Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Two lives.. Swedish style..

Two lives.. to abodes.. Both equally delightful, in their own right. Which one is you? Where would you rather live?

Tucked away, in-between the sparkly waters of the North Sea and the tall pine trees on a remote island in the Stockholm archipelago, is this divine little cottage.

How can one not want to pack ones bag and head over immediately - perhaps even permanently? I know my Swedish heart beats extra fast at the sight of a simple and warm hide-away like this.

The elegant yet rustic sleekness of the architectural bones are wonderful. Add to that the open dynamics and flooding natural lights, this tailor-made cottage is just heaven to me! In fact this here would be the perfect artist's escape - a place to rest, restore and paint or write!

Next, we catch the boat into the heart of Stockholm - arguably the most beautiful capital in the world. Nestled high above the rooftops we find a quirky attic apartment with a strong personality.

Similar to our lovely cottage above, this home basks in amazing natural light. It is indeed a very important factor to us Scandinavians, and something that we always notice where ever we are. 
The slanted ceiling and deep window niches are beyond charming, and I really like how these original features are contrasted against an otherwise sleek and contemporary take on decor.

Who do you think lives here? There is in fact a child's room in the original gallery of images and I like the idea of a little cherub running around the open white space of this amazing apartment.
I also adore that massive built-in bookshelf, and though I could never bring myself to arrange my books by colour, I think it works very well here.

 All images by Martin Löf

So which one will it be my dears? No 1 or no 2? Perhaps both..?

xx Charlotta


First House on the Right said...

My favourite is the first hideaway :) Hope you're having a good week, Nicolex

Blue Fruit said...

Well Charlotta, this is a bit tricky.

I mean, you already know that I am torn between the town home and the country home, and now I have to make ANOTHER choice, between these 2 little beauties?

Well, I am going to be super, super greedy and say I will take both of them, along with the town home and the country home. Just imagine, on a whim, or a fancy, one could simply whizz across to one or the other.

Sounds heavenly!

Kerry said...

Oh that's easy Charlotta. The attic for the week and the cottage for the weekend:) Now wouldn't that be a dream come true.

Ingrid said...

I live in the first one already ;0) The surroundings anyway so that is more my style of life.

I grew up just beside the Mighty Fall's Storforsen that is Swedens highest untamed waterfall. Still have my cabin just below the waterfall.


Julie@beingRUBY said...

the sea the sea the beautiful sea!!! love everything about that one.. the light.. the space.. gorgeous!!

like the rooftop view too.. but prefer the first

although I think Kerry might be on to the right idea!!

Have a great week.. ciao xxx Julie

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Ooooo hello, friend! Well, for me it's just got to me the Stockholm archipelago escape - GORGEOUS!

Just a quick one as it's back to the boxes for me! xoxo

Audrie said...

Ohhh...io adoro L'arcipelago di Stoccolma!!!!Penso che in quel rifugio potrei leggere, dipingere, sognare. Grazie e ciao.

LouBoo said...

Hello! Hmm now this is quite tricky - I would have to say...BOTH! For a country retreat the cabin can't be beaten and for a city pied-a-terre, then it's the loft! I guess that wasn't an option!? It must make you homesick looking at these images, no? Even for me they make me think of Copenhagen as they have that Scandinavian style. Lou x

Meera @ firstsense said...

I am surprised at my answer as I am an urbanite, but I don't like anything too modern and crisp so my answer is the Archipelago Escape. I started feeling inspired for the day from just looking at the pictures of this amazingly lovely place!! Completely in love with the rustic beauty and charm of the place! Gorgeous find!!

beachcomber sydney australia said...

archipeligo escape is definitely me...love the simple little cottage near the water..soo cute!
cheryl x

LINDA from OEKE said...

IF you had have asked me this 10 years ago, I would most definately have chosen the attic home. Stylish. Welcoming. Perfection.
But now, for me, happiness is a 'family' affair - so if my boys are happy then I am happy. So the country/lake house is now my choice of these 2. Still stylish. Still welcoming. But much more 'perfection' for the whole gang.

note: I have that home in my folder of cutouts from years ago. loved it then. loved it now.

Have a wonderful week (-:

BrittanButterfly said...

oh goodess, that cabin is where i want to be! how amazing!!!
such a great layout, set up and design! and the decor is amazing too!!!

one sydney road said...

