Line's Relaxed Copenhagen Home with Pretty Pastels

Hej vänner! Popping in with a little Danish inspiration for you to today. Think pared back, whitewashed, with pops of pastel. Yay! This beautiful apartment belongs to Line Schjelde, a Copenhagen based PR manager, who lived with her boyfriend and their little daughter. Excitingly, the family are expecting a little baby girl in a matter of weeks! Given the serenity of the space, it's hard to imagine their home is in the heart of the thriving, urban district of Vesterbro (fabulous area to explore if you're ever in town!). It's beautifully calm yet has some wonderful focal points thanks to the gallery wall, beautiful furniture choices and the lovely details!  Enjoy the tour! 

No one does gallery walls like the Danes! 

Prints from: Paper Collective, Hein Studio, Matisse (available here) and Modernamuseet

But my eyes are on the two mini ball pendant lamps - how cool are they? From what I can gather, Line made these herself using two rice paper balls (costing €5 each!). The HAY dining table is also fab - and the mix and match chairs help to create a relaxed look and feel.

One of the things I have been taken for granted lately are windowsills. Scandinavian homes are generally blessed with wide ones that can be used for so many things (this has been pointed out in the comment section a few times!). Walk around a city street or a country village and windows will be lit by a lamp (this one is the Balustre in pale pink* by Kähler) in the window - make your return home in the dark that more welcoming!

Another observation, un-related, but still interesting: front doors open outwards rather than inwards. I think this might have something to do with the snow - although that doesn't account for apartment doors. Hmmm. What are the windowsills like in your country, and do your front doors open inwards or outwards? 

The kitchen has been kept very minimalist aside from open shelves brimming with pottery by AnnLouise Roman Gustavsson,Julie Damhus Studio, Les Gens Heureux and Bitz Living

I love the sofa (from The Sofa Company - the colour is so warm and inviting - just imagine Line and her boyfriend snuggled up here with her two little girls! 

I get asked so many questions about floating bookshelves. Montana is a great source!

What a difference a pretty cushion can make to a room! Line picked this one up from Thus The Fuss (who's home I once featured here). Keep an eye out for her pop-up shops here

This lovely Ferm Living pond mirror* is really popular right now - I love the shape! 

The famous IKEA Stockholm cabinet that's now been discontinued and making waves on eBay! If you see one and you like it, nab it! 

What was I saying about windowsills? I mean, seriously!  

All in all, such a lovely home, it's really brightened up my Tuesday - I hope it has yours too!

Loving the pops of pastel!

I'll be keeping an eye on Line's inspiring feed for her latest updates - but more importantly for BABY NEWS! I'll never forget the birth of my second daughter and her sister rushing through the doors of the hospital shouting "WHERE'S MY SISTER?" before showering Allie with a million kisses! Wishing you so much luck with the birth Line - what a magical time you have ahead! 

Looking for a little more Danish inspiration today? 


Tonight, I'm excited to participate in a Live Shopping Event over at where I'll be sharing some fun ideas for how you can update your spring table for spring. Come and join us at 7pm (GMT+1). Admittedly, I'm a tad nervous right now (anything 'live' is a little daunting, don't you think?) so it would be wonderful to see a friendly face in the Q & A. Plus, you'll be able to enjoy a discount on anything you buy. Winner!  

Photography: Line Schjelde shared with kind permission. 
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  1. Rita/Turtledesign23 March 2021 at 13:23

    Outer doors open outwards because of fire safety - the escape route should have doors that open outwards to facilitate your escape. In Norway this is regulated in the building code. Some say the origin is from a church fire in 1822, where several people burned to death partly because the church door opened inwards and people in their panic to escape, put pressure on the doors and blocked them. A law was set in place after this to ensure church doors opening outwards.

    1. Ha, that's very interesting. it does make sense but opening doors out also poses a lot of hazards as you cannot see how is outside and could open the door suddenly into somebody's face (which is why most commercial doors opening out have little windows to see out). very interesting.

    2. I would rather risk hitting someone with my door than being locked inside in case of a fire. Although, the chances are greater for the first happening... But most modern doors here now have windows in them or windows next to the door.

    3. We have a little window next to our front door - which is really handy (and ensures we don't knock anyone out when we head out of the door!). I have actually noticed that the door at my studio in town opens inwards though - it's a really old building and their are steps leading up the door, so I guess it wouldn't work the other way round. PS I Never thought I'd have such a big discussion around doors, but I have to say I'm really enjoying it!!!

    4. Agreed :-). It is also very interesting to see differences between regions and jurisdictions and countries. And also how these regulations affect design.

    5. Totally agree. Like the stoops in Philadelphia - have never thought about that!
      As for the deep window sills - they are common in apartement buildings, especially the older ones from around the 1900s.I guess it is a result of the apartement buildings being built out of brick, making the walls thicker. Private houses built out of wood mostly have narrower ones. But there you will often find a shelf on the inside, added to the window sill, to make it deeper.

    6. They are really beautiful. Probably also a necessity with cold winters, thicker walls will hold the heat in better. I would love to live in a place one day that has those thick walls, high ceilings, and nice window ledges.

  2. I never knew that. Thank you so much sharing this - fascinating (albeit very tragic about the church fire). It makes total sense now!

  3. If the door opens outward, wouldn't the hinges be on the outside? If so, that doesn't seem safe from a security standpoint. I truly envy those amazingly large Scandinavian windows and sills. Nothing like those sills here in Florida. Ours are about 3 1/2 inches wide. That's standard.

    1. No, outer doors can have hidden hinges, or hinges with safety features that prevent the possibility of tampering from the outside. You can't get to the screws from the outside. So no security issue. Plus, we have very lov crime rates here in Norway.

  4. Here in Philadelphia the doors open into the house. This is because of the famous stoops, which leaves a small platform at the top of a short set of stairs. If the door opened outwards, you would have to stand on a stair to make room for the door.

    If the houses are old, they are built with thicker walls which give us deep window sills. Philly windows are famously decorated for people walking past.

    1. Your comment has taken me straight back to my wonderful year I spent in Philly in my late teens (I was a tennis scholar at Temple! Go Owls!). It would make total sense that the doors open inwards in this instance. I love the sound of the windowsills!

    2. Go Owls! You must miss the rowhouses around Temple then. Here's a link to the window display culture, with a couple of stoops too:

  5. Love those windowsills and the living room, in particular. Wonderful gallery wall, too.


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