Scandi love fest

Our adventures in Copenhagen, Gotland and Stockholm

While the kids were away this summer, Josh and I did an amazing tour of parts of Scandinavia.

Scandi style is possibly my favorite design style.

Although I like to mix it up a bit, if I could I would live all Scandi all the time. Next house?


We started out in Copenhagen. Perfect town!

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Danish mode of transportation.

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The colorful fun on the Nyhavn canal in Copenhagen.

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Bike likes.

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We took a quick trip to Louisiana, the modern museum outside Copenhagen.

Awesome small museum. Lovely train ride.

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Near Louisiana museum, a beach for wading.

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At Schonnemann, a famous Danish dining institution (like going to our Galatoire’s for lunch)

Josh was enjoying the snaps.

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And I kinda like the traditional smorrbrod open faced sandwich. Swimps galore!

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One of my favorite Danish brands, Hay House, lots of great makers here.

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Bike tour view. Everyone rides bikes in Copenhagen. We loved doing the same.

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Amazing old and new on display in Copenhagen.

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Doors of Copenhagen.

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We splurged one day and rode our bikes over to the No. 1 rated restaurant in the world, Noma. 2 Michelin stars and full of inspiration.

A salad here of chocolate covered oaxalis.

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At Noma a toothpick made from a tree twig.

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The interior space was so beautifully danish. Warm, textural and sleek. Loved it so.

(We also loved Manfred or Vin in the neighborhood of Norboro.)

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As always with most travel destinations, we found the graffiti area.

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In Christianshavn, crazy street art in Chrsitinia. Must see in Copenhagen’s Hippieville.

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This guy is famous for his rodent graffiti all over the world.

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Saying goodbye to our sweet little Hotel SP34. Nice quiet spot, but close to everything! Super chic!

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We headed off to our next stop, the island of Gotland in Sweden. We found an AMAZING boutique hotel called Fabriken Furillen.

18 rooms on a deserted industrial landscape. Wild and untamed. Simply gorgeous.

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Oh my. Words cannot tell you how in love we were with this hotel and this island.

But the pictures, well, they say a lot.


Room number 1.

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Outdoor gathering spot.

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Breakfast anyone? Chickens on site.

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A new young chef, Filip Fasten, who was chef of the year in Sweden, was there to make our meals. Fresh carrots from the garden with honey glaze and elderflowers.

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Bikes to use.

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Cozy dining room where they make their own gin.

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Gotland sheepskins.

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Lavender for picking.

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The morning joe, in the communal kitchen.

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Vignette form the dining room. I am obsessed with this gray color!

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Bike riding to the shore. Along the lavender path, no less.

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Josh enjoys the view.

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Some friends find a fork in the road and are having trouble deciding which way to go. The struggle.

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The rocky shore collection.

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Our dinner garnish, in the wild.

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We took the ferry over to the island of Faro one day and really enjoyed driving this lovely island and meeting it’s inhabitants.

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Cafe on Faro.

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Lunch of smoked shrimp.

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Cafe seating area.

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Precious antique boat houses.

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Loved them all.

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Josh checking the cuties out.

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They all had a personality.

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The rock formations on the coast.

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Dinner spot was quite a hike to get to. Nystroms is a great coffee shop. Nice article about this restaurant in the NYTimes.

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We were too late for dinner at Benganas Matsal, because the line for the ferry from Faro was 2 hours long. So we made to the sister restaurant.

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Josh likes the bar.

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Big love for Gotland.

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Onward to Stockholm. Wow what a town. And can I show you the hotel Ett Hem?

OMG!!! This is pretty much the reason I wanted to go to Stockholm. Kidding, not kidding!


Our room key.

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Sitting area in Room 5.

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The lobby.

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Located in what they call the Ostermalm area or the opulent Ostermalm. Every detail is looked after. It is like you are staying at a friend’s amazing home. The staff is excellent, chic and knowledgeable. The food, worthy of a Michelin star. The rooms are just magnificent, we had a bath tub in ours overlooking the church steeple nearby. The location is in a quiet area, but close to everything (a bike ride away!) Simply perfect, as were most things in Sweden.


Chair detail.

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The 2nd floor landing.

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The outdoor dining table, in the patio of Ett Hem. Plywood pieces, stacked and screwed together, then laquered in white. Inspiring!

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The 3rd floor landing. Those sconces!

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Josh is in heaven with his first meal in Stockholm. Herring and more herring.

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In Gamla Stan (the old part of the city). Beautiful cobblestone, winding streets.

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Lena M gallery. So cute!

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Ah ha moment in Stockholm. Even the soft serve is perfection.

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Shopping in Stockholm is pretty awesome. From the NK department store to the cute shops in Sodermalm. We had a great time checking it all out! Loved Grandpa.

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I do love you Stockholm.

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My fav Acne Studios. I think we hit every Acne store in Stockholm.

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Svenskt Tenn a swedish shopping experience. Josef Frank’s whimsical style in the house.

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Lots to look at.

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A lovely biking city.

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We checked out the Fotografiska, photography museum. Really great! And the Moderna Museet. A  must see.

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But our favorite was the ABBA museum. Super Swedish stardom.

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We found an outdoor food festival and partook in crab, Swedish style.

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We did an Archipelago tour one day and traveled by boat around the thousands of islands outside Stockholm. Our boat, the Stockholm.

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A tiny boathouse view.

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A Fika (a Swedish tradition of having a coffee with someone) on the tour.

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We had some great food in Stockholm too. Our favorite probably the chef’s table at Gastrologik. a crazy tasting menu presented and explained in detail by the chef himself. A very cool experience.

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Josh at Oxen Slip, on a beautiful canal location.

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At Lisa Elmqvist, a seafood restaurant legend, this was a lunch to remember. Josh especially happy.

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Stockholm, simply gorgeous from every angle.

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