At home with the Mattisson family
Welcome to the Mattisson family
As their sons Hugo and Alex grew up and became more and more independent, the large house that Ulrika and her husband Andreas lived in became less and less suited to the family’s needs. They also wanted more spare time for outdoor pursuits and other activities, rather than spending time on maintaining a house and a big garden.
For about a year now the family has instead been living in a space-efficient BoKlok townhouse of 108 sqm with an added 20 sq m conservatory within the popular Panorama cooperative housing association in Sundsvall, Sweden. The kitchen island has space for two to six people to sit around and eat, so there’s room when the sons’ girlfriends come over. Ulrika and Andreas spend their spare time on hobbies they love, like Ulrika’s great interest in interior design and various sporting activities.
HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN INTERIOR DESIGN?
I’ve probably always been interested in colour and design – ever since I was a child,” says Ulrika. My father was an artist and l drew and painted a lot growing up. My interest in expressing myself through interior design developed when I became an adult and was living in different homes.
Now that the boys are grown up and I have more time to myself, I’ve been thinking about doing more with my design interest, like starting my own business. We’ll see what happens,” concludes Ulrika, who already has a popular interior design Instagram account, @homebyulrika.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION
I get a lot of interior design inspiration from various blogs, such as addsimplicity.se and trendenser.se, and on Instagram I’m inspired by juditadesign, josefingunhamre, stilsnack, bythereseknutsenno, moalundstrom and beate_breivik among others.
When I have the time I like to browse through interior design magazines as well. There are also some great TV programmes about architecture and design that inspire me.
Where is your family happiest in your home?
In the 20 sqm conservatory we added! It’s where we eat our meals at the weekend and when we have guests. We have had up to 15 people around the table in there and we also have a little “lounge corner” with a vintage sofa we inherited that we reupholstered in beautiful pink velvet.
We could actually use the room the whole winter thanks to insulation, under-floor heating and a stove heater. But we haven’t always kept the door to the rest of the house open during the coldest times. We’ve only opened it up when we’ve needed the space.
“We put floor-to-ceiling sliding doors in front of the niche in the hall. They conceal an Elfa storage system of rails and wire racks. A neat solution that hides a lot of things so we don’t have to keep tidying up the hall, which is almost impossible for us with all the shoes, jackets and sports clothes...”
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