Last word

Syd­neysider Mel Ch­es­neau started her in­te­ri­ors blog in Auck­land but now lives in Sö­der­malm, a hip is­land in cen­tral Stock­holm.

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Mel Ch­es­neau.

I live on the fourth floor of a beau­ti­ful old apart­ment block with my hus­band Guil­laume, our three chil­dren and our cat. We were so lucky to get some­thing so big: 180m2. It’s a ne­ces­sity for kids who grew up climb­ing trees in Auck­land.

Peo­ple have de­scribed our in­te­rior style as bobo – aka bour­geois bo­hemian, and not to be con­fused with boho! Mostly, it’s a home that’s lay­ered with our sto­ries.

I’d heard about the im­por­tance of mak­ing your home hyggeligt, but it wasn’t un­til I moved here that I truly grasped the con­cept. In win­ter, the sun sets at 2:45pm, so it’s cru­cial for your well­be­ing to have a lovely, invit­ing haven to come home to. Can­dles work won­ders and you can see them flick­er­ing in ev­ery­one’s win­dows.

We have a week­end rit­ual at home that I cher­ish. When Guil­laume and I wake up, we call out to our chil­dren, who’ve usu­ally been up play­ing for a while. One of them will hear us and yell, “Cud­dle time!” then all three bolt into our bed­room and jump un­der the cov­ers with us for a snug­gle and a chat. styled­can­; @styled­can­vas

“In Scan­di­navia, re­dec­o­rat­ing is a na­tional sport, so some amaz­ing de­signer pieces end up in auc­tion houses.”

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