Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A House With Soul
Even before they found their summer house, Inga-Lill was buying furniture for it — for several years she filled the garage of the family's townhouse in Gothenburg with finds from auctions and flea markets. She and her husband Per-Anders were dreaming of a house by the sea in Lysekil, where Inga-Lill is from. However, others did too, and they found themselves priced out of the market there — so, they began to look further afield. Eight years ago they found what they were looking for — five miles into the countryside, a white wooden house from 1894, an old Bohuslän farm with four acres of land, an outhouse and a barn. One family had owned it since it was built, so it was in good condition — besides removing old wallpaper and painting, the biggest change was adding new cupboards and a stove in the kitchen and a new bathroom. And they liked the original small rooms throughout, preferring not to go the usual renovation route of knocking down walls, as Inga-Lill finds the rooms are wonderfully cosy. Now they spend all their summer holidays there — and other holidays throughout the year, too — in a home that Inga-Lill describes as "... like a kind old grandmother who allows you to be just who you are." More here on Hus & Hem.
(photography by Katarina Malmström)