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4 Ways To Modernize A Home’s Old Bones (See: This Light-Filled Flat In Copenhagen)

Located on the top floor of a centuries-old townhouse in the quiet heart of Copenhagen, designer Caroline Feiffer’s home is a bright, woody naturalist’s dream. When she initially saw the space—one long room with a slanted roof and exposed beams, a half-wall by the bedroom and a loft above the kitchen—it was in a cluttered state. But she recognized a great opportunity, particularly in the tall ceilings and abundant light. “The light is aggressive during summertime, but as we are in Northern Europe we truly value this time since we have such a short period with sunlight,” she says. “So, no need to temper the light rest of the year.” Drawing on her Scandinavian heritage (and quite a lot of off-white paint), Feiffer designed the home to include a mix of old and new concepts, contrasts in style and form, but most of all, balance.

You might find her in the open kitchen, whipping up green dishes or churning her specialty ice cream and looking out toward an antique market dining table that’s getting more beautiful with age. Above her is a second-floor atelier, built in the loft by her woodworker husband Steffan, which provides excellent aerial views of the rooms below. Every element of the 860-square-foot home is purposeful. “Details are important,” she says. “Sometimes it really takes patience [to get them right], but it’s absolutely worth the wait.” These are the four design mantras that led her overhaul of the apartment.

“Preserve the beauty of what’s around you.”

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