I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the owner of this apartment in southern Sweden has the same name as my son, my father and my grandfather. It’s almost like I’m meant to live here!
This opulent, three-bedroom apartment is something very special. With its colossal decorative fireplace, parquetted floor and decorative ceiling mural, it’s soft, tonal and elegant. I’m not sure there’s anything here that I’d change.
The couple who live here – stylist Sara Persson Lagerberg and her partner Julius – have styled their home with second-hand and sentimental pieces alongside new and modern furniture and accessories. For instance, the black sofa and table were bought second-hand, while the grey sofa came from a previous home of Julius’. The end result is a home that is eclectic, surprising and completely perfect.
I love the pared-back styling. A mid-century black leather sofa with a backdrop of picture frames and a dress – topped off with an IKEA ceiling lamp – shouldn’t work, but it absolutely does! The stacked magazines and art add personality and a sense of homeliness to the apartment. This is what I mean when I say that houses should be homes, filled with personal pieces that tell a story about the owners.
As the home is painted primarily in white, the dining room is something of a surprise with its dark green walls. But again, it works, as it perfectly captures the feel of an English library. The decorative ceiling, parquetted floors and custom-made table and chairs by Piet Hein Eek – mixed and matched with other odd chairs, another ceiling lamp from IKEA and industrial shelving – complete the sophisticated, eclectic look, which I just adore.
Sara and Julius have cleverly converted their spare bedroom into a combined wardrobe/workspace. The giant ELFA hanging system showcases the couple’s clothing and shoes. Their contemporary apparel and the mid-century leather chair create a cool visual contrast to the heritage feature ceiling. This chair actually belongs to the sofa in the living room, but is perfectly suited to this space as it resonates with all the black leather shoes.
Finally, a glimpse of the main bedroom which to me feels classically Scandinavian. It’s perfectly pared back, with neutral bedlinen, a sheer curtain to allow in as much natural light as possible (sunlight is very important to Scandinavians!) and white stacked boxes used as a bedside table. If I lived here, I don’t imagine I’d ever go out!