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sneak peek: anne lise kjaer

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scandinavian born trend forcaster anne lise kjaer lives and works from her 4 bedroom victorian house in north london’s highgate. her company, kjaer global, works with an internationally recognized client base with wide reach. as someone savvy to social trends, it’s fascinating to see today’s wonderful peek into her home and the ways she has incorporated feng-shui and balance to allow for the space to serve its dual purpose. an indian friend one told anne lise that white was the most spiritual color (or non-color) of them all, and in agreement,  white became the basis for a clean canvas welcoming lots of natural daylight and a space that can be curated to fit any occasion. the house was purchased in 2006 and went over nearly a year and a half of a-z renovations. don’t miss full-sized (and un-cropped) images right here that will give you an even better sense of this soothing space. {thanks, anne lise!}anne

{images by Harald Brekke and Kjaer}

[ Everything in the bedroom is white apart from the framed art over the fireplace and the objects on the mantelpiece. This room is my calm white heaven and recovery zone – a place for recharging. The energies are just amazing for meditating early in the morning. The hand crochet bedcover is from Colombia is almost 100 years and a gift from my son’s grandmother’s home in Cartagena. The two framed art pieces over the fireplace in the bedroom is a limited edition of 50 by Danish artist Nina Saunders who lives and works in London. I bought them in 2002 from the Kiosk Project curated by my friend Regitze Bondesen (the granddaughter of Denmark’s renowned iconic lamp manufacturers in Louis Poulsen). It’s lovely to have artwork and objects from friends as it feels like their energy surrounds you. Other art pieces bought from the Kiosk Project include a miniature sculpture by Trine Olrik in the living room.]

In fact in the reading area I have some art pieces on the window seal curated with some fresh flowers. The 1930’s banana coach refereeing to the slightly rounded shape and the chairs was re-covered with a lovely durable linen material in a neutral colour to bring a feeling summer into this room. I bought them second for £50 back in Denmark 20 years ago and they traveled from Denmark via Germany (where I lived for 4 years) to London where they have had several homes. We have so many books that it’s unreal. The reference books we use all the time are here, my studio and the garden studio is also full of books and our country house in Norway has all our Scandinavian books. Thankfully my husband designed the shelves to utilize the space 100%. The large white standing wall lamp is from Gubi design company and the matching ceiling lamp is from Norman – both bought in Copenhagen.

The most iconic feature throughout the whole house is the blond wooden floor. The original planks were striped down and treated with lye followed by 2 coats white oil to keep them fresh and blond looking at all times. The handmade rug makes creates a perfect cocoon and lounge setting for relaxing and contemplating. To keep the yin and yang balanced in this space we used our dark wood furniture. Like the desk, the chair from my grandmother and the old travel trunk I bought from a friend for £50 almost 30 years ago. We placed the antique Spanish corner cupboard so we could hide all our technology. The B&O radio & DVD player, our play station and Wii all lives perfectly in here with all our DVDs and connects perfectly with the old B&O television over the fireplace. The table is our old kitchen table that we repaired and reduced to match the seating area. We have a good collection of Scandinavian glassware, as I can’t stop buying vintage and recently since working with iittala in Finland I have added a few Alvar Aalto pieces. My dream piece is the the new glass art by Harri Koskinen. I think I will have to wait to give myself a piece for Christmas. I have 3 artpeices on the wall. One is a bitumen print on craft paper and canvas by Columbian artist Oswaldo Macia, on the desk is a framed glove by Persian artist Koushna Navabi and finally the oil painting at the back by Scottish artisk Alan McDonald.

This was the space that made the biggest difference to our home. When we first bought it, it was quite dark. The space over the kitchen contains my son’s bedroom and a bathroom. We decided to go very ‘Scandi’ and create a ‘Hems’ which is bacically a space on top of a room that can double as a place to sleep. Here we installed 3 Velux windows and we have a heavenly light space with clever Ikea storage for foot wear and even a big wall for the large painting by my friend German painter Sybille Berger who sadly passed away in 2008. This painting was one of my first real art investments I bought many years back. The staircase was specially build to create a feeling of openness when entering the top floor studio.

