I’m just a little bit in love with Swedish stylist Jennifer Jansch’s summer house. Don’t these beautiful pictures make you want to up sticks, move to the sticks, throw your shoes off and dance in a field with the wind in your hair and a smile on your face? Maybe that’s just me, but you can’t dispute the idyllic bohemian gorgeousness of her home. Jen, whose fabulous company Bag All we featured recently, now lives in New York with her husband Micke and daughters Celeste, Margaux and Caprice, but returns to their three-bedroom house in Sodermanland (an hour’s drive from Stockholm) during the summer months.
Decorated with a mix of family heirlooms, IKEA essentials, boutique finds and Scandinavian pieces, Jen says “there was no plan in mind with the house. It’s just a mix of all the stuff I’ve saved over the years. I guess my taste has been the same since I was a teenager.”
While I would shudder to decorate my house with the things I owned as a teenager, it’s a lack-of-design-strategy that’s worked for the clearly very chic Jennifer.”Our house is very unique and magical places like this are hard to find,” she acknowledges. “We are very lucky people.”
“We’ve actually changed almost everything about the house since we moved in. Our rule is to do one major thing every year. The first year we did the electricity, second the bathroom etc. We also had to remove the floor in the kitchen because of a leak. Although, we only do things to the house when we have to!”
“I’ve had white floors in most of the places I’ve lived,” says Jennifer. “I like them because it reflects the daylight and brightens the space at night. The industrial light is from Hubsch, the hand painted blinds from Gysinge and the white chairs from Form 1900 in Stockholm.
Industrial light, £168, Holloways of Ludlow. Jennifer’s table from Ikea is no longer available, but this one, £390 (including 4 chairs) from Ikea, is similar. Personalised vegetable crate, £31.95, Plantabox.
“The sofa is actually a bed which we’ve had for about 15 years. It was originally brown and I had it recovered. The Kelim ottoman, rugs and desk were all gifts from family. A lot of the other things we picked up on our travels or in auctions. There’s a chair from Kenya, a mirror from Bali. The blue china ornaments and sunburst mirror were from a Swedish store called Hans Michael, which unfortunately doesn’t exist anymore.”
“This is Margaux sitting on the stairs. We’ve kept the rug and the paint colour which was there when we moved in.”
“As you probably can guess, I am fond of Toile de Jouy. I wanted a serene place for me and my husband to relax as we both live stressful lives. I wear dresses at our summerhouse that I’d never wear in town, so they stay here. When I put them on I know it’s summer! I shop a lot online, ASOS, COS and H&M, I don’t buy expensive clothes. The lamps and rug were from Ikea and the bed and bedside tables were second-hand. When we lie in our bed, we see the huge oaktree outside the window. We are truly blessed to have this place.”
“I wanted a really cosy place for my girls, similar to one I had as a kid and in keeping with the rest of the house. The drawer under the bed is a trundle bed, so the girls’ friends can sleep over. The table by the window came from my mother and the chair from my grandmother. The rug is from Ikea and we found the tiger in a Walmart in New York.”
Margaux and Caprice’s bedroom
“The bunkbeds are queensize. The plan was to fit as many people into the house as possible. I had similar beds in the summer house that my family had when I was a kid and asked a local carpenter to make them.”
“We built the massive tree house with a friend who is a carpenter. It started as a small project that grew more and more, and we are thinking of adding a third floor this summer. It’s mainly for the girls, but sometimes the whole family has dinner up there. It’s magical!”
IMAGES: Jenny Brandt for Lonny