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home story || the family room

By Marlene | Published: 9. October 2019

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Last Friday morning I stood at the supermarket checkout, exitedly clutching a bunch of copies of the latest issue of Couch featuring our home story.

Friday afternoon we went to the hardware store to buy some plywood and brackets for two new DIYs (I know it’s said that a relationship that survies IKEA can pretty much survive anything. I honestly think that the reason James and I still like each other after all these years is that we enjoy going to the hardware store together. Fine, one of the reasons).

Renovating and decorating is a never-ending endeavour. Which frustrates me sometimes, i.e. when half-finished DIY projects linger for months, nay, years. But essentially I do love how an apartment can change and evolve around and with you.

The Couch home story was a good motivation to finish some projects and since I took so many pictures for it, many of which weren’t printed, I thought I’d give you a room by room tour of the apartment on Spruced as well, starting with the family room.

FIY: The German translation of this post is much longer and more detailed, so if you have any questions, please switch languages at the top of the page. Of course, you can also ask me anything directly. I normally translate all of the articles on Spruced in full, but I’m so swamped at the moment, I just didn’t have the time to do this one.








Dining area

Table: Legs Loop from HAY plus tabletop from HOLZ POSSLING | Chairs: Vintage via MAGASIN BERLIN | Bank: DIY | Picture frames: GRANIT | Print: ALEXANDRIA COE via PARTNERSHIP EDITIONS | Vase: LYNGBY | Pendant light: Piper from BOLIA | Sheepskin: Skold from IKEA | High chair: Tripp Trapp from STOKKE

Kitchen area

Doors: Veddinge from IKEA, painted in French Pale Grey from LITTLE GREENE | Work surface: Oxsten from IKEA | Handles: Holy Wafer from SUPERFRONT | Tiles: Subway tiles from BERLINER FLIESENMARKT | Cutting boards: TING | Wooden stool: Bekväm from IKEA | Carafe: Areia from MOTEL A MIIO | Lamps: Amp from NORMANN COPENHAGEN | Small rugs: IKEA, old | Large rug: Lohals from IKEA | Print: Learning from Japan from Design Museum Danmark via PLAKATEN

Couch area

Sofa: A Sofa, designed by Sigurd Larsen for FORMEL A in Dark Blue velvet| Pillows in orange and grey: H&M | Pillow in petrol: BOLIA | Pillow Fan: BOLIA| Side tables: Eclypse from MYCS | Chair: Betty from BOLIA | Print: Golden Field from Silke Bonde via POSTER CLUB

Sideboard area

Lamp: Note from HOUSE DOCTOR | Grey planters: Como from H. SKJALM P. | White planters: Arild from BROSTE COPENHAGEN | Print: Copenhagen Jazz Festival by CHRISTIANE SPANGSBERG | Print: Flowerworks 1 by SARAH ILLENBERGER | CD-Players + Radio: MUJI

This article contains the names of brands and products and therefore has to be lawfully labeled as ADVERTISEMENT. It also features affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase through one of the links, I will be receiving a small percentage of the sale. All of the products have been chosen personally and independently by me. The pieces above were also all paid for by us, with one exception: Little Greene kindly supplied the „Rolling Fog“ paint for free.

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  1. Uli
    Posted 11. October 2019 at 00:29 | Permalink

    sehr toll, sehr schön

  2. Lucy
    Posted 11. October 2019 at 11:44 | Permalink

    Liebe Marlene,

    was für ein toller und ausführlicher Bericht.
    Kannst du etwas zur Qualität deines Sofas sagen? Das Sofa sieht super aus aber ich hab schon oft die Erfahrung gemacht das die Qualität nach einigen Monaten stark nachlasst. Freu mich über ein kurzes Feedback.

    • Marlene
      Posted 11. October 2019 at 12:50 | Permalink

      Liebe Lucy, freut mich, dass Dir der Artikel gefällt, vielen Dank! Kann ich sogar sehr gerne. Als wir das Sofa damals gekauft haben, hatte ich große Zweifel, ob der Samtbezug den Familienalltag mit einem Kleinkind mitmachen würde. Wir haben es trotzdem gewagt, weil wir uns so sehr in das Sofa verguckt hatten. Und ich muss sagen: Diese Art von Möbelvelours ist sooooo dankbar. Keine Flecken bisher, die man nicht rausbekäme. Und die Konstruktion/Stabilität/Beschaffenheit und Qualität der Polster und Kissen finde ich einwandfrei. Ich kann das Sofa also wirklich empfehlen. Liebe Grüße!

  3. Sarah
    Posted 24. November 2019 at 15:43 | Permalink

    Liebe Marlene,
    eure Wohnung ist unglaublich schön. Ganz großes Kompliment für die tolle Einrichtung. Besonders gut gefällt mir die Bolia Lampe über dem Esstisch. Habt ihr die Glühbirnen auch bei Bolia gekauft? ich finde es bei den komplett freistehenden Lampen oft schwierig eine angenehme Lichtqualität zu finden (nicht zu grell, nicht zu dunkel).
    LG Sarah

    • Marlene
      Posted 25. November 2019 at 12:35 | Permalink

      Liebe Sarah, vielen Dank! Genau, die Birnen kamen auch von Bolia, ist aber eine eigeneständige Marke: Danlamp heißt sie. Die machen ein sehr schönes, warmes Licht. Wobei ich mir gerade abends manchmal einen Dinner wünsche – der kleine Nachteil an schirmlosen Lampen. Alles Liebe, Marlene

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