Name: Kaja Bergerud
Location: Grünerløkka — Oslo, Norway
Size: 75 square meters (800 square feet)
Years lived in: 1 year; Owned
Kaja, a marketing consultant, and her partner Thomas found their dream home in 2015 when they come across a listing for a newly renovated loft. The top floor of this historic four-floor building had remained untouched since its construction in 1914. In 2015 developers transformed this space into modern apartment units where dwellers can enjoy a view over beautiful central Oslo.
This home's most striking feature is the vaulted ceilings that make the space feel open, airy and luxurious. It's not often a bathroom can be described as breathtaking, but this one truly is. Looking up at the 16-foot ceiling while enjoying a rainfall shower or sinking into the giant soaker tub is sure to be a unique experience.
While color has been creeping into this Nordic home in recent years, a white and wood canvas is still standard. Kaja delicately adds depth with blue and green accents, and a bright yellow coffee table reminds us of her playful personality. Kaja has created polished and coherent decor throughout the space, from the color in the entry, to the concrete walls and minimal bedroom.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: My style is classic, sporty and simple. Our home is also influenced by my boyfriend who has an above average interest in interior design.
Inspiration: I am inspired by other people's homes, characters, designers and the outdoors. The combination of these is what forms my style and how I would like my home to be. More specifically, I love Danish and Norwegian design, Illums Bolighus, window shopping, Instagram, Pinterest, and personalities such as Gunhild Stordalen, Olivia Palermo and Camilla Pihl.
Favorite Element: The dining table. I love being able to gather friends and family for dinner and entertaining.
Biggest Challenge: I can't say that we have any big challenges really. This is truly our dream apartment. I even appreciate the four flights of stairs. Great exercise!
What Friends Say: We live in a fairly old area of town with a lot of architectural history, so many think it's neat to see such a modern apartment in such an old building. And most people love the bathroom.
Biggest Embarrassment: Well, not that it's a big embarrassment, but I do look forward to giving the space a little more personality. We've only lived there for a year and everything from the paint to the furniture is still so new that sometimes I wonder if it feels a little "showroom-ish".
Proudest DIY: I am proud of the styling. I feel we managed to work with the slanted ceilings, choose items we really love and keep the decor somewhat minimal. I haven't gotten around to any big projects yet, but we have an ambitious plan to paint an accent wall behind the bed—it is over 5 meters (16 feet) high.
Biggest Indulgence: The dining table.
Best Advice: Follow real estate listings over time. Don't rush. Broaden your search. Although you may have your heart set on a specific neighborhood, expand your search a little further than the area you'd like to buy in. Your dream home may suddenly pop up in an amazing area that you maybe haven't even heard of.
Dream Sources: Bolia, HAY, Bloomingville, Granit.com, Stelton, Ferm Living, Menu, Nordmann Copenhagen, Muuto.
PAINT & COLORS
- White paint on all walls.
- Concrete effect paint on accent walls in living area and kitchen
- Accent wall in entry: Paint color: Oslo, by Lady Jotun
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