This post is for my sister Kate who, earlier this year, showed me a magazine photograph of this beautiful verandah floor:
It´s in the Karen Blixen Museet at Rungstedlund, on the coast about half an hour north of Copenhagen. This is the house where the writer of such works as 'Out of Africa' and ´Babette´s Feast' lived before and after her seventeen years in Africa:
The grey and white checked floors are gorgeous and, besides the verandah, which I could only photograph through a window, are limited to the two entry halls:
The rest of the house is just as stunning, with French and Scandinavian pieces which travelled with Karen to and from Africa:
Karen always had fresh flowers in the house, a tradition which is still carried on today:
This room, overlooking the yachts in the little harbour, is where Karen wrote in the summertime. The checks of the rug combine with the reflection of the checked floor in the hallway:
Not only was the house amazing, so is the story of this woman, who endured much personal tragedy and wrote so beautifully.