Counter tops on top!

I forgot to mention, our counter tops arrived last week and I just realized I still have not shown you the pictures. Well, to be honest, I was waiting for better (blog quality 🙂 ones but its been a week without getting any so I’m showing you what I got. We are in this together…haha


For the counter tops, we chose Silestone which is similar in look’ as marble but a lot more durable material. Pricier’ but I am hoping it will be worth it in the long run. It can take heat and any acids! In our last summer place we walked on our toes every time someone used lemon, strawberries…which was basically every hour. Finally we can walk normally in the kitchen.

Another detail I wanted to share, which you probably already know is that choosing your counter tops via your kitchen supplier often ends up being more expensive but on the up’ side you keep everything down to One supplier.  Choose what works best for you. We found a stone supplier close to us, Helsingborgs Sten. They have been great and so far (all via pictures) looks great.

The kitchen island, big table in the middle will come soon – cannot wait! Also for some reasons I dont have any good pics that show our bench and tall cabinet to the left but I will be there in no time and can shoot all the pics I want….


We decided on the Italian stove, Bertazzoni which I cannot wait to start using this Christmas. They still have to plug & push things in but lets hope for the best.



We choose one big bath tub as you can see, which I prefer to fit the big pans and stuff. Again, apologize for the blurry pics quality but here you can at least spot the gray thread in the stone which I like and picks up our cabinets *and no, the cabinets dont have any green in them…its just weird lighting.



Above you get a good view of the counter top. On here, we will have our yummy and fancy coffee machine (which I miss tremendously). I often joke and say that our summer place is way more equipped than our regular Seattle home, but its the truth… Here you can also spot what will be the area for the fridge/freezer as well as pantry and on the far end is laundry room. Between the kitchen & laundry we placed this sliding door.


That’ s it my friends, that’s all I have. Oh, and by the way – we chose Lagoon as color and counter top model, in case you want to look it up more. Our Åraslöv Kök kitchen comes in a light warm gray color (Y2502s). LOVE that color!

Sorry for being a little short today, but trying go to bed early so I can get the best start of  the week! Thank you for stopping by, I hope y’ all had a wonderful weekend.

Promise to check in more this week!

Hugs P


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.


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.


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.


Here is a first peak of the stairs.


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.



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!






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!



Living room spaces…

I still cannot believe we are moving in to our new Swedish retreat in less than 2 months! Construction and project is going according to plan, so I thought I would slowly start decorating it in my head or on paper at least. I am confident on moving in right after the inspection. I am counting on NO surprises that day! Is that crazy :)?

When it comes to the interior and design for our retreat and “summerhouse” – my overall goal and belief is creating a natural base, light tone and build from there. That base for me is usually white, linen-beige and light gray. Then the fun is adding an exciting contrast by mixing for ex concrete, metal, wood and rattan, placing the vintage next to something new and more modern. Something “fluffy and warm” next to something perhaps raw and cold… Contrasts that in the end harmonize if that makes any sense…

Now, I have quite a lot of furniture already in storage – waiting to make its way in to this new house of ours! Its a nice mix of old things that I have inherited as well as new stuff I have bought over the years. This house is going to be bigger than our last summer place so I need to buy a few new stuff (which I have no problems with (none, nope) :)).

We have 2 living room spaces next to each other on the bottom floor. I tried to give a little illustration of that below. So, right in the middle of the space we plan on having one big table with my mix of chairs. Next to this I am thinking a lounge feel with comfy lounge chairs by the fireplace and then instead a sofa and hang for reading and TV in that corner space (behind the stairs). In the future, we are considering one of those industrial glas doors to the TV room but to be sure I want to move in first and see if its the right thing to do…



I am sharing a few images that either have the furniture, the vibe, the feel and look I am aiming for. Cannot wait to get all our stuff unpacked and giving it all a spot in this new house of ours! Cannot wait to move in and make it feel like a home, our home.






That´s all for me this Sunday evening. Wish you all a wonderful week – I hope to be back tomorrow already with some fresh pics as our kitchen is being brought in & put together!



Images from: StilInspirationELLE, Artilleriet, SkonaHem, IKEA, ResidenceMagazine, Ellos, Pinterest





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!


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.


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..


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…


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


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…


Again, kitchen area more up close.


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.



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!



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!





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.



