Our magical stairs

When I first started planning this house I identified 3 things that were extra important. 3 things I either wanted to put extra time or money on and the stairs being one of them. The kitchen + porch where the other 2 things.

A reminder to my new followers, we are building a summer house and even though we are building a pretty good sized house for a summer place (according to Swedish norms”) I knew I could not get too carried away due to space and that boring thing called budget ;(. My goal was to upgrade just enough where I kept majority of the standard package and then added a little extra without increasing costs too much.

A few drafts back & forth before we settled on this from Drömtrappor.

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This wrap around balcony on top and opening all the way up to top ceiling as you walk in felt like a great American detail to ad to our Swedish summer place.

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In the original floor plan the stairs faced the other way, meaning you would access the stairs immediately as you walked in through the main door. I wanted to avoid that, avoid having to step on the doormat and shoes every time you needed to go up & down the stairs. Instead I was hoping that it would be nice walking down in the mornings and face the social area and kitchen.

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Here is a first peak of the stairs.

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We decided to make storage underneath the stairs. We also have a little space opposite that, to the right – a space for coats n shoes as well as a guest bath.

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I love this view, seeing the stairs and balcony!! Of course I would have preferred to see it without all the paper covering the floor. Super duper curious to see what is under it all..

At first I imagined the stair railings all in white, but I made a last minute change to gray *extra cost of course. Some have already asked why I did not make it black and go with the windows … I understand why you ask – but for some reason I believe the warm light gray fits better in to a summer house, plus it connects with the kitchen cabinets (exact same color) and for those who know me, know that I have painted a lot of our furniture in that exact gray as well …so this time, I am going with da gray!

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Here is a view of the entrance and as I mentioned to the right as you walk in is a space for jackets and shoes as well as guest bath. I changed the original floor plan a bit because I preferred having the coats and bath a bit off to the side, to give it more privacy and not having to see all shoes as you sit in the open social area…

Oh yes, realize I forgot to mention that the actual steps on the stairs will be as the floors upstairs = white stained washed pine. Keeping my fingers crossed it will all come together nicely. Time will tell, soon we will know + and soon time to set the BIG COUNTDOWN!

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A quick update on the kitchen

Being away from the blog this much is not something I planned on, trust me – I would love to check in more often but time has not been on my side lately *plus I started a new job …. again sorry, but don’t give up on me yet…

Luckily – there is a lot happening over at the house, with only one month to go.

Today I wanted to give you a kitchen update. The pictures are not super sharp but as you can imagine I am glad for every or whatever picture is emailed to me. Its my only way to stay connected and follow the project (being so far away).

We first received the pics above from Åraslöv Kök, showing our cabinets being prepped for delivery.  A few days later, one of their guys started installing.

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Also, above you see how the last top layer of our concrete floors turned out! Love what I am seeing and cannot wait to put my feet on it this Christmas!

We chose a custom built kitchen – a local carpenter in the south of Sweden focusing on Kitchens in solid wood! I am SOO glad we chose them over anyone else.

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It might appear a little green but as always the pics dont show the exact true color. Its a warm light gray color with a drop of yellow if anything…

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Inside each cabinet we chose white washed pine. Big Looove on that!

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This will be our little “so called pantry  – that along with the fridge & freezer on the opposite side is placed just “outside” the kitchen.  Since we wont have any upper cabinets, the pantry is meant to help with storage.

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In this picture you see the pantry space to the left, so outside but still connected. Another thing I wanted to connect was the fan – there are many different options out there but I really wanted one that matched the kitchen cabinets so we had made this box. It turned out great, however it was supposed to be the same color as the walls (crispy white) but there was a little miscommunication. We decided to move in, see how it feels and looks together with the stove and all. Its an easy fix if needed…

Another detail you spot in the picture above is our stairs to the right. The stairs really turned out great. I got a lot of new images, promise to show you all next time..

