Not a summer without a few projects, or maybe that is just a very Swedish idea? So, apart from reading 10 books (more about that in a future post) and hosting visits from lots of friends and their families*, I had some projects to finish:
Decoration of the summer house:
Since the summer house is very new, it was built last year, I thought that it was important that not all the furniture was new as well. I told the rest of the family that I didn’t want it to feel like an Ikea-ad, and they agreed of course! A summer house is supposed to be about old, [relatively] mis-matched, simple and comfortable furniture… The idea was also to add some references to the old summer house where we spent so many wonderful summers together.
In the end we managed to furnish the two houses (main building + guest house) with a nice mix of new (sofas, armchairs, beds) and old furniture (my old kitchen table, old chairs, sofa table, bookshelves) as well as recycle old lamps, china, glass ware, cutlery etc. You can see the old blue and white china that used to belong to my great-grandmother in the photo from the BBQ in the last post – we used to have it in the old summer house.
A framed photo of the wallpaper from the toilet in the old summer house that now adornes the shelf in the otherwise very white bathroom of the new summer house!
I found this shelf / cupboard in the old shed, and thought that it would look perfect in the guesthouse. But the rest of the family was sceptical…
However, after some cleaning and polishing, it did look good – everybody agreed! And my Penguin Classics flea market findings look great on the shelves
Another project of mine was the shed, which was not matching the two new buildings… My father and my brother replaced the old roof (I helped a little as well), my sister made a new step, and together with my siblings we painted the shed – it looked completely new when finally done!
The shed has a new roof but is still the wrong colour…
A brand new shed, or at least almost!
Next year we will continue with new projects – that’s part of the fun of having a summer house!! 😀
*) I have calculated that 5 boys aged 1½ to 3 years came to visit us in the summer house. It is incredible how almost all my friends are having boys, fortunately one friend has twin girls to push up the statistics!