I couldn’t assist however consider Goldilocks and the Three Bears after listening to about Silke Bonde’s life within the Danish countryside. Within the city of Birkerød, Silke, her husband Kasper, and their two kids downsized from a 3,000-square-foot residence to 1 with “a bit of backyard and every little thing we want.” They get lake views and nature walks, however they’re additionally half-hour from Copenhagen. Not too large, and never too small, every little thing appears excellent. Have a look…
UPSTAIRS LIVING SPACE
Couch: Erik Jørgensen EJ315 3-Seater. Espresso desk: Hans J Wegner. Facet dresser: Moebe, comparable. Flooring lamp: Isamu Noguchi Akari 9A. Ceiling pendant: Flos IC Mild. Bookshelf: Moebe. Mirror: Moebe.
On shifting to the countryside: My husband and I have been drawn to the lifestyle we grew up with, near water and timber. There’s something charming about each season right here. Winter in Birkerød means early sunsets and snow. Spring is hopeful after we once more really feel the heat of the solar. Summer time is swimming and staying up late within the shiny evenings.
On downsizing: Once we moved to Birkerød six years in the past, we purchased a fantastic massive home. However when our first baby, Norr, was born, we discovered it too large. Cleansing 300 sq. meters [about 3,000 square feet] and sustaining an enormous yard wasn’t one thing we needed to spend time on. So, we downsized and purchased our present home. We prefer it so a lot better.
On evenings upstairs: After dinner, we go upstairs to loosen up earlier than the youngsters go to mattress. Now we have a flooring mat for working towards tumbling, and we learn books. It’s my favourite time of day. I grew this avocado plant from a seed. This spring, it’ll flip six!
On minimalism with children: Many individuals, together with Danes, would most likely assume my residence is simply too empty, however I can’t assume creatively if there may be an excessive amount of stuff. That mentioned, I do follow letting the ground circulation with toys and push again towards my want to maintain every little thing tidy! And once they develop out of issues, it’s extremely popular to purchase and promote used toys on totally different Danish apps.
Headboard: handmade, comparable. Quilt cowl: bought in Mexico.
On parental resilience: Relating to parenting, the depth of the accountability has stunned me essentially the most. And likewise what we as mother and father are able to. I really feel a lot stronger than ever earlier than. Now we have been by 4 wild years with younger children, however we’ve made it.
On weekend jaunts: Rising up in a small city in Jutland, I didn’t have a lot entry to tradition and I need my children to develop up with it. Now, we’re solely half-hour north of Copenhagen, so it’s nice to have the ability to entry concert events, design museums, and the meals scene. New cafés and eating places are popping up on a regular basis, and we strive one thing new every go to.
On winter methods: Being social is energizing when it’s darkish and chilly. We continuously have pals over for espresso. For me, the Danish idea of ‘hygge’ means cozying up with nice meals, family members, and laughter. The truth that the idea is now spreading to different elements of the world is simply improbable.
Kitchen: Ikea. Cupboards: Reform Foundation.
On renovating: The renovation was so satisfying — the adjustments felt monumental! For instance, as an alternative of three small home windows going through the lake, we mixed them into one big window. And we moved the steps, which blocked the lake view, to the alternative nook of the eating room. When the renovation was completed, I couldn’t cease staring on the lake. Since we’re excessive up on a hill, we see the change of the seasons so clearly.
On a cupboard makeover: Now we have an Ikea kitchen however used an organization known as Reform so as to add totally different fronts. The white cupboards brighten up the kitchen, and the inexperienced linoleum countertop offers it an edge. We love the minimalist look of the spherical handles. Years from now, we may change out the fronts for a completely totally different look, as an alternative of shopping for a complete new kitchen.
On rising up with nature: Once I was a woman, I spent so many hours on little tasks exterior. My grandmother taught me the enjoyment of flowers, birds, and the change of the seasons. We frequently wrote one another letters, the place she would describe her backyard at that precise second.
On free play: Youngsters have to fulfill expectations at residence, faculty and public areas, however in nature they will simply be themselves. Once we take the children exterior, we strive to not deliver something and as an alternative allow them to discover issues to play with themselves. Even after we’re merely strolling residence from faculty, all of us generate new power, and my shoulders drop fully.
Artworks: Silke Bonde.
On working out and in of the house: I labored from residence for about 5 years, which was nice more often than not. However after this second maternity depart, I wasn’t in a position to ignore the home mess, and I missed having colleagues. Fortunately, I discovered a close-by shared studio with different artists. Now, within the morning, I put the children in our cargo bike and trip to daycare after which to my studio.
Artworks: Silke Bonde.
On discovering your self: For years, I’d been working with watercolors — I really like the unpredictability of the colours on moist paper — however I bought bored with flat paper. So, I started experimenting with totally different methods to attempt to make it three dimensional and alive. I found that I liked reducing and folding paper. Now, after seven years of working as an artist, I really feel like I’ve lastly landed on the best shelf. I really feel the will in my entire physique to create paper artwork, and if I may, I’d work all night time. I hope my artwork is a day by day reminder of the significance of nature and taking the time to see the wonder in each element.
Thanks a lot, Silke! You’re great.