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.
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. ”
Home Tour: South Stockholm Style
It’s been a busy week for me, and Spring having sprung, I’m sure it’s busy for everyone else too. Take a five minute break and look at this hip home from Nooks.
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!
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.
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.
Not a great idea to light a candle next to a window. Looks nice though.
A home isn’t complete without a mood board! (on the left below)
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.
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!
This home is rich in two things – balconies and charm!
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.
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.
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.
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.
International styled house in Fridhem
The wood in this house is a treat, and that ceiling height is to die for. If I had to sum up this house in three words based on its aesthetic, it would be ‘clean lines, solid edges’; you can see for yourself below.
Minimal and cosy interior in a functionalist apartment
Found in Sweden, this place manages a warm tone despite the minimalist style. Form ever follows function here, in my mind.
Elegant and simple Swedish flat
I have one complaint with this place, and it’s nothing to do with the interior. It’s that the apartment is on the ground floor (you might be able to see a car through the living room window). Otherwise, it’s nicely set up and has a very classic look.
Studio in Sweden with snazzy kitchen and fittings
I am in love with that kitchen, the colour is so bold. This is a great and fun way to design a smaller area (although for my home city I would call this spacious).
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 €885*, though a more affordable copy is shown here.
Understated Scandi-style in a 1930s Gothenburg flat
This is such a perfect example of Scandinavian style that I had to share; it’s cosy, the palette is simple, there are strong lines throughout the place, and it’s all pared back. If you’re interested in more like this, why not follow us on Facebook for regular updates?
You can buy the swan poster here, but shipping outside of Sweden is around three times the price of it, so take that into account! If anybody knows where the lamp is from in the kitchen nook, please comment below.
The full tour is from Stadshem: Source
Duplex Malmö apartment
I adore the character of these exposed wooden beams. I adore the spiral staircase which makes this home. I adore everything about the way this has been put together. Enjoy; click on the photos for full-screen size.
Sophisticated blue in Central Stockholm
Calming wood floors contrast with the dramatic blue walls of this apartment. Notice how the ceilings and many of the fittings are also white. I really love the details in the way they’ve styled this apartment too, with the handles on the kitchen cabinets and the casual bedside table as good examples.
Rural house in Lidingö
Nestled in lush greenery along Church bay, on an island near Stockholm, this style of home was built during the 1940s and 50s among former orchards. It’s a really beautiful example of the architecture of that time, and the updated interior pays somewhat a homage. As always, click on the photos to see them full screen.