McQueen moved in…

I am quickly checking in this morning to share my new Steve McQueen photo I hung up in our dining room. I have been wanting to move some pictures and art around, switch things up a bit in the house…easy fix to make rooms look new and updated.

I thought one of my latest S. McQueen additions would look good in here – all on its own (well, along with the million elephants around him of course…)


My dear Elephants, I put up some +6 years ago – and even though the wallpaper steals a lot of attention – I still like it + its not something you see every day here in Seattle either. The fact that its elephants makes it a bit childish- it adds a sense of humor, and takes away the very formal’ dining room feel. You can find it here.


Only a few minutes from our house, there used to be a Bambu farm garden place – and yesterday someone had trimmed down the trees along the street, as always I was quick to grab a couple of left over branches and place in vases around the house.  Adding greens’ is a must for me, it not only adds color but really makes any room come alive.




In here, we also have my husbands home-made dining table he built some 8-9 years ago. He specifically made it to fit 4 of our wishbone chairs in a row. The table recently got painted in gray, so looking new again. Underneath is the good old’ Ikea rug.


I will admit, we have been bad at using this room lately. Most of the times, we end up eating by our table in the kitchen. Its closer, more convenient and practical. I really do not like when a room is not being used properly. I want to get away from the formal dining thingy’, so I need to be better at setting the table in here.

A ton of nice natural light comes through the big window. We have an identical window on the opposite side (in our living room) as well which feels extra nice during the darker months of the year and when you are really craving for light! However, I feel in order to make the room more cozy and wanting to spend time in here, it needs something, it needs warmth in some way which could be fabric or for ex adding a warmer material in here somewhere…. I have thought about adding long thin curtains in here to soften it up more. However, I forget to remind myself to look in to that, -does that make sense?


I believe I have already revealed my love for our Carl Hansen’s “Wishbone chairs” – as they are called. We’ve had them for years and they are still in great shape. The kind of classic chairs that age beautifully.  The cool, slim ceiling lighting I found in Canada as I was reading an interior magazine – Lambert et Fils.

I will show you the other McQueen photo I bought next time.

Have a great rest of the week.
Hugs P




Loving my kitchen

I know I have said it before, our new summer house turned out way better than I could have imagined – and the kitchen in particular. After having spent weeks there during the Holidays – we really got to test it, does it work to prepare big dinners and have a lot of friends come over? And yes, it MORE than works. Such a luxury, cannot believe it!

Before I show some of the new pictures, for fun – let’s look back at the one’s that actually inspired me from the start as I was planning everything.


This white kitchen caught my attention early and a big part of it was the bench – which is a “holy’ thing for our family and friends. We use it a ton.  A kitchen can easily turn out too modern, stiff or kitchen like :), adding a bench is super useful and breaks it up, brings it to life, + give’s it a warmer feel and turns it into a room. Also, this kitchen had the right look and feel that I wanted for our summer house but perhaps I was aiming for a tiny bit more always, finding that perfect balance…


This grey kitchen was also a big inspo for me – I loved seeing the dark grey after decades and decades of all the white kitchens. This felt new and modern. It had that mix of modern, classic and bistro -which I strive for.

When it came to choosing colors, I did not dare to go this dark grey (I thought long and hard about it but no…) Instead I sort of copied the island with open shelves and got the idea to hide the fridge/freezer and pantry..


Above the sketch I worked out with Åraslöv Kök.


Here is one new picture from our kitchen. I just completely and utterly LOVE it! Such a joy to be in here!  It is more spacious than I expected but most importantly – I am so happy we chose custom-built kitchen cabinets in solid wood! What a difference it makes! Looking at it, I feel I manage to give it that classic look but yet with a touch of modern, what do you think?

There are 2 things I am still contemplating – one if I should ad glas cabinet doors to the open shelves to the left. Its a easy fix if I decide to. Also one small ‘miss’  is the big fan to the right came in the same color as the cabinets and I had asked for white to blend in more with the wall …also easy fix to re-spray …. if I decide to.


SkärmklippI contemplated regarding kitchen lighting, having cool wall scones. I am not a fan of the traditional ceiling spotlights and since we have 2 very large dominant lamps hanging above our eating area I felt I needed more discrete lighting in the kitchen.  Now seeing it all come together, I am glad we just chose Örsjö rail copper lighting.


One of Åraslöv kitchen’s signature is this drawer unit. Love it and love the solid wood on the inside.


I will admit that I do not have great pictures of our counter top but the Silestone Lagoon we chose is really practical, resistent and on top – looks fantastic with the cabinet color and concrete floor. We got ours from Helsingborgs Sten. Its worth upgrading from the Carrera marble if you can…





Here is our little kitchen bench and it might not look a lot to the world here – but its a must for us. All of us have taken wonderful naps on it already – and everybody uses it to stay connected while things are being prepared in the kitchen – its really the social hang! Now – the only thing I need to add is a small table that I can easily bring out and have here. The kitchen island is open on that side so great place to store that little table when you do not want it out. The great thing is that its very spacious so we can place a table there with no problem… Here are a few suggestions I have found so far, but not convinced yet.

Here is the view from the bench looking out to the rest of the room….




Having the shelves open like this, makes it easy to grab a glas and my concern is that glas cabinet doors would give it too much of a formal look?….


Here is a view from the eating area – sorry for the pics qualities but I am not an expert on my daughters new camera  – just yet.

I have to log-ff now – but promise to show you the rest of the kitchen, the stove, fan etc time. I need to get out and get some fresh air now! Take care my friends!

Hugs P





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


House key in my hand…

I started this blog exactly one year ago – after we bought that lot jungle of ours and we signed the contract with our house builder, Fiskarhedenvillan.  We were told it would take around one year to complete it all (that is if all permits were handed in and approved in time). So – of course – naturally we decided to aim for Christmas in Mölle 2017.  Turned out to be a great plan!


Now, here we are – one year has passed and our dream home in Sweden is all done! All according to plan! We are over the moooon happy! Best Christmas present ever!!!!!


For those of you still have not been to Mölle, I can tell you that most homes are white – so our home fits in just fine.


We had our inspection the morning after we touched down from Seattle, which passed with only a few minor details to take care of.  Most importantly,  we got the keys and were able to move in!  I was confident and booked the movers to arrive only 2h after inspection. Here we are waiting for them to show up….


There is so much I love about this house and I promise to tell you all about it – and more, but I have just been busy unpacking, working at the same time and on top of that trying to enjoy it and be with family. So just not enough time to blogg as well… but bare with me, promise to show it all as soon as I get back to more “normal….

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We have moved so many times, that we have become quite the experts in getting things up and running pretty fast. Obviously, I had already planned where most things where going – which made it easier.  Another good thing – is that we have a big garage where we can store the things I am uncertain of and or don’t think will fit in the new house. After all, I am being pretty picky and only want the nice things to move in!


The kitchen is really spacious and wonderful. I am happy how it turned out, and that bench,  — turned out to be perfect for the afternoon naps I have been taking.


The next morning, my dear hubby went and found this beautiful tree. I had brought new ornaments with me from Seattle – so our tree was done in no time. Love it!


I know you want to see pictures from the house – and you will as soon as I have it all more ‘ready’. I have added a few pictures on my Instagram in case you want to peak there. In the mean time here on the blog, I thought I would share views from our little  fishing village – from the other morning. As you can see – not much of a white Xmas here…


I really love this little village, even off-season…






I am sorry that I need to keep it short today – especially since there is soo much to show and tell but will be back soon soon with more!

Hugs  P




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!



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