As you walk in

The entrance and hallway is the first thing you walk in to. Its that first impression. Like so many others, I wanted to create an inviting and interesting first impression. Thought it would be nice if the focus point was the large windows straight ahead and our so called ‘American stairs – opening in the ceiling to be an eye catcher. Turns out the American lamps are pretty dominant as well….>)


I am really happy how everything has come together after just one week. Obviously it helps having most furniture – nothing we really ‘need’ (more things I would love to add or switch out with time…).


One little concern I had building this new summer house was if it would look and feel too new. Would we be able to create a warm and summer feel?  I do think our kitchen, stairs and floor picks made a difference but our more older’ furniture makes all the difference. Mixing those pieces of furniture with all the other new things just creates that good vibe and feel.


I have mentioned it before but one little detail I am a tiny disappointed at – was that this double doors only had the framing on the outside. On the inside, its all flat – no inner door framing which makes it look more modern in my view and obviously not what I wanted here…oh well, believe I will live!


Some details you cannot see here is that immediately to the right as you walk-in, there is a smaller hallway for hanging your coats.  Also, we have our downstairs bathroom in there to the right. I am very glad its all off to the side, so we don’t have to see it from the eating and social area. For some reason, original floorplan had the bathroom door/ entrance somewhere where we have now have this table of ours. I did not really get that, and preferred a bit more privacy.  Oh and yes – we also created storage under the stairs.


I was not sure if this old butchers table was going to fit, afraid it would be too big. My dad bought this on an auction many years ago and claims that when he bought it – it was in terrible condition (meaning not ever been cleaned after all years of being a butchers table….I am not going to spell it out but it apparently needed professional cleaning! Now look at it – perfect for this space and not a trace of buthcer!


Here is a nice view from upstairs. I like how it opens it all up and connects the 2 floors.

My dear friends, that is all I have time for today – I need to start prepping our first New Year’s Eve in this new ‘summer’ place of ours.  Happy New Year, thank you for following me during this project and process. We are over the moon happy that everything was done in time and turned out better than expected. It is really ‘pinch-me’ – can’t believe it feeling!

Next time we will talk –  will be in 2018! Yay – A New Year, how exciting!

Hugs P


Stairways to heaven…

The entry really sets the tone in a home and welcomes the guests.  Its sort of an important first impression, and I personally like creating the “wow” feeling as much as possible as you walk in! Obviously creating that effect in an entry comes with paying attention to details such as color, wallpaper, decor etc etc… but today I´m focusing, craving in on stairs, since that is typically the big piece that greets you as you enter a home.

I am and always will be a big fan of beautiful stairs, regardless how big or small they are. There are so many ideas out there, different styles and options.




Trappa i hall -liggande träpanel

There is something amazing about the huge massive staircases but they do require space and as I have learned – space costs and we don´t always have the space nor the budget. For our coming summer house in Mölle, we are a limited to space but it doesn´t stop me from craving, dreaming away and getting all sorts of inspiration.



I still have not really started on the details of our stairs, shapes and colors but hoping to get that first draft from our builder soon.

One little detail I wanted to share in regards to our own entry. I decided to create an opening in the hallway ceiling. We came up with the idea of opening up the ceiling all the way to the roof on the 2nd floor to make it more spacious, so I was thinking it would be fun, my “wow” detail to see all the way up from the hallway as you walk in.

This means I changed the stairs so they phase the social area on main level instead of directly to the left as you walk in (avoids you stepping on the door rug each time). This also creates a nice wrap-around balcony upstairs (perhaps easier to see sketches below).

Entrance                                                  Upstairs

As you know we are in the construction phase but you can already get a small taste of what the opening would look like here.

Below is the image that inspired me to create the wrap around balcony and opening in the first place. Still totally in love and attached to the idea and layout. Now I just have to figure out what colors, shapes and forms will look best.



I have a habit of painting my stairs in black & white, but this time I think the summer house will go more in the white or gray tones…





That´s all for today. Can´t wait to start finalizing our stairs.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs P


Majority of the Pics I found as usual on Pinterest, searching for beautiful stairs. I also borrowed one pic from and

Welcome in!

Keeping track of what I want to create & chose for each room requires multi tasking, which is a quality I think I possess (at least used to). Just to be safe I will write it down, room for room. So, I came up with the idea of a “house tour”. Well, let´s call it an “imaginative tour” since we haven´t started building yet :)) Pretend you are coming over for dinner and today you will see what I picked for the entry.

Welcome in & grab a drink!

As usual I will pick a warm gray color for trims, stairs with crispy white walls (can´t go wrong with that). To make my brother extra happy, I will ad a Sandberg Wallpaper on one of the walls, think it ads a nice pop. I want to believe I will be brave and chose a big pattern but we´ll see…

I am placing big dark gray tiles as floor, it ads a masculine touch + can handle kids running in & out. Wouldn’t mind it in the entire bottom floor (note to myself to check price).

I have always believed that the key is mixing materials and styles, I just think it makes a home more interesting. My dad who has been in the antique business got me hooked on auctions sites early in life so I have collected and “won” some good pieces over the years. I feel like I finally get to bring the furniture to life and give them a nice spot in this new house.  I can’t wait to carry in my old butcher bench, put up some modern art and statement pieces in this space. I envision it already!

The left picture is the closest I could find on Pinterest that resembles our plan when it comes to stairs, the balcony above & around the opening. Just picture it slightly wider, gray trims and big gray tiles! To the right side of the foyer, we have a powder room and a built in closet with my nice hooks from Anthropologie.

That my friends, is the end of today´s tour, hope you liked it.  Have a great week!

Pics above borrowed from one of my favorite stores in Sweden; Artilleriet. Tile pic; Konradsson.