A revised layout, colour-filled walls and bold decorating choices help reinvigorate this tired old apartment
Bold decorating choices, walls painted in a range of hues and an eye for new trends took this villa from tired to contemporary
who lives here? Cathrine de Lichtenberg, consultant and entrepreneur, her husband Anders and their dog Pedersen. @cathdelichtenberg
Art and soul In the living room, artist Jakob Steen has painted a botanical mural. A vintage Flag Halyard chair, Diamond table by FOS and Sputnik lamp by Paul de Haan provide stark contrast. Stylish storage A gold, G-shaped table from Belgo Chrome (opposite) houses a cool collection of coffee table books.
Dine with me Pale pink walls bring a welcoming atmosphere to the dining area. Cathrine chose the dark-smoked oak Eat dining table from Via Copenhagen and complementary Fritz Hansen chairs. A Vertigo pendant by Constance Guisset defines the space. Cup of joy The couple kept the home’s original corner cabinets – in the bedroom (opposite), they display vintage Arcopal France “Harlequin” tea cups and saucers in pastel hues.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PERSUASION. While homeowner Cathrine de Lichtenberg was instantly sold on this somewhat tired old villa in the heart of Frederiksberg, Denmark, her husband Anders took some convincing. But armed with plans for a complete layout overhaul and some modern updates, she quickly made her case for what would become the contemporary home of their dreams, and the couple bought the property in 2017.
OLD MEETS NEW A massive conversion saw the kitchen become the bathroom, and living areas morph into the kitchen and bedroom. Original features, such as built-in corner cabinets, parquet flooring and marble windowsills all serve as a reminder of the home’s stately past, whereas new windows, doors and a minimal, symmetrical kitchen by Unoform provide a contemporary contrast. “There’s a certain beauty in keeping some of the bygone elements,” Cathrine says. “Our challenge was to build a bridge between old and new.”
KEEP IT FRESH For the interiors, Cathrine’s carefully chosen colour palette of pale pink, coral, yellow, orange and deep blue can be seen in the walls, curtains, furniture and decorative accents. Modern artworks sit alongside vintage chairs and shaggy Moroccan boucherouite rugs. And with new finds and impulses, this picture is always evolving. “I’m easily excited, constantly change my mind and am forever looking to new trends,” Cathrine smiles.