At home with the Hellström-Kjellström family
Welcome to the Hellström-Kjellström family
It’s clear that at least one foodie lives in this townhouse in Sundsvall, Sweden – the kitchen is the home’s prima donna!
Come along on a tour of the home of Peter, Erika and their three year-old daughter Allie.
DESCRIBE YOUR INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE
Our home is minimalist and clean with white surfaces and graphic interior design details. We’ve given the kitchen a more industrial look and tried to achieve a bistro feel. Cooking is Peter’s passion and it led him to follow culinary blogs, which have in turn provided inspiration for the special appearance of our kitchen in a French bistro style, with wrap-around tiling and open shelving instead of wall cabinets.
Both Peter and Erika are interested in interior design. The couple put 100% of their effort into joint design projects and they’re careful to be consistent with the style they’ve decided upon throughout. Mixing, for example, the bistro feel of the new kitchen with the old teak furniture from their last home was not an option. They both agreed that the rest of the home needed to match the style of the kitchen – not least because the whole lower floor is open plan.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INTERIOR DESIGN INSPIRATION?
Peter is passionate about cooking and this has led him to various food blogs where he has found inspiration for the kitchen. But restaurants the couple have visited are also a special source of inspiration for the kitchen.
Instagram accounts – both those with a culinary theme and others focusing on interior design – provide inspiration as well.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SMART SOLUTIONS OR DIY PROJECTS YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT?
The shoe shelf in the hall is actually a shelf from the IKEA kitchen department which Peter sprayed with copper-coloured paint to match the copper pipe clothes rail above it.
The pantry door has been given a coat of blackboard paint, and Peter and Erica write the family’s favourite recipes on it. It’s both practical and a nice personal design detail!
The pantry itself is a brilliant creation, using the awkward space under stairs. The walls have rows of console shelves to neatly store cans, jars, spices and other dry foods. It’s easy to get an overview and to access from the kitchen which is right next to it.
The living room was for sure the biggest challenge to furnish but the problem was solved by simply knocking on our neighbours’ doors and checking out what they had done. This is one big advantage of living in identical houses!