Inside walls…

My biggest apologies, for taking such a loooong blog break, but the days and weeks have just not been long enough. Also, I had to go to Florida. Life is tough :).

Just because I stepped away from the blog, does not mean the builders did. They have carried on in there and have done a ton. Thankful they are not as lazy as I am :). Perhaps not the most exciting or inspiring building phase to show (in comparison to getting that awesome outside all done). But I suppose its key with good prep before all the fun stuff like paint, kitchen, stairs all comes in place…

So, bare with me today and the “gray” construction pictures. Please don´t “un-subscribe” right away 😉

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One detail we (well, I should say my husband) added is chip-boards (not sure if thats the right name in English/OSB in Swedish). We added on all walls behind the drywall/ sheet-rock. Creates stable walls and makes it super easy to hang up stuff and heavy things without problem (no need to look for studs anymore).

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I might have mentioned it earlier, but I noticed that a wall was not straight (there is a build-out of some sort). Seems to be a miscommunication but at the end not something we had agreed on so Fiskarhedenvillan made sure it was corrected. Good we detected it early and great when incidents like this are solved smoothly.

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Here is an updated pic from the wall corrected. I do prefer it like this.

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Once the Sheetrock came up, you can really start imagining the finish product. The rooms look more spacious and lighter (that is what I have been told…:=) since I am not there in person to experience and follow it (sadly). The space above is also waiting for the stairs to arrive.

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The guys are preparing and getting things ready for painting! And as you might remember, we are going for a very white white color on wall, trims and ceiling (code: NCS 0300N). Hope to show you it next week!

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Another detail we added is the wood paneling ceiling upstairs. Hoping it will ad a “beachy” relaxed look and be more exciting to look at up there.

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The bathrooms are also getting their necessary layers and attention. Tile are on there way. I decided on a very clean and simple bathroom, not going overboard here. Instead focusing on nice accessories & details to make it just right.  This is the floor tile will chose,
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That´s all from me today! Hope to see the house entirely painted in my “hospital” white sometime next week! Can´t wait. Now only 8 weeks before inspection, and I have to say – everything has run so smoothly up to this point so we are hoping it will continue like like this all the way to December!

Have a wonderful Friday & weekend!

Hugs P

 

 

 

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Chance to win a tiny house

I came across a wonderful little company and story in Lamon Luther (handcrafted furniture), located in the southern parts of the US. Carpenter Brian overheard a conversation during lunch one day – about the homeless living in the woods outside of his town. He went to see the conditions for himself and quickly decided he wanted and needed to help. A few of the homeless people were former builders and craftsmen so Brian found a way to help and bring hope. Brian who is a 3rd generation carpenter felt this was also a good way to keep the tradition of American craftsmanship alive. It is truly a wonderful story of how this company came about and operates today.  You can read more about them, their stories and their products on their website but what caught my attention today was the tiny farm house they built!

– that you actually have a chance to win this December… Oh, I am in!

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This is the cutest tiny farm house I have ever seen. It even matches the summer house we are building in Mölle, Sweden. I could easily see this as our little guest house on our lot, but I can also imagine traveling around the US and discovering new places with this tiny beauty.

Its only 260sqf = 25kvm, but its got all necessities. They have used the space very well, and I love that they added a guest or kids loft up there.

Obviously I am big fan of the white facade along with the black windows but the interior is also spot on. The neutral tones, the wood ceiling makes it relaxing, inviting and very warm.  Take a look.

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Its so cool, and I am all for down sizing after seeing this! Now, the best part is that we all have a chance to support them but also win one of their tiny houses. This is part of their foundation that helps subsidize craftsmen housing expenses. For more information about this wonderful project and how to donate and be part of this – go to their website and look under GIVE!

https://www.lamonluther.com/

Hugs P

All images @Lemon Luther

Time to warm-up and move inside

Now when temperature is slowly dropping, and fall is around the corner – I feel the urge to move more indoors. I want to warm-up and cozy up inside. Switch out the “summer” look with new fall stuff. The trick for me is usually adding a few new pillows, bring out the warm comfy blankets and my sheepskin throws, the candles and sitting in front of the fireplace. Today I wanted to show you my fall picks.

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The sheepskin throw is probably a very Nordic thing and super common in Sweden and used a lot, especially during fall and winter. Today you can get `look a likes` in other materials but I prefer the real thing (preferably made from Gotland)).  I remember using it in the baby stroller during cold and snowy winter months to keep my baby girls warm (remember, most Swedes leave their babies outside to sleep – regardless if its minus minus). I still have that particular one from my first child (going on 18 years now but still looking great!). High quality wins in the end.  Nowadays I throw them on chairs and sofas. A nice piece to ad to any furniture (old or modern). It gives it that warm fuzzy but still cool look.

Some like the sheepskin throws cut short and some prefer the long fuzzy look. I honestly love both and in my opinion you cannot have to many…..

