Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy Midsummer!



 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

8 comments:

Diana Mieczan said...

Happy Midsummer's Eve!!! I love this holiday..My friend is from Sweden and she always celebrates it with her little girls:) That place is so pretty...The shoe solution is great! Have a wonderful weekend and see you soon,darling!

Tanja Arvidsson Ortner said...

Härliga bilder från Sverige! Glad midsommar min vän! Har precis kommit hem från firande hos Therese och Kristian med Katarinas familj också. Lägger upp lite bilder på bloggen imorgon. Kram

Tricia Rose said...

Such livable, understated clean lines in that apartment!

Kerri said...

happy midsummer!! :)

i wish it was really truly 1/2 over. summer is just so long here. and so hot. i find myself longing for the fall...

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Am I too late to say Happy Midsummer? You're right, the interiors pics look great and they look like somebody actually does live in there. I'm not really one for being very minimalistic, but these are nice. Love from London x

C'est La Vie said...

Emelie! i love that you posted this, i want to be in Sweden right this moment, nobody knows about this holiday!!

ps i NEED a shoe rack like that

Kerri said...

i love the inside pics, but i LOVE the outside of the building so much-

Liz said...

Happy Summer Emelie! One of my favorite summer memories is sitting on your Mother's lawn eating Schmorges (excuse the lame attempt at spelling in Swedish) and drinking that wine you had made from elder flowers. Glad I know you!

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