Thrive at home: Ida Hansson

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

Today we meet stylist and interior designer Ida Hansson, also known as @nordic_remake.

Ida is a maker and often shares DIY projects on her instagram. She lives with her family in a house in Umeå. Follow her and her creativity on instagram and read about her latest home project below!

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

The last year we have expanded our old little house with a new hallway. The very best thing in my everyday life is therefore a site-builded wardrobe for our family of five. I love the feeling of making order and having simplicity in my everyday life! We even have a drying cabinet hidden in this wardrobe, a luxury with 3 kids that spend a lot of time playing outside in all different weathers.

How did it become yours?

It took us many hours, money and a lot of energy to make this long time dream come true, but its so much worth it. Our house is our life project, and a lot of things are still on our ”want to do list”… The best thing is to make this  together with my husband, we are a great team!

When do you feel your very best at home?

Saturday mornings with my second cup of coffee is one of  my very best moments in life. Time to calm down, relax and fill upp with new energy and creativity.

What do you want to recommend?

When you feel a bit shiftless and empty, take a silent walk in the nature and just let it fill you up with fresh air and undemanding inspiration. You never regret taking care of your health.

Thrive at home: Lina Andersson

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: Klara Doktorow

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

This Sunday we chat with @klaras – Klara Doktorow, TV maker and podcaster living on Kungsholmen in Stockholm with her man and two kids. We love to follow Klara on instagram, she has a way to describe life that is both sincere and fun. Let’s hear about her feelings for her home.

 

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

Oh, that must be the sofa. It’s perfect and beyond comfortable. Milky white but easy to wash in the machine. And it means a lot to me. This was the very first item me and my husband Kjell bought for our home. We’d only been dating for two months when we found it on 40% sale at Walles & Walles. It was still really expensive, but we were crazy and in love and it was very romantic. We’ve loved it every day since. And it’s perfect to sleep on when we fight.

When do you feel your very best at home?

When I cook! Or fall asleep on the sofa after dinner and a glass of red wine.

What do you want to recommend?

More is more. I’m not a minimalist. I’m the old lady with many cats!

 

Don’t miss Klara’s podcast @trettiplustrevar!
 

Thrive at home: Marta Vargas

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

Today it is time to take a chat with Marta Vargas – graphic designer, photographer and art director. Originally from Barcelona she now lives in Stockholm, in a light and calm apartment with her boyfriend and an avokado tree. Read her story about the tree and her philosophy below. Happy reading!

 

 

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

My favorite item is probably my avocado plant. I always say that if my house caught fire my avocado plant would be the first thing I would try to save. I remember putting an avocado seed in water when I moved to Sweden, five years ago. It took several months to start growing roots, I actually thought it wasn’t going to happen, but I kept it on my windowsill anyway. When I broke up with my boyfriend at the time, I went to Copenhagen on my own and spent few days there to go through it all. When I came back, I was surprised to find that the seed had started growing leaves while I was away. I understood it as a beautiful sign, and since then, we have been growing together. I have had many avocado plants, but none has grown so big and beautiful as this one. 

When do you feel your very best at home?

I love the light at our place. I feel the very best when I can enjoy the light shades of the trees reflecting on the walls, when everything is clean and tidy and Graeme and I potter around doing our own thing. Slow moments at home are my absolute favorite.

What do you want to recommend?

I recommend to not get attached to things. In the end, they are just that: things. To not bring items to your home that do not bring you absolute joy. To embrace imperfection, and to not get upset or annoyed when your favorite item breaks or gets worn out. I once read this fragment in a book, and it has changed my perception around items I love: ”To me, this cup is already broken. Because I know this, I can drink from it and appreciate it fully. And when it falls off the table, I understand. It’s the way things are.”
 

Thrive at home: Tekla Evelina Severin

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

This week we meet star stylist, interior architect, photographer etc Tekla Evelina Severin, aka @teklan. Tekla has the most wonderful approach to color and composition (please don’t miss her instagram account!) and recommends adding more color to life to work and feel better. Happy reading!

 

 

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

I if I can say a non-item I would definitely say the pink colour in my living room, if I should say an item it’s so much that I have affection for, (not because I have an object-filled home, rather the opposite; like a true ”skomakarens barn” kind of person, I’m working with interiors and spaces all the time for others but don’t really have a home-like home myself, but more because of I am a kind of nostalic person; highly value Grandma´s ceramic plate and vases, the 3d printed version of me as a ceramic figure from an Vitra event or a ”blomster lönn-stickling” from my dearest friend etc..
But if I would pick only one item and a dear design art item it would definitely be my side/bed/piedistal table: https://newtendency.com/collection/meta-side-table/ from Berlin based new tendacayou.

How did it become yours?

It /They (I have two) became mine from a collaboration/shooting I did for them (image is an outtake from that)

When do you feel your very best at home?

When it’s clean and spacious (almost never happens though, always packed with samples and stuff from shootings/different kind of commissions etc) when we’re all at home; me and my boyfriend and preferable the neighbour’s cat who’s visiting us a lot from time to time and when nobody’s stressed and we’re doing the simple things in life, like cooking.

What do you want to recommend?

Colour; always!; the white/grey shifting that have happened to interior/exterior/offices/cityplanning/cars in modern time etc is really such bad movement in history, studies actually show that we’re working our worst in white rooms, one explanation to why is that it’s so far from our nature herritage..
The sad reason is probably a misunderstanding what modernism was all about + that colour designing interiors takes so much more time and knowledge..
As an introduction I could really recommend @farge_dagny and her book ”farger till folket! ”.

 

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