Just enjoy this one. When she was just a young woman Pernille Jakobsen inherited a flat in Copenhagen. However, the flat was rented out and it was only after the tenant died, at the age of 85, that Pernille had a chance to move in. And when she finally got the keys the sight that greeted her was, to say the least, disheartening. But then Katrine Martenson – Larsen set to work. And the result? Fresh, light, bright, distinctly Scandinavian and delightful.
We suspect ‘fresh’ was the very last word that would have been used to have described the flat before Katrine worked her magic. Bright elements like the child’s picture and the books break up the strong, confident use of white. And it is that white, on the floors walls, kitchen units and shelves that makes this look so clean and fresh without feeling antiseptic or bland.
The stark white becomes the canvas and is warmed by an occasional brown tone in the dining table and chairs. We’ve talked about our love for painted wood flooring before and heard all the cons but it is one of the most striking elements in a space and we’re sticking with it.
I Clearly, the dated kitchen had to go but this one really went. With recessed lighting, tile floors and, of course, more white, it becomes an inviting bathroom. And is that a TV over the bath? So, my fantasy here involves football (soccer to you) on the telly, a cup of tea on the shelf, a tub full of hot water and bubbles. Your fantasy is probably a lot more civilised.
And the original bathroom? Well it is still a bathroom. That rather nasty tub replaced with a shower and those white tiles replaced, just here with a warm taupe. Maybe the idea was to erase any reminder of the old room. We love what Katrine Martensen-Larsen has done with this apartment. And love the fact that we have been able to publish so many pictures documenting both the before and afters. We have saved the one picture which really tells the story for the end. And there is no before, only an after.
When your client looks as happy as Pernille Jakobsen does here, inspecting her beautiful apartment, you know it is all worthwhile. Our sincere thanks to Katrine Martensen-Larsen for the styling and Kira Brandt for the photos.