Sunday, February 2, 2014

SWEDEN

So what a move! My God so much planning, organisation, physical work and pressure. But now we're here. In ... SWEDEN, a nice residential suburb north of Stockholm, perfect for family life and a connivance lifestyle. 15 min with a car to the city area and quite close to my parents.
There's so many reasons why we decided to go here at this time in life (believe me I would rather have loved another more tropical adventure, but that don't really fit into reality with two small children) and we're planning to stay a couple of years. Maybe more, maybe less. We'll see how we like it and what life can bring us here.
The gorgeous house needs some renovations which starts this week, but oh do I love the space. It's very big and so beautifully planned! Can't wait to decorate all rooms and gradually make it our first dream house. The only thing I don't like it the snow and the climate, but we can't have it all all the time I've realised long time back. Talk soon!

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  1. How far you seem from me now!
    Anyway I wish you good luck for renovations dear Stina which are NEVER easy. And what a courage you had to move again with all furniture etc. it's a huge work but you will be so happy near your family and friends. Hope M will adapt to his new life!
    All my best for your new job of decoratrice (in French) and hope to follow you with your new style of decoration and your own style of fashion.
    All my best wishes of happiness in your new big house.
    Uta

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    1. Welcome back Uta!!!! We all missed you and I hope you had a lovely vacation!

      Yes, I'm soooo tired of packing, moving, coordinating, finding carpenters etc etc with two small children. It's insane! Insane! We're insane! But in three weeks I hope everything will be in place and more or less finished. The bathrooms we have to wait with because they take too long time and we can't be without them. When I go to live in South of France in the summer, hopefully we can have them renovated to perfection!

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      stina

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  2. Heh, I said you were moving to Sweden, I knew it...! ;-) Great, we can only hope that you'll be back to work soon and that there'll be a chance to get a botox injection from you. Anyway, the whether todays is, I must say, extremely sh...ty - a big blizzard here, but I live in the southern part of Stockholm, so there are like 50 km between us :-) Good luck with unpacking and I hope to see some home pictures as well in the future! I bet you have an exquisite taste when it comes to interior design as well!

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    1. Thank you!

      Yes, I will slowly but surely start working again and then I will take care of all of my patience again!

      Best,
      stina

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  3. Hej stina lycka till med allt vet att huset är jätte fint som en liten
    herrgård o täby är fint område o fina stöområden.
    hoppas ni kommer trivas.kram Eva

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    1. I wonder if you're thinking about the correct house???

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  4. Congratulations with your new residence:)

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  5. Congrats! Are you planning to start working again and what will M do?

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    1. Yes, eventually I will start working a little again, but not full time since I have two small children who needs their mother!

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  6. Danderyd (probably Djursholm) Where else

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  7. Danderyd (probably Djursholm) Where else

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  8. Every best for a happy and healthy life in your new home.

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  9. Så lustigt! Kände direkt igen trappan. Ser ut som att du flyttat ca 300 m från mig - fågelvägen. Då får ni en fin och ny skola för barnen så småningom.

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  10. Oh Stina, this warms my heart. And the house looks wonderful! Cant wait to see more! I hope you're settling down fine. God søndag:) enjoy a Nice breakfast in your new HOUSE:D big hugs

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    1. Ohh no, I'm living with my parents until the weekend since I't a building inferno at the house!

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  11. Oh what a change....and M is working in switzerland? But without speaking german it was.no future for you in switzerland.......good luck!

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    1. Oh I could have had a wonderful future in SWitzerland, but for the children it's not the best environment!

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    2. Hello Stina, i would not agree on this one. Switzerland is probably not great for mothers who want to reconcile their professional live with family lives. But it is definately a very good place for children. It is not for nothing that since decades rich people around the world sending their kids to Swiss school.

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    3. True that Swiss schools are often very good, but why rich people put their kids into swiss schools has more to do with that 1. they want to live there for tax reasons, 2. Russian, Asian etc knows that a Swiss school will make a much better future for their kids later in life since it's well know all through the world for it's quality!

