I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

I can’t stop staring at this beautiful, bright home – it’s like my eyes are willing me into the space. On the market with those clever folk at Fantastic Frank, it’s a lesson in pared-back simplicity. Just as I’m the final throes of my renovation project, painting all the (damn) woodwork, the plain white walls and white washed floorboards are appealing to me. Just look at that cornicing and those big windows flooding the room with light, it’s magical isn’t it?

Let’s begin the home tour…

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

The living space has been kept minimal with a light grey sofa and a Moroccan-style rug that adds an element of texture. I love how the String shelving has been spread across one wall to display art and create a cosy reading nook below (even if it might be quite hard to tell which book is which with them all turned the wrong way, still it looks good!). In the corner I spy &tradition’s FlowerPot VP3 table lamp in black, designed in 1969, and named after the hippy days of Flower Power.

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

The kitchen too is stylish and simple, with soft grey units (a bit like what I’m going for in my kitchen) and a smart marble worktop. Hanging plants add greenery and bring just a dash of colour to this otherwise neutral space. I think I’ll be needing a white KitchenAid in my kitchen now…

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

The dining space in the living room has been subtly divided off from the sofa by two display plinths and a monochrome picture wall. I spy Gubi’s Semi pendant lamp in black, with its distinctive arch-shaped, enamelled metal shade. It was designed in 1968 by two architecture students, Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup who reacted against the ‘cosy era’ that was dominating Denmark at the time to create a lamp that incorporated sharp, clean lines and a geometric shape. Their design was submitted for a competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture and won first prize. It’s now a classic, timeless piece of design (available at Skandium, £199).

A more contemporary piece is Muuto’s Visu chair. I’d been eyeing up the green version for myself, but these look very smart in black. It’s designer Mika Tolvanen has said of the design: ‘The task was to create a personal interpretation of the ever-relevant plywood chair. I wanted my chair to have an unobtrusive and timeless nature that is familiar but never boring and without sacrificing function or ergonomics. Designing a family of chairs, visually related but for different functions, was an iterative and thorough process lasting nearly two years. In the end, I think every detail is exactly as it is supposed to be.’

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home

Shop the look…

What do you think, could you live here?

I wish I lived here: a bright, pared-back home
All images: Fantastic Frank

  1. simply stunning 🙂

  2. Such a beautiful home! Minimalist but far from cold. I love the sleek monochrome colours.

  3. It’s stunning, especially the kitchen – wow! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh my, I keep scrolling back up to that top image…..what a space, what light!

  5. I would love to live here, but I absolutely know it would never work with a house full of children!!

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