Quiet Calm Serene Small Stockholm Apartment

What a blessing “lovely” is not dependent upon budget or square footage! Sometimes you can say hello to it in a fantasy chateau enchanted with ancient limestone and whimsical art. Or to an impossibly authentic French home lovingly crafted in Texas…oh how can it be!?! Even a once sorely neglected fixer like my own humble home holds potential! So widen your heart to welcome a wee Swedish studio apartment in Norrmalm, Stockholm. Quiet Calm Serene Small Stockholm Apartment offers lessons in restraint, color, and mood from a tiny interior.

Bedroom with serene light neutral grey and putty colors, knot cushion, and gallery wall in Stockholm apartment
Quiet Calm Serene Small Stockholm Apartment…hello lovely tiny home indeed!

Design: Josefin Hååg Source: Fantastic Frank

Quiet Calm Serene Small Stockholm Apartment

What is it even like to live on the tiny wild side? Have you watched HGTV shows and imagined?

Josefin Hååg – Quiet Calm Serene Simplicity in Stockholm

What change comes when you must whittle down the wardrobe to bare essentials as closet space shrinks to itty bitty?

Another property on the market from FF HERE.

Whether it’s an apartment home or a house, many Americans are accustomed to roomy havens with walk-in closets and basements for storage. I’m busted for sure when I consider how I truly believe my kitchen is too small (it is the size of some European apartments!).

Inspirational quote about romance from Carolyn Gold Heilbrun on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #inspirationalquotes #romancequotes

When we traveled to London and rented a not too big million dollar flat, it gave me pause. Living in a small space requires a fair measure of restraint.

Fantastic Frank

Back to this little apartment in Stockholm. There is something about the hushed color scheme, spareness, and simplicity of the modern interior design in a historic space with beautiful bones that is worth revisiting so let’s get to it.


Facade of Stockholm apartment building
Stockholm apartment building exterior. 

I’ll share a few reflections at the end of this post – thoughts inspired by these images and the stirrings of my soul just now.

Josefin Haag designed small Stockholm apartment with neutrals and gallery wall

A Studio’s Square Inches

Every little square inch matters when you’re designing a serene, neutral, spare, and modern studio apartment. I can’t stop staring at the design elements.

Deep green trim on yellow stucco Stockholm apartment with bistro set outdoors

Big Idea: Petite Gallery Wall

Ahhhhh the quietness of the beautifully arranged art!

Lovely serene Stockholm apartment bedroom with muted quiet colors of light grey and white and modern Scandi design - Frantastic Frank. #scandinavian #interiordesign #stockholmapartmet #bedroomdesign #bedroomdecor
Styling: Josefin Hååg; source: Fantastic Frank…hello lovely gallery wall indeed.

Notice how the art is hung on the gallery wall and all of the gorgeous trim painted light grey.

Natural organic and serene neutral Scandinavian modern bedroom decor in a Stockholm apartment

If you care to create a similar framed collection on the wall in one fell swoop, visit Minted for ideas. For inexpensive, Scandi modern photographic prints, SEE THESE.

Imaginative & Modern Lighting

This Swedish studio apartment is graced with modern lighting in black and gold tones which works smartly with light woods and charming trims painted in hushed shades of warm grey.

Scandinavian style desk, chair, modern black sconce, and plaster shelves in small Stockholm apartment

Rustic stools bring an organic, laid-back layer of lovely and remind me how much I never tire of little handmade perches.

Inspirational quote about giving: Give like the sun and the whole world grows tall. #hellolovelystudio #inspirationalquotes #personalgrowth #encouragement #generosity

Modern Scandi Chairs

Who can resist the airy light wood chairs and furniture?

Light wood frames and serene art gallery wall in Stockholm apartment bedroom

I found vintage examples RIGHT HERE and have always admired the classic European vintage look of THESE with their cross backs and rattan as well.

Light grey trim and white walls in modern Scandinavian style apartment

Does a quiet mood appeal to you too?

Gorgeous moldings and deep window sill in modern Stockholm apartment

I can also imagine a fabulous Mongolian fur throw pillow here in winter.

