A view to a lake

This tour today is something special – a penthouse with lakefront views near Stockholm from Nooks. From the top, you can look across Lake Mälaren (Lake Malar in English), one of Sweden’s largest lakes, and see Ekerö island, where Agnetha Fältskog from Abba reportedly lives. I can only imagine what the sunsets and sunrises are like in that top bedroom, especially as the balcony isn’t limited to one face. I think if I lived there I might even go the way of Cato the elder and swim au naturale every morning. Scroll right down to the bottom for a floorplan.

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This is such a perfect spot to enjoy with some friends. I would probably add some hardy potted plants, and a spot for tealights though!

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This home is rich in two things – balconies and charm!

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I love that ceiling light. Also, are rugs in kitchen on trend now or what?

This pale green room below would be my first choice if I were staying here, it looks absolutely serene.

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Once again I’m posting the floorplan here. It really helps me visualise a house when it’s more than one storey. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

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January kitchen focus

The party’s always in the kitchen, or so they say. With this in mind, a kitchen should be a focal point in your house, with spaces to lean against (such as an island) or sit down (bar stools or odd chairs). Sometimes merging your kitchen into another room can make your home feel cosier – and frees up space elsewhere; plenty of homeowners have a kitchen-diner, but some have really made the kitchen-diner-living room work out. Here’s a preview of what kitchens we can expect here for the month ahead.

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