Tucked away in the south of Stockholm city is the leafy suburb of Bagarmossen, or ‘Bagis’ as it’s known to the locals. This is where blogger Janniche Kristoffersen and her husband Johan moved to after the birth of their daughter Rio. The couple previously resided in trendy Södermalm, but wanted to be closer to nature so sought out a townhouse with a garden. Their new neighbourhood later lent its name to Janniche’s blog Blogga I Bagis (Blogging in Bagis).
Initially, Janniche and Johan were enchanted by the old charm of the house, which was built in 1954. Though it wasn’t the most beautiful house they’d ever laid eyes on, with it’s bright, garish yellow exterior and old fashioned interiors, there were original features such as wooden floors and a fireplace that captured their imagination. Janniche opts for modern minimalism, and describes her interior style as Nordic, with a mixture of old and new. She explains, “I like a calm base, but add details to it for colour and texture.” Janniche regularly declutters the house, keeping objects she really likes and moving things around to bring new life to ‘old’ features. The kitchen is compact, but it feels airy, and light spills in from the windows that look out on the garden. A wooden shaker kitchen from Skandinaviska Shakerkök creates a hub where the family spend most of their time eating together, playing board games and socialising.
One of Janniche’s favourite objects is a painting by her grandmother which hangs in the dining room – a daily reminder that creativity runs in her family. Her husband Johan is also a creative. He works as a photographer and artist, so the walls of the house are adorned with photographic prints and interesting art, adding pops of colour to their minimalist space. In the living room, there’s a collection of art books and magazines displayed with their covers facing out, inviting visitors to delve in, read and relax. Janniche explains that her favourite features of their home are the parts they’ve built on their own and made from scratch. For example, the large table which sits proudly in their dining room was crafted by themselves. Her latest project is a custom-made desk and some shelving solution for the children.
The kids’ rooms are full of playful curiosities, animal motifs, cosy nooks and favourite books. Janniche loves decorating for the children as her imagination can run wild. She explains the enjoyment she gets from designing and styling her home: “I love playing with different angles and light, my home would be my creative canvas regardless of Instagram. I always strive for something new. I like to try things out. It really takes time to find the right style that works for you and your home.” These projects allow Janniche to constantly learn new skills too. Last summer she made the garden her focus, adding some new flower beds, which taught her more about gardening and planting. Her home is an ever-evolving canvas for her to portray her creativity and explore and develop the space and in turn, herself. ‘I’d rather try an idea to see if it works. Sometimes it doesn’t, but at least I experimented.’