If you thought

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Scandi style was all un­treated floor­boards, raw woods and mono­chrome walls, soft­ened by nat­u­ral tex­tures – hygge, in other words – think again. There’s a place in some Nordic hearts that loves to be cre­ative with colour and, for ev­i­dence, we need look no fur­ther than the Copen­hagen home of Fie Aspöck Jon­sen. Swoonin­duc­ing pinks, petrol blues and turquoise and sub­tle au­bergines and eau de nils vie for our at­ten­tion, tied to­gether with splashes of daf­fodil. ‘There’s some­thing about yel­low,’ says Fie. ‘There has to be a lit­tle of that shade in ev­ery room – it’s some­thing that’s al­ways been a part of me.’

Fie’s fa­ther was a pain­ter and his work has had a ma­jor in­flu­ence on her life. ‘A love for art is in my blood,’ she says. ‘I want lots of it around me. Colours were also a big fac­tor in my child­hood, as my par­ents were con­stantly chang­ing the look of our home, and where some may find it a bit chaotic and messy, I find com­fort in art­work and colours and love to be sur­rounded by them.’

Not that this beau­ti­fully com­posed pal­ette sprang fully formed from Fie’s imag­i­na­tion, rather it was de­vel­oped over time through trial and prac­tice. She and her hus­band Ul­rik found this pe­riod prop­erty some two and a half years ago and since then, have been busy ren­o­vat­ing the in­te­rior, knock­ing the two apart­ments they in­her­ited back into one com­plete house. ‘Ul­rik over­saw the prac­ti­cal el­e­ments, while I came up with the dec­o­rat­ing ideas,’ says Fie. ‘We had to live in the place for a while be­fore we could sense which colours to bring into play – I’ve gone through count­less swatches in or­der to find the ex­act shades. A house this size is a challenge be­cause the light in a room is al­ways chang­ing. Just when you think you’ve found the right tone, it looks wrong as the hours pass.’

Two other el­e­ments were es­sen­tial com­po­nents of Fie’s schemes: firstly, her ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of art­work and ob­jects – rang­ing from fam­ily heir­looms and flea-mar­ket finds to con­tem­po­rary Dan­ish paint­ings and her own colour­ful cre­ations, such as the study of paint-dipped vin­tage spoons that now hangs in the kitchen – and sec­ondly, her love of floor cov­er­ings, an at­tach­ment that grew out of the time she and Ul­rik spent in the UK. ‘We lived in Lon­don and have brought with us the idea of comfy floors,’ says Fie. ‘We Danes are tra­di­tion­ally a bit afraid of them, but they do add so much cosi­ness to a room.’

An­other English im­port that Fie was keen to in­tro­duce was the chalky tones of Far­row & Ball’s paints, spread­ing from the soft, se­duc­tive Dix Blue in the en­trance hall and the un­der­stated grey/ greens of Am­monite and Miz­zle in the kitchen through to the sil­very hues of Light Blue in the din­ing area – the per­fect back­drop to her more outré paint­ings and col­lectibles. The kitchen, in par­tic­u­lar, pro­vides a calm, re­flec­tive cen­tre to the house, al­low­ing the other spa­ces to forge more spec­tac­u­lar iden­ti­ties. ‘It’s en­tirely be­spoke,’ Fie ex­plains. ‘Our car­pen­ter built the cab­i­nets and the fronts, while the brass­work is es­pe­cially crafted. We also had the mar­ble work sur­faces im­ported di­rectly from an Ital­ian quarry.’

It’s still a fam­ily home, though, and Fie made sure that her chil­dren can hang out in com­fort with their friends. ‘Noth­ing here is too for­mal,’ she says. ‘We wanted to cre­ate a re­laxed at­mos­phere, where ev­ery­one can put up their feet and en­joy them­selves.’ Her son, Emil, who was born pre­ma­turely, has an es­pe­cially im­por­tant role in Fie’s life as it was he who was the in­spi­ra­tion for her com­pany Gob­a­bygo, which makes unique crawl­ing tights and non-slip socks for ba­bies to help strengthen their mo­tor skills when learn­ing to crawl.

With only the first floor of the house still a work in progress – Fie is keen to liven up the pas­tels that pre­dom­i­nate here – she can now con­cen­trate on pulling to­gether more eclec­tic pieces and art­work in her ever-grow­ing col­lec­tion. ‘There’s noth­ing wrong with mix­ing styles from dif­fer­ent eras,’ she says. ‘For me, this is what it’s all about – find­ing an item that fits with my own look, with­out giv­ing a thought as to its history, or whether or not it cost a small for­tune.’ As long as it’s burst­ing with colour, we sus­pect it will catch Fie’s eye… Learn more about Fie’s com­pany Gob­a­bygo at gob­a­bygo.co.uk

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