Rest, Work and Play

Private home south of Sweden featured in Residence Magazine Photography by Pia Ulin Styling by Lotta Agaton Image 1

Private home south of Sweden featured in Residence Magazine Photography by Pia Ulin Styling by Lotta Agaton Image 2

Winter’s arrived here in Perth and I’m keen to make my home cosier by swapping and restyling some rooms. Looking for inspiration, I started flicking through an issue of Residence magazine from 2013, and came across this story …

This is an inspiring home with so many DIY ideas, including the oversized pots in the outdoor area, as well as the sheepskin for added softness. Although my outdoor area has a coastal feel, a concrete pot with lavender would fit in nicely and also provide a lovely scent in the afternoon sun. As I am a big fan of sheepskin there are already plenty around the house – I might put a couple to good use on the weatherboard decking, so my eight-month-old son Julius has somewhere to play.

The dining area with the subway tiles is so on trend at the moment. The subway theme is being used not just in porcelain tiles, but also in wallpaper and murals, and I love it. I was also inspired by the antique sofa with grey sheepskin, the mix-and-match Hans Wegner chairs and the use of greenery. At the moment my dining area features a birch kitchen sofa (every Swedish kitchen has a sofa!), white Eames chairs and chrome pendants, although I am seriously considering calling my electrician to change my pendants to one of these striking wall-mounted lights instead. I’ve had my eye on them for a while …

Private home south of Sweden featured in Residence Magazine Photography by Pia Ulin Styling by Lotta Agaton Image 4

Private home south of Sweden featured in Residence Magazine Photography by Pia Ulin Styling by Lotta Agaton Image 5

Private home south of Sweden featured in Residence Magazine Photography by Pia Ulin Styling by Lotta Agaton Image 3

I love how this home has been designed for play and relaxation. See how the teepee and the hammock are integrated to create a relaxed and comfortable space with a modern feel? This makes me think I should swap my bedroom, which is near the living room, with my two-year-old daughter Imogen’s, so she can play freely between our living room and her room.

Speaking of my living room, that’s also in need of a restyle. I’m inspired by the studio light and the black-and-white photos; I’m thinking I might frame some cool but more child-friendly art to make the room more graphic and edgy – at the moment it’s very white and soft grey. And don’t tell my assistant, Gemma, but I’m tempted to ‘borrow’ the work studio’s black sheepskin to replace the grey one on my sofa at home …

Private home south of Sweden featured in Residence Magazine Photography by Pia Ulin Styling by Lotta Agaton Image 7

Final design inspiration comes from the home office. I really love the ‘grid’ – I think I’ll get one to replace the mood boards that are currently in my office. Here I can peg some of my favourite shots of my children with other inspiring images. My study is very white-on-white at the moment – broken up only by my grandpa’s wooden writing desk – so a black grid and a few black and white photos would make it less stark and more inviting. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

Styling Lotta Agaton and photographer Pia Uhlin