A small light blue kitchen for ten people

A small light blue kitchen for ten people

In the 1920s, Kungsladugård is a residential area in Gothenburg. It was built in the 1920s and was intended for families from working and lower-middle class families. Almost a hundred years later, Liselotte and Johan live here in a house dated 1922.


Their house was originally built to house four families, but since then it has been converted into a semi-detached house.


“The walls were adorned with fibreglass wallpaper…” “


However, when the couple bought their house in the autumn of 2018, there were no traces of the charming 20s left. The house had been renovated in the 80s. Johan tells:


The kitchen consisted of old 80’s style cabinets and the walls were adorned with fibreglass wallpaper…


But a lot has happened since Liselotte and Johan took over the house,. For example, there is a hand-built kitchen from Scandinavian Shaker kitchens, painted with linseed oil paint in a light blue hue.


– We have tried to restore the original look of the house. That’s why we thought that the Shaker style would suit our house from the 20s.


Angled corners and custom built cabinets


They started to designing their own kitchen but then got help from Adam and Johan at Scandinavian Shaker kitchen. Some cabinets needed adjusting in order to fit.


– The dimensions are not exactly standard. For example, there is an angled wall in the corner so the corner cabinet had to be specially built.


The Silestone worktop in the color Nimbus matches the sandy tone of the wooden floor and the fact that the cooker hood goes with the colour scheme of the kitchen is no coincidence either.


– The kitchen fan comes from Fjäråskupan. We didn’t want any of their standard colors so we were so happy when we realized that we could choose our own, in the same colour as the kitchen. We are really happy with that choice!


19th century door was the cornerstone for the pantry


A lot of thought and planning has gone into choosing this kitchen. What are they extra pleased with?


– The best thing about our kitchen is the light, the kitchen island in the middle, and that the sink is in front of the window. It’s great when you’re standing there doing the dishes!


Liselotte and Johan also talk about the pantry; how they found an old door in Johan’s family house in Marstrand.


– The door is from the 19th century and is an old balcony door that nobody used. Our carpenters used the door for inspiration and built the pantry around it.


In the original kitchen, there was a pantry in exactly the same place as it is now. Liselotte says that she always dreamed of living in an older house with a pantry, hook and eye locks on the toilet doors, a washing line in the garden and other charming old details.


“We can easily get 10 people round the kitchen island!”


This has now been combined with more modern details, such as spotlights in the ceiling and a kitchen island, around which all their friends congregate. They only moved in in early December, but they have already had guests on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and a house warming party in January.


“The kitchen is not massive but we can easily get 10 people round the kitchen island!”


Enamel, brass and powder blue


The knobs in enamel and old-fashioned brass come from Byggfabriken in Gothenburg and the lamps from IEMS.


They ordered the bar stools online and it was a bit of a gamble, says Liselotte. A very good gamble as it turned out because they match the lamps and complement the kitchen’s light blue hue perfectly.


“…we test- painted with several different colours…”


And the colour! It’s not that common to see light blue in Swedish kitchens. (By the way, the colour code is NCS S 3010-B).


– We have worked round a colour scale in pastel. Since the floor and worktops were a naturally sand-coloured, we didn’t want doors in white or grey, so we started looking at bluey, greeny shades.


– Then after a period of testing several different shades to compare we finally reached our choice.


They are quick to add:


– And we can always repaint the kitchen in the future if we want to!


See more pictures of the kitchen HERE.

The unbeatable feeling of limestone

The unbeatable feeling of limestone

The natural stone is on the rise and is becoming increasingly popular in Scandinavian homes. But what makes it so sought after? And what feeling do we want to achieve with natural stone in our homes?


We had a chat with Alexandra Olausson, owner of Vårvik & Co, who specialize in limestone.

– I have been working with limestone for almost two years and really love it, says Alexandra Olausson. Limestone is unbeatable when it comes to feeling, and it is a fantastic material to use in the home.


Before Alexandra found her passion for limestone she worked in sales at telecom.


– I usually say that I have gone from working with a digital product in physical channel to a physical product in digital channel. Many things are the same – such as marketing, sales and customer contact – but the product is completely different.


– I have long been interested in stone, and I’ve almost always had it in my homes over the years. Some time ago my family and I moved to a house where limestone is used throughout and that led to a job offer to work as a consultant with the sale and marketing of limestone.


– In the spring (2018) I chose to invest in my own supplier and now work entirely with my own company that I co-own with my husband.


So, living in a house with lots of of limestone, you have opinions on how limestone works in a home?


– I certainly have! When you live with limestone, you experience its many sides. For example: it felt as though a feeling of summer rain came into our bathroom after we showered, and that’s due to minerals that are released when the stone gets wet and it smells wonderful. The stone doesn’t get too slippery either, which makes it a good choice in bathrooms.


“Both the look and the feel of limestone is much “warmer” compared to, for example, marble.”


– Another great thing about limestone is that it is a “warmer” stone both to see and feel compared to, for example, marble which is also a very beautiful but “colder” stone. In the summer, limestone floors are wonderfully cool in the home and do not get hot even if the sun is pouring in.


– Last but not least, limestone is a flexible and practical choice of material in everyday life. The “greige” shades of the limestone are great for hiding dust and dirt. It’s a good idea to choose a grout in a similar shade to the stone because a white or light joint will get dirty over time.


But be honest: Isn’t limestone very sensitive and delicate?


