Back today with a fresh and fun home tour, which I photographed for the Autumn/Winter issue of 91 Magazine! This particular home is holds special meaning to me, because it belongs to one of my best friend’s Sarah, a school teacher and artists who is crazy about Scandinavian interiors and all shades of the colour green. I had such fun styling, shooting and writing about their newly renovated home for the magazine, and am filled with joy seeing it splashed over eight pretty pages. So today I thought I’d share some of the images you’ll find in the article, as well as a few more to give you the full scoop.
A combined appreciation of the northern European lifestyle and a laid back aesthetic that largely relies on light has given Sarah and Hugo’s home a distinctly Scandinavian look and feel. “We love the peace and serenity of the Scandinavian countries we have visited, which was the kind of feeling that we wanted to bring into our home,” Sarah says. Muted colours team with white walls and pale wooden floors to create a light and fresh oasis for the two to enjoy. All shades of green can be found throughout their home, from army to pistachio. “I just love the combination of white wood and a touch of green, which has always been my colour.”
Sarah and her boyfriend Hugo only moved in about a year ago, to a dated and dark home that sported bright wallpaper adorned with sunflowers, outdated Spanish elements and yellowing varnish all over the floors. A few minor renovations, such as removing a wall separating the living room with the kitchen, sanding and treating the floors and giving the whole place a lick of white paint had the space looking and feeling like their dream home.
Sarah’s art studio is where she indulges in a lifelong passion for art. “I wanted to create a space where I could be creative and messy at the same time.” White floors provide a clean backdrop for several cherished vintage items, including an 18th century chest that was rescued from an old goat shed, a little drawing desk that was carpented by her grandfather and a vintage cabinet plucked out of an attic she visited during their house hunt.
I have seen Sarah and Hugo’s space come together over the last year and am really pleased to see how they have pieced it all together. I love how Sarah mixes vintage treasures passed down through her family with new pieces and items scoured from markets, second hand stores and online marketplaces. It’s a lovely and inviting mix of old and new which doesn’t take itself too seriously. “Because I love the Scandinavian look, I’m a huge fan of Ikea,” she admits. “But I love to balance those newer items with old pieces that have a story behind them.” I personally also love seeing a space come to life with one or two pieces that have a personal story to them. It gives a space meaning and personality.
If you’d like to read all about this home and the little stories attached to some of their furnishings, visit 91 Magazine and have a read. The feature is spread over pages 62 – 69.
* Images by Holly Marder for 91 Magazine