A Swedish home with a social focus

This week has been busy, and all the people I’ve been talking to recently have the same impression. Has the good weather inspired a social zeal in my city? Or is this a universal effect of Summer coming? I’ve always been quite introverted though, so meeting a lot of people in quick succession has left me exhausted this Monday morning. A friend sent me this music video to help decompress, and it’s soothing. This week isn’t going to be any quieter, so maybe it’s best I ask for a day off work?

Anyway, this is the reason I chose this apartment from Nooks, because I feel like it’s a very social space. The space that connects the kitchen to the living room was actually opened up, and then shelves were put in between the supporting pillars. It does look stylish, but the reason the owner did this was to be more social and connect the rooms together more for when he had guests over. Max, the owner, also said:

“In the vast majority of home decorating, we focused on the TV, but here in the living room, I wanted instead to the social would be central. The same applies to the dinner table, I chose a round table in order to be able to keep up more with each other. ”

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This place was actually built in 1927, so it’s interesting how the owner below matched that with the more modern style. Also, parquet flooring nearly always makes a space look more interesting.

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You can see the opened up space here. It’s a lot easier to talk to someone in the dining room when there isn’t a door in the way. Sound will travel a lot easier, too.

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The Barcelona chairs on the right add a touch of high style to this place. All I might add here is a mirror.

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I absolutely adore these handles!

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These are just simple ceiling lights from IKEA, but they give a very floaty and calm effect which is perfect for a bedroom.

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You can see in the floorplan below that this is actually quite a small apartment, at about 47sqm (500 sqft); the owner was able to make it feel bigger by having an open plan living room and kitchen, and using bright or light colours.

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A 19th century apartment with original features

This is a show-stopping loft in central Stockholm. Built in the 1800s, the original flooring and beams are still in, and exposed. It’s currently available on Nooks.se and is one of the most viewed properties there. I like it, even though it doesn’t follow my personal style. If I were to move in (which probably means winning the lottery) I’d add a tonne of soft furnishings – throws, pillows, and even more rugs than they already have.

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The bright reds really work well with the exposed dark wood.

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Somehow the bamboo sticks in the vase work? I would never have guessed.

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Such a spacious shower. I love showers with high ceilings.

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Most people hide away their washer/dryer. Here they seem to have made it into a statement piece. Love. it.

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Once again I’m including the floor plan here.

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Found: hip lighting from Clas Ohlson

Last week I was shopping in Kingston-upon-Thames’ old market (image credit for the picture). There’s a Clas Ohlson just to the right of the featured photo which I popped in for, just intending to buy a new kettle for my mum.

Turns out they had a really cool range of lighting. They’d nearly sold out but the manager (Jim, maybe?) sold me a display model and picked out the right LED bulb. I’m planning on going back there today to see what else they have left and I’m hoping to get this one as it looks really adaptable, and it’s on sale. The display model I managed to nab is shown below and is a combination of one of these bulbs with the black base.

Unfortunately some of their bulbs have a label on the top that can’t be removed so do watch out for that if the bulb itself is going to be a centrepiece.