I love a good home tour. Or ten. And Heart and Blood or Herz und Blut (nd of course homestorys are home stories) has some nice ones… And you’ve guessed it, they are home stories with heart for sure. I love the Berlin homes on this German blog because they are so very Berlin, you know? That very cool city definitely has a certain apartment style when it comes to artists, designers, musicians, bloggers and other creatives who live and work there. I want to point you over to Herz und Blut so you can see for yourself. Here are some of my very favorite photos from the site.
By the way, you have to see this shop and makers space of fashion designer Lilija Meier. Right here. Click. Go ahead. It’s amazing. It’s called Karakulowa and is located on Graefestraße 65 in Berlin. I am totally going to visit this shop this summer! I am SO inspired by it and all of that tile work.
(Photos: Jules Villbrandt)
Hello decor8 readers. This is Emelie Ekborg and this is the first time I’ve ever written a post on decor8 so excuse me if I’m a bit excited! I originally wrote to Holly to inquire about the possibility of her sharing an apartment that I photographed with her readers and she wrote back and offered me more than I’d ever expected – to actually share it with you myself and get paid for it. Sweet! Sooooo here I am to share a small natural style studio flat from the 30s in Gothenburg, Sweden. Ready to see?
This space belongs to 28-year-old Fanny Henricson (shown photographed below) who gently decorated it in true Scandinavian style in blue and grey hues on a white base with lots of fresh plants and personal details. The flat is only 37 square meters (398.26ft²) and includes one room for living and sleeping, a kitchen with an eating nook, a very small entry and a bathroom – perfect for a single city girl!
When Fanny bought the flat in 2009 she removed a built-in wardrobe to have more space and then gave the entire flat a facelift with a fresh coat of white paint. She also painted the kitchen cupboards and replaced the hardware. There haven’t been any renovations aside from those small changes. With limited resources Fanny created a stylish little flat with a strong personal touch that makes her happy.
A whole wall in the room is covered with windows which lights up the entire flat. Even though the room is decorated in white and cool colours like navy, turquoise and grey, it manages to still feel very warm and cosy because of all the cushions, woven rug and the sheepskin.
The “Ektorp” sofa from IKEA is full of nice cushions from H&M Home, Åhlens, Chhatwal & Jonsson and the classic elephant pattern from Svenskt Tenn. The wall next to it is decorated with some large post cards, a nice contrast to the two large posters above the sofa.
The gingko plant is just magnificent on the coffee table and adds an extra freshness to the space. The grey candle holder is from Serax and the marble tray are a few of my favorite things in this room.
Everywhere in the flat you can find different vignettes like this one next to the TV. A book by Alexa Chung in pretty pink, two candle holders, a marble diamond, an old license plate and a simple bottle with asparagus ferns is a charming little vignette in soft colours. The diamond was a Christmas gift some years ago and the license plate was found at Williamsburg Flea Market in Brooklyn, NY. “In such a small flat it’s not possible to refurnish that often”, says Fanny. “I found the perfect way to make some changes is to work with styling small vignettes! My friends used to say that flat looks totally different every time, just because I changed a few things around.”
The city map of Gothenburg from The Global Institute of Creation is one of Fanny’s dearest belongings. The cabinet “Bestå” from IKEA hangs on the wall, which frees up space on the floor lending to a more airy impression. An old jar serves as a vase for some lovely hydrangeas and the turquoise bottle matches the colours in the map. The colourful skull was bought on a holiday trip to Mexico a few years ago. Now it rests on top of a pyramid of boxes from Hay. “I love to bring things home from travels”, says Fanny. “These things keeps memories and are truly treasures that will come with me to any place I call home.”
The bed is placed in a corner of the room. The wall next to the door is just large enough for the headboard. Instead of a bedside table, Fanny placed a shelf above the bed to hold some books, a light, a candle and other small things that one needs next to bed. An old sugar box works perfect as storage for magazines and candles! Even though Fanny gets really happy and satisfied when she finds some nice and old things at a flea market or second hand shop, it’s not very often the places where she goes for shopping.
“Patience is not my best friends”, she admits. “It’s not always I have the patience to search and dig deep at flea markets. But when I do it’s mostly for small accessories.” Fanny prefers neutral but rustic flower pots and old terracotta pots are her favourites. The fresh green leaves of a little pepperomia works really nicely above the bed to add life and some color to her sleeping nook along with a single monstera leaf. To obtain a more united and sleek look, the backs of the paperbacks are facing the wall so the titles are hidden from view to reduce visual noise and create a sense of serenity.
