I recently came across a home tour on Pinterest and remembered how much I had loved the tour when I saw it for the first time in House Beautiful in March 2016. The home is a summer vacation retreat on an island near Stockholm, Sweden for a family who lives in the United States. The interior designer was New York-based Marshall Watson, who uses traditional Scandinavian elements in his design. As in many classic homes in Scandinavia, where inhabitants face long periods of darkness throughout the year, Watson emphasizes lightness and brightness in his design for this Swedish vacation residence,using beautiful neutral and soft paint colors, bleached floors, pale painted furniture, open space, and light-colored window treatments.
The vacation property includes several structures, including both a main house, built in the 1970s using traditional Swedish methods, and a guest house. The exterior of the main house is painted a traditional Falun red:
In the interior of the main house, the designer used the traditional red that often appears in Swedish folk art along with creams and greens.
In the entry pictured below, notice the high-gloss painted ceiling, which reflects light; the openness of the space; the beautiful antique painted Swedish green table and painted chairs; and the light-colored walls, window treatments, and rug:
The living room is primarily light and neutral with pops of Swedish red and green:
The dining room:
The master bedroom is enlivened by a dramatic roofline and upholstered paneled walls in a trellis pattern:
I love the little bedroom corner desk, pictured below, with its blue and white checked chair. The caption to this photo in the House Beautiful article says that the Baltic Sea can be seen through the window!
On the property, there are several outbuildings, including cottages, a barn and a renovated guest house, also designed by Watson. The color palette for the guest house is taken from the sky and sea and is grey, blue, and white, which is what I often associate with traditional Scandinavian interiors. It won’t be a surprise to you why the guest house is my favorite space!
In the photograph of the guest house hallway, below, I was taken with the blue Mora clock, the color of the walls, the blue and white buffalo check bedroom curtains, the beaded board ceilings, unadorned floors, and the peaceful simplicity of the space:
This antique Swedish settee is just gorgeous:
The traditional plate rack and rustic table and chairs pictured below create a lovely and simple dining space in the guest house:
The guest house’s inviting sitting room features beautiful Gustavian antiques and soft colors:
Isn’t the guest house serene, simple, and elegant? It makes me want to incorporate Swedish style into my own decorating scheme.
You can view the original House Beautiful article about the Swedish vacation home here. All photos in this blog post are from that article.
Enjoy your weekend!