Who wants to take a virtual trip to visit a beautiful and colourful home in Copenhagen full of unique, vintage finds?
It is time for another home tour to discover how people get that Scandinavian feeling no matter where they are. In this series, we visit a selection of different Nordic style homes from around the world, a great way to get inspired. Last month we visited a white and calm home in Germany, and this time we head to Denmark to see the colourful and stunning home of Ann Poulsen behind the Instagram profile kodeordeter.
Ann is 34 years old and lives in Copenhagen in her own apartment. She loves to put her own touch on the home, and her apartment has therefore changed a lot during the last 7 years she has been living there. Being a student, it sets a natural boundary for what she can afford which has resulted in doing many projects and home renovations herself. Her love for flea markets and ability to find unique things with history has helped her create a cozy home where you can truly see her personality and style shines through. Let’s get to know Ann and see more of her colourful haven!
Q1 // How would you describe your home and your interior style?
I decorate with a lot of recycled pieces because I like how unique it is to have items that you can’t buy in an interior store. It creates a more personal expression. Therefore, I would probably describe my style as a mix of retro and colour. I try to decorate with as much recycling as possible – plants and ceramics are a big part of my décor as well.
I want to create a home that exudes hygge and comfort as soon as you step in. Your home is your base and where your everyday life is based, and I find myself at my best when things are tidy. But it is also important that it is a home that can be used and is habitable. For me, it becomes a personal home when decorating with second-hand and vintage. The personality shine through when things are carefully selected and are special.
Q2 // What inspires you when it comes to interior and your home?
I get very inspired by walking around various second-hand shops. It is usually like stepping into a time-warp of all the various trends that have been going on over time -and I find that mix so interesting.
Q3 // What is your favourite room / area of your home and why?
Hmm… that’s a hard one, because I think every room can do its thing. I enjoy cooking and I spend much time in the kitchen. At the same time, the bedroom is where I spend the most hours (mostly when I’m asleep, though) but I have made it into a room where I would love to do homework from the bed or read a book. But my livingroom is where I stay when I eat, watch TV and that’s where my guests are placed when they visit – so it’s also my favourite room because it is the place for good laughs and conversations.
Q4 // What piece of furniture or decor is most precious to you and why?
If I have to come up with one thing, it has to be my couch. It is not that comfy, but it has always been the focal point of my decor and it is the one thing where it breaks my heart to think if we will one day have to be apart.
Q5 // If you could start renovating or re-decorating your home today, what would you do differently?
I renovated the kitchen and bathroom during summer 2019, so there are (thankfully) no major renovations insight. But I still have a desire to move the furniture completely around in my livingroom and paint the walls a different colour than the green I currently have. I just can’t decide which colour… I also have a few projects planned like for instance covering my radiators and making some shelves for my livingroom.
Q6 // What is your favourite current interior trend?
Colourful walls, walls with a lot of art and a home where you can see the personality shine through.
Q7 // Why do you think the Scandinavian interior style is so popular?
That’s a good question – I think the reason could be the personality in the homes. The mix of old, new and designer items. It can also both be natural shades and a colourful mix. And the use of good quality materials.
Q8 // What are some of your favourite Scandinavian interior and decor brands?
Make Nordic is one of my favourite brands because they make beautiful sustainable furniture. Also, MT Design who makes beautiful wood benches. There are also so many talented potters.
Q9 // What is your best decorating tips for anyone wanting to create a Scandinavian style in their home?
Make it your style. Change the things in your home that you can do yourself – tear down the wallpaper, paint the floor, panels, doors or walls – and finally don’t hold back with colours – the more the better. Also for instance tone on tone. Buy art and ceramics that can add a personal touch to the décor and maybe tells something about you. Go hunting for second-hand pieces in small towns, they have so many great items and you pay less.
Q10 // How do you like to relax, how do you hygge?
When I have to hygge, I love to make some good food – do a little extra. Read a book with a great cup of coffee and some good music in the background. Slow mornings and just slow living.
Q11 // How do you find that Scandinavian feeling in your daily life?
I try to make a space at home where I feel good and where hygge is essential. And in this weird corona time, I find it more important than ever, to feel good in my own home and make it comfy – because I spent a lot of time here.
Want to see more of this colourful home in Denmark and get inspired?
// Photo credit: Ann Poulsen