When Michaela and Daniel Grut were looking for a house for their growing family in Lidingö, Sweden, there were a few things that the couple had on their checklist. Expecting their first child, they wanted to settle down in a child-friendly neighborhood with an easy commute to Stockholm, where they both work. “We wanted a house full of charm where we could raise [our] children, with room for a painting studio for me and a music studio for Daniel,” Michaela explains. When the couple stumbled upon their current house, they were struck by the fact that it met all their requirements — it didn’t need too much work, and offered both modern functionality and old-time charm that the couple had wished for.
Although built in the 1970s, Michaela and Daniel’s home is inspired by local 19th-century architecture. With paneled ceilings, paned windows with deep marble windowsills and a garden with old apple trees and lots of flowers, the house feels much older than it is. To add even more charm to the home, Michaela and Daniel made a few changes before moving in — they added new floors and underfloor heating to the kitchen and hallway, gave the bathroom a low-cost facelift, and either painted or wallpapered all rooms in the house.
When it comes to decorating, Michaela and Daniel have quite different opinions. “The most important thing for me is that a space looks beautiful, balanced and interesting, but Daniel is all about function,” Michaela shares. “There have been quite a few discussions and compromises.” Despite their different points of view, Michaela and Daniel have been able to blend their tastes, and have created a home that is both functional for a family with two small children, and incredibly beautiful to look at.
Michaela, who works as marketing project manager at Bemz Design, an e-commerce website that offers design covers for IKEA furniture, has focused on creating homey and cozy spaces that don’t cost a fortune. Much of the furniture in the family’s home has been bought at flea markets and updated with paint and new textiles. Adding interest to classic decor with color, pattern, unique details and art is the cornerstone of Michaela’s design aesthetic. Most notable design choices are the beautiful wallpapers that she has selected for various rooms in the house, creating atmospheres that range from light and delicate to moody and cozy. With beautifully selected color stories in each space, it comes as no surprise that creativity runs deep in this family. When the children are asleep, Michaela can often be found in her art studio working on new paintings, while Daniel can be heard playing music in his music room in the garage. “We’re so thankful to have the space to nurture and practice our hobbies,” Michaela adds. Scroll down for a peek into this lovingly decorated and personal Swedish home! —Sofia
Image above: Michaela loves to mix vintage finds, gifts, and heirlooms. In the living room, one of Michaela’s paintings hangs above an IKEA sofa, which has received a new look with a chestnut-colored slipcover from Bemz.
Sofa – IKEA
Sofa cover – Bemz
Cushion covers – Bemz and Day Home
Large painting – Michaela Grut
Wool rug – Ellos
Floor lamp – Ellos
Large ceramic vase – Emma Redeskog
Candleholder – Arne Jacobsen for Georg Jensen
Candleholder on windowsill – Nagel Stoff
Ceramic bowl – The Lillie Way
Copper table lamp – Room
Wool rug – Ellos
Linen tablecloth – Himla
Vitrine – IKEA