In Sweden, we love a public holiday and to make it a special occasion. Easter is in very much a family gathering, and we like to decorate the house together. The Easter twigs take centre stage in a pretty vase, and we also like small chicks, hand coloured eggs and to dust off the family crockery ahead of that all important family meal.
I inherited two Bauhaus style chairs from my late grandfather, who had a great eye for design and a passion for quality. The chairs were originally upholstered in deco green leather, but I’ve recently upholstered them in a zebra print ”Le Zebre” from Brunchwig & Fils. This handprinted linen fabric goes well with the streamlined design and the chrome finish. Using animal pattern was popular in the 1920s when the chairs were originally made (Le Corbusier’s Chaise Longue was covered in cowhide). It is remarkable to think that these chairs are nearly 100 years old and still look so contemporary.
When we moved to Barnes, I felt I had come home. I left Sweden 20 years ago to get away from the small village I grew up in, yet always felt slightly homesick and proud when I thought about my beloved Lyckorna. In Barnes, I found a village, in London, a home away from home. I know we’ve been here just for 6 months, but it feels like longer. It’s like when you meet The One; like you’ve been together for ages and it’s meant to be.
When we moved into our new house, I decided to invest in new Christmas decorations. Over the last few months I’ve hunted down the perfect baubles which come from The Conran Shop, Liberty of London, National Trust, TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer. The Swedish Yule goat underneath the tree from IKEA (old). The tree is finished off with bunches of Baby’s Breath – a more natural and elegant alternative to tinsel.
I also invested in a mini tinsel tree from Petersham Nurseries. I used to have one of these when I was a little girl and couldn’t resist getting one for my son! The lanterns also come from Petersham Nurseries and the silver bowl is a 1960s vintage piece from Orrefors of Sweden.
This year I’m matching our new front door in Farrow & Ball Black Blue with a simple green wreath, made from holly, ivy, rosemary and eucalyptus branches. It is an homage to the original owners of the house, who made their living from a smallholding, selling fruit and herbs to wealthy Chelsea residents across the river. And it also matches the modern, shiny chrome door furniture.
Making a wreath is simple – all you need is a few twigs and branches, garden wire and a bit of patience.
A bunch of fresh flowers can really transform a room. I like keeping blooms seasonal – cabbage style flowers paired with eucalyptus branches and rust coloured hydrangea look good on the kitchen table this time of year.
Trivet from Svenskt Tenn.
When it comes to interior design, I like mixing it up. I don’t believe you have to stick to one particular ‘era’ or ‘style’. The bay window of our 1850s cottage is adorned with Verner Panthon’s famous Flowerpot light (designed in 1969), some tea light holders from Petersham Nurseries and a planter from Kew Gardens. The screen in the background is designed by Swedish designer Margot Barabolo.