Gudrun's CREATIVE paradise
– steeped in history
For me, living in a beautiful old home in the Stockholm Archipelago is such a boon. Surrounded by calm sea, all the tender greenery of great leafy trees and a rippling flower meadow. What finer beauty spot for channelling inspiration into pretty patterns and yet another colourful collection? And so, year upon year, season after season, the sketches and watercolours have streamed out from our lovely 19th-century home.
The sunny dining room often gets a makeover when we come to shoot a new Home collection. I replace the textiles, place a new rug on the floor and pick flowers from the meadow. And ta-da! The whole room is transformed! As you see here, where the “Fiesta” tablecloth with its pinky-red palette and the airy embroidered curtain pelmet with its fringing are perfect accents.
When we bought the house in 1970, we had no intention of stripping away all its heritage features. We wanted to keep the interior structures intact. We wanted to keep the papered walls. The original fireplaces and woodstove were to be preserved. The only thing we did was to open up a space to create a practical kitchen-dining area more in tune with our way of life. We extended the property with a veranda, and when our island had electricity installed in 1993 we did a modern bathroom conversion.