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The combo of a sheepskin throw in front of a fireplace, well thats just a perfect mix in my world. I feel super lucky to have had fireplaces in several of our homes, it is truly something we use a lot and often – so I look extra forward to fall! We plan on adding one to our house in Mölle, it will not be one of the open one + more like this one below,

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Another key fall ingredient is the blanket and throw, cant survive a fall without them! I picky, its gotta be a large comfy one (no itchy wool anymore, done with those).

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I would not mind throwing out the classic Hermes blanket on one of my sofas. Its truly my old time favorite but then again dont really feel I want or could pay the full price.  After all, its the same price as a trip around the world :).

 

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Now over to one of my all time cravings – candles. Friends usually make fun of me for all my candles, they believe I am part of a candle sect :). I lit candles any evening of the week, all year around! Its just so magical and relaxing.  I am pretty sure I inherited this obsession from my dear mother.  When it comes to candles I prefer the simple candle holders and just the white colored candles. Here are a few of my picks!

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Want to finish of with my absolute favorite at the moment (below) that I am hoping I will be able to hang on our entrance & hallway wall in Mölle around Christmas this year. Lets hope Santa reads this blog of mine!

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I have to leave you with that – need to pick up some delicious fish for tonight´s dinner.

Enjoy this beautiful week.

Hugs P

 

Images from Artilleriet.se, Pinterest, PiaWallen, Skonahem, HouseofPhilia, Hermes.

Color and paper on the wall!

Fall is right around the corner so a good thing our builders are just a few days before starting with all the inside work. The electrician is there this week, doing his stuff. After that its time to complete the walls which means time to decide wall color and inside colors in general.

I am first to admit that I am all about keeping it crispy white, and especially in a summer house. I plan on bringing in light gray in certain rooms and details. I prefer to move in first, get a feel of how much light comes through those windows, see the furniture in place and then decide if I need to ad more color or perhaps wallpaper. I did promise my brother A wallpaper in da house!

When it comes to the color white, there is white and there is white. I want to avoid drops of colors in my white. I want it neutral (no drops, no signs of yellow, pink nor blue). My white (Swedish code 0300-N ) is really crispy white (some call it hospital white) and I will use it on all walls and ceiling as well as some trims (however with different shines).

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The gray that I will bring into this house is a warm light gray that I have used before in previous summer house. The Swedish code is 2502-Y (this has a dash of black and yellow) so its warm but yet not too romantic if that makes sense. I ordered our custom-built kitchen in that exact color (image above), part of our stairs railing as well as the built-in bunk beds and bookshelves we plan on building. Below is my little mood-color-board…

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As you can see my color palette only goes so far, I never got to the colors….;).

You would think that with such a calm and light basis I would dare to ad something colorful or a patterned wallpaper somewhere without it disturbing the peace, right ? I´d like to think I am that bold and would go with bright colors or patterns but everyone who knows me know I tend to fall back to my basics. I just feel more at home there.. living in my white, black and gray bubble! 😉

But I did promise my dear brother (who by the way is somewhat an expert on wallpaper) to ad it to one wall to start with, so I got to keep that promise! As you know there is so much to choose between. Here is just a portion of some that I like. Take a look.

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Of course my home here in Seattle is no different –  it goes in the colors white, white, white with a few light gray walls, kitchen cabinet and bookshelves. I actually also did put up 2 wallpapers the first year we moved in (what can I say, I went a little bananas :)). Like this “library” wallpaper in our small guest bath that I ordered from the UK.
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Then over in our dining room I had some fun and placed this darker gray elephants from SvensktTenn on one wall.  People still comment on them which is fun, its unexpected and not very common yet over here….

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Before I let you go, I wanted to show you these bold and beautiful ones that most likely will not hit my walls in Mölle but it doesn´t stop me from appreciating it and admiring the ones that choose them!  At SandbergWallpaper you can see so many more styles.

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Sorry, that is all I have time for today – promised to bake banana nut bread before driving kiddo to soccer practice! Got to go!

Enjoy the rest of your week! Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs P

 

Most wallpaper pics; SandbergWallpaper, Morris, Skonahem, Araslovkok; Houseofphiliaelsaentourage, Atlanta homes.

 

Some updates from the house

A brand new week just started but I wanted to share the mix of pictures my dear mama took with her little phone over the weekend. This first picture below made me super happy. I know I repeat myself – but I am so excited about the black windows! If we would have chosen white, it would have looked nice – but not as nice as this, right!?

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We added extra trim around the window, a “New England” detail. It looks like they have one window left to do but a decision and detail we chose that I think goes well with the summer house and also fits well in to Mölle.

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Here is one side of the house and please ignore all the junk in front of it :). I had to make the upstairs windows slightly smaller and place them a bit more in the middle due to how we plan the 2 bedrooms (with our built in bunk-beds). It would most likely look more symmetrical with them placed right above the windows below but we had to do it this way in order to accommodate our plans, so that is that. Each room has additional windows on the other main sides so plenty of light.

