sneak peek: sverrir & berglind mari

Iceland is the most beautiful place I have visited. Hands down. And honestly, after a weekend of soaring temperatures in Brooklyn, I’m thrilled to just type the word ice. It’s such a treat to peek inside a home in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík. Sverrir Asgeirsson and Berglind Mari Valdemarsdóttir have lived in this home in for 7 years. Berglind Mari is currently working on a master’s degree in Applied Studies of Culture, and her husband, Sverrir, is an architect and product designer, so the aesthetics of the space were extremely important. And in an effort to combat the dark Nordic winters, they gravitate toward lots of white with bright pops of color. The result is a home that is cheerful and relaxing! Thanks, Sverrir & Berglind Mari! — Amy A.

Image above: Since all the walls inside our home are white, we wanted a cheerful splash of color somewhere. That’s why we chose to put wallpaper on one wall in our living room. We bought the wallpaper at Habitat.

Image above: We like our bedroom to look simple and personal. I sewed the colorful pillowcases from a fabric bought at Ikea, and my son and I cut out the hearts above the bed.

The full sneak peek continues after the jump!

Image above: We bought the white desk at a local thrift shop. The framed photo is a picture taken by me of my son sitting on the bed under a rain of feathers. There were lots feathers to be cleaned up afterwards, but it was definitely worth all the fun!

Image above: The former owners of the apartment left us the mirror above the dresser. We painted the frame white to make it less heavy.

Image above: We bought the desk at Ikea. We decorated the wall above the desk with all sorts of pictures and drawings from friends, family and us. We thought it would be nice to have something inspirational to look at instead of just a plain white wall.

Image above: Raven is designed by Ingibjörg Hanna.

Image above: Japanese style and culture really fascinates us. I made the origami paper cranes myself. I think the hanging origami has both a Scandinavian and a Japanese feel to it.

Image above: We really treasure our books. They’re not only fun to read but also serve as ornaments. The wall behind the dining table becomes cozier covered by all the books.

Image above: An orchid is so beautiful and lovely to look at! I like to believe that a heart in love with beauty will never grow old.

  1. Casey says:

    I love a white home! This is an example of one that does it so well — clean without feeling sterile, bright in all the right ways. The slightly overexposed photos add to the dreaminess. Beautiful!

  2. Lauren says:

    that round pillow on the top is totally sold at walmart for $12. I bought two in brown

  3. Elaine says:

    I love the shot of the raven in the window. It’s a little overexposed, but boy, is it beautiful.

  4. I love all of the bright color accents in this home. So pretty!

  5. christiana says:

    Your home is so very lovely! I love this mostly white look with just a bit of bright color. Really, really pretty!

  6. I love the power of simple flowers in vases and I love the exposed storage in the kitchen… it’s functional decor!!! Pretty home.

  7. Love the bookcase! Simple, yet doing its job…

  8. Love the blank palette that is the walls – it makes the colorful accessories pop even more.

  9. Peaches says:

    What a friendly and cheerful home :) And so clean! My favorite part is the tension wire with clips for art and whatnot….genius idea. I love it when people move their art off their mantels and into unexpected spaces where they can appreciated the most –above the kitchen sink is the perfect spot!

  10. I just love this home. I could see myself living here in an instant.

  11. Kate says:

    What a beautiful home, thank you for sharing! Where did you get the white comforter on your bed? I have been looking for a simple white comforter just like that!

  12. hillary says:

    Really beautiful. I was also struck by the tension wire with clips. I’d love to do something similar above my desk. Any tips on how to do that? Thank you!

  13. sonhaji says:

    cute ..
    I think this design is well suited for women and children.
    hehe ..

  14. hana says:

    I agree Hillary–I love the tension wire with clips in your kitchen! I would love to know how to do that, too. Thank you!

  15. Berglind says:

    We bought the tension wire and clips at Ikea. It’s really simple to fasten those to the wall.

    Sonhaji: Each to their own…

  16. mary says:

    charming ~ just trying to imagine my big, hulking husband here relaxing with the ‘game’ but it is a charming visual tour “thank you” for sharing.

  17. Kriia says:

    I’ve visited Iceland on july. I’m totally agree whit you.

    Beautiful people reflected in beautiful houses !!!

    Kriia (Barcelona)


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