Tell us a little bit about your family. Our family consists of our little boy, Jonathan, who turns two in June. Dad, Ole Jakob, who works as a visual designer at POL Advertising Agency. Mother, Linn is a senior design at WORK design agency. We live a busy life in a central neighborhood in Oslo called St.Hanshaugen. We love to be a family of three!
Linn, Ole Jakob and Jonathan (turns 2 this summer) show us around their Oslo apartment and tell us why the city is a great fit for their family right now.
How would you describe your home? We like to think of our apartment as a warm and personal home. It contains a mix of inherited art, objects collected from journeys, design classics and a lot of books and magazines. It should be a place where people feel at home! Has your style changed after having kids? The one thing we had to do was to make the office into our bedroom to give Jonathan his own room. We also had to put on some safety hooks on the cabinets and move some things higher up. Jonathan is very curious, and is definitely a climber, but we like him to explore!. We already had a pretty playful style, Ole Jakob is a big Lego/StarWars-enthusiast and I love small collectable animals. So no, our style hasn't actually changed that much!
Tell us about Jonathan's room. This used to be our bedroom and when we re-did it for Jonathan and wanted it to be both cozy and practical. Our bathroom is too small to have a changing table so all that had to fit in here. The books by Thorbjørn Egner are from my (Linn) childhood, they are precious to me because the are signed by the author who was a friend of the family. This room is not that big, so for now Jonathan mainly uses it for sleeping and when we are changing diapers. Other than that, Jonathan has the freedom to play in all the rooms in the apartment and there is always a lot of toys everywhere.
Most precious thing in the house? The sofa! It's classic timeless design, but really comfortable. The whole family can hang out there, read books and play. What was your best deco buy for Jonathan? When he was a baby it was definitely a hanging mobile over the changing table, made by Clara von Zweigbergk (Themis Mobile for Artecnica). Jonathan has been fascinated by it from day one, and still is. Now when he is older we must mention our Stokke Trip Trapp chair. It is important for us to make, eat and enjoy food together. We use it every day and it looks good too.
What room in the house get used the most and why? The kitchen. It’s in the centre of the apartment and a natural place to gather. We love to cook and therefore spend quite a lot of time in the kitchen. We try to include Jonathan as much as we can, he loves to taste everything!
Do you prefer the city or the countryside with kids? Right now, with only one kid, the city is perfect for us. We like the city pulse, the local shops, a wide range of grocery stores and cafes. Both of us work close to our home and the kindergarden is just a few minutes walk from our apartment. Oslo is such a child friendly city, it has lot's of parks, and cozy neighborhoods. Most kindergarden playgrounds are open to the public at the weekends so we usually take advantage of that. We feel very lucky to live close to everything! But as Jonathan grows older and we maybe want to have more kids we might move outside of the city center to be closer to nature.
How do you balance work and family? It´s difficult, and we still struggle to find the balance. Both of us work full time but we have flexible work hours, so one of us leaves early from work to pick up Jonathan from kindergarden and then get some work done after putting Jonathan to sleep. We keep a schedule on who picks up from kindergarden etc. It works out pretty well for everyone.
Number one thing you miss the most pre-kids? Sleep? No. Just time. Time to do nothing.