Contemporary meets classic in this absolutely fabulous Swedish apartment

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I love love love the wallpaper in this place. The rest of the apartment is quite starkly white, and the statement the kitchen makes shows that it pays off to take a little risk now and then. You can find more like it at Stadshem.

Meanwhile in my world, it’s finally becoming sunny across Northern Europe now, and I can see people almost smiling in the streets. People playing, children running about and playing, strawberries on sale in the shops. This time of year is definitely a time for optimism.

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Cute puppies abound.

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I love how all the kitchen fittings are so well fit in. Very traditional. Of course back then, you probably wouldn’t have got a new kitchen every 10 years.

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I want that vase! And that closet space …

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These hooks are such a neat idea.

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Once again I’m posting the whole layout. It’s in Swedish but should be relatively self-explanatory. Sovrum is bedroom for instance, and vardagsrum is living room.

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Linnéstaden, Majorsgatan 4

The living room has been kept really bright, with light wooden floors and bright white elsewhere. My favourite part of this (hence the featured image) is actually the kitchen, it opens up onto a wonderful little balcony and the fittings look very traditional.  The bathroom almost feels Arabesque, too.

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This house is no longer for sale, but you can find a lot more like it at Entrance Makleri, which is the source for these images.

Grand century-old apartment with a balcony and working fireplace

Okay, so not quite a full century, but only a few years away. This is another Gothenburg flat on the market that I thought looked quite special.

One detail to take away here is the lighting. Whenever someone asks me how to light a space, I tell them my rule of thumb is to have three separate sources of light. For example, I’d have one or two accent lights (such as an uplighter floor lamp), ambient light from the ceiling, and some sort of task lighting (like an adjustable desk lamp). In this apartment you have multiple sources of lighting in every frame and it blends in perfectly. In fact, even when the lighting isn’t in use it still adds as a decorative element. If you’re interested in the overhead light that’s in the featured photo above the dining room table, you can see it on Petite Friture’s website for €730.

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