Steal the style !

Being a huge fan of TineKHome I was very pleased when I got an email saying the article as seen in the UK Elle Decoration (March 2010) could be found on their website. So if you are a big fan of Tine’s house, that is filled with a combination of clever founds and products from her own store, and you always wonderd how she does it… this is your change to Steal the style from the ‘The white house’.

Als grote ‘fan’ van Tine K Home wil ik (ondanks dat deze foto’s al her en der opgedoken zijn) toch aandacht besteden aan het artikel uit de UK Elle Decoration (March 2010) Hierin een nieuwe reportage gemaakt in het huis van Tine zelf. Een huis gevuld met originele vondsten en spullen uit haar eigen winkel en dit alles tegen een witte achtergrond. Wil jij ook zo’n sfeertje dan is dit je kans om de stijl van Tine’s witte huis te stelen! (Meer foto’s en het hele artikel zijn te vinden op Tine K Home)

I’m not someone who loves red and orange,’ says Tine Kjeldsen, owner and designer of homewares brand Tine K Home. True enough, Tine’s style is hardly a lesson in how to do brights, but there are many tricks to steal from her serene country house, a renovated 1834 former doctor’s surgery on Funen island near Odense in Denmark. She moved here five years ago with her husband and business partner, Jacob Fossum, and their three children, Klara, Tilde and Konrad.

At first sight, the colour scheme appears to be mostly brown and grey set against a blank backdrop. As a result, any white furniture, including the painted wooden dining table and various cabinets, lamps and chairs, seems to disappear, while bold, dark objects – an oversized antique cabinet here, a huge L-shaped sofa there – jump out, anchoring the whole look.

For Tine, this palette is instinctive. ‘I’ve always loved cold colours,’ she says, yet her graphic scheme manages to avoid feeling clinical and unwelcoming: ‘It’s because I haven’t really used black. I’ve gone for dark brown instead, which isn’t as harsh.’ On top of this is a layer of subtle silver and plum shades, which adds further warmth.

‘Plus, I like to mix different textures,’ Tine adds. So while the core component of the kitchen may be crisp white units, these are softened with a lush wenge worktop, tactile leather handles that Tine cut and dyed herself, a woven chocolate rug, plus chic linen lampshades, which appear in various sizes and colours throughout the interior.

The house is also full of quirky objects – think chunky black and white ceramics, silver lanterns, lightly coloured glassware and tactile earthenware, plus lots of woven wicker baskets. Tine’s skill is in presenting such things alongside modern furniture, but, crucially, there is still a common thread linking the disparate belongings. ‘I like pieces that have history, that are handmade and different, and that I can’t usually find in Denmark,’ says Tine. As for her partner’s say in the whole thing? ‘Jacob likes what I like, but, having said that, I don’t know if he would be quite so keen if I was into pastels and florals instead of black and white!’

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All pictures in this post are © Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer
Text by Jill Macnair