Bathroom ideas

I am moving on to the more difficult room, the bathroom. There are so many different styles, details and decisions to make so I feel it is time to wrap my head around it all.

We will have one smaller bathroom downstairs, and a bigger bathroom upstairs. I imagine both bathrooms to harmonize but with a few different touches. I think I can ad more “twist” to the downstairs/guest bath. Today I am sharing my ideas for the upstairs one. I still haven´t finalized it but here are some inspiration images and thoughts.

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This is the image that I want to start with, and use as my foundation and build our bathroom from. I love the calm color tones, the stone ads a sophisticated and luxury feel.

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Regardless of some trends going towards darker bathrooms, I am looking for a light and neutral colored bathroom. We are building a summer house so I prefer to keep things light and fresh. I imagine it to be classic with some modern touches. I dont want to go too summer cottage like, nor too modern, I want to find the middle ground.

I have had my fair share of white subway tile bathrooms over the years. I still love the style but am also loving the idea of bigger tiles and not having tiles on all walls. Let me share what I have in mind so far.

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I like the feel of this bathroom. The big carrara marble tiles, the shower placement, the big window and the furniture details that ad warmth to the room – it makes it a room. Bathrooms can easily feel a bit “cold”, so I love the idea of decorating them as rooms, adding personal touches, art and warm details such as textile, wood and baskets. Its a balance because I still like bathrooms to be cluttered-free and practical. Given we are 4 girls in this house hold and a lot of “products” – smart storage is a must.

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Below is the layout of the bathroom, as you can see we have added a Bastu/a sauna. The space is not super big but I believe it will just be enough and good for us and our needs.

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Besides the basic details such as shower, sink and toilet I need a big cabinet to store everyone’s toilet products and towels. I like the idea of all my family members getting a basket each to put their stuff in and take in & out of cabinet when needed. I know how easy it is to get the bathroom to look “messy”. I prefer to hide most things and keep it as clean as possible. I intend to put the cabinet in-front of the shower, and have storage under the zink. We will have a clear glass corner shower but I am still trying to find space to hang and dry towels. One solution could be a wall out from the sauna, closing the shower a bit and placing hooks on that wall, another idea is just having hooks inside the sauna and letting the towels dry in there.

For the bathroom flooring, I am leaning towards bigger limestone tiles in a light gray or gray/beige color. I am thinking of adding/placing it on the front wall as you walk in and around the shower as well. The other sides will just be painted/special paint approved for bathrooms. Our windows throughout the house will be black, so that will hopefully be a nice detail. I am trying to find a separate/unique bigger cabinet and I cant seem to find it among the bathroom furniture stores/suppliers (yet). At the moment I have 2 in mind, this black/metal and glass (not necessarily meant for bathroom) but I think it could be cool or a more closed white “standard” bathroom cabinet (below).

I would normally suggest black lamps to ad contrast but for some reason I really want to create a neutral, calm and light bathroom. I recently “won” these old wood benches, that might be nice to ad in the bathroom.

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Choosing the right lighting is important in the bathroom. We will probably need a few spots in the ceiling but I would love to ad nice wall lamps on each side of the mirror. Also the mirror is one of those things that can really make an impact to the room. I am contemplating having a big one flushed to the wall over the zink or order a big round one. Luckily nothing I need to decide today, but I imagine soon…

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I just wanted to finish of with this beautiful image that I found from an apartment project being sold in Stockholm. Perhaps not what I will have in our summer place but I just loved the image and since we were on the bathroom topic, I wanted to share it with you. It looks super glamours!

That is all from me today, have to run out and do some errands but promise to check in with you soon again.

Hugs/P

Image source:
HansVerstuyft Architect, Badrumsdrömmar, Pinterest, SkonaHem, AlexanderWhite, Ballingslöv, Artilleriet, Östersjösten.

 

 

 

Vamos a Ibiza!

A dear friend V,  posted a pic on Instagram from Ibiza. It got me all jealous (not in a bad way, that´s not in my blood). Just wished I could make a quick stop, have a glass of rosé with her and chit chat away like old times.

