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.

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

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!