The house was in very poor condition and was divided into two apartments. It therefore took a major renovation to create a stately home with a modern interior – while preserving the charm and the original details. The kitchen on the first floor was removed and transformed into a large bathroom, an archway from the ’80s between the office and bedroom was replaced with a French double door, and on the ground floor, four small rooms – a toilet, a small kitchen and two small bedrooms – were merged to create a large, atmospheric kitchen-dining room.
The kitchen-dining room is the room that Kinne holds most dear. “It’s functional, aesthetic and where the whole family gathers. Many hours are spent here drawing, painting, eating and talking.” Kinne and Jonas chose a uno form Shaker kitchen in the colour Stone Grey, with brass details and marble worktops that complement the home’s interior and style.
Kinne’s father had the idea to cover the plinth under the kitchen elements in brass. This nicely matches the brass handles and creates elegance and warmth in the room.
Kinne’s father made the dining table from oak trees he felled at the family’s summer holiday house. Next to the dining table is a metal display cabinet showcasing fine old crystal glasses that Kinne inherited from her grandmother, among other items.
“Combining contrasts such as industrial metal and fine crystal glass, and timeless classic Danish design with lovely vintage finds and subdued colours such as beige, grey, light yellow, brown and pale pink, gives the home personality,” says Kinne.
Kinne is particularly pleased with the kitchen’s elegance and the fine balance between the kitchen-dining room and living room. The kitchen island is also ideal for serving when the family is entertaining.
Kinne wouldn’t want to be without her Quooker and the ample worktop space, which means the whole family can take part in the cooking. “It’s an added bonus that the kitchen is so practical and easy to keep clean, with two young children,” says Kinne.
A lot of work was done in the stairwell, where they pulled up the worn linoleum to reveal the original floor. Kinne has painted the lower section of the wall pale pink, and this creates a surprising look and elegant contrast with the more muted colours in the other rooms.
The couple’s latest major project was to excavate the basement in order to make better use of the extra space for a lovely laundry, and to install a new bathroom on the second floor.
Who lives here?
Kinne Andersen, Senior Specialist at Nykredit, Jonas Kofoed Larsen, Investment Manager at AIP, and their daughter Filippa and son Carlo.
Where is it?
Townhouse from 1893 in the Composer’s Quarter in Østerbro, Copenhagen. Old terraced house which has been completely renovated. The house is 136 m2 with a 48 m2 basement.