Johanna Bradford, aka Tant Johanna, founder of the design blog Lovely Life, recently collaborated with her husband on the overhaul of their apartment in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dating from the turn of the century, their building still has most of its original details intact, and the couple made an effort to preserve its charm–without creating a relic. The kitchen, our favorite room, features a daring mashup of romantic and industrial touches, flowery wallpaper, stainless steel drawers, and white square tiles included. “I love to mix new and old interiors; standard and moderate are not for me,” says Tant Johanna.
Above: A glimpse of the kitchen though the entry hall.
Above: Completely remodeled last year, the kitchen has Grevsta Stainless Steel Drawers from Ikea detailed with brass handles. The countertop is white Carrara marble and the walls are covered in inexpensive white square tiles. The sink is an Ikea farmhouse design paired with Ikea’s industrial-looking Hjuvik faucet. To bring some softness to the space, the couple opted for open shelving stained in a dark brown.
Like the look? We recently featured another Stainless Steel Stockholm Kitchen made from Ikea components.
Above: The six-by-six inch wall tiles also serve as the backsplash. A new stainless range and Franke vent hood were installed during the recent remodel. A magnetic knife holder and a stainless steel wine rack lend the space what Tant Johanna describes as a “restaurant look.” Note her mix of new and vintage cutting boards and candlesticks.
Above: The kitchen feels light and airy thanks to the south-facing window. The chair and table are vintage, and the old cupboard in the corner stores extra dishes and linens.
Above: The most surprising element in the kitchen is its wallpaper, a classic pattern called Pimpernel by William Morris that Tant Johanna playfully layered with a chalkboard and other hangings. The old pine floor was painted a silver-gray from Swedish paint company Nordsjö. The refrigerator and freezer combo are by Gram.
Above: Menus from the couple’s favorite local restaurants hang on the wall.
Above: Tant Johanna at work on a flower arrangement.
See more eye-opening Kitchen makeovers:
- Epoch Films’ Friendly-Industrial Loft Kitchen
- A Scandi Design in Brooklyn
- The New Old-World Kitchen from Noodles, Noodles, & Noodles Corp.