Dos Visit isabelle’s dad – Kenth a.k.a junk genius & Lollo + Rosso the dog

Well he doesn’t live in this shed but this is at his country place just outside Örebro in Sweden. He also has a lovely lady- Lollo and a dog but I guess I’m too much of a daddy’s girl so I kind of forgot to take their picture. They have been here for about 3 years. My dad is a real Skrotnisse as we would call him in Swedish . He collects stuff and can make anything out of everything. Everywhere I look there is history in the things. He is cool my dad.

Let’s start inside. My dad had this idea of a copper wall. He looked everywhere. It was really expensive. Then he got hold of these copper sheets that used to be a floor for one of the plays at the theater Dramaten in Stockholm. He told me he tired to hasten to erosion proces of the copper by peeing on it but it didin’t really work. And No the pee’d on parts are not on the wall.
Hello! What kind of family do you think we are?

I think to copper makes a really cool detail and it goes well with the green painted floor.

I love that everywhere I look there is something he made out of old things. Patina is his middle name. The pile of wood is stuck between copper and an old rusty pipe. And the old shovel – isn’t it a gorgeous candle holder?

Where the house is there are lots of wild deer around. So he collects them. Well I’m a city girl but looking closer, doesn’t this particular deer look very much as a Bambi?

If I remember correctly I actually found this somewhere but didn’t have a place for it and then gave it to dad. That how I do it. When I don’t want to get rid of things I give it to dad. Then he makes beauty.

Thats my old desk lamp… and I remember that old net to keep the flies away. How beautiful I thought it was when I was a little girl. How I would trace the shiny flowers with my small fingers. It was so soft.

I think his friends does the same with dad. One of them remade his kitchen. It wasn’t very old but they wanted something new. So dad went there and took the parts but didn’t like the oak. So he simply put some color on it to match his patina.

Just great small details everywhere.

The lamp is an old mine found in the sea. The little one on the left is my pirate.

The round ball – is an old lamp – globe from Kungsträdgården in Stockholm, a park near the castle. They where changing all of them while they where still in perfect shape so I asked if I could take some with me? They had a whole lorry full of balls. I almost cried. Wanted to make a wall like in Lenny Krawitz old home in Miami. But I lived in Belgium at the time and didn’t know what to do with them. But dad knew. He simply made new lamps.

Nobody puts my baby in the corner.

Brother from another mother.

This at least has to be a deer?

No I’m not that old. I didn’t use this Bugaboo vintage edition. But we had the stone lamp at home when I was a kid. It was very intriguing then. A. STONE. LAMP. WOW. I did though buy the frames at a flea market. Now it seems that I want to take credit for everything. But it’s not like that at all. I just want to make a point that he makes wonders of things I couldn’t or wouldn’t.

I think he bought these ones in Istanbul back in the days. I never liked them. Think I even got a blue eye from one when I was little. But they are somehow so much dad.

They found Jesus in Amsterdam. My Jesus is laying there in bed working on his speech for his brothers wedding.

Old window boxes as shelves. Ikea lampshade on a vintage foot.

The voodoo doll is supposed to look like me. I was a difficult child and dad needed all the tricks in the book for keeping me on leash.

Looks like a scary ghost room. But it’s actually lovely!

Old pin up pins as wall decoration, the door to the barn as head board and Lollo’s old clothes as cushions.

Look – one of those balls from Kungsträdgården again – he made yet another lamp.

Cute girl.

Look at the table. One of the sheds on the land used to be the laundry. The foot of the table is the old laundry cooker and the top used to be a manhole.

Look how smart it is with the old door so the neighbors can’t see into the sauna?!

How do you like it?
xxx Isabelle

Well He has another house on the property – what used to be a dairy. It’s run down but really beautiful – watch it here!

And old smaller ones here and even more from the silver fox on this link.

Photos by me – Isabelle McAllister

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Tracey@chalkboard living
January 16, 2013 at 01:26

This is wonderful. The copper is amazing and i wouldn’t care about the pee as long as you’d washed it off before putting it up! ;)

I think it is like a modern museum? People should get to go and learn how to reinvent old stuff they don’t want! x

isabelle mcallister
January 16, 2013 at 12:55
– In reply to: Tracey@chalkboard living

Tracey – a museum in his diary that I will show tomorrow! great idea!

Sofia / Mokkasin
January 16, 2013 at 02:02

Fantastiskt fint!

January 16, 2013 at 05:43

Påhittigt och väldigt fint!

isabelle mcallister
January 16, 2013 at 12:56
– In reply to: AnnaA

Kul att ni gillar det anna och sofia!

January 16, 2013 at 10:49

Vilket fantastiskt hem!
och vilken pappa, han kanske kan bli din sidekick… (inte för att du behöver någon)…
Vad kul att kunna dela sitt inredningsintresse med sin pappa, min ville bara spela hammond orgel och äta ost mitt i natten men jag tyckte om honom ändå förståss. Hälsn Sanna

isabelle mcallister
January 16, 2013 at 12:57
– In reply to:

Cirkus – ha när redan min sidekick och jag hans. Han brukar vara med mig på jobb. det är fantastico!

