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: 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: 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: 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.