My Houzz: White Simplicity Offers Peace in a City Centre Flat
This fashion blogger’s job involves a constant riot of pattern and colour, so she made her home a calm white sanctuary
Who lives here? Maiken Winther, the 38-year-old behind Danish fashion and beauty blog Nouvelle
Location Nørrebro neighbourhood of Copenhagen, Denmark
Size 753 sq ft (70 sq m)
Counterintuitively, her home in Nørrebro, in central Copenhagen, Denmark, is practically colourless. “When you work so intensely and for so many hours in fashion every single day, constantly travel abroad and see shows and presentations, and even style and create things yourself, your head is constantly bombarded with an insane number of impressions,” Maiken says. “So when I get home, I can’t really handle any more colours. The more white, industrial and clean it is, the better. Everything in my home is like that.”
“Things should be useful, but, most importantly, they must be easy on the eye. They should be beautiful and nice. This is crucial when I buy things. It’s not so important whether it’s a trend or in fashion. I just want to put something together that I think looks great,” she says.
“The only reason I, unfortunately, do not own the white version is that I know myself. I spend many hours sitting on my couch –because I often work at home – and I love chocolate. Chocolate and a white couch aren’t a good combination,” she says.
“Even if it’s important for me that things are beautiful to look at, it’s also important to be able to exist in the home I’ve created for myself.
“The coffee table is actually an element I want to do more with,” she adds. “It’s not even intended to be used as a coffee table.”
Sofa, Greta Grossman’s Modern Line collection, Gubi. Coffee table, Prism series, Fredrik Paulsen.
Lamp, Inga Sempé’s Vapeur collection, Moustache.
Maiken travels extensively for work, so she frequently comes across weird and wonderful things she would love to decorate her home with. “But you just can’t take a couch home from Paris or an old lamp from San Francisco. After all, your suitcase is already filled with shoes,” she says, laughing.
Chair, PK4, Poul Kjærholm.
“I’m absolutely crazy about it! For many years, I had nothing on the wall, because it quickly becomes too ‘here we have an adult living in a real home’. But when I saw this work of art online, I was really excited and wrote to the artist that same evening that I just needed to have it,” she says.
The piece consists of foam rubber mounted on a heavy wooden board. “It’s both large and loud; but, on the other hand, it also blends perfectly into the room,” she says.
“It’s nice to look at even when it’s turned off, and that is extremely important to me,” Maiken says.
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“I have a very rigorous, practical – some would say boring – and manly style. About 80 percent of my wardrobe is black or dark navy, because, just as I want the apartment to be easy and quiet, I also don’t want to have to mess about deciding what colours I’m going to wear.”
The DSW side chair was designed in the 1950s by Charles and Ray Eames.
“At some point, I’ll want to move, but they’ll have to build something like this,” she says, laughing.
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