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I love Spain, always have. A part of it could of course be me growing up in Mexico during some years as a child. After that, I am obviously drawn to Spanish speaking countries. Spain is one of them and the islands of Ibiza and Mallorca are strong favorites. I haven´t been back in some years but hope to return soon! The island of Mallorca needs an entire post of its on. Today´s post is about this cool place I found on Ibiza!

I remembered I had come across this very talented architect firm on the island called, Blakstad.  They have built beautiful homes on Ibiza. Today I thought I would show you one of them.

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I don´t feel the images need any additional words… Its that beautiful!

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Have no trouble lounging here or doing my morning laps in that gorgeous pool.

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I love the living-room. The big sliding window/door out to the terrace. Oh my.

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The neutral tones, the linen cushions, wood and black details with all the white is just my kinda style. They have done a beautiful job in creating a very calm and relaxing retreat.

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Mama Mia. Whats not to like. Love the wood details. What a view. What´s for dinner?

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The house is not only beautiful on the inside, the outdoor is breathtaking as well. I love how they have created different outdoor lounge areas throughout the home. I can imagine myself hanging outdoors and admiring the views and the sky all night long.

It is really one of those pinch-me kinda homes – unreal but at the same time total perfection! Time to plan a visit to Ibiza, wouldn´t you agree?

Happy Easter Sunday everyone!
Hugs P

Images from Hostal La Torre, La Bodega, Blakstad.

 

Rattan means summer

For me rattan symbolizes summer. Its the material to use in warmer weather (not that Sweden always offers that….) but I love to include it in our summer house. It ads a beach feeling, a natural color and texture that goes well with all the white, linen and any colors for that matter.  Throughout the years I have collected and “won” different rattan furniture’s on auctions which will now find its proper spot in our coming summer house.

The material has been used for a long time and I recall it had a bloom in the 70s but the last 5 years its made a sweet comeback, at least in the Nordic countries. Today you can find them in different colors, black has been trendy for a while but I have always preferred the light natural color. In my opinion, it wins in the end.

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I love having rattan furniture and details both inside as outdoors. In one corner of our coming back porch, I will have rattan lounge sofas filled with a ton of pillows and mix that with our concrete table. Inside I have a couple of lounge rattan chairs that I place here and there, along with a bunch of baskets as decor, flower pots and for storage.

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This chair above is a favorite of mine from Svenskt Tenn, but it is a bit pricey. Today there are many different brands and good rattan products for more reasonable prices. I personally love scouting the Swedish auction sites for the more vintage ones. That is where I have made most of my rattan findings.

If the chair I mentioned above was high end, as a Swede I of course want to show you some more affordable pieces from Ikea. Their spring rattan collection looks really nice. Love the cupboard/dresser.

Below is the classic Ikea “Agen” chair that has been around for ages. We have them around our outdoor eating area. I mix it with an old farmers table, a long green old church bench (u can spot parts of it below). In our coming summer house our eating area will be on one side of the porch (so covered) but one nice thing about the Agen chair is if you just leave it outside it ages into this nice vintage gray color and look.

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Above one of the sets I bought on an auction. I have another very similar set so I don´t need more, but I still peak online every now and then. I especially look extra around holidays since people tend to travel and are too busy keeping an eye on auctions. And, if I am lucky, less competition and prices tend to stay normal. (Maybe I should not have told you this…;) ,

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Using baskets as pendants is a fun idea. It gives a nice lighting and ads warmth and texture to a room. I have the exact ones as below but much smaller which I used in our small hallway in previous summer place (2nd below). I am not sure they will function as pendants in the new place, most likely just as baskets… but a cool idea regardless.

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Before letting you go, I just wanted to ad this little final image – its the good old classic rattan bike basket which you see a lot during the summer in Sweden. Super cute. Great if going to the store for smaller things, to the bakery for the morning bread, to the beach with your towel or your coffee n sandwich for the picnic.
Oh, how I want it be summer now….

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Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

Hugs P

Images borrowed from Pinterest, Ikea, SvenktTenn…

Bunkbeds it is

Finally checking in with you after 9 wonderful days in Mexico. I brought the computer with me, with the intention of writing and blogging but I was overly optimistic (as usual). I just enjoyed it too much and felt no desire to open up the computer. Now back to normal life and picking up where I left.

