I love going through old pictures and memory lane. Today I stumbled across the ones from our old house that we built in Stockholm 2005. Oh my, cannot believe its 12 years ago!!! At the time, we had our eyes set on a more modern house. Seeing it now, of course there are things I would not chose today but at the time it was the thing” – however overall it still feels pretty darn nice… Thought I’d share them all with you…
The lot we bought was located on the highest peak of Lahäll Täby, just outside of Stockholm. I actually found it online while we were fortunate to be living in Paris and bought it without seeing it. I knew the location was great and you cant go wrong with building a new home just outside of Stockholm. Turned out to be a great decision!
Here is our little entry hallway. Still like that wallpaper I put up on the closet doors. Love love love the Portuguese limestone we chose, it is a bit sensitive but I did not mind that – its a classic and just never goes out of style! One of the things I remember we put a lot of time and money on was the lighting. I wanted the exclusive but discrete ones – so you might not notice them as much (but that was sort of the goal…).
12 years ago, oak floor and details were a bit popular … now I would preferred the lighter wood of course but oh well, “thats history”…
It was a fairly open floor plan, which we thought we loved at the time. Not totally sold on that as much today. Now looking at it, its fun seeing all the furniture and decor that are now either standing over here in Seattle and some waiting in storage to move into our summer place.
Love the table my dear hubby built. Still going strong, however it got painted in Seattle. (of course still loving my wishbone chairs, classic – keepers).
Wow, very colorful mix here… >). Its that single patterned armchair that is a bit too much, but its just so comfortable that its hard to get rid off. I still have it, but thinking its time for a makeover, a new fabric that easier goes with the rest… :)…
I loved this little cozy TV and reading room. The kids had their own space upstairs so this became our “adultsie one.. We had a built in book shelf which turned out great in here.
The big windows just brought in so much light into the kitchen, which was wonderful. I kind of liked only having one eating area (skip the formal stuff) but after math…would have been nice to have had perhaps a tiny kitchen nook or bench to sit on. We did ad a super small bar area but not cozy to sit on for too long..
As you can see there is a wall between the rooms but with 2 big openings on each side so not entirely open but still enough to get a nice spacious and connecting feel´ without having to see all the mess in the kitchen while you sit down for dinner.
Remember being very focused on the symmetrical and having a very clean kitchen. Also, liked that we chose aluminum appliances instead of stainless – in my opinion goes so much better with white *and never have to worry about fingerprints….
Here is the upstairs, where the kids would hang. A little desk with computer for them to share and a sofa/TV area. 4 bedrooms upstairs.
The ceiling windows created a ton of light (and made it craaazy warm during summer months).
Again here, chose a very clean and simple bathroom. One big mistake we made was the black granite tiles which on best days looked wonderful but I kid you not, every foot step, dust showed instantly so I felt I was cleaning that floor almost on a daily basis…soo of course not optimal with 5 in the family.. Lesson learned!
Here is a pic from our little sauna, which we loved and used many times per week. We have included one in our new coming summer place as well and we are certainly looking forward to enjoying it this Christmas. Note- this was initially meant to be my closet but I agreed to give that up for some loving sauna (which I dont regret of course)….
We really focused on creating a big deck – that went around. Loved our outdoor space!
Ok, that was that! Again, love going down memory lane. Maybe I should try to gather pics from all our old homes, the one in Paris if I can find enough pictures…
Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I am off to my daughters soccer match!