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Here you see David from Helsingborgs Sten who came to double check the measurements for the counter tops. We decided on Silestone and Lagoon, a light white/grayish color that I hope will fit well with our kitchen. Countertops will be installed this week. I just have to say how impressed and glad I am that everyone is delivering when they say they will.  Happy with our choices of people and companies to work with this summer house project of ours! It makes all the difference!

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Here is a nice overview (a bit blurry). To the left you have a tall cabinet as well as a custom built bench. A big island is coming soon, really looking forward to that. The space just outside the kitchen up to the right is where the fridge&freezer will be (again, opposite the pantry).

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Obviously there are a few details missing but again its all going according to plan and schedule. I noticed here they put on one of the copper lighting railings *the other ones are in our storage so have to wait until we move in before putting them up.

That’s all the Kitchen update I have today! Stay tuned for more in the next few days!

Have a wonderful Sunday.
Hugs P

 

Calling it, the white house…

Oh my, what a difference it makes to see the house all painted in crispy white white! Immediately – so airy, light and fresh.  My husband was in Sweden this weekend and got to see it live! Even though I get my FaceTime updates every week, its not the same as being there in person. All I can say, we are getting close to ready!

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This picture and view just makes me soo happy! The corner and space where the boards are lying to dry on the floor is where our kitchen will be. It should arrive in 2 weeks, cannot wait to see that! I am just crossing my fingers that the choices we have made will turn out great and as hoped! My husband probably took some 100 pictures while he was there this weekend *a lot of them very detailed but here are some overall picks so you can see and follow the progress with me.

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Here you have the guys from Sätoftagruppen painting our doors + trims. I decided to upgrade and get the massive wood doors and have them hand painted instead of the spray painted versions right from factory. Brush paint ads character and makes it feel “older” which I wanted for this new summer house..

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I love this house already and know how much I will love decorating it and living here, so dont get me wrong. BUT, I have found 3 minor things so far that I wish we would have spent a little more time on or solved differently and one of them is this little bedroom window. Not sure why I agreed to it, not true, I know why but seeing it now I would have wanted a bigger window here. I prefer having light coming in from 2 sides if possible – plus, we have such a beautiful view from that side as well and we are not really taking advantage of that. Oh well, literally luxury problems and of course nothing worth thinking more about.  I will tell you about the 2 other things in another post. I thought I would do a separate post and share my experience of building so far, what I am happy about, could have done or gone better etc…

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I guess all these white and shiny boards are coming up this week.

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Apparently the salt, sand and water from the ocean does show itself on the windows.  I can see the right side one needs a good clean. I have learned that one should be careful when cleaning them given the sand, to avoid scratch marks…makes sense…

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Again, kitchen area more up close.

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For now we are using this beautiful stairs but I have been told that our real stairs should be there by end of the week. As always, keeping fingers crossed our choice will look nice.

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Oh and yes, I forgot – apparently the wood floor is underneath the protective paper here. I cannot believe my husband did not take a picture of it or at least peaked. I know I would have. I am dying to see what the light wood floor looks like!

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This is by far my favorite space in the house – I just love seeing this room, the windows and how much light they are letting in. I was worried that the big porch outside would make it dark in here but it doesn’t look like I need to worry about that!  >)

The concrete floor has now been polished 4 times and is apparently looking super duper! Now, all we need is ad a sealing coat on top of it and we should be good to go. One detail I am really happy about is not choosing any trim around the inside of the windows. That way, the black windows gets the attention they deserve and ads a “stone house” feel to it. Love it and am so happy we chose black!

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I see they still have one window to finish – the trim around the bottom right is still missing but I am sure its on their to-do list.

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I am really happy with the back side of the house and in particular the big porch and the tall black windows. I can really see ourselves use this space a ton – year round!  Next step however is to plan for a fence or hedge. Since we rinsed the lot and took down all trees, our lot is now all flat and with that comes full insight – visibility from anyone who walks by…  The privacy part is important for me, but I also realise that I need to take one thing at a time. The fence will come … eventually.

