July 26, 2010



I don’t know about you…but I can’t deal with the heat! I have a really hard time enjoying anything in the 103 degree temperatures here in Virginia!! It really has me missing the cool air back in Sweden.

A month ago my brother Joacim and his wife Lisa, threw Zoe (my niece) her first birthday party. They bought a summer cottage a few years ago, in the middle of the woods with no running water, from a local artist for…$ 30,000…yes $ 30,000!! I was pretty amazed with what they had done to their house since my last visit. They now live there full time, and have turned it in to a really sweet,cool place to raise their children.

It’s a red Swedish cottage completely surrounded by woods. It has three bedrooms and a large art studio attached…

…and it has some unusual architectural details, like this slanted porch.

A great place to sit and enjoy the afternoon sun and watch the kids play soccer!


Joacim and Lisa did all of the renovations themselves. They added windows, installed new floors, built a kitchen etc. etc. There’s really nothing they can’t do!

I love the new black and white kitchen floor and the red Ikea cabinets. The beaded drapery and lace curtains keep the mosquitoes out!!

Even with a house filled to the brim with guests, the open shelving in the kitchen looked organized!

I like how the cleaning tools had a creative look. No reason they shouldn’t look nice.

Except for the Ikea kitchen, the home doesn’t have a single furniture item that was purchased new. Everything was bought at second hand stores or flea markets.

This is a great little corner nook on the terrace…

…with some colorful fabric.

It’s a great place for Zoe to sit and ponder what a sweet place this is to turn 1!

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7 Comments

  • Comment by Karen Robert — July 26, 2010 @ 4:43 PM

    Your brother is my kind of person..a do it yourselfer. I would love a project like this.

  • Comment by jensergent — July 27, 2010 @ 11:30 AM

    How fabulous!! What an idyllic place to grow up, and Zoe is absolutely precious!

  • Comment by angela | tph — July 29, 2010 @ 2:41 AM

    A charming, charming house. Very lucky they are!

  • Comment by Fabric Addict — July 29, 2010 @ 11:06 PM

    What wonderful, talented people! What an enchanting house! Magical, happy, fun, colorful, dazzling, creative and………..PERFECT!!!!!! Must run in the family!

  • Comment by Cassi — September 1, 2010 @ 2:50 PM

    I agree with @jensergent…very idyllic. I would spend all my time either outside or on that sun porch for sure. :)

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  • Comment by hilty — August 23, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

    looks like an – IKEA – store….not really my taste looks ok but
    not comfortable like IKEA – items – they look nice when you try
    them really bad….chaep and awful

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