A 250-year-old farmhouse, with a sea view, stunning gardens and a beautifully refined sense of rustic design? Count me in.
This home, built in 1770 sits on Gotland island off of the Swedish mainland. A popular summer destination, Gotland has many amazing historic buildings that date back from medieval times. But this incredible home has been updated for how we live today and I’m obsessed.
While this home’s color palette is monochromatic, there is no lack of texture. From the knotted pine floors to the wood cladding paired with plaster walls – the effect is warm and inviting. But I also love the minimalism of the decor. A simple bed, some linen coverlets, the contrast of striking black light fixtures. It’s a bit of a mashup of wabi-sabi and hygge but in such a good way. This is proof that you don’t need an excessive amount of layers or adornment. Sometimes you can let the natural materials used in a home speak for themselves.
The bathrooms mix modern elements into the old architecture. Nothing is overly fancy. The small vanity is from Ikea! The bathroom designs are clean, timeless and don’t try to too hard. They don’t distract from the historic elements of the rest of the home. I really appreciate a bathroom design I love now and will still love in 20 years.
Swooning over the light butcherblock atop the kitchen island.
The downstairs living areas continue that relaxed, but refined vibe. The original beams are exposed and left in their natural state. But the limestone floors have radiant heat- perfect for cool summer mornings.
But what makes this space the ideal summer home are these stunning gardens. Image being able to walk straight out from your kitchen and enjoy your first cup of coffee seated here.
Sadly, this home is no longer on the market but if anyone has friends on Gotsland and can find out if the owners might ever rent it, I’ll be the first to buy a plane ticket. It’s just that good.
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photography by emma jonsson dysell for fantastic frank