Light & Fresh Swedish Apartment
Katerina Ek is lucky enough to own this beautiful apartment, with her youngest daughter Moa, which overlooks a stunning cobblestone courtyard atop Södermalm in Stockholm. It’s a relatively small four room apartment, but has been very well-planned. The low-key and clean colour scheme gives the space a luminous ambiance; the white painted walls, the white floor boards, and the grey stone tiling. Sentimental items such as rocks, driftwood, pine cones or old brick become artistic decorations within the home, creating a very welcoming and homely vibe. Evidently Katerina has a sharp eye for shades, as she highlights the 18th century building’s structure and ornamental detailing by painting the walls in varying shades of grey. Moreover, there is harmonious contrast between rustic and modern in this apartment, offering a palpable historical significance to all of those who enter it.
Photography and books dominate each room in this apartment, everywhere from custom shelving to partitions over doors. Each wall is littered with images of famous musicians, or quotes from artists, all keeping with the black and white colour theme. All of these decorative elements only add to the homely appeal of the apartment. The stacks of books next to the clothes