This week is a tribute to the last days of Summer.

What would a Swedish Summer be without the classic little red cottage, or “stuga” in Swedish. Sweden has a real love affair with red cottages with white trims. I’ve noticed that many of you who live abroad are very interested in Swedish culture. I think this is great, and am more than happy to show you the tastiest parts of our Swedish Summer sweets :) In the future, I’d love to have a little red cottage far away in no-mans-land where I can escape the stress and noise of the city. It would be even better with a pier nearby, so that you could just go down and take a dip in the lake :)

A red Swedish cottage is my idea of a perfect Summer place. What’s yours??

PS. Don’t miss my Guest Inspiration this week – a guaranteed exciting post from one of my favourite bloggers :)



Within interior design, I love the combination of old and new, a marriage of history and modernism, romanticism meeting minimalism. In addition, I have a burning passion for crispy silks, dark chocolate and long baths with a fragrance of lavender.


  1. This is… sooo beautiful, my friend…! Really, something marvelous. I love white tone, all so soft and warmy. And this red house is.. a dream!! KIsses and have a good week!

      • Röda stugor,röda hus viaar den verkliga svenska sidan.Jag är uppvuxen i malmö men när jag för första gången fick uppleva en sommar stuga i sverige var det helt underbart.Jag fick uppleva något helt annat.Jag älskar Sverige och man behöver inte alls vara rasist för att man älskar sott land och sjunger nationalsången.Jag själv är född i ett annat land men kom till sverige som liten.Jag saknar den gammla
        sverige och den fridfullheten jag kännde som barn.Idag är det inte alls detsamma.Synd.Me bra skrivet

  2. Mitt sommarparadis är vårt hus vid på Norra Öland, magiskt ljus, nära havet och modernt men enkelt sommarboende. I love! kram Victoria

  3. Such a beautiful red cottage. I would love to own my own cottage too. Love swimming in the lake. I enjoy learning about your country Sweden, culture and design. Thank you.

  4. Hi Maria! wow Id like to be in your country right now, in summer is sooo beautiful! Kisses dear and have a nice day!:*

  5. Hello Dear Maria, I am only now returned from holiday. Therefore, only now the answer.

    Your blog is beautiful and I will save it.

    Thanks for the great impressions.



  6. Can I live there?? ;-) Love love love the Swedish stuga! I wish I had one someday with a view on a lake somewhere. Would be lovely. :-)
    Thanks for the inspiration Maria!
    Love, Inge x

  7. I’ve always had the dream of a little cabin on a lake in the Mountains of my home state of Montana. But a liitle red cottage in Sweden will work just as well. I love the post, Maria!

  8. Wow this is so beautiful. I have always dreamt of having a beautiful designed house like this and some chairs on the lake of my home where I can chill and relax and think of some ideas.

  9. such a sweet little cottage! I LOVE that bathroom/bedroom. Its so different- so fresh yet warm and inviting :)

  10. Hi Maria – Thanks for stopping by Passage Paradis and leaving such a nice note. I like what you do here too. So luminous and colorful! I’ll be back!

  11. I love all of this, dear Maria! Right now we are reading all of the Moomin books…I am especially in the mood for Swedish! :)
    Thank you so much for your visit…
    – Irina

  12. Underbart inlägg med sa vackra bilder. Jag inreder var lagenhet har i London med mycket svensk och finsk design, sa det blir mycket blavitt, precis som i reportaget! Underbart vackert – glad sommar! kram iida

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