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 and irritated 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 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

 

 

 

 

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!

Hugs P

 

 

 

 

 

4th of July – a big day for us this year

Just a quick update from the South of Sweden. We are in the midst of summer vacation and of course spending most of it ON the lot!  Its funny how my dear hubby and I keep walking by, walking around even though we know nothing has necessarily happened since the last time we walked by… but for us living far away (and of course loving this project) we want to spend and get to know each stone and corner of our new place.

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Since we have chosen concrete floor on the main floor, our builder used a special and finer concrete. I am trying to get a medium grey, natural color and look, so I did not ad any color to the concrete (which is an option of course).  In order to avoid cracks in the concrete floor, here are a few tips I picked up; use thicker steel reinforcement than normal in the foundation, use finer concrete, walk around in the concrete once pored to break up any air bubbles, and dont chose to pore it on real hot sunny days…. (tendency to dry too fast which increases risks for cracks).

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Apparently cracks should appear already after some 30 minutes. So I assume if you dont spot any after the first hour or so, you should be off to a good start!

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We have sanded it down 3x times after they first pored it and its really starting to look nice and smooth. Love it so far!

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4th of July turned out to be an extra special day for us this year! Its our first year celebrating it as American Citizens but it is also the day our summer house was scheduled to be delivered! A good sign and a great day in so many ways.

So on schedule and as promised – the big truck from Fiskarhedenvillan came loaded with goodies. Our summer house is inside that truck!!! I realize it may sound silly but its a super exciting day for us and we are over the moon happy to be here for this! It feels a bit like Christmas (just with the most expensive gift ever…haha) …

Building with Fiskarhedenvillan, you build it up bit by bit (not a ready module home). All material, all the lego parts as I call them come cut and ready.  Now, time to unload and next step is to put all those delivered parts together! Hope they know which one goes where….;)

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I feel a bit bad for the neighbors and locals having to see this mess….. hopefully it will clear up within the next 2-3 weeks AND that they will love the finished product of course!

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The delivery has been checked off the list, it all seems to be here and in good condition. Tomorrow the next fun part starts, stay tuned for more….ta ta ta…taaa

My work here is done for the day, time to go down and swim with the kids. Can´t believe it only takes me 80 seconds to walk down to the water. Its a pinch me, unreal happy and lucky feeling.

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I will of course keep you updated on the next 2 building weeks. I also have a ton to tell about the kitchen we chose, as well as show more pics from the fishing village we are building in (which some of you asked for…)

The weather has just been nice so I really wanted to make the most of that and save computer and blog time for the more cloudy and rainy days.. (which I know will come ;)).

Chat soon again! Enjoy your day.
Hugs P

 

 

South of Sweden anyone?

Obviously, my antennas are all set for summers in Sweden. The South of Sweden has a special place in my heart and its the place to be (at least for me –  hope I am not stepping on any toes…:)). Today I am showing you a home that could be yours. Its out for sale now and if I wasn’t building a summer house already – I would certainly think it be worth paying a visit to this magical place. Take a look.

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When I saw this seating area above – I realised the home has been in a magazine before because I already have this image/space saved on my computer from before. There was something very inviting with the sofa and chairs to that dining table. I will admit that many times I decorate with furniture that I like, looks nice, is practical but I forget how important it is to choose something that is really comfortable as well. After all, the idea is create a home I love and want to spend every minute in and that certainly goes for my dining spot given we have sit down dinners every night. Also, imagine your guests never wanting to leave either… I just think this space looks super comfortable and inviting.

I can sense all the wonderful dinners & interesting conversations this place has had. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall (so to speak..haha.).

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I mentioned my passion for sisal rugs a few days ago, so seeing how they used it for the upstairs as their carpet – well, let me just say, love it. Again, another detail that ads warmth to the house.

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This is also a gorgeous eating area, love the mix and styles but I dont think I would sit as long on these chairs as the other dining chairs by the kitchen but I will admit the room looks nice.

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The images come from the realtor; Mäklare Ekström & Co. For more pictures, info or perhaps placing an offer 🙂 –  just go over to the realtors site.

Hugs
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Eyes on concrete floor

I have always loved concrete floors, it looks cool, interesting and on top of that is practical. Heard that if you choose concrete, you need to be aware and ok that it could turn out a bit different than what you perhaps have expected once finished. Have also heard there are ways to come close to your expected finished product by doing the right prep work…

I have been debating and comparing wood, big ceramic tiles and plain concrete floor for the main level. Pretty sure all 3 would look amazing but after some encouragement from the guy building our house + a new Instagram friend, concrete is now on top of my list.

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Like all materials there are pros & cons. Lets start with the pros and why I love it:

  • super durable, eco-friendly and is easy to maintain, don´t have to worry
    about marks (from fancy high heels) or tear and wear from kids…
  • a nice industrial look, great mix and contrast to all the wood and white. Also perhaps a bit unexpected for a summer house…which I like.
  • if I ever wanted to change, I could easily just put a new floor on top of it.
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A few cons would be:

  • its a hard surface, if you drop anything a glas for ex it will most likely break.
    if you fall on it, it would hurt…so don´t fall and keep your glass in your hand!
  • always a chance you can get some cracks but there are ways of preventing that.
  • hard to walk on, obviously rugs help with that and I suppose you get used to it or we recommend crawling instead :)…

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You can get the floor in various colors and textures. I am leaning towards a matte light gray color (similar to light natural above) with a smooth polished texture where the `small stones´ show as little as possible. I was inspired by my Instagram friend who apparently did 4 layers of polish. In terms of maintenance, all you have to do is seal or wax it every 3-6 months to protect it and make sure it looks nice and lasts for ever. Below a picture from my Insta friends floor (@funkiset) which I think looks super nice!

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She also sent me these 4 images that show different looks from here floor. Its the same floor but some of it has to do with the lighting but in the 3rd pic from left, it shows a little area where they missed to get the stones down as much as in other areas. The pictures just confirm that it will vary a little but that is also what makes it so unique in my eyes.

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Also love this color and look above…

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We will have heated floors so hope it should help and make it feel warmer and cozy…

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A huge fan of how they continued and took the concrete floor outdoors as well. Big wow!

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The more I think about concrete floor and look at pictures, the more I am imagining it in our summer place. I am waiting for a quote from my builder but guessing it should be a cost save in comparison to a nice wood floor, at least thats what I have been told. Keeping my fingers crossed, cause sure know I need to save somewhere!!

So, tell me – do you like it as much as I do? If you have any tips or recommendations – always appreciate your input! Love reading your emails and comments.

Hugs P

Images from Pinterest, Skonahem. Special thanks to Instagram @funkiset for letting me use her pictures and sharing her experience with the concrete floor!