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An old farm converted into a comfortable family home

An old farm converted into a comfortable family home

Malin Grönborg

His fondness for Instagram made it possible for Lena Lidman, @ lenalidman85, You could buy the house of your dreams: an old 19th-century farm located in a small town in northern Sweden.

And she and her partner, Anders Liljeström, wanted a house away from the city, especially when their children were born: Nils, 3 years old and Elsa, two. One of his followers asked Lena if she was interested in taking a look at her house for sale. “They wanted to sell the house without agencies in between. When we went to visit her, she gave us a feeling of uninhabited. All painted white, was dispossessed of that characteristic spirit of the old houses that we have tried to recreate ”.

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To make the most of the space, Lena's father made a bookcase that they placed under the window. Painted the same gray color as the wall, the mimicry is perfect. In the image below, a metal table and a wicker armchair complete the area.

VINTAGE ARMCHAIR MALIN GRÖNBORG

Painting by Artilleriet. The wooden table comes from an antique shop and bronze candlesticks, from a street market. Below: vase, from Ikea. Candlesticks, from Royal Design. Vintage armchair Whicker, by Designbutiken

IN BLACK AND WHITE MALIN GRÖNBORG

If you want to achieve an elegant atmosphere in the living room, opt for this highly discreet chromatic duo even in the decoration of the tree. Garlands of pennants, of happyhill.se and ornaments, of Granit.

FESTIVAL ENVIRONMENT MALIN GRÖNBORG

In the spacious living room there was a natural fir tree, coming from the forest near the farm.The owner of the house -Lena- decorated it with simple black and white ornaments and paper garlands, cheerful and simple.Kílim and divan, from www. they.se. Table and sofa, by Royal Design and articulated wall lamp, by frapp.se

WARM WELCOME MALIN GRÖNBORG

The hall was recently wallpapered with a plant design, which Lena loves. A small fir tree planted in a wooden box displays its charm at the entrance. Wallpaper, by William Morris. Carpet type jarapa, from Myrorna. Chair, from www.ellos.se. Sheepskin and box, purchased at a market.

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CUSTOM MALIN GRÖNBORG

In the hall a corner was organized to leave coats and shoes. To personalize it, Lena's father installed on the wall a ribbon with hangers, matching the baseboard and the paneled doors of the cabinets. Coat hanger, from Ikea. Basket, from Afroart and pot, from Bergs Potters.

PENDANT STAR MALIN GRÖNBORG

Feel Christmas throughout the house. In addition to the tree, decorate your home with small details arranged in chairs, doors, furniture and windows, like this one in the living room adorned with a mini fern tree and a hanging star. Perfect!

RUSTIC KITCHEN MALIN GRÖNBORG

The large rustic kitchen was equipped with a generous office, with an elongated table, chairs and bench, located next to the window.

EVERYTHING HANDCRAFTED MALIN GRÖNBORG

Under the window was placed an old blue table acquired in an antique shop. On it rests a rustic center full of bulbs. Nordic chairs, of Rum21. The table is handmade and the bank was purchased at a market. On the table, ceiling lamps of Pigkammaren.se and standing, in the window, of House Doctor. Nordal hanging shelf with candles.

NEW USES MALIN GRÖNBORG

The kitchen utensils are functional and decorative, like these exposed on a wall shelf and on a recovered green sideboard that was previously part of a store. Wall shelf, from Blocket (second hand online store). Porcelain dinnerware, from House Doctor, Indiska and Lagerhaus. On the sideboard: kitchen robot, by KitchenAid. Round cutting boards, from House Doctor. Candle holder, for sale at www.paradisverkstaden.se

SECONDHAND MALIN GRÖNBORG

Rake visits are sometimes helpful, as happened with this aged door that Lena bought at a flea market and now looks perfect in the kitchen pantry. Decorated with a Christmas wreath, the contrast is striking

GARDENED ROOF MALIN GRÖNBORG

On the top floor, the bed in the master bedroom was located in front of the window as a headboard. On the right, a sideboard and paintings acquired in a market. On the left, a closet closet grayish blue as the walls. In a corner, at the foot of the bed, a small desk was arranged that Lena uses to make moodboards, package gifts or craft projects.

VISION CABINET MALIN GRÖNBORG

In front of the bed, the glass doors of the vintage closet allow you to see the house clothes you store inside. Beside him, a chair acquired in a street market was placed and, between them, a small fir tree symbolizes Christmas. Wardrobe, by Pentik. On the chair, cushion and sheepskin, by Tell Me More.

