Parquet flooring: check. Shades of grey painted walls: check. Absolutely gorgeous styling: definitely check. This apartment in the Östermalm district of central Stockholm really was love at first sight. The newly renovated property was marketed by Lagerlings – another new discovery for me. Be warned though – with a combination of beautiful properties and immaculate styling and photography, you can get lost in this estate agency’s website for some time.
It’s been a few months since I’ve had a Fantastic Frank fix here on Copperline – you could fall for pretty much any property on the site, so I’ve tried to curtail my habit of late – but this gorgeous apartment in Stockholm was just begging to be featured. I mean, look at this space. It’s little surprise to see that this loft apartment has already been sold.
Last week was a long week – a good week, with new work and different challenges to think about – but by the time the weekend arrived, I realised how much I needed some space to breathe out. We all feel like this right? Which got me thinking of how this translated into an interior: a space that feels and looks quiet, calm and serene.
I was speaking to a friend on Steller about the colour yellow, and how there are some colours that you just don’t ‘get’. I get grey; I could live with grey all the time and never grow tired. I love burnt orange and am increasingly drawn to rich, inky blues. But yellow? If I’m honest, it’s just not a colour I like.
Or is it? Because recently I’ve found myself admiring all sorts of things in the deeper yellow colour spectrum. A few months ago I visited some friends who had picked up an original Hans Wegner Papa Bear chair in Indian Yellow, which they had intended to reupholster in a less vibrant hue, only when they got it home they realised that it looked pretty great as it was.
So the Rugby World Cup has started. You may be asking, what does that have to do with interiors? Well, it might explain why I’m scanning through Per Jansson’s listings, looking for inspiration, on a Friday night, as the TV has been ‘claimed’.
I don’t know about you but by Friday, when my brain is a bit frazzled, I’m looking for a calm, cool and collected interior for International Fridays. Spare me the bling; just show me something understated and serene. And, time and again, this desire takes me back to Stockholm. Why is this? How do Swedish interiors always seem to get it so right?