In an old villa in a quiet, leafy suburb of Copenhagen, fashion influencer and stylist Pernille Teisbæk and her husband Philip Lotko have found some much-needed breathing space. The pair travel extensively for work, with their suitcases often only partially unpacked before they're put to use again, so when they purchased and subsequently restored their new home a little over a year ago, their number one goal was to create a relaxed and welcoming environment where they could be present with family and friends.
The 200 sq m villa was built in the 1870s, but previous owners had modernised it beyond recognition, stripping it of all its charms. Pernille and Philip quickly agreed that this needed to be rectified – even though it would leave them without a home not long after the birth of their son Billy Bjørn.
"The first time I set foot in this house, I immediately sensed the good energy," Pernille says. On a green-tiled table from Warm Nordic she's placed a large Missoni vase and vintage candleholder from Fil De Fer.
"We started completely from scratch, with new floors, high ceilings, a new kitchen, two new bathrooms and a built-in fireplace," Pernille says. They also tore down some walls and added custom-made cupboards and a new terrace at the rear of the house. "It was such a fun process!" she adds.
Pernille defines her style as "minimalist, classic with a mix of materials". Here, a grey linen sofa from Studio Oliver Gustav sits alongside a purple velvet stool from The Apartment. The glass and brass coffee table is from Dusty Deco and the framed palm tree poster is from Beau Marché.
A strong advocate for sustainable fashion and interiors, Pernille believes, "We as consumers can do our part by thinking more long term and not blindly following trends when we buy new things". And she certainly practises what she preaches, decorating her home in a minimalist, classic style, with plenty of vintage designer finds dotted throughout. "I prioritise interiors over clothes, and I will happily save up for a long time to be able to buy furniture that I know I'll keep forever," she says.
Pernille's love of Scandi brands is evident throughout her home. Also in the living area are a leather chair by Poul Kjærholm (a family heirloom) and Cocoon chair by Danish duo Kevin Hviid and Martin Kechayas. A FOS floor lamp stands in one corner while a sleek fireplace connects the living and dining areas. The walk-in robe features deep drawers and cupboards to mirror those in the downstairs kitchen. A Kirsten Fribert rug brings warmth to the space.
The bathroom, with its marble and timber floor, is Pernille's favourite room in the house; the family often hangs out here when Billy has his bath. The mirror is Gubi and the chair is by Philip Arctander.
Colour-wise, she favours muted shades of brown, grey and pink, with brass and marble accents for a luxe touch. Her travels and work for Danish fashion magazines have shaped her style choices, but above all else, she has created a place that feels homely and personal, where everyone feels welcome. "A home should be used, and not just be a showroom," she says. "My home means everything to me."
Source : homes to love