Barbro Segerfelt

In our new blog series we take a step into the homes of Portal shelf owners.

Today we visit Barbro Segerfelt, more known as Babbe. She’s also my grandmother. She’s 94 years old and lives in a beautiful apartment in Nacka, close to her daughter and grandchildren.

 

When she invites us in, the first thing that hits our eyes is a buffet of cakes that have been prepared for our visit. She’s dressed in a light blue color from head to toe, witch perfectly matches the interior in her apartment.

In Babbe’s bedroom she has a Portal shelf from Betonggruvan, she tells us that she’s happy to incorporate something new in her old home. She chose the white shelves and shelf ladders because she wanted something light.

 

What’s your favorite thing in your shelf? 

The sculpture of the girl sewing. It’s from my childhood home and has been with me since 1925.

And the photography picturing my husband from 1946 is also very important to me. We met at a wedding, I was bridesmaid and he where best man, I basically proposed to him that night. The next day he came to my parents house where I lived and rang the door bell and the rest is history.

The big painting is a portrait of Babbe’s grandmother. She were born in 1868 and died at her 90th birthday after celebrating for two days with her family.

What kind of books do you have in your shelf? 

My favourite books are my cookbooks. It’s important that I can reach them easily, because they are the ones I use the most. I really like Hiram, I have all her books and I have used them so much that they are almost falling apart.

I also have a lot of books about children psychology, since they were a part of my profession as a preschool teacher. But mostly I read biographies, like one about Astrid Lindgren.

We talk about how the use of bookshelves has changed from when she grow up. Then people didn’t fill their shelving systems with anything but books. Babbe remembers her childhood home where the walls where papered with books. Today shelves look different because people read more online and don’t buy as many books as they used to.

What do you like about the Portal shelf?

I like that your able to adjust the shelving system after what you like to have in it, not as a traditional bookshelf.

 

Thank you Babbe for having us!

Babbe has chosen white ladders and white shelves, a really nice clean shelf when having things with a history in it. A really good idea when having more than books in your shelf is to group the items. Gather the books on one side of the shelf and let there be space for smaller items on the other side. It gives the shelf a lighter impression. We also love the crimped lampshade that gives a soft cosy feeling to the room.

Buy Babbe’s shelf HERE!

 

Thrive at home: Malin Olsson

In Betonggruvan’s mini interview series we explore what makes people thrive at home. Today we met Malin Olsson, who’s the brain behind the funnits Instagram account we know – @mal-insta. We love to follow her and her familys life in their beautiful apartment in Allingsås. Now let’s her all about her daughter Doris ”hinderbanor” and what a friendship-urn actually is.

What is your favourite item in your home and why is it so?
My favourite thing in my home is my family <3.
Naaah, just kidding!
Except from my incredible shelf system from Betonggruvan *wink wink* I also looove my Gervasoni Ghost sofa that is a limited Artilleriet edition. It has the perfect depth and no ugly divan thing sticking out.
Another thing I love is my friendship-urn. Yes is true, I have one of those. When me and my former colleague the photografer Fanny Hansson worked at Artilleriet we often went to a flea market close to Artilleriets storage that was pretty unexposed for hipsters and other disturbing elements. There I found this wonderful clay urn and I saw directly in Fannys deep brown eyes that she also liked it, at the same second I found another one and I was like (because I’m so nobel) ”You can have them both” And she answered ” We have one of them each” and from that point we became connected forever. This may be the ugliest thing in her home (because she has better taste then me) but I choose to think that it is her favorite thing to.
When do you feel your very best at home?
When Doris, our daughter, built different ”hinderbanor” cribs and obstacles all over the house and Im like going to the bathroom but first have to climb different chairs and jump on pillows. Because of the crocodiles that lives on the floor. Sorry Ocean. We are not aloud to remove it. She owns us. *Call for help*
What do you want to recommend?
Let your man do all the work at home and share the burden that women through all times has carried. Eat the cheese doodles from yesterday, lay down on your expensive couch and look att ”Gift vid första ögonkastet” and just enjoy your well deserved time in your perfect styled home!

Thrive at home: Emma Persson Lagerberg

In Betonggruvan’s mini interview series we explore what makes people thrive at home. Today we met Emma Persson Lagerberg who’s a interior stylist from Malmö, she’s also co-founder of the publishing house Puss Publications and stylist and editor for the book Home. We love her work (www.emmaperssonlagerberg.se) and her smiley filled Instagram (@emmaperssonlagerberg). With Emma involved styling never gets flat or boring. Now let’s her all about her favourite print and sunday dinners in her amazing kitchen!