      But I do agree that it's so good for mothers who decides and wants to be at home because the whole society structure is built for that setup in Switzerland!
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      stina

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  12. Oh, I am a bit surprised that you are back in Sweden. I hope I am not too curious when I wonder if M. Found a new job there? But it' s wonderful that you have found such a beautiful house and I am sure that with your impeccable taste you will make a wonderful home. How nice for your parents and your sister to have you back. I wish you all the very best and I am looking forward to many beautiful pictures! Hugs B.

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  13. My best wishes for your new choices !!!
    How happy & excited you all must be now!
    Especially your parents! You know, in Greece the Grandparents say: the children of my children, are two times my children! :-)

    Look forward to interior deco-inspiration from you!!

    Best of luck!

    xx
    Mel

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  14. My guess, Duvbo, Sundbyberg area

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  15. Wow, what a fall from Zürich to Stockholm, but being Swedish it's probably easier. I'm often in Zürich because my Swedish husband has relatives there and i truly envy them.

    The worst thing about Stockholm is not the cold and darkness (we leave for 7-8 weeks every winter) but being so far away from everything! Sweden not having a proper airline doesn't help either. SAS from ARN sucks.

    Anyway good luck and have fun decorating your new house!


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    1. True. We rented a house in Italy for this year's vacation and while all our friends, who live on the continent, can either go there by cars or just take a short flight, we need to fly for many hours and much money...:-/ In this respect Sweden sucks. Also when it comes to high-end shopping. Myself I can't really afford Chanel or LV bags etc., but even the brands which are in my price range, such as MaxMara or Jil Sander, are hardly present in Stockholm. Luckily you can always shop on the net, which I've grown to like a lot. But then, of course, Sweden den has a lit of good sides as well. Particularly when you've got small kids, like Stina. Then it's a paradise. Which may be the reason why Stina and her family decided to stay here as long as the children are so small. Then you usually don't have too much time and strengt to lead a glamorous lifestyle, which is an optimal setting in Sweden because the Swedes are always so dramatically casual! I have attended so many events which, in my eyes, should have prompted people to dress up a bit, but no, never happened...:D But then again, I'm also a foreigner only married to a Swede, so I believe it is probably easier for a Swedish-born person just to accept things as they are....:-)

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    2. And yes, SAS sucks, indeed...Need to change in Kopenhagen wherever you fly....:-/

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    3. But anything works with some positiveness, don't you think? :)

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    4. Exactly Johanne! Anna, your comment makes me laugh a little because it's all relative to your goals, needs and circumstances whether something is better/worse, expensive/cheap or far/near. Being an Australian, I never felt far away from anything when I lived in Sydney. The world was only a 24 hour flight away! I could book a flight today and be there tomorrow! Now living in London I complain that anywhere outside europe is too far but that is quite silly. Stockholm is accessible to anywhere you may want to go. I was there over Christmas and we flew Norwegian. They are expanding fast and from what I could see you could travel anywhere really from only £30 from ARN. A much nicer airline than most of the airlines leaving London airports to be honest! Let's not forget that some of the nicest places to live are that way because they are not easily accessible! Different cities suit different people at different stages of their lives.
      Lauren

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    5. Johanne, love your comment!
      H

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    6. Spot on Marta!

      Very true johanne!

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  16. Settle in and put your feet up!

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  17. I hope we get to see some photos when you're house is ready, I have a feeling it will be gorgeous when you're done with it.

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  18. Congratulations on your lovely new home Stina! It means so much being close to your family while your children are so young. Happy times ahead for all of you! :-)

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  19. HEY STINA!I KNEW IT, SWEDEN!! Do not know you but could feel that you guys, would make the move back to your homeland! Well, you did move to Switzerland for M. Now, it's his turn to make the nice move for some time, and after this, ONLY after this move, you guys, will be able to head for a well-chosen and loved destination for your journey to go on. Happy for you, guys! It's nice for kids to have the very winter season to be able to play around in a safe and open environment. Zurich was too expensive and way too inadequate for raising a family.well, just my opinion.
    So happy for Stina! Next time you drive South to Pézène, let me know! We will toast Champagne for my right guess!!Cath