With the building permit now in our hands, we move on the next fun phase which is taking down that jungle of ours and seeing what our lot really looks like! I am guessing its still a few weeks out, so in the meantime I am working on remaining rooms and details. Today I thought I would walk you through our kids room.

We are making one of the bedrooms into our kids bedroom. Our 3 girls are not that young/small anymore so we dont want to create a “kiddie kids” room but being a summer house we prefer the girls to share room so built in bunk beds feels like a smart way of using the space. I am also hoping them sharing rooms will give them fun summer memories before they are too big and off on their own.

Below is the image that inspired me in the first place. In general our bedrooms will be small but we are opening up the ceiling on 2nd floor which will make it feel more spacious and especially for the persons sleeping on top bunk beds.

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When looking for ideas online, almost all images/design that came up were for smaller kids but I am showing you a few picks.

I want a clean and classic look (that doesn´t scream kids room) and is custom built. Its on me to come up with a design to give to the carpenter for quote or if time permits my dear hubby wants to take on the project. The criteria so far:

  1. I want the bunk beds on each side on one of the windows, 4 beds in total.
  2. Built-in solution. Painted in light gray and remaining room in white…
  3. Important that each bed has its own space – their on shelf to put their book, phone,  charger on. A reading lamp and some personalized touches. I want to create a feeling they have a room within each bed if that makes sense.
  4. All beds of course need to have the same white bedding. Goes without saying 🙂
  5. I would love to ad smart storage solutions, perhaps drawers underneath or side.

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Obviously this has a different layout but I like how its a room within a room. Below images with bunk beds painted in different gray colors, thinks it ads warmth.

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When surfing online, I came across some fantastic big rooms with multiple bunk beds.  We would have to give up our entire upper floor to our kids (…and I am willing to do a lot for our kids, but I gotta draw the line somewhere ;)). I just wanted to share them with you as well in case one of you has this kind of space…

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Now time to get the drawing and bunk bed sketches started. Will show you once its done (that is if my drawing will be good enough to show). Have a wonderful rest of the week. Promise not to go silent like last week again!

Hugs P

 

Images via Pinterest.

Building Permit in. Time to order.

I woke up this morning and to my delight our sales representative from Fiskarhedenvillan in Malmö had sent us an email saying that the building permit is now approved! Yaaay! Finally moving on to the next fun part of the project.  Perhaps not the most inspiring blogpost for you all but surely an important step for us in our project of building our dream summer house!

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We are also in the midst of ordering the actual house from our builder Fiskarhedenvillan. We had a big deadline today (to secure first delivery before summer and with the goal of key ready to Christmas), so perfect timing the permit came today! I must say, it has been an easy and quick process from when we bought the lot in December, evaluated builders and houses to now placing the actual order. Our sales representative Fredrik has done a great job and been very helpful. Finding the right person that you feel confident with, is knowledgeable and understands your needs and wishes is extra important to us since we live far away.

Ordering the house means we have to confirm quite a few things and choices that we cannot make changes to after this point. A bit scary and final but we so want to get started. We ended up adding things that were not standard (of course), like:

A big “American” porch, raising the ceiling on 2nd floor all the way up, adding more and bigger black aluminum windows, including a sauna, garage and different roof (to mention a few). Only these changes stretch our budget a bit and we haven´t even started with the fun rooms and extra choices for kitchen, bathroom, flooring and stairs! Obviously there is an amount already included but I know I will go outside standard – its just a question with how much!# How I wish I had a money printer at home ;).

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In regards to costs, and this being the 2nd time we build we can say with certainty – costs always ad on & go up. No surprise. I have reminded myself its a summer house we are building so keeping it fairly simple is good. Easier said than done… However, I don´t feel the ad-ons we have made are super crazy luruxy choices but we still managed to stretch the budget. Most of it is due to us, us choosing more things but a tiny part is also the builders not having some as standard at times so small things here and there also “help” costs go up. This happens regardless of builder you choose. One way to save costs is by finding and buying cheaper products yourself as well doing some or a lot of the work yourselves. With Fiskarhedenvillan you have that flexibility. If we had lived in Sweden we would certainly be more involved in that process.

