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!

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

 

 

 

 

Some updates from the house

A brand new week just started but I wanted to share the mix of pictures my dear mama took with her little phone over the weekend. This first picture below made me super happy. I know I repeat myself – but I am so excited about the black windows! If we would have chosen white, it would have looked nice – but not as nice as this, right!?

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We added extra trim around the window, a “New England” detail. It looks like they have one window left to do but a decision and detail we chose that I think goes well with the summer house and also fits well in to Mölle.

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Here is one side of the house and please ignore all the junk in front of it :). I had to make the upstairs windows slightly smaller and place them a bit more in the middle due to how we plan the 2 bedrooms (with our built in bunk-beds). It would most likely look more symmetrical with them placed right above the windows below but we had to do it this way in order to accommodate our plans, so that is that. Each room has additional windows on the other main sides so plenty of light.

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Here is a close up of the entrance, our Classic-series double front door from the company, “Diplomat dörrar”. We ended up choosing gray door instead of black, something I am glad about≤. The gray ads another dimension to the otherwise black & white house.  However, wanted to point out my first little disappointment (not a big deal but still enough to bug me ;)) – turns out the outside framing on the door only comes on one side! On the inside its plain, flat and therefore gives it a more modern look – hmm but why? I did not think of asking, double checking this. I assumed since I ordered the extra classic door I would get a nice classic door period. Why do they even have a “half” product? However I realize its a luxury problem and there is so much to love about this house…

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Here you get a glimpse of the entrance. As you enter the house, there will be a short roof before it opens up all the way up to the top ceiling. Hoping this will be a nice wow-affect, cool first impression kind of feeling. This side faces the woods, the mountain as well as the church! Truly lucky with the views from all sides! The picture of Mölle church below is taken from the main road, just wanted to show you how beautiful it is.

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Now moving upstairs, we discovered a “surprise”. In situations like this, I am super thankful for my moms pics, they help us stay connected and see how everything is progressing. This big wall was suppose to be all straight, that little extra added space/build-out to whats going to be the bathroom is not something we had seen on sketches. A misunderstanding somewhere but not really our fault so it will be fixed, so glad about that! Fiskarhedenvillan Skåne and our sales guy Fredrik has really been great about handling and responding to questions or issues like this.

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As you can see, the walls are starting to come up, and you can now get a better idea of layout and space. To the left master bedroom, middle closet/storage and to the right the bathroom and sauna.

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Here is a view from the back side of the house, which I see as the main side since this is where we will spend most time. This side faces the water and gets the sun all hours of the day (luckily the sun is not usually as strong in Sweden)…

A few things; I mentioned before that we were restricted as to how big we could build and placement of the houses and this was the only way we could fit these 2. I would have loved more space between the house and garage but did not want nor felt I had the time to “make a case” about that …again, there is so much to be appreciative about so it is what it is.

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However, one little miss in the delivery – the garage windows should also have been black. No big deal, its being taken care of, so all good!

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When we chose black windows, I was worried that it would pop-out to much or it would take away the sunlight and view from the inside but after seeing this image and seeing how well you still see in…  I just loooove it!

Heard rumors they were starting to build the big porch deck while the electrician crew do their thing inside.  Will just have to wait until next weekend for pictures.

That was my quick house project update! Thinking about colors and wallpaper, will share some thoughts on that next!

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Outdoor wall lighting

Its time to look for outdoor wall lighting and even though I have an idea of style, I still haven´t decided on the particular one. Lighting can certainly be a pricey detail but I am trying to be smart” about it. Its a summer house we are building so do not feel the need to go over board and choose the most fancy pansy lamp here.

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The house style is classic so I want the lights to match that. Eventually I need to plan lighting for the entire yard but since there is not much yard to speak off at the moment, my first focus will be on the house and garage walls. Here a few lamps I´ve peaked at.

I like the simple lanterns that you typically see on barns and farmhouses. I have found more options and styles in the US than I have found online in Sweden, which is expected but unfortunate since I cannot transport lamps just like that across the Atlantic – given different voltage and frequencies.

The lanterns come in different models, one with a bit more modern and a straight line design or a more classic rounded model with light bulbs out and visible or with the bulb covered. I tend to prefer the round and covered ones for some reason.

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The lanterns exists in many beautiful colors but most common is surely black, white, silver or bronze. Knowing myself, not bold enough to go with colors.