January 16, 2013 at 10:59

Hold da op hvor er her bare lækkert. Han (og du) er en rigtig tingfinder. Helt ligesom min mormor.
Jeg syntes det er så inspirerende, så når her er storskrald går jeg også og roder for at finde noget som stadig er brugbart eller noget man lige kan se kan bruges til noget andet..

Kh Julie

isabelle mcallister
January 16, 2013 at 12:57
– In reply to: Julie

Tingfinder – åh jag älskar norska! Så härligt med dina kommentarer!

January 16, 2013 at 11:44

Älskar detta!

isabelle mcallister
January 16, 2013 at 12:58
– In reply to: Chatrin

glad you like it!!!!

January 16, 2013 at 12:30

Underbart! Här sitter man en mulen morgon i London och så ser jag det här och blir full av glädje. Vilken pappa! Sådan far, sådan dotter?! Har lust att ringa min pappa nu och kolla hur han har det.

isabelle mcallister
January 16, 2013 at 12:59
– In reply to: famapa

Klart du ska ringa pappa! Alltid bra att göra. Tycker alltid ditt london ser så fint ut.

January 16, 2013 at 12:30

Lovely home!
I love your dad’s green floors. Can you ask him if he know what NCS-number it is? I want it too!!!

isabelle mcallister
January 16, 2013 at 12:59
– In reply to: e

E – I asked- both the stairs and the floor is S3020-G60Y

Tyg och otyg
January 16, 2013 at 12:57

Inspirerande och alldeles underbart! Man anar ju var du har fått din kreativitet och uppfinningsrikedom ifrån. :)

isabelle mcallister
January 16, 2013 at 13:00

Ja han har lärt mig ett och annat den där gubben :-)

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January 16, 2013 at 17:36

Shit vad coolt! Gillar detta massor, fint fotat också :)

January 16, 2013 at 18:12

Shit. Inte så fint att börja så kanske, men det är allt jag kan få fram. Shit vad fint!

Jag vet att det var vid något tillfälle som jag bara kände att jag var tvungen att adoptera Jennys sprutlackerar-pappa och nu känner jag definitivt ett akut behov av att adoptera din vintageförvandlar-far! Oj, vad han skulle kunna hjälpa mig att hitta nya lösningar för allt fint man hittar. :)

Gillar särskilt spad-ljusstaken och att han har lyckats förvandla sådana där ljusa standard ekluckor till något alldeles extra – vilken brun skön lyster liksom!

Vilket superinlägg – ser fram emot fortsättningen och du, Isabelle hälsa super-vintage-dad från mig! Vintagehatten av liksom.


January 16, 2013 at 19:32

Vilket häftigt och personligt hem, och vilken skön pappa du verkar ha!

January 16, 2013 at 20:57

Bland det finaste jag har sett på mycket länge! Underbart!!

January 16, 2013 at 23:32

men jösses, jag bara sitter här å gapar å suckar, sånna där suckar när man tycker att något är fantastiskt, bara Ahhh, men åhhh och så vidare. Underbart helt enkelt.

Lena K.
January 17, 2013 at 06:39

Like father, like daughter! :-) This is amazing and special — thank you for sharing it with us.

I’m really close to my dad, too, and am happy that I become more and more like him as I get older. I think it’s neat to see how parents who encourage us to be free and become our own people often end up a lot like them unintentionally! What do you think?

isabelle McAllister
January 21, 2013 at 14:12
– In reply to: Lena K.

Lena- yeah I suppose it is like that. Or what we are raised with sticks somehow a lot more than what we think…

January 17, 2013 at 15:45

Beautiful and so unique, Very inspiring!

Bérangère Bouffard
January 18, 2013 at 05:03

This is too cool! A post about your dad and his space and what a space! Wow. Very original. He certainly has a way with things. Love it! A visual treat after waiting and waiting for ever for a new home tour post! ;) Thank you for the inspiration all the way from Gatineau, Canada!

January 18, 2013 at 11:47

By far The most beautiful and personal home I’ve ever seen. I love it! <3

January 19, 2013 at 02:53

Jättefint Isabelle! Coola farsan!

January 20, 2013 at 10:04

Så fint! Magic fingers run in the family! Kente for pres! Kram o puss

January 20, 2013 at 21:15

Wow, thanks for the tour of this cosy imaginative home!

I bought some sheet copper for a door a few years ago but never used it. We will have to replace a fireplace this summer and you have just given me a fantastic idea for the copper waiting to be used. Thanks heaps!

isabelle McAllister
January 21, 2013 at 14:09
– In reply to: Laura

Oh thats sounds great- would love to see it when you are done!

isabelle McAllister
January 21, 2013 at 14:13

Lots of love and thanks for all your comments! My dad is also very very happy! thank you!!!!

Fröken Prickig
January 21, 2013 at 14:29

What a cool house!

January 24, 2013 at 17:31

älskar allt! men särskilt bolllamporna fr kungsträdgården och utebordet! wow

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