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A couple of weeks ago now I shared the start of my family living room refresh. Since then I’ve been busily DIYing myself silly to get everything finished so we can sit back and enjoy the benefits of all our hard work in time for the winter months ahead.
This much-loved and multi-functional space is the heart of our home so it seemed only right to give it a much-needed Nordic style makeover after baring the full impact of lockdown life.
After painting the walls with Nordfärg’s ‘Kalksten’, I now had the perfect backdrop to build our existing furnishings and new accessories around. When styling an open plan space it can be tricky, and expensive, to achieve a cohesive look, so the reveal you see today hasn’t been a quick fix; but years of saving, Christmases and birthdays to slowly acquire the forever pieces that now take pride of place.
Firstly, there is the living area, which when the house was originally built in the 1930s was classed as a ‘morning room’ due to its location overlooking the back garden. Thankfully when we moved in eight years ago it still had its original parquet floor, picture rails, fireplace, and large bay windows. Yet when the previous owners opened it up into the adjoining dining room and kitchen beyond, they had not left us with much more than a long white box.
So while it was back in 2019 we updated the IKEA kitchen we had inherited, it has been over this last year that we have finally made the space feel like ours.
Mixing in old favourites, such as the Eames RAR rocking chair for Vitra we got as a wedding present, the classic CH24 Wishbone chairs from Carl Hansen & Son, and our double String shelving system, we now concentrated our efforts on three key areas: lighting, storage, and textiles. These new pieces from one of my favourite Danish design brands, Broste Copenhagen have enabled us to refresh the overall look, while knowing they will work hard every day as well as stand the test time.
Now a large Lolly ceiling lamp has added a striking point of interest above our Hay Copenhague CPH Deux 220 dining table. We also fitted the same pendant in the living area but with a shorter flex, with the ribbed opal glass shade picking up perfectly the parallel lines in our Row rugs from Northern, and the details in my growing collection of timeless ceramics from Kähler and Lyngby Porcelæn.
It was also the pop of cobalt featured in my Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Mega pieces that inspired the cosy blue accents we chose for the textiles; mixing the bold Sena cushion covers with the softer Mona design and blanket from the autumn-winter collection to add warmth and texture to the overall neutral look.
The final addition from Broste Copenhagen was the clever and compact Ninna tall storage table, which has already proven to be both the perfect spot for a coffee break and an inspiring alternative to a traditional toy box. Even though it is filled to the brim with Playmobil and Lego you would never know to look at it.
I hope you like the results; I’m really pleased with it and can’t wait to hunker down on a chilly night and share lots of hygge moments with those I love most.
All photography by Nicola Capper.
Broste Copenhagen kindly gifted the products featured in this post, to find out more about them, visit the Broste Copenhagen website.
Like this post? Then read more about the Autumn-Winter 2021 collection from Broste Copenhagen.