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Smart Compact Family Living On a Budget, Swedish Country Style!


Sometimes the best things come in small packages. And this home is a perfect example of this! Located in Uppsala, Sweden, the 43 square metre (463 square feet) apartment is home to digital creator Emma Boman Högmark, her husband and their three children: ten-year-old twins and a four-year-old. 

"The hallway, living room, bedroom and kitchen are all one room," Emma tells me. "Our bed is behind the curtain, behind the sofa. And the kids' bedroom is in a separate room. The closet has been changed into a bedroom for our youngest daughter - so compact living, yeah!"

Looking at the style, which Emma describes as "country design and second hand - full of harmony, ikea hacks and warm colours", you'd be forgiven for thinking this budget friendly pad is in the countryside - but it's actually in a 90's block, right in the heart of the city! 

Ready to feel inspired? Pull up a chair, and take the tour! 

At mealtimes, the table is pulled out from the window to create seating for the entire family. 


One of the beautiful things about this apartment, is that there is storage almost everywhere (look closely and you'll see open shelves and rows of hooks on almost every wall throughout the flat). And yet it still looks uncluttered, cosy and charming. 

Behind the dining table you can glimpse Emma and her husband's bed by the window. 

Sheer curtains are ideal for flexible small space living. During the day, they can be pulled back to flood the sitting room area with light. By night, the curtains can be drawn across to create privacy while still slipping in soft, filtered light to the other half of the room. 

The corner of the sitting room doubles up as a dressing room. 

Wall-to-wall storage made from a group of Ikea IVAR cabinets painted in an earthy green provide storage for clothes, toys and other items. 

Above it, family photos and a selection of art add a personal touch to the room. 

Despite the small space, the apartment is dotted with  beautiful pieces that create a unique and homely vibe.

The twins sleep in an Ikea MYDAL bunkbed which Emma stained brown for an aged look: "I mixed a whole load of wood stains - using everything I had at home, some of which were different colours!"

On the opposite side of the room, more slim ikea ivar cabinets are used for storage, while a wardrobe at the end of the bed provides hanging space and a vintage suitcase* offers a home for smaller items.  

While the youngest family member sleeps in a converted closet. This is how it looked before the make-over: 

To make it more 'liveable' Emma removed the door and painted the interior in cosy two-toned walls and added small details such as a mini shelf, hooks, and a canopy. 



Compact family living at its finest! 

And also, a perfect example of how you don't need to go contemporary just because you live in a modern apartment in the centre of town! 

Truly inspiring, don't you think? 

See more snapshots of Emma's home and follow her latest ikea hacks and other wonderful home DIY projects at @emmahogmark

Intrigued to take a look at some other small spaces today? Head on over to this archive - it's FILLED with amazing Scandi style compact living ideas. 

Har det så fint! 

Niki

Photography: @emmahogmark, shared with kind permission. 
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  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful home with us! Small spaces always need a lot of creativity that's why they are my favourite ones.

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    1. Small apartments or town houses are my favourite posts as well. As I was reading this I was eyeing up the walls in my 78 sq m space and wondering where I could put shelves or hooks. It's a very inspiring space for a family of five.

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    1. It's wonderful, isn't it? Full of charm and personality. (Niki)

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  3. Thank you for showing this! It's refreshing to see people making a beautiful home out of a compact space. Sometimes it feels like only the "grand" spaces are featured (not on your blog, but definitely with other blogs!) and it's refreshing to see examples of modest living done well.

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    1. I agree, there is SO much inspiration to be taken from small spaces. Many of us live small or have small rooms, so it's important to cover this type of apartment where possible. I love this one! (Niki)

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  4. This is amazing. It really shows how little we need to live well. Maybe they will need more space eventually, as the kids are growing, but this seems a great way to save money for that bigger space and build closeness between the siblings. So nice and cozy.

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    1. I love your comment: 'build closeness between the siblings', so true! When I was growing up I shared bunkbed with my older sister for quite a few years and then a twin room with my younger sister. We used to natter way into the night and Mum would come up and say 'will you STOP talking and go to sleep'? Niki

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