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


Darker times, requires lighting

I dont know about you, but now when days are getting darker – I think the lighting in our homes becomes more important. We need to light things up inside. I am crazy about lighting and always have a wish list stand-by and ready for when the day I manage to save enough or win the lottery.  I know, chances to win are pretty slim but since I have an expensive taste… I need all the help I can! I have to admit, I have a special eye for FLOS – just think they produce so many beautiful lamps. For our summer place, I think I got most of the lighting covered but I do need/wish to upgrade and add a few new lamps to our living room here in Seattle. Its a room that I have just have not managed to get all “complete” yet..

So, today I thought I would share my Friday lighting picks, 9 of them to be precise:

1. I love Serge Mouille and his 2 or 3-armed lamps. Imagine he designed these in Paris already back in the 60’s! I think they look better today – way before his time!

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2. Another lamp I feel I need to include is the Mantis lamp, which is similar to the Mouille. Designed back in the 50´s by Bernard Schottlander. Also a good choice for my living room. I like how delicate it is (discrete), yet interesting – an eye catcher for sure!





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3. The good old Arne JabobsenI wonder, will his design ever go out of style?? Its amazing how many wonderful products this talented man created during his lifetime. I want all of his work! Like his lamp “AJ” that he made for the Danish company, Louis Poulsen in 1957 – a true classic.

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4. The Bestlite lamp by GUBI is a new comer that has been super popular the last 5+ yrs. I really do like this collection and I actually just ordered a few for our bathrooms in the coming summer house. Cannot wait to see them up!

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5. I have always been a fan of the Swedish designer Jonas Bohlin and some years back he created his “collection for Örjsö” . Within the collection there a lot different models but I just think he has managed to create a nice mix of new industrial, slim and yet cool design in this one. I included a few of the copper versions in our coming summer place.

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6. This little adorable glas table lamp is called Cluster, and it is hand blown – believe its made in Damaskus. I have been peaking at it for the last 2 yrs, but have not found a retailer in the US that carries it which is a bummer. Also, I still have not seen the light on, but imagine it being cozy. I would love to ad this cool lamp to my collection.




7. Now seriously, here is my super duper favorite – the Taccia lamp from FLOS, Its just one of those “must haves”. Its certainly a bigger (2 sizes) and modern lamp but once you mix it in with good art, some antique pieces – then everything just makes sense. It speaks for itself and crushes all competition! Big Love, Big wish for this one, but probably more for our home in Seattle than in Mölle.



8. Another classic that you find in lots of homes is the Tolomeo, an Italian icon. And I gotta say, there are no lamps that I know off that were made in the 80´s that keep getting better and better. I bought a few some 15 years ago when I was in Milan and I still love em’. In my opinion, a little masterpiece!






9. Last but not least – here is one of Lindsey Adelmans famous pieces. I realize I would never afford or invest that much money for a lamp but that does not stop me from admiring it to death! Her big lamps require quite the room, the space and of course big wallet 🙂 – but still, Lindsey´s glas – multi armed lamps are beautiful! Why do I all lamps I LOVE cost a fortune…?


When I do my picks, I of course look at the need for that specific room and space and since we have a somewhat traditional or classic interior style I tend to want to mix it up with adding more modern lighting. Helps breaks things up!

I get that there are a ton more beautiful lamps out there that did not make my Friday list today – but these where the ones that came to mind today.  Which is your favorite, would love to hear – please do share!

Ok my friends, got to log out and enjoy this Friday. Wish you a wonderful weekend!

Hugs P

Pictures borrowed from: Pinterest, House of Philia, Sköna hem, StilInspiration, Lindsey, Traditionalhome, ESNY. DWD.

The Swede´s certainly know design…

I realize I keep showing apartments around Stockholm, Sweden – and of course that is not my only goal. Not everyone wants to move to Sweden :). Just to clarify, I am not sponsored by Sweden – but, I was born there and in my opinion they certainly know a thing or 2 about design! So I can´t  help myself.

Today, I am showing you another fab townhouse (just sold, so if you r the lucky one –  congrats!). This apartment is spot on when it comes to creating the perfect mix between cold and warm, classic and modern. Perfect twist all around! Sure, there is not much color to speak off and of course its perfectly “staged” (with no signs of kids :)) — but, I live in this gray, white and natural bubble – so of course I appreciate the basics here …






There are many on going discussions about gray kitchens (the new white) – should I go light, medium or dark gray? White has been popular the last X years (and of course white is classic and always a good choice) but for most that have had that in their last homes  – tend to want something new, the next new thing and gray being that color now.  Gray has probably been “trendy last 3 years… – but then there are many different gray tones and not all of them work. Picking gray kitchen cabinets is much harder than going for “just” white… trust me, I know.


