A Boho, Warm and inviting Home in Södermalm, Stockholm

Who lives here do you think? Looking at the pictures of this charming apartment in the boho district of Södermalm, Stockholm, I can't help think it belongs to a creative of some sort - potentially working in the field of music. Right or wrong, the lovely living space might be on the small size (it's 40 metre square / 430 feet square) - but the clever lay out makes it a perfect home for a single person, couple or small family. And it oozes charm!  Keep a look out for the eclectic blend of furniture, walls painted in a rich patina, and the way they've worked with the original kitchen to create a cosy, warm and inviting space. I could totally imagine rocking around here after work, how about you? Just add music! 

A perfect example of how an old kitchen can be revamped without ripping out all the units and starting all over again (which can be eye-wateringly expensive). 

Exposed beams add to the charm of the space. 

A mezzanine floor over the living room provides space for a separate master bedroom (the high ceilings have certainly help facilitate this!). 

How lovely! I find this relaxed, bohemian style so inspiring, do you? 

A quick translation / Swedish lesson from the floor plan: 

Kök (pronounciation): kitchen
Hall (pronounciation): hall
Badrummet (pronunciation): bathroom
Vardagsrum (pronounciation): living room
Sovloft (pronounciation): sleeping loft
Balkong (prounciation): balcony

I've found Swedish to be a very sensitive language. Speaking from experience, if you get the pronunciation ever so slightly wrong a Swede will likely not understand what you're saying (it could also be that my pronounciation is horrible!). All-in-all, it makes it a little tricky to learn. 

Do you speak a second language? Or perhaps a third, fourth or fifth like my linguistically skilled older sister? I'd love to hear about your experiences! 

And for more boho spaces today, check out these: 

There are plenty more lovely homes to feel inspired by in the bohemian archive too! 


Photography courtesy of Historiska Hem, with thanks


  1. This is wonderful! The entire place is charming and the perfect balance between cozy but not stuffy, homey but not cluttered. I could definitely move in.

    Thanks for the translation! I took German for 2 years in high school and can only remember to ask "where is the bathroom?" these days (which is, in my mind, an important question to be able to ask). We have a large number of Hispanic people in my area, and I work in a hospital, so I wish I was fluent in Spanish, as it would make communication so much easier than using a phone interpreter.

    1. I love your description of this apartment - spot on!

      I took German at school for two years too - can't remember a word of it so you're doing better than I am!

      I can imagine it would be tricky with a phone translator fort the Spanish. I remember going for a work lunch in Taiwan a few years ago and we had translators at the table - it was sooo tricky. Everything got lost in translation and I'm sure the translator was just making things up by the end!

  2. Over the years of reading MSH, I learned long time ago what the individual names for different rooms are (I would not know how to pronounce them though). I speak 4 languages (including my mother language) and even though I have not used German and Russian at all after I moved to Canada, I retained pretty good passive knowledge. I am now trying to refresh the active knowledge by following a couple of Instagram accounts of Russian/German tutors. I am also trying to learn a bit of Spanish.

    1. Four languages - wow!! That's so impressive! I have found that my Swedish has replaced the (limited) French I learnt at school, so every time I try to say something in French, only Swedish pops out, it's so frustrating! I can't even begin to imagine what it's like with four languages!

  3. Niki dear, as you can see, I speak English ... even Italian, Russian, Slovakian, a little poor German, and ... a few words in Swedish. And I almost forgot, my mother tongue is Hungarian (the most beautiful for me). Languages were both my job and my hobby. I used to say that language learning and language skills require two things: ears and buttocks. Ear, to listen to the "melody and pronunciation" of the language. Buttocks, on which you can sit patiently for long hours while studying. Of course, it can be a great help if you live in the country of the language and you hear the live language every day (than you may forget about the buttocks-action). I love your blog, it’s interesting to get an insight into the lives and habits of other people. Kram Maia

    1. I love that: 'ears and buttocks'!! So true! I can't believe you speak so many languages, truly impressive!

      Thank you for your kind words about my blog, it means so much.

      Kram, Niki


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