It’s an extra bonus to hear Anna and Lars describe what they have created and how they make things grow and flourish. In their process, they filled the manor house’s vast rooms with furniture, yet it still felt empty. ”Then you need to fill the rooms upwards, with small items,” Lars says with a laugh. They’ve done this with great success, and it’s hard to stop looking around, to check out every small detail. The rooms are an explosion of colour, a wild experience that is also genuinely very personal. No two rooms are the same, yet there is seamless continuity between the rooms. The sounds and scents of bygone times underpin the visual experience. Despite the many impressions, guests soon feel at home and find it easy to unwind. ”The environment we create makes it easy to let go and relax,” says Anna. As a guest, you don’t feel like an intruder, since the focus is on the interior, and you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere without having to be the centre of attention.
The intriguing design choices made by the couple make us start thinking and stay tuned to the here and now. The great thing about the Norrmans’ style is that you don’t need to like everything you’re seeing, it’s not their intention, but rather open your eyes to a whole new world. This is not a perfect world, but rather a forgiving and less than perfect setting. ”It has to be a bit quirky, almost ugly, and not a carefully arranged world in which everything is perfect,” Anna explains. They see it as their mission to preserve a bit of the quirky character. The Norrmans believe in a future where we don’t need to renovate and keep buying new things, since the real art lies in recycling and refreshing an existing look. This is also why Anna and Lars don’t close the hotel during refurbishing or remodelling works. It’s a real delight to see how the chaos of the building work can emerge as a completed room. They find that this brings them even closer to their guests, who are often intrigued by the building work, so Anna and Lars become involved in the guests’ stay in an even more personal way.