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So glad that you found me! My blog is about everything I love like gardening, decorating my home & garden and crafting. Although I'm from Germany I write my blog in English so that hopefully every visitor can read it. Hope you'll stay a while and will leave me a comment so that I know that you were here! xoxo Carola

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My visit at Mor Agusta's garage in Sweden ~ Gúa's wonderful sanctuary

Welcome back to Boxwood Cottage dear readers and blog friends! 
Well I wanted to show you some beautiful and inspiring photos from my garden today, as promised in my last post, but sadly the weather is not cooperating with me. Since yesterday it's grey and rainy outside so I didn't get around to take pretty pictures of my cleaned & pruned Spring garden yet, but since it occured to me earlier today, that I never showed you pictures from our vacation in the South of Sweden last August I'll share these with you today instead and I promise you that' you'll not regret your visit because I'll show you my favorite place of all I've seen in Sweden and I know that many of you know it already from the beautiful blog Hvitur Lakkris (translated White Licorice), it is Gúa's Mor Agusta's garage and the next photo is the first thing you'll see of it when you arrive at Gúa's shop in Harlösa:

Öppet means open and so we stepped into Gúa's wonderful sanctuary named "Mor Agusta's Garage" because before Gúa and her husband transformed it into a beautiful shop it was a garage and Agusta is the name of Gúa's dear mom who sadly passed away early last year before the opening of the shop. She told me that she can feel her momma's spirit living in the shop and that she can even talk to her, isn't that beautiful?

 Gùa is a natural talented interior designer and she arranged her shop of vintage treasures and finds like a home with a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom and that is exactly how I felt in there right at home!

The table was laid as if she would just await her guests. Well kind of she did, because she knew I would come for a visit that day with my mum, daughter and sister because we emailed before so that I was sure that Gúa was home and the shop was open.

 Isn't it gorgeous how she filled the glasses behind the bathroom door with old lace?

I was so excited to be there in person that my camera was sometimes shaking a bit and not every photo came out crystal clear, but I had to share this idea in the picture above with you on how to hang a chandelier on a door if the ceiling is to high.

See everything get's really used in Gúa's shop like this kitchen sink and that is why you feel so homey there. Below is a picture of a lovely old wash stand in the bathroom.

To proof that I was really there and had not just dreamed it I took this photo of me in the bathroom mirror:

I had an instant crush on this huge pair of scissors:

 My sister cheking out something in the beautiful living room area:

I asked if it was okay to go outside and look at her gardenhouse which is right beside the shop and at her lovely garden and sweet Gúa said of course it is, so come along with me because if this is possible at all it get's even better outside:

Isn't this a wonderful paradise?

 I totally love Gúa's gorgeous garden house outside as well as inside:

There is a very cosy vintage living room like corner at the right side when you come in and a great outdoor kitchen corner at the left side and a daybed right in the middle:

Real grape wine is growing inside of it and you can litereally pick the grapes and eat them right from the gardenroom ceiling. The old transom windows and views are all spectacular. Notice how gorgeous the clear glass bottles in the window do look in the sunlight:

This is the view from inside out in Gúa's fantanstic white garden and we where so lucky that late August day that we had the most beautiful warm weather and sunshine:

Inviting isn't it? I could have stayed forever just sitting there and soaking in the serene and calm atmosphere and all the beautiful inspiration around me. It was also laundry day and of course Gúa had only the most beautiful white laundry hanging from the old fashioned white wooden drying racks:

My sister took this picture of  dear Gúa and me before it was time to leave. See how happy I look with lovely Gùa at my right side and my beautiful pair of huge wooden scissors in hand to take home with me?

I'll sure never forget this wonderful visit with Gúa. She is such a sweetheart inside and out and I was so utterly excited the whole time I was there and just wish that one day I can visit her and her sanctuary again. Gúa has plans to transform her shop into a holiday home if one still far away day she'll close her shop and I told her that I would love to be the first to rent it! She even gifted me with a large beautiful embellished papermaché egg which I'll always treasure.

