my scandinavian home: A very cool Swedish space (with a bike!)

A very cool Swedish space (with a bike!)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading your comments, I've always intended this blog to be interactive and I am so grateful to everyone who takes the time to leave a note. It's also a great way to get feedback. For example yesterday, Brian Hurst commented on how helpful he finds the 'where to buy' tips (phew!) and on Monday someone highlighted the unsolved puzzle on how people store items in these clean, minimalist style homes. Which actually inspired today's post. I saw the bike and thought - now here's an idea! Rather than cluttering up the hall, make your bike a statement piece (not exactly new, see previous post: bicycles as the hot home accessory) but it gave me inspiration to find a place to hang my shiny new Skeppshult! If you visit Stadshem you can also see the smart bedroom storage. Course there are other reasons to show this apartment too, it's fab!












Interior desigm: Home owner Åsa Alvhage with support from Charlotte Ryding - @blackbirdstyle. Stadshem

I love the large windows flooding the rooms with natural light and the combination of high street finds (chest of drawers + shelves with hooks from IKEA) and designer items (Ant, Eames sidechair and Butterfly chairs and could that be an Asplund rug?). I picked up my industrial scissor lamp like the one you see in the bedroom after a successful Etsy search (I have to say they're so practical too). The illustration in the window is called 'black and white thoughts' by Trace in Face.

What do you love most about this space?


49 comments:

  1. Love the bike storage! I'll have to do that with hubby's bike.

    But what I really love is the clock. Do you know where you can buy one like it?

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    1. I've seen the clock in lots of places but can't think for the life of me what it's called. I'll check in a local scandinavian designer shop tomorrow...unless anyone else knows?

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    2. Karlsson large flip wall clock ?

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  2. fantastisch ♥♥♥
    SOOOOO SCHÖÖÖN ♥♥♥
    LG petra

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  3. Thanks for all the inspiration! We're building an extension to our house right now and I'm getting so many ideas on how to decorate it from your blog!

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    1. So great to hear, thank you! Good luck with the renovation, would love to see pictures once you're done?!

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  4. Once again, I love it. As Malin said earlier, I'm getting so many ideas from your blog ... Thank you :)

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  5. That bike storage would only work if the bike is completely clean and dry. Not very realistic in most places...

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    1. Yes, I agree with you. Even after cleaning the mud off our bikes, they are definitely not clean enough to have on the wall or in a living area. What about oil from the chain too !

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    2. I think it would need to be a designer bike which you rarely use - light weight too or it would be a bit of a struggle getting it up and down and you'd risk the oil on the wall - as you say (and all over yourself in the process). Not a good look!!! :) Does anyone else on here keep their bike on the wall? Perhaps you can shed some light on this?

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    3. Hi there! Great post, I think I might get some ideas from the living room area as I am rearranging my space! Now about the bicycle, I own 3 bikes at the moment and I found that a wall mount rack works best for storing them out of the way in a relatively small space. The wall doesn't get dirty as the handlebars are protruding (so the tires and chain never actually reach the wall). Hope this helps!

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  6. that bed looks so cozy. and i love all the light in the space i wish i could place an order online for more light in mine ;)

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    1. I could crawl into that bed on a rainy day and stay there all day.

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  7. I love the wooden floor and the white furniture.

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  8. Do you know where the coffee table is from?

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    1. I'm looking into it as I'd like to know too. Does anyone else on here know?

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  9. I'm in love with the area rug in the living room... any idea where I might find it?

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  10. loving that rug as well!! - leanne

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  11. oh! and that coffee table! i'm hoping to buy a new coffee table soon, and if i found one like that it would be perfect!! - leanne

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  12. haha that makes me laugh - I have to keep boot trays under my bikes to protect the floor underneath from any water/dirt/sand/etc.

