I had a meeting with a new client on Friday. A young (well hum.. my age) bachelor who just bought a new apartment in the center of Stockholm.
I usually decorate for couples, where the women have all the decision making power, so this will be a really fun new experience. I am so excited to do a total bachelor pad with cool light fixtures, handsome furniture and beautiful textiles. I envision the apartment looking a little like this…
First of all.. your entrance hall has to make an impact on anyone who comes to visit. The sunburst ceiling fixture and the patterned floor are two major statements!
The guest bathroom is a cool place for an eclectic art collection.
Since he has a big collection of books and needs to work from home occasionally he needs a study to keep it all together..
Gray grasscloth wallpaper paired with crisp contemporary cabinets make this kitchen sleek and clean
His dining room would be classy, bold with dark curtains and black horsehair covered chairs.
Brass and glass table to hold a big dinner party and a cool iron and gold light fixture as a center piece in the room.
Fabric covered walls with matching curtains make the bedroom extra inviting. Masculine but soft with fresh flowers and bright accent colors. Framed architectural drawings flank the headboard.
No bachelor pad would be complete without an en suite marble bath and walk in closet …
Long before I even thought about going into the design business I paid close attention to details. I remember a trip to the Phillipines when I was 9 years old and visiting friends of the family at their house. I don´t recall much about the decor of the house except a set of stacking end tables next to the sofa and a large beautiful tortoise shell on the wall. Come to think of it.. it was probably there it all started…. my love for anything tortoise ; Boxes, furniture, sunglasses, jewelry, you name it. Ironically.. one day when my friend and I were playing outside we found a little turtle in her mailbox. We named him Michael Jackson.
Here´s some great tortoise inspiration… but have no fear.. it´s all fake (even all the ones on the wall designed by KWID), because who would want to kill those little creatures.
The Tides in Miami – Design : Kelly Wearstler (all shells are made of resin)
Before moving to my new office I scoured the internet for inspiration pictures to give me some ideas on how to decorate my new space. As a decorator I feel it´s so important to have a creative workspace so I surround myself with fabric covered moodboards and cool desk accessories to keep all my stuff organized. I have to admit, my desk is usually pretty messy despite my daily attempts to keep it under control… let´s just call it creative chaos!
Nothing completes a bedroom like a fabric covered headboard. Here´s some of my favorite shapes..
Please contact me for an estimate if you´d like to order one for your room!
Rolling out the rug, putting the furniture in place and finally hanging up the curtains is one thing. Styling the room and making arrangements with beautiful details is another. A room wouldn’t be complete without the beautiful decorative details that catch your eye and create interesting little vignettes. Here´s some pretty arrangements to give you some ideas for your own home..
After a few weeks of closing up my old shop, moving to a new office/ showroom and unpacking and getting settled I am finally back to blogging!!
Now that I´m a bit more caught up with work I can start writing a little again and add beautiful and inspiring photos for you to enjoy
I hope you´ve had a nice week and thanks for your patience while I´ve been away! .. I´ll promise to do more updates in the future!
I hope everyone has a wonderful and Happy Eeaster!!!
Kristina Lifors Interior Design is moving to new offices and a brand new beautiful showroom in the center of Stockholm. Moving truck is arriving on Friday morning so it will take a week or two before everything is set up and running at the new space. I will keep you posted and let you know as soon as we are ready to invite visitors
I am so excited!! I finished a really fun project last spring and was so lucky to have it published in one of Swedens best interior design publications, Sköna Hem.
Sweden can be pretty dark during most part of the year due to long and cold winters so most Swedes opt for very light (if not all white) walls. I chose a light grey/beige color for the walls paired with a crisp white for all the gorgeous moldings and doors throughout the apartment.
My client loves light fixtures and wanted to incorporate some classics around the apartment such as the cool Flos pendant above the dining table and the black slick shades from BestLite in the kitchen. Even though she first wanted the apartment to be quite neutral she finaly agreed to some pops of color in the living room with the blue pillows and throw and a very soft subtle green in the master bedroom. The pattern on the bedroom walls is a large scale paisley wallpaper from Cole & Son which is very calm despite its large busy scale.
Since my client works from home it was very important for her to have a comfortable and inspiring home office which almost doubles as a walk in closet with cabinets full of cool shoes flanking the antique desk. To add some interest and change up the materials in the room I added a clear lucite “Ghost Chair” next to the desk which is perfect for the space since it doesn´t appear to take up too much room. Faux panels were added to the IKEA mirrored closet doors which adds a funky effect.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and maybe get some fun ideas for your own apartment!