Leave it to the Swedes to create the coolest, hippest and most functional kitchens. They are always ahead of the game, I feel.
Photo: Patric Johansson, via Skona Hem
Stockholm, Sweden, is a very old city. It goes back to the 13th century. I think the Swedes are Masters when it comes to mixing very old with very new. Whether it is culture, cuisine, or design. They just do it with such ease. And the contrasts make for very beautiful homes. Look at those old moldings and the fishbone hardwood floors. (Wall-to-wall carpets are always a no-no!) Whenever I go to Lagerlings to look at wonderful apartments for sale in Stockholm, I just sigh and drool. See more photos from Lagerlings here.
Below, a modernized attic, smack-dab in the middle of the city. Note the old chandelier.
All photos via Lagerlings.
I found this image in the trendy magazine Living Etc. What a great idea, to paint the drawers of an old – not so loved – chest and give it new life and new style! I will, from now on, look at old chest of drawers with new eyes. One day I will tackle this project myself!
Photo from Living Etc. (Sept. 2008 issue)
From the left: Drum Accent Table, $349 from Pottery Barn, Ginger Side Table, $299 from Crate & Barrel, Haven Nesting Tables, $699 (set of 2) from Pottery Barn.
Being a Swede, IKEA is of course part of my DNA. EVERYBODY in Sweden, including the Royal Family, make special runs to that giant store for lovely things at Oh-So-Low prices. And for us Swedes abroad, Ikea also satisfies our Swedish fix by offering delicatessen and salty liquorice! (This is offered everywhere except at Ikea in Sweden!)
I did my special run yesterday, and I have to say that Ikea right now has some really wonderful rugs. The following ones caught my attention: