Here comes a Friday treat…

I woke up this morning with an email from my dear friend Eva who sent a link to this house for sale in Sweden. She knows me too well and we share the same style and taste in practically everything. Thank you E for this one! Its the kind of home that makes me question my own interior, gets me online looking for new cool furniture and makes me wanna rearrange things at home! I love coming across unique and interesting homes like this one. ESPECIALLY being a Swede – where we tend to copy and having our homes ending up looking pretty much same same…. Well this one is far from the same”!

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The house itself built in 1910, located in a very nice area just about 15 minutes outside of the capital, Stockholm. Most Swedes would rapidly grab the brush and paint the house in gray with white trims, so I am extra happy to see they kept the brown color.

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Now moving inside and seeing how well they have managed to combine old furniture, with some really cool art (some old, some modern) and just adding an overall modern twist to it – its just spot on! I realize the owners have good and fancy taste in things but oh boy, most importantly – they know how to put it all together (which is key and not always easy). To me, this home feels so interesting, different, inviting and most importantly LIVED in! I might not pick everything here but it doesn’t stop me from appreciating it and being super inspired by their taste, their overall sense of style… I am just sad I dont know them and was ever invited :)….

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Just admiring the mix (the old fireplace and that big modern piece of art) looking into the kitchen… very different, but I love it. Also the Mouille ceiling lamp below is a favorite

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Stop for a second and look at this kitchen. To me, it was unexpected, both the color of the cabinets as well as choice of wallpaper. This is not something I would pick or put together at all but seeing it here, like this – it looks so darn cool and inviting and makes me think I am way too cautious and careful when choosing stuff for this new house of ours.

And yes, they also have the same spot-rail lighting that I have and was planning to ad in our kitchen. After seeing this, I think I WILL stick with my plan…

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Again, different and interesting set of stairs, eye catching for sure.

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Wallpaper is very popular in Sweden and many European countries for that matter but you still dont see it as much here in the US yet (mostly only in trendy NY, LA) but I have to say – there are so many different styles and wonderful and cool designs today so there is no excuse. A home needs wallpaper somewhere (I am pretty sure my dear brother who works with this will be extra happy and proud that I finally came to my senses when it comes to adding wallpaper).  I promise to do a separate blogpost on just this topic very soon. In the meantime, enjoy their 2 choices.

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That was my Friday treat, hope you enjoyed this home as much as I did.

Now, time to put the White to chill and head to Whole Foods to buy a nice Friday dinner!

Hugs P

Pic cred to E, but all pics and for more; Bjurfors

Kitchen wrap up…

Time to wrap my head around everything in the kitchen.

The house builder Fiskarhedenvillan works with Ballingslöv, a well known kitchen company in Sweden. They have a big variety of styles and my favorite is the Gastro kitchen model. Majority of their products are made in MDF so I wanted to compare it with a custom built kitchen in solid wood as well. I started to look for companies & carpenters close by and BINGO!! I found Åraslöv kök & inredningar, located only one hours drive from our summer place and close to where I was born. A family run business that specializes in kitchen designs. I gave them both my kitchen layout and asked for quotes, good with options.

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This summer we visited them both but extra special driving to the smaller family business. The popular phrase, “You had me at Hello” – well Åraslöv had me at their “Carpenter” sign by the street. A lovely drive across Skåne (south of Sweden)!

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Above is their entry door. Who would have guessed what´s behind those doors!? Åraslöv is located in the most beautiful surroundings. I should of course have taken more pictures but we spent all time diving into the details of our kitchen with our sales guy, Kalle (who is great by the way). He gave us the tour and of course everything is made there. Super impressed with their process and high quality!

All material and products are made in massive solid wood! Below an image from the kitchen I fell in love with. A real classic yet with a modern touch. The advantage of choosing a custom built is that you can do any size, shape and form. With Ballingslöv you are still limited to a few standard sizes.

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Initially I had my mind set on a white kitchen but going with their light warm yellow toned gray (+ their classic white washed pine on the inside). To that, a white ish´ colored counter top in Silestone. Below images that show similar gray/white color combo…

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Can´t wait to prepare our first Christmas meal in this new kitchen of ours! I obviously do not need any Xmas present – this is over the top the best present, wish come true, pinch-me lucky! Below our latest design of the kitchen. Its not fully finalized, I am still tuning on it (which I will continue to do until they tell me I can´t ;)). The image below just doesn´t show the right counter top/color nor our concrete flooring we have.

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However, top left you can see the pantry shelves, and opposite that the fridge & freezer. I had this idea of keeping them both “outside” of the kitchen (nothing interesting to see anyways). On the right we are making a built-in cozy bench, perfect for company while preparing dinner or after party – or late after hours! A close by small table that you easily pull out when needed for drinks & snacks is all ya´need. Next to that I placed a tall display cabinet/shelves for the daily plates & glasses. Easy access.

