The Serene Scandi-style Home of a Norwegian Living in Lisbon!

You can take a girl out of Norway, but you can't take Norway out of the girl.... I don't think this is the original saying, but it certainly fits in this instance!). Marriken moved from Norway to Portugal 11 years ago to live with her boyfriend. The pair instantly fell in love with the period details of this apartment in the centre of Lisbon and moved in three years ago. 

"The apartment had been well maintained, but we have still done some work to it after we moved in," Marriken tells me. "We renovated the bathrooms, painted, opened up a wall and replaced the kitchen. We try to make well-considered decisions that will stand the test of time and prefer to take the time to think things through rather than rushing into decisions, hence it's still a work in progress." 

Ready to take a peek? You're in for a treat! 

'Check' print* - The Poster Club, Wishbone Chair - Carl Hansen & Søn

Striped linen duvet cover* and pillow case* - Magic Linen,  Rug - H&M Home. 

Oak wall rack - by We Do Wood

So serene. Simplicity at its finest. 

I especially love the French balcony in the sitting room - the doors are like art, and all thew windows flood the space with light. Is there anything that stands out to you? 

You can see more daily snapshots from Marriken's Lisbon apartment over on her inspiring instagram feed @third_floor_left

Would you like to tiptoe around a few other homes of Scandinavians living abroad today? If so, you'll love these: 

Exciting life change: a Swedish family home in the French alps (I was so happy to catch up with Bettina here in a Sweden a few days ago, whenever we meet, I'm always ready to pack my bags and head to the mountains afterwards. One day friends, one day!). 

Oooooh, what a wonderful selection of places, styles and inspiring people! 

Do you live in the country you grew up in, or have you also moved abroad? 

Happy Monday! 


Photography courtesy of @third_floor_left


  1. I love the calm monochromatic look of this home. But let's face it, I love every single home you post!

    1. Lovely you, thank you! This makes me so happy! :) / Niki

  2. Agreed on loving all your posts. I live in the US and I feel like every home I see is overdone with too many tchotchkes

    1. Thank you! I am happy you appreciate the more pared down aesthetic too!

  3. I love everything about this beautiful apartment! Do you know where the lovely sofa tables are from?


    2. Thank you for helping with this link :)

  4. Replies
    1. Happy you found this home calming, just what we all need on a Monday!

  5. I love the balance achieved between the contemporary .design choices both in furniture and improvements and the traditional architectural features. It is a very minimal and clean aesthetic, which I do not think I would be able to maintain, but very calming and serene. A very inspiring. I particularly loved the oversized yet, to me, not over the top white bouquet of flowers in the large glass container and the large rugs. The rug in the bedroom is from H&M Home but the rug in the living room, with a light grey undertone, do you know where it comes from?
    Thank you.


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