That´s all from me this Sunday. Have a great week!

Hugs P

 

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

 

Creme de la Creme stoves

I think the cooktop and stove play a big part of every kitchen. After all, its where the magic and all yummy stuff is made. In our family we live to eat good and yummy food every day. I enjoy spending time in the kitchen and its a wonderful way to keep everyone happy and together. Nothing beats the home cooked meals… which leads me to todays topic – the range, the cooktop!

Normally you have 3 options to choose from, gas, electric and induction and for our summer house we are going with the induction stove. As you already know there are quite a few different brands out there, they are fairly similar and a lot of look-alikes but you find differences in tiny details such as more use of plastic instead of real metal on some parts. Some models and brands might rattle more than others and some are just way to expensive for our summer budget. Here are a few I know…

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OK, I am going right to my favorite dreamy French gas stove. No detours here. High-end but their stoves sweep the floors in my opinion when it comes to look and design! I have a crush on their gray colored version shown below. Its just so darn beautiful! Their factory in France dates back to the 18th century which explains a lot, they know their stuff…

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Oh la la – isn´t this gray version just to die for! …next house over here maybe…

Ilve

llve make Italian state of the art ranges and cooktops. We have had one in our previous home and were really happy with the quality, design and performance. Can certainly recommend Ilve but a little more than we wanted to spend this time.

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Bertazzoni

Bertazzoni is another well known Italian brand that have specialized in stove production and cooking appliances since 1909. A bit less in cost than Ilve but still as good in quality. Believe I will choose one of their induction stoves for Mölle. bertazzoni

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Smeg   – another Italian home appliance manufacturer based in Guastalla. Their company has been around for over 65 years, and whats fun with the Smeg appliances is that they decided to work with famous designers early and create a  different, fun and most of the times colorful design (you might have seen their refrigerators for ex).

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Lofra

And yet another Italian company that does this for a living as well. Lofra started in 1956 so I suppose they have some serious competition to deal with just in Italy alone. I was about to pick one of their models, their prices were lower and more kind to my wallet but after some qualify feedback – I am choosing Bertazzoni this time.

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Finishing it off with an American brand, Viking – which is relatively a young company but they continue to grow and are really considered a high-end innovated appliance brand. Believe they are all made here in the US but uncertain if they ship internationally just yet, but go on their website to learn more..

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That´s all from me this beautiful Thursday! Will be back soon, sorry for being a bit blog absent lately but the days are just not long enough!

Hugs P

 

Pics borrowed from Lacanche, Smeg, Lofra, Ilve, Bertazzoni, Pinterest.

Outdoor wall lighting

Its time to look for outdoor wall lighting and even though I have an idea of style, I still haven´t decided on the particular one. Lighting can certainly be a pricey detail but I am trying to be smart” about it. Its a summer house we are building so do not feel the need to go over board and choose the most fancy pansy lamp here.

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The house style is classic so I want the lights to match that. Eventually I need to plan lighting for the entire yard but since there is not much yard to speak off at the moment, my first focus will be on the house and garage walls. Here a few lamps I´ve peaked at.

I like the simple lanterns that you typically see on barns and farmhouses. I have found more options and styles in the US than I have found online in Sweden, which is expected but unfortunate since I cannot transport lamps just like that across the Atlantic – given different voltage and frequencies.

The lanterns come in different models, one with a bit more modern and a straight line design or a more classic rounded model with light bulbs out and visible or with the bulb covered. I tend to prefer the round and covered ones for some reason.

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The lanterns exists in many beautiful colors but most common is surely black, white, silver or bronze. Knowing myself, not bold enough to go with colors.

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The bronzy and cooper lamps ad something different and create a warmth that the black, silver and white obviously don´t as much. Not sure its for this house but I at least wanted to show that I´m trying to think outside the black, white and gray bubble I seem to be live in :).

