A Charming Blend of Old and New in a Stockholm Home

It's a school holiday this week in Southern Sweden and I feel like I'm the only one up, tapping away on my laptop in a cafe by the sea. The clocks went back at the weekend which means darker nights - which in turn means the warm glow from lamps, candles and log fires. Further North, snow covers the ground and the birds taken flight to warmer climes. It's a time for cosying up at home by the fire, reading and taking long walks. And I'm all for it! 

This lovely Stockholm apartment is owned by Mina and Carlo, founders of IO Kids Design and is located in 'Söder', a hipster part of town with some of the Swedish capital's best cafes and restaurants. Even so, when the temperatures hit minus, being tucked up under a blanket beside the kakelugn (tiled masonry oven) is the way to go! Keep a look out for personal touches, a blend of antique and designer pieces as well as the beautiful entrance way. 

I hope you find something in this lovely home to inspire you! 

Two tone kitchens are where it's at right now. The apartment owner Carlo Negri - an architect for Sweco, designed this kitchen. I love how the upper cabinets are in wood, adding lots of warmth to the space. 

Carlo also designed the book cases in the sitting room and bedroom. 

Space is limited in the city and many get creative to make space for the entire family. In this aprtment, the children's room is divided into two using a series of closets.

This bunkbed is next level (literally!). I actually haven't seen one like this before. Does anyone have any tips on where it might be from?  UPDATE: it's called the IO Bunk Pod and was designed by Mina and her husband - the owners of this apartment and founders of IO Kids Design!

The other half of the room is small (yet cosy) - with enough space for a charming antique bed! 

I love these grand early 19th century communal entryways you find in Sweden! 

Confused about the layout? Here's the floorplan as shared by Historiska Hem: 
Glossary: sovrum - bedroom, Kakelugn - fireplace, allrum - living room, bad - bathroom, kök - kitchen, Gardrob - wardrobes.

I love the exterior of this property too - classic Stockholm! 

Is there anything that stood out to you about this lovely apartment? 

Why not cosy up for a while and see a few other incredible apartments from the Swedish capital here: 

Right folks, the autumn sun is shining and I've got two children (teenagers) here at home waiting to get into action (actually they're still asleep so they don't know that yet, but they will be!). 

Wishing you a great start to the week! 


Photographs courtesy of Historiska Hem with thanks 


  1. Gotta love small, cozy places that are stitched up with the personality and style of eclectic MCM vintage and traditional antique pieces. And the stand outs for me are the 2 Swedish fireplaces. Then the overall design and colors of the common foyer! Chandler would say ;)
    Laura K, USA

    1. I love that you quoted Chandler. How sad I was to hear the news :(, it feels like we've all lost a friend.

      Thank you for pointing out all these lovely things about the aparment and foyer. It is indeed 'perfection'!

  2. I love how the have blended antiques with their furnishings. The division of space in the children’s room is clever and each has its own individual personality.The entry and exterior of the building are exquisite.

    1. I love this mix too! Combining old and new is the way forward for a relaxed and personal home.

  3. I'm very taken with the book shelf dividers which allow better use of space--some for taller items and some for shorter. This is another great space where I can get a feel for how the family lives. Love that. There are too many great ideas here to list (but I have to give a shout out to the fantastic bunk bed).

    1. Yes, agree! The owner of the aprtment emailed me to let me know that it was her husband Carlo (an architect) who designed the shelving. It's very clever!

  4. That entry way is to die for. Just put a bed, table, chairs, couch and I will make it my home. :)

    1. I would be very happy to come home to this entryway each day too - beautiful!


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