Name: Soffia Gardarsdottir
Location: Alftanes, Iceland
Size: 1991 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years, owned
Floral designer and interior stylist Soffia Gardarsdottir likes to mix it up. Often. We first got a peek at her inspiring Icelandic home in her house call two years ago...but it's already evolved a lot since. It's a stylishly designed home, but it's also comfortable, which is important for a family of four (five with dog, Storm).
Impressively, it didn't cost a lot of money to design their house. This creative husband and wife team love to buy secondhand and create things with their own hands. In fact, there's a DIY project in every room of the house, from the benches in the foyer and dining room, the shelves in the living room and more.
Soffia is such a fan of remixing her decor that they even own two different covers for their living room sofa, Ikea's Stocksund, so they can change the mood of their main living space. Soffia took photos with both cover options, and it does make a huge difference!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: I think "industrial farmhouse" hits the mark. I love neutral colors and try to create a certain calm in my rooms and that is often a challenge.
Inspiration: My style has been this way for years and I have been blogging on my site since 2010. But I have to admit when Joanna Gaines came along I felt like a prayer was answered. I think she is just amazing and I love her work.
Favorite Element: The large windows in the open family area are among the things that drew us to the house.
Biggest Challenge: The six months it took to renovate the entire house, that left us practically homeless. It was a good thing to have the best in-laws in the world who housed us, along with a toddler and our dog.
What Friends Say: Basically the first thing is: "What has changed since I came here last?" since everything is in rotation most of the time. I love mixing things up and finding them a new place.
Biggest Embarrassment: The blue color we chose on the walls of our first apartment. In the living room we thought that light yellow walls and a blue sofa were a good idea, it wasn't. Very Ikea logo-like color combination.
Proudest DIY: The Hyllis Ikea hack springs to mind, along with the sliding doors we made for the laundry. Then there are also the small things, like an old clock that became a "cabinet" for a statue. And My Hyllis Shelf.
Biggest Indulgence: To be honest I rarely indulge on very expensive things. I mostly buy from Goodwill and DIY things to my liking. This is a home that has to work for all family members, and we have two kids that play around the house, and for the longest time we had two Labradors. I like to shift things around, so buying things that are so expensive that I "have" to love them forever is not that appealing.
Best Advice: Find your style and stick to it. Your home should be a reflection of you and what you like and love. Also, there is a pure joy that comes from DIY-ing and creating something unique and so perfect for your home.
Dream Sources: Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn are just beautiful. But as I live in Iceland, I long to be able to simply shop in Target and on Amazon. Most stores don't ship to Iceland, and if they do it's very expensive.
PAINT & COLORS
Bench – DIY
Sliding doors — DIY
Stocksund sofa — Ikea
Hyllis Ikea hack — IKEA
Sofa table — DIY
Vittsjo Ikea hack
Table – mixed together from two different tables from "Craigslist"
Light – bought at a local hardware store and I added the branches to it
Chairs – similar can be found in Pier1
Curtains – Vivan from Ikea
Wall cabinet – DIY from a garage sale