Midsummer's eve today... This is a big holiday in Sweden, when people celebrate the longest day of the year by making wreaths of wildflowers, dancing around a huge pole (see pic) and eating fresh (or pickled) seafood, new potatoes and strawberries with cream. Traditionally, it was a pagan ritual, honoring the renewal of earth and summer. That giant pole? Look closer, it's a symbol of fertilization...(!) Nowadays, Midsummer's eve is a fun, festive excuse to party; often involving a bunch of friends coming together in someone's weekend house, lots of food and lots of drink, and staying up late to enjoy the fact that it doesn't ever really go dark... It also marks the official beginning of summer for most people; temperatures rising, vacations approaching - a happy occasion all around. :)
...And because Midsummer is on my mind today, I thought we could do another Swedish house tour... This deliciously stylish apartment is in central Malmö, the city where I was born. I love the decor here; quirky but tasteful and modern, yet not overly sparse (which seems to be a current trend in many Scandinavian homes...) The building was raised 1914, and this well preserved, five-room attic apartment was added in 1952.
Nice mixture of old and new, don't you agree?
Even the shoes matches the fun colour scheme!
Look at those deep, marble lined windows...
Overlooking the "King's Park".
And of course, it's Friday so we need a quote... How about this little nugget from A Midsummer Night's Dream? :)
"The course of true love never did run smooth". William Shakespeare.
Have a lovely Friday, Friends! Xx