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A Cosy Swedish Home Which Maximises Space and Light

When you think of Scandi homes, you usually imagine large spacious open-plan living spaces. This is often true. Drawing natural light into the darkest corner of your home is an essential Scandinavian winter survival factor  - and walls block the light. However, when you live in a small space, this is not always possible - especially if you need to carve out many different living zones such as a home office, sitting room, bedroom etc. 

This lovely Swedish apartment is a fine example of how small rooms can still be filled with light with some clever interior tricks. Think glass internal walls and clever mirror placements for a cosy, light-filled home with everything you need. 



Mysigt (cosy!) - and such clever use of space, don't you think? 

I've got lots of exciting posts planned here on the blog this week including before and after pictures of a swedish country home (wait till you see the transformation of the facade, you'll never look at a red brick house with small windows in the same way!), plus the final reveal of my new wardrobe which I've been working away on behind-the-scenes! 

Wishing you all a great start to the week! 

Niki

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Hannes' Beautiful Helsingborg Home Is On The Market!

I'm finishing off the blog week with some good news: Hannes Mauritzson and his partner are selling their flat. OK, if you're well settled where you are, this might not be that good news - save for the fact that we get to drool over the beautiful room-by-room photos all over again (I featured it last year)! But if you're looking to move to Helsinborg, Sweden (lifestyle change anyone?), this is surely excellent news. Hannes' apartment is stunning! There's the architecture dating back to 1907, subtle yet warm tones, and of course the beautiful blend of furniture, a combination of old and new - although sadly I doubt this comes with the flat! All-in-all it's 90 metres square / 968 feet square of charm. Could you imagine living here? Take the tour and discover for yourself! 


Lovely! 

I could happily see myself rocking about here all weekend, how about you? 

See the previous feature I wrote about Hannes apartment, and also discover more about the area through my Helsingborg city guide (we had such a magical weekend there!). It's where Per is from so I know it well! 

Right folks, that's it from me this week.

Har en jätte trevligt helg allihopa! 

Niki

Photography courtesy of Bjurfors 

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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! 

Niki

Photography courtesy of Historiska Hem, with thanks

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6 Small Space Ideas To Learn From a Beautiful Blue Swedish Pad

Why, hello there! I hope you had a great weekend! It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Southern Sweden and I pedalled to work feeling full of the joys of spring (although, also mindful that snow could appear on the forecast at anytime - let's hope not!). Yesterday Per and I went to see how our tiny cabin build is coming along - I'm so looking forward to sharing an update tomorrow. Small spaces are therefore on my mind, and lo and behold, this beautiful 34 square metres (365 square feet) Gothenburg home popped up in my feed this morning. I simply can't believe, it's almost the same size as our little cabin - not only does it look very stylish (and yes, styled!), it also looks really spacious, despite breaking the rules with a darker wall colour HOW? I dissected it to find out what's at play and discovered 6 great small space styling tricks:

1. Round tables - circular tables have a smaller footprint than square tables simply because corners are such a waste of space. Better still, choose an extendable table for entertaining - as well as chairs with the same curve so they can be tucked away under the table and you'll achieve a flexible, space saving dining / work area. 

2. Use the height: OK, this place has envy-inducing, ridiculously high ceilings - but still, one of the biggest mistakes people make is not using the vertical height - crucial when it comes to making the most of every square inch. 

3. Bed nook: evolutionary, we sleep a whole lot better if we feel cosy and safe - so carving out a zone for sleep in which we feel cocooned in some way is key. Here, they've made great use of a nook. if there isn't space for this, you can create your own bedroom zone in a small space using shelving placed perpendicular to the wall, curtains, or screens.  

4. Paint your storage the same colour as the walls: if you want a neat and tidy home, plenty of storage is key. But that doesn't mean it needs to take over. Paint it the same tone as the walls and it will blend into the room to help create a clean, clutter-free and cohesive look. 

5. Make the most of every nook and cranny: a bespoke cabinet has been squeezed into a nook in the bathroom to create storage space. I'd have probably also included an under sink cabinet (like we're planning in the bathroom at our cabin). 

6. Disguise the front door: In a small space front doors can be very prominent - sometimes leading straight into the main open-plan living area / bedroom. A curtain in front of the front door is a great way to create an oasis, plus it helps to keep sounds from the communal hallway and drafts at bay. 

Here's the floor plan: 

I hope this has given you some ideas for your own home! 

Did you spot any clever solutions I missed? Please do point them out in the comments below. 

Here are a few other small spaces to feel inspired by: 


Wishing you all a wonderful start to the week! 

Niki 

Photography courtesy of Alvhem (through whom the apartment is currently for sale). 

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An airy Swedish Home With a Beautiful Kitchen

Tjena! This lovely Swedish kitchen stopped me in my tracks this morning. It's like a total breath of fresh air! The room occupies the lower floor of a maisonette in central Gothenburg designed by uber stylist Emma Fischer. A friend once described the kitchen as 'the engine room of the house' - and this couldn't be more evident than in this home! I love how a large table takes centre stage, creating a space to gather, study, work and eat! Note the art too, helping to blur the boundary between a highly functional kitchen and somewhere enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing to hang out. 

In recent years, it's become really popular to do away with the upper cabinets in favour of open shelving, or even a blank space. This has a wonderful 'airy' affect but it's not always practical if you require a lot of storage and / or don't enjoy dusting! 

A space under the stairs is used as a coffee station - important in a country which ranks 6th in the world for coffee consumption (never get in the way of a Swede and their fika!).

Note the small ledge which can be used for pictures, cookery books and other slim items. 

A calming green accent appears in the form of doors, shelving and plants  -  adding a wonderful harmonious feeling to the space. 

A simple bench provides a place to sit and relax by the window - bathed in natural sunlight. Sadly, the balcony won't be used for quite a few months yet (we're still hovering around 0 degrees Celsius in Sweden!). 

An entire wall in the living room has been dedicated to books (a 'library' seems to be the theme of the week - I loved the one in yesterday's home tour, how about you?). This shelving system is by Elfa - a popular swedish brand, which you'll have seen in many of the homes I've featured. Look closely and you'll spot a series of tracks which allow you to move shelves around according to your requirements. Funnily enough, we have a builder at home installing an Elfa wardrobe and shelving system this minute! I'm looking forward to sharing the results with you soon!

A tight corner has been transformed into a reading spot complete with chair, wall mounted shelf, lamp, magazine rack, a blanket and even a plant! So cosy, and such a great use of space!

If this was in my home, you wouldn't even see the chair for clothes! Do you have a 'chairobe' at home too? 

A lovely touch of pink in the bathroom. A curtain hung on a circular rail takes up way less space than shower doors in a small space. It's a balance though - you need to get rid of the water after you've showered, or you'll be looking at wet socks! In Sweden you'll usually find a squeegee device* in private and public bathrooms / changing rooms alike - to save each others socks, and leave the room exactly how you found it. 

All in all, a beautiful home full of nice ideas! 

Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Har det så fint! 

Niki

PS My thoughts are never far from what is happening - as I'm sure is the case with you. To read my sentiments, please see yesterday's post. Sending love and hoping for peace. 

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