RESPECT THE ORIGINAL MALIN GRÖNBORG

Acquiring a house with history may include some pleasant surprise, such as the one Lena discovered on the top floor: circular wooden beams that retained all their charm. Therefore, he decided to leave them as is, but before he reinforced the roof well

DESK AND LAMP MALIN GRÖNBORG

In bed: cushion and skirts, from Them. Linen bedspreads: blue, by Tell Me More and beige, by Ernst. Coat rack, from Victoria Home. Duster, of Hay and wall lamp, of Them. In the image below: desk and articulated lamp, purchased at a street market. Silla, from Them. Basket, by Ikea. Candle Pin Candle Holder. Vases: large, by House Doctor and small, on the shelf, by H&M Home.

DECIMONONIC SPIRIT MALIN GRÖNBORG

Recreating the original atmosphere of an old house is a challenge. Lena got it with furniture vintage and replacing the plugs with some of the time. Chest of drawers and pot, of street markets. Swan wall, from mininock.se. Suitcase and basket, from local stores.

MAGIC DREAMS MALIN GRÖNBORG

Next to the master bedroom, Nils's room is mostly covered with a large carpet that allows the little one to play big on the floor. A canopy with garlands of lights covers the bed and acts as a remover.

Wardrobes and bed, from Ikea. Carpet, from Them. Canopy, by Cirkusfabriken. Rabbit-shaped lamp, from inreda.com. Cushion on the floor, by Tell Me More. Stool and shelf on the wall, of street markets.

Hoops MALIN GRÖNBORG

Hoops and shark cloth, from Ikea. Storage bags, from TellKiddo. Christmas star, by Watt & Veke. Garland of lights, from Happy Lights. Wooden box, from a street market. In the image below: tippi, from Granit. Garland of socks, by Maileg. The poster on the wall is from Le Kiosk Shop.

A VERY ANIMATED SPACE MALIN GRÖNBORG

Nils loves the animals with which he plays within his particular tippi. Now they share space with Christmas decorations that gracefully decorate their small shelter.

TO SLEEP AND PLAY MALIN GRÖNBORG

Next to her brother's room is little Elsa's room, equipped with a four-poster cot and a mini-cot for her dolls. On the floor, a soft carpet is perfect for sitting and playing. A garland of pennants decorates the room from side to side and a bookcase houses its first stories and stuffed animals.

Cot, from Miniroom. Cushions and canopy, Number 74. Mini toy crib acquired in a street market. Carpet, from Them. Garland, from Cirkusfabriken. Metal trunk, from Åhlens. The wall shelf comes from Rum21.

Low level MALIN GRÖNBORG

The plot, in addition to the two-story house, had a garage and plenty of outdoor space for children to enjoy. The interior was distributed in the typical style of the houses in the area: generous lobby, large kitchen, with living rooms on both sides, and the bedrooms and bathroom, on the top floor. The environment could not be more bucolic, with fields and farmhouses on the edge of a forest. They had finally found the ideal place! Just a year since they bought the farm and all the rooms have been transformed to adapt to the needs of the new owners.
The wooden floor - present throughout the house, except at the entrance - was sanded and tried to recover its former splendor. The couple was delighted with the final result. The ceilings were reinforced with wooden coverings, which protect from the cold, and Lena painted the walls a matt gray color, which acquires a bluish, green or beige tone as it gives them light, or wallpapered them with floral motifs, as in the receiver. “It is no nuisance to wallpaper or paint. I'm having fun, ”Lena says. I have become so good at this that I don't even need to use bodybuilder tape to paint. ” In most rooms, large, fluffy and colorful carpets, and cushions on beds, chairs or on the sofa abound. Textiles create a cozy atmosphere.

First floor MALIN GRÖNBORG

Much of the furniture is old, purchased at second-hand stores or in markets. Lena and Anders are especially proud of the result of the doors, both of the pantry "I just need to find the perfect handle" - says Lena-, as the installation of double sheets in each room. "We found some ideal doors in the garage and decided to use them." This is the first Christmas they spend in their new home. Far from the typical red ornaments, they have decorated the house with natural elements, small fir trees from the outside, white amaryllis and burning candles that convey joy and warmth. “As a child I have celebrated Christmas in the same way with my family and now I want my children to forge those same memories here.”

Realization: Cocofeatures.com.