At home with the Nilsson-Knekthage family
Welcome to the Nilsson/Knekthage family
Camilla Nilsson, a pre-school teacher with a big interest in interior design, lives in a townhouse in Växjö, Sweden with Jonny Knekthage, a service manager. Camilla’s sons Love and Noah and the couple’s son Noel, also live here. Every other week Jonny’s children Felicia and Julian live in the townhouse as well.
DESCRIBE YOUR INTERIOR DESIGN STYLE
Jonny and Camilla agree that uncluttered, white and clean surfaces provide the calm and harmony they both desire. With a large family in a limited space, and with everything that needs to fit into 106 sq m, uncluttered is key for a functioning home. This is especially important to Camilla who, as a pre-school teacher, works in a loud, brightly coloured and bustling environment.
Their chosen style also emphasises daylight as a design feature – something that is fundamental for Camilla.
WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR FURNITURE AND HOME FURNISHINGS?
“In all sorts of places, although my favourites are small individual stores. This is partly because I like to support small businesses in the area but also because they can offer more original items,” says Camilla. One example is Tillis, a shop in Växjö town centre that sells Rif Design, Tine K and House Doctor. Recently Camilla discovered a Växjö-based web shop called butikbas.se, which quickly became a new favourite.
“But obviously we buy things from chain stores sometimes as well... Granit and IKEA, for example. If we happen to be in Malmö we like to check out Olsson & Gerthel located behind Lilla Torg. We also buy things from flea markets, Blocket (online second-hand market) and through Facebook.
DO YOU HAVE ANY SMART SOLUTIONS OR DIY PROJECTS YOU WANT TO TELL US ABOUT?
The house is full of them so Camilla doesn’t really know where to begin. The comic book hangers in the boys’ rooms are made from trouser hangers from Claes Olsson hanging from a piece of pipe – both practical and attractive. The old window that they turned into a white board is another fun idea that’s easy to imitate.
The greenhouse attached to the storage space at the front of the house is also made from old windows. This is easy to copy if you’re handy with tools and lucky to find what you need on Blocket. Colour sorting Lego and storing the pieces in a unit with small compartments meant for screws and nails is genius. It’s pleasing to the eye to see the colour sorted pieces, and it’s also easier to find the right piece.
“Find your design style – one that brings calm, harmony and energy. It’s something very personal and individual. Have a milieu that is flexible to give both your home and your soul new energy."
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