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?
I’m always on the prowl for new art to fall in love with. We are exposed to so much these days, aren’t we? When I was a child, I saw art in some magazines, in school books and during any exhibitions that rolled into town at the local museum. I remember seeing it in films in art class. Maybe you were lucky enough to live around artists and got to watch them paint in their studios – my mother painted and my aunt was a fine artist, so I was lucky to have artists in my family. Today, we all have a chance to see art from all over the world simply by sitting before a monitor and jumping online. What a lucky bunch we are.
I love these works above, in fact everything that you see (and more) is available on the Buy Some Damn Art website with works by Dana Robinson, Lauren George, Polly Shindler, Kayleigh Fichten, Sofia Arnold, Wendi Turchan and more. So go on, go buy some damn art!
(images: go buy some damn art)
Good morning everyone! I’ve been working diligently on redecor8ing my home and while it’s been fun, it’s always a challenge because I find that most of what I love is either too expensive, not available for months or the shipping and/or installation is a pain or insanely expensive. I guess that’s the problem with good taste and living outside of America where great design is so affordable. In Europe, it’s definitely much more expensive to create a home that you love.
On the brightside, I do find some amazing brands that are exceptional in all areas. For instance, Connox is a local firm with an outstanding website and they are always such a pleasure to work with and they carry stuff that is often hard to source on your own. They not only stock everything that I have on my wish list currently, but they send products quickly and directly to my front door (versus leaving it on the sidewalk which is standard “delivery service” for furniture and larger items where I live. With a baby and living several floors up, it’s tough to deal with furniture orders that are left on the sidewalk!
Since I like Connox so much and have ordered from them several times and am impressed by their products and service, I want to round up of some of my favorite products that they carry on their site so you can see what I mean about their great and varied selection. Funny thing is, all of these things come from either Japan or Denmark. I guess I’m feeling quite Denpanese or Japanmark at the moment.
Okay first up, these tables. Oh my goodness, I cannot take my eyes off these colorful wooden beauties by Karimoku New Standard. I want one so bad now that I’ve spotted them. This Japanese label is such a winner in my eyes. I’ll show you a few other things from Karimoku that I like below.
Also from Karimoku New Standard, these stools…
These wooden platters from Karimoku are definitely wish listed. So on point with trends right now, too. I love the hot colors mixed with the more pastel-y ones too.
The invisible table from Kartell (still have a thing for transparent tables and chairs) because I’d love to stack my design books and a gorgeous plant on top, the HAY strap mirror (mirrors with straps are trending, have you noticed?) for over the dresser in my bedroom, this HAY lounge sofa is still huge on my wish list after a few years already and these HAY trays are still something I covet even though they’re everywhere!
This concrete vase from Menu A/S because I love the idea of concrete and glass and this new trend of vessels that combine glass with metal, concrete or wood.
Stacked bookcases in all colors and configurations from Muuto. I have these in my home and LOVE THEM. I cannot tell you enough how sturdy, gorgeous and totally cool they look but beyond that, they are so easy to move around if you want to try a new configuration.
I want to eat more healthy and these Georg Jensen salad bowls would be a great start.
The Skagerak pots for my kitchen to grow herbs, I have this tea pot and warmer but I’ve not ordered the coffee pot yet but it’s the best tea pot I’ve ever purchased, and I have the Ferm Living brass salad servers on my wish list.
I bought this multi-basket awhile ago from Connox and put it next to my stove and I store all of my oils and my popular cooking spices and cooking wines inside, and it’s great. It is one of of the best ways to organize everything while still looking stylish and it’s easy to clean, too.
The lovely leaf light from Muuto – I have a green one and find it so nice to look at and the perfect size and I love reading beneath it late at night once my little one is asleep.
So what do you think of my wish list? Any of these items also on yours?
This post is brought to you in collaboration with Connox because I’ve shopped them and love their products and site so I approached them to work together. All products shown are my own picks and none of them were given to me in exchange for this post.
Hello everyone! I want to begin the week with a post that simply oozes springtime cheer! We had beautiful weather for the past few days, sunny and nearly 60, so I have a mega dose of spring fever all of a sudden!
We’ve had a very gray few months and though we didn’t get snow this winter, the gray days are super draining. These colorful photos are out takes from Decorate With Flowers (a list of the current 8 language editions with 2 more on the way at the end of this post), which is my latest book authored alongside of lovely Leslie Shewring. If you don’t already have a copy, it’s truly the perfect title for easter, Mother’s day and all of the spring, summer and early autumn gatherings you’ll host when flowers are a must. You can read the 5 star reviews here if you’re on the fence. Jump off and order! :)
In our book, we show so many ideas for flowers and their containers inside and really teach you flower basics in such an easy way that you’ll be styling your own gorgeous arrangements in seconds, really! We also break the book up into 8 styles showing 8-12 homes that we worked in to style up our ideas from Canada to Germany and California. We also included a mood board for each style to show you how we translated what was in our heads for each look. There are even break downs for how-tos from arrangement making to container creation. We wrapped up with our little black book showing you were to find the best of the best floral products and vessels and a summary of our favorite flowers.
US English – Decorate With Flowers
UK English – Decorate With Flowers
Asia – English – Page One
French – Fleurs et déco
Dutch – Bloemen In Huis
Italian – Decorare Con I Fiori
German – Wohnen mit Blumen
Japanese – 花と雑貨で楽しむナチュラルインテリア (I will show you in another post because this edition looks so beautiful!)
Denmark + Mexico – Coming soon!
(Photos: Janis Nicolay)