Cosy Small Space Living in Gothenburg, Sweden

It's dawned on me that lately I've been featuring many homes with staggeringly high ceilings and large spacious rooms. But the reality is, more and more of us live in small urban spaces. The good news is, with the right decor, these living spaces can be equally beautiful! And Swedish interior designer Anna Mason, has got hers just right. In her teeny 36m2 (387f2) rental high up in the rooftops of Johanneberg, central Gothenburg, Anna has struck the perfect balance between light and airy and incredibly cosy - despite the low sloped ceiling. The trick, it seems, is utilising the floor space, which Anna has used to display art, boxes of treasured items, books, plants and other collections. I also love the mix of family heirlooms, vintage finds and contemporary pieces which add a relaxed, homely (or if you're in the US, 'homey') vibe. Perfect inspiration for anyone looking to transform a tight space into a cosy home! 

I'd be happy to potter around here all weekend, how about you? 

I particularly love the displays of books, art and other pieces on the floor, it gives the living space a wonderful, relaxed vibe.

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

These pics were taken by Johanna Hagbard who also has a lovely home. See the tour here! And don't miss her instagram feed for some DREAMY interior inspiration. 

Fancy taking inspiration from other small spaces this weekend? There's a TON in the archive, some of my favourites include: 

FRINALLY (still not tired of that phrase - or at least I can't stop saying it every Friday...). Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I'm going on a press trip to Copenhagen to stay at a wonderful new hotel - and dragging Per along with me for the ride. So excited to be heading back to the Danish capital. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend too - see you Monday! 


Photography and styling: Johanna Hagbard, shared with kind permission. 


  1. Very cute apartment - but the real show-stopper is her dress!

  2. I find these types of spaces endlessly charming and secretly really want to live in one but, at almost 6ft tall, I find them so difficult. Having stayed in a few Airbnbs like this place in Europe (not that nice though), I constantly walked weird and worried I will hit my head. I am sure it was all in my head and I would definitely brave living in one as gorgeous as this apartment.

  3. Such a chic and serene home! Love the use of the angled spaces and little nooks. I also was admiring how the kitchen tile (and her dress!) were a similar hue.

  4. Oops... meant to add the cabinet (under the round mirror coordinated with the tile!

  5. Great to see that a room can be very beautiful even though the ceilings are in a standard height. However, it's much more difficult to design a small room. In a big, light, high room nearly everything looks great. You have to be a true master of your art/craft to make the best out of "standard rooms".


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