Above is a last photo of the side garden of the shop with hollyhocks in bloom.
Just this last weekend Gúa celebrated her 1st year as a shop owner with a loppis which is the swedish word for flea market or brocante. My how I wish I could have been there *sigh*

If you should come to read this dear Gúa I'd like to thank you again for beeing so warmhearted and for all the love and inspiration you give and share and I wish you all the best and good luck for the years to come!

Well my dear readers what do you say, was this post worth your visit here today?
I hope that you are all enjoying a beautiful Spring or Autumn at the moment and I'll be back in May with a garden post. I'll be off  work (vacation) almost the whole month of May and I'm looking forward to spend most of my free time in the garden if the weather will allow it.

Happy Spring day's wishes you
Carola xoxo~


Cape Cod Washashore said...

What a BEAUTIFUL shop! I would never have wanted to leave! The way your friend has decorated it certainly does look like a cozy home. The way she hung the chandelier is amazing. I LOVE the lace panels in the door windows! And a lovely garden, too - it's a dream! We are having some much needed rain here today -- last week it was near 90F and it made things start to grow out of season, and without needed rainwater! Soon I hope to buy flowers to hang in pots in our front yard, and then start the vegetable garden!

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

Oh, this is just lovely! I need to get back to Europe--my husband is on his way to Holland tomorrow and I am here...teaching school. Next summer, perhaps.

Tatiana Doria said...

That shop is just beautiful! Full of wonderful vintage pieces.
Lovely blog!


Wendy said...

Dear Carola, yes yes yes this was sooo much worth my visit to your blog today. Oh my, what a beautiful shop. I love the pictures you took and what you tell us about this all. Thank you! Hugs and happy day, Wendy

ps: I wish you a wonderful garden filled month of May

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what an enchanting place! truly...everything is a delight to the eyes! and Gua is so sweet! Lucky YOU Carola!

Lululiz said...

I love love love this place! I could move right in and never leave again, lol. You sure did it justice by taking such gorgeous photographs.Very inspirational.

Diane said...

What a wonderful shop. I can tell that you just loved it. Wish I could have gone with you (long way from Wyoming!) Diane

Raspberry Hill Crafts said...

That is one beautiful shop inside and out...So jealous. Sweden is another country in my list of countries to go.

Katherines Corner said...

Beautiful. What a wonderful way to spend the day and make happy memories. Hugs!

oldgreymare said...

oh! oh! OH OH OH!!!!!!! OH My! I would have been speechless.....an impossible thing ya know :D

FrenchGardenHouse said...

ohh, Carola, what a gorgeous gorgeous place...so lucky for you and your sister to have such a wonderful trip. LOVE everything about it, and I can see why it's right up your alley too. To die for kitchen area. And such a lovely garden, {can't wait to see yours, always so pretty!}

Thank you for this lovely little feast....xoxo Lidy

June said...

Oh Carola, this was just the best post!!! It was wonderful to see Gua's shop and garden house. Every bit of it is lovely. My favorite phots was the one of you and Gua together. Two beautiful women : )
sending hugs...

MONICA said...

Realmente maravilloso!!!!

Rachel said...

Crikey that shop looks stunning, not sure I've ever seen one like that. I'd love to visit one day, I'll add it on to my list.

Oh and the garden room kitchen with the grapes growing around it, that is a bit special!

Bluebells and Lavender said...

What a beautiful post Carola, such lovely photographs and what a beautiful shop, so cottage like and just like a home...I can imagine how lovely it was for you to visit! Sharonx

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Carola!
Oh, what a great time I had visiting here with you, I feel as if I went to the shoppe, too! What a gorgeous place, I know I could be there for hours, and never get tired of looking. Gorgeous post, thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Big hugs to you!

victoriantailor said...

Amazing!! I could easily live there, I love the way it looks like a home instead of a shop!

Luna und Luzie said...