– I often get questions about how limestone works in a household with toddlers – dirt, spills and general abrasion. And I always say that you should think about your needs and lifestyle, but that you should never refrain from limestone because you are afraid of wear and tear.


“Yes, it might get a few marks on it but over time this just creates a beautiful patina.”


But limestone wears out doesn’t it?


– Yes, but limestone is a natural material which grows old gracefully. it might get a few marks on it but over time this just creates a beautiful patina.”


– If you decide you want limestone in a kitchen where there is a risk for acids, you can combine it with amore sturdy surface such as stainless steel.


How do you care for limestone in order to maintain its beauty?


– If you have limestone in your kitchen then you should be careful to remove spills immediately before they get absorbed. Also it is good idea to maintain the surface with linseed oil soap which cleans, protects and smells good too.


There are many different kinds of limestone with various shades and patterns. Is there anything you should think about when choosing limestone?


– If it’s for your kitchen you can either start with the colour you have chosen for your kitchen and look for a stone that works with it. Or, you can turn it around and adapt the color of the kitchen to the stone you have chosen.


– It is important to think through all the stages and make an informed choice based on color, hue, warmth and light input. Limestone comes in many different hues and shades depending on where it comes from, which is important to keep in mind when deciding what feel you want to achieve.


Facts: Vårvik & Co


Vårvik & Co sell limestone for floors and walls in kitchens, bathrooms, basements and halls etc. The stone is light grey with a warm tone and a speckled pattern.


The limestone comes from a quarry in Estonia. The stone is quarried by hand without large machines. The stone varies in colour and quality depending on which layer it comes from. The processing of the stone also causes variation.


Vårvik & Co markets its stone mainly through their instagram account but they also have a showroom in Saltsjöbaden.

Which is the best stone for worktops in your kitchen?

Which is the best stone for worktops in your kitchen?

There are a so many worktops to choose from when putting the finishing touches on your new kitchen. What should you take into consideration when it comes to materials, design and sustainability?


We asked Anna Granstig – Marketing Coordinator in at Cosentino Scandinavia:
Which materials are most popular right now?

– We are seeing new trends in the type of worktops the customers choose, says Anna Granstig. For a long time, laminate worktops have been the most common in Sweden, but wood and stainless steel have also been popular.


“Marble, granite and limestone are more popular than ever.”


– In recent years, natural stone has been on the increase. Customers prefer to use stone if they can. Marble, granite and limestone are more popular than ever and sales have increased steadily.


Anna Granstig goes on to explains that the trend for more colourful kitchens – in contrast to the white kitchens of the last decade – affects the choice of worktops.


– Generally, people are daring to introduce more colour into their kitchens. This includes choosing use worktops that go towards darker or warmer colors. Even more patterned materials have increased in popularity.


– Your choice of worktop will, of course, be affected by the style of the kitchen.


“Classic kitchens like bistro, shaker or the country kitchen look good with worktops that have a natural stone look.”


So, you mean different worktops suit different styles of kitchen?


– Absolutely! I use to say that to every kitchen a certain type of stone is suitable. Classic kitchens, like bistro style kitchens, shaker kitchens and farmer’s house kitchen, goes together well with natural looking countertops. Modern and minimalistic kitchens goes together well with one-coloured countertops.


– You usually want to create a contrast by matching glossy cupboard doors with a matt worktop and matt doors with a shiny worktop. This gives a nice overall look.


– Amongst the new kitchen designs, we also see the industrial trend of surfaces with a concrete or rusty appearance growing in popularity.


– Minimalistic doors in light wood are also making a come- back. They look really good with white, light or sand-coloured natural stone in our materials Silestone or Dekton (see fact box below).


What’s the best worktop for a family with kids?


When choosing a worktop, however, there’s more to think about than current trends and Anna thinks it’s important to think about your lifestyle and how the surface will be used.


– I often get questions from families with toddlers where the kitchen is being used all the time and where parents want the children to be able to join in with the cooking. I usually suggest that they should choose a worktop that is sturdy and durable so that the surface will always look good despite spills and abrasion from pans etc.


Anna Granstig says that some natural stone, such as limestone and marble, is not always the optimal choice in a kitchen because its surface is soft and porous.


– Spills from, for example, coffee and various acids can damage the surface and cause stains that cannot be removed. It’s worth considering whether a worktop of Silestone or a dark or patterned polished granite might be a better choice.


“Many people use way too much detergent when they clean their kitchens.”


How should you treat your worktop so that it will last a long time?


– Many people actually use too much cleaning fluid when they are cleaning their kitchens. When customers call us to ask why their worktop has lost its sheen, it’s almost always because the cleaning agent has formed a dried layer on the surface of the worktop.


How do you get rid of that?


– It’s easily removed with a little pine-oil soap and lukewarm water. Then polish the surface with a microfibre cloth until it regains its natural lustre. With the right materials and a little loving care, you will have a worktop that you can enjoy for many years.


Facts: Silestone and Dekton, by Cosentino


Silestone consists of quartz stone. Dekton is a mixture of minerals and is produced by using similar technology to that used to create quartz composite, porcelain and glass.


With these materials you get surfaces that are extremely resistant to scratches and stains and stay looking good for many years.


Silestone and Dekton are available in hundreds of different designs, ranging from various patterns resembling natural stone to single colours and with different surface polishes.


Silestone and Dekton are very easy to maintain and generally require only water and possibly some detergent to remove stains.