Even though the house originates from the 30s, there are sadly no original features left. The kitchen is probably from the 60s. When Fanny moved in there was Josef Frank wallpaper in the kitchen and a wallpaper with an oversized pattern in black and white in the entrance.
Fannyspray painted the cupboards in the kitchen and changed the handle to update the space so it feels fresh and clean.
In the kitchen Fanny placed a metal trolley against a wall. It gives some extra storage for cookbooks, groceries and plates. And of course the spare surface is perfect for some flowers. The wall above keeps memories and business cards. A dried hydrangea is still sharing its beauty in a purple glass bottle along with a candle holder in brass.
The chairs around the kitchen table are all different, a nice vintage mix. One of them is a little special, Fanny thinks it might be a Gemla. In the window there’s lots of different plants and a large iron “F” for Fanny.
The corner next to the window is the coffee corner and around the window hangs a black string light which gives a soft glow in the evenings. On the wall above the espresso machine there are some restaurant menus posted from local restaurants and the espresso capsules are kept in a beautiful black Mariskooli bowl from Iittala.
Delicious cooking ingredients and refreshments such as limes, garlic and pink lemonade are kept next to the stove. Fanny is a real urban gardener and she loves to grow plants, even though she has no balcony or terrace. On the kitchen table Fanny has created another vignette. Different hard materials like marble, glass and terracotta work very well together with wild Queen Anne’s lace and a geranium.
The sunlight is streaming in through the kitchen window, which makes it a nice place for Fanny’s plants.
In the narrow entrance you can find magazines hanging on the wall. Wire hangers turn them into functional storage and wall art at the same time so they’re not littering the room.
In front of the entrance door, Fanny used a net of rebar and clips to create a mood board. Quirky animal head hangers is ideal storage for her keys.
“Things that tells a story or that are very personal can almost give me butterflies in my stomach”, says Fanny. “Decorative accessories don’t need to be trendy. If I find something I love – I love it whether it appeared in an interior magazine or not. Of course I also fall for trends but it’s the uniqueness that I really love.”
So! There you have it, small city living in a warm, natural style. What do you think, do you like this space and if so, what do you like about it?
This apartment is for sale in Gothenburg, Sweden and is definitely decorated and styled in a way that makes my heart smile. I simply love it, especially the artwork above the sofa and all of the little elements that give the space such a feeling of comfort and home. Isn’t this such a welcoming little city oasis?
We will take a road trip to Sweden in April with our 1-year-old boy, we’re driving up to Denmark and then over to Malmo and then, up the west coast of Sweden, and I’m really looking forward to the time away to clear my mind and take a lot of photos. I long to breathe in the ocean air and experience Swedish life and culture once again. I can’t wait to travel with my precious little son.
Until we pack up the car and put the email out-of-office reply on, I can simply look at this space and feel like I’ve already arrived. Ahhh.
Hey guys! Are you ready for a gorgeous home tour that I photographed for decor8 this month? Hello, it’s Holly Marder back again to take you through another lovely interior. For February, to chase away those winter blahs, it’s all about this bright, peppy and fun family home, packed with sweet accessories and pops of cheerful color. Are you ready? Let’s go, and remember, you can click on any image to enlarge!
Pastel hues and quirky pops of neon layered upon a crisp white base have transformed a 1935 Arnhem, The Netherlands, row house into a home with heart belonging to Antoinette te Pas, her partner Henk Jansen and their two sons, Teun and Roef. With a penchant for Scandinavian style, a charming blend of old and new and a feminine color palette, Antoinette has created a happy haven that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
In search of a new home with a garden and space for a growing family, Antoinette and Henk became the owners of their 125 square meter abode in 2001. Though much needed to be done, it was love at first sight. Over the years, the couple renovated the kitchen and bathroom, removed a wall that once separated the kitchen and living room and replaced the downstairs floor. “To start with we painted everything white, and each time we saved some money we had something refurbished,” Antoinette says.
Starting with an all-white base for the floors, walls and furniture, the couple slowly infused their home with bright pops of color and large doses of personality. “I love adding pretty colors to the white backdrop,” Antoinette says. “Although a light base is very risky with a dog and two kids, it makes things so crisp and bright.” The peppy, cheerful atmosphere of Antoinette’s home is largely owing to the accessories and art thoughtfully placed throughout, many of which are by Antoinette’s favorite brands such as HAY, Donna Wilson, Foekje Fleur and Ferm Living. “I shift things around at home often, and really enjoy shopping for and finding beautiful accessories,” Antoinette continues, “Creating a setting where my family and I feel comfortable is what I love. Sitting on the sofa surrounded by beautiful accessories in a neat and tidy home makes me really happy.”
