When Staffan and Monique Tollgård designed their vibrant modern flat in the heart of London, they also wanted to give little Leo freedom to roam
The greatest changes, in terms of layout, were made in the basement, where two bathrooms, three bedrooms, and a laundry room now nestle. Every inch of space has been cleverly used: tucked into the corridor is a walk-in wardrobe, and in the light well outside Leo’s nursery, where there is no view, there is a bustling image of people passing the London Eye by artist Tommy Penton, Leo’s godfather. Every morning, when the blinds are drawn back, Leo can view London’s South Bank in all its glory. “We wanted something stimulating to look at, but you can’t take a mural with you when you move,” says Monique.
Although there are flashes of bright colour, most of the decoration is neutral – walls are painted in an architectural off-white, and the oak floors have been stained with a grey oil. Yet downstairs in Leo’s nursery, the room is suffused with colour. “Green is a great shade for children, as it is both restful and energising,” says Monique. The cot was the starting point: Monique wanted something more exciting than a traditional white wooden cot, so when Staffan saw the green cot by BM2000 at the Valencia furniture fair, they snapped it up. Around it, there’s a jungle theme: one wall has built-in storage – in green to match the cot; another has a vintage Jungle Book film poster alongside tree and orang-utan wall stickers, while a mobile featuring numerous animals adds a traditional touch.
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