On Monday we took a peek inside the home of a Norwegian living in Portugal, today I thought I’d continue the ‘scandi abroad’ theme!
Kristin Lagerqvist and her family divide their time between Varberg and Languedoc-Roussillon, South of France. You might recognise this already as I recently featured Kristin’s French home. However, they have now moved to an even more beautiful home (if that was possible!).
The story goes that Kristin was tasked with finding an Airbnb for one of her clients and stumbled across this townhouse. She instantly fell in love with it – telling her husband “if it ever comes on the market, we need to buy it”. Sure enough, some time later, the property became available – and true to her word, they exchanged one week later.
Remnants of the houses former life as a vineyard farmhouse are still evident from the barrels in the basement and the decorative floor tiles remain intact. Kristin and her husband have been careful to preserve the integrity of the house while making their own personal mark using vintage finds from nearby markets. Ready to take the tour?
Bienvenue chez Lagerqvist!
Kristin used what she could from the existing kitchen while giving it a lift with an IKEA worktop and units.
The pair built this magnificent wall-mounted plate rack by hand before painting it in Kristin’s signature blue. Get the know-how here.
Perhaps my favourite room in the house – the sitting room is flooded with light from two directions and filled with lovely local finds.
An accent wall with bare plaster adds a relaxed touch to the space.
The house came with an orangery just off the kitchen – which will serve both as a sunroom and also a garden for herbs etc.
Be still my beating heart! What a find! I can see why Kristin snapped it up, can you?
Many swedes dream of having a winter home somewhere warmer and lighter in the winter – personally, I’d be happy to escape the cold and dark months of January, February and March and often mulling of where I’d rather be! Perhaps Mallorca? Or after seeing this, South of France could also be on the cards. Do you have a time of year in your country you’d be happy to escape from?
You can see more pictures of Kristin’s homes in Varberg (once featured on My Scandinavian Home here) and France over at @kricklin.
Kristin also runs an online shop as well as workshops and is a real dab hand at gardening (I bought a copy of her book Livskraft Från Trädgård och Hav last Autumn and it’s full of lovely ideas).
Right folks, I’d better get going – I’m meeting my Australian friend to go and watch England V Australia in the women’s world cup football (they’re showing it on outdoor screens here in Malmö!). I’ve loved watching this world cup – have you been following too?
Photographs: Kristin Lagerqvist, shared with kind permission.
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