While up at our cabin, rather than relaxing, I can’t help but spend my time plotting our next update. A long way in the future, we’d like to have an outdoor kitchen! Do you love them too? There’s something about cooking alfresco (and I don’t just mean on the barbecue!), don’t you think?
The swedes who own this house have got there outdoor space right!
The outdoor kitchen has a gas barbecue, sink and all the utensils you might need to throw together an evening meal. We recently bought a portable plug-in induction stove from IKEA for our cabin and it would make a nice addition here too!
I also like the plant boxes. Placing raised beds around a terrace like this is a nice way to add flowers beside the seating area.
Around the corner they have created a covered terrace with a lovely sitting room area for cosy evenings. I love the pendant lamp for a true ‘living room’ feel!
Cushions, blankets, candles – all the things you need for a cosy evening! I often bring out a basket of blankets late afternoon and plonk it beside our outdoor seating – so that blankets are at the ready as soon as the chill sets in! Having tried and tested many blankets – from budget to blowout (hey, it’s cold up here in the north!), my favourite actually turns out to be the wool-blend ones from H&M Home – they are really soft and a firm family favourite. 


A simple bench serves as a perch for a reflective morning coffee for one.


Water tight Glass / plexiglass roofing can get really hot in the sunshine. A wicker cover like this one helps to keep the area cool and looks pretty too!


I couldn’t resist sharing a few snapshots from the downstairs living area too – perfect inspiration for anyone who loves serene white / neutral spaces!



I hope this lovely outdoor kitchen and open-plan living space have given you plenty of inspiration for the weekend! 
Do you have any experience with outdoor kitchens? If so, please do share any in the comments below! 
Could you imagine installing one in your outdoor space?
Here are some other wonderful ways you can transform your alfresco lifestyle at home:
19 ways to create a swedish summer oasis from basic to blowout!
An idyllic Finnish cottage with an outdoor kitchen
8 ways to pep up your outdoor space, Scandinavian style
7 boho ideas for outdoor spaces big and small
10 ways to maximise your tiny balcony
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Photography courtesy of Erik Olsson

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