Author: Photographs by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer

Albert Matheny, a personal trainer to the stars, gets an airy and modern redesign for his former-warehouse loft.

As virtually every New Yorker knows, Brooklyn is “it” right now. Filled with young families, artsy up-and-comers, spry octogenarians, and scenesters aching for a break from Manhattan’s madcap pace, the city’s coolest borough couldn’t dream of a more varied and fiercely loyal populace. Parts of it have become especially popular with Europeans, notably the French, who are attracted by its well-preserved townhouses and tree-lined streets.

As virtually every New Yorker knows, Brooklyn is “it” right now. Filled with young families, artsy up-and-comers, spry octogenarians, and scenesters aching for a break from Manhattan’s madcap pace, the city’s coolest borough couldn’t dream of a more varied and fiercely loyal populace. Parts of it have become especially popular with Europeans, notably the French, who are attracted by its well-preserved townhouses and tree-lined streets.

A telling clue to the Swedish mindset is the popular word lagom, which roughly translates to “everything in moderation,” meaning anything flashy or boastful doesn’t fly. Most Swedes would be appalled not only at the American McMansion, but even at the very notion of ensuite bedrooms and baths. For Kristina and Tommy Lindhe, the owners of the home accessories and fashion firm Lexington Company, their house in Bromma, an attractive suburb of Stockholm, might be modest in size, but it’s vastly rich in family history and importance.

A telling clue to the Swedish mindset is the popular word lagom, which roughly translates to “everything in moderation,” meaning anything flashy or boastful doesn’t fly. Most Swedes would be appalled not only at the American McMansion, but even at the very notion of ensuite bedrooms and baths. For Kristina and Tommy Lindhe, the owners of the home accessories and fashion firm Lexington Company, their house in Bromma, an attractive suburb of Stockholm, might be modest in size, but it’s vastly rich in family history and importance.