Since I was about 3 years old I have been a sucker for colour, beautiful things and creativity. I have had colour phases of pink, red, green and yellow and blue. I loved fixing my own clothing arrangements, to my parents’ dismay, arrangeing my room and fixing and fiddleing by my desk. I stlll remember when I was about 7 or 8 and my parents got me some new furniture for my little girl’s room upstairs. Nothing major, but a new white work desk to be the bearer of new masterpieces and a whole lot of homework, red and white curtains, bed cover to match and a fresh paint on the walls. The makeover took a day or two and I wasn’t allowed up to see the result before it all was done. It was a very content Ulrika Collvin opening the door to her new mansion. Full of pride and love to all my beautiful things neatly arranged I probably sat right down making a painting to thank my parents and to show them my love (I wasn’t very good in saying I LOVE YOU out loud). We were never rich regarding money growing up. But my hard working parents were creative, talented and had an abundance of good taste, and they still do. This is something I feel I am carrying with me in my life as an adult. It is a sense of just feeling what looks good, or more rightely a feeling of what I think look good. Of course, taste is different. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I have today spent a beautiful day here in my surroundings with my lovely friend M and Ove the dog. Walking, talking and enjoying a perfect lunch al fresco at the restaurant Koloni. I live in the suburbian Nacka, about 15 minutes away from Stockholm city (30 minutes on my bike). Outside my door there are several opportunities to experience some of Sweden’s most beautiful gifts of nature. Cliffs, the archipelago, sea, lakes, “Nackareservatet”, forests, meadows and hills. Today I showed M a few pieces of my Nacka gems right outside my door step. I have tried to document it with my iPhone (camera+) to share it with you
Simple and and a joy! Garden gems at Koloni.
Lunching in the garden at Koloni. Fantastic food, all organic and fair trade like.
I did this evening also try to document my home. This was easier said than done with an iPhone and some camera+ filters and instacollage. I live in a simple 1 bedroom flat of 59 square metres. First hand contract which can be a rareity in Stockholm unless you have lived here for 15 years or plus. I have lived here for a total of 2,5 yrs now and I must say I love it. It fits me perfect even though it is far from perfect. I have an eclectic taste and a burning interest for design, furniture and design icons both modern and more retro. By photographing my things I realise;
a) my home is an array of colour, like a rainbow
b) I could write a story about almost all gadgets in my home. Most of the things have a special meaning to me.
c) I am very aware of what really matters in life. But some stuff just really mean things, even though it is just a bunch of gadgets. My Sirocco chairs for instance that my parents bought the same year I was born I proudly present in my living room with stains and tares. The messy oil painting by my bed that the girl I worked as nanny for when I was 19 made for me when she was 4,5. I can still see little Solveig coming running with the painting over her head. The birdlamp in copper wire from France by designer Mathieu Challières that I first saw in a restaurant and then savoured for 3 years before I dared spending the money to buy it. Anyway – welcome to my home, full of coulour, birds and love.
We are starting off in the hall. Trying to keep it tidy but this is on a good day. Things I love in particular is the graffiti like painting by Göran Hägg that I got from my parents, my trainers and the wooden vanity case from NoMess.
I have a very unglamorous and unsexy bathroom. It is basic and clean but without my gadgets it looks dead and spiritless. I tried to spice it up with colours of lemon and liqorice and a bit of zebra and elephant patterns(!!!!!). There is a small window by the bathtub leading straight onto the large oak tree just outside my house. I have a certain paranoia that squirrels haning around in the tree would be more than happy to pay me a visit naked in the tub.
Carrying on into the living room. The best with this room is the window with the big trees outside. Also I do love the Dixon lamp, my Sirocco chairs, the rug from Hay and the bargain sofa table that i got online.
My room for rest. That is all the action happening in that bed at the moment. I would love to say that I sit and write and work looking out on the trees. But, no, mostly I sit typing away in the sofa or lying on the floor in my closet. Things that are super important to me in this picture are the painting and my camera. The painting I mentioned earlier on and has been with me since 96 and travelled with me to the UK when I lived there and all the places I lived since I recieved it. It means a great deal and carries so many memories.
Spices and colour clashes and harmonies! I sure make magic happen in my kitchen. The vintage String shelf system was an online bargain and the white HAY chairs are super comfortable to sit in.
I girl dream has come true. My own piece of heaven all boxed into a closet with a soft rug to roll around in. Yes! I.L.O.V.E.C.L.O.T.H.E.S
“Outside of a dog a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”, Groucho MarxOf all things things that matter in my home. No place is home without the heart. And this fluffy heart is right at home.
I do apologize for this mastodont post and for potential colour chock. They say Scandinavian style is clean, light and simple. My style is a bold mix of cheap, expensive, old, new, bargains, gifts, priceless treasures and I would say it gives a good picture of me and my personality. Eclectic with a spark. Electric?
OK. And now on another note. 22 whole days before GL arrives to pay me and my eclectric home a visit. And the days cannot go fast enough! Longing I think the word is.
Mamma and pappa, if you read this; Thank you for bringing beauty to my life and inspire me with your interior design wickedness and for letting me create as a young one. I still am terrible saying it out loud. I.L.O.V.E.Y.O.U
That is that for now! Thank you loveys for looking and reading! And if you ever are in the Nacka area you know whose door to knock on.