A Copenhagen Town House Is Transformed Into a Fresh Family Home

A Copenhagen Town House Is Transformed Into a Fresh Family Home


I love seeing the before and after shots of a space, do you? It really demonstrates the vision and level of work that has gone into an interior. Today, I thought I’d take you on a tour of Maria Elisabeth’s house in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. I once had the pleasure of visiting a house on the same street for my book The Scandinavian Home – and fell in love with the leafy neighbourhood. 

When Maria Elisabeth and her boyfriend Niels bought the house in 2019 it needed work. “It was in a state and was in really bad shape,” Marie Elisabeth recalls. “There was a hole in the roof, water damage etc.” The pair set about renovating every room single in the house, putting in a new kitchen and bathroom as well replacing the floors in the process. The couple moved in in 2020 and now enjoy a beautiful home with their three children Carl Oscar (7). Esther Emilie (5) and Wilmar Emil (1). Here are some snapshots of how it looked before they started, and how it looks today: 

Kitchen before

Kitchen after

The kitchen was completely gutted. Today cabinets from Stilleben Architects – who pride themselves on kitchens and interiors made to last for generations – add a beautiful, timeless touch, while the bare upper walls help to bring the look up to date. 

Living room before

Living room after

The sitting room areas were also given a total overhaul – with the exception of the beautiful parquet floor which was carefully maintained. 

The custom-built cabinetry and shelves around the doorway are a classic Danish trick for displaying books, art and other items.

The walls have been painted in colour code NCS 1000-N. 

Hallway / stairs before

Hallway after

A fitted carpet was stripped away to reveal the wood, which has then been given a fresh lick of white paint. The walls have been painted in Raw Canvas by Jotun

Guest bedroom before

Guest bedroom after

The A-frame ceiling has been partly filled in to seal the hole in the roof and add insulation, while part of the beam structure (which has been stained white) adds character to the space. 

Bathroom before

Bathroom after

The dated tiles were swapped out in favour of a cleaner finish – including a terrazzo floor from Råform– and the shower was reduced in size to make space for a loo. 

Garden before

Garden after

The garden was reconfigured to include a storage unit with a turf roof – as well as two separate social areas, one for dining and one for relaxing! 

All in all, a beautiful, fresh transformation – which I understand, was a lengthy labour of love – but so worth it! 

Is there anything that stood out to you about Maria Elisabeth’s renovation? You can see more pics over at @husetpaafrederiksberg and also find out more details about every room in her instagram highlights. 

Would you like to see a few other Danish before and after tours today? I love these: 

A dated 1950s danish house gets a fabulous makeover 

I hope you have felt as inspired by all these renovations as much as I have been! Got to love the Danish flair for design! 





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