Decorated by Coincidence
There’s a time and place for everything. This seems to be the core value in the home landscape architect Line Stampe Dahl shares with her entrepreneur husband, Thomas Bisballe, the couple’s young sons, Svend, 7, and Einer, 4 years old. Not in a prudent kind of way, but rather in a let’s-see-where-the-moment-take-us sort of way. This can mean spontaneously jumping in the car to spend a weekend at the family summerhouse North of Copenhagen. Or when Line tells how the many pre-loved pieces of furniture have found their way into the décor – many of them by coincidence. Or how it wasn’t until 2020’scontinuous Covid-19 lockdowns that an iPad found its way into the household, which is something that seems like a relatively rare occurrence these days when toddlers are sometimes more tech-savvy than their parents. “We realised that there was a limit to how much stimulation we could provide our kids with when we were home, all four of us, all the time,” Line laughs.
The family likes to live relatively slow-moving, taking one day at a time, without having too many plans. They let their intuition guide them in everything from what’s for dinner to vacation plans – leaving time open for things to be able to happen and then roll with them. It’s not that they’re not an active family: On the contrary, Thomas is an avid sportsman and Line a skilled knitter, dedicating hours to her craft, and both of them enjoy lots of creative time with the boys. Both kids love building Legos, Svend following every manual he can get his hands on, and Einer just going with his imagination flow.
This apartment building is unique because it used to be former Danish Prime Minister Thorvald Stauning’s home back in the first half of the 1900s, and it’s therefore listed. Before moving into the apartment two years ago, the family lived in another listed area in Copenhagen – the famous Kartoffelrækkerne – originally an old working-class. “We were familiar with the rules of living in a listed building and were actively looking for an older place with some soul. Not many families make a move from a house to an apartment, but living on four floors with two little kids was not the most practical,” Line explains.