A great concept out of an awkward space

Seeing these photos you might be forgiven for thinking that they are from a high-end luxury spa or hotel. Think again. This is the work of Claesson Koivisto Rune architects, built in the top floor of a historic (1800s) Stockholm building. You can see a video of the space here. I like how it’s decorated, quite simply, but in a contemporary style. This gives the architectural features some space to show off.

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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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Pale green in Stockholm

This feels so calm. I’ve had a busy weekend and it’s nice to sit back on Sunday evening and appreciate something like this. Hope you find this apartment from Nooks peaceful too!

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Those funky boxes hold some Pukka tea. Not much better than your standard herbal tea at a supermarket, but the boxes look nice and they’re exactly the kind of brand I’d expect of the kind of person who’d live here.

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These kind of handles are really in right now. I wonder if this is just a fad or will it last? Either way, cheap to replace.

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Not a great idea to light a candle next to a window. Looks nice though.

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A home isn’t complete without a mood board! (on the left below)

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A view to a lake

This tour today is something special – a penthouse with lakefront views near Stockholm from Nooks. From the top, you can look across Lake Mälaren (Lake Malar in English), one of Sweden’s largest lakes, and see Ekerö island, where Agnetha Fältskog from Abba reportedly lives. I can only imagine what the sunsets and sunrises are like in that top bedroom, especially as the balcony isn’t limited to one face. I think if I lived there I might even go the way of Cato the elder and swim au naturale every morning. Scroll right down to the bottom for a floorplan.

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This is such a perfect spot to enjoy with some friends. I would probably add some hardy potted plants, and a spot for tealights though!

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This home is rich in two things – balconies and charm!

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I love that ceiling light. Also, are rugs in kitchen on trend now or what?

This pale green room below would be my first choice if I were staying here, it looks absolutely serene.

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Once again I’m posting the floorplan here. It really helps me visualise a house when it’s more than one storey. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

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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.