Serene Stockholm apartment with bentwood chair and framed art

Find Mid-century retro chair reproductions HERE.

Serene grey in a small Stockholm apartment
Encouraging quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquotes #quotes #encouragement #personalgrowth
Lovely serene Stockholm apartment bedroom with muted quiet colors of light grey and white and modern Scandi design - Frantastic Frank. #scandinavian #interiordesign #stockholmapartmet #bedroomdesign #bedroomdecor
Styling: Josefin Hååg; source: Fantastic Frank…certainly serene.
French doors to patio of Stockholm apartment

Those French doors remind me of my favorite French farmhouse designs!

Closet with no door and rustic three legged wood stool in Stockholm apartment

For three-legged stool fans…see more examples RIGHT HERE.

Modern Scandinavian wood chairs and table with modern brass hanging pendant in Stockholm apartment

Gold-toned Sputnik lighting looks downright acrobatic and happy in this home, and see THESE for more ideas.

The Color of Calm in a Small Serene Apartment

Charming Smeg frig built into cabinetry in small Stockholm apartment

Of course it’s a slim, 24″ Smeg refrigerator in this sweet studio! Wouldn’t this make you smile everyday!?! Ha!

Charming grey modern daybed in small beautiful Stockholm apartment
Romans 12:9: cling to what is good - Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #scripture #biblequotes #romans #faithquote
Beautiful serene light grey kitchen in Stockholm apartment
Tiny, Serene & Modern Stockholm Apartment with Interior Design inspiration from a Swedish apartment with minimal modern style.

Diagram of the Floorplan

Floorplan of small Stockholm apartment
Bathroom in small Stockholm apartment
Bathroom shower with marble. Small Stockholm apartment decor inspiration.
Faith quote: It is well with my soul even when it is not well with my circumstances - Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #faithquotes #psalm36 #soulquotes

Though I shared these thoughts two years back during a busy holiday season, they still resonate even as we journey during the Global Pause. (Also, pinning holiday images like mine below begins in July for many of us!).

Anais Nin inspirational quote - live out the confusions. #hellolovelystudio #anaisnin #inspirationalquotes #encouragment #struggle #quotes

Personal Reflections from November 2018

I’m thinking of you as you navigate the holidays which can at times feel less than holy. Is there a way to recover what is most sacred about them? Maybe its as simple as finding a quiet pocket of stillness. We can seek solitude to get our bearings, to breathe, and to check in with our soul.

Whimsical handlettered quote: Be a Nice Human. #inspirationalquote #feelgoodquote #quotes #goodvibes #pinkquote #inspirationalquote

Your soul will wait for you with silent bells chiming as you let go of scattered thoughts to enter the spaciousness of your heart.

Holiday inspirational quote for Christmas time on Hello Lovely Studio. #holidayquote #christmasquote #quotes #snowflakes

Are you feeling weary? Because it’s perfectly okay to bring your heartache, cares, and longing as you settle in, slow down, and listen.

Wooly pom pom wreath on a wee pink chair in the snow by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

The Space Between Us

The space between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is often magnified at Christmastime. There are folks on my radar right now who cannot find their smile. One of them grows weary as cancer becomes a greater burden to bear.

Inspirational quote for the holidays and Christmas. #quotes #christmas #holidayquote

Another fights a descent into deep despair after losing a home, financial security, and personal dignity. Someone I know is consumed with grief and in the throes of a spiritual crisis after the death of a child.

Wooly pom poms and a Diptyque Figuier candle. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

I consider the pain and fear. The anguish of awakening each morning with the weight of nightmarish loss.

And I search my heartspace for a way to become a healing balm.

Simple Christmas decor outside in the French inspired courtyard. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio

What comfort can soothe such woundedness?

I’m not sure.

I only know it seems worth a try to join friends wholeheartedly so they will not have to bear the pain alone.

Pom pom wreaths, pink ballet slippers, and candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

When You’re Extra Sensitive

My younger self at times felt like damaged goods for feeling things so deeply. But the older me recognizes the gift of wholehearted sensitivity…if only because it can often become a mysterious path to the Divine.

