A Peek Inside: indie home tours with Lotta Jansdotter

Lotta Jansdotta, the  Scandinavian design guru, just recently put out new book called Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style (Chronicle Books). In it, she shares her home, crafty projects, her studio, recipes + more. After receiving my own copy, and drooling over it, I decided to invite Lotta to share her home and studio with Indie Fixx readers for A Peek Inside: indie home tours.

All the featured images are from the book and are by photographer Jenny Hallengren. To purchase a copy for yourself or your favorite design devotee, click here.

How would you describe your designing style?

Free, organic and intuitive

Tell us about your home. Is it an apartment or house. Is it newer or a refurbished older home? Did you completely redo it or just add some new paint?

It is a rental apartment–a 4 story walk up and is a refurbished older house.

It has been furnished with kitchen cabinets and details by the landlord in a style that we might not really have chosen for ourselves, but we did our best with what was there. We did change the lights in the living room, and covered the back splash in the kitchen which was all mirror glass. Other than that, just fresh paint.

Our funding and creative energy will go into a home that we buy someday.

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Did your home come together organically or did you plan everything out?

Organically and rather slowly, since I was very pregnant and rather tired when we moved in and very busy with work, and I was setting up a new studio space at the same time.

You share a lot of recipes in the book, what’s your favorite (hopefully we can reproduce one on indie fixx to go along with this question).

Mmmm.There is nothing like my dad’s gravlax for the holidays (recipe in the book). I so much love it.

Pick a treasure or two (hopefully something that’s pictured in the book and that we can have a pic to go along with) and share what’s special about it/them to you.

My big iittala cast iron pot. It’s a hand-me-down from my mother who passed away 10 years ago. This pot means a lot to me, since she used to cook many meals in this one, and now I get to do the same.

Beside the sentimental value, it is such a beautiful and practical design gem, with the wood handle and all.

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What’s your favorite room and why?

My favorite room is the bedroom , since I love to sleep.

Is your studio/workspace part of your home or at a separate location?

Yes , separate and about a 20 minute walk from home. Because I spend so much time here, my office has become my second living space. I have a kitchen and a couch and coffee table there. Readers can learn more about my decorating approach for the office on  page 127-128 of Handmade Living: A fresh take on Scandinavian Style.

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