The sofa, purchased locally 6 years ago, remains a favorite spot for the family of four, who can often be found unwinding together, “I love relaxing on our sofa reading a magazine and drinking a cup of tea during a rare moment alone,” says Antoinette.
The couple’s most prized possession – and undoubtedly the most eye-catching item in the room – is an original Herman Brood painting above the sofa. “I bought this years ago at Herman’s atelier. It was a really fun experience to have a look ‘behind the scenes’. Now that Herman is no longer alive, the painting must be worth a lot more than what we paid for it, but I will never sell it for any price.”
Allowing the striking blue hues of the painting to lead the way, Antoinette acquired a blue replica Eames chair with contrasting pink accessories dotted throughout. A pink Studio Snowpuppe origami lamp and poster by Zilverblauw are a couple of Antoinette’s favorites. “I have been following the blog Zilverblauw for quite a while now. I have a few more posters by her hanging around the house.” Among other cherished pieces is the vintage IKEA ‘Järpen’ wire chair that was rescued from the attic of Antoinette’s mother which was left unused there for over thirty years. Another IKEA piece is the ‘PS collection’ dresser, originally natural wood and white, which Antoinette painted all white and updated three of the handles for a fun and colorful look. She’s added additional whimsy and intrigue to the space with a Kartell gnome stool, too.
The dining room connects the living room through an ensuite walkway with built-in shelving and employs the same white base punctuated by colorful lighting, accessories and fresh flowers taking center stage.
The couple gave their scrap-wood dining table a fresh new look last year by painting it mint green, offsetting their ‘Brakig’ chairs from IKEA creating cohesion with the neighboring living room and kitchen color schemes.
The antique corner cabinet was painted white and was a gift from Antoinette’s aunt. The yellow HK Living pendant light above the dining table is a cheerful addition to the space. So many details abound in this home!
There are vignettes in every corner and the dining room is no different as Antoinette created a small exhibition of plates on the dining room wall, which includes pieces by Donna Wilson, House of Rym, HAY and a metal letter by Stoer Metaal, adding a sculptural element to the vignette. Antoinette uses the shelf below to display accessories and favorite items along with fresh flowers.
The kitchen is filled with color, happiness and is accented by a black and white tiled floor, chalkboard wall and a large yellow cabinet with double glass doors providing storage for the small and very sweet galley kitchen.
The couple’s sons, Roef and Teun, share a large bedroom on the first floor of the house. “They used to each have their own room but Roef always slept with us. One night he slept in Teun’s room on a mattress on the floor, which he really liked, and since then they have shared a room,”Antoinette says. Roef’s former room has become a dressing room.
The bedroom features vibrant Ferm Living wallpaper and a teepee (tent) – adorned with a string of Cotton Light Balls – made by their children’s grandmother. The horse and pouf are by Colorique. Next to the bed is a Fur Neil poster by Martin Krusche.
The boys’ bunk bed is centered in the room, creating various cozy areas within the single large space. To the right of the bed, an oversized vintage map of Holland is suspended above two vintage school desks and chairs, giving the children space to do their homework and create. The map was an online find, the desks came from the kid’s school and the chairs were purchased at Stoer Metaal. Behind the desks, along the back wall, a reading nook has been created out of mattresses placed on the floor – the covers made by their grandmother out of blankets – giving the boys a cozy and comfortable spot to unwind, relax and read.
The master bedroom blends Nordic simplicity with touches of romance and whimsy. The white foundation is offset with grey ‘Brakig’ wallpaper by IKEA, while a single shelf displays a collection of vintage favorites. Playful posters by Sammy Rose and Seventy Tree hang above the bed and a mint green Studio Snowpuppe lamp mirrors the geometric lines seen in the wallpaper. The Tomado-look-a-like book rack was purchased at Bol. The bed and nightstands are IKEA.
Antoinette finds inspiration in magazines, blogs and from her favorite interiors shops, thrift shops and flea markets. “It’s not so much that I want to create a specific style, I just put some accessories together that look pretty. But there are definitely Scandinavian influences here and there.”
The couple has plans to continue fine-tuning their home’s interior, starting with the painting of a few doors and minor adjustments made to the family bathroom. Long term however, they’ve set their eyes set on a larger scale project promising more space and quality of life for them in their family home. “Our biggest wish is to redecorate the attic because it’s old and neglected with a lot of potential and space. A perfect spot for the kids to play and chill. As soon as our budgets allows it, this project will happen!”…. And we can only imagine how gorgeous it will be, right decor8 readers?
What do you think about this home?