Thrive at home: Emelie Sundberg

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

Today we meet photographer, stylist and founder of Inredningspodden, Emelie Sundberg, who lives with her family in a house in Stockholm. Follow her on @emelie.sundberg for more inspiration. Happy reading!

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

Hmm, I must say our sofas in the living room. It is a boring answer because they are not really special, but we spend an incredible amount of time there. They are so comfortable, accommodate many and are great to look at. I longed for this couch for several years before we finally got it.

How did it become yours?

My husband bought them for me for Christmas. They were pretty hard to wrap and put under the Christmas tree though, haha

When do you feel your very best at home?

Definitely when our home is freshly cleaned. I really don’t feel good when it is messy at home which is quite often because we are four messy people living here. But the feeling of a newly cleaned home beats everything! In the summer it will be late evenings on the terrace and in the winter we cozy up in front of the fireplace. And of course, I love having friends and family over!

What do you want to recommend?

Besides listening to my podcast Inredningspodden? Decorating your home is a never ending project an there is no need to hurry. Let it take time – and I mean TIME! It is SO boring to be done!

Don’t forget to listen to Emelie’s Inredningspodden. You’l find the interview with Betonggruvan’s Josefine Halfwordson here.

Thrive at home: Kristin Lagerqvist

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

Interior blogger, shop owner and inspiring person Kristin Lagerqvist @krickelin, is next up! Kristin is based in Varberg where she works and runs the fashion store FGL. 

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

I love our dining room table. Not because it’s a fancy stylish one though – I just love how useful it is. For all our meals, long and short ones – playing cards with the kids, to do creative stuff like paintings or Cheramics, my bookkeeping and so on…

How did it become yours?

We ordered it from a Swedish webshop but I guess we could have build the same at home, two concrete boards and a simple steel construction. I like how the surface gets more and more beautiful the more we spill wine and juice on it.

When do you feel your very best at home?

It’s when we’re together – a dance with my son in the kitchen, deep conversations with my husband over a cup of tea, in the bathtub… Alone with a book…

What do you want to recommend?

I want to recommend watching documentaries and going to music concerts. To celebrate the little things in every day life. We have this nice little tradition and that is that almost every Friday we buy oysters and sparkling wine – celebrating the weekend and some time off.

In my shelf: Katarina Matsson

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

Today we are visiting Katarina Matsson, who works with content at Elle Magazine, but now is on parental leave with baby Hilma. When we approach Katarina’s townhouse we are struck by the cosiness of the area. Katarina invites us into the 2 floor house for a fika and a chat.

Hi Katarina!

Who lives here?

Me and my family. We’re Katarina, Jakub, Milo, 4 years and Hilma, 9 months.

What made you move to this cute neighbourhood?

One of my oldest friends moved here, and her son is my godson. We really love the neighbourhood, with the houses built in the late 40’s and the surroundings drawn by Walter Bauer. It’s the world’s lovliest place. The neighbours have so many nice traditions that go way back to the 50’s, like for Lucia when the kids walk the Luciatåg with torches and a horse. Many of our neighbours are in the same stage of life as we are, the kids play together and I have a book club here. We are definately staying.

You spent one month in New York just now, tell us!

Me and Jacob lived in New York from 2010-2013/14, and felt that it would be really nice to connect our life now, with kids and all, to that time. We rented a friend’s apartment and it was lovely! Well, of course we fought here as well, but everyone slept well and it was such a good break from life at home. At home there is always some things that needs to be fixed, but during this trip we had the chance to just disconnect from those things. One thing, though, is it very expensive since the dollar is so high. Milo and I had a 55 dollar lunch just the two of us one day.

Going to New York is really what you dream of doing during your parental leave but can’t get together. What can you recommend?

It is really nice to travel there with kids. Well, there are no elevators in the subway, so you’ll have to have a baby sling and walk a lot. But going to museums with kids are very nice, we went to Museum of Natural History to see the dinosaurs, but Milo was more interested in the space stones that killed them. Also The New Museum was really nice, showing video art that the whole family could enjoy, and with a nice workshop for kids.

We know ALL of New York’s playgrounds by now. The best ones are the one next to Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park called Ancient Playground, and one in Williamsburg that I think is called Domino Playground.

We spent some time hanging out in East Village’s Community gardens, watching turtles and playing borkarövare. In general, it’s just so enjoyable to hang out in New York, there are always things happening in the streets – someone playing music or a nice window to look into. My best tip is to just stroll around, there are pizza slices everywhere.