Liebe Carola,

du hattest mir ja schon viel davon erzählt. Die Fotos aus dem schönen Shop sind wirklich eindrucksvoll!!!

Ja, dann hoffen wir mal, dass der Mai schöner wird und man endlich wieder richtig draussen sein kann.

Hier stürmt es im Moment ziemlich und der Wind weht alle Kirschblüten ab.

♥liche Grüße

Luna und Luzie said...

Liebe Carola,

du hattest mir ja schon viel davon erzählt. Die Fotos aus dem schönen Shop sind wirklich eindrucksvoll!!!

Ja, dann hoffen wir mal, dass der Mai schöner wird und man endlich wieder richtig draussen sein kann.

Hier stürmt es im Moment ziemlich und der Wind weht alle Kirschblüten ab.

♥liche Grüße

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Wonderful photos :) I've followed Gúa's blog for quite some time and it's a such a beautiful place - and the blog posts... Yum! Talk about eye candy ;)
Greetings from Australia♥

SwedishCorner-DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Oh, yes... I'm your newest follower on Google Connect, Linky followers and Pinterest. Hope you follow back ;)

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Hi Sweet Carola
What a wonderful shop - I totally understand why you had to visit. I´ll have this place in mind next time I visit sweden. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Everything looks so beautiful and inspiring.

Good luck with the flea this weekend. Hope for some dry weather for you. It isn´t looking too good up here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

ps: you looks wonderful in the photos

Nook and Cranny said...

Wonderful visit indeed.
I loved each and every picture, so much inspiration to look at.
Specially love the door with the chandelier, so so clever.
Thanks for sharing.

Kelly_Deal said...

What a beautiful and magaical place! Thank you for all of the visual eye candy!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

What a magical place to visit and the perfect place for you and your sister to spend the day. The picture of you and Gua is wonderful.
Have a lovely weekend.

A Cottage Muse said...

Everytime I visit her blog I am in awe at all the beauty she creates and shares! Your photos are wonderful and I thank you for sharing them with us!

Debbie Booth said...

What a wonderful tour. I love all the beautiful pictures...my mouth dropped open at some of them. Hahaha.
Loved your post.

Carole said...

Oh Carola I am so late in coming for a visit but I am sure glad I did. I looked off my phone earlier today and couldn't wait until I could get to my computer for a better look. I could write you a book on how much I enjoyed this tour. I think if I lived closer I would be a permanent fixture. Just love everything about from the vines growing to that spectacular chandelier. Ok I have to look some more.
Looking forward to seeing your garden too. We have frost warning for the whole weekend. I knew that early warm spell would bit us in the butt!


Les Cotrions said...

What a gorgeous post Carola!!! And what an enchanting place! I'd like to live there!!!! The gardenhouse is a dream!
Thanks for sharing and waiting for your faboulous garden photos!
Happy Spring to you!

P.S. Thanks for your visit on my blog!!!!

toves sammensurium said...

It´s paradise itself and I am soooo jealous of your visit there!!I think I have to go there this summer...if not...I´ll die...at least almost!!Thanks for a look into paradise at least,- it´s a small comfort :)))

starsfault said...

Carola ~ Your photos are always so beautiful and inspiring and I love how your style and art has developed over the last years I have followed you.

Many Blessings ~ Eileen @ Starsfault

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Carola!

Want to stop by and say "hi!" but this post took my breath away! I must go back and look again and again. Sometimes (sigh) I do believe I was born in the wrong time and maybe even country! My mom's side is from Sweden and so maybe that is it? I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you showed....I would LOVE to visit you someday and maybe go to Sweden? How far to Gua's place?

Someday you just may find me knocking on your door...and whisk you away to Gua's place - after I really look over your place and take it all in too.

Must run and I will be back for another look

Thank you for sharing

sweetvintageofmine said...

Beautiful Post....Lovely to see and read! This is my first time visiting your BLOG and I LOVED it!! Gua's place is one of a kind..so memorable and cozy...would love to be there....From one sweetie to another..Roxie

Kathy said...

