This quiet, sparse, yet cozy Summer hideaway is located on 'Stenkusten' (pebble/rock coast) in the North West part of the stunning island of Gotland in Sweden.
Gotland was a favourite holiday place for my family when I grew up and I have very fond memories from here. Known for it's amazing and varied landscape, Viking and medieval heritage and fabulous sheep. I say 'sheep' rather than sheepskins, though the latter is something you can't leave the island without! Soft, curly skins in a range of silver, greys, near blacks and even browns - simply divine!
The interior of this particular house rests on a base of soothing whites and abundance of natural light, all wrapped in a sooty black exterior that surprisingly blends so well with the rugged landscape. Every room holds an array of designer classics which due to the minimal decor are allowed to come to their own right.
Peaceful monochromatic room with lovely design classics by Bruno Mathsson (chairs), Charles & Ray Eames (brown 'Dimple' table - yum!), Östen Kristiansson (small white table). The large floor vases are by famous Swedish ceramists Anna-Lisa Thomson (the one in the foreground, 'Paprika' from 1948) and Ingrid Atterberg (the striped one, 'Negro' from 1953).
The living area is filled with pieces by Danish design legends, such as the sofa by Hans J Wegner, table and chairs by Poul Kjaerholm, and floor lamp by Arne Jacobsen. And just look at that 11 meter long window facing the ocean outside.. Divine! Inside the 'cube structure' behind the chairs is the kid's room - a simple and clever solution to divide the open plan without building permanent walls.
The dining area is dominated by more Arne Jacobsen treasures such as the three legged 'Ant' chairs, matching table. The lamp is also by Arne. See I love this man so much I feel like we are on first name basis.. :) Also, I am the lucky owner of six of these 'Ant' beauties, and they are waiting for me in storage in Sweden for when we move there next year. Can't wait to reunite with them. The children's room is simple and functional with cute animal masks adorning the wall hooks, and a 'grandchild chair' by the famous John Kandell.
A sheltered garden behind the house, with a decorative 'open shed' for chopped wood, which to me is a gorgeous touch.. I love stacked wood..! The boat rests on the typical pebble beach that has given its name to this part of the island - 'Stenkusten'.
It would be a dream to own a little cottage here and to be able to spend long lazy Summer holidays by the rugged coastline. It is also a long standing dream of Isabella's to also visit 'Villa Villekulla' the official home of her no 1 role-model in life, Pippi Långstrump (Longstocking to my English speaking friends)! Secretly I think Oscar does too.. :) Pippi's house is located close to Visby, the main city on the island and was a favourite destination for me as a little girl!..