sneak peek: marte marie forsberg


Marte Marie Forsberg is a “visual story maker,” creating and capturing moments by photographing and styling food, travel and lifestyle for a range of clients worldwide. Her work has her traveling — and living abroad — more often than not (she’s currently living in Rome working on an exciting book project, which she’ll reveal more of on her blog, Le voyage creative). When not traveling, she’s based on a beautiful island on the Oslo fjord in Norway, which keeps her grounded and is her bit of paradise in nature. Since her work and mind are often filled with color and sound, she opted for a more neutral palette in her home, where she can mix collections from her travels with Scandinavian minimalism. In addition to her blog, you can find more from Marte Marie in her darling Etsy shop. Thanks to Marte Marie and her dear friend Britt Chudleigh (a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Park City) for the wonderful images! — Anne

Image above: The black drawer is from my parents’ home, and I love the brass knots that grace the front. The heirloom sugar, flour and oil ceramic set that is tucked in an old wooden box on top is the engagement present that my great grandfather gave to my great grandmother with love before they got married.

Image above: My little kitchen is my favorite part of my home; the beautiful soft light that illuminates it and bounces off the white walls is the essence in many of my food styling projects created there. The table was made by my grandfather. The blue and white tea set was a gift from Poland. The white wooden chairs were picked up by my grandmother at a flea market.

See more of Marte Marie’s beautiful home after the jump . . .

Image above: My beloved mother designed this cool little staircase in birch wood. The staircase also works as a closet for my white and crème clothes, and at the top of the stairs is my little library filled with my books from around the world. The classic straw bag is my mother’s and is from a trip to Morocco.

Image above: This is my kitchen workspace. The cupboards are filled to the brim with props. It’s an Ikea kitchen and Ikea lightning on the ceiling.

Image above: A collection of my wooden backgrounds for styling, arranged on a beam from the very first apartment I bought in St Haugen in Oslo built in 1889. Branches were collected on the beach, and my favorite china pot in pale pink is from France, which I found in my parents’ basement.

Image above: More props arranged in a Billy book case from Ikea. Antique kitchen weight from my grandmother, Cathrineholm treasures from when my father worked as a designer there and my collection of old rolling-pins.

Image above: Some of my Hunter boots ready for rain in my little hallway with an antique bench borrowed from my brother Michael’s garden.

Image above: Bench and antique white table with drawer in the hallway. It holds a treasured 100-year-old antique mirror originally from Algeria, bought at a market in Norway from a retired sailor after one of his trips to Africa.

Image above: The staircase to the second floor in birch designed by my mother.

Image above: Second floor that is one big room where I have my “office,” bedroom, and living room. A white Billy Ikea bookcase is used as a bench draped in black sheep skin from our sheep back in the day, and the black glass and wood table is also from IKEA, as well as the black clothing rack.

Image above: Details from the white bench draped in black sheep skin where my scarves are stored. Reading corner by the window with a comfy chair from Ikea, shoes from Mango.

Image above: A charcoal drawing from when my beloved mother was 15 by my father when they met, and vintage hats on a black clothing rack from Ikea.

Image above: Bedroom corner with an old mint green night stand made by my grandfather, lamp from Ikea, little travel memories from Laduree, my grandmother’s cabin hanger (also in mint), and fresh spring flowers from the garden.

Image above: Vignettes from another Billy bookcase from Ikea with a newspaper from the Second World War saved by my grandfather; treasured fashion photo by my talented neighbor in San Francisco, the Norwegian photographer Erik Almas; snippets from Corso Como 10 in Milano where my favorite bookshop and gallery is, Magnolia, my favorite brewery/bar/restaurant in San Francisco, and my favorite restaurant in New York: Freemans. Top Right: Bust with my handmade leather and wood necklaces that I sell in my little Etsy shop by the same name as my blog, Le voyage creative. Bottom Right: Vintage American suitcase found in Milano from when I lived there. The middle vintage suitcase is from my beloved mother, and on top is a traditional Swedish birch box found in a Stockholm antique shop.

Image above: Vignette from my work desk with a vintage lamp and treasured family photos. The book is The Man with the Dancing Eyes by Roald Dahl’s granddaughter, the ever-charming Sophie Dahl.

Image above: Working station on the second floor, with the classic white Bertoia side chair by Knoll from 1952.

Image above: Second floor living room view with the same black Ikea dinner table as mentioned before and antique wooden bowls from Norway as the centerpiece.

Image above: My grandmother ‘s blue stool with antique straw basket, and my heirloom collection of antique linen from women in the family.

Image above: The outside of my little studio in Norway.

Image above: Vignettes from outside my little studio arranged by my beloved mother. My parents have their home just a stone’s throw away. The red clogs are mine from when I was a little girl.

Image above: Vignette from the outside also arranged by my beloved mother.

Image above: Me picking flowers from my garden.

  1. Sadie says:

    The staircase nook/closet is such a great idea!

  2. So peaceful and pretty. I love hearing where each piece came from and how it was passed down!

  3. Paige Morse says:

    This is really inspiring. Such a beautiful space. I love that so many of the pieces are family heirlooms handed down. All have a personal, emotional, quality to them. The color pallet is clean and soft. I love the way she uses pink without it feeling too feminine. The mix of antiques, heirlooms and affordable furniture makes her home feel accessible but it still feels carefully curated. I also love her collections of found objects and pieces found in nature that are use. This is my new favorite Sneak Peek. Love, love, love.