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In this pic you dont see the full tall cabinet but instead it shows the open space on this side of the island for 2 old stools or so. Opposite side of the island will be storage.

For counter top, pretty sure I am going with Silestone Lagoon (Blanco orion strong 2nd), since I did not find a light gray matt granite and the gray limestone is more sensitive. Silestone is pricey (especially in Sweden) but super durable and handles stains, tear & wear way better than marble & limestone. Great for the long run & perfect for our family

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Besides the Lagoon counter-top (both pics above), we ordered a custom built box as kitchen fan (spray painted in the same gray color as the cabinets).

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We chose an Italian Lofra (90cm wide), slightly fancy for a summer kitchen but my dear hubby has his eyes set on this one, and I wanna keep him happy of course 🙂

I am skipping tiles in the kitchen, prefer to start and keep the walls crispy clean and white. Instead I plan on adding interesting art, details and lighting to the walls.

The when it comes to lighting, I am still debating a few options, for example – wall lamps by GUBI, Artemide or Örsjö…? Imagine them in white, black or aluminium…

I also have this ceiling spot-rail ÖRSJÖ – from our previous summer place. I am thinking it might fit in this house as well, perhaps even in the kitchen?  I will have 2 large vintage pendant” lamps hanging over our eating area so I prefer wall and ceiling lighting in the kitchen.

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I realize I started todays blogpost by telling you about our 2 kitchen options; Ballingslöv and Åraslöv. I so assumed that the custom built kitchen in solid wood would be way more expensive and not something our budget could handle, but after some tweaking (not choosing the more expensive drawers with Åraslöv) it turned out to be roughly the same prize, perhaps even slightly cheaper. I was actually more surprised and irritated that a kitchen in MDF could be that expensive. Having to choose between a kitchen in MDF and a custom built in solid wood and the price difference is not big, well – the choice was simple. Also, I am all for supporting a local southern family business! So, Åraslöv kitchen it is! To be continued – keep you posted!

That´s my kitchen wrap for today.

Hugs//P

Images from: Pinterest, OlssonGerthel, Whitelivingetc, Myrangecooker, Fjäråskupan, ÅraslövNestorfastighetsmakleri.

 

 

 

 

 

Contrasting kitchen island or not…

Things are coming together in our summer house. The builders are really making progress and its painful not to be there in person to follow it all. I rely on friends and family to take pictures as soon as they walk passed our house. Their progress however means that it is certainly time to finalize and order everything in the kitchen (which I still haven´t). Don´t want delays caused by us, so time to get right to it!

Basically, the two things I have left to decide on is, counter top and what the kitchen island should look like.  Both play a big part of the kitchen, in my view.

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Below a draft of the kitchen. On the bottom we plan to have our little kitchen bench with comfy cushions and in the background (just off the kitchen) you can spot the pantry on the right side and opposite that the fridge & freezer.

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Our downstairs is all an open floor plan. The eating area will be next to the kitchen and we are going for one eating area inside (since we got our other outside space on the porch as well). When designing the kitchen, I felt the need to include an island in the middle, for additional cutting and work space as well as a serving area. I am all for creating contrasts and not making your island identical to the rest of the kitchen cabinets and interior. I like the idea of having an odd or unique piece of furniture that sticks out and creates that contrast.

However, for our eating area, we will have an old farmers table along with 2 very big vintage industrial lamps from Texas hanging in the ceiling, so I am thinking more on having a kitchen island that blends in and lets the dining area get its space and attention it needs. Feel like I need to pick out where the highlights should be…?

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Above one image that I have had as inspiration from start, one thing I would change is add a light silestone countertop to mix in a modern touch, if that makes sense..

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Now that I know I dont necessarily want the big contrast when it comes to the island, left is deciding if it should be a more traditional closed one or like some of the images below  with open solutions (table´ish style)…I am worried it will be too much given our eating table right next to an island table´(are you with me, table on top of a table? Or?

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Hmm….. why can I only have one kitchen ??? :). Wish I could create 2 different islands, and decide later!!! Kitchens are expensive so wanna get it right on the first take!

A little side note, I write this blog to hopefully inspire others thinking about building as well as make sure my friends and family stay up to date with the process – but it has also become a tool for me where I can write it all down, share my thoughts and ideas. Many or most time, like now – it actually helps me narrow it down, reach an answer and come to a decision. So thank you for staying with me, listening, reading and especially for emailing me and giving me your input on things!

Much appreciated!  Promise to give you all the final kitchen decisions next!

Hugs P

Pics borrowed from Pinterest, ElleDecor, DevolsKitchen, Skonahem, Elleinterior.

 

 

A place in the Hamptons

Hello Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Some time back I stumbled across this beautiful and calm retreat in the Hamptons. As we are building our summer house I tend to spend time looking at homes and ideas that fill me with inspiration, and this is certainly one of them.