Inspirational quote for the holidays and Christmas. #quotes #christmas #holidayquote

I’m not broken. Just more fluid and permeable. Now I see how bestowing self-kindness–with solitude, meditation, or rest–can indeed be a gift of peace to others. As my heart and senses are restored and healed, I can transmit and perhaps even become healing as a vessel.

In turn, kindness toward others becomes a gift of peace to myself.

Pom pom wreaths, ballet slippers, and candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

Isn’t such a free flowing exchange of peace and healing a lovely prospect?

White Christmas decor in my kitchen with window bench seat. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

My Yes & Self Kindness

Self kindness looks different for each of us and requires discernment. It may be saying ‘no’ more frequently to potential harming influences. For me personally, it involves giving my YES to God.

Surrendering my cares over and over again. Going beyond myself where goodness shimmers.

White and neutral decor on a window seat bench in a cozy kitchen with candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

Today, my YES is also for you.

Because you are lovelier than you know. And in your soul are infinitely precious jewels that can never be lost.

White farmhouse tablescape with ironstone, blush roses, and candlelight. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio.

May our hearts become the color of calm just now as we open them fearlessly to release our YES.

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Peace to you right where you are.


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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Basket
Courtney Lamp Base
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Rustic Reclaimed Elm Cabinet
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Linen Slipcovered Chair Set
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black Metal Accent Table
Galvanized Console Table
Gabriel Chevron Quilt Set
Metal Martini Table
Marble Subway Backsplash in My Kitchen
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Handmade Sunburst Mirror
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp
Venetian Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
French Panel Mirror
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Antique Chinese Weathered Bench
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Linen & Burlap Tufted Ottoman
Gertrude Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
French Louis Style Arm Chair
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Accent Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Cedar & Blossom Candle
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
French Candle Style Chandelier
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
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White Ruffle Bedding
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French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
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Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Teak Farmhouse Stool


  1. Amy
    November 30, 2018 / 8:15 am

    I LOVE everything about this post…most of all how you put to such lovely words the amazingly similar stirrings of the soul that I have about life…(esp’lly considering the fear & pain of those with challenges/heartache/grief during the holidays and the desire to be a healing balm). God has truly gifted you in that way, and it is a blessing. I read this during my time of solitude this morning with great encouragement while also listening to the beautiful bell- like music of our chime hanging outside my window. So when I read your words on solitude, “Your soul will be there waiting for you with silent bells chiming,” I couldn’t help but smile. Blessings to you dear one!

    • michele
      November 30, 2018 / 8:26 am

      Oh, friend. Thank you for taking the time to read and share these eloquent sentiments – what a blessing to hear those bells – and what a treasure to join with you in lifting our spirits to become healing. My morning is richer because of you. xox

  2. Connie
    November 30, 2018 / 10:51 am

    Your post is right in line with what I am feeling today. Though my words are not as eloquent, I’d like to share a story.

    We have some neighbors who never have any Christmas decor on their home; no tree inside, never the shades drawn to catch the beautiful morning light that would enter their home. It is a world of darkness for them in many ways….especially at Christmas time.

    One year she told me about losing her son many years ago to a brutal murder…and the case was never solved. As a mother myself, I cannot imagine the heartache of something that devastating.

    As I went out one evening last week to check on our own Christmas lights, I looked at our neighbor’s house and felt a deep desire to show them that yes, they are still loved. Yes, God knows their pain. Yes, in time there can still be healing. And maybe with that healing, they can see some brightness in the world. I seemed to get a ‘message’ that I should do something tangible this Christmas besides wishing them Merry Christmas, especially because they find no happiness in the Season.

    As I sat in church the next day, I felt led to give a Christmas angel to our neighbors. I found a simple little figurine, something that was not to ‘churchy’ (knowing they have lost faith), wrapped it up with a message that says “You are Loved” and we placed it anonymously on their doorstep. We don’t want them to know who the giver is because we wanted them to feel a sense of awe and that yes, there is Someone much Greater, who knows their pain and deeply desires to help them heal. I believe God will do that….we are just His messengers.

