Home Tour | The Haarkon House
Today on Design Hunter we're visiting the lovely home of India and Magnus of Haarkon. India is a photographer whose work I've followed and admired for several years, and as my own interest in photography has increased over the past few months I've come to appreciate the way in which she sees and captures beauty in the seemingly ordinary and everyday more and more. When I saw these images of her home over on Haarkon recently I finally got round to asking her if I could feature her on Design Hunter... and I'm so pleased she said yes!
Just like their blog and shop, which they describe as "a journal of modest travel and real-life interiors", India and Magnus's ground floor apartment in a 70s development in the south of Sheffield provides a canvas for their love of plants.
"Plants play a large part in our lives - they bring life to a space and some sort of companionship too" says India. "We like to learn their nuances and have to experiment to find out what they like or don't like; keeping plants is about being responsive and solving problems, but also just exercising common sense - thinking about their natural habitat and trying to give them something as close to that as possible.
"Although we have no favourites the tall Umbrella plant (Schefflera) is particularly important as it was our first purchase. It's now over 7 feet tall and sprouts new shoots regularly.
"Our apartment is surrounded by trees and the river runs past us so we can hear that constantly, as well as the birds that have become our neighbours. It's been our home for about 8 months now and we're still very much in love with it. We moved from a tiny city centre flat and although still a 1 bed property we have almost double the space and it feels like we're walking into a village hall instead of our living room.
"One of the best aspects of living here is the huge windows that we have. They fill the wall in our living room and make us feel very connected to the view beyond the sofa, it's a view that changes every day and we are incredibly lucky to have it.
"We like whisky so have a growing collection of different malts. It is a sensory experience, one to savour and is unabashedly poetic - one day we would love to do a tour of the Japanese distilleries and get really engrossed in the world of their whisky.
"Our bedside lamps are old factory lights that would have hung bulb-side down over the factory floor; we found them in a shop in Matlock for about £15 and put IKEA LED lights behind the bulbs to reinstate them as lights. The original bulbs are 400w so they would be a little bright for the bedroom!
"The clock in our living room was a gift from Magnus' parents and would have been hung on a factory wall somewhere - it's a Master clock and so would be linked to other clocks that followed it's lead. We love the typeface as the '1's are just beautiful. We like clean, simple and functional design so it suits us perfectly."
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Thank you India and Magnus for allowing us to take a peek inside your lovely home!
For more urban jungle inspiration head over to the Haarkon blog or follow @haarkon_ on Instagram. India is also on Instagram @indiahobson and I just adore the way her images capture the light and scenes of everyday beauty in soft, natural colour palettes.
All images courtesy of Haarkon.