Tina Fussell, the writer behind the trendy lifestyle blog Flying House that keeps us up to date on Copenhagen, fashion, travel and interviews invites us into her home.
In one of the many “kartoffelrækkerne” or Potato houses, built in the late 1800's on the outskirts of Copenhagen's city centre you will find the home of creative duo, Tina and Jack Fussell and their three children, Hailey, Parker and Landon. Both are freelance photographers, and Tina is also the writer behind the trendy lifestyle blog Traveling Mama. This family has seen more than its fair share of the world. Originally from the US, they have lived in Spain, Morocco and now find themselves in Denmark.
One would think that a mixture of all these cultures might be hard to infuse when it comes to decorating a home, and yet what you find is sleek Scandinavian Style with feminine touches sprinkled throughout. Upon asking Tina how she makes everything look so effortlessly beautiful she responds, “ I move things around all the time”. A self confessed chameleon, Tina does admit that her style has changed since living in Scandinavia. Having southern roots she has never lived with white floors and walls before, however now she cannot imagine it any other way “ This is so me, I'm discovering my own style!”. This also creates the perfect canvas for their photography. What she loves most about Scandinavian style is simplicity, practicality and good design, “If it means less then it's okay.”. She finds inspiration from blogs, interior magazines, online interior shops and being so close to many design outlets such as Hay, Illums and Normann Copenhagen to name but a few.
Working on a budget meant that some items were either from Ikea or second hand, but carefully chosen designer items such as Normann Copenhagen lamps and tables give the house a very Scandinavian feel that hardly feels thrifty. Country style furniture that suited their Moroccan home has been updated and incorporated with paint giving a sleek modern finish that sits well amongst the designer items. The beautiful turquoise cabinet was one of Tina's first love finds in Copenhagen, and she wasn't leaving the store unless she could take it home.
Tina ties things together based on colour; black and white features boldly throughout with accents of soft pastels. The artwork behind the sofa was created by Tina. An array of almost girly cushions takes pride of place on the sofa and a pink pouf completes the feminine feel. Her studio, where most of her time is spent, is decorated in true stylist fashion. Washi tape adorning one of the walls, along with a chair that was found abandoned on the road ready for collection by the garbage truck.
The house is spread over five stories and even though it's the same size as their previous Copenhagen apartment, it feels much bigger. Having lived first in the centre of Copenhagen they often use to cycle past this location on their school-run and loved the area. So, when one of them became available for rent it was a dream come true. They were on holiday at the time and weren't confident of securing it, but in Tina's own words “ Angels were looking out for us, it was a miracle we got it!”. Even though they miss the buzz of being in the heart of Copenhagen they have to admit their family life has improved, and besides they're only a 20 minute cycle away from it all. Living in a house with more rooms and an outdoor area for the children to play was a small price to pay. “Because we both work from home we can each have our own space, which is really good for us”. It would seem that Copenhagen really was calling.