RENOVATED GOTLAND SUMMER HOME

Before we get to the renovated Gotland summer home, a bit about my admiration for Sweden.

As a teenager I was able to spend a summer traveling the Southern part of Sweden with one of my best friends. Diana is the niece of my first au pair and lived with us for my freshman year of high school. Once the school year was over we travelled to her hometown of Falkenberg, Sweden, continuing on to Goteberg, Baståd, and Halmstad. Diana and I traveled around the South West of the country visiting family and friends. Long walks through the woods, mornings jumping in the water, exploring city life. We shopped, ate delicious food, dyed my hair brown (a story for another time), and spent nights talking into the early morning. It was a trip that opened my eyes to the vastness of the world. As a result,Scandinavia will always hold a very special place it my heart.

We were never able to make it to the East Island of Gotland or as far North as Stokholm, but what I was able to explore proved to be unforgettable. I’ve always dreamed of going back to summer by the sea, enjoying public transportation, bonfires in the woods, and exploring the history and architecture. This plan works well having an architect as a husband, so I often find myself looking through homes scattered around the country, planning our future trip.

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 SOUTHERN GOTLAND, SWEDEN

A beautifully renovated 1770’s country home on the Island of Gotland is the perfect display of Scandinavian minimalism. Retaining the rich history, while opening the home up with natural exposed elements and modern touches.  The result is a dreamy space filled with a mixture of old and new. A simple fireplace, a couch dusted with linens, windows for natural lighting, rustic and modern combine to create this stunning home. Steps from the shore, a summer would be very well spent in this Scandinavian abode. I can picture the kids running around while mom and dad sip their morning coffee. Walks to town, evenings spent chasing the late evening sun. Enjoy these incredible photos of the property.

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

HOBURGSGUBBEN ROAD 21 GOTLAND ON EMILY ALDER

Now I just have to convince the owners to let us move in. Wish me luck.

Photographs by Emma Jonsson Dysell for Fasntastic Frank

WEST ELM + WHOLE FOODS COLLABORATION WITH WHOLE PLANET FOUNDATION

I was given the opportunity to collaborate with West Elm and Whole Foods Market to raise donations and awareness with the Whole Planet Foundation. West Elm and Whole Foods are donating $1 to Whole Planet for each time someone shares their #westelmxwfm tag on Instagram. This campaign, using the New Denim Project and Party Hosting ideas, provided a few recipes perfect for a Fall get together. From sparkling cider to an Onion, Bacon, and Butternut Squash Tart, it was hard to decide what I wanted to make.

WEST ELM + WHOLE FOODS COLLABORATION BY EMILY ALDER

I opted for the Clementine Crush Sparkling cocktail paired with Ham and Roasted Pear Crostini. Making a few adjustments with the recipes to suit our tastes, the cocktail and appetizer worked well together. I don’t use pears in my recipes often, so I enjoyed seeing the difference in flavor with the addition of citrus and then roasting them.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.

West Elm, Whole Foods Market, The Whole Planet Foundation, The New Denim Project, and EMILY ALDER collaboration with Fall Party Hosting ideas and raising money to alleviate poverty worldwide.

 

CLEMENTINE CRUSH SPARKLING COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS

2 ⅔ cup clementine juice, plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped clementine zest, plus 1 clementine for garnish (from 12-14 fruits total)
¼ cup cane sugar
1 cup organic 100% cranberry juice
¾ cup fresh cranberries
8 (1-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
1 (750-ml) bottle sparkling wine, such as Pascual Toso Sparkling Brut, well chilled
1 (12-ounce) can tonic water or ginger ale (I used Ginger Beer)

PREPARATION

In a wide, shallow dish, mix zest and sugar together with your fingers. Wet the rim of 8 cocktail glasses with a wet paper towel, and then dredge in clementine sugar to coat. In a large pitcher, use a wooden spoon to muddle cranberry juice, cranberries and rosemary sprigs thoroughly. Fill pitcher with ice cubes. Top off with clementine juice, wine and tonic water or ginger ale. Stir vigorously; pour into glasses; garnish with clementine twists and serve.

I displayed these in his and hers glassware, vintage coupe champagne glass (similar) + a simple glass tumbler

HAM AND ROASTED PEAR CROSTINI

INGREDIENTS

½ baguette (or 1 demi-baguette), cut into 24 slices
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 ripe but firm pears, halved, cored and cut into 24 wedges
1 cup loosely packed fresh parsley
¾ pound Proscuitto, cut into bite-sized pieces and warmed
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Brush baguette slices all over with oil and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake, flipping halfway through, until just crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, maple syrup, salt and pepper to make a dressing. Toss pears in half the dressing and arrange in a single layer on a large, parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast, flipping pears halfway through, until tender and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Toss parsley with remaining dressing. Top each crostini with a piece of ham and then a wedge of pear and few leaves of parsley.

Served on a marble pastry slab with linen napkins.

WEST ELM + WHOLE FOODS COLLABORATION BY EMILY ALDER

WEST ELM + WHOLE FOODS COLLABORATION BY EMILY ALDER

For more information and recipe ideas you can follow this link to West Elm + Whole Foods Party Hosting Made Easy. If you decide to share your own recipe or use one of the images make sure to use the #westelmxwfm + #emilyalder hashtags.

WEEKEND EDITION

I want to start by thanking all of you for your entries in our Pieces&Chloe x EMILY ALDER Giveaway. It was so much fun to connect with all of you and spread the word about Pieces&Chloe. Congratulations to the wonderful Dena for winning. I can’t wait to see your custom piece!

This weekend was packed and a bit hectic with Matt getting hit with a nasty cold. We made the most of it though. Did you see Friday’s goods? I will share more on those soon!

Saturday was filled with baseball. Tom’s team, Tuvalu (shout out to our sponsor!), advanced into the finals after a great game. Matt stayed back with the twins while they napped which gave me the opportunity to work in the snack bar and then sit in the stands and watch without running after the twins. They arrived just in time to see us finish with a win. We ended up being there for almost 5 hours, needless to say we wore the kids out. After the game Tom and I spent some time skateboarding together before coming in and making chicken tortilla soup. If you aren’t following on snapchat yet add us to follow behind the scenes (username: emilyrolfing).

Sunday Tom got to go to Big Air with a friend while Matt and I spent time cleaning out the garage. I was able to fill the entire of Matt’s trunk with donations. BEST. FEELING. EVER.

After Tom returned we headed to West Street for some beach time before Sunday evening with grandparents. Once the kids were asleep Matt and I settled in for Game of Thrones. For those who watch, I was sobbing by the end. George RR and the Davids can be so cruel. I won’t say more because, spoilers.

Again, thank you Di for partnering with us and all of you for your entires! I can’t wait to bring in another giveaway.

 

xo