunk room. The long kitchen island almost looks to stretch towards the adjoining deck, creating the perfect gathering place for functions and feasts alike.

Kitchen to deck at Nannygai
Living and dining room of Nannygai
Outdoor bath at Nannygai

Even from the street, this home champions the calming, ocean views.

The home was built simply as a frame for the surrounding landscape. From the street, one looks ‘through’ the house to the ocean view beyond. As a result, you effectively ignore the house altogether.

The external materials are raw, non-reflective and predominately pre-finished meaning they will require little maintenance. Because of this, the home will be able to endure the harsh coastal environment.

Photographer Christopher Frederick Jones
Architect Paul Butterworth Architect
Structural Engineer SCG Consulting Engineers
Landscaping Planted Agenda
Builders — Andersen Quality Constructions + Roko Builds
Joinery Architectural Timber Joinery

Nannygai just makes us want to pack up and move to an island! Wouldn’t you agree?! What a view! Thank you to Paul for sharing this island beauty with us. For more projects from Paul Butterworth Architect, be sure to take a look at their website and Instagram page.

More home tours here

Front of Nannygai house on North Stradbroke Island
View from inside Nannygai on North Stradbroke Island
Outdoor and view to deck of Nannygai
Living room with timber features inside Nannygai
Timber features of Nannygai
Timber featured kitchen inside Nannygai
Timber featured kitchen at Nannygai
Back of Nannygai housed
Backyard of Nannygai House
Back of Nannygai house
Outdoor shower at Nannygai
Side of Nannygai home
Staircase with a view in Nannygai
Shower in bathroom at Nannygai
Bathroom at Nannygai

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A Charming A-Frame Cabin on the Danish Island of Orø

A Charming A-Frame Cabin on the Danish Island of Orø

Saturday marks the start of 'höstlov' (autumn half term) here in Scandinavia, and many will be packing their bags in search of a quieter week in the countryside. I wonder if Marie Monrad Graunbøl will be heading to her cabin on the beautiful Danish island of Orø? I first came across her cosy A-frame in the Skandinavisk Voices magazine, and since we're in the middle of building our own cabin, I couldn't resist taking a closer look and sharing a few pictures here! Ready to be transported to the Danish wilderness?

Orø is a small island in the Isefjord, an hour or two west of Copenhagen. It's especially popular in summertime, when Danes flock to their summer houses. But actually, one of the best times to visit is off-season, when you can experience the vastness of the wilderness in solitude. 

A picture of Marie's A-frame cabin taken by Mikkel Tjellesen, as seen in Voices magazine

Marie spends the majority of her time in Copenhagen, where she runs her visual communications studio Revolver, which offers journalism, editing, creative direction and interior styling services.  But there's nowhere Marie loves to be more than at her cabin on Orø:

"Each time I reach the ferry terminal, I get an immediate sense of tranquillity, I breathe more freely, and my mind seems clearer.... most often I greet the stunning scenery on a late Friday afternoon, exhausted from a week's work and longing for a welcome respite... life slows down at Orø" - Marie.

When Marie and her husband first bought the cabin, it was rundown with a rotting foundation and in need of a new roof.  The pair painstakingly replaced everything inside, ferrying items over from the mainland. It was a slow process, but now their hard work has paid off and they have a wonderful retreat.

Although fairly compact, the couple have everything they need at the cabin, and it's been decorated with a simple yet charming blend of artisanal pieces and vintage finds, creating a wonderful, relaxed feel. 

These days the couple know the cabin and island inside out, as Marie explains in her interview with Voices:

"We came to know all the little signs of the changing seasons, the loud, terrifying noises of pines swaying dangerously in the storm, and the true bliss of entering the house to the warmth of the woodturning stove."

What a perfect place to recharge the batteries, don't you think?

Thank you to Skandinavisk for the kind permission to share these images (hop on over to explore their fragrances - they're simply divine!)

Looking for more dreamy inspiration this week? I love these archives: 

Speaking of recharging batteries, my family and I are heading to Mallorca tomorrow to visit my sister for the first time in 4 years! We CAN'T WAIT! She lives in the North of the island with her boyfriend Ben and my two nieces. It's so beautiful up there. 

I'll be taking some time out with Per and the girls and will be back here blogging again on Monday 6th November. Feel free to pull up a chair hang around and browse the archives (after ten years of blogging there's a ton of inspiration in there!). I'll most likely capture my trip on Instagram stories if you're curious to see the island. 

Have a wonderful week! 


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How to Hang Pendants Over Your Kitchen Island

How to Hang Pendant Lights Over Your Kitchen Island

How to Hang Pendants Over Your Kitchen Island | lark & linen

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Like anything when it comes to art, I do believe that rules are meant to be made your own. However, there are a few tried and true interior design tips and tricks that I just about always abide by, and how to hang your pendant lights over your kitchen island happens to be one of them. 

My rule of thumb: there should be 30-36″ of clearance from the top of your counter to the underside of your light fixture. 

Bonus notes: they should also be hung at minimum 24″ apart from each other, and at minimum 6″ away from the edge of the counter.

Happy reno’ing!

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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! 


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