ISSUE 30  |  The Summer Kitchen

Steal This Look: An Anglo-Inspired Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen in Sweden

July 29, 2014 1:30 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

French doors? Check. Floor-to-ceiling windows? Check. A flower from the garden next to the kitchen sink? Must be summer.

We recently took note of the indoor/outdoor kitchen of Swedish blogger Catarina Skoglund via her site, Another Side of This Life. Cattie and her husband, Robert, and their daughter, Stella, live in a two-story apartment in a 1927 building outside Gothenburg, Sweden. A fan of Anglo-eccentric decorating, Cattie drew inspiration from English magazines and movies for the renovation of the family kitchen. The results–a Brit-meets-Scandi space with a casual, lived-in attitude–are a welcome change from the hyper-styled black-and-white interiors of so many Scandi bloggers.

Above: Green-painted French doors lead from the backyard into the eat-in kitchen, where geometric-patterned floor tiles give way to a light-gray painted wood floor. The 15-foot-high ceiling makes the narrow room feel spacious and airy. Photographs via Lovely Life


Above: The original divided glass windows frame the French doors. Eames and Thonet chairs surround a simple black-topped table. The colorful Eames Hang-It-All Coat Hanger on the wall comes in handy for jackets and bags. 


Above: A white porcelain farm sink with a mint-green tiled backsplash gives the kitchen a fresh vintage look. 


Above: Sleek black counters are paired with simple white cabinets fitted with brass knobs. The couple opted for a white vintage-style refrigerator. 


Above: An exposed brick wall was left in its original state, lending the space a rustic/industrial feel.

Here’s how to recreate the room’s look:


Above: Ikea’s ceramic Domsjí¶ Sink Bowl comes with a 25-year warranty; $185.99.


Above: The Ikea Edsvik dual-handled faucet is made of chrome-plated brass and has an energy-saving water flow regulator. It comes with a 10-year warranty; $49.99.


Above: The Smeg FAB50B is a fifties-style refrigerator-freezer in design and proportions; it comes in many colors. Contact Smeg for your local US dealer.


Above: Clay Squared offers a minty green tile called Light Green Mid-Century. The tiles measure 4.25 inches by 4.25 inches and cost $12 per square foot; they’re also available in other sizes.


Above: The Lauréy 443 Solid Brass Knob with a satin finish is $7.35 from ATG Stores.


Above: Granada Tile’s Burgos geometric tiles can be custom-made according to color preference–there are 32 colors to choose from. The tiles are made of concrete and come in two sizes: 8 by 8 inches and 10 by 10 inches. Contact Granada Tile in LA directly for pricing. Another option: Little Diamond tiles from Heath Ceramics’ Dwell Patterns, which also come in several colorways; inquire for pricing.


Above: The Nud Classic Pendant by the Swedish company Nud Collection is available in seven cord color combinations; $49.95 from LBC Lighting. Photo via Merci Merci.


Above: Create a pendant light with the Nud cord and Lee Broom’s Crystal Bulb. Hand-cut by Cumbria Crystal, the last UK-based full-lead crystal producer; $175 from the A+R Store.


Above: The Etch Brass Pendant by Tom Dixon is made from digitally etched brass sheets that cast multiple shadows when lit; $495 from Horne.


Above: The Raft Table N2 is designed by Norm Architects for Danish Traditions. It’s available in a black, dark brown, or white top; $1,857.50 via AmbienteDirect. 


Above: The Eames Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Side Chair is $399 at Design Within Reach. Besides white, it comes in black, aqua, red orange, and gray.


Above: The Era Chair with Cane Seat by Thonet comes in classic black as well as five colors; $245 from Design Within Reach.


Above: The Eames Hang-It-All Coat Hanger; $199 from Lumens.


Above: The Redecker Hard Dish Brush is handcrafted in Germany of beechwood with bristles from Tampico fiber; $4.95 from Crate and Barrel. 


Above: Swedish-made organic L:A Bruket Soap contains a blend of cedar, rosemary, and orange; 219 SEK via L:A Bruket’s Shop.


Above: The Lup Candle Holder by Swedish design group Hay is available in solid copper or black powder-coated steel; $45 from the Dwell Store.


Above: An Edward Wohl Maple Cutting Board measures 11 by 15.5 inches and is $125 from Heath Ceramics.   


Above: Alvar Aalto’s Vase for Iittala is mouth-blown from non-leaded crystal and dates to 1936; $84 for the 4.75-inch-tall size from All Modern.


Above: The Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker is a 1933 Italian design made from cast aluminum; $39.95 for the nine-cup size from Williams Sonoma.


Above: The finishing touch for a brick wall, the hanging Kay Bojesen Monkey; $124 from the Scandinavian Design Center. For more on Kay Bojesen, see Revived: The National Flatware of Denmark.


Above: The geometric-patterned Ivory Macrame Wool Rug is made from New Zealand wool and comes in several sizes. Prices start at $295 for a three-by-five-foot rug from Serena & Lily.

If you like this kitchen, you’ll love the rest of the house featured in Lovely Life. Is green your color? See Seeing Green: The Best Shades of Green Paint. And how about a kitchen with mint green cabinets? Go to Steal This Look: A Mint Green Kitchen from a Scandinavian Stylist

Don’t forget to cast your vote in the 2014 Gardenista Considered Design Awards. You can vote for the finalists every day until August 8; we’ll announce the winners on August 9.

N.B. This is an update of a post originally published December 10, 2013.