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I also wanted to share the 2 lamps below some nice followers where kind enough to recommend. Thank you for that!

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Now, I mentioned I tend to stick with my black, gray and white colors – so when I see the image below that checks of most of that, the white facades, black windows and black lamps on top of that…well that sort of does it for me. Why complicate it?

Is it to predictable, too typical of me and too much of the good old black & white or perhaps its just totally right to accomplish that Classic look?

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This half moon version above is popular and affordable. We used them in our last summer house so familiar with them but might want something different and new for this house, just because :).

These lanterns above are actually pretty nice, classic but with a modern twist to them. Believe the black one could look really nice, just worried it could be too small (from Eleanor Home).

Here a model from Restoration Hardware, the black version could maybe work.

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Before I let you go, a detail in regards to the Porch. The main doors will be centered on the porch so imagining 2 wall lamps on each side but for the rest of the porch ceiling – I am thinking I will move in first but most likely use string lights to create the cozy mozy feeling out there…

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That´s all the lighting for today! Please send any tip or recommendation my way.

Have a wonderful week!

Hugs P

Images borrowed from: Rejuvenation, ElleDecor, Pinterest, BetterHomes, RestorationHardware, NormalmsEl,

 

The black windows turned out great!

Those of you that follow me on Instagram, have already seen the latest from when our black windows arrived. In case you haven´t, here is a short update! Choosing black windows is the one detail I am extra excited about. Its not as common in Sweden, and its not something you necessarily associate a summer house with but I have been so inspired by homes online and magazines lately, that black windows seemed totally right for this house (and I should confess that my hubby was the one really pushing for this – so extra proud and thankful for him now after seeing the results).

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Here is a little close up from delivery. Anything wrong with this picture? Well, it took us a few minutes but we spotted 2 white windows off to the left (oh no!!!). Turns out the 2 garage windows arrived in white, when they also should have been black. No major problem, seems it can easily be solved. I am just glad it did not happen to the main house and jeopardized us moving in before Christmas. One little detail I forgot to mention is that we have chosen black color on both sides (so inside as well as outside). I really think that´s gonna be the magic twist, the secrete sauce of the house…

It truly hurts being some good 5000 miles away and not being there in person to see it all live. So, I am really seeing and following the progress just like you are, through these pictures our dear friends and family take whenever they pass by. So, thank you for that!

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Here´s the front side of the house. I believe there are still parts that are waiting for the final coat of paint and all the windows need additional trim work around them, but I like what I see so far! I also noticed they still have to put up the roof tiles on the entry porch.

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One of the sides, again her some additional trims will be put up around the windows. Kind of like them like this, very clean and simple?? Hmm…hope the trims will not dominate too much…

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Here is the back of the house, which is my favorite and where I intend to spend all my time. I am happy that we went with the big “American” porch. When I first saw the pictures, I was worried we did not make the porch big enough… but luckily we were able to face-time with our best friends when they were standing right under it and I am glad I was wrong…. the porch is big!

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I keep looking at these pictures and its just unreal and I cannot believe this is going to be our summer house! Pinch-me!

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Here is one image that shows the size and depth of the porch a bit better. We intend to build a deck which will go further out, beyond where the porch roof ends and the poles are – to really maximize the space and make it as spacious as possible before the yard starts! The goal is to enjoy and spend a lot of time on this American porch of ours!

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Just wanted to finish off with these nice evening pictures my friend U took around 8.30pm. This lot and house will get a lot of sun exposure all throughout the day!  Oh I just cannot wait until they start working on the inside so I get to see how the windows look from in there – looking out (well, its not like there will be a fancy backyard or lawn ready anytime soon…:)). Hopefully when we move in during Christmas the backyard will be covered with snow so we wont see the disaster…

That is all from me and my windows today! Hope you are enjoying this great week!

Hugs P