COVER STORY

A Swedish coun­try house, dat­ing from 1929, has been given a bright new look

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - FEA­TURE Nicky Adams | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY ANNE Ny­blaeus/a de­sign Fea­tures

Arun-down four-storey coun­try house that dates from the Twen­ties might not have been the ob­vi­ous prop­erty to grab the at­ten­tion of in­te­rior de­signer Su­sanne Nyléns when she be­gan search­ing for her fam­ily’s next home. But con­sider that it is sur­rounded by ap­ple or­chards and is lo­cated on the shores of Stock­holm’s Lake Mälaren and the de­ci­sion to buy makes more sense.

‘This area is known as Hög­lan­det, which means “high land”,’ ex­plains Su­sanne, ‘so the views of the sur­round­ing land­scape are quite spec­tac­u­lar. From the start, I loved the huge gar­den and the seren­ity of the set­ting, and I could see that the in­side would be a great op­por­tu­nity to put some of my in­te­rior de­sign ideas into prac­tice.’

With its base­ment, at­tic and two floors of liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, as well as a tired pan­elled ex­te­rior façade that is typ­i­cal of the Ornäsvilla style of Swedish rus­tic ar­chi­tec­ture, the house was a sub­stan­tial ren­o­va­tion project.

Su­sanne firstly fo­cused her at­ten­tion on get­ting the in­te­rior ready for her busi­ness con­sul­tant hus­band Fredrik, as well as daugh­ter Ebba, 14, son Filip, 10, and Vera the fam­ily dog, to move in.

She lost no time in rip­ping out the old car­pet, which cov­ered ev­ery floor, and set­ting to work with a sander. ‘When we uncovered it, the ground floor was a mix­ture of dif­fer­ent types of wooden floor­ing,’ she says, ‘so we cre­ated a new her­ring­bone par­quet through­out the hall­way and into the kitchen to match the beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal in the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas.

‘ We also stripped all the stair­cases and painted ev­ery wall in cool, neu­tral tones. Do­ing this in­stantly brought the house

to­gether, giv­ing it a style of its own and mak­ing it feel even big­ger.’

Su­sanne cleared out the base­ment to make it work­able as a laun­dry room, store and garage and, on the ground floor, knocked through into the for­mer maid’s par­lour to ex­tend the kitchen and din­ing area to cre­ate a real fam­ily hub. ‘ We spend most of our time there,’ she says, ‘so that was re­ally a good idea. It’s a lovely and bright space with beau­ti­ful win­dows and doors that lead to the gar­den ter­race.’

As well as the four bed­rooms on the first floor, Su­sanne man­aged to carve out a TV room for the chil­dren. She also trans­formed the at­tic into a fifth bed­room with its own sit­ting area, mak­ing it ideal for guests. ‘I’m very pleased that we’ve re­tained the char­ac­ter of the in­te­rior of the house and sim­ply re­fined it,’ says Su­sanne. ‘It still feels sub­stan­tial, solid and spa­cious.’

The house hap­pily con­sumed fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings from the fam­ily’s pre­vi­ous home, and Su­sanne en­joyed pick­ing up new items as they caught her eye in stores and an­tique shops. ‘ When we travel, I’m al­ways on the look­out for vases, ceram­ics, cush­ions and all kinds of lovely cu­riosi­ties, whether new, her­itage or vin­tage,’ she says. ‘The monochrome colour scheme I’ve cho­sen meant I could add a lot of de­tail this way, with­out over­whelm­ing the house.’

Some of her favourite items are those she and her hus­band have in­her­ited. ‘The gold-framed paint­ings in the din­ing area were my grand­mother’s and Fredrik’s grand­fa­ther be­queathed us sev­eral clas­sic Swedish an­tiques, in­clud­ing the chair in the sit­ting room, which we re-cov­ered in vel­vet, and lots of or­na­ments and vases. They look at home next to new items that I’ve bought, and I love the way they add a bit of fam­ily her­itage to our home.’

The ex­te­rior of the house, how­ever, be­came Su­sanne’s next chal­lenge. ‘ We could not have imag­ined how much work it would be to re­place the façade and put on a new roof,’ she ad­mits. ‘The whole process took al­most six months and the place was such a mess. All we could do while it was go­ing on was think about how lovely it would be when it was fi­nally com­pleted!’

SIT­TING ROOMThe orig­i­nal fire­place (op­po­site) makes this a won­der­fully re­lax­ing spot in win­ter. Arm­chair in­her­ited from Fredrik’s grand­fa­ther and re-cov­ered in Opera sapin, £96m, Pierre Frey. cof­fee ta­ble, £723, Os­car & clothilde. be­spoke rug, Ntk europe

DIN­ING AREAWhite cup­boards and a dis­play of vin­tage bird prints cre­ate ap­peal­ing sym­me­try. Per söder­berg Neb ta­ble, £1,780, länna möbler. Hans J Weg­ner ch 24 chairs, £589 each; Jonas bohlin kvist light, £1,088, all skandium. Vin­tage bird prints, Home mar­ket

MAIN BED­ROOMRest­ful rich green ac­cents add vi­brancy to this stylish sleep­ing space. head­board, £585, Mille Notti. Domo bed­side ta­ble, £385, royal De­sign. Kon­sthantverk uno lamp, £123, Stock­holms Ljus­bu­tik. Deva green cush­ion cover, £ 45, Ch­hat­wal & Jon­s­son

EBBA’S BED­ROOMThe neu­tral palette in this room is lifted with a lit­tle bit of sparkle. head­board, from £59.50, Made by Märtha. grey cash­mere throw, £320, Stack­el­bergs. try Fifth Av­enue Sparkle gold cush­ion, £15, Dunelm. Jieldé Sig­nal ta­ble lamp, £215, Made in De­sign

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