A re­vised lay­out, colour-filled walls and bold dec­o­rat­ing choices help rein­vig­o­rate this tired old apart­ment

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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.

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