Hello decor8 readers, this is Mel and I’m back today with more goodness for you from Sweden. Are you like me and love window-shopping? This, I confess would have to be one of my favorite past times. When I arrive in a new city, finding a beautiful interior store is one of the first things that I need to do - even before the other attractions! To me, this, along with sitting in cafes and people watching, is where I get a real feel for a place.
Now I don’t mean just any shop full of lovely things, I’m looking for a place where I can feel inspired; somewhere that truly showcases their edit, along with reflecting the style and feel of the city that it’s in. Thankfully one of my friends here introduced me to Tambur, which does just that. It has since been my go-to-store for all things interiors. I’m sure you’ll love it. Shall I take you on a little virtual tour with me?
Tambur is situated in Södermalm, an area in Stockholm, that was crowned the third coolest neighborhood in the world a couple of years ago by Vogue magazine. Cafes line the streets with a mix of hipsters, young families and professionals taking time out to fika. There’s no pretentiousness here though, the locals take the title in their stride and are super friendly with their quiet Scandinavian confidence.
Tambur means “entry hall” in Swedish. It’s the place to enter the home, hang your coat, leave your shoes, bag and relax. Designer, Anders Widegren, founded the store two years ago with the idea to create a space that embodies a Nordic style, with a lot of clean lines, functional design and where less is more. A year later, Sebastian Bergström, came on board as a co-owner and stylist.
The store is set up to reflect different rooms within the home and offers some great decorating inspiration. Both Anders and Sebastian aim to choose products that are made with care, and by natural materials. You can see this with the beautiful display of cutting boards, utensils, ceramics and accessories on show. This is very much the philosophy of Scandinavians. Choose well and you will have it for life.
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Since opening, Anders and Sebastian have given the boutique numerous makeovers to showcase how the products can work within different environments and color palettes. This makes it even more interesting (and dangerous) for regulars as we rediscover our favorite things styled in a fresh, new way.
If you find yourself in Stockholm’s Södermalm, a visit to Tambur is a must. A little warning though, temptations run high here and you will be hard pressed to leave without getting a little something for yourself.
- Mel xx
(Photography + Text: Mel Chesneau for decor8)