Jonna Flordal

On her nightstand: a book she doesn’t get to read. And her version of counting sheep? Swedish national radio P1. Architect Jonna Flordal and her husband Nisse live with their two kids in an apartment (or is it a blanket helicopter fort?) in Södermalm, Stockholm.

Tuesday evening ends:
I usually go to bed at 11 p.m. after watching tv in the sofa with my husband.

Before turning off the lights:
I usually charge my phone and set the alarm.

I sleep in:
I like the idea of a pyjamas but I’m too warm to sleep in anything else than a tank top or t-shirt. When I wake up, I put on either a pyjamas or a bathrobe.

I share the bed with:
My husband Nisse. After a while our daughter Signe joins us and sometimes Otto, our 4-month-old baby. Fortunatly he sleeps most of the night in a cradle next to our bed.

On my nightstand:
Apart from my phone, nasal spray, different hair clips and a book that I don’t get to read very often.

On my husband’s nightstand:
Weird non fiction books, mostly about politics and economics. Right now he’s reading a manual to European journalism. He’s an architect just like me so it has nothing to do with his work.

This morning Signe built a blanket helicopter fort and made us wear seatbelts.

– Jonna Flordal

My best tip for a good night’s sleep:
A cool room! Everyone in my family wants it cool, except my husband who is closest to the open balcony door and freezing cold as a result.

Keeps me awake:
Many things. My children or stress at work are the most common reasons. I often lie and dwell on things related to work, but the result is often some kind of new idea or thought so it’s not all bad. I usually email myself as a reminder in order to let it go and relax.

My version of counting sheep:
I listen to Swedish national radio P1, including the programs Studio Ett, Europa-podden and USA-podden.

My best midnight snack:
I don’t eat at night. Since I have a hard time falling a sleep I try to turn on the lights as little as possible and move as little as possible, meaning a snack is not an option.

Favorite bedroom feature:
The balcony door! Also, we’re able to view the sky from bed. In winter time we look at the stars together with Signe before she falls asleep.

Wednesday morning starts:

The alarm goes off at 7 a.m. Signe usually wakes up first and starts playing in bed for a while. This morning she built a blanket helicopter fort and made us wear seatbelts.

The first thing I see:
Signe’s face one centimeter from mine.

Everyday breakfast:
Oatmeal grated with different kinds of seeds such as psilium, sunflower and pumpkin seeds with either fresh fruit or lingonberry jam on top. We spoil ourselves with a glass of water to drink. Sometimes I drink coffee at home, but I usually buy it on my way to work. Right now I’m on parental leave, which means it’s usually a cappuccino at 10 a.m. when I leave home.

Birthday breakfast:
Fresh bread and croissants, juice and a flower in a vase on the breakfast tray. No cake in the morning. However, eating croissants in bed with a 3-year-old is not something I would recommend. Thinking about it, it’s never a good idea to eat croissants in bed, no matter how old you are.

A dreamy weekend morning:
The key to success is sleeping kids – preferably until 7.30 or 8 a.m. Ideally my husband gets up first and makes breakfast while I linger in bed. I was going to mention “a shower by myself”, but it’s rather nice when Signe keeps me company in her bathtub. Recently, Otto has joined us in his babysitter too, so it’s getting a bit crowded.

Morning beauty routine:
Until recently, I used hand soap to wash my face – my friends were shocked when they found out! I have surrendered and now use face wash from ACO with AHA acid and a moisturizer from Kiehl’s. I use a primer and foundation from Chanel and finish off with mascara and eyebrow cake powder. I don’t have a daily hair routine but after washing it I use Aveda’s Curl Cream.

My do’s and don’ts when making the bed:
With age, I’ve learned to appreciate a made bed, so I usually make it properly every morning. To go to bed in a nicely made bed makes every night feel like a fresh start. I have come to the conclusion that a good bedspread should be a bit firm, otherwise it will be messy as soon as you sit on it.

Text by Louisa Hammarbäck

Photo by Josephine Blix

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