What is your favourite item in your home and why is it so?

I don’t feel super attached to any single object in our home, it’s more about the combination of things and the general atmosphere. But maybe the few photo albums I have from when I was a kid or the the weird clay objects my sons made in school. I’m also very fond of some of the art I inherited from my father when he died ten years ago. And I love the Daniel Riera print of Andrea Wilshusen skating. It’s from at fashion reportage in The Gentlewoman, one of few fashion jobs that blew my mind a bit when it was published.

How did it become yours?

It was a gift from my husband for my 40th birthday. I took him a while to track it down and then convince the photographer to sell him the print…

When do you feel your very best at home?

On a friday night in the sofa with the rest of the family scattered around the room. Or at the kitchen table for sunday dinner with my family, my grandmother and my chosen family.

What do you want to recommend?

To take saunas and skinny dips in the ocean as often as possible.

Thrive at home: Linda Hansson

In Betonggruvan’s mini interview series we explore what makes people thrive at home. Today we met Linda Hansson who’s a interior stylist and blogger from Stockholm. She’s also one of the owners of the vintage shop Vintage Fabriken (@vintagefabriken) and we adore her style and flower filled Instagram @Volanglinda. Now let’s hear all about her favorit wallpaper and beautiful apartment at Kungsholmen! What is your favourite item in your home and why is it so?

It’s the wallpaper in our kitchen. The pattern is called Willow bough and the design is William Morris & Co. I love it so much and I think it sets a tone for the whole apartment. It’s so delicate, warm and classic. Just how I want my home to be!

How did it become yours?

I got it as a Christmas gift from my patents a few years ago. I remember that father was quite chockad over it’s price – but I’d say it’s one of the best Christmas gifts I’ve ever had! Of course I also LOVE my shelfs from Betonggruvan. We have them in our living room and there we keep our bokos and vinyl records.

When do you feel your very best at home?

When it’s summer and the doors to our balconies (yes we have two even though our flat is ”only” 59 square meters). Then we can hear the sounds from the street and the park from one of the balconies. From the other one we see the beautiful green trees and flowers on the back yard.When it’s summer and the doors to our balconies (yes we have two even though our flat is ”only” 59 square meters). Then we can hear the sounds from the street and the park from one of the balconies. From the other one we see the beautiful green trees and flowers on the back yard.

What do you want to recommend?

To buy things for your home that you truly love and think you will love for the next 10 years also. Preferably vintage stuff because it has a great quality and brings a unique feeling to your home.

 

 

Thrive at home: Gustav Broström

In Betonggruvan’s mini interview series we explore what makes people thrive at home.

 

Today we met Gustav Broström who’s (among a lot of things) a beauty and still life expert, we love his hashtags #gustavsstilleben and #brostrombeauty. Follow him on @gustavbrostrom and @gustavsloppis for great inspiration! Now let’s hear about his favorit clay pot and slow sundays at home.  

What is your favourite item in your home and why is it so?

My fave item right now is my huge clay pot/work of art by Kakan Hermansson. Not only because it’s a great piece with great colors but also because it hides all unwanted things like lighters, spare candles and other small stuff. It goes so very well with my 1920’s bust of a young boy and some mid-century pottery. I’m also very much in love with my ever-growing collection of busts, statues and torsos. They work well in a group and gives my 70’s flat a bourgeois touch which I love.

How did it become yours?

When I worked at ELLE Magazine I came in contact with Kakan which is an influencer and has a beauty podcast. She suggested me as a guest in her podcast and the rest is history. I fell in love with her pottery and the naivety it has. She knows color and anti-shapes. I asked if I could buy a piece. The bust next to it was purchased at Myrorna and is the most expensive thing I have ever bought/will buy at Myrorna. I saw it in their “fancy vitrine” and fell in love. He was the spitting image of my maternal grandfather as a young boy. The bust was not signed but had some age and great aesthetic value so I bought it.

When do you feel your very best at home?

Slow Sundays. Listening to Khurangbin, ironing my shirts, rearranging my flea market finds and vacuuming my flat. Perhaps taking an extra nap. I dabble in beauty on my Instagram and I love the slow Sundays when I do still lifes for hours, placing dried fruits and fresh cut flowers in weird and magical combinations next to perfumes and creams.

What do you want to recommend?

I want to recommend Vasastan (and of course Sibirien). These neighborhoods are quiet but lovely. Antique shops, great restaurants and a lot of parks. People find this part of Stockholm boring but it’s subtle hip. Röda Bergen, Atlas and everything in between makes me feel at home.