Collectively Dreaming Of A Second Home In Sweden

I have a bunch of really good Swedish friends here in Seattle. A really fun, smart and highly entertaining group of people, I must say! (Mariana and Pernilla I still can’t get over the fact that you deserted us… I miss you.). The lovely & lively, former theater maven, Sofia, just sent out a link to a house for sale in the southern parts of Sweden, that she knows very well. The hostess with the mostess, beautiful Ulrika, quickly chimed in and suggested that we all pitch in and get it as a collective “vacation home away from home”. And as with anything with these ladies, e-mails & energizing ideas quickly started flying.

Here it is. The house is 100+ years old and it goes under the name “The Main Cottage”.

It is situated in the very desirable town Bastad (top Tennis & Beach spot in Sweden).

My first reflection. Oh how fresh! The Swedes know a thing or two about keeping things light and airy. (The country is dark and cold for many months of the year, Swedes need light to get through it!). And the homes are generally easy to clean!

White is clearly a must for a Swede. White walls or white floors or both. That will be the colors for my new master bedroom. Yep. You will see).

White is so easy to add punches of color to.

View from a bedroom.

And here is “The Little Cottage”, the guest house.

I can totally see myself co-sharing this vacation home. (Who is in charge of the money collection jar, ladies?).

Happy rest of the week to everyone.

An official and warm welcome to so many new followers. My blog subscription list is growing by leaps and bounds. What an honor! Thank you. And thank you again.

Images: no. 1 Killebacken 21, all other images via Eklund.


Written by Splendid Willow in: The Best of Sweden,White rooms |


  • classiq says:

    Oh, this is such a beautiful home! Airy and elegant, white interiors and the right amount of colour. I would just love to spend a summer vacation there. xo

  • Sherry Hart says:

    That place is pretty dang sweet! Would be a great vacation home :)

  • Tracey says:

    I just love how the majority of homes there have white interiors. The airy feel with punch of color is the way I like to live. Matter of fact I would hang out in that stunning bedroom and never leave. Those pillows are amazing!

  • This home is amazing. I think you should buy this with your friends. What a wonderful second home.

  • Emily says:

    What a wonderful vacation spot and home! Delightful!!

  • Franki Parde says:

    GO FO IT!!!!! franki

  • kim/nannykim says:

    loving the pink and white here

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    Very beautiful, very Swedish yet un-Swedish interiors? Pink headboard in Bastad? Think American design is really influencing the Swedes!
    I’m been insanely, really too busy, heading to Sweden today. Du och din familj far lana mitt his ute pa landet vid sjon nar ni vill!!! Back after Easter. xxxx

  • Sofia says:

    Hahahaha, yes, we need more white in Seattle too!
    Money jar will be more like money dumpster to make this one come true…but wouldnt it be lovely!
    Much love

  • Karen says:

    This is such a pretty home. Thank you for explaining why so many homes I’ve viewed (located in Sweden) were decorated with mostly white. The darkness factor explains it. I really like this house with it’s punch of color here and there. I love the toile walls in the one room. I agree, you and your friends should buy this…how fun!

  • Laura says:

    Hi. I placed an order this morning and I’m concerned about when it will arrive. I need it for my daughter’s easter basket and can pay the extra shipping if needed. Please let me know asap!

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Dear Laura,

    The mouse match boxes have been shipped! You should receive them on Tuesday – at the latest. Happy Easter!

    Monika (Splendid Willow).

  • Sheesh, I’ll pitch in too! Haha. This place is charming. Still dreaming of my beach cottage somehwere along our CA coast!

    Nook & Sea

  • Kimberly says:

    That is so exciting! Are you going to do it? You could stay there this summer with the kids. I will come visit!

  • Greet says:

    Good morning sweet friend,

    I tried to comment your latest blogpost but it won’t let me for some reason!

    Oh dear, I want to go with you on vacation to Sweden! The cottage is stunning and oh so charming!

    Everything ok there in Seattle? Is there enough sunshine at this moment? Here in Belgium we have had a couple of wonderful Spring and sunny days.

    Lots of kisses and a huge warm Belgian hug!

  • Charlotta says:


    What a wonderful place!!
    Båstad is wonderful and I spent many of my childhood Summers down there – actually in Torekov which is slightly further out on the Bjäre peninsula. Stunning part of Sweden!!

    I hope your dream becomes reality. How fun Monika!!

    Congratulations on your new subscribers. They have good taste!! :)

    KRAMAR i massor till dig min skatt. Vi kan väl ringas snart. Marshall åkte i förrgår och barnen är så ledsna (jag också förstås!).


  • I am in love with this cottage, Monica! So serene and beautiful. You had my attention at tennis!
    This would be wonderful for you, and look at that water!
    Happy Thursday.

  • Helena says:

    Hej Monika
    Kanske söker du något i Skåne? Har själv miyy ursprung där. der finns så vackra fält o vidder där och Österlen som alla stockholmare sä so in love with. Träffade erik på dans igår han är alltid “the greatest dancer” rytm o känsla synkade.
    Hälsningar fr Stockholm

    / Helena

  • Baarhgh! Like Greet, I have been having trouble leaving comments! Of all blogs I know yours can’t be anti-European! I think that I just wanted to say that I would be all to happy to live in the guest cottage. And that this post made me dream of visiting of your home country like no other. :)

    With all my best from a sunny Arles,

  • You are making ME crave a house in Sweden…promise me if you buy this I can come stay with an unlimited guest pass in the guest house? How totally charming and sweet this place is!!! Love it…so beautiful, gorgeous light, just great karma. Nothing not to fall in love with!

  • as long as i get to bunk in that space with the pink headboard, i’m in, no arm twisting required.

    not surprised the blog is thriving in the sunlight. mine is one of those slower growing specimens…a boxwood perhaps? no complaints. it’s all part of the plan.


    but then you already knew that.

    get down, sweden.


  • Please can I come and visit you here? It’s such a beautiful, sweet place, not to mention the amazing location… if I walked into a home like that, I would want to make it mine. The pink and grey with all the white in the house is beautifully done.

    Hugs hugs,
    Meera xx

  • Oh my gravy Mon! That is sensational…can I come visit? The air, light and color (or lack of) is divine.

  • Karena says:

    ooh Mon can I join in! I love the bedroom! The beach is beautiful; the home so fresh, light and airy.

    Art by Karena

  • Marie says:

    LOVE everything With this tastefull. Marie

  • Now, that is a fantastic idea!!! It is picture perfect and what fun your little collective would have in designing and then deciding who goes when. I think this is an idea worth pursuing.

    And, if you ever want to have a blogger gathering over there, I could be persuaded. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend, Mon!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  • love this home. I would buy it happily, just as it is! on another note, I’m travelling to NY next month {after 20 years!} I was wondering if you can you suggest any lovely places to visit? I’d love to hear your recommendations! hope you have a wonderful weekend, darling!

    caroline @ patagonia gifts and jewelry

  • Anci says:

    Åh, vilket hus och vilken inredning ! Det är som du skriver ljust och vackert. Och en sommardröm !!


  • What a great idea to own a house collectively! And Båstad is such a lovely and fun place! Greetings from Sweden!

  • I want in too!!! I was a Swedish in a former life, after all. 😉

  • casey says:

    How completely gorgeous! I hope I can visit when it is yours 😉

  • A perfectly enchanting idea!

  • liza says:

    I’m sorry I haven’t been here every day! This home is such a perfect spot – I hope you do it! You deserve it.

  • Delishhh says:

    I am in :) Love it!

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