my scandinavian home

A truly idyllic Swedish 'kolonistuga' (allotment cottage)

Monday, 29 June 2015

With July just around the corner Swedes across the country are gearing up for the summer vacation. Some will go abroad, some to summer cottages. And some wile away the long days at a 'kolonistuga'; a small cottage on an allotment. This pretty, pared-back kolonistuga just outside Gothenburg, belongs to Elin Lannsjö and her boyfriend Viktor who enjoy relaxing summers bare-foot, tending to their garden and entertaining friends.  When it comes to decorating, Elin relies on her gut feeling, selecting items made from natural materials such as wood, stone, cermics (including her own creations) and natural colours. What a truly idyllic space! Could you spend your summer here?

Lovely Life: Styling Johanna Bradford. Photography Kristin Lagerqvist
Oh so lovely, don't you think?

Sadly we can't all have a Swedish 'kolonistuga' but the great thing is we can create a wall of chopping boards, straw hats or anything else that takes our fancy (do you have a collection gallery wall?). I also love the Thonet chairs painted in matt black leaving only the tip of the legs in natural wood - this trick could be used to spruce up flee market finds or items at home you've grown tired of (remember these beds and side table legs painted in neon?!). There's always Pretty Pegs too. I see a potential DIY project for the weekend, do you? And it's only Monday! 

See more images and read about this lovely home here (in swedish).

Other home tours beautifully captured by Kristin and Johanna include the boho home and atelier of a Swedish artist and a relaxed space with floaty linens. Or if you're after more 'kolonistuga' inspiration - how about this one?!

Have a great start to the week!

Win a signed print by Maike Kristina Harich

Saturday, 27 June 2015

This weekend German artist Maike Kristina Harich is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a framed and signed print of your choice in size 20 x 20 cm plus a set of three cards with hand drawn daisies as a runners-up prize. Maike uses ink and watercolours to create gentle drawings of everyday motifs such as animals, plants and people. The prints are inspired by the colours of the sea and the beaches near her home and studio in Bremen, North Germany. Find out how to enter below.

How to enter:

1. Visit Maike's shop and take a look around. 
2. Comment below which print you would most like to win and why

And that's it! The competition is open to everyone until Monday, 29th June 2015, 12 noon GMT. The winner and runner-up will be announced on Tuesday 30th June 2015 here on this post so make sure you pop by to see if it's you!

Terms & Conditions
You must be age of majority in your country of residence. We are not responsible for any duties, import taxes that you may incur. Only 1 entry per person. 

Wishing you a lovely weekend! 

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