A Beautiful Southern Sweden Home (With An Adorable Pooch!)

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but Per is from Sweden's eighth largest city - Helsingborg. It's a fairly small town (says the Londoner!) but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in charm. The town is characterised by pretty squares lined with cafes and restaurants, cobbled streets and wonderful views over the Öresund strait to Kronborg castle in Denmark. It's not often I feature homes from the town, so I was very excited to stumble across Hannes Mauritzson's apartment earlier this week. Hannes lives with his partner Alexander and beloved dog Charlie in a building that dates back to the late 19th century. When Hannes isn't at his desk in a PR firm in Malmö, he's styling and capturing his home for his inspiring Instagram feed @hannesmauritzson. I caught up with my new Nordic friend to find out more about his adorable furry friend, interior design and life in Helsingborg. 

Charlie seems to have captured the hearts of many near and far, can you tell us a little more about him?
He always charms people. Whenever I ask people what they would like me to publish its always more pictures of him! 

I'm not surprised, he's the cutest! What breed is he?
Charlie came into my life about two years ago. he's an Irish soft-coated wheaten terrier with lots of energy, there's no denying that! But I think that's one of the things that makes home so loveable. He greets everyone we cross paths with and sees everyone (including other dogs) as a potential best friend! 

Charlie keeps guard over a rattan and wood bench from HM Home (I've got my eye on this along with the chair!). 

Your home is so beautiful, do you work in the field of interior design?
I work in PR and Digital Growth at a Malmö-based PR firm. When I'm not in the office, I use my time to be as creative as I can. I love interior design and have started appreciating photography more and more. I love spending hours figuring out what to photograph and how to stage a picture to post on Instagram

It's fun to peek inside a Helsingborg apartment - can you tell us a little more about it?
Our apartment dates back to the late 19th century and is in a lovely town called Helsinborg, Skåne (Scania), in the southernmost part of Sweden. The city is by the Öresund, the strait which forms the Denmark-Sweden border. Our apartment has four rooms. 

Did it need a lot of work when you moved in?
It was completely renovated when we moved in. But that didn't stop me from repainting it anyway! I bought about ten different colour samples for the bedroom, but ended up settling on something completely different without even getting a sample.

Ha! Been there done that many times! Which colour did you settle for in the end?
I love the texture and look of whitew3ash, so it as an easy decision to make. I decided on Washed Linen from Jotun, Lady Minerals. The colour turned out to be perfect! 

Cane headboard from Jotux, this brown linen bedding* is similar

What's your approach to decorating? 
When I decorate a room, I usually use colours that make me feel calm, like grey and beige. I try not to over furnish a space in order to create a room that is both visually appealing and healing. For example, I'd rather use one large vase than several smaller details. 

How would you describe your style?
My style follows the traditional Scandinavian household. Recently I've started to buy more antique and second hand items which is both kinder to the environment and my wallet! I feel the perfect mix of old and new contributes to a household that is filled with life. I love items that have a past. 

How do you make your home feel cosy? 
To compliment the neutral base, I decorate with vases, coffee cups, and dried flowers. Dried flowers hang all over my walls at home - it may look weird to some, but for me, it contributes to a home that feels comfortable to live in. 

Finally, can you share your three best tips for anyone visiting Helsingborg?
1. Enjoy a Swedish fika: If you ever decide to take a trip to the charming city of Helsingborg, I highly recommend treating yourself to a cup of coffee and a slice of cake at the lovely cafe Ebbas Fik. They serve a traditional Swedish fika, but with a unique, American-inspired 50s twist. 
2. Take a hike: After your fika, take a long but cosy walk along the strait until you reach Pålsjö forest. The view is spectacular! 
3. Go interior shopping: If you're more interested in interior design, which I totally understand, I suggest you visit Staken & Veken. They sell candles made from scratch in all different shapes, sizes and fragrances. They of course also have a wide variety of antique furniture that's impossible not to fall in love with. 

Thank you so much Hannes. I'm starting to feel like a trip to Helsingborg is in order! 

What a great way to finish off the week! I hope you felt as inspired by Hannes home as I am! 

In case you'd like just a little more inspiration over the weekend here are a few more southern Sweden homes from the archive: 

Right, I think that's it from me for the week! Thank you so much for stopping by!

Trevlig helg! 


Photography: Hannes Mauritzson
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  1. Purely from interior point of view this post is amazing. As for a lifestyle post, I find it sad that nowadays it's normalu to spend hours both on commute and on thinking how to stage an Instagram post.

    1. I agree with you on the interior, it's really lovely! Bit confused about what you mean about the commute? As in his journey from Helsingborg to Malmö? You can't always have the luxury of living near your work, but in this instance we're talking a 45 minute train journey, so it's really not that far. I think Hannes lifestyle sounds wonderful. Helsingborg is a great town, and I love the sound of brunch at Ebbas fik followers by a walk in the forest, sounds like a great way to spend the weekend to me! :)

  2. Amazing work!! Looking for more from you.

    1. Thank you - all credit to Hannes who styled and took these lovely pictures!

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    1. Thank you Åsa - no idea where I got 4th from!!! Very helpful. Have updated the post :)

  4. Absolutely LOVE this - the decor, the building, the dog! What a brilliant way to finish the week. Thank you, Sarah x

    1. So happy you enjoyed this home as much as I did Sarah :)

  5. The photo of Charlie with Hannes is so lovely (I mean all the photos are lovely - it's an exquisite apartment - but I am such a softie when it comes to dogs).


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