Down By The Riverside

Down By The Riverside

Posted by Helene Arentz | 9 June 2017 | Home & Garden

This week I was tempted to go a little beyond Wimbledon, not far at all, but as we love this beautiful home in Wandsworth we extended our ‘Wimbledon Home & Garden’ section to include this riverside place a couple of miles down the road.

This home is a fusion of Scandinavian and Indian vibes and aesthetics owned by a Norwegian/ English couple. The apartment feels clean and airy with light gray colours in different nuances, and is a perfect canvas to play with.

Photo by Monica Hellem.

The ‘it’ factor of this apartment is of course the fantastic view, and the fact you feel like you’re on top of London, but also the elegant and personal touch adds to the composition of materials, colours and unique belongings.

Photo by Monica Hellem.

Anna has been strongly connected to India for many years, and is frequently going back for work and to meet friends. She is passionate about tribal cultures and the heritage and craft they hold, believing in utilising these age old techniques in a modern way. Anna’s close friends Anu and Sonal of ‘en Inde’ make beautiful artisan inspired pieces, using  traditional methods and materials.

Photo by Monica Hellem.

Anna brings back lots of inspiration and beautiful pieces from India, which perfectly connects with the surroundings, bounding the two worlds together. It’s reflecting a lifestyle valuing even the huge concrete pendants sourced in India and bought back home.

Photo by Monica Hellem.

Adding pieces from around the world, gathered on your travels is the best way to make your home stand out from the high-street crowd.

Photo by Monica Hellem.

To describe the successful recipe of this home with a few keywords, I would say; clean lines, spacious layout, relaxing colours and beautiful handcrafted pieces.

Photo by Monica Hellem.

Traditionally, a lot of the old handcrafted techniques in India is known and practiced by men. Anna tells me that it’s important to help the women to learn these techniques so that they can employ themselves, and make a way of living in a safe and sustainable environment.

Photo by Monica Hellem.

Did you know it’s possible to make placemats by hand using a technique of knotting dried banana fibres? With this macrame technique they also make baskets and beautiful handbags. Look it up on en Inde if you would like to see more of their artisan work.

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Helene Arentz

Scandinavian interior designer Helene is a doyenne of creative home transformation, pairing personality and atmosphere with beautiful functionality. This is her inside story…

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