Kuala Lumpur homes: a colourful Scandinavian family home


We’ve seen some of the most beautiful homes and amazing ideas on how to create a fun and practical home for your family and kids here in KL, maybe because of all the different backgrounds people here have. We would like to share some of these ideas with you in a series of Home tours.

Our first Home tour will take us to a lovely, colourful Scandinavian home of Anna and her family. Anna, her husband and their two children (3 and 5) have lived in KL for two years.

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I asked Anna what she loves about her home:

I love the size of this home. We have 270 m2 where as in Finland we live in 77 m2 in only one floor.  Swimming pool is just behind the double doors that open from our patio, luxury that I can’t stop admiring every day.

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Anna’s home has a clean Scandinavian feel to it.

I love colours. In all my homes I’ve had fuchsia and bright shades of green and blue. White walls and sofa are a good background for the colours. The painting on the wall is a fabric by Finnish design house Marimekko.

Most of the children’s toys are in their shared bedroom upstairs, but they also have a play area in the living room.

The coffee table is their favourite place to draw and do crafts. Ikea is a practical one stop shop for families – the ice cream booth was an excellent buy at about 40 ringgit. It regularly transforms into a sushi restaurant or a hot dog stand. The tent has been played in a lot, too. Having said that, they still have the most fun by building space rockets out of big cardboard boxes.

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When you move temporarily to a new country, your may not have much say in the choices of your fully furnished house and may end up with furniture that you wouldn’t have chosen for yourself. We are lucky to have Ikea in KL but the downside is that your home can look like it’s from an Ikea catalogue. To counterbalance that effect I’ve bought lovely Chinese lanterns, local baskets and Buddha statues – they are also an inexpensive way to make your rental home look more like you when you don’t want to spend a fortune in a house that you will only live in for a few years. I am attracted to Chinese characters and found the vintage sign and tray from Amcorp Mall weekend flea market. Other great places to shop for Asian flavours are Central Market, Craft complex, Jim’s House and the Basket Shop in China Town. Peter Hoe in China Town is lovely, but there is too much choice and often I end up coming home with nothing.

Anna's home collage

I collect Buddha statues, but have been disappointed to find out they are quite expensive in Malaysia. I have been able to get some nice ones from trips in the region, and friends have given me some as presents.


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