Amanda Nelson

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We cannot get enough of this absolutely lovely shot from a house in Mallorca. The home belongs to the founders of Swedish Dusty Deco and is absolute perfection.

Photography: Jonas Ingerstedt for Residence

Swedish Midsummer

This Friday marks a big Swedish holiday - Midsummer (or Midsommar as it is called in Swedish). It's the celebration of the summer solstice, originally a pagan tradition which has been a very important day in the Scandinavian calendar for thousands of years.

Modern Swedish celebrations includes eating outside (even if it is cold and rainy!), drinking snaps and singing snaps-songs and of course dancing around the flower clad may pole while wearing a flower crown.

The flower crown should be made using wild flowers and often birch tree leaves, traditionally if you are unmarried you should pick seven kinds of wild flowers, lay them under your pillow on midsummers night and you will dream about your one true love.

Apart from the snaps there are a few things you need to include to make your Swedish midsummer feast complete! These are foods such as herring, egg halves, new potatoes with dill, gravalax, fish roe, sour cream and chives and of course for dessert - strawberries and cream sponge or meringue cake.

Here are some inspiration to get your ideas flowing. Take a look at our Midsummer Pinterest board for more ideas

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With a castle next door

One hour outside of Stockholm you can find this gorgeous home - it looks like it belongs in Toscana or perhaps the French country side! The house, which is part of the Engsholm castle, was built for to the head gardener of the castle's grand gardens. The actual Engsholm castle is just next door making this home's location very unique. The house has been very carefully renovated inside to keep true to the original aesthetic of the building, the exterior has a lot of its original charm intact. Imagine living here, what a dream!

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Photography: Johan Spinell Styling: Hanna Rydman for Historiska Hem

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Lovely dining spot by one of our favourite Instagrammers @Mosebacke

Photo: Mosebacke

Shades of Blue

Don't you just love the classic Swedish tiled fireplaces, this pale blue one is such a lovely addition to this room!

This sweet Stockholm home has plenty of really nice classic features. The kitchen, which has clearly been newly renovated, has been carefully done so to stay true to the original history and design of the space. The pine floorboards which has been sanded down and to expose the natural wood goes beautifully with the pale grey painted woodworks, seen on the window frames and doorways. It's a shame the original radiators are no longer there, they would have been the perfect cherry on top in this stunning home

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Photography: Fredric Boukari, Styling: Hanna Rydman for Historiska Hem

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Looking for an inexpensive way to create an impactful and contemporary library wall? Then take note of this great idea.

There are several cheap options of metal shelves on the market for achieving this look. However the most inexpensive of them all has to be be IKEA's Hyllis, which retails at only £10.

Mixing this industrial plain metal shelving with lux furnishings such as Persian rugs and a leather Chesterfield creates a nice juxtapositioning and makes the room feel balanced. Of course, some great shelf-styling is absolutely necessary to pull this look off!

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Photo: Anders Bergstedt for Entrance Mäkleri

Grandeur

This grand Swedish home is really something special! The windows, the decorative ceiling, the ornate fireplaces - simply put just stunning. We are big fans of the green shade on the walls by Farrow and Ball which looks beautiful in both day and evening light.

We've spotted a lot of gorgeous Svenskt Tenn furniture in this apartment - one of our favourite Swedish heritage brands - which works so well with this grand space.

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This apartment is currently for sale via Bolaget