FIFTY SHADES OF BLUE

This 1920s cot­tage gets a facelift with vi­brant color and eye-catch­ing pat­tern.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY EMMA PERS­SON LAGERBERG/HOUSE OF PIC­TURES

Warm, cozy and to­tally blue—dis­cover how one vi­brant color and eye-catch­ing pat­terns turned a 1920s cot­tage into an artis­tic and won­der­fully chic home.

STILL LIFE LIV­ING. In the liv­ing room, both books and plants are placed in the big win­dow. Blog col­league Hanna Wess­man’s green

pots have had the place of honor along with Kristin’s fa­vorite gera­ni­ums and gink­gos. “We col­lect gera­ni­ums and old chairs,”

Kristin laughs of her fa­vorite dec­o­rat­ing el­e­ments.

|OP­PO­SITE| BOHO BEAUTY. The liv­ing room is a bal­ance of clas­sic and cre­ative, from the over­stuffed sofa with an­tique style legs to the graphic trel­lis area rug that un­der­scores the vin­tage

Bent­wood rock­ing chair and cof­fee ta­ble.

Tex­ture plays a big role in giv­ing her monochro­matic color pal­ette

some di­men­sion. “I chose a higher-shine paint fin­ish for the deeper blue-painted fur­ni­ture and a satin fin­ish for the doors and trim to give the room a lit­tle bit of

SPARKLE and POP,” she says. FAM­ILY STYLE. The large con­crete ta­ble can ac­com­mo­date a big fam­ily and many guests, and sur­round­ing the ta­ble is a mix of old chairs col­lected over time and culled from vin­tage mar­kets, shops, and friends and fam­ily.

Warm, cozy and to­tally blue. That’s how a quick de­scrip­tion of the home of blog­ger, dec­o­ra­tor and pho­tog­ra­pher Kristin Lagerqvist would go. Then there are, of course, a thou­sand ways to de­scribe how she has crafted an artis­tic, cre­ative and won­der­fully chic in­te­rior guided by Bo­hemian ideals and shaped by clas­sic cot­tage charm. When Kristin and her hus­band, Jonas, were con­sid­er­ing the house, they came to re­al­ize it had a well-doc­u­mented and in­ter­est­ing his­tory. “We still have blue­prints and orig­i­nal owner’s es­tate in­ven­tory here, along with the hand­writ­ten con­tract where the cost of the con­struc­tion is de­tailed ... just over $2,200!” she says.

Over the years, there has been a bak­ery and a shop in the base­ment, and later also an an­tiques dealer’s shop, cloth­ing store and ad­ver­tis­ing agency. To­day Kristin and Jonas have de­signed the space to be cheer­fully so­phis­ti­cated and yet comfy and ca­sual enough for their three young boys.

COLOR ME HAPPY

The house was care­fully taken care of by the pre­vi­ous own­ers, so it re­quired no ma­jor ef­forts by Kristin and Jonas to shape a home that suited them. It was just the blue tones that were added. “We re­painted all the rooms and wall­pa­pered them to bet­ter re­flect our style and that’s it!” she says. “Blue has al­ways been my color. There is some­thing re­as­sur­ing and com­fort­ing with the dif­fer­ent tones of the sky and the sea.”

The pri­mary shade of blue that Kristin uses through­out has a gray un­der­tone so that it can re­cede a bit and not over­whelm the spa­ces. How­ever, she opts for deeper sat­u­rated tones to make cer­tain el­e­ments pop. The light­est blue—a faint sky blue—ap­pears in the din­ing room to al­low her gallery wall to take cen­ter stage.

Tex­ture plays a big role in giv­ing her monochro­matic color pal­ette some di­men­sion. “I chose a higher-shine paint fin­ish for the deeper blue-painted fur­ni­ture and a satin fin­ish for the doors and trim to give the room a lit­tle bit of sparkle and pop,” she says.

TRUE BLUE. The blue Ch­ester­field couch was a great vin­tage find for the fam­ily. All the plant life in the house helps to lighten the mood and coun­ter­bal­ance the deep blue tones.

PAT­TERN PLAY

An­other el­e­ment that adds a flash of the un­ex­pected to Kristin’s color pal­ette is wall­pa­per, and not just any wall­pa­per, but state­ment-mak­ing wall­pa­per.

“I sup­pose some peo­ple would con­sider my pat­tern choices a bit on the wild side, but if you think about it from a de­sign stand­point, they are re­ally rooted in clas­sic pat­terns: damask, toile and chi­nois­erie.”

That her pat­tern picks are tra­di­tional yet the mo­tifs and scale are un­ex­pected is ex­actly what makes her rooms feel mod­ern but time­less. From the large bou­quet flo­ral in the en­try­way to the fan­tas­ti­cal bird pat­tern in the liv­ing room, the de­signs are bold, but not im­prac­ti­cal.

Even in rooms where Kristin de­parts from the bright and vi­brant tones of the rest of the house, the color and pat­tern choices seem to echo the vibe of the space. In the break­fast nook, for ex­am­ple, she chose an earth­ier and more sub­dued Arts and Crafts flo­ral pat­tern to match her Dan­ish mod­ern dinette set.

