Scandinavian decor is something that I’ve always been fascinated with. The home featured today is a charming old home in Sweden that has been renovated in a light and bright style.
One of my favorite aspects of the internet is seeing how others live, and is why I bring this Sunday series to you! I have been fortunate to have done lots of travel far and wide over the years. Nonetheless, to armchair travel to other parts of the world is indeed enriching. A snow covered red barn in Sweden under the pastel skies of deep winter. Let’s step inside for today’s home tour of Helena’s family space…from My Little Red House.
Another sweet friend that I became acquainted with via Instagram several years back. You can find Helena’s account here – My Little Red House, where she has a large and engaged following worldwide. Helena lives in the house with her husband and two sons and as a young couple they are avid DIYers.
Helena says “I live in the northern part of Sweden, in an old house built 1933 located in the countryside with my husband and our two sons. We love the beautiful nature here in my husband’s home area and I fell in love with our house at first sight. It’s a typical old Swedish house.”
“We bought our house 2004 and have renovated since. We have renovated the whole house from inside to out. We have fixed all the exterior as roof, windows, wood panel, change the heating system from oil to geothermal heating. My husband and I do most of the work, it keeps the costs down and it’s so satisfying to create with your own hands.”
There are lots of cozy spaces with creative lighting added. In modern Scandinavian decor, light is a top consideration due to long winters and short days. In addition to the lighting outdoors, there is plenty of recessed lighting and some beautiful chandeliers and lamps.
“My style is a mix between Scandinavian decor and farmhouse style with a touch of romance.”
Walls are and cabinets are painted white and the planked ceilings and hardwood floors are light shades as well. A necessity in this northern European country is to reflect light, and yet it’s far from boring in Helena’s home with plenty of texture and depth.
” We have seven buildings on our farm. Garage, guest house, barns and store houses.”
“We made an expansion two years ago with new hallway and living room, and it was finished this summer. At this moment we are renovating our master bedroom and next summer we will create a outdoor area around our old barn with kitchen, relax, patio.”
Another way to bring in light is the this large bank of glass cabinets and it offers additional storage to an old home.