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Kitchen of the Week: Country Chic in Sweden, Minimalist Edition

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Kitchen of the Week: Country Chic in Sweden, Minimalist Edition

July 11, 2019

We can easily—and happily—spend an entire afternoon browsing residential listings. Recently, we came across a new-to-us real estate outfit to add to our short list of stalk-worthy online resources: Alvhem, a Swedish brokerage that, according to its website, specializes in apartments and villas “erected between 1850 and 1950 with many years of wear, renovation and love from their former owners.”

What led us to discovering Alvhem in the first place is founder and co-owner Sandra Guerrero’s own impeccable home. (We first spotted it on the blog Nordic Design.) Located an hour from Gothenburg, her house is surrounded by meadows and has views of the sea. But it’s the interiors—and the kitchen, specifically—that stopped us.

Below, Sandra shares with us how this minimalist country kitchen came to be.

Photography by Annie Hyrefeldt, courtesy of Alvhem, unless otherwise noted.

Unlike the apartments and villas for sale on Alvhem, Sandra&#8
Above: Unlike the apartments and villas for sale on Alvhem, Sandra’s home is newly built, which meant she was able to choose every little detail. She was particularly exacting about the right shade of green-beige-gray for the space, ultimately landing on Farrow & Ball’s Hardwick White for the bespoke kitchen cabinets by Nordiska Kök, and Jotun’s Tidlös for the walls. A length of peg rail warms up the palette.
Sandra Guerrero Sweden Kitchen of the Week Above: Sandra’s favorite kitchen feature? “The island where you can sit and have a view over the terrace but also hang with your friends while cooking food for dinner,” she says. The appliances are all by Siemens; the Semi Pendant Light is by Gubi.
An unexpected touch: The Lampe Gras Model
Above: An unexpected touch: The Lampe Gras Model 214 Wall Lamp that anchors a corner of the kitchen. Photograph via Sandra’s Instagram account.
Sandra Guerrero Sweden Kitchen of the Week Above: A splurge she has no regrets about: the Silestone counter. “It has an outstanding resistance and durability and looks like stone,” she says. The cabinet hardware and black light switches are both from Byggfabriken. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Modern Single-Lever Gooseneck Kitchen Faucets for similar faucets.)
The wide-planked pine flooring extends into the dining room, just off the kitchen.
Above: The wide-planked pine flooring extends into the dining room, just off the kitchen.
The entryway is delineated by a limestone floor. The bench is by Jotex.
Above: The entryway is delineated by a limestone floor. The bench is by Jotex.

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