Sleek and personal swiss villa
Old things and heirlooms are often left in many interiors because they form good memories of homeowners. For Randi Lahti and the man Vegard, it was important that the new house they were building had a warm, homely style and had room for old furniture, and they found it in the Swiss wilderness.
– I’m very fond of all the old furniture I’ve inherited from my family and I think it’s nice to have them around me. I would not just hide them on a loft, and when we went with building plans, it was clear that the choice fell on a swiss villa, “says Randi.
– We like the rural style. It’s warm, homely and soulful, even if you’re building new. It’s so much nicely made in nostalgic style today, so with the right choice of materials, you can give the house its own story. And with little children, she’s getting a little charming wear, too, she laughs.
The house they have built on the outskirts of Sandefjord is from the Swedish Fisheries Villa, and the model is called Tranan. But they have made several changes, and Randi has spent a long time putting his personal touch on the house.
While Vegard arranged with craftsmen and paperwork, I was in favor of the choice of tiles, panels, wallpaper and everything else that belongs to building houses.
– When you look interior is fun, it’s a dream to keep up with it. But it can be a little bit at one time when planning an entire house. One thing is to see fine items in a magazine or catalog, but how it really is, you do not know before trying, she adds.
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BIG HOUSE: The house of Randi and Vegard is open to a high sky. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
READ STAY: Should you get green fingers, you have to read up and Randi likes five. minutes on the couch with his Flora book. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
ARV AND NOSTALGI: To create soul in a new house, Randi supplies inherited furniture and nostalgic decorations. The family is fond of paintings and a natural image hangs over the couch. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
NOSTALGI: Nostalgic also appears in the guest bathroom. On the wall, the family has a convenient laundry room. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
OPEN SOLUTIONS: There are generally open solutions in the house, and the family likes to see from room to room. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
RIP AND LIST: A rough dark wall breaks up the light and the countertop takes up the same color. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
PERSONAL PREGN: The boys’ rooms also have their own personal touches and colors. The family is particularly pleased that the knee walls are so tall. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
ARVESTYKKER: The bonderomantile bedroom furniture has the family inherited from Randi’s parents. They make the guest room extra cozy. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
DECORATIVE: Randi lets the finest knitwear stand out. Both because it is practical, but also decorative decoration. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
DECORATION: On a serving tray, Randi has gathered light and flowers. It gives a neat impression. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
PRACTICAL: At the time, the family has plenty of room, with wardrobe on the whole one wall and practical seat bench on the opposite side. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
DREAM: There are generally open solutions throughout the house, and perhaps that separates old and new houses the most. The stove was an absolute requirement, and that was something Randi had always dreamed of. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
LOFTSTUE: In the loft room, the two boys have plenty of space to have friends visiting. Also there, Randi has put in some old items, like the inherited baby carriage. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
EVERYTHING: The classic, newly built Swiss villa looks as if it has been there for all generations. (PHOTO: Helge Eek)
Panel was replaced with wallpaper
Randi tells them that they really had a panel in all rooms, but chose to bet on some different wallpaper instead of going for the safe. The panel in the living room appears to be a bit dark, so it has been painted in a light gray tone afterwards.
– But you do not see such things until you get them up, she says.
The couple chose to let the kitchen be the main room and heart of the house, and in the corner of the spacious kitchen is the actual piece of jewelry in the house, the stove. It was the first to be budgeted.
– Was there anything we should have in our new house, so there was a tiled stove, laughing Randi. I have always dreamed about that. Now this is where we are sitting, both when we have guests or it’s just us and the kids.
Stayed before the garden was planned
Before the family could move into the Swiss villa, summer 2014, there were many hours of work behind. Because even though they had craftsmen who set up the house, it was not free for any tricks they had to cross.
One day we came in to peek, the plumber had put up the plumbing in the living room, instead of the kitchen. He had turned the drawings wrong, says Randi.
So you have to be on duty and participate, even if you have craftsmen who do the job.
Now they look forward to the summer and to start the garden. Last year they laid stones in front of the house, and now they are planning for fruit trees and planting.
Randi tells her she’s seeing flowers is very fun, but she does not have such green fingers. Then it’s good to have a helping hand from mom, who has a little more experience with gardening.
– We chose to stay here a little before we started the garden. One has to look at where the sun falls and what kind of soil you have. But now we have decided to start with some nice fruit trees. They must come to earth soon, our boys will have something to climb while they are still small.
The couple would like to come in from the exit door and look right through the house, and they have gotten. From the hallway you can see the porches, to the garden behind the house. Along the entire long wall of the kitchen there are windows that provide good light.
– Here the children run through when we sit here and we have a full overview, Randi smiles.
As the children begin to grow a bit, they are more and more enjoying themselves in their rooms. The family of four has ample room on the second floor, with each bedroom, guest room, large bathroom and a loft room in the middle. It will probably be diligently used by the boys in the upbringing.
Downstairs they have a small guest bathroom, while in the bathroom the whole family has plenty of space to be at the same time. There they have created tough contrasts with white tiles and dark wood. In the freestanding bath in the corner, it is comfortable to take a dip in soft lighting.
At the top of Randi’s wish list, there are several days of cheating at home. Days where she can just walk around and decorate flowers and be creative.