Years ago, when I first started blogging in the days before Copperline, I had a property blog called The Property Files. I used to write about property every week for two newspapers, and when work stopped with one (budgets, budgets) and was reduced by over a half with the other (yes, also budgets) I found myself itching to still be sharing properties. So I started a blog about Scottish properties, and every week I’d feature something national, and then on Fridays, something international. I called this slot International Fridays as it always felt like a nice way to end the week, virtually strolling through a lovely house or apartment somewhere.
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’.