Our apartment is for sale. At the end of November we (sort of spontaneously) bought a little white house in the suburbs and we’ll be moving in the spring. So now we have to sell our beloved flat. We’re equal parts thrilled (because we think this house is going to be a really great fit for us) and crushed because we LOVE our home and can’t really imagine moving. We moved in when we came back to Stockholm from Atlanta with baby Alec, so we have really built our family here. Sumit has always dreamed of a house with a garden, but he fell in love with our apartment and neighborhood and we are both going to find it really difficult to leave.
We live on the fourth floor in a 107-year old building in the city. It has the smallest elevator known to man, the nicest neighbors, and it’s close to a ton of great restaurants, cafés, parks and shops. We walk everywhere. Our apartment has high ceilings and big old windows and we love it. But until a few days ago, it never really felt 100% “finished”.
Between three babies in three years and everything that comes along with them, decorating hasn’t been a priority. We just really had a hard time deciding on what stuff to get. The decisions felt so final, the right stuff so expensive, we got a little stuck. But when we finally had to get it ready to sell (in Stockholm’s insane housing market), it was the push we needed to just get those last little things we needed to get our flat done.
Here are some pictures, if you’re curious:
Since our bedroom is the apartment’s original dining room, we have a combined living and dining room. When we have people over everyone can kind of spread out from the dining table to the sofa and everywhere in between. Just off the living room is the kids’ playroom where all the minis hang out pretty much all the time.
From all the street side windows we can see a bit of water (especially in the winter when there aren’t many leaves in the way) and the kids love the watch the trains pass by and stop at the commuter station below.
Table: Bruno Mathsson, Chairs: Mies van der Rohe, Side table: Alvar Aalto – all passed on to us by my parents. Vintage cupboard and mirror – bought in India. Rug: from a little shop on our street. Coffee tables: Tom Dixon (borrowed from a friend for staging). Big vase: “Dagg” from Svenskt Tenn. Sofa – Ikea. Blue chair – Muuto. Tapestry – Nynne Rosenvinge. Lamp: Grasshopper by Greta Grossman.
We absolutely love our bedroom since we completely re-did it a couple of years ago. It has huge windows and gets lots of light, and it’s sort of out of the way, so the children and their toys don’t actually end up here too often.
I read that blue is a calming colour so we chose this wallpaper that is all dark blue and that we love. We recently decided to invest in proper high thread count bedding and it is heavenly to go to bed in every night!
The kids’ playroom might just be our favourite room. Normally we have a queen bed piled high with big pillows under the sky of poms. It’s the loveliest place to cozy up for morning bottles and story time.
All three kids sleep in a small “maid’s room” off our kitchen (but for staging we just have one bed in there). Their three beds fit right in and leave a little space to play as well. The children love room-sharing – they actually sleep so much better when they all room together.
It’s a small room so we’ve kept all the furniture (except the chair) white, and all the decorative details are yellow, pink, blue and green – most are from Good Earth, our favourite boutique in India. Our whole flat in Delhi was filled with beautiful things from Good Earth, but almost everything was stolen in a break-in at my parent’s summer cottage where we stored everything for awhile after moving home. All the kids stuff has since been given to them by my brother-in-law who brought them back from Bombay where he worked until recently.
In the autumn when Louis was a year old, we started to freak out about the chaos in our hall. Everyday it felt like we spent hours looking for mittens and boots that were nowhere to be found. As a result we let go of our fancyish grown-up entry and used kitchen cupboards to build a pre-school style system with colour-coded hooks and a mitten and hat drawer and pull-out shoe storage for each child. It’s not so pretty but is saved us.
And that’s our home!