  4. Annelise says:

    god dag! so inspired. I love your cozy loft/nook. My family is originally from Kristiansand, Norway before moving to Brooklyn, NY. So much of the design my sister and I do is inspired by scandinavian folk art and design. So lovely to see a fellow norske creating beautiful things!

    xxx Annelise

  5. Oh, it’s all so pretty! I love the lightness + wood and other nature accents– it’s very warm and serene. I’d love to spend the morning there!

  6. margaret says:

    Wow! Such a beautiful, tranquil, creative space.

  7. Courtney says:

    What a breath of fresh air. Such an inspiration.

  8. Lela says:

    Love this home! It looks so light, cozy and inviting! And all the vintage furniture make it even more special.

  9. Kelly says:

    I know thou shalt not covet, but can I make an exception? Just this once??!

  10. I’m such a fan of Marte Marie’s work, and it’s a treat to see more of her home here! The layering of elements is so inspiring- from the natural materials to brightly colored antiques to personal treasures (love the black sheepskin!).

  11. ali thompson says:

    i love everything about this house. the storage baskets, crates, wood, everything…so peaceful! nice work

  12. joanne says:

    love love love everything about this home!

  13. Haley says:

    This home is so beautiful! I especially love the portait of her mother at 15 that was drawn by her father. How romantic!

  14. JANA says:

    These photos take me there. What a beautiful and peaceful refuge to unwind from the busy world.

  15. how2home says:

    This home is stunning. The staircase/closet is a brilliant idea. Beautiful post :)

  16. nina says:

    Such a lovely home! I love all the hand-me-down pieces that have so much meaning. Mixed with simple Ikea pieces just goes to show you can have a beautiful home without spending a ton of money.

  17. Mary says:

    I love how peaceful this home is…small, yet very functional. Just beautiful in every way.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. karoline says:

    så gøy å se noe fra norge her! kreativt og personlig, herlig med alt det gamle med tilhørende historier, en sikker vinner! liker spesielt kommoden med speilet fra algerie…:)

  19. Miss Heliotrope says:

    I really like this, and am glad she is very fond of her mother…

  20. gina says:

    I wish I could live here…such a sense of peace and love of family….SIMPLY beautiful….

  21. I want to pick flowers from that beautiful garden, too! Love the shelves and storage solutions.

  22. Julian Hazlett says:

    I love it. So much inspiration.

  23. I love your blue and white tea set. I have a similar one from Argentina!

  24. June says:

    So inspiring, I love all the natural materials and muted colours.

  25. ri gal says:

    I want to live here. Everything about it has a rustic and a minimalist look. And I love the cosy staircase and how it’s utilised. And I love that antique table in the hallway. Such relaxing tones.

  26. I love the simplicity of this home as well as the fact that she has included so many family treasures. You can easily feel how much she loves and appreciates her family by how she describes the different items passed down to her. Reading this story was a very nice way to start my day so thank you!

  27. Liz says:

    Thank you for sharing so many images of Marte Marie’s home. Everything is so absolutely perfect in its imperfection. The love, history and collaboration that went into this home is evident. It’s my favorite sneak peak too!

  28. cde says:

    This home is so lovely and calming. I love that she has used so many Ikea basics for function and brought all the character in with objects and textures.

  29. Becky says:

    loving all your little collections. I love collections, but hate when it starts looking too cluttered, this strikes a wonderful balance.

  30. ADM says:

    I was wondering how you finished (or refinished) the vertical wall paneling. I just moved into a 1930s cottage in NY state, (in an old norwegian enclave) and it looks very similar — even has an open 2nd floor space which I am converting to studio.
    Did you start w/ new bare wood? or did you strip down old paneling of its old finish, etc? Would love to know the story behind the whitewashed panelling. Your place is lovely.

  31. vera says:

    lovely and interesting place for living and taking the breath; I think that you are a wonderful woman

  32. How incredibly beautiful. I am smitten to say the least.

  33. The milliner in me likes the hats hanging on the wall…Too many hats languish in hat boxes, their prettiness all stashed away for no one to see. A hat or two on the wall really says something about the homeowner’s personality…and a willingness to share accessories with the world at large.

  34. INDAY HAMI says:

    sure is a chaotic world. your home is an INSPIRATION.

  35. Anastasia says:

    So lovely and quaint with a contemporary twist, I love the white!

  36. vera says:

    lovely and inspiring, beautiful and peaceful place to take a breath!

  37. shashi says:

    Love this peaceful, pretty, natural, and very personal home…somehow I think the “beloved mother” repeat is an inside joke between Marte and her mom!

  38. Emily says:

    This inspiring Sneak Peek makes me want to be more of a comitted minimalist…every object in every room of this fjord home is so lovely.

  39. sarah says:

    Love the Algerian mirror, and love the references to her mother

  40. Kate says:

    A beautiful home, with so many inspiring pieces and designs … I would love to live here.

  41. Diane Rhiner Morin says:

    Thank you for the beautiful inspiration. The way the pitched ceiling and attic conversion was done is genius.

  42. gerlinde says:

    just what is it about the “beloved mother” that she keeps on repeating that phrase?

  43. dianne says:

    This is really lovely. Gratulerer (no idea how you spell that, but you get the idea). :)

  44. Chelly says:

    I would love plans for those stairs!!
    That is exactly what I want to put in my little cottage-loft rental!


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