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

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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….

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

 

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.

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.

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 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 few kitchen wishes…

I have picked out most parts for the kitchen. The overall plan and layout is pretty set. One last meeting on Monday to decide counter top, which will also lastly decide the color of the kitchen.

Promise to show everything once it is finalized, in the mean time I wanted to share a couple of things that were on my wish list for the kitchen from the start.

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FIRST I wanted to show you the 2 pictures above that have been my inspiration from the beginning. Both different in style but that’s just how I like it. Combining, mixing the classic and modern is fun! Now, here are 3 of the things on my looong wish list,

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1. Social space
A sitting bench in the kitchen is a must for us. A spot for people to hang, relax and have drinks while others are preparing dinner or dishes. The idea is to have a small table near by that we roll out when needed to place drinks & snacks on. I will have a customized long seating cushion and a ton of pillows to make it extra comfy. Without doubt this becomes a favorite spot in da house. I also imagine my hubby easily taking a power nap between main course and dessert! Having bar stools by the island is another way of staying connected but its not the same, it doesn´t beat the bench filled with cushions. The bench breaks it up and ads warmth to any kitchen.

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In our last summer house (image below) due to space we only managed to create a nook, but much appreciated and used.

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2. Butlers Pantry
Another detail I am planning on is a separate space for pantry and fridge&freezer. I was looking for a “light” version of the old fashion butlers work space. I want to keep the food separate since most fruits and vegetable prefer to be out of sunlight anyways to last longer. The pantry is also a great place to put bigger or bulkier kitchen appliances, so in the end I am hoping it will help keep the kitchen more clean and clutter free. Our little butler area will be in a small hallway between the kitchen and laundry room, so connected just not right in the middle of the kitchen.

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I will admit, my pantries never look like this but it is my goal! I also have the glass jars and baskets to put everything in but somehow things get messy after a week. However, with the system and baskets in place its easier to clean and just put things back in order. I imagine open shelves but surely a more customized space like below makes it all look nicer!

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3. DISPLAY CABINET
Another detail I want to ad is a tall display cabinet or cupboard (vitrinskåp in Swedish) for the glasses and porcelain we use on a daily basis. I don´t intend to have any upper cabinets besides this one.  I prefer to keep it airy and instead display art, some details and lamps on the walls. Besides, its a summer house so the needs and look will be different. For the longest time I was debating having a unique stand alone cabinet (showing a few of my favorites below) with glass doors, but I am now leaning on having it integrated and in the same as the rest of the kitchen cabinets but with open shelves. I am hoping open shelves will make it feel less formal but still personalized. Glass doors can easily be added if needed further along the road.. I hope I wont regret it…

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That was all from my wish list today my friends, promise to be back with more soon. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Hugs P

Images borrowed from:
Artilleriet,  Skonehem, Esny, Everydayenchanting, Devol Kitchens, Kvänum, TineK, Lindebjergdesign, Pinterest. Ikea.