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
Yet doesn’t the combination of a design-savvy home and Leo – whom Monique describes as having “his own particular brand of non-stop motion, investigation and demolition!” – pose a conundrum for the couple? “People expect us to be precious about furnishings – but instead of bothering about felt pen marks on upholstery, we accept that nothing lasts for ever,” laughs Monique. But she does explain that having a place for everything, and a few house rules is key.
This home allows the Tollgårds to have a relaxed lifestyle in the heart of a bustling city, and the communal gardens definitely play a part. “It’s brilliant – there are swings, and all the children from the square play there, so there’s a sense of community,” says Monique. “In summer, there is a positively Mediterranean lifestyle, with children staying up late. It’s refreshing to realise you don’t have to put your baby to bed at 6.30pm.” Evidently one little household rule that this design-conscious mother is more than happy to break.
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