Dispatches from Sweden: Simplicity in Stockholm

Contributor post by Deborah Beau of Kickcan & Conkers

Stockholm is a wonderful city. I used to go there quite a lot when I was younger and it will always have a special place in my heart. Last weekend I treated myself to short break in the capital, mainly to meet three lovely creative ladies, Elisabeth Dunker,& Ingela P. Arrhenius and Karin Eriksson (whose shop manos I know you all love), and to catch up with a dear old Swedish friend.

There's so much to see and do in Stockholm, as I'm sure many of you already know. However, as I'd been before, I chose to just walk around and enjoy the September sunshine.

Slightly off the beaten track, but still very central, I was drawn to the multitude of houseboats around the islands, and felt quite envious of the simple lifestyle of their owners.

Oh, the charm of living on the edge, living minimally, in a small space with simple, salvaged furniture, nautical decorative objects, a few plants and pebbles collected on the shore.

I was staying in a flat on the island of Sodermalm, one of the trendiest, busiest districts in Stockholm. The shops in this former working-class district appear frequently in blogs around the world, but thanks to my Swedish friend I discovered a group of tiny, traditional wooden houses, nestled in beautiful, wild gardens, very close to rows of more modern apartment blocks and shops (Kiki is the nearest and has to be one of the most interesting in the neighbourhood). It was so quiet and rural, I felt as if I'd stepped back in time and could almost be standing in a painting by Carl Larsson.

There is much to be said for this simple way of living, although it's clearly not the norm. I was surprised to catch glimpses of it in this wonderful, beautiful city, and feel inspired, once more, to appreciate the simple, small pleasures in life.

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I have an ache in my heart for Sweden now and Sthlm especially, where my daughter lives.
The simple things in life, really are the best .
Happy week ahead

Natascha Rosenberg said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay Deborah. Thanks for sharing. I hope we see each other again, here in Berlin!

Kickcan & Conkers said...

That would be lovely Natascha, or maybe Prague?

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

Love the pictures!

Jan @ Door251

heather caroline said...

Love this post! My husband and I hope to visit Stockholm next Fall, and I couldn't agree more about enjoying the simple life.
~Heather @ RestlessOasis.blogspot.com

annamaria said...

Love this post Deborah. Thank you for the mini tour. I would so love to visit one day ;-)

www.finelittleday.com said...

Lovely post Deborah! It sure was fun to meet you after all these years, hope to be able soon again :)

Kickcan & Conkers said...

Thank you for all your comments. I would definitely recommend visiting Stockholm if you've never been.

willowday said...

This is a great and fresh take on Stockholm. I would easily pass this on to visitors and agree. I'm American, living in Stockholm, and earlier had an office on "OsterlÄnggatan" in Old Town -- it was such an aesthetic thrill: the streets, the architecture, the ambiance and the history living in the flaws that are between the beauty really gave the perfect energy. I lived on Soder, at the time, and to this day: see beauty ever time I enter this area.