Name: Kaja Bergerud
Location: Grünerløkka — Oslo, Norway
Size: 75 square meters (800 square feet)
Years lived in: 1 year, owned
Welcome to Scandi Week—Apartment Therapy's seven-day focus on all-things Scandinavia (often defined as the countries of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway). Sometimes it seems like the whole world is obsessed with trying to copy this corner of the globe, from its timeless style aesthetic to its now-famous coziness rituals. For the next week, we'll take a look at all of it—cleaning, pop culture, and of course tons of eye popping design inspiration. Pull up a blanket and get hygge with us. This tour is a rerun of a gorgeous Scandinavian home we toured a few years ago.
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
Concrete effect paint on accent walls in living area and kitchen
Accent wall in entry — Paint color — Oslo, by Lady Jotun
Pegs under jackets — Dots - Muuto
Wall art — Frame - Ikea. Picture - Søstrene Grene
Mirror — House Doctor
Sofa — Bolia
Side table — Bolia
Coffee table — Bolia
Yellow vase on floor — House Doctor
Area rug — Skeidar
Bean bag chairs — SACKit
Buffalo poster — allposters.no
Items on coffee table — HAY and Bloomingville
Sideboard — Bolia
Dining table — Bolia
Chairs — Habitat og Bolia
Pendel lamp — Bolia
Picture collage — Desenio
Cabinets. countertop — Kvik
Fan above stove — Ikea
Coffee maker — Moccamaster
Knife block — Bodum
Vases — Ferm Living
Bed — Jenssen
Night table — Granit.com
Art on floor — All Posters
Wardrobe — Ikea - Pax series
Jewelry box — Menu
Small lamp beside jewelry box — House Doctor
Shelf in show — Vipp
Soap in shower — Aesop
Soap dispenser — Bolia
Rug — House Doctor
Plant pot on floor — Granit.com
Towel rack — Åhléns
Towels — Home & Cottage
TV unit — Ikea
Side table — Bloomingville
Sofa — Ikea
Wall art — Market in Havanna, Cuba.
Blanket on sofa — Høie of Scandinavia
Yellow pillow — HAY
Items on side table — Bloomingville
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