Moving to the countryside is a dream for many. For Elisabeth Dunker, weekends spent in her little red cottage in south Sweden brings childhood stories of Pippi Longstocking to life.
‘I’ve dreamt of having a house in the country all of my life,’ explains Elisabeth. ‘We have always lived and worked in the city, so when I turned 40 in 2010, I was tempted to buy a summer house as a present to myself. This cottage feels friendly and welcoming, plus I love the way it reminds me of the Swedish author Astrid Lundgren’s books. It is totally untouched.
‘When we were first viewed the house we overheard another couple talking of their plans to strip it back and start again, so we decided to save it! The 50s wallpaper was already there but it was in good condition so didn’t need to be replaced. I’m not so into flowers, nor quite as romantic as the house, but I do like things to be preserved. The house reflects my style pretty well. I like things and places with a bit of character. It feels like we’ve been here forever. We were lucky that the former owners had good style, so we’ve only had to add props to what was already here. It is like we’re living amongst treasures.
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