I am very excited to share another home tour with you guys today. This time we are visiting a fellow Dane, but in London. Together with her boyfriend and their cutest boy they live in a converted marmalade factory in east London. I got to know Christina via her nicely curated Instagram account for her online shop NABO. It was such a treat to meet them in person and to their cool warehouse loft full of Scandinavian designs. Find out more Christina in the interview below – enjoy!
Please introduce yourself?
I’m Christina Thaisen, A Danish Londoner. I live in Bermondsey with my boyfriend and our 2,5 year old son. After studying an MA in Art and Visual Culture I got into working with interior design through my online shop NABO, but also through my interior design services where I help people decorate their homes and source original Danish vintage furniture.
When and why did you move here?
I’ve been living in this flat for 3 years and I remember it as love at first sight; when I walked into this place I was immediately drawn to the old building, the big windows and I knew it had to be our home. I’ve been living in a warehouse conversion in east London before moving in here, so I knew that I liked living in an open plan space, but I was surprised how lovely the light in this flat was. We put an offer in 15 minutes after we left the building after the first viewing.
What changes did you make?
We haven’t really changed that much, apart from painting some of the walls in the living room and in my son’s room. When we moved in the bedroom was divided into two rooms. It was a very dark room, so we decided to get rid of the wall that divided the two rooms so we now have a large bright bedroom.
What didn’t you want to change?
I would never divide the flat into more rooms; on the contrary I would rather tear down the wall to the hallway to get a bigger dining/kitchen area. I’m all for open plan spaces.
What objects hold a special meaning for you?
We have quite a few furniture that are heirlooms from our grandparents on both sides, and they naturally hold a special meaning for me. Luckily our grandparents cared about good design and the pieces they bought back in the days are still functioning and not outdated. I think it somehow formed my view on good design and sustainability.
How do you choose which items enter your home?
Whenever I buy something new for our home I ask myself if it’s something I would want to pass on to my children. Buying good quality designs might be a little pricier upfront, but I see it as an investment in the long run. Investing in good quality pieces that last through generations, it really doesn’t get more sustainable than that. Because we’re renting our home I think about only purchasing things that can be easily adapted as change happens; when we looked for a dining table we couldn’t find one that we loved, so we decided to buy a table that we would later use as a desk. I try to be mindful whenever I bring something new into our home and I’d rather wait and save up than compromising on quality and aesthetics.
How has your style evolved over the years?
My interior style has gone more masculine over the years. When I left home I used to use lighter colours and more patterns and I guess it reflected what I knew from my childhood home. Now that I’ve developed my own taste I tend to be drawn towards darker, calmer and moodier colours.
Which materials are important to you?
I always try to use natural materials when decorating. I think it creates a better indoor environment and they’ll also often last longer. I like materials like wood, cork, and linoleum for table tops because they’re both easy to take care of and reduces noise, which is quite practical when there are kids in the house.
When are you happy at home?
I’m most happy at home when we gather around the dining table to have our morning coffee and breakfast. It’s a time I cherish; there’s something about that brief moment of calm before the day begins.
What do you think makes a welcoming home?
I think it’s important to surround yourself with furniture and things that are meant to be used and can handle a little bit of everything; I think it makes guests feel better when they don’t have to worry too much about spilling coffee or dragging a chair over the floor; it’s all about choosing furniture and materials than make room for life being lived.
3 favorite Instagrammers?
@themodernhouse – for drooling over stunning warehouse conversions and houses in and around London
@asrosenvinge – for stunning travel photography, interior renovation inspiration and she’s such a sweet lady.
@linestampedahl – for a simple Copenhagen home with room for adults and for kids to be kids
Photos by Allan Torp