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The Magnificent Home of Swedish Cookbook Author Sofia Wood

Have you returned to live in the town where you grew up? Or perhaps you've never left? In 2020 Swedish foodie, blogger, podcaster and cookbook author Sofia Wood and her family packed up their home in Stockholm and returned to Sofia's childhood roots in Norrköping. 

It takes a lot to move cities (let alone countries), especially with children in tow, but as they say - fortune favours the bold, and the Wood family are reeping the benefits of a slower-pace of life while living in the most magnificent turn-of-the-century apartment. 

Located in the city centre, the property has the most beautiful period features, sky high ceilings, large spacious rooms and classic tiled masonry ovens. True to Sofia's style, it's also packed with personality and fascinating details - as well as the mouth-watering scent of in-season dish bubbling from the stove! Welcome to the Wood family home! 

Cherry red chairs bring vibrance and warmth to the kitchen / dining area, while a large jute rug helps to reduce noise during lively family meals.  

A traditional Swedish bench (no doubt found at an antique or vintage market) adds a cosy touch to the family dining area. 

Art by Ebba Andersson creates a focal point over the dining table, while the soft Skandinaviskt Ljus  (Scandinavian light) colour on the wall from Jotun adds warmth to the large room. 

Sofia's great passion is cooking. Many of her recipes have been shared in her cookbooks: Darling Pasta, Vinter hos Wood (Winter with Wood) and Chez Wood (At Home with Wood). This year, Sofia also released interior book Nyckeln till Hemmet (the key to the home) with Elsa Billgren, whose vintage-inspired Stockholm home I once featured here - and with whom she shares a podcast (in Swedish). 

I was chatting to a plant specialist last week who told me the biggest mistake people make with plants is going for a pot which is too small. Not on Sofia's watch - the incredible, large plant pot perfectly matches the huge fiddle-leaf fig! 

High ceilings and large spacious rooms can lead to sound issues. To counter this, Sofia has added plenty of textiles in the form of rugs, cushions and sheepskins. 

The sitting room area is full of beautiful details such as a cosy Little Petra chair and an iconic Pipistrello table lamp

A fluffy rug from Cappelen Dimyr adds softness, texture and a cosy touch while also helping to dampen the sound in the bedroom. 

Update: Thank you for your questions about the lamp. Sofia tells me it's a vintage Pia lamp by Gärsnäs. which is still in production today. 

What a fabulous home! It's so personal and unique - and full of wonderful details. It's not always easy to furnish such large rooms, but Sofia has got the balance just right!

My mouth is also watering from the delicious looking recipes I spotted on Sofia's blog over at Elle. Mmmm! 

Could you imagine living in an apartment like this? 

It's fascinating to see how style develops over the years. Take a peek inside Sofia's Stockholm apartment from 2015 - so different! 

I'm curious to know if you would consider moving back to your home town? I'm from the suburbs of London and I love visiting, there's so much going on. But I'm not sure I could live so far from the sea again, I love my daily dips too much! 

Happy Wednesday friends!

Niki

Photography courtesy of Sofia Wood, shared with kind permission. 

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  1. Wow! What a place. I would never move back to my hometown long term but would maybe think about it short term if this apartment was waiting for me. Glorious details.

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    1. I can see how an apartment like this might be a game changer! / Niki

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  2. I LOVE the fireplaces! What's the story on them? Thank you for another inspiring home : )

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    1. Thank you for asking. These traditional Swedish 'kakelugn' (tiled masonry ovens) were installed in homes as early as the 1700s and you can still often find them in the corner of rooms in houses and apartments that were built up until the turn of the century (late 19th / early 20th century).

      They are amazingly efficient - once lit, the fire will gradually heat the entire unit including the chimney etc which then emits heat for hours and hours. In the olden days. Many are still in working order today.

      / Niki

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  3. I'm sighing over the period features. You are right, her style has changed, although I wonder if it's due to the home itself? A more streamlined approach seemed to fit her earlier place and increased warmth sets this one off well. Regardless, she's talented not only in the kitchen, but with decorating, too.

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    1. Yes, thank you for pointing this out, the different styles of the property could well have affected the style. I guess also, we collect items over the years and layer our homes over time, and life changes as you have children too. I love how fluid homes are, gradually adapting to your life situation - it's only when you look back in pictures that you realise this sometimes! / Niki

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  4. I am fascinated by the size of the individual rooms (as well as by the height of the ceilings). Beautiful.

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    1. Yes, quite incredible. There are many old apartments like this in Malmö too! It was interesting to discover this moving from England, where old apartments tended to have really small rooms (I guess because it was more easy to heat them one by one). I must look into the history of these Swedish turn-of-the-century apartments and why they have such large rooms! / Niki

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