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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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…

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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.

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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!

Hugs
P

 

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

 

 

 

 

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 …

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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.

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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 🙂

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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…

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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….

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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!

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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.

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

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

 

 

 

 

Summer villa heaven

Today I came across this out of this world villa in Sydney, Australia. I am blown away how beautiful this weekend retreat is. I Believe I have been starring at the images for a good hour now, just admiring every detail. I promised myself I would go out running this morning, but I got stuck here looking at this waterfront property!  Designed by Alexander & Co and found via Est Living.

I am sure this is one of those homes that will see pop up in all blogs, its that stunning! Extra fun coming across a home like this…on a regular Monday :). What a great way to start the week. I will let the pictures, taken by Felix Forest speak for themselves. If I were planning on building/renovating in the Sydney area – this is a company I would start with…for sure!

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This kitchen is stunning. Love how wonderful it connects with the outside. Wow!

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Just look at that floor and ceiling!!

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Nothing wrong with the location either!?! I am so glad I came across this home today. I just could not  – not share it, before my run!

Have a wonderful week.
Hugs P

Trunks – stay or go?

Almost a decade ago I went into an Antique shop in Seattle that was about to close. Everything was 50% off, so of course I couldn’t leave empty handed ;)). I walked out with 2 old steamer trunks that I thought looked cool and I was sure they would come to use one day. When we sold our summer house in Sweden last December, I found them in our garage (where they have been sitting for the last 8 years). I remember my husband saying, “can we finally get rid of those old smelly trunks”?

For some reason I kept them, thinking they might, just might come to life in this new house we are building. As I am going through how to decorate the coming summer house I found a few inspiring pictures over at Pinterest that got me all thinking. Take a look.

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Decorating with trunks is tricky in my mind. There is a fine line in getting it just right. As always I think it works best when you mix it with light and modern pieces. I would want to avoid having the trunks together with very heavy or dark furniture but thats me. I think they have done a great job in the space above where everything else is light, modern and feels fresh.

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Back in the day steamer trunks were used as luggage on voyages. Today you see them in homes as coffee tables & decor. Big brands such as Louis Vuitton and Restoration Hardware even have them in their product lines now.

Both my trunks are brown/black, same style but in different sizes. I have never done anything to them nor really taken care of them so they need love and caring to bring them back looking good again (… and less smellie). There are plenty of good sites that describe how to restore old trunks.

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I like how they turned the trunk into a small bar table/butler tray and mixing it with P. Starck plastic chairs makes it look modern.

Sadly, I could not find any good photos of mine and since everything is in storage right now – this is the best I could do. I spotted them in the background of a photo so here is a bad cut out/zoomed image. As you can see they look very sad, but with some fancy products & care ….maybe ??

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I have to admit I am a little inspired after going through the images and I am thinking they might help our new summer house feel and look more “aged”. They would certainly ad character.  However, I think its gonna be difficult getting them passed my husband and in to this new house. I am pretty sure he thinks I threw them out in December. Maybe if he reads my blog, he will be open to reconsider… ;))?

If it were a nice old Louis Vuitton trunk like below, well then that would have been a different story (…and price as well ;)). A keeper for sure.

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I wanted to show you this space, where that fine line comes in. I think its too much with the old paintings and frames. I would prefer modern motif or at least white frames to make it feel more playful, light & fresh. Also, I would switch out the lamp – but thats just me.

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Here is another type of trunk (same idea tho) that I bought on an auction site. I use it to store my youngest daughters toys in it but of course it can also be used as a coffee table…

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What do you think, keep them or finally say bye bye to the old smelly trunks?

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Now I have to go get ready for my daughters “pineapple theme party”. She turns 10! Got to go.

Have a great weekend!
Hugs P

All images found on Pinterest under trunks