Even in the mas­ter bed­room, where she opted for a “quiet” sage green, the walls are cov­ered in rough linen wall­pa­per, which is sub­tle yet no less thought­ful, in a way that imbues the room with cozy tex­ture.

“I sup­pose some peo­ple would con­sider my pat­tern choices a bit on the wild side, but if you

think about it from a de­sign stand­point, they are re­ally rooted in clas­sic pat­terns:

DAMASK, TOILE and CHI­NOIS­ERIE.” COLOR CODED. The view to­ward the of­fice re­veals how Kirstin paired the per­fect shade of faint-blue paint to bring out the teal and light-blue wall­pa­per.

CLAS­SI­CAL COOK­ING. The kitchen is spa­cious, bright and clas­si­cally dec­o­rated with gray kitchen cab­i­nets and brass fit­tings, sub­way tile and mar­ble coun­ters. The pine-plank floors give it a rus­tic edge that matches the ca­sual vibe of the rest of the house.

EARTHY ELE­GANCE. The mod­ern brass Bum­ling pen­dant punc­tu­ates the Dan­ish mod­ern chairs in the break­fast nook. Coun­ter­bal­anc­ing the mod­ern vin­tage style is Kristin’s choice of wall­pa­per: an Arts and Crafts flo­ral that brings a grace and so­phis­ti­ca­tion into the room.

VIN­TAGE VIBE

The house has, of course, also been filled with the cou­ple’s fur­ni­ture and pos­ses­sions, which in­clude vin­tage finds, heir­looms, lots of art and small ce­ramic still lifes. The crys­tal chan­de­lier in the of­fice Kristin in­her­ited from her grand­mother—also the fine porce­lain she uses ev­ery day in the kitchen.

ECLEC­TIC WORK. The of­fice is wall­pa­pered with pat­terns from Emma von Brömssen’s col­lec­tion Danc­ing Crane; both the desk and dresser are vin­tage. The old chan­de­lier used to be­long to Kristin’s grand­mother.

And the home is filled with plenty of green plants. The outdoors and in are blurred not only by the nat­u­ral pat­terns in her dé­cor, but also by the liv­ing, breath­ing ac­ces­sories that are her go-to. “Things are just things. How­ever, I think that plants are im­por­tant in a home,” Kristin says. “Though the fam­ily and the ev­ery­day life we live here are most im­por­tant. There should be many so­cial ar­eas to play and hang out in, but also rooms to be able to get away and be left alone in. I think we have found a good mix in that way here at home.”

IN­DIGO ROAD. Canopies, pen­nants and speak­ers to play pop star with make Kristin’s son’s room per­fect for the young ad­ven­turer. The wall­pa­per by Ithaque de­picts sail­ing ships and curl­ing waves—a great pat­tern that feels per­fect for a young buy, yet mod­ern for when the room dé­cor needs to change. IN­DIGO ROAD. Canopies, pen­nants and pa­pier-mâché an­i­mal heads make Kristin’s son’s room per­fect for the young ad­ven­turer. The wall­pa­per by Ithaque de­picts sail­ing ships and curl­ing waves—a great pat­tern that feels per­fect for a young boy, yet mod­ern for when the room dé­cor needs to change.

“BLUE has al­ways been

my color. There is some­thing re­as­sur­ing and com­fort­ing with the dif­fer­ent tones of the sky and the sea.”

|LEFT| ART WITH HEART. On the walls you find Kristin’s own pic­tures, torn out news­pa­per pages and pho­tos taken by friends.

|BE­LOW| INTO THE DEEP. The blue Bi­tossi pot­tery col­lec­tion and the blue cab­i­net have been in the fam­ily for many years. The cab­i­net holds all the fam­ily games, and the paint­ing

comes from Kristin’s child­hood home. The color on the wall is from a cap­sule col­lec­tion within Swedish paint bou­tique Nord­sjö Färg named Krick­e­lin Haze Blue. (Visit nord­sjo.se).

|TOP LEFT| FINE ART WALLS. The kitchen was in place and com­pletely ren­o­vated be­fore they moved in. All they had to do was wall­pa­per the break­fast nook with one of their fa­vorites from Wil­liam Mor­ris.

|ABOVE| EV­ERY­DAY HEIR­LOOMS. Kristin uses her grand­mother Mil­dred’s porce­lain ev­ery day.

CAB­I­NET OF CU­RIOSI­TIES. The an­tique hutch holds ev­ery­thing pre­cious, and it works like a doll­house for Kristin, where she plays around daily with how she ar­ranges her col­lec­tions.

|ABOVE LEFT| OUT­SIDE IN. A large en­trance hall with big beau­ti­ful blooms greets you when you step into the house, giv­ing the en­try a green­house or so­lar­ium feel. The walls are pa­pered with Seraphina (De­sign­ers Guild) all the way up to the up­per floor.

|ABOVE| A PLACE TO CO­COON. Kristin wanted the bed­room to be a qui­eter, more peace­ful de­par­ture from the vi­brancy of the rest of the house, to cre­ate a true respite. Bed­ding from Merci in Paris adds that per­fect sense of lux­ury.

|LEFT| WARM COM­FORT. Kristin opted for solid-col­ored wall­pa­per yet introduced a linen tex­ture that makes the room feel liked it’s en­veloped in a cozy sweater.

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