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The large kitchen is the heart of our home. In fact the large oval versatile Scandinavian table can seat up to 14 people with two extra table plates. This is great for dinner parties and meetings. Usually we just have our Eames Eiffel chair around the table were we meet for lunch and a café latte or espresso during the day. We simply love coffee and in fact the Scandinavians drink more than any other nations in the whole world. Therefore my husband bought a professional machine to make sure we had the real thing on our doorstep at all times.



This massive 40m2 studio has 3 workstations hidden away in the white cupboards on the left side of the room that doubles as a wall. I usually work from my studio on the top floor of the house, as it is more intimate. However when we put together big projects our freelance consultants; researchers and designers use the workspace and it’s ideal for meetings and client’s visits. The space also doubles as a movie theatre as we can black out the light. We use our projector and labtop to watch DVDs on a massive 2×2 meter canvas and with the fireplace lit this is just so cosy and intimate for a family evening. Over the fireplace hangs a painting by Persian artist Koushna Navabi and the framed photographs are by the Danish artist Agusta Atla and one of them was a wedding present.



When you are in the garden the only sound you hear is the running water from the stone feature in the massive fishpond. The sleeping Balinese statues were bought in an antique shop and blends perfectly in with the Zen like garden that also has a lot of scented plants and herbs. Energies of my environment have always been a focal point in my life. So I asked Feng-Shui expert Michael Warden to calculate the perfect placement of my pond and the laughing Buddha’s to balance the energies of my home. In fact we use the garden almost 8 months of the year and the outside energies greatly influence the inside space. In fact Michael created a Feng-Shui plan for the whole house and I can only say it has worked wonders. De-cluttering is key in Feng-Shui and by getting rid of things you don’t need you create more space to think and dream.

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  • I love white my apartment is completely white too. Sometimes I think about painting a wall but I always end up sticking to my white and adding color with other stuff, love it!

  • I agree! I love an all white room, and the simplicity of this house is amazing. …Although I know it took some planning :)

  • White, white and more white! I love. This is my kinda home. Just did a big theme week on my blog last week all about white. I could’ve gone on about it for ages.

  • that painting in the stairwell is amazing — strong, but still fits right in with the soothing nature of your space.

  • Anne Lise’s home is F L Y. I was lucky enough to visit it while they were still fixing the yard in the back. She has *impeccable* taste and is such a class act. Her whole family is lovely.

    (Jill– my husband and dogs wouldn’t last 1 second in that house either…or better yet, the house wouldn’t last with them in it)

  • Love that stairway and Sybille’s painting! The coloring for this home is so peaceful and calm, feels so relaxing.

  • always surprises me when people in the design world don’t know the correct names of designers… for example when someone claims to have worked at Iitttala and doesn’t know that it’s Alvar Aalto and NOT Alva Alto. that’s a pretty BIG mistake if you ask me!!

  • That paintingin the hall is gorgeous and so is the garden. I will never understand the minimalist white on white on white thing though.

  • Great stuff. Say, where else can one see photo tours of design shops? I love Sneak Peaks but would like to see even more examples of cool work spaces.

  • I love the garden and the kitchen. The white is lovely, but OCD types like myself would go crazy trying to keep everything spot-and-smudge-less!
    I also agree with everyone else, Sybille’s painting is very powerful.

  • I love the serenity and tranquility of this home… The light, slightly worn wooden floors, the vintage architectural details, the perfectly eclectic mix of antiques mingling with modern furniture… all surrounded by that beautiful, neutral, light-loving white… It’s precious to me. Thank you, Anne Lise, for sharing your beautiful home here.


  • It’s beautiful, but on the subject of typo’s what prevented you from ‘tweaking’ the English for Anne so that it read better?

  • I really like the POP that the painting in the stair way hall gives. For me, the space is too stark white. The layout seems to flow nicely and some of the pieces are fantastic, but I’d like a few more colors

  • Lovely photos. I’m sorry to be the spelling police but I find this typo particularly irksome: the country of Colombia is spelled differently than the District of Columbia.

  • A beautiful home. Michael did a great job with Feng Shui. One comment though – why so much white in the studio? The room is so overly yang to the point of being unnerving. There is too little variety (of color) to make it comfortable for most people.

  • White. I crave it so much in the winter. Your bedroom is so soothing. It may be time to move the white paint buckets upstairs to my bedroom. Thanks for having us Anne Lise.