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Concrete House in Lagnö, Sweden

Happy Friday! I could not sleep last night for all the BIG PLANS. Here’s today’s house porn, I shall wait while you pick your jaw off the floor…

This concrete wonder is in Lagnö in the Stockholm archipelago, and it is the handiwork of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter who are famous for reinterpreting traditional structures in a way that makes you go slightly weak at the knees. From the road, you see a concrete wall. On the other side facing the sea, a swimming pool and a sprawling partly glass covered veranda, massive floor to ceiling teak windows and a view to the sea. With a rather modest 100 square metres it manages to look discreet and not like a cold war mausoleum. Inside, it’s Artek-tastic. I love it. Can someone get a message to the owners that I would like to be their friend and come and live here? Please?

Featured in Residence magazine, styled by Lotta Agaton.

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Farmhouse in Österlen, Sweden

I discovered Elle Decor Country in a WH Smith in Stansted Airport on our way to Finland last month, this magazine is a-grade house porn and it gave me much joy during another painful Ryanair flight to Tampere. It is impossible to pick your favourite house, but this one is a strong contender. An old gabled farmhouse in south-west Sweden belonging to Maria Åström, who inherited the house from her parents, and her husband, artist Sam Stiggson. It is full of stuff, and it looks so lived in, and loved in, instead of being styled within an inch of its life. Shot beautifully by the Stockholm based photographer Jonas Ingerstedt.

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Utility room dream vs utility room reality

This is the utility room look I was after: white space, vintage accessories, cupboards for laundry and cleaning products, outdoor clothes, boots, dog leads and the like.

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This is the utility room I have.

I think I have really nailed it here.

A particular feature is the top of fridge acting as a staging post for dead projects, including ingredients for making home-made sausages (husband. Total time spent in past 12 months: 3 hours) and an unopened box of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (me. Total time spent in past 12 months: 6 hours)

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