Inside a Relaxed Swedish House from the 50's

Morning! I'm sitting here in my chunky knit socks, shepherd slippers and a leopard print sweater - it's so not a good look, but that's the beauty of working from home (every cloud...). Further more, I've become more and more inspired by the imperfect, especially when it comes to the home. And judging by the popularity of spaces with a truly lived in vibe, I feel not alone? - Yay! So, today I'm transporting us all to the Swedish home of Katarina Matsson, Content Director at Elle Sweden just south of Stockholm. Katarina, her partner and two year-old child have recently moved from an apartment in Sweden's capital to a very cool 1950's terrace house designed by architects Nils Sterner and Erik F Dahl.  Prepare to be inspired by gallery walls brimming with the work of Swedish artists, photographers and illustrators, books galore and the most fabulous staircase!

Katarina has created a unique gallery wall made up of pieces from local artists, illustrators and photographers including Agnes Thor, Jenny Mötsell, Märta Thisner and Malin Norden (as well as one of her own little budding artists at home!). A pair of Series 7 chairs and a Stokke Tripp Trapp chair can be seen around the table. And the magnificent Formakami light is from &Tradition.

An antique chaise longue and vintage Beni Ourain (Maroc Tribal is a great source) turn dead space at the bottom of the stairs into a lovely, relaxed living area.

The family have only recently moved in so the house is very much a work in progress. I'm looking forward to following the progress on Katarina's instagram, I have a feeling this will be a lovely room!

 I love how Katarina has turned an open space on the landing into a home office! Check out the original 50's parquet floor too!

The shelving above Katarina's desk is not dissimilar to my office (great minds...!). Once again, she's selected works from Sweden based artists such as Agnes Thor, Jesper Waldersten, Alina Vergnano and Malin Norden (try The Poster Club). The desk is by IKEA and the chair from Too Good.

In Milo's room a vintage desk provides the perfect place to perch an M light from Cikus Lampan (source similar here) A beautiful print by Emilia Ilke can be seen on the wall to the right. The lovely tiger rug is from Moustache.

Aaaah, such a lovely relaxed family home. I really enjoyed the tour, how about you?!

Is there anything that caught your eye?

If you'd like to see more spaces with a boho vibe it's totally worth checking out this archive (if this comes up first just scroll passed) - and there are tonnes of swoonworthy Swedish homes here

Have a lovely day!


  1. The combination in her gallery wall is striking. The zebra image is a light (yet moody) note. I like Milo's desk!
    I wonder about the picture shelves over the hallway desk. Do you find yourself distracted by the images or are you able to leave them without rearranging for some time?

    1. Good point. I have pictures above my desk and since they're not at eye level when you're sitting down they're less of a distraction so it works fine.

  2. Hi Niki. Thank you for your beautiful post today. I love Alina's work and I am interested in purchasing any of her prints/editions. I live in the United States, so could you guide me as to where I can go purchase any of her work? Thank you!

    1. Alina's work is beautiful! If you click on her name in this post you should come to her homepage - she would be very happy if you send her a private mail (found in the contacts section). I hope you get a lovely piece for your home!

  3. I love the chaise longue! Amanda

    1. I love that too! It's slightly different from the other items in their home and adds a really elegant, yet soft touch!

  4. I have exactly the same desk shown in the last picture. I found it in Brussels (Jeu de Balle).
    I'm glad it is a trendy piece. Thank you for providing all these deco ideas.

    1. What a find! And yes, right on trend - plus it can be passed onto the next generation too. A keeper!

  5. This a beautiful house; I have a weakness for slanted ceilings.
    The zebra print is charming. There is nothing that I don't love in this house tour. Thanks!

  6. Oh, this is my favorite house yet! It's so lovely - all of it. The staircase is wonderful too!


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