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  20. Best wishes on your move dear Stina,the house looks great-may you all thrive and be merry,hugs Lana

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  21. Stina det låter underbart. Dina små killar kommer att älska snön!
    Detta med olika årstider är en finess som Sverige har.
    Tänk våren, den är snart här.
    Lycka till med inredningen.
    Kram Christina

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  22. Welcome back to Sweden, and lets hope spring and summer is coming up soon ;)
    Hoppas allt är bra med dig vännen, synd att det inte vara nära mig i Stockholms skärgård ;)
    KRAM
    Sanna

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  23. if M works in Switzerland and you Stina, lives in Sweden....this is the beginning of the end.

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    1. What a truly horrible thing to say. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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    2. And who told you that he works in Switzerland? Maybe he got a job in Sweden? Or maybe he can do his work being based in Stockholm and going to Zurich only a few times a month? What would the difference be between him and those guys who travel all the time for various destinations from home...? What a stupid comment from a jelous and vile internet [beeeeep!]....

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    3. Awwwwwww, how great it would be if sombody else's interesting, glamorous, wealthy and happy life suddenly changed into something like yours, which must be so meaningless and sad that one actually can't be angry with you. You are such a poor thing, whose only joy in life is Schadenfreude and who can't really be ashamed of herself (as Lauren rightly points out), because the envy and resentment are too overwhelming...

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  24. Dear Stina, I hope everything will work as you imagine it! I think moving is great because it's the beginning of something shiny and new! Love, Elisa

    www.youcausemetrouble.blogspot.com

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  25. Some really odd comments here! I am sure you have chosen what you believe is best for your familiy at this time. Stockholm is not easy this time of year but there are a lot of advantages to this city. And being close to family and friends is very valuable when you have small children. Good luck, the house looks lovely!

    MK

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  26. Stina best wishes to you in your new house. I'm sure you'll make it gorgeous. Being close to your parents will be worth so much, these are precious years and it will be so lovely to have them near you! Honestly, good grandparents are absolutely priceless!

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  27. Welcome back to Sweden! Cheers, Linda

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  28. All the best, Stina!
    I cannot wait to see images of your new home - especially with your stamp on it.
    Take care,
    x Caroline

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  29. Stina,
    Home is where the heart is! Best wishes to you and the boys in your new home!

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  30. Does M like Sweden? I'm asking because you had a hard time adjusting to Zurich and I wouldn't want him to have the same problem.

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    1. He loves it!! He is the one who wanted to go to sweden, not me!!!!!

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  31. Välkommen hem Stina och huset ser fantastiskt ut!! Hade detta på känn ;) Stort lycka till.
    Kram.

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  32. I wished I had your energy :). Only one year ago you moved to Zurich and together with M you furnished a new apartment. You were pregnant with your second child and you managed to settle in Switzerland and to find nice new friends. Shortly after the birth of Leon you decided to buy a house in Sweden and change your life again. ... It is never boring with you, dear Stina, I can't wait to see your new home, and again I wish you all the best. Take care! B.

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    1. I know, I'm crazy but now I would die for some tranquility. For a while. But then something needs to happen, else I would stagnate! Blink

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    2. Oh no, I don't think that you are crazy ;). You are an inspiration for me!
      Hugs B.

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  33. Wow! Looks amazing! Is this the house with 9 rooms? ;) I am looking forward to see more pictures. Good luck with the renovations and decorations. But most of all I wish you and your famil happiness! Kram /Angela

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    1. Well, it has 9 rooms so I guess it's the one!

      Best,
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  34. Congratulations on your move! I live near Zurich, and come from a place that is more liberal in terms of its ideas about gender, parenting, equality, etc. I already struggle with the Swiss attitudes about women and I'm not a mother - I imagine that for you, as a Swede, it was sometimes hard to cope with the Swiss ideas about motherhood. I know that you have mentioned that in the past on here.

    I wish you all the best in settling in and how nice that you'll be near your family!

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    1. Yes, not easy for women/mothers in Switzerland which drives me nuts! Courage to you!