The Hamptons has somewhat been known (to me at least) to be a favorite destination for the rich and famous. I have never made it there, perhaps because I am neither rich nor famous 😉 …but it doesnt stop me from dreaming and hoping to see more of the East coast one of these days.

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Hampton consists of some 20 different villages and from what I have heard they are all as charming and filled with beautiful beaches and houses. This summer house belongs to the owner of a design store called Bloom, located in Sag Harbor, New York. As you can see from all the images below they truly have an exquisite taste.

Its probably no secret that I love white and light summer houses and I think they have done an amazing job in creating this elegant and yet very beachy look and feel. Just spot on what I hope and look forward to creating for our summer house.

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Some of you might have seen a picture from this home on my Instagram but I wanted to share all of them because to me it represents a mix of Hamptons and Sweden and of course I love that! Its amazing how the home being all in white, still feels rich,  comfortable and inviting. I love their use of white and natural fabrics, light tones along with a few nice antique pieces. Can never go wrong with that!

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This summer place has my name all over it! After seeing this, I am truly convinced that I need to “clean up” our future house as well and try to create a similar light and fresh look. Can´t wait to get into the interior details more….

Images from ElleDecor, all beautiful pics taken by the Swedish photographer, Björn Wallander

Have a great start of the week!
HugsP

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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…

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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 Skonahem.se and Denvitadromgarden.se

Looking more like a house

I am back in the US. Sorry for being absent these past weeks but I took a blog-vacation while in Mölle, Sweden. Needed my huge dose of family & friends!

Naturally my feet steered in the direction of the lot each day, and most days multiple times per day. It was exciting to watch it all turn more and more into a house, our house. It was hard to stay away. I am sure the builders were wondering if we would be stopping by this often during the entire building project :). How I wish that would be the case, but from now we rely on our friends in Sweden to keep us up to date and send us pictures.

Today I thought I´d give you that re-cap of all the fun thats been happening.

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In my last post I showed you when the foundation and first level was built. Well, that was quickly followed by our builders Sätoftagruppen putting up the scaffolding’s around the house to start with the 2nd floor and roof. And oh boy, the amazing team of 4 guys managed to build it all up in only 12 days. Super impressed!

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We sneaked up the ladder to look at the view, which I am happy to see is stunning! Its that pinch-me feel, I could actually see the ocean, the mountain (Kullaberg) and Grand Hotel on top of that. Lucky, truly lucky lucky!

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Once the second floor was done, it was time for the big crane to lift up all the big 11 or so roof trosses. My dear husband watched them connect every single one of them, even went over to the neighbors to get a better view (below) :)).

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Unfortunately the downstairs floor is all stuffed with material so I could really not get good pics from the inside. However, one detail I am extra excited about is the little opening we chose in the hallway. Since we decided to open the upstairs ceiling all the way up to the roof, I thought it would be a fun and hopefully a “wow” detail being able to see all the way up as you walk in! Hope I´m right….

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Bore we left, we got to see them paint the wood panel in the white we chose. Its a white color we have used before and has the features of looking warm even on rainy and gray days. The “Swedish” color code we use is (0601-Y21R).

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Later that day all the doors where put in place and I really liked the darker gray color. I will admit I first decided on black doors but changed my mind in the last minute.

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As we were leaving the guys were up there preparing for the roof tiles. The roof tiles and our black windows are suppose to arrive any day now.  Will admit that I am a bit nervous about the black windows. After all, its not super common yet and I am just hoping it will turn out as nice as I imagine it….

Time will tell.

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Time to finish off with this view from our walk one morning back to wonderful Mölle Village. Can´t believe that in some 4 months & 23 days we will walk here again!

Hugs P

 

 

 

 

 

Greek retreat on Serifos

Greece has been a popular destination for years and years, especially Swedes love going here. They love going to Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos for example but of course there are many more beautiful spots and islands to explore.  I suppose the movie ´Mama Mia` helped kick up tourism a bit, and especially the island of Kalokairi where they filmed most of it.

Today I thought I would share pictures from this hotel I came across while surfing away this morning. Its on the island of Serifos. A gorgeous retreat, unfortunately pretty pricey but it doesn´t cost to look! No airports on Serifos and the ferry, well lets just say it can take a good 4-5 hours to get there from Athens since you need to stop by a few others on your way there. However, if you are looking for the unexplored, original, less touristic, less bars and “latest hits” music – This is it!

On Serifos you´ll find this luxury COCO Mat Hotel. Architect George Zafiriou is the mastermind behind the wonderful transformation and hotel renovation. Its a natural beauty and very eco-friendly and all in my color – palette as well :)!

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Do I spot a concrete floor….;) ?

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To read more about this hotel and about the architect, go here

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Not bad, or? Just felt the need to share this quick escape. Now time to log out and play tennis before heading over to the construction site. A lot has happened just in the last 2 days, super exciting! More pics from that shortly!

All pictures are from the hotel website. Head there for more info & images;
http://serifos.coco-mat-hotels.com/en/

Hugs P