WHO LIVES HERE? LINA EKSTRAND, AN ILLUSTRATOR, HER PARTNER MATTHIAS, THEIR ONE-YEAR-OLD SON NIKOLAJ AND THEIR THREE CATS.
Pretty vignette Lina has decorated the coffee table in the living room with candlesticks from flea markets, a glass bottle with an acorn in it from Swedish interior design company Svenskt Tenn and a glass ball with a dandelion in it, which was a present from a friend. Frock up Lina is a big fan of vintage kimonos. This one came from an antique market in New York. The wall displays “things that make me happy” – photos of family members, drawings and paintings and a photograph by Karolina Krupa, who took these pictures of Lina’s house. Black and white The couple tiled the walls, put up the shelves and painted the cupboards in the kitchen as they felt the room was too modern for the old house (opposite).
Garden inspo Lina’s artwork (opposite) features more botanical elements since moving to the house – she takes inspiration from her garden. A
IT TOOK ILLUSTRATOR LINA and her partner Matthias more than 90 visits to different properties to find their perfect home – a beautiful house in Österlen in southern Sweden with no neighbours but plenty of character. “We’d always dreamed of living in the countryside,” Lina says. “I was tired of cities and wanted to be in the wilderness.”
THRIFTY FINDS The couple have been gradually renovating their home every day since they moved in, and try to do as much as they can themselves. “About half of the house is finished,” Lina says. “It’s been a massive job. I constantly get new ideas, so it’s an ongoing process.” Lina’s personality is reflected in the many objects she has collected over the years. “Thrifting is one of my favourite things to do. I’m always coming across pricey items for a couple of kronors in flea markets.”
VINTAGE INTERIORS Lina works from home in her studio, with three cats and lots of greenery for company. “My studio was the biggest project – we dug out the floor by hand and put in underfloor heating,” Lina says. Equal parts light and dark, the interiors are spacious with a ripe, vintage feel. “The whole interior was painted white, which I hate, so we are slowly filling the house with colour – painting and refurbishing the floors and trying to use old details and materials.”
THE GOOD LIFE The accompanying garden almost outshines the house. “It’s an old showcase garden that was planned and planted about 20 years back,” Lina says. “It has a large walnut tree, a mulberry tree, berry bushes, apple and cherry trees. It’s a massive amount of work, but it’s always worth it when August comes around and you can feast on organic fruit and veg. The location here is perfect. The place just gives you a sense of inner peace.”