The farmhouse was an impulse purchase: Ellen Dixdotter, Jacob Holst, and their two young kids had recently moved from Stockholm to Copenhagen when, on a weekend getaway, they decided to take a look at real estate site Hemnet. “It’s not that we’re financially equipped for spontaneous house buying,” Ellen tells us, “but this old place, even in terrible shape, instantly felt like a friend.” The two happen to love a creative project: Jacob is an interior architect at Green Furniture Concept, and Ellen is the marketing and visual director for Danish fashion line By Malene Birger. They founded several successful Stockholm restaurants and their stylishly casual apartments have made the Nordic design blog rounds.
The couple tackled the renovation largely themselves “with a lot of help from family and friends.” But for the new kitchen, the linchpin of the overhaul, they collaborated with Nordiska Kök (translation: Nordic Chef), Johan Lundkvist’s Swedish handmade kitchen company that they discovered on Instagram. We ourselves are longtime fans of Nordiska Kök’s clean-lined, old-timey but ageless look and love seeing it in the context of a century-old house. Ellen offered to show us around.
Photography courtesy of Nordiska Kök (@nordiskakok), unless noted.
The couple, college sweethearts from Malmö University, spent recent weeks quarantined at the house with their kids—and with friends launched the handmade contemporary rug line Cappelen Dimyr.
“We wanted a big, open space with raw surfaces—the wooden floor and massive stone walls in combination with a more delicate kitchen in sober gray-green,” says Ellen. Jacob, the avid cook of the family, envisioned: “An old house in the south of France where beef bourguignon is always on the stove.”
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