How to Turn a Small Attic into a Charming Home!

Paola Navone’s Ghost 3-Seat Sofa for Gervasoni and a bench that Caroline and Steffan made from Douglas fir wood and reddish-brown lacquer. The lamp is a Viennese antique from the 1980s made with woven raffia.

This project caught my attention when I spotted it on Remodelista since the small Copenghagen home with minimal modern vintage decor style is about the square footage of the first bungalow we bought for our family in Chicagoland. That home of ours sported two little bedrooms and the tiniest eat-in kitchen you have ever seen, and we renovated it from top to bottom, adding a 3rd bedroom, den, and additional bath.

There’s a lovely, slow living vibe going on inside this thoughtfully appointed flat, with varying textures (paper, wood, stone and exposed galvanized ducting) and natural wabi-sabi like sensibilities. For more slow living lovely, see this.

Project: 860-square-foot attic apartment in a 1737 Copenhagen townhouse
Source: Remodelista, with photography by Katrine Rohrberg
Designer: Danish brand designer, Caroline Feiffer is a Danish brand designer
How They Transformed it: Caroline and Steffan renovated the top floor of this 18th century townhouse with their own hands, adding bleached pine floors and painting the walls and beams white. They remodeled the kitchen and decorated the place with Danish, French and Italian antiques.

Let’s tour Caroline Feiffer’s charming space with its ethereal, rustically elegant, airy style, and I have offered some suggestions for furniture and home decor which may reflect some of that same spirit.

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Caroline Feiffer in Copenhagen Photo by Katrine Rohrberg

The kitchen features a Tsé & Tsé Stainless Steel Dish Rack. From Remodelista: “Caroline and Steffan remodeled the kitchen themselves, with white-painted wood cabinets and a terrazzo countertop. They equipped the small kitchen with as many integrated appliances as possible: a cooktop and vent hood, oven, dishwasher, and refrigerator. On the stove is an Alessi 9090 Coffee Maker, designed in 1979.”

A group of Charlotte Perriand Chairs for Meribel surrounds an antique French pine table. The small lamp in the corner is a 1950s Swedish Chamote Table Lamp by Gunnar Nylund for Rörstrand. It was found by Marianne Olesen of Mo Lamps, a friend who sources unusual lamp bases and custom fabric shades.

Minimal Modern Vintage Decor Inspiration: Copenhagen Apartment

I love her chairs!  I also love:

Beautiful natural light in a minimal bedroom with linen by Caroline Feiffer in Copenhagen Photo by Katrine Rohrberg

From Remodelista: “Linens on the bed are a mix of Society, Aiayu, and Ambatalia. The bedside lamp is a Stoneware Lamp by Per and Annelise Linnemann-Schmidt for Palshus with a cloth shade by Christopher Farr.”

A Noguchi Akari 1A Table Lamp and toiletries on a vintage side table.

Minimal Modern Vintage Decor Inspiration: Copenhagen Apartment

The couple stores cookware, baking dishes, and linens in an antique cabinet near the kitchen. The floor lamp is a Danish Mads Caprani Bentwood Lamp that Caroline acquired from her father.

Minimal Modern Vintage Decor Inspiration: Copenhagen Apartment

An antique Pewter Pitcher by Just Andersen is stored with glassware in an alcove shelf.

Minimal Modern Vintage Decor Inspiration: Copenhagen Apartment

The couple’s collection of dishware includes both handmade ceramic dishes and Rainbow Plates from Hay.

Minimal Modern Vintage Decor Inspiration: Copenhagen Apartment

10.75" Dinner Plate Set

Dinner Plate, Set of 4

Canvas Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair next to a marble and oak side table made by her friend Rune Bruun Johansen. The rug is a caramel-colored Handtufted Carpet from Danish company Pure Carpet.

Minimal Modern Decor Inspiration: Copenhagen Apartment

Caroline Feiffer in Copenhagen Photo by Katrine Rohrberg

From Remodelista: “Above the kitchen is a small crawl space where Caroline has her studio. She and Steffan designed the table using the same Douglas fir and lacquer finish as on the bench in the living area. The chair was inherited—an original 1950s Carimate Chair by Vico Magistretti for Cassina.”

Do you live in a similar sized home? What do you think about the feel of this airy apartment in Copenhagen?

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. January 8, 2018 / 9:58 am

    I’m obsessed with this! So architectural and clean, thanks for sharing ❤️❤️❤️

    • michele
      January 8, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Perfect for an artist! 🙂

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