Mod­ern Clas­sics

Con­tem­po­rary abodes that blend cur­rent de­sign sen­si­bil­ity with a rev­er­ence for the past

Hong Kong Tatler Homes - - FRONT PAGE - By Livio Ger­ber Pho­tog­ra­phy Anne Ny­blaeus

What started out as a bit of light ren­o­va­tion work for in­te­rior de­signer Bir­gitta Örne on a 17th-cen­tury villa out­side Stockholm turned into a com­plete re­vamp—in the process, making it the ideal fam­ily abode for a couple with two young chil­dren.

To give the couple an idea of how a 17th-cen­tury villa could be trans­formed into a mod­ern home, Örne had the op­por­tu­nity to show the fam­ily around a property that be­longed to a for­mer client. “I had a pic­ture in my head of how it could be done, but it was dif­fi­cult to con­vey to the own­ers. Be­ing able to show them the house was very help­ful for the process,” says Örne. “They were very open to my ideas and placed a lot of trust in me. They went along with all my sug­ges­tions, so it was a smooth project in that sense.”

The couple wanted a home that was el­e­gant yet com­fort­able, dec­o­rated in a pal­ette of muted and neu­tral tones. While Örne de­cided to change just about ev­ery­thing in­side the 2,800sqft villa, she was care­ful to take into ac­count the charm­ing char­ac­ter of the 17th-cen­tury build­ing in the decor. With this in mind, she kept the beau­ti­ful blue mu­rals that adorn the walls of the din­ing room, as well as the vin­tage cast-iron stoves that were con­structed in both the din­ing room and the kitchen.

On the ground floor is the en­trance hall, fol­lowed by a guest toi­let, lounge area and din­ing room, as well as a kitchen with an ad­di­tional ca­sual din­ing area. Black and white mar­ble floors re­placed the brown brick floor in the en­trance hall, while a low fore­clo­sure by the stairs down to the base­ment was re­moved. To match the mar­ble, the oak stair­case lead­ing to the up­per floor was painted in black and white, and par­tially cov­ered with a sisal car­pet to make it slip-re­sis­tant—a much-needed fea­ture for a fam­ily with two grow­ing chil­dren. The walls were painted white and dec­o­rated with pan­elling.

The liv­ing room fea­tures a pal­ette of black, white and soft grey, punc­tu­ated by pieces of an­tique fur­ni­ture, with splashes of colour pro­vided by the boldly pat­terned cush­ions on the sofa and a dis­play of blue-and-white Chi­nese porce­lain on the man­tel­piece. In con­trast, the adjacent din­ing room is dec­o­rated in shades of cream and blue, match­ing the de­tailed mu­rals lin­ing the walls and one of the vin­tage stoves that takes up a cor­ner of the room. To this, Örne added a mod­ern el­e­ment that main­tained the 17th-cen­tury charm of the room—the iconic 2097 chan­de­lier by Ital­ian de­signer Gino Sar­fatti for Flos.

The sec­ond floor in­cludes the chil­dren’s rooms, the mas­ter bed­room and walk-in closet, the guest bed­rooms, a large bath­room, and a TV room with a li­brary; the wall be­tween the lat­ter two was re­moved to make space for a built-in book­case. Some stand­out fea­tures in­clude the black-and-white wall­pa­per, fea­tur­ing a de­tailed chi­nois­erie de­sign by Braque­nié named Delft, which was used for the up­per hall­way. In ad­di­tion, Örne also added beau­ti­ful Car­rara mar­ble on the walls and floors of the bath­rooms, and used mir­rors to make it look more spa­cious.

The ren­o­va­tions were so ex­ten­sive that the fam­ily de­cided to post­pone mov­ing into the house. “I al­ways ad­vise clients to move out of their home while it is be­ing ren­o­vated,” says Örne. “It’s bet­ter to bite the bul­let and get it all done at once, so that you can live in peace.”

Örne also gets the added ben­e­fit of be­ing able to see her clients enjoy their new res­i­dence to the fullest. “It’s won­der­ful to in­spire my clients and see them sat­is­fied with their new home,” she says. “That’s the best thing about my job.”

quiet re­treat Sev­eral of Örne’s fur­ni­ture de­signs are fea­tured through­out the home, such as the chic head­board used in one of the bed­rooms

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