Lexie and Casper Mork-Ulnes wanted to bring a bit of California to their home in Norway. Casper is the founder of Mork Ulnes Architects, which has offices in San Francisco and Oslo, and Lexie is an interior designer at the firm, so they were more than well-equipped to tackle the renovation of their apartment near St. Hanshaugen Park. "The main objective was to try to bring light into a first floor apartment which received no direct sunlight through much of the year," says Lexi. "We wanted to make a light and bright space for our kids to live that made the dark Norwegian winters bearable!"
The couple brightened up the apartment by using a Scandinavian palette of pale woods, crisp white walls and adding clerestory windows to interior rooms to let more light in. The hallway doors leading to the bedrooms were painted in bold hues, inspired by the vibrant front doors of buildings in London's Notting Hill area. The finished home blends Scandinavian simplicity and California cool — the perfect mix for this globetrotting family.