Danish Life

My Mum’s flat (or A Typical Danish Home)

23 Apr ’08

My mum’s home, photo by her.

My mother and I are similar in a lot of ways; looks, giggle fits, dreams, habits and hand movements. But where we tend to differ greatly is in home decor. She’s very Danish, I’m very French/Shabby/Modern/Bare.

Her flat above is just so her and so Danish with artwork everywhere (and placed low), embroidery done by family, fresh flowers, teak furniture, hundred year old things mixed with new, and of course a Danish Flag.

My home, well, you’ve seen a lot of my home. The colours are softer, there’s not as much, and I just can’t handle anything teak. We live our styles and enjoy each other’s when we visit. And when we visited family last year in Denmark, I re-discovered how every home is just like hers. Filled with things in an artful, careful way. Never cluttered but never bare. Always filled with stories, artwork and family. And always, always filled with food. So very Hygge.

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  • Reply Johanna 29 Apr ’08 at 6:15 am

    A very interesting observation. It looks exactly like a traditional Swedish home and my mums apartment is so similar to your mother’s home. I hadn’t really thought of it as a style that is specific for Scandinavia.

  • Reply Elizabeth MackeyNo Gravatar 30 Apr ’08 at 9:25 am

    What a beautiful photo,and cozy looking room.

  • Reply Elizabeth MackeyNo Gravatar 30 Apr ’08 at 9:43 am

    I had a chance to look at your flikr photos and really enjoyed all the photos on the hotels! I’ve been to some, but I really got some good ideas for future trips and where to stay. I think you should write a travel book! I know I have commented before, but I really love your out look in life and try and live the same way myself.

  • Reply ellenNo Gravatar 1 May ’08 at 4:57 pm

    I love seeing the interiors of others’ houses. It’s interesting to see the Danish take on interior decor. Neat. Your Mom has a beautiful place.

    The word to describe my own indoor decorating efforts, currently, is “spare” (as in, “edit..edit..edit”). I don’t have kids nor the accumulation of “stuff” that many do. Nevertheless, I sometimes feel that I’d like to turn the house upside down and desposit nearly everything into a whopping garbage bin. I get overwhelmed by even minor sorting…

    Quality over quantity, paid for with cash, is in my future. Simplicity and freedom.

    Ellen P.

  • Reply JenniferNo Gravatar 6 May ’08 at 5:17 pm

    Love it!

    I am curious to here of how to maintain such a minimalist way of decorating,living, etc.

    A future blog perhaps?

  • Reply Hygge HouseNo Gravatar 12 May ’08 at 12:22 pm


    The easiest way is something in, something out! And only buy what you love whether it’s a toaster or a couch. Just really think about everything – that is key.

  • Reply Hygge HouseNo Gravatar 12 May ’08 at 12:49 pm

    Ellen – I totally edit, too. I am going to start using that phrase :) I’m in a current edit mode after travelling and living out of a suitcase. I’ve come to realise what I really want, need and have to let go of. Edit, edit, edit!

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