How do you create a sense of home in a new place or unfamiliar environment?
The idea of what makes a space feel like home is of course deeply personal. For me a home holds space for privacy, space for social activities, and space for evolving individual hobbies – like rolling out a yoga mat, reading books in a lounge chair, and meeting the family around a large dinner table with space for everyone. Music, lights, plants, objects, and pictures are simple ways to personalise a space and give it a sense of home. Choosing fabric and materials like wood, wool, linen, and stone adds an earthy connection to a home. The smell of cooking and baking is always home to me.
What emotions do you associate with the feeling of being at home?
Can you think of a time when you felt at home in a place that was not your physical home – what made you feel this way?
When I walk the streets of Södermalm I feel at home. It is a small neighbourhood in the middle of a large city. This area has many locals, who have lived here for a long time – just like us, we have lived in this neighbourhood for 15 years. The area has a special atmosphere with its old building style and colourful facades, many trees and flowers, and open outdoor spaces that invite socialising.
Can you share a hidden gem in Stockholm that always gives you a sense of belonging?