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Issue 7 · Great Danes · February 19, 2014

House Call: An Artist's Budget Remodel

Issue 7 · Great Danes · February 19, 2014

Danish artist Anne Mette Skodborg makes her living drawing murals with markers directly onto the walls of offices. She applied the same inventiveness to her cost-conscious renovation of her two-bedroom apartment in Copenhagen, which full of home improvement tips for all remodelers, even those who ready to take pen to wall. Undeterred by the pre-war apartment's size—660 square feet—and residue left by a heavy smoking previous owner, Skodborg armed herself with gallons of white paint and attacked with determination. Ingenious design updates combined with flea market finds result in small urban living at its most inventive—and fun.

Photography by Frederikke Heiberg and styling by Rikke Graff Juel via My Scandinavian Home and Ellen's Album

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, painted coral backsplash in kitchen  | Remodelista

Above: Skodborg installed coral colored acrylic sheets for an inexpensive backsplash solution. A clear acrylic box hung on the wall provides invisible incidental storage above the small counter. 

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, painted coral backsplash in kitchen  | Remodelista

Above: Classic Wall Mounted Tolomeo Lamps provide above counter lighting, while handmade leather pulls update the kitchen cabinets. To make your own leather pulls, see our DIY Video: How to Make a $20 Pull for $2. Looking to buy? See 10 Easy Pieces: Leather Cabinet Hardware and Made Measure Takes Leather Pulls One Step Further.

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, cutting boards in against coral painted backsplash in kitchen | Remodelista

Above: Cutting boards against the inventive acrylic backsplash.

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, ceiling hung flouro electrical cord  | Remodelista

Above: To make up for the kitchen's lack of storage and counter space, Skodborg added a stainless steel Ikea catering cart. A flea market lampshade is updated with a fluorescent cord.

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, pink painted labeled glass jars in kitchen | Remodelista

Above: Skodborg labels her glass jars with Uni Posca pens, water-based markers that can be used on all surfaces.

Anne Mette Skodbor, Cophenhagen home, dining area | Remodelista

Above: A narrow dining table fits into the L-shaped dining area off the living room. In addition to hanging her own canvases, Skodborg draws directly on her walls with markers. See Anne Mette Skodbord for more examples of her work. 

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, Paintings in dining area, clear green glass pendant shade  | Remodelista

Above: Pale green accents in Skodberg's paintings are picked up in a translucent FL/Y Kartell Pendant Light and green glass vase. 

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, green chair and black leather sofa in living room | Remodelista

Above: In the living area, Skodborg continues the green accents. A sheepskin throw on a stackable outdoor Hee Chair transforms it into an indoor chair. Skodberg uses the space between the window sill and cabinets as an ad hoc bookshelf. 

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, books on shelves | Remodelista

Above: A cluster of colored vases on the window sill complement the spines of Skodborg's design books.

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, blue bedspread and gold upside down pendant lamp | Remodelista

Above: Mod meets 19th century in the bedroom where a midcentury desk and chair sit next to the bed and a metallic lampshade hangs from an ornate ceiling plate. The geometric bedcover is the Mega Dot Quilt by Hay. 

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, plants on window ledge in white bedroom | Remodelista

Above: White and green keep the color palette simple and fresh on the bedroom sill.

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, gray cushion on teal blue bedspread | Remodelista

Above: A long bolster serves as a makeshift headboard.

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, black wardrobe in bedroom | Remodelista

Above: Skodborg painted an old wardrobe black and added tassel pulls. Her wall drawing on the side of the pilaster ties together the colors of the artwork and chair cushion.

Anne Mette Skodbor, Copenhagen home, Sheer curtain hung over closet | Remodelista

Above: In the entry, a sheer curtain on a brass rail hides the electrical box, while a Hay Pinocchio Rug, inspired by Danish licorice balls, lends a playfulness to the apartment's comings and goings.

For more budget makeovers, see A Budget Bedroom in Brooklyn and Tile Intel: A Remodel with Heath Seconds. Fixing up your place? See our Remodeling 101 posts for crucial advice.



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