So hello again. It’s been a while. Of all the things that I imagined might draw me back here to blog again, a global pandemic wasn’t one of them. But look at how much our lives have changed in a few short weeks. Short weeks that feel so much longer. Two weekends back we were in Fife visiting Cambo Estate; having a bite of lunch in their café and walking in the walled garden; visiting the glasshouses before winding through the woodland with its carpet of snowdrops. We walked along Kingsbarns beach in the low, late afternoon light, enjoying the peace and emptiness of the scene. Two weeks ago, we couldn’t even have imagined the rules of social distancing; friends losing all their work and closing the doors to their businesses, unsure of when they might open again. A country in lockdown with all the restrictions this brings. A world in crisis.
How do you build a house on an unspoilt natural site without destroying the very nature that makes that site so special? This was the question faced by the owners of Villa Åkerman when they came to this plot in Värmdö, which sits in the middle of the Stockholm Archipelago, back in 2013. Albert and Amanda Åkerman wanted to create a family home that would embrace the nature surrounding it while also respecting the site. As Albert says in an interview published in Swedish Elle Decoration in June 2016, even if the house isn’t here in 100 years, the couple wanted the rock that it sits upon to be intact.
It’s been ages since I last posted, and it’s good to be back. A lot has happened in the last few months months, from shoulder-healing yoga (still a work in progress) to moving and swapping our top floor flat in Edinburgh for ground floor living just outside the city. This has been such a long process, and emotional – even more so than I expected. I’d been in our last flat for 13 years and living in the area for 23 years, so it really was a wrench to go. But hopefully the new place will start to feel like home in time too. Even though I’ve been a city person for most of my life, maybe life will be better without the background buzz that comes with city living. And, yes, there’s a project to do! Watch this space…
And after this break, there’s so much to blog about, so I’m going to dive right in with a house I spotted on Fantastic Frank.
It’s been way too long since I’ve shared a gorgeous Swedish home, and while I have a list of spaces I need to share – look out for a fantastic Edinburgh Airbnb coming up – I just wanted to start with this super-styled Stockholm apartment. Why? Well, because Edinburgh is really feeling like winter now. It’s cold and it’s grey and I’m missing daylight. And this light-filled apartment is reminding me that winter won’t last forever. Anyone else need cheering up today?
Sometimes one blog post leads organically to the next, and so this recent post on La Granja Ibiza brought me to this house in Gotland in Sweden, which is currently on the market with Fantastic Frank. When we were on holiday in Northumberland back in September, we stayed in an old steading conversion with vaulted ceilings and chunky original roof beams, and with some exposed stone walls and brick detailing, and it made me realise how much I love this rustic style. For me, this look works best when the rustic elements are combined with simple, pared back furnishings, and with a few crisp and contemporary touches – I have a ‘New Rustic‘ Pinterest board dedicated to this look.
Which brings me back to this recently renovated period home in Gotland – a house that exemplifies this aesthetic.
It’s been a few months since I’ve had a Fantastic Frank fix here on Copperline – you could fall for pretty much any property on the site, so I’ve tried to curtail my habit of late – but this gorgeous apartment in Stockholm was just begging to be featured. I mean, look at this space. It’s little surprise to see that this loft apartment has already been sold.