What do you like about the Portal shelf?

We are book horders in a sick way, and always used to have storage problems. I love the fact that the Portal shelf is so nice and neat. It fits really well in our 50’s house.

Also, it can be filled with a lot of books, at some places we have books in double lines but the shelf still looks clean. It is nice to be able to put shelves on different levels, and they are really easy to mount.   We have one low Portal shelf on the ground floor and a higher one on the first floor. Both shelves are off white with pinewood shelves, a nice way to connect the two levels with each other. The same system but constructed differently.  

I easily get very attached to books, and things in general. We have a problem in our family: I love the stones from Denmark (where we went for vacation) and my fleamarket finds and all my stuff. My husband is not that interested in things but has a hard time getting rid of them. That is such a bad combo. Our ambition is to only have things in our home that sparks joy. But there is so much that sparks joy!

 

The high shelf is in the bedroom is mainly used for books, but also consists of a small shelf with a collection of perfumes, and some shoes. Don’t hide your nicest stuff away, put it on the shelf for things that sparks joy!

 


For the low shelf Katarina has chosen 101 cm off-white ladders and pinewood shelves. Her shelf consists of five ladders, six 123 cm pinewood shelves and three shelf extenders.

Buy Katarina’s low shelf HERE! Just send us an email if you want to change anything or customize this shelf. We will happily send you a sketch.


For the high shelf Katarina has chosen off-white 237 cm ladders and pinewood shelves.

Buy Katarina’s high shelf HERE! Just send us an email if you want to change anything or customize this shelf. We will happily send you a sketch.

Thrive at home: Janniche Kristoffersen

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

Today it is time for Janniche Kristoffersen, who runs the blog and instagram account @bloggaibagis, sharing pics from her fantastic home, as well as DIY tips. Let’s hear her thoughts about celebrate the little things in every day life. Happy reading!

What is your favourite item in your home and why is it so?
It’s hard to just choose one but the one item meaning the most to me is a painting by my grandmother. She is 91 years old and she and my grandfather who passed last year have been my besties since always. I put it in my favourite book shelves, the wall in my living room that changes constantly.
How did it become yours?
My grandmother painted a lot when she was in her 40s and 50s and I was always surrounded by her and also my grandfather’s art. This painting in particular I got from her when she was cleaning out her wardrobe. I found it different than all the others, as they were often a colorful landscapes and this is in black and white.
When do you feel your very best at home?
I feel best at home when it’s clean and tidy which it usually is on Saturdays. I like the early weekend mornings, just before the sunrise, when the light is kinda blueish. I’ll make some coffee and light som candles and that is it. Just sitting in our kitchen waiting for the others to wake up is true bliss.
What do you want to recommend?
I want to recommend watching documentaries and going to music concerts. To celebrate the little things in every day life. We have this nice little tradition and that is that almost every Friday we buy oysters and sparkling wine – celebrating the weekend and some time off.

Thrive at home: Elin Jensdotter Hont

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

Today we talk to vintage shop owner and stylist Elin Jensdotter Hont. Elin who just turned 40 (Hurray!) lives with her husband Patrik and Bruno the dog in a rental apartment on Kungsholmen, Stockholm and in a little cottage in the woods in Västergötland. Her instagram @longingforlennon is filled with sustainable interior. She and Patrik also runs the concept store @swedish.nature.collaborations that combines vintage, craft, design and art under the same roof.

What is your favourite item in your home and why is it so?
My favorite is our couch. It’s a 1970s pinewood sofa with really dirty white canvas cushions. I love the design, the fact that it’s huge and can also serve as a bed for night guests. And that we can tell our guests that damage is all ready done so feel free… haha…
How did it become yours?
A woman who have had it on her porch sold it to us via Blocket. She had two of them and I regret that we didn’t buy both…I’ve been trying to find her phone number whiteout any luck… We had to hire three men to help us get it into our apartment, it’s so very heavy!
Some day we will have a upholsterer give it some new, clean clothes.
When do you feel your very best at home?
I just love having family and friends over, having dinner, drinks and night long talks. I feel especially happy when I can tell that they are comfortable, when they feel free to go take a nap, get something to drink and or bring a friend without asking first. That makes my heart jump!
What do you want to recommend?
I really recommend everyone to go out and hug a tree. For real. Spend some time and nature, it releases stress and give your immune-system a boost.
And also, spend more time talking positively about things and other people. (Try a day without talking negatively about situations or people at all) Both are real life hacks in feeling better in general.
Photo: Mari Strenghielm