A serene small space apartment in Sweden

Morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend? We've been celebrating my youngest daughter's birthday - cue pancakes with melon, raspberries and chocolate for breakfast  mmmmm - a girl after my own heart! Today's home in Gothenburg, Sweden comes courtesy of Ahre. It's a masterclass in how to furnish and decorate a small studio apartment - complete with sitting room by day, bedroom by night, cosy kitchen with dining space and a balcony for that morning coffee all in 34 metres square! The plants and linens add to the overall calmness of the space. Let's take a tour...

Ahre, Stylist Johanna Bagge and Frida Schuler. Found via Tant Johanna with thanks.

I love the stark contrast of the dark wallpaper, desk and rug against the white walls and light wood floor. The black rug really grounds the sitting area and brings the space together.

Is there anything that stands out to you?

A note on where a few items are from: wicker chair, white linen bedding, Thonet 209 desk chair is similar (15% here off with MYSCAN), terracotta plant pots, this swing arm wall light is similar (and fab!). Paris print. Tom Dixon etch light in hall. I'm investigating the wallpaper - could it be William Morris?

More inspiration small space inspiration to be found in this archive (scroll passed the first).

And other inspiration from around the web today:

Loving the vibrant blue colours of this beautiful parakeet.

I like the calm feel of this bedroom with green bed linen (find similar here). A similar green can be seen on the walls of this serene Swedish space and Tant Johanna's bedroom. What a beautiful shade? 

The mornings are getting darker and the weather a little more foreboding here in Southern Sweden- but this GIF puts a positive light on it all - I can just imagine the scene: someone curled up reading a book or a couple playing cards. So cosy and romantic!

Have a lovely day!


  1. incredible !!! I recently had a 42m2 studio and didn't know it could be so spacious! I guess the trick is, small pieces, and simple colour palette.

    do you know where we can buy high-quality cotton linens online in europe? I have found decent linens at IKEA but am wondering if you recommend a place? also for silk linens.

    thanks for your great content Nikki !

    1. I've tried and tested a few different linens - and it is so important to go for good quality so that it softens with age / the more you wash them. I like: Thanks for taking the time to comment! :) Happy Monday!

  2. Love the breakfast nook with its pendant lamp, wallpaper and Thonet chairs.

  3. Wow the kitchen and the bed look incredible!

  4. What an inspired choice that wallpaper is, very striking and looks fantastic. It is all a well considered space tiny living at its finest.

  5. can you tell me who makes that little stone and black table at the entry on the post " A finnish Home ...." ? i love it -- its under a rectangular mirror .....

  6. Amazing place. I absolutely love the kitchen, it looks so comfy. I don't know where can you buy such gorgeous pieces of furniture here in Croatia, and ordering from UK seems too expensive, and the prices are way too high for our standards. But anyway, I like to come here and find ideas for a DIY projects or cheap replacements... Nice find.

  7. this apartment is soooo cute i love swedens studio apartments they archeiticture is sooo beautiful do you mind me asking how much you payed?

  8. hello! do you know or do you mind sharing where that wallpaper in the kitchen is from?? i adore it & need it! thank you :)

  9. Hi! :) the wallpaper is not William Morris! I have been looking for it. So if any of you figure it out do tell! :)

    1. The wallpaper is called Ava from Sandberg

    2. Hi Kristina (and others),
      The stunning kitchen wallpaper is by Sandberg, pattern name Ava.

  10. The wallpaper "Ava" is from The swedish company Sandberg.

  11. The wallpaper is indeed a William Morris design. You can find it at Sandberg wallpapers, pattern name AVA. Gorgeous!

  12. Hello! I just found the wallapaper. It's swedish, the brand is Sandberg wallpaper and it's called Ava dark Blue and I am thinking about using it in my dining room.


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