In our new blog series we take a step into the homes of Portal shelf owners.
Today we are visiting our art director Linnea, who lives on the third floor in a Funkis apartment in Midommarkransen. Linnea welcomes us with baby Helle, 7 months, on her arm. The 2 room apartment is not so spacious but is feels much bigger thanks to the light you get this high up with contact with the trees outside the windows.
We visit on a Monday. This Sunday she went to Ulriksdal’s garden flower self-pick so the apartment is filled with flowers. –I have a principle. When summer is over but there’s still flowers outside I pick at least one bouquet per week. It makes me feel so much less affected by the change of seasons. We grab the cakes on the table and start talking about the home and their Portal shelf, placed on a whole wall in the livingroom. It is a combination of high and low shelf ladders and shelves all in pinewood. –We thought about painting it all in the wall color (Skimming Stone from Farrow and Ball) but then Helle came and now I kind of like that the pinewood has darkened. Maybe we’ll paint it some time, but I think that will be in our next apartment. I like that the off-white shelf ladders go really well with our wall color. We used to have a String shelf but got tired of it and sold it on Blocket when we hade some other re-arranging things going before Helle came.
Who lives here?
We’re a family of four. Me, Erik, 33, Bo, 3 and Helle, 7 months. We moved here 3 years ago when I was very pregnant with Bo.
You have so much nice ceramic pieces, where do you find it?
I thrift some at flea markets and some in Gustavsberg when the craftmen open their studios twice a year. It is such a nice trip to go there, have a fika and stroll around too look at their work. Some of my favourite things are also found on trips to Japan. It is the mix that makes it, isn’t it?
What do you like about the Portal shelf?
Mostly I like that it is so easy to customize and build up to fit your wall. And it is actually really nice that the space between the ladders are high, so that it doesn’t get so crowded if you know what I mean. I work with–and collect–magazines and they are often quite high which is perfect. Maybe our shelf is a bit hard to combine with kids climbing and picking stuff out, but I mean you will just have to move things around for some years…
I didn’t want a TV since it is the ugliest interior piece I know. But Erik works with television so we had to compromize and got a 32′, the smallest we could find. It fits perfect in the 80 cm shelf. We put it so that it is easy for Bo to get all the pillows in the apartment and make a cosy corner in front of it.
Linnea has chosen off-white ladders and pinewood shelves. If you have a lot of different or small things it can be a good idea to have the same material on the shelves all through, it gives a clean impression.
Buy Linnea’s shelf HERE! Just send us an email if you want to change anything or customize this shelf. We will happily send you a sketch.