The couple fell asleep when they saw the small farm at Sørum.
Small farm Norum Vestre in Sørum
WHO: Wenche Nilstorp (43) Nursing Nurse, Martin Barth Bergholtz (42) HSE / Project Manager, Tuva (13) and Oscar (15).
HOUSE: Swiss house from 1850, barn and stabbur.
ANIMALS: The dog Senja, the cats Orelia and Milli, the hens Pia, Vesla, Olivia, Klara and Petra.
NEXT PROJECT: Build the pergola of the old windows from the house.
INSTAMRAM: @ wine73
Who would think that you can get in the car, in the midst of our hectic capital, and find rural idyll about the next turn?
For Wenche Nilstorp and Martin Barth Bergholtz, it was quite unthinkable when they lived in the apartment on Torshov and looked for houses just outside the city limits. But they both grew up in rural areas with large green areas around and fell asleep when they saw the small farm in Sørum.
– When we first came here, I managed to look past all the flaws. It was broken down here, rotten injuries, no water or bath, and could withstand the most from most. But I knew I was not going to regret, says Nilstorp to the magazine Lev Landlig.
– Yes, you were sure about your case, and there would not be much to persuade me, says Bergholtz.
– And although it literally became a bloodshed, we are now very fond of the home we have created, he adds.
All the disadvantages are just a vague memory now that they are assembled around the garden table. Daughter Tuva serves homemade rhubarb soup and there is hardly any sound to hear. Apart from two painted cats and the cloak of satisfied chickens who have had corn for lunch.
Even though Nilstorp is so fond of old furniture that Bergholtz was about to shock when they first met and saw her apartment, it was fine with some modern comfort. That there had only been a bathroom on the barn earlier, they had to do something about it. They have found a nice balance between old and new, while preserving the soul of the house. Something was too bad to be kept, something would be too extensive and something too convenient.
– The windows were among those things, she says, who would like to keep them.
– I would have spent several years restoring all of them, so unfortunately they had to slip in the middle of everything else. But we have made the new windows as original as possible, she says, pointing at the paved windows on the charming leaning timber walls.
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The couple finds it important to take care of the things they found in the house. The charming wood box has probably always been there.
Previously, the kitchen was divided by a wall. After it was removed, the family had a large family room invited to meet and meet.
The charming, worn blue battlefield has followed Wenche for many years. The furniture is doing very well here on the farm with the light blue walls.
In the main road, the old timber walls are dark and untouched. Wenche has painted frames with high gloss, while ceilings and walls are matte.
Martin wanted a new sofa and Wenche wanted to keep the old green. Now they have two living rooms and accommodate both.
This stately skatoll has been in the family of Martin for generations. It was his tip tip dipping grandfather who built it.
At one of the entrances you can sit and admire the landscape outside the window.
On the barn the couple found more old furnaces that they sent for restoration. Now they shine around the house, like here under the stairs.
The wall of the parent’s room is painted in a yellow color that gives Wenche good associations to childhood.
Tuva has decorated the room itself. She is fond of white and pink. An old make-up table holds everything a girl needs of decorating.
In the newly built bathroom the couple has put a marble servant on an old cabinet they found on the farm.
Stabburet is charming red and one of the first things you notice when you get to the farm.
Even though Tuva has grown up in Oslo, she is well-welcomed in this country.
The rhubarb soup tastes extra refreshing when served in the sunshine on the patio surrounded by flowering lilac trees.
– We are very fond of the old timber walls in the house, although they are so skewed that there is an everlasting discussion every time we will hang something on the walls. It’s so hard to see if it’s right, she laughs.
They have created rooms with nice contrasts by keeping some timber walls original and some painted. Around the rooms there is a silent mix of furniture found on the farm, something new and something that has been included in previous homes.
– We took over the house as it stood, Bergholtz says.
They have not yet managed to walk through all the furniture on the big barn. They think it’s great that they can decorate with furniture that has always belonged to the house and Nilstorp is still treasure hunting around the farm.
The couple agreed that it was very good that they kept the apartment in the city while they were renovating.
– I think I had been crazy about living in the middle of the refurbishment, laughing at Nilstorp, thinking it was most effective to do that way. Then we stayed here all day but could retreat in the evening and get some rest. Our goal was always to recreate the original style and keep the soul in the house as good as possible.. And we would be involved and cooperate with the craftsmen, “says Bergholtz.
The family cleared lots, both inside and out, while the workers held on. They also dug the floor in both the living rooms and the main entrance itself, and filled with gravel and compressed. Not the whole floor was good enough to be kept unfortunately, but the walls and ceiling of the kitchen and the middle room are original.
The bedrooms are located on the second floor and are kept in a nostalgic style. There they have also built a new bathroom and have put in a washbasin on an old cabinet they found on the farm.
Large open kitchen
● Enclosures / kitchen entrance, utility room and toilet: Lady pure color super mat, Reflection 1622
● Main room: Lady pure color super matt, Kalk 10341
Kitchen: Lady sens, Stratus 5028
● Middle floor, main entrance and staircase on the second floor: Lady sens, Flower Blood 2104
● Bathroom: Lady sens, Summer 1928
● Paintings, doors (high gloss) roof and floor: Lady sens, Cotton 1453
● Exterior main house: Jotun Optimal, Light antique 471
● Tuvas bedroom: Lady pure color super matt, lightness 1624
● Wenche and Martins bedroom: Lady sens, Romance 1304
The house had many small rooms when the family took over. In the kitchen, in particular, it would be a slight challenge to build a convenient room, while retaining much of the original. They removed a wall and even designed the entire kitchen solution. They had to go for a few rounds with themselves before they were able to decide if they wanted the morning sun at the kitchen counter or the dining table. Whether they would look out on the green fields during breakfast or admire the charming barn.
Today the meals are enjoyed in the bright kitchen and out in the garden when the weather invites you. The kitchen interior is white and timeless, the original interchange panel is painted light blue, and Wenche has put some black furniture that looks good as an eye-catcher.
The plans are many for the barn building and they have enough room to realize dreams there, but first, the red stable cage is set to a small guesthouse.
The one who stays there and tastes a piece of landidyll is lucky and might fall as flat as the land life that Nilstorp and Bergholtz did.
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