sarah hvass

This bright and playful Copenhagen home that artist Sarah Hvass shares with her husband and two children certainly reflects her whimsical illustrations. The home is located in Østerbro, Copenhagen, in an area called “the potato rows” — a small network of houses that were originally working-class three-story brick townhouses built in the late 1800s. Throughout the home, Sarah has balanced her love of color with a neutral backdrop — the white floors just make all that color pop! Thanks, Sarah! And thanks to Espen Sørensen for the lovely photos! — Amy A.

Image above: My worktable is from Italy. I fell in love with it because of the beautiful pattern that was created from tiny pieces of rosewood. The chair is made by my father-in-law, Johnny Sørensen, and is fun because we also have a miniature one.

Image above: The yellow lamps are designed by Anders Pehrson and are called “Bumling.” They actually used to hang above the ping-pong table in my boyfriend’s childhood home. (If you look closely, you can see that they are covered with small dents from the ping-pong ball.)

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Image above: My twin sister Line Hvass made this bedcover. You can turn it around and every triangle has its own colour. The painting is my own.

Image above: I love the textural effect of different kinds of wood. The drawer and the bowls are Danish designs from the sixties. Above hangs one of my paintings called “Fields.”

Image above: This old flower painting measures 230 cm. x 180 cm. It was supposed to hang in the living room, but when we got it home, it was too big to go up the stairs. Now it has to hang in the kitchen. It looks like it belongs in a castle, but I think it is funny to cram it into a small house like ours.

Image above: In every window we have a curtain in a different color. Lime, grass green, pink, wine red, purple, coral, turquoise, blue, etc. I choose all the colors, and they are in the same scale on each floor. When I ordered them in the shop, I asked the shop assistant whether he thought it was a good idea. He did not say he did not like it, but warned me that our neighbors might think we had started a kindergarten in our home.

Image above: This African mask we got from our family in South Africa. I just had to paint it fluorescent pink to really like it. But now I collect them and paint them in various colors.

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