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Here is a close up of the entrance, our Classic-series double front door from the company, “Diplomat dörrar”. We ended up choosing gray door instead of black, something I am glad about≤. The gray ads another dimension to the otherwise black & white house.  However, wanted to point out my first little disappointment (not a big deal but still enough to bug me ;)) – turns out the outside framing on the door only comes on one side! On the inside its plain, flat and therefore gives it a more modern look – hmm but why? I did not think of asking, double checking this. I assumed since I ordered the extra classic door I would get a nice classic door period. Why do they even have a “half” product? However I realize its a luxury problem and there is so much to love about this house…

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Here you get a glimpse of the entrance. As you enter the house, there will be a short roof before it opens up all the way up to the top ceiling. Hoping this will be a nice wow-affect, cool first impression kind of feeling. This side faces the woods, the mountain as well as the church! Truly lucky with the views from all sides! The picture of Mölle church below is taken from the main road, just wanted to show you how beautiful it is.

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Now moving upstairs, we discovered a “surprise”. In situations like this, I am super thankful for my moms pics, they help us stay connected and see how everything is progressing. This big wall was suppose to be all straight, that little extra added space/build-out to whats going to be the bathroom is not something we had seen on sketches. A misunderstanding somewhere but not really our fault so it will be fixed, so glad about that! Fiskarhedenvillan Skåne and our sales guy Fredrik has really been great about handling and responding to questions or issues like this.

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As you can see, the walls are starting to come up, and you can now get a better idea of layout and space. To the left master bedroom, middle closet/storage and to the right the bathroom and sauna.

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Here is a view from the back side of the house, which I see as the main side since this is where we will spend most time. This side faces the water and gets the sun all hours of the day (luckily the sun is not usually as strong in Sweden)…

A few things; I mentioned before that we were restricted as to how big we could build and placement of the houses and this was the only way we could fit these 2. I would have loved more space between the house and garage but did not want nor felt I had the time to “make a case” about that …again, there is so much to be appreciative about so it is what it is.

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However, one little miss in the delivery – the garage windows should also have been black. No big deal, its being taken care of, so all good!

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When we chose black windows, I was worried that it would pop-out to much or it would take away the sunlight and view from the inside but after seeing this image and seeing how well you still see in…  I just loooove it!

Heard rumors they were starting to build the big porch deck while the electrician crew do their thing inside.  Will just have to wait until next weekend for pictures.

That was my quick house project update! Thinking about colors and wallpaper, will share some thoughts on that next!

Hugs P

 

I want to work here too

I stumbled across Gensler – an Architect and Design firm based in the US. They have done some real cool projects and I especially was blown away with this amazing office!

How I would love to work in this space and environment. I just have to figure out how I can make it happen and get my entire family to move to San Fran 😉 …. oh, just a small detail. Advertising agency firm based in SF – filled with creative and happy people (hello!!! – well daa, no wonder???). I would also spend most hours of the day in this cool place, collaborating and sharing my ideas away!  I would not call in sick one single day..

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The goal when renovating was to keep it white, clean and simple and let the color come from their projects and people! How about that? Love it. Have a feeling the average age here is young…hmm.. oh well, not throwing in the towel just yet!

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I would even have no problem with making my own little lunch box each day and eat in here! And of course, you see the bikes leaning towards the window – got it, got to get rid of my car and start being cool and bike to work!  Just a few details I need to work on before approaching this firm :).

Hugs P

Pictures by Genslerm and Patricia Chang
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NY inspired apartment

Just came across this apartment, being sold in my other `hometown´, Stockholm. It has that New York vibe to it and as always I like how they mixed materials and styles. Its a small place, basically one big space but super cool and it has potential if you need more actual rooms. I can think of a few ideas one could do with the living rooms. By the way, apparently it used to be an old schools gymnastics room…

It was just a “fresh air” to see this apartment, because today when you see homes for sale (in particular Stockholm), they tend to look a bit the same, staged with the same vase (if you are Swedish you know which one I mean), the same throw or its all white. The staging becomes a little too predictable – so extra fun seeing they kept the original interesting interior. At least thats the vibe and feel it leaves me with, but when I look closer they actually dont have that much furniture but yet they manage to create it cozy (realize the space and ceiling height itself is very unique).

I have moved and sold many homes and know that it takes hours getting it looking like this. Rinsing and cleaning up for a photo shoot or open house is a lot work!).  With that in mind, I still think it looks interesting and lived in, and I am sure many going to the open house will feel that (by the way, try asking them to leave that kitchen table behind, just saying :))

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Imagining a wonderful dinner here with all those candles lit in the evening. Yummy.

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What I love most is how the kitchen is the center of this home, which makes it feel cozy and instantly welcoming and warm. Off to the left you have bedroom and bathroom and as I mentioned I think you can do more with the living room spaces if needed.

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Love the stairs, its raw and ads a cool masculine touch to the space.

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That´s all for today. Enjoy your Friday everyone! Thank you for stopping by.

Hugs P

 

All images from Skandiamaklarna