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The Brewis' home is set in the small, idyllic village of Marielund. This lakeside locale has only about 70 other houses and was originally a summer vacation spot for shop owners in Uppsala. Most of the homes were built in the beginning of the 20th century, and Cat wanted to make sure that her home's architecture reflected that style. "The goal was to make it fit in with the existing houses in the beginning of the 20th century, but in an original way," she says.
Wallpaper, curtains: Designers Guild
James left much of the decorating up to Cat, so she chose the majority of the fabrics and wall coverings for their home. They already had most of their furniture from previous homes, and Cat incorporated a mix of French, Indonesian, Swedish and British pieces.
Couch: Mio; rug: Ikea; coffee table, bench: teak from Bali
The unique fireplace is an old-fashioned tile stove — kakelugn in Swedish — that Cat and James nabbed from a neighbor's house and had refinished. Brick stones inside the stove are heated by the fire and retain heat long enough to keep the house warm for the day. The house originally had one (they found the ruins in their garden), but it had been removed years before and replaced with more modern heaters.
Wallpaper: Designers Guild
The bright and open dining room has a mix of textures and treatments for a warm effect. The cabinet in the corner is made out of old oak pieces from an 18th-century Swedish battleship. The ship sank just outside of Cat's hometown, and many of these oak pieces — blackened by salt water — were bought by a local carpenter.
The kitchen is Cat's favorite space in the house — the room's access to the dining room, living room and garden means she can cook and keep an eye on the children while they play or do homework.
Bench: Indonesia; wallpaper: Designers Guild
With four young boys, durability and storage were the most important priorities, but Cat also wanted a clean and simple design that would work with the home's architecture.
Countertops, cabinetry, shelving, bar stools: Ikea; range and hood: Miele
When the family moved in, the home was still outfitted with its original, terribly outdated kitchen. After a year of living with broken-down appliances, Cat completely renovated the bottom floor of the house. Five years and two more children later, the family ran out of room and did another renovation to extend the living space.