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  35. OMG! Välkommen hem Stina! vilket projekt, men det kommer vara värt det! ska bli spännande att följa (gäller iofs allt du gör *blink*) kram
    Rima

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  36. my guess what alos Sweden...home sweet home ! Its is lovely that you can be close to your parents.. I live in the South of Europe and my parents can only visit every two months.. and when you have children grandparents are priceless. So lucky you! What will M do? or will you stay in Sweden by yourself? Enjoy your time and I’m sure the whole family will settle in just beautifully...

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  37. Welcome back to Sweden! And how wonderful to have a big house to move in to and decorate. Hope you will show us a few pictures, or maybe you now can show us a bit from your apartment, since you moved now? I can totally understand that you do not want to show everything from your private life and home, but it would be interesting to see your and M´s decorating style. Hopefully M got a job in Stockholm and maybe in a while you can go back to your job as well and continue to develop through that part of life too, which I understand you miss. Take care! Laila

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    1. Yes I will show small parts of it of course!

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  38. A house is nice but sooo much work all year around to keep it in good condition. Also how scary is it not to be alone in a big house and think you heard something...I prefer a nice spacious apartment in the city anytime!!!

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  39. Happy swedish grandparents and sad french grandparents.......

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    1. I'm decorating and creating a veeerry nice and hotelish guest room, large and with a very comfortable bed, so I think they will love to come and visit, just like everyone else around the globe!

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  40. Welcome back to Stockholm, Stina! I think you made a good choice in coming back.
    Big hug and good luck with all the unpacking and decorating!

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  41. Välkommen hem Stina! Jag gissar att ni landat i Täby eller Sollentuna :-) SKa bli jätteroligt att se hur du renoverar.

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  42. Congratulations!So exiting to see you going your way and developing!
    Hugs,
    Lena

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  43. EVERYONE: Thank you all of my wonderful readers and followers! I'm so happy over the kind and thoughtful words and of course I will show you around a little when we are more settled!

    Doing this with two small children is NOT to be recommended! NOT NOT NOT! But soon it's over and I will truly love and enjoy this wonderful family house and try to like the fact that we're being back in Sweden!

    All warm and kind thought back to you all!
    Stina

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  44. Congratulations!! Can't wait to see how you decorate the house and hear all about how it is to be living in Sweden with two kids, all it's pros and cons!! (As I still can't decide what to do, move back or stay!). Can also imagine what a relief it must be with lots of space, having two kids....ahhh maybe I should move back too lol! Well I'll wait a little bit more and see how you feel about it and maybe then I'll be able to make a decision :-)! Congrats again and I hope and am pretty sure you'll create some wonderful memories in that house!

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  45. Välkommen tillbaka, Stina :) Det är så underbart att se hur bra det går för dig....från att en gång ha läst om hur du gett upp hoppet om att få barn till att nu se dig flytta in i ett stort hus med dina småttingar och din man - det är så underbart att se! Du är beviset på att goda människor belönas i slutändan även om det ibland känns hopplöst. Ska bli kul att se hur du anpassar dina klädval efter din nya livsstil som småbarnsmamma "i förorten"....särskilt då jag själv känner att jag inte kommer ur mina Nike's eller curlingkängor och stilettklackarna väntar prydligt i min walk-in-closet som var tänkt att användas som till annat än till 5-sekunders stressiga morgonval...! Så inspirera mig gärna :) Kram!

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  46. Grattis till ert nya hem !

    Ann-Cathrine

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  47. What a splendid thing for a family with two energetic little boys to have a roomy house and yard. So happy for ya'll and sending lots of good wishes. Moving is a lot of work, but when it's done----y'all will enjoy your lovely new home.

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  48. Så fantastiskt att du landat i Sverige igen!

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  49. you are alone? M is working in switzerland?strong woman!

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  50. Congratulations on your new home, I wish you all the best settling in and decorating it with love and consideration. Best Lina

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  51. Välkommen tillbaka till Svea rike Stina!

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  52. Stina, how do you go back and read your older posts? Is there anywhere by year/month? How long how you been blogging? Love the photos and the way you write... so capturing . Thanks for a beautiful blog .

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