However, I do think in this apartment the darker gray makes it interesting and fits well with the overall look + design. I am not as convinced it would fit as well in our summer house. In the long-run I think the lighter and warmer tone works better there but I might be wrong and old-fashioned here…? I am first to admit, its not easy *luxury problems 🙂


To pull this dark, sort of charcoal gray color off – the key is mixing it with a lot of white and light colored wood floor. This gray is in my mind a modern but yet a sophisticated tone. Of course the cool industrial masculine stairs helps and picks up the exact color and on top of that ads a studio look that never fails…








Adore adore the big windows!  Wish I would have added more of them in our summer place! After all, you can never have to many windows….






I am all for the natural, down-to-earth tone vibe in bedrooms. Makes it relaxed and calm. Key ingredients for me when decorating a bedroom. No drama, not too many contrasts…. again, prefer it calm, smooth and au naturelle! Nighty nighty!








Hope you liked this little townhouse! For more info and pics, go to Wrede

Have a wonderful Sunday. I myself plan on catching up around the house but also plan on heading out for dinner with my beautiful daughters –  we are celebrating a little tonight!

Hugs P


All pics borrowed from Wrede.

Memory lane..

I love going through old pictures and memory lane. Today I stumbled across the ones from our old house that we built in Stockholm 2005. Oh my, cannot believe its 12 years ago!!! At the time, we had our eyes set on a more modern house.  Seeing it now, of course there are things I would not chose today but at the time it was the thing” – however overall it still feels pretty darn nice… Thought I’d share them all with you…

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The lot we bought was located on the highest peak of Lahäll Täby, just outside of Stockholm. I actually found it online while we were fortunate to be living in Paris and bought it without seeing it. I knew the location was great and you cant go wrong with building a new home just outside of Stockholm. Turned out to be a great decision!

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Here is our little entry hallway. Still like that wallpaper I put up on the closet doors. Love love love the Portuguese limestone we chose, it is a bit sensitive but I did not mind that – its a classic and just never goes out of style! One of the things I remember we put a lot of time and money on was the lighting. I wanted the exclusive but discrete ones – so you might not notice them as much (but that was sort of the goal…).

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12 years ago, oak floor and details were a bit popular … now I would preferred the lighter wood of course but oh well, “thats history”…

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It was a fairly open floor plan, which we thought we loved at the time. Not totally sold on that as much today. Now looking at it, its fun seeing all the furniture and decor that are now either standing over here in Seattle and some waiting in storage to move into our summer place.

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Love the table my dear hubby built. Still going strong, however it got painted in Seattle. (of course still loving my wishbone chairs, classic – keepers).


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Wow, very colorful mix here… >). Its that single patterned armchair that is a bit too much, but its just so comfortable that its hard to get rid off. I still have it, but thinking its time for a makeover, a new fabric that easier goes with the rest… :)…

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I loved this little cozy TV and reading room. The kids had their own space upstairs so this became our “adultsie one.. We had a built in book shelf which turned out great in here.

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The big windows just brought in so much light into the kitchen, which was wonderful. I kind of liked only having one eating area (skip the formal stuff) but after math…would have been nice to have had perhaps a tiny kitchen nook or bench to sit on. We did ad a super small bar area but not cozy to sit on for too long..

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As you can see there is a wall between the rooms but with 2 big openings on each side so not entirely open but still enough to get a nice spacious and connecting feel´ without having to see all the mess in the kitchen while you sit down for dinner.

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Remember being very focused on the symmetrical and having a very clean kitchen. Also, liked that we chose aluminum appliances instead of stainless – in my opinion goes so much better with white *and never have to worry about fingerprints….

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Here is the upstairs, where the kids would hang. A little desk with computer for them to share and a sofa/TV area. 4 bedrooms upstairs.

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The ceiling windows created a ton of light (and made it craaazy warm during summer months).

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Again here, chose a very clean and simple bathroom. One big mistake we made was the black granite tiles which on best days looked wonderful but I kid you not, every foot step, dust showed instantly so I felt I was cleaning that floor almost on a daily basis…soo of course not optimal with 5 in the family.. Lesson learned!

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Here is a pic from our little sauna, which we loved and used many times per week. We have included one in our new coming summer place as well and we are certainly looking forward to enjoying it this Christmas. Note- this was initially meant to be my closet but I agreed to give that up for some loving sauna (which I dont regret of course)….

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We really focused on creating a big deck – that went around. Loved our outdoor space!

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Ok, that was that! Again, love going down memory lane. Maybe I should try to gather pics from all our old homes, the one in Paris if I can find enough pictures…

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I am off to my daughters soccer match!

Hugs P