Ooh, my fave is definitely the first hideaway - anywhere near water is going to be my first choice! beautiful - wish i could escape there for a week!

The Zhush said...

Both are fab...one of each please!

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

although i would love to be near water, it's the attic for me!

a few years ago we lived in a space with a resort-like vibe, very restful and natural and quiet. and i learned i COULD NOT GET INSPIRED. it was the oddest thing and one of the reasons we were led to move from there. the feeling that one is on vacation is nice FOR A TIME. but in my real life i need to be productive and sharp, and my environment made that nearly impossible.

GREAT FOOD FOR THOUGHT! GREAT POST! and oh, the natural light--must have it!



Alena said...

Stockholm is definitely one of the prettiest cities that I've ever visited! I'd choose the city home as my everyday home and that beautiful little cottage and my weekend getaway! Easy decision :)

Franka said...

I totally agree with Kelly!


Franka said...

... with Kerry!


'LUSH' said...

I'm in love with the music instrument candlesticks! Love love them!

A Casa da Vá said...

Charlotta those homes are equally beautiful but in so different ways! I would say number 2 for the week days and number 1 for weekends and holidays... wouldn't that be a good life!

Oh come check out my lovely giveaway, I think you might like it!

Hugs & kisses from Rio!

A Casa da Vá said...

Charlotta you always leave the cutest messages, do you know that? I also find the whole blog/twitter/facebook too overwhelming, so yeah my twitter account has 3 posts and that is all I managed to do lol!

I am happy to hear you love this book, I will also keep my fingers crossed for you!

Hugs & kisses from Rio!

Anci said...

Det är svårt att välja... Jag skulle gärna prova på att bo både i skärgården och mitt inne i stan. Och allra helst i något gammalt och charmfullt (och nu menar jag inte något som måste helrenoveras).


Nuit said...

definitely the attic hideay!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVELY!!!!! and I am a city gal you know ;)


I think you already know how much I love everything Swedish and I love both of these homes equally. I've blogged about that first home more than once because I love it so much. To me it's perfection! Thanks for stopping by, Charlotta. It's always a pleasure to hear from you! xo, Ally

LiveLikeYou said...

YOU ARE MAKING ME SO HOMESICK!!!! Both magical, but the first one..nothing like it. Did you know ABBA wrote all their songs from a little place like that in the archipelago? Guess it makes you very creative!!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh my goodness! what a difficult decision! I'd say I'd choose both! they are both gorgeous, darling! xo

Kathysue said...

Number one for me, I love anything by the water and it looks so inviting and peaceful there. Kathysue

Casa Très Chic said...

I choose the first one, it's perfect and it's by the water, what more could I ask?
Wonderful post, Charlotta.

shopgirl said...

They're both fabulous spaces Charlotta! I definitely can't choose. In a perfect world - I would have both!!

I hope you're having a truly wonderful day!

Tina said...

Hello Love!
Goregous post as always!
My choice would definitely have to be BOTH! I´m a big fan of Carouschka(the cottage must be one of her homes!?) but I also loved pretty much everything in the attic apartment!

Önskar dig en riktig bra dag! Tack för härlig inspiration att drömma sig bort i denna soliga vårmorgon!

Oliveaux said...

The hideaway cottage would be a wonderful place to escape...Ax

Priscila Peters said...

No 1

claire said...

Love them both but the first took my breath away. So much so, that I've posted about it before too. Great minds think alike xo

Julie said...

Oh... you made it really hard here. Both homes have a very relaxed and light atmosphere. I think I would pick the Archipelago Escape. I love the ocean view.

Maria @ Scandi Foodie said...

Love this, wish I had a summer cottage like that one!

Lana said...

No 1 for me, gorgeous little home and setting! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes and all your lovely comments my friend!xx

Jessie said...

Hi Charlotta, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog. Your comment is one of the sweetest I have come across. :)

Your blog is very beautiful and inspiring so I will be following yours, too.

Regarding both homes above, my choice is easy. I will pick both. I will have the gorgeous #2 modern home for the weekdays and the charming #1 home for the weekends. That will be perfect! A girl can always dream, eh?


Sarah Jane said...

No 1 on the water looks lovely!! I'll take both though;) xo

myloview.com said...

That is amazing. I love to have that kind of house full of books and pictures

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