SOME PEOPLE LOVE crisp new apartments while others like older-style places where a sense of history emanates from the walls. But Emma Persson Lagerberg and her husband Bengt Lagerberg didn’t realise how much they preferred the latter until they had experienced both. Six years ago, when Emma was pregnant with their first child, Otis, they moved from an older apartment into a new terrace – and quickly realised that it was the apartments with history, especially those that hadn’t been extensively renovated, which really captured their hearts.
“If you like to let your interior design gradually develop, want to combine different styles and also appreciate the atmosphere of old rooms, you should move into an older house,” Emma advises
So the couple went house-hunting again, looking for an older place that hadn’t undergone a complete renovation. “There are a frightening number of apartments with new, extravagant kitchens with the best modern appliances, but you get the feeling no one ever actually uses them for cooking,” Emma says of their search. “We wanted an apartment without an elaborate kitchen and also without lowered ceilings with inbuilt spotlights, which are yet another trend of the past decade. I am not fond of them!”
The couple eventually found an old, delightful 130 sq m apartment, that had not undergone a renovation formany years. It fitted the bill perfectly. “It’s a house with walls that are 100 years old, so you get the feeling that this is a place where many people have lived and loved,” Emma says. “And it only appeared a little worn. Old apartments get worn in a much nicer way than new ones; the materials are often of a much better quality.” But as much as they loved the place, particularly the generous proportions of the rooms, the high ceilings and the beautiful old windows and doors, a small renovation was in order.
Bengt did most of the work, painting the floorboards and walls, and boarding up a doorway between the kitchen and Otis’s bedroom. Then the couple stamped their style on the home. “I am not interested in design classics, especially when they act as status symbols,” Emma says of her furnishing choices. “If I like a piece of furniture I don’t mind it coming from a budget store or second-hand shop like recliner chair and set of chairs with sofa.” But she always chooses pieces made to last. “There are few fragile things in this home – it just doesn’t work when you have two small children,” she says. “We like to be surrounded by a small degree of untidiness. Bengt and I fall for homes where the personality of the occupants is clearly evident.” This is certainly the case at their place. Emma, Bengt, Otis and Ib are home, at last.
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