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!

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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!!!!!

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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.

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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….

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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…

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

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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!

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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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Inside walls…

My biggest apologies, for taking such a loooong blog break, but the days and weeks have just not been long enough. Also, I had to go to Florida. Life is tough :).

Just because I stepped away from the blog, does not mean the builders did. They have carried on in there and have done a ton. Perhaps not the most exciting or inspiring building phase to show (in comparison to getting that awesome outside all done). But I suppose its key with good prep before all the fun stuff like paint, kitchen, stairs all comes in place…

So, bare with me today and the “gray” construction pictures. Please don´t “un-subscribe” right away 😉

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One detail we (well, I should say my husband) added is chip-boards (not sure if thats the right name in English/OSB in Swedish). We added on all walls behind the drywall/ sheet-rock. Creates stable walls and makes it super easy to hang up stuff and heavy things without problem (no need to look for studs anymore).

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I might have mentioned it earlier, but I noticed that a wall was not straight (there is a build-out of some sort). Seems to be a miscommunication but at the end not something we had agreed on so Fiskarhedenvillan made sure it was corrected. Good we detected it early and great when incidents like this are solved smoothly.

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Here is an updated pic from the wall corrected. I do prefer it like this.

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Once the Sheetrock came up, you can really start imagining the finish product. The rooms look more spacious and lighter (that is what I have been told…:=) since I am not there in person to experience and follow it (sadly). The space above is also waiting for the stairs to arrive.

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The guys are preparing and getting things ready for painting! And as you might remember, we are going for a very white white color on wall, trims and ceiling (code: NCS 0300N). Hope to show it next week!

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Another detail we added is the wood paneling ceiling upstairs. Hoping it will ad a “beachy” relaxed look and be more exciting to look at up there.

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The bathrooms are also getting their necessary layers and attention. Tiles are on there way. I decided on a very clean and simple bathroom, not going overboard here. Instead focusing on nice accessories & details to make it just right.  This is the floor tile we chose,
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That´s all from me today! Hope to see the house entirely painted in my “hospital” white sometime next week! Can´t wait. Now only 8 weeks before inspection, and I have to say – everything has run so smoothly up to this point so we are hoping it will continue all the way to December!

Have a wonderful Friday & weekend!

Hugs P

 

 

 

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!

Hugs P

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

 

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.

Looking more like a house

I am back in the US. Sorry for being absent these past weeks but I took a blog-vacation while in Mölle, Sweden. Needed my huge dose of family & friends!

Naturally my feet steered in the direction of the lot each day, and most days multiple times per day. It was exciting to watch it all turn more and more into a house, our house. It was hard to stay away. I am sure the builders were wondering if we would be stopping by this often during the entire building project :). How I wish that would be the case, but from now we rely on our friends in Sweden to keep us up to date and send us pictures.

Today I thought I´d give you that re-cap of all the fun thats been happening.

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In my last post I showed you when the foundation and first level was built. Well, that was quickly followed by our builders Sätoftagruppen putting up the scaffolding’s around the house to start with the 2nd floor and roof. And oh boy, the amazing team of 4 guys managed to build it all up in only 12 days. Super impressed!

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We sneaked up the ladder to look at the view, which I am happy to see is stunning! Its that pinch-me feel, I could actually see the ocean, the mountain (Kullaberg) and Grand Hotel on top of that. Lucky, truly lucky lucky!

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Once the second floor was done, it was time for the big crane to lift up all the big 11 or so roof trosses. My dear husband watched them connect every single one of them, even went over to the neighbors to get a better view (below) :)).

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Unfortunately the downstairs floor is all stuffed with material so I could really not get good pics from the inside. However, one detail I am extra excited about is the little opening we chose in the hallway. Since we decided to open the upstairs ceiling all the way up to the roof, I thought it would be a fun and hopefully a “wow” detail being able to see all the way up as you walk in! Hope I´m right….

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Bore we left, we got to see them paint the wood panel in the white we chose. Its a white color we have used before and has the features of looking warm even on rainy and gray days. The “Swedish” color code we use is (0601-Y21R).

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Later that day all the doors where put in place and I really liked the darker gray color. I will admit I first decided on black doors but changed my mind in the last minute.

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As we were leaving the guys were up there preparing for the roof tiles. The roof tiles and our black windows are suppose to arrive any day now.  Will admit that I am a bit nervous about the black windows. After all, its not super common yet and I am just hoping it will turn out as nice as I imagine it….

Time will tell.

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Time to finish off with this view from our walk one morning back to wonderful Mölle Village. Can´t believe that in some 4 months & 23 days we will walk here again!

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