The Swedish photographers Kalle Gustafsson and Sara Bille found this 100-year-old marvel in Stockholm, Sweden and decorated it with vintage dark wood furniture and their own design. The Scandinavian design style with uncluttered airy spaces and unique, vintage dark wood furniture is an inspiration for this home decor. Photography is by Andrea Papini for Elle Decoration Sweden. Kalle and Sara were looking for apartments in their neighborhood when they found this place. When they first saw it in an advertisement, it did not interest them much. But when they saw it on the spot, they saw a lot of potential in the place.
Kalle and Sara have very different aesthetic preferences. Kalle has a preference for dark wood, the 40s and 50s furniture and industrial lamps, while Sara is more fond of a light and airy decor style by Edin Memic Kjellvertz. As a result, their home is a unique and wonderful blend of both tastes. The consistent theme in this home is the white floors and walls combined with warm tones of wood. The use of subway tiles with dark stucco is also noteworthy. Vintage furniture further complements the white walls and wooden flooring. Warm colors and cozy textured rugs also accentuate the lived-in vibe of the home.
Classic White and Wood Themed Kitchen
The kitchen is done in the classic theme of white and dark wood. The white subway tiles with dark stucco provide a nice backdrop for the dark wood shelves in the kitchen. Kalle has designed the shelves of the kitchen himself. Open shelves are spacious and symmetric.
The white sink and white cupboards contrast with the dark countertop and bring some color into the room. The kitchen is from IKEA. Although the wall shelves and cupboards provide enough storage space, some interesting storage ideas save a lot of space and make the kitchen look lively.
Scandinavian Style Dining Table
The dining table is from an antique store while the chairs are Fanett, designed by Ilmari Tapiovaara. Next to the string shelves hangs a picture of Pelle Bergström. A narrow window faces the dining room and the stairs to the upper floor. Next to it are wall shelves from House Doctor. The ceiling lamp purchased at the Norrmalms EL store and the carpet from Dusty Deco, add a rustic feel to the place.
Scandinavian Design Living Room
An eclectic mix of vintage furniture and interesting lamps in various colors bring to life the otherwise plain interiors of the living room. The large uncurtained windows let in a lot of daylight and make the room look bright. The sofa and table from Bolia along with the carpet and steel pipe chair from Dusty Deco, add a splash of color to the surroundings. The rattan chairs come from Room while the chair in the corner is from a Stockholm market and the table lamp comes from Dusty Deco. They along with the wall cabinet from House Doctor certainly give the room a rustic charm. The ceiling lamp from Domino Antik gives the impression of style and elegance. The triplex lamp from Cable Board makes the decor interesting.
Vintage Dark Wood Office Design
Kalle made the bookshelf full of photo books and photo slides himself. He adapted the dimensions to accommodate the desk from House Doctor. The Arne Jacobsen T-chair and Myren chair from Blocket complement the bookshelf perfectly. The steps bought from London provide an easy access to the shelf. Some items used are from Kalle’s collection like the wall lamp from Kabelverket and table lamp bought in Paris.
A Mix of Old and New
The Wooden Dining Table from Lauritz has a rustic appeal. However, the Eames DSW chairs and the Fanett stools from Ilmari Tapiovaara are a modern element. Set atop a colorful carpet, they provide a wonderful juxtaposition of old and new styles.
The glass cabinet from IKEA stores the silverware. The beautiful ceiling lamp from Cable Board and candle holders add some elegance to the scene. The stairs lead upstairs to the bedroom and guest rooms.
A vintage trip lamp decorates the entrance to the kitchen. Similarly, the pictures of Helmut Newton, one of the couple’s favorite photographers, purchased at Lauritz, decorate the empty walls.
Artistic Look for Upper Hallway
The upper hallway leading to the bedroom effectively displays the artistic tastes of the couple. A picture of Carl Bengtsson hangs next to one of Kalle’s own pictures. The wooden cabinet is from Bolia and the bookcase is from Stalands. The camera purchased in New York and the images with moped motifs by Johan Gustafsson purchased at Lauritz, adds to the artistic look. The rattan chair from Dusty Deco and the plants bring some life to the decor.
Bedroom With Functional Furnishing
The bedroom is decorated similarly in modern, functional furnishings. A flattery furniture chair from Copenhagen and a twin lamp from Dusty Deco Bring Color to the White Decor.
On the other side, a daybed bought from Artillery sits beside a wooden office table. A beautiful carpet from Dusty Deco complements the second-hand replica of Eames stool before the desk. Colorful pillows and sheepskin rugs make the place look cozy and inviting.
The Small Yet Functional Bathroom
The bathroom area is small but functional at the same time. It also follows the classic white and wood theme. Kalle has again made the dark wood shelves himself. The beautiful baskets are from Granit. A wash basin from Blocket contrasts with the wooden shelves and cabinets below the basin. The round lamp above the mirror brings some elegance to the decor.