We look around the Danish home of model and stylist Pernille Teisbæk, taking inspiration from the minimalist interiors and clever design pieces
'This is the place where I recharge and reboot,' says fashion director and street-style star Pernille Teisbæk. She is sitting in her Copenhagen flat, located in the Frederiksberg district. 'Everyone who visits us says it's so calm here. Whenever I've been away and staying in a bunch of hotel rooms, it's always amazing to come back here for the space, light and energy. I feel very free here.'
The minimalist home shows how Pernille's taste goes beyond her wardrobe, with a style that's natural, instinctive and playful, mixing vintage pieces with new finds to create a signature look that is all her own.
'I definitely feel that interior design and the fashion world goes hand-in-hand. I personally like Scandinavian aesthetics, which also comes out in the way I dress.' has already revealed glimpses of her flat to its 432k followers; the interiors often effortlessly complement her outfits.
'My apartment is aligned with my general style,' says Pernille. 'I like modern pieces put together with classics, in toned-down colours like blues, greys, brass and gold, with a few pieces that pop out. It totally reflects my wardrobe.'
Pernille bought the flat a year ago, and it was love at first sight. She was won over by its scale and, before she had even moved in, Pernille made some significant decisions. 'Traditionally in Copenhagen, the apartments are big but with very small rooms. You need to tear down walls to create more of a sense of light.' The result was large spaces to fit with Pernille's way of life.
The interiors offered a fresh start. 'I moved from a smaller flat, and this apartment is quite huge, so I wanted to start over,' she says. 'I brought with me a few things, but pieces I used to think were perfect just looked so small in this space, like my old dining table. I sold a lot of my old furniture, and started to look for pieces that fit in better here.'
Pernille enjoys shopping for interiors just as much as she does for fashion. 'I love going to stores around the world and finding new inspiration for things,' she says. 'I don't make it easy for myself. I found my sofa in New York, and had it custom-made there. I love things that are personal to me. My marble dining table was made specially by an Italian marble expert who doesn't usually take private commissions.'
She is also proud of her country's design heritage, naming Hans J. Wegner's Flagline chair as her favourite iconic piece of Danish design. 'I love Danish furniture, blended in with the things I find on my travels,' she says. "I have chairs by Arne Jacobsen around my dining table and in my office. I love the mix of materials and textures, and the designs that I will never get tired of looking at. It's things like this that I want to have my whole life, and one day pass onto my own kids.'
Creating a lived-in feel is important. 'The thing about a home is that it needs to be worn-in. I don't like coming into a flat and it feeling like an exhibition. I don't necessarily like buying things that are new. I like vintage because it has a worn look that I really like.'
New design has to be specific and special. 'For my birthday, my boyfriend surprised me with a beautiful brass plate by FOS,' she says, referring to Danish artist . 'He works with Phoebe Philo for . Their stores have his pieces, and the tray is just beautiful, something I've been looking at for ages.'
Pernille has a clear philosophy about decorating her home. 'Invest in some classics, because you can never go wrong with that, then mix it up with a few pieces that can bring something fresh to your interiors.' Along with her bespoke items and vintage finds, Pernille also adds in new pieces. 'Think of the home like you think about what you wear,' says the stylist. 'I love to create a look using new pieces for the home with a sense of fashion and style.'
Her favourite room in the flat is the bedroom. 'It has a small balcony, and it's so nice to wake up in the morning with the sun coming through the windows. I grow plants on the balcony because it's nice to have some green when you're this high up and add some freshness to the look. There's something really special about the room.'
For Pernille, the design of her home is an ever-evolving project. 'I am always looking for new things. I love this apartment so much - it's where I truly feel myself.'
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