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The bronzy and cooper lamps ad something different and create a warmth that the black, silver and white obviously don´t as much. Not sure its for this house but I at least wanted to show that I´m trying to think outside the black, white and gray bubble I seem to be live in :).

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I also wanted to share the 2 lamps below some nice followers where kind enough to recommend. Thank you for that!

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Now, I mentioned I tend to stick with my black, gray and white colors – so when I see the image below that checks of most of that, the white facades, black windows and black lamps on top of that…well that sort of does it for me. Why complicate it?

Is it to predictable, too typical of me and too much of the good old black & white or perhaps its just totally right to accomplish that Classic look?

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This half moon version above is popular and affordable. We used them in our last summer house so familiar with them but might want something different and new for this house, just because :).

These lanterns above are actually pretty nice, classic but with a modern twist to them. Believe the black one could look really nice, just worried it could be too small (from Eleanor Home).

Here a model from Restoration Hardware, the black version could maybe work.

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Before I let you go, a detail in regards to the Porch. The main doors will be centered on the porch so imagining 2 wall lamps on each side but for the rest of the porch ceiling – I am thinking I will move in first but most likely use string lights to create the cozy mozy feeling out there…

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That´s all the lighting for today! Please send any tip or recommendation my way.

Have a wonderful week!

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Images borrowed from: Rejuvenation, ElleDecor, Pinterest, BetterHomes, RestorationHardware, NormalmsEl,

 

The black windows turned out great!

Those of you that follow me on Instagram, have already seen the latest from when our black windows arrived. In case you haven´t, here is a short update! Choosing black windows is the one detail I am extra excited about. Its not as common in Sweden, and its not something you necessarily associate a summer house with but I have been so inspired by homes online and magazines lately, that black windows seemed totally right for this house (and I should confess that my hubby was the one really pushing for this – so extra proud and thankful for him now after seeing the results).

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Here is a little close up from delivery. Anything wrong with this picture? Well, it took us a few minutes but we spotted 2 white windows off to the left (oh no!!!). Turns out the 2 garage windows arrived in white, when they also should have been black. No major problem, seems it can easily be solved. I am just glad it did not happen to the main house and jeopardized us moving in before Christmas. One little detail I forgot to mention is that we have chosen black color on both sides (so inside as well as outside). I really think that´s gonna be the magic twist, the secrete sauce of the house…

It truly hurts being some good 5000 miles away and not being there in person to see it all live. So, I am really seeing and following the progress just like you are, through these pictures our dear friends and family take whenever they pass by. So, thank you for that!

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Here´s the front side of the house. I believe there are still parts that are waiting for the final coat of paint and all the windows need additional trim work around them, but I like what I see so far! I also noticed they still have to put up the roof tiles on the entry porch.

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One of the sides, again her some additional trims will be put up around the windows. Kind of like them like this, very clean and simple?? Hmm…hope the trims will not dominate too much…

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Here is the back of the house, which is my favorite and where I intend to spend all my time. I am happy that we went with the big “American” porch. When I first saw the pictures, I was worried we did not make the porch big enough… but luckily we were able to face-time with our best friends when they were standing right under it and I am glad I was wrong…. the porch is big!

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I keep looking at these pictures and its just unreal and I cannot believe this is going to be our summer house! Pinch-me!

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Here is one image that shows the size and depth of the porch a bit better. We intend to build a deck which will go further out, beyond where the porch roof ends and the poles are – to really maximize the space and make it as spacious as possible before the yard starts! The goal is to enjoy and spend a lot of time on this American porch of ours!

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Just wanted to finish off with these nice evening pictures my friend U took around 8.30pm. This lot and house will get a lot of sun exposure all throughout the day!  Oh I just cannot wait until they start working on the inside so I get to see how the windows look from in there – looking out (well, its not like there will be a fancy backyard or lawn ready anytime soon…:)). Hopefully when we move in during Christmas the backyard will be covered with snow so we wont see the disaster…

That is all from me and my windows today! Hope you are enjoying this great week!

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Curtains on my mind…

I have been thinking about adding curtains to a few rooms in our summer place. I usually prefer to keep the windows clear and to bring in as much natural light as possible but I realize a little fabric is needed. As you know, we decided on black windows, so I want to let them be the focus of attention! I will most likely begin with the bedroom shades and blinds before deciding about the bigger windows downstairs. Think I need to move in first for the rest, but here are some images and thoughts…

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I imagine 2 styles of curtains for our summer house, a few long curtains and some roman shades or simple blinds in a couple of bedrooms. Again, just a few here and there to ad warmth, texture and to soften up areas.

