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.

 

 

Thrive at home: Frida Schüler

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

Today we meet Frida Schüler who’s (beside from being one of Betonggruvans first customers) are about to not only move into a new home but also furnish a summer house. Follow her on @fridaschuler! Now let’s hear about her big danish dinner table.

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

I really love our big dining table. It’s a shaker table by Børge Mogensen and it’s big enough for 10 people. I fell in love with the legs and that it’s made of massive oak wood. We now have it in our summer house since it’s too big for the kitchen in our new apartment.

I bought it from a danish auction site for under 1000 SEK and after I had sanded the tabletop a bit it became perfect for our old apartment.

When do you feel your very best at home?

I love the 30 minutes just before friends come for dinner. The house is (hopefully) clean, I drink a glass of wine, playing music, lighting candles and setting the table.

What do you want to recommend?

Don’t be afraid of making impulsive things in your home. It’s fun and makes it alive. I often have the best inspiration after we’ve put our son to sleep and I guess we’re quite annoying neighbors using the drilling machine late at night.
Also, use a lot of mirrors in your decorating!


Thrive at home: Lina Andersson

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


Today we meet Lina Andersson, colorful art director and creative living in Malmö with her family. Lina works in an agency and is also the owner and designer of accessories brand Lite Kalabalik. Let’s hear her thoughts about her home.


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

Our cabinet in the kitchen. We have all the necessary stuff for the kitchen in it. And it´s perfect for decoration and stilleben on top of. Easy to change after season and mood. Me and my boyfriend bought it for 300 SEK at ”Sopcentralen” (like a permanent flea market) when I was pregnant in ninth month. And we had to paint it like ten times befor we (I…) was satisfied.

When do you feel your very best at home?

A friday night with potato chips, happy mini and take away food.

What do you want to recommend?

Buy old stuff and re-paint! And I think a happy home is the home you are happy in. Not the home you decorate with expensive design.

Thrive at home: Ellen Dixdotter

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

Today we meet Ellen Dixdotter, marketing director at Malens Birger and one of our favourite instagrammers. Ellen has just moved from Stockholm to Copenhagen with her family and is at the moment decorating her fab Frederiksberg apartment as well as renovating an old farmhouse on Österlen. Happy reading!

 

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

Our sofa! A Camaleonda from the 70s by Mario Bellini. Has the perfect combination of being almost as a piece of art in itself, and at the same time (actually) nice to cozy up in!I got it after some eager bidding on an online auction. Never let me loose on auctions, I’m fierce, and loose all reality check to my bank accounts…

When do you feel your very best at home?

Early mornings, black hot coffee and the morning news.

What do you want to recommend?

To dare loads of carpets! Combine colors, textures and sizes! Have a secret project right now within this field, so stay tuned for some exciting news on my Instagram!

Thrive at home: Malwina Kleparska

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

Today we meet crazy talented Malwina Kleparska @malwinakleparska, ceramics artist living in Gothenburg. Happy reading!

 

 

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

My home mostly contains furniture and objects found in second hand shops and skips and things I have dragged with me from my childhood home. There are also some plants.

I have been thinking long and hard to see if there is anything that I like more then anything else. It’s important for me to surround myself with fine objects to create a comfy environment, and all the things are kind of depended of one another. I don’t own anything I’ve spent a fortune on so I don’t have anything of value in that meaning. It is a pick and mix of things that more or less look nice together.

But if I have to pick one thing it would be a big shell that I have next to my bed. I was on a holiday with my parents when I was little. We were at a beach and I saw my dad coming towards me with his hands behind his back. And there it was, the big shell he found in the ocean that was a gift for me.

 

When do you feel your very best at home?

I like to walk around and look after my plants, tidy a little and rearrange things. My boyfriend and I have recently moved to a new apartment so there is a lot of stuff I would like to redo. The same week we got the apartment we also got a dog, a rescue from Ireland. Most amazing creature! So I spend a lot of time with him. I also like to make a mess in the kitchen and cook and eat things and have people over for dinners.

 

What do you want to recommend?

My web shop, I’m currently working on. I’m hoping it’ll we be launched soon! I would also recommend trying not to work too much. I struggle with this sometimes, so I’m learning to say no to things. Even if they sounds like a lot of fun and money. Money is fun but not if you are a burnout! Enjoy free time and do the things you like and get a dog!