Wow each and every photo is a delight to see, I love the simple details. You have given me sugar plums to dance around in my thoughts today while I work. Thanks for sharing such a special spot.

Adie Andrews said...

This looks like my dreamed place. I can only imagine what a pleasure is spend a week in such a quite and well arranged place.
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Rosetta said...

Mi piacciono le case piene di oggetti!Carino il tuo blog!Divento follower!Rosetta

Rosetta said...

Mi piace il tuo blog,divento follower!Rosetta

Rosetta said...

Mi piace questo blog,divento follower!Rosetta

Elvira said...

Hallo Carola,
was für einen schönen Blog Du hast! Ich werde Dich weiter verfolgen MÜSSEN... :)

-Mia- said...

Oh, soooo beautiful!!! :-)

Naturegirl said...

Carola! I sure picked the right day to stop by and visit with you!What a wonderful day spent touring this treasure trove of a place! Oh my where do you focus..everything is lucious to see..I certainly would have given several items a home had I been there with you! Look at you how nice to see a photos of you! love and light Anna

Recycled Rita said...

I have followed your blog for years and joined some of the same swaps, I don't think I have ever seen a picture of you before!
You are just as pretty as you are talented!
Love your post and am always inspired with your photos!
Hugs! karen....

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

OMG, wie gorgeous und so gemütlich! Da hätte ich mich glatt am Sofa fest getackert und wäre nie mehr gegangen, hihihi. Alleine wegen der schönen Fenster würde ich da einziehen wollen. Die tolle Schere hätte es mir auch angetan. Damit war dann wohl das Auto voll, oder? Wo hast Du sie denn dekoriert?
Ganz viele liebe Grüße und hugs und noch einen schönen Sonntag

ShabbyTräume said...

Liebe Carola,

hab gerade deinen Blog entdeckt und da mir deine Fotos sehr gefallen und wir zudem noch in derselben Stadt wohnen, verfolge ich dich jetzt mal ;-)

liebe Grüße Tara

einfallsReich said...

soooo beautyful and inspiring!!!
all the best
your 901. new follower ;-)

The Porcelain Rose said...

Beautiful shop! Just gorgeous! Lovely photos! I had to take a second look.
Thank you for sharing.
Will visit again soon.
The Porcelain Rose

Fiona Larsen said...

Beautiful photographs Carola! You are very talented. I just discovered your blog and it is really lovely.

Unn said...

This is sooo beautiful and fantastic...I live just some miles away and have to go there some day this summer... Earlier I have read about her and her blog in magazines, but I haven't seen pictures like this.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Carola, now this is one awesome place. I always enjoy you stopping by. Have a great Sunday, Theresa-Garden Antqs Vintage & Discarded Forlorn

einfallsReich said...

liebe carola, wollte mal schauen ob es einen neuen post bei dir gibt ...
ich hoffe, es geht dir gut und freue mich mal wieder von dir zu lesen ;-)
nachbarschaftlich herzliche grüße & wünsche an dich

Marlynne said...

Simply Simply Beautiful! My favorite thing is the lace curtains in back of the bathroom windows.

Laloofah said...

How I'd LOVE to visit this place ~ and almost feel as though I have, thanks to your wonderful photos! I love your blog, love your photography, love your taste - and then when I read that you're vegan I thought, "All this and vegan too?!" and my heart did a happy dance of joy! And then I started following you everywhere. LOL

Seriously, I love your blog so far and can't wait to explore it more! Beautiful and whimsical and wonderful!

Ga Redbug said...

This shop is amazing. I found out abt it on Pinterest. Could someone tell me where the shop is located?

Boxwood Cottage said...

Yes sure also the adress can easily be found at Gua's blog Hvitur Lakkris. The shop/boutique is called "Mor Agustas garage" and is situated in Harlösa which is in the South of Sweden.


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