Name: Tove Fogelström, husband and two kids (3 and 5 years old)
Location: Årsta — Stockholm, Sweden
Size: 1000 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned
"The first thing that struck me as I walked into the apartment were the large windows and the big trees just outside; it is a very peaceful place," explains architect Tove Fogelström. "The apartment is located in a school building from the '50s, which was turned into dwellings about twenty years ago, and being an architect I immediately fell in love with the exceptional qualities that distinguish this house from all the others we had been looking at."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Living with my partner and our two little boys the interior always changes, objects move around the house and are being played with in different ways. In a way it is challenging, but I'm very happy not to be very much of a perfectionist. I like to work with materials like concrete, wood, and textile, as well as colors and plants. The home is airy with the large windows and white walls; the interior is allowing, robust, and tactile. I should probably mention that my partner has his own green man cave, which he decorates.
Inspiration: There are so many pictures flowing by every day that influence me. But the most palpable inspiration is that many of my friends have such beautiful homes.
Favorite Element: I'm very happy about our cork kitchen table from IKEA where we all eat together every day; that's where we really meet.
Biggest Challenge: All the inner walls can be moved, and I keep playing with the thought of changing everything (this is most probably due to my profession), making more rooms and maybe adding a window here or there. That contributes to the feeling of the home as never really finished.
Proudest DIY: I'm quite handy with the power tools, but actually since having kids I decided not to spend much time building and painting by myself. So the big challenge is to try and make all the different objects fit together.
Biggest Indulgence: I had the cabinet by the entrance custom made and painted in a specific pink color.
Best Advice: Probably that a home keeps changing with its inhabitants and it is very exciting to be a part of that process.
Söderhamn Sofa — IKEA
Ivar wood cabinet — IKEA
Home desk — George Nelson
Vitra Stool E60 — Artek
Kohornsstolen chair — by Hans J. Wegner
Vintage Etch Brass lamp — Tom Dixon
Slab Stacking Chair — by Tom Dixon
Tripp Trapp stol — Stokke
Sinnerlig cork table — IKEA