Who lives here? Rajiv, Sarita and their daughter Dhvani.
Type of Home? Apartment of 94 sqm.
Occupation? Sarita: Freelance writer and blogger
Rajiv: Communication Partner at Carlsberg Group
Destination? Østerbro, Copenhagen
I am so happy to be sharing the home of Sarita, from The Orange Gift Bag, with you today. A few weeks ago I was so fortunate to visit with her and, other than tucking into the delicious coconut chicken curry she made for lunch, was able to take a few snaps to share with you.
Sarita and I met at The Hive Blog Conference last year, even though we had been reading each other’s blogs for a while. It was lovely to meet her in person at the conference and see the face behind the blog. Other than being the author behind ”The Orange Gift Bag” a very useful blog if you ever needed a tip or two on buying gifts, she is also a columnist at the Copenhagen Post and has had several articles published on travel and life in Denmark .
In 2012 they moved to Copenhagen as her husband, Rajiv, worked for Mærsk Line and was offered a job here at their Copenhagen Headquarters. On arrival they first lived in Amager but were delighted by their recent move to this period apartment in Østerbro 20 months ago. They rent the apartment furnished and in Sartia’s own words ”It is very white, all the colour you see was added by me”. Even though they are renting the apartment furnished it is easy to see that it is Sarita’s touch in colour, artwork and quirky items that make it home.
The high ceilings let in a lot of light which, along with the period features, made Sarita choose it in the first place. According to her, there was a list of people waiting to view it, and she had to make a quick decision even without her husband having seen it. The rooms are spacious, with prominent high ceilings and with all the local amenities just around the corner, a train station only 500m away and boasting a communal garden and play area for children it is clear to see she made the right decision.
Østerbro is known as the posh or upper class district of Copenhagen and it is said that it is nicknamed the ”Latte District” being occupied in large by well paid academics.
I simply adore her little studio area, an ingenious use of the large windowsill in her bedroom. It is here where she writes about life in Denmark and dreams up new gifts to give.
According to Sarita they would like to live in Copenhagen for the foreseeable future and upon asking why they love living in Copenhagen, ”We enjoy living in Copenhagen. It’s got what I call the 3Cs – it’s charming, compact and child friendly. There’s always something fun going for adults and kids. You can get to just about anywhere in the city in half an hour and the fact that you can bike everywhere is a bonus.” it’s not hard to see why.
What do you love most about the area you live in?
I love the cosmopolitan and elegant vibe of Østerbro; it has a good mix of locals and expats. And the street that we live has the most interesting one-of-a-kind little boutiques and cafes.
What do you love most about the apartment you live in?
I love that we have a direct access from our kitchen into the common garden courtyard and we make the most of it in summer! I also love the high ceilings, quite unusual in most Copenhagen apartments.
What book is currently on your bedside table?
Rajiv – ‘The People’s Brewer’ by Anna-Lise Bjerager
Sarita – ‘The Storytelling Animal’ by Jonathan Gottschall
Dhvani – ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘But excuse me that is my book’ by Lauren Child.
What is always in your food cupboards and refrigerator?
Milk, eggs and fruits in the refrigerator. Eggs are so versatile; they are my go to ingredient when I’m indecisive of what to cook. When in doubt, cook an egg curry! Tastes good with both rice and Indian flatbreads. Indian spices in the food shelves – can’t do without them as we cook Indian food every other day.
What is your first memory of giving someone a gift? Has it always been a passion of yours?
Gifting has always meant a lot to me. As far as I can remember I’ve always put in a lot of thought and effort into creating or sourcing a gift for the special people in my life. I think it’s my ‘language of love’. My first memory of giving a gift is of the birthday cards I would make for my family and friends. I would spend hours drawing and painting them. And later in my teens, scrimping and saving up to buy the best gift I possibly could for my best friend.
Best advice you could give someone looking to buy a gift for a friend?
Always, always find out about your friend’s interests and hobbies. That will give you enough ideas for a good gift. Sometimes, the stage of life they are in can also be a good indicator of what they would cherish most. Have they become parents, moved to a new home or are starting afresh after a difficult, challenging period in their life?
Thank you so much Sarita for sharing with us a view into your home and life in Copenhagen.
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Photography: Rochelle Coote