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.
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:
I don’t know many Swedes who would endure a Winter Holiday season without fragrant Hyacinths. Every December I remind myself to follow the Swedish tradition here on the other side of the Atlantic – but I always forget! This coming December I will remember, I will remember, I will remember…. And I need to remember to pick up a few of those tall Hyacinth pots as well. Will I find them here in the US?