They say the best things come to those who wait. I was thinking about this the other day, and asked Per: ‘do you think we’d appreciate the Swedish summer as much, if the winter wasn’t so harsh’? The truth is, I don’t think we would. There’s something about the plants and flowers bursting into life after lying dormant and the warm sunshine on your skin after months of covering up. I know I’m not alone – the joy on my Nordic friends’ faces when the good weather arrives is palpable. And we don’t want to waste a second of it!
Life moves outside – and our garden becomes our home. One of my favourite places to hang out, is under the honeysuckle at our friends the Wilsons (a family of Brits who moved to Malmö from Australia a few years back). Think comfy seating, cosy blankets and the sweet scent of honeysuckle. All that was missing was the lighting.
Lighting is often neglected or added as an impromptu afterthought in an outdoor space, but it’s equally as important as indoor lighting. Get it right and you can accentuate your favourite features as well as create a cosy oasis after sunset.
They are handmade in the Pernille Bülow atelier on the Danish island of Bornholm and every piece is mouth blown from recycled waste glass (look closely and you’ll see the beautiful bubbles!).
Also, the chains, which are made up of 9 lights and 3 metres long, can be linked together so you only need one power outlet (power sources are a challenge in most outdoor spaces so this is really handy).
And best of all, they emit a lovely warm glow!
Sarah has added a load of other lovely touches under her lean-to – such as a mirror. In the right place, mirrors can help accentuate favourite elements, reflect light and other plants and flowers as well as visually extend small spaces. Perfect!
If you live in a country where it gets a bit chilly at night – lighting candles and keeping a basket of blankets at hand are a perfect way to stay toasty and prolong the evening!
Such a pretty spot, don’t you think?
I think I might just hang out here all summer. I hope the Wilsons don’t mind.
As always, pleased do give me a shout in the comment section below if you’ve got any questions about anything in these pics!
Har det så bra!
Photography by me – styling with the help of the entire Wilson clan!