What a blessing that “lovely” is independent of budget and square footage! We can say hello to lovely to a fantasy chateau enchanted with ancient limestone and whimsical art. Hello to an impossibly authentic French home lovingly crafted in Texas…oh how can it be!?! And even a formerly neglected fixer like the humble home we fixed up can shimmer lovely! So stretch your conception of lovely (it’s a subjective matter) as we tour 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.
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?
What change comes when you must whittle down the wardrobe to bare essentials as closet space shrinks to itty bitty?
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!).
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.
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.
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.
Big Idea: Petite Gallery Wall
Ahhhhh the quietness of the beautifully arranged art!
Notice how the art is hung on the gallery wall and all of the gorgeous trim painted light grey.
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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.
Rustic stools bring an organic, laid-back layer of lovely and remind me how much I never tire of little handmade perches.
Modern Scandi Chairs
Who can resist the airy light wood chairs and furniture?
Does a quiet mood appeal to you too?
I can also imagine a fabulous Mongolian fur throw pillow here in winter.
Find Mid-century retro chair reproductions HERE.
Those French doors remind me of my favorite French farmhouse designs!
For three-legged stool fans…see more examples RIGHT HERE.
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
Of course it’s a slim, 24″ Smeg refrigerator in this sweet studio! Wouldn’t this make you smile everyday!?! Ha!
Diagram of the Floorplan
Tour a Gorgeous (If Unrealistic) Tiny House
Behind the Blogger
I’m getting the itch to create pretty things for the holidays. My favorite decorations can hang around long beyond the end of December.
Are you doing any planning or are you too interested in all the fall things to even go there?
Time to make those vintage page cone wreaths!
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