How are you all doing? Ups and downs? I hear you. But hopefully I have something that can really lift all our spirits! Pull up a chair, put your feet up and stay for a while, this Swedish home will have you dreaming about calm spaces and fairy-tale children’s bedrooms. Oh, and it even includes a cute dog and fluffy kitten for good measure! Welcome to the home of Anna-Maria Blomqvist. Anna-Maria lives in the pretty town of Sigtuna, just North of Stockholm. It’s a lively little place known for its traditional wooden houses and having the oldest main street in Sweden. Anna-Maria, her partner and their children live in an old croft house which they’ve lovingly restored into a family home. The house is a sea of earthy greys, deep blues and forest greens, reflecting the lake and forests of the surroundings. Look out for the pretty wallpaper too!
Since moving to Sweden, a blanket on the sofa has become an essential item (we actual have several these days otherwise there are actual fights!). This chunky knit* one sold online is similar.
The family hound has found a perfect spot to snooze beside a Josef Davidssons wood burning stove. Oh, to be him today!
Love this dining setting. But, gaaah, I’ve seen this star pendant light so many times and can’t for the life of me remember the name – can anyone help? It would be great to provide the details. Also, can I get a slice of that cake, please?
This seems to be the week for vintage glass cabinets (did you see the one in yesterday’s Finnish home tour?) – beautiful! I love this one in the children’s bedroom too, how about you?
The wall has been finished with Kalkitir chalk paint from Iceland. We painted one of our kitchen walls with this recently. It arrives in powder form and you mix it with water. It’s surprisingly easy to apply, organic and gives a beautiful texture. Home DIY project perhaps? If there’s enough interest, I might be able to organise a discount. Give me a shout if you’re interested!
The wonderful Graylag goose mobile is designed in Sweden by Wonderforest Co.
What a cosy bed, made even prettier by the Boråstapeter Nocturne wallpaper and bed canopy. And the best news of all for parents – with a bed like this, the children will have no need to turn the sofa into a den! Hallelujah!
Because who doesn’t feel joy from a picture of the world’s fluffiest kitten? Isn’t she a Darling? Wonder what she thinks of the flying goose mobile?!
I spotted this last picture in Anna-Maria’s Instagram feed. Not only does it show a glimpse of Sigtuna’s pretty Main Street, it also gave me a chance to tell you about a Swedish easter tradition you might not know about!
On Skärtorsdagan (Maundy Thursday) children across Sweden dress up as påskkäringor (Easter hags) wearing brightly coloured head scarves and faces painted with rosy cheeks and freckles – as seen above! They then wander from door to door asking for sweets. I was so taken aback when I opened the door my first Easter in sweden. They look as cute as a button, but still, being British I was a bit baffled and not terribly well stocked up on godis (sweets)! It’s one of the main signs that Swedish Påsk (easter) predates Christianity. It was said that on Maundy Thursday, witches flew to consort with the devil at Mount Blåkulla (a tiny island off Sweden’s east coast), some swedes (particularly in the western part of the country) light bonfires to ward off the evil spirits – although these days more so on April 30th (Walpurgis Night).
Do you have unusual Easter / spring holiday traditions in your country? If so, I’d love to hear about them!
Back to the home tour. Is there anything in particular that stood out to you? I love the wood burning stove! It’s a really beautiful one and adds so much warmth to the home.
Check out more snapshots from Anna-Maria’s home over on her instagram @annamaria.blomqvist.
Other homes I love with a similar vibe include Anna Kubel’s beautiful abode, the soothing Swedish home of Frida Andersson and a charming home on Sweden’s West coast.
I hope this lovely tour (and sharing the unusual Swedish Easter traditions!) has given you a little respite today! Do share your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you!