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A Family Home in Sweden

by anne


Over the summer I was lucky enough to meet Swede Jenny Brandt at Blog’nhagen in Copenhagen. I got a taste of her colorful, fun side that day through her delightful blog, Dos Family, a quirky and family-friendly collaboration with Isabelle McAllister. I’ve since become addicted to her Instagram, which always puts a smile on my face. Jenny lives in Ystad, Sweden, with her husband, Jens Grönberg, and their two kids, Viola and Frank. Jens is an illustrator and graphic designer, and Jenny is the photographer of the duo. They both work from home and run a webshop called Sammy Rose in addition to their own projects. I love Jenny’s approach to decorating: “I don’t really think much. It really just happens. And ‘far from perfect’ is perfect to me.” There are also some decorating tips tucked into the comments, so don’t miss those! Thanks, Jenny and Jens! — Anne

Image above: Our world map with my purple table painted with car paint by my father, who has an auto body [paint] shop. My father always mixes the color from leftover paint he has in his shop. The lamp and chairs are vintage. I bought a bunch of mixed candle holders at flea markets and spray painted them.


Image above: Kitchen cabinets are second hand and were painted pink by my sweet father. He has painted so many furniture pieces for me over the years. He is the nicest. Also this reminds me of my best decorating tip for home-oriented people: Get to know a car painter. Changing the color on your furniture instead of buying new is a great tip.

See more inside Jenny and Jens’ Swedish home after the jump . . .


Image above: I love couches. I have had 7 since we moved into this house. They have all been vintage and under 100 dollars. So that makes it all right, right? The pillow is from Fine Little Day, and the mirror is Ikea. The pictures are a mix of my own (Sammy Rose), Fine Little Day and Janeric Johansson.


Image above: Viola and Jens are very active, and they love being outdoors. They do a lot of rollerblading and swimming. We just bought this unicycle for Viola. It sits here waiting for summer.


Image above: Bedroom filled with posters of women that we have collected over the years. I love movies, I love horror and I love women. And this wall represents my decorating philosophy quite well. I want to be surrounded by things that inspire me. And I hope that our home tells you a lot about the people living in it.


Image above: We don’t fold much; we hang our clothes.


Image above: I love Morticia Addams. When I sit in this chair, I pretend that I am her. The picture on the wall is my own, starring Viola. I call it “Girl and Badger.” (Yes, the badger was already dead when we got there, I get that question a lot.) Available at Sammy Rose.


Image above: Jens is an illustrator and graphic artist who makes album covers for Axtone records. This one — above the Mickey head — is one of their latest releases: Rasputin.


Image above: The dish brush is treated royally at our house with this cute storage solution. It’s “Rosa Ljung” old Swedish porcelain from a flea market.


Image above: Every kitchen needs a sofa so you can relax. The floor is grey and pink, and the walls are white with pink (my favorite color). The fabric on the sofa is from Lisa Bengtsson.


Image above: Golden animals, vintage from an antique mall in Nebraska.


Image above: We have a tiny bathroom. Jens bought the picture on the wall at an antique store. We call her the principal. She gives us a well-deserved stern look as we get ready in the morning. We can’t be joking around all the time, and she reminds us of that.


Image above: Viola’s room with sliding door covered with a tiger poster. We used wallpaper glue to attach it.


Image above: Outside Viola’s room (before the poster).


Image above: Here you see some things that you will find in our house: pictures (some from StickyGram), magazines and my idol John Waters’ book, Role Models. Coffee!!!!! We drink it a lot, and coffee cups are all over this place! Plastic figurines: these are from MASH. Jens is drawing all the time — even when he is not working — and this has rubbed off on the kids. They also draw all the time. But none of them are too tidy with the pens, so you’ll find lids and pens in different places of the house all the time. Also costumes!! We play dress up a lot.

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