Louise Ljungberg is a self-described “Jill of all trades.” After making the move from the beautiful woods of Värmland to Stockholm, Sweden over a decade ago, she jumped right into the hustle and bustle of the city. As a PR specialist at creative agency House of Radon, a freelance photographer, teacher at Berghs School of Communication and as digital manager of Creative Mornings Stockholm, she likes to keep busy. But after a period of job burnout, and wondering how to better enjoy life, Louise and her fiancée Filip Lundqvist decided to sell their wonderful city loft apartment and move outside of the city center. “The reason?” she begins, “To make room to afford a car and to spend more free time at the countryside.”
When the couple found an ad for this 800-square-foot attic apartment, they saw its potential right away. Located in the turn-of-the-century Art Nouveau quarter of Aspudden — an up-and-coming suburb 15 minutes to Stockholm city and close to green and lush areas — the first thing they noted was how quiet and private the apartment was. The second thing they noticed? The massive amount of work it needed. Louise describes: “The floor plan didn’t make the most of the apartment, and we struggled with the light (it felt very dark and narrow), so we had to transform the place into ours.” But as is almost always the case, the renovation was more work than they anticipated. With the goal of letting in more sunlight, walls came tumbling down, nearly every room was gutted, and they installed several new large industrial windows and doors to create a restful retreat.
“Both me and Filip are hardworking people who recharge in environments that breathe harmony,” Louise shares, so of utmost importance was fostering a relaxing space that would be home to oodles of plants and soft colors. Also, nearly a year into renovating, they learned that they would have to make room for one more addition to their family — a year later, they welcomed baby Leopold into their lives.
For Louise, life is sometimes more hectic than ever, but that only makes the simpler moments of stillness more meditative and beautiful. It’s all about “finding the little things in everyday life that make me happy,” she explains. “I just love my little family so much and I’m proud of the home we built together.” –Sabrina