SWEDISH STARS AND STRIPES

With its blue and white pal­ette and pared-down style, in­te­ri­ors en­tre­pre­neur KRISTINA LINDHE’s Stock­holm home is a love let­ter to New Eng­land

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In­side a Stock­holm home that’s a blue and we­hit­love letetr ot New Eng­land tsyle

‘Ornäs villa,’ says Kristina, let­ting the words sit there for a mo­ment be­fore de­scrib­ing her Swedish home’s tra­di­tional Scan­di­na­vian style. Orig­i­nally built in 1929, its ar­chi­tec­ture is in­formed by the tim­ber res­i­dences of the cool, al­most arc­tic, re­gions of the north; how­ever its in­te­ri­ors draw in­flu­ence from fur­ther afield and across the pond – the East Coast of the United States.

Kristina’s look mixes white linens with navy stripes and bold checks with warm woods. ‘It’s clas­sic with a con­tem­po­rary twist, much like the Lex­ing­ton brand,’ she ex­plains. Auc­tion-house gems such as pewter plates are beau­ti­fully com­ple­mented by flea-mar­ket treasures, but Kristina doesn’t overdo it: ‘I don’t like too many pieces in a room – no one wants to live in an ex­hi­bi­tion.’

The Lex­ing­ton brand is named after a small town just out­side Bos­ton in Mas­sachusetts – the heart of New Eng­land. Kristina’s trav­els around the re­gion in­spired her de­sign choices and led to the con­cep­tion of Lex­ing­ton. ‘I loved the re­laxed style of the cedar­wood houses – it all struck a chord with me.’

And Kristina saw a gap in the mar­ket. At the time, the Lex­ing­ton sense of un­der­stated lux­ury had been taken up by a few lead­ing fash­ion la­bels but not by the in­te­ri­ors world. ‘I saw an op­por­tu­nity to build an in­ter­na­tional brand from the de­sign per­spec­tive and style that I love.’

Kristina’s pas­sion for her house gave her the drive to get things right for her range. ‘For me, the bed­room is the most im­por­tant room in the house; it is where I re­lax, there­fore our bed­li­nen had to be per­fect,’ she says. Lex­ing­ton

bed­ding is made from shirt fab­rics: ‘If you can imag­ine the per­fect shirt, newly washed and crisp, you can un­der­stand the feel­ing.’ Sourc­ing the right fab­rics and man­u­fac­tur­ers was a long process, but, says Kristina, ‘It was worth it. Lex­ing­ton stands for qual­ity, and that is some­thing that we would never com­pro­mise.

‘Ren­o­vat­ing a house and build­ing an in­ter­na­tional com­pany at the same time was prob­a­bly not a good idea,’ she adds with a laugh. ‘I painted the walls white to let the light in, then added tex­tiles, up­dat­ing cov­ers and throws with each sea­son to re­fresh the style.’ But she was de­ter­mined not to be over­stated. ‘Style does not de­mand big ac­tions; it is about the lit­tle things. Every de­tail is con­sid­ered and has to have a pur­pose.’

For more in­for­ma­tion about Lex­ing­ton, visit lex­ing­ton­com­pany.com

RIGHT ‘I like to keep it calm and the colour pal­ette pared back,’ says Kristina about her din­ing room. ‘I love ta­ble set­tings for that rea­son; it gives me the free­dom to choose colours and cre­ate themes for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions.’ For a sim­i­lar ta­ble, try Lom­bok (lom­bok.co.uk)

LEFT In the liv­ing room tra­di­tional Swedish dala horses dec­o­rate the white cabi­net and add a splash of colour. For a sim­i­lar chair, try Er­col (er­col.com) RIGHT Dur­ing win­ter Kristina likes to brighten the rooms with flow­ers. Her book,

Liv­ing With Lex­ing­ton, is a cof­fee-ta­ble sta­ple. ‘I’m so proud of the Lex­ing­ton jour­ney and the book took years to com­pile’

LEFT ‘The kitchen needed a lot of work when we moved in; it took a few years to ren­o­vate,’ says Kristina. The tiles are from Swedish com­pany Room. For sim­i­lar, try Vic­to­rian Plumb­ing (vic­to­ri­an­plumb­ing.co.uk)

ABOVE As Lex­ing­ton is a global brand, Kristina and her hus­band of­ten work away from home, so in the mas­ter bed­room she has cre­ated ‘a col­lage wall of all the peo­ple I care about’. The vel­vet bed­cover and cush­ions are from Lex­ing­ton

LEFT Kristina opted for striped wall­pa­per in the guest room. The leather arm­chair was bought at auc­tion and the cush­ion is from Lex­ing­ton

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