The palatial home of a Stockholm stylist

A Friday home needs to be just a little dramatic doesn't it? Something awe-inspiring that sets us in the mood for the weekend. I knew I'd found it when these images dropped into my inbox last night. This inner-city Stockholm apartment belongs to stylist Joanna Lavén who (represented by agent molly), her husband and two children.  The architecture itself is something of a masterpiece. And as for the decorating, she had me at the hallway....

Agent molly, ,, Photographs: Idha Lindhag with kind permission

Wow. I'm not sure where to begin actually. I guess what I love the most is that she has brought mid century up to date. Sort of mid-century meets tribal meets grey marble meets industrial. And there's that grey bed linen which is oh so popular right now too. 

How fabulous. What do you think?

I am  currently awaiting the arrival of Holly Marder (Avenue Lifestyle blog), photographer Jansje Klazinga and Tina from TravelingMama  who are coming over to shoot my home today. So exciting! I think we're going to have lots of fun and I can't wait to show you the results.

So. It's time for the weekend! Yay! Have you got any great plans? I think I'll spend the weekend relaxing (it's amazing how much work goes into getting a house ready for a shoot - phew!!! 

Before I head off - something cool, have you ever wondered what your name would be if you were Finnish? Now you can find out here. My name is Ritva Männistö (meaning A hanging branch. Home of pine trees)! 

Have a really wonderful weekend and see you Monday! 


  1. Perfection...Love the bold lighting pieces!

  2. So specious! And I love the marbel kitchen and old wooden floor. Very nice place :)

  3. This home is amazing! I'm into the leather and wood mix.

    I just discovered your blog the other day and I've already added you to my daily rotation to read. You're blog is beautiful.

    Ferren xx

  4. Wow and yes! We need these kind of dramatic!
    All the best

  5. Such a beautiful home! Definitely inspiring. Do you happen to know where those gorgeous mugs are from? Have a great weekend, and, as always, thank you for yet another great post.

  6. There is so much wow in this home.

  7. I like your home decors, thanks for hosting this blog.

  8. I love the entrance!

  9. This place is gorgeous!
    Can't wait to see your house too :) You have such a group helping out!
    Happy weekend, xoxo!

  10. Love the stuccos and the floor in the entrance hall!! Let's grab a coffee soon! xo Caroline

  11. This home is so gorgeous! So glad you decided to share it! Best from across the bridge… :-)

  12. Amazing pictures

  13. Great mix of old, new and ethnic pieces. The front entry is amazing and I also love the cohesiveness of the kitchen countertop and back splash. Stockholm is on my list.

  14. Looks amazing! Vintage, sophisticated, clean. Great post!
    Patrick Tan

  15. Really, really amazing!


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