In many cases the long curtains also work well if you need to hide outlets or radiators. Ideally, I prefer to hang the curtains as high up to the ceiling as possible, and have them pushed away from the window, off to the side and just let them hang beautifully in a corner or so… (and if and when you need to take cover from sunlight or curious neighbors, you just pull em´forward!

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I am and always will be a big fan of the linen curtains. I know trends suggest that we are choosing heavier, thicker fabrics and darker colors but that is not the look and feel I am going for in our summer house. In Mölle, I want it light, thin and fresh!

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Roman shades are practical and classic. And today, you can find a lot of beautiful affordable ones from different brands in all common standard window sizes. Don´t need to order the super duper special custom-made ones any more. Also, if you have the time some models are actually pretty easy to make yourself. Below a few favorites I found while browsing through Pinterest.

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I love waking up to the morning sunlight, so I have personally never really needed the blackout roller blinds in the bedrooms – the thin, see through versions below are just the thing for me and what I will be going for in our summer house as well.

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I realize the images I have selected today – shows its obvious that I prefer the neutral light colors and fairly see through materials. Again, one reason is because of the black windows I feel the extra need to keep it calm and simple around them but also it is a summer house we are building and white or neutral colors ad to that summer feel. Last but least, the light, thin fabrics don´t stop the natural light completely from making its way in …remember, there are a few months in Sweden when you are crazy craving for that light inside the house. Maybe if we would have gone with white windows I would at least have considered color, maybe.

But it doesn´t stop me from admiring others that actually have chosen color and patterns, like the ones below…

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Hm, I had an idea – maybe I should challenge myself and make a goal and promise to ad a colorful or pattern curtain in one of the rooms in this coming house. Maybe the laundry room… even I should be able to do that, right? Yes, its a deal, its a promise!

Have a wonderful week everyone and as always – thank you for reading and coming back to my blog every week. I feel honored.

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Pictures from: Pinterest, Skönahem, TrandtionalHome, ElleDecor, WallesWalles, ResidenceMagazine, Ellos, LadyJotun.

Rapidly coming together

Promised to show you to the latest from our house. Since I cannot be there in person, I ask friends to swing by and take pictures with their phones as often as they can. So far, I have been receiving updates almost every week, so happy about that! If I´d live in Sweden, OH – I would walk by almost every day if I could to check, chat, admire and get all ahead of myself! (I am sure the builders would love that ;))

Remember, they started to build the house July 4th so I feel they have come far! Almost the entire black/granite roof is in place and the last wood panel is being put up before they paint the house entirely once more. Sätoftagruppen have really done a great job so far!

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We are eagerly waiting for our black windows to arrive! Crazy curious to see how they turn out and look like (I just have a feeling they will look super duper). With a little luck they should arrive this week! Keeping all fingers and toes crossed!

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Here you see the back side of the house and what is going to be the porch. We were restricted as to the area we were allowed to build on so we stretched the porch as much as possible – believe it will be 3x10meter (which if I´m not mistaken should be around 9×32 feet??). I don´t have a pic that shows how spacious it will be but I can really see us use the porch plenty plenty all year round (heaters on the way…)

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Here you see our little garage to the left, which is actually not as small as it might appear. We not only got restrictions on how big every building could be but also the specific placement, so we followed all rules. Would have wanted to place the garage a bit further in on the lot and the house further away from the garage, off to the right – but no, unfortunately not allowed and we did not feel any interest in pursuing and testing that rule with the county (given we were on a tight timeline and wanting everything to be ready for Christmas in December.

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Here is the front side, the main entrance. We ended up choosing darker gray doors (initial plan was black but they tend to be more sensitive to stains and marks as well as color fade with sun). The windows are slightly bigger than standard size which I am hoping will ad more natural light (something we need in the Nordics”).

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Both sides of the house look finalized and painted. Just need to ad those black windows I keep nagging about and Voilá!

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Ok, I need to log off and get ready, heading out to look for a dress to my friends coming wedding. Super excited, believe it will actually be my first American wedding. Can´t wait, love weddings!

Keep enjoying your Monday! I just watched how the Eclipse created a dark shade over our back yard…

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