We originally started and based our home on the model called “Rödhaken”. We shrunk it quite a bit since we dont need a big summer place. We switched out the eating area and balcony on-top with a big American porch instead. Below you can see the changes we have made from the Rödhaken model to accomodate our needs and wishes:

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We ended up choosing a flat roof, called Carisma. My hubby had his eyes set on this one from day 1 so I thought it would be nice of me (ha) to let him be a part of one decision 😉

Now, I cannot wait to get started on the kitchen, bathroom and stairs. Best part ever! Today I am looking into the kids bedroom, hope to show you the ideas a little later today.

Have a wonderful Friday & Weekend!
Hugs P

Sketch images: Fiskarhedenvillan, Porch: Trivselhus, Roof: Pinterest

Before the excavator

A good Monday and warning for long blogpost :).  We got good news from our builder, Fiskarhedenvillan who contacted our neighbors to get their view on the last adjustment of the garage (since they opposed the first plan). They are ok with the latest version which could mean that our building permit gets approved this week! Time to put the Champagne on ice! Getting it approved and ordered this week is high priority if we want it key ready by Christmas.

This means we need to get going on that jungle of ours. Obviously most of it is coming down but we need to roughly plan the layout. Where we will place the house, garage, put grass, have gravel etc, decides how we prepare the foundation/ground.

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I am working on the sketch.  I think we have a good idea but further along in the project we might bring in a garden and landscape designer, just to be safe.  We have a corner lot so I want to take advantage of that and create a cozy courtyard.

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This image I have had for a long time and now I know why. I love how clean it looks, love the trees and I LOVE gravel and want lots of it around our house. Remember, we are creating a summer home so we want to keep it low maintenance but yet cozy and inviting.

Below more images with gravel. I have said it before but nothing beats the sound of walking with Swedish clogs on gravel. Summer with a big S.

I realize I have a long wish list of things I want to ad to our courtyard, and its not THAT big but hopefully I can squeeze in most of it.. Here it comes:

  • A cozy courtyard with different zones and areas. Important to mix round and square shapes as well as height and low focal points to make it interesting and inviting.
  • Gray stones/tiles and a lot of Gravel around the house
  • Wood on the Porch
  • Parts of grass to ad warmth and for kids to practice cart wheels…
  • Space for growing herbs and some veggies
  • An outdoor drying rack for all the 1oo of towels we use…
  • Cozy external lighting
  • Fire pit/place to sit around
  • Sun lounge spot
  • Grill area
  • Boules court
  • Green house / or extra guest house…(to be built 2nd year)
  • Mix of hedge and plank fence around to create a closed courtyard

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    We are allowed to ad an extra small house, but we are not sure if we want a green house or guest house. We need to move in first before deciding what to build. Our big American porch might turn out perfect and we don´t feel the need for a more covered outdoor eating area/green house. Instead we might discover we have to ad more beds to accommodate friends. Time will tell.

Here some ideas of round shapes that I am peaking at. The left above is truly a favorite. I borrowed the image from a Swedish designer that just has the greatest courtyard ever. For more images check his Insta @robinberkhuizen.

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Big fan of Lavender. Promise you will see a lot of that around the house.

Above some different flower pics from pinterest that have the colors and style I am trying to create. Obviously I want flowers that mostly bloom when we will actually be there.

Growing herbs and some veggies is a given. We cook so much and it is extra special picking from your own garden. It just is.

I will try to incorporating some black details into our backyard. Not sure yet where and how but I am sure I will think of something. A fun addition even outdoors, an eye catcher & a contrast to a lot of the white.

We would really love to include an outdoor fire place. We might not be able to make it super big but hopefully still a descent size to create it cozy for us + kiddos to hang around.

It may sound like a silly thing to ad to the list but the nr of towels and bed linen I wash during the time we are there is a lot. Also, our kids seem to use beach & shower towels as if they are disposable ;). I just think there is something special about drying it outdoors. It leaves a different smell and feels extra crispy clean. A DIY project for hubby.

