Cecilia Blankens

In a 1960s villa just north of Stockholm, Cecilia Blankens lives with her husband and three children. Cecilia is the fashion journalist, entrepreneur and founder of the shoe brand Blankens. She has spent the last two years carefully renovating the 60s house that the family bought when they returned home to Stockholm, after some time in Los Angeles.

Green tile and bowl on wooden board and animal skin
Green mosaic on shower floor with floor drain by the wall

One of the Blanken family's bathrooms is now also equipped with an Orbital Shower, part of the sustainable mindset of the entire renovation.

- We have not torn down entire rooms, but worked with what we have. For example, we have taken down wooden panels and reused them in other places in the house. We have tried to reuse a lot of material and modernize without making too many interventions. The kitchen had not been changed in 50 years, so it was absolutely necessary to put in a new one. Otherwise, we buy most things second-hand, everything from toasters to - everything! It's really unnecessary to only buy new things.

Woman with coffee cup in shower room with black shower and white tiled walls

Discovered Orbital Shower in California

- I read about Orbital Shower for the first time several years ago. I lived in California at the time, and there was such a drought and had been for many years. I didn't know then that it was a Swedish invention. My first thought was that it sounded so obvious and cool. Couldn't let go of that thought, says Cecilia.

Cecilia Blankens in her new Orbital bathroom

Cecilia Blankens
"The plan was to create a room that, especially during the winter months, can be use to turn darkness and cold into something bright and cozy. Now we have plenty of space, we have a sauna and a shower, so that we can shower for a long time with a clear conscience. Then we also have children who will eventually become teenagers. It feels luxurious to be able to say to them "take a long shower"."

Cecilia Blankens

Cecilia's best tip before a renovation involves thinking about how much money you can save by buying materials and furniture second-hand.

- I think I paid SEK 50 a square for the bathroom tile. Always look for second-hand on the market first, it's amazing how much is on offer out there! Then you can use the saved money to treat yourself to a luxurious dream shower like this. You get an incredibly cool, modern bathroom and can recoup the costs through other furnishings, says Cecilia.

Black hatch and black hand shower on tiled wall

The Blankens family is already looking ahead to several new sustainable projects. The next step is solar panels on the house. One of their goals is to become self-sufficient in energy.

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