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  13. I love the homes that you show on this blogspot. So different from North American (in general). I would love to live in such an uncluttered space but like too many "artsy things". But, I can change and become disciplined. I know that I should probably not say, but I do find that highlighting in pink really difficult to see. Perhaps it is just my old eyes. I especially adore bare floors and white has always been my favourite colour.

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    1. Thank you so much for your feedback on the pink highlighting - so useful to know! I'll look into it over the weekend. White is indeed such a lovely base for a home - but I'm with you on the 'uncluttered space' I always dream of living like this but it's simply not practical for me, I too love the artsy things!

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  14. I, too, would want to know where I could purchase a similar clock...
    Where are the window coverings? I prefer none but that usually is not an option...
    I want to live in such a space...

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    1. If you look very closely above each window you'll see an extremely subtle white roller blind - smart! I'm detemined to find out about the clock today...back shortly!

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  15. WOW wow wow!! what a beautiful place! everything is so light and clean and still so cosy! i really love the bike on the wall!! :)
    x
    laura&nora

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  16. Hi from NZ. I think that clocks a Karlsson. Here's a link to it from a local shop here - http://www.funkygifts.co.nz/karlsson-time-talks-flip-clock

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  17. It's our apartment!!! Thank you soooo much for all the kind words!
    The rug is from Ellos.se, coffee table is from Bolia.com and I bought the clock almost 10 years ago at Habitat (in London I think)! But I'm sure you can find similar ones today as well.
    The bike is my boyfriends racing bike, he only uses it in "dry" weather and always keeps it clean :-)
    Thanks again, so happy to see you like it as much as we have!

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    1. Congratulations on a beautiful apartment - and thank you so much for stopping by to say hello. It's great that you could help us decipher where all your lovely items are from :) lots of luck with the sale and please let me know when you've renovated your next space, I'd love to see some pictures as I'm sure it will be fantastic!

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    2. Where does the bike wall hanger come from? What a terrfic place you have!

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    3. Amazing place… Can you tell me where the wall art (two framed pictures over the couch) comes from?
      Thanks!

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    4. Hello :), it's a really beautiful place. Would you mind telling me the name of the mobile lamp (4th picture ) that is laying on magazines. Thanks

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  18. Forgot to tell you that my dear friend Charlotte Ryding aka @blackbirdstyle did the styling (with a little help from me ;-) )
    We are know moving to a house that we both designed and built our selves! Will update you when we are ready!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know, I will update the post with the new credit details, would you like to also be included in the credits? If so it would be great if you can email me. So excited about your new home!

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  19. Love the interior! Really like the floors. Just a question (maybe I missed it in the comments or description): what kind of wood is on the floors? I'm looking for a new floor for my home myself and really like the look of this! Thanks!

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  20. what an absolute delight to come across your blog!! Beautifully written and finally the right kind of inspiration I was looking for. We've been to Sweden twice as a family... and I'd love a few little reminders of that clean design and simplicity for the new place we're moving to in Autumn. From a thankful London girl living in Germany :-)

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  21. Where is the picture in the window from? The one with the head :)

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  22. Do you know where the clock/calender in picture 3 and 4 is? Like the style really much! www.fridahannegaby.com

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  23. Found it aleady in the comments (;

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  24. It feels very nice too see that one of my illustrations, the "Black and White thoughts" have found itself to your lovely blogg. www.traceinface.se

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    1. Hi Johanna, how great to know, I can now update the post with your credits. What a great illustration!! :) I'm off to check out your other work now!

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  25. Hi,
    where is the white desk from? Looks great!

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    1. I am not 100% sure, can someone else on here help? It's very cool.

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  26. The wall clock is the Karlsson Calender Clock Big Flip - available on amazon.

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  27. Hi! Where is that chair in the top photo from?

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  28. AWESOME! It's such a great place!! I would love to get that lamp that in laying on the magazines on the 4th picture. It look so practical :) please let me know

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  29. I would love to use your first photo on my website with your permission. I am in Melbourne, Australia

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