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A summer house must of course include lounge/sunbeds to enjoy the sun, read a book or perhaps just take a well needed siesta.  We just have to find the perfect sunny spot.

Now, to my last thing on the wishlist. I must admit I´m not sure the rest of my family is on board with this (…yet) but I would love to ad a Boules/Petanqué court. Also this image from Insta: @robinberkhuizen

Before letting you go, I have to finish of with my favorite of the day. This super cozy picture I also discovered on Pinterest. Doesn’t this look so cozy and romantic? Love the outdoor summer movie idea. Maybe the kids could start a summer business & sell movie night tickets in our backyard… Love love this idea.

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I will do my best to finish and show you the lot/courtyard sketch. Hopefully that will give you a better overview and understanding of thoughts and plans.

Wish me luck!
Hugs//P

 

Airstream on my mind

The winter in Seattle has been too gray and wet for my body, so I am embracing and looking extra forward to our coming trip to warmer destination. Craving sun & d-vitamin.

We are still waiting to hear back from Höganäs county in Sweden regarding our building permit (soon 10 weeks have passed). The delay is due to making the garage taller than the allowed height. The process then is to let neighbors give their opinion, so together with Fiskarhedenvillan we have been trying to solve it. We hope our last adjustment will be approved. For now, we can only wait. Once we get the GO, we can “order” the house and finally book the EXCAVATOR to turn our lot upside down. As you can see below – we still haven’t been able to walk in. We are not sure what we bought ;). Its a jungle, but we love our jungle.

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Speaking of jungle or well forest, I found this fun vacation spot. It obviously has nothing to do with our summer house but my goal with this blog is also to write, share and inspire with other ideas and discoveries I stumble across. So, today I am taking you to California.

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I found this wonderful spot located in north California (close to San Fransisco) called Autocamp. A cool camping place in the hearts of Sonoma´s wine country. Perhaps you true campers do not consider this is to be the real deal but for me being more the hotel gal´ that prefers the comfy beds, the fresh towels, wine & fruit …;), this sounds and looks just perfect for moi!

My love for Airstream trailers goes way back before Dr. Dreamy Sheppard showed up with his in Greys Anatomy :). I just think they have the coolest design and are so classic.

We are often in the look out for fun long weekend ideas and for us with 3 girls we need to alternate and do different things to keep them all happy. I certainly love exploring new cities but I also think its important & healthy to experience something a bit more authentic, like being in the woods and far away from it all. After almost 10 years in Seattle, a place known for its outdoorsy lifestyle I have learned to appreciate the outdoors much more. So Autocamp looks like a fantastic spot for us to visit. Take a look.

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Autocamp offers super luxury Airstreams as well as tents. All of them designed and with top of the line comfort. Sounds like a nice mix of camping and hotel. They have a cool main club house, a small store, a big bar as well as hang out areas, indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Of course they have wifi (if you really cant be without it for a weekend).

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Below images from their restroom and showers. It certainly doesn’t look like the camping bathrooms I have visited during my years. No, far from it.  This looks like a SPA in comparison!

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Here´s how one of the tents look like. Just imagine, don´t need to spend the first 2 hours putting up your tent (which in some cases can lead to tiny irritation and arguments ;)). At Autocamp, its already made! Not sure about you but I have never stayed in a tent that looks like this. Nope. Obviously I realize the experience and fun with camping comes with putting up your own tent, creating your own fire, catching your own food etc etc… but please don´t hate me for liking this idea as well….;)).

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Autocamp is of course located in the forest, easy to go on hikes, make picnics, rent and go on bike rides. There is close by canoeing and you can also take the car and drive out to the ocean if you feel like that. Just chilling and reading a book sounds like a wonderful idea as well.

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Earlier this fall we went on an American style family RV trip with another family and we both said afterwards that we want to experience this again. So much fun. Obviously driving your own RV is slightly different but this place could maybe be the next fun experience we do? What do you say M?

Hugs P

 

The Autocamp Photography is by Aubrie Pick
3 Airstream images via Pinterest
For more info visit Hotel Autocamp