Let's be honest - who amongst us doesn't love seeing what people have done with their homes? I really enjoy finding out what inspires them, what little seaside and marketplace treasures they hang onto, what gems they pick up from their travels, what is precious to them. The entries to the My home, my way: Bemz competition have given us a little taste but this article, recently published in Swedish interior magazine Allt i Hemmet is a veritable guided tour through our very own Lisbeth's home. Lisbeth is product manager at Bemz and works closely with our in-house designer Katarina deciding on new product lines and Lifestyles.
The floor is white stained pine. Lisbeth made the blinds herself. The sofa and armchairs are from Ikea with covers from Bemz: Stockholm Stripe- Sage Brown / Jet Black (sofa), Prisma Stripe Moss Green (armchair left), Stockholm Stripe- Sand Beige (armchair right). The greenish light is from Habitat.
According to the article, it was love at first sight for Lisbeth and hubby Patrik when they saw a traditional Swedish villa from 1889. They bought some land and had a house built to spec modeled on that villa and exactly a year later, they stepped into their dream home.
Left: The sofa has an Old Fashioned Linen- Jet Black Stripe cover from Bemz, some of the cushions are from Zara home and others Lisbeth made herself with fabrics picked up in Syria. The serving cart used as a coffee table was bought at an antique shop. Right: The small chair is from Ikea, covered with a fabric Lisbeth picked up on holiday. The lamp was a find at a local antique shop and she bought the giant lantern in Marrakesh.
You can just tell that Lisbeth is trained in design and textiles; she has a real eye for it, managing to beautifully blend different textures, colours and patterns.
The one area Lisbeth did not want a copy of the original 1889 design was the kitchen where she insisted on a dining space. She got it: this kitchen is larger than that of the house's original design.
The dining room is adjacent to the living room. The large cabinet full of china and glass is from the 30s. The blue peasant chair is hand painted. The dining room chairs as well as the bench at the back, have covers from Bemz (in Aubergine, New Baroque- Chocolate Brown, Hounds tooth- Dusty Rose and Bolster Stripe- Unbleached Linen on the bench).
"Had this been a modern style new-build home, we would have decorated it differently."
Left: Another view of the dining room. Right: The hall is painted in a calming shade of coffee. The chandelier, from Ikea, has been jazzed up with decorations, and the bench is an antique.
"This is our interpretation of 17th Century style."
Left: The Moroccan table is from the shop Lisbeth previously ran. The window bench is bespoke and has a Gustavian Flowers Dusty Rose cushion from Bemz on it, the highchair is from Ikea and large ball lamp purchased locally. The blind is made of Bemz fabrics: Toronto Ticking range. The green cabinet, painted by Lisbeth, was an antique find. Middle: The warm light from the over-sized lantern welcomes visitors. Right: Make a cozy statement with a collection of candles like this. Vase from Ikea.
The bedspread is made with Bemz fabrics: Toronto Ticking- Teal Blue, New Baroque- Pale Turquoise and Graphite Grey. The cushions are a mixture, some from Ikea, some Spanish hand-crocheted and a few made by Lisbeth using fabric purchased in Paris.
The master bedroom was the last to be finished. Lisbeth used different wallpapers to create a dramatic backdrop.
Left: Black bedspread made with Bemz fabric Jet Black. Right: Beanbag made with Mandarin Orange, Fuchsia, Hounds Tooth- Dusty Rose and Spezztura Fuchsia fabrics from Bemz. Rug from Ikea.
Even the upper hall has not been left unattended, adorned with a wicker chair from Lisbeth's childhood along with a fringe floor lamp, giving us just a peek into the guest room. Calles and Ellens bedroom reflects the same attention to detail as the rest of the house.
Read more about Lisbeth under "Meet the team" for this blog.
A very special thank you to Allt i Hemmet, to the author Abigail Edwards and photographer Alun Callender for information and photos.