    Some may ask “Why not give the gift and let them know it’s from you and that you care?” Well, because all other attempts outwardly have been met with disdain on their part. Sometimes an anonymous gift or card brings surprise and awe especially when it comes at a time when their sadness is most deeply felt.

    Michele, your beautiful comment from your post says it all: “What comfort can soothe such woundedness? I’m not sure. I only know it seems worth a try to join friends wholeheartedly in the pain so they must not bear it alone.” We are trying to let them know they need not bear their pain alone…………

    • michele
      November 30, 2018 / 11:36 am

      Your words are indeed eloquent and falling on fertile ground in my heart, friend. Your heart is so pure. I love how you embodied grace in this act of peace and love. What if we all kept responding to the heartache around us in that way? What if we saw the response as kindness to ourselves and not just others? What if it became commonplace to find messages of hope on our doorsteps and then sense of awe you describe was happening in August and every month beyond December? “There is Someone much Greater, who knows their pain and deeply desires to help them heal.” Oh, my, what glory in your words. A relatively new concept for me spiritually is showing compassion toward God. It seems to me that this act of anonymous kindness of yours approaches such compassion toward God, since we are His vessels to use. Thank you for blessing me so.

  3. Joanna
    November 30, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    Your comment, “ When I was younger, I felt like damaged goods.” hit home. As a child I was terribly shy and quiet. I rarely spoke, instead allowing my sister to speak for me. I was this thin, platinum blonde, wisp of a child that held on tight to my mother and sisters. I felt things deeply. Too deeply! My mother told me much later, when I was a young lady in my twenties, that she always feared for my life. She had a belief that the good die young. I won’t get into why she had those feelings. I guess I wasn’t as good as she thought, because I’m still here. *wink* I wanted to be happy and outgoing like my sisters but it just wasn’t my personality. I think many of us feel “damaged” in some way. Most people I know don’t realize that I’m an introvert, as I’ve found my voice. You, my dear, have found yours. You bring a touch of peace and beauty into my day. You are my meditation.
    I think we all have an obligation to bring some happiness into the lives of those less fortunate. I have volunteered at a home for battered women and their children. The children, in their innocence, touched me deeply. Why did I stop? I felt too deeply. I wanted to bring mothers & children into my home. It was a conversation with my husband that made me stop. I still give but in a way that doesn’t steal my happiness nor break my heart.

    • michele
      November 30, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Love hearing more of your story and reflections – it is a challenge when your heart breaks easily – yet such a beautiful way to be created. I doubt that when we reach the end of our life, we will think ‘i should have cried a lot less’ or ‘i should have toughened up.’ But I hear you about honoring those boundaries because sometimes we just don’t have the capacity to cope with a particular level of emotional pain. I think of Christ, who was with big groups of people often but then also would go away alone to the desert for solitude to recharge and get centered. I think you’re right that it’s common to feel like damaged goods for any number of reasons – it would seem a good part of my journey is relearning the ways I am not damaged and am fully loved. Thanks for your heartfulness.

  4. Patricia
    September 3, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    This post reads like it is currant with the times of 2020.
    We have all needed soothing and calming words of hope & encouragement in this shut down and turbulent time.

    I pray each day for our country.

    Thank you for this blog today and yes, we all feel better when we can help someone else who needs us. I have a dear friend who has always suffered from depression and I am trying to see her once a week to cheer her. She has many blessings but she has a difficult time and this shut down really affects her more than most.

    Most of us focus on our own burdens and never realize that
    everyone has burdens to bear. So, look for a glass half full
    and share your optimism with others; it will raise your spirts also.

    • Michele
      September 3, 2020 / 8:08 pm

      Gorgeous words from you today, friend, thank you for adding to the beauty. I so want to offer more encouraging words and finding it difficult since I am in the throes of such a stressful chapter of life. Hoping to be able to get still enough to write soon and feeling grateful that I am able to recycle old posts when times were a bit simpler for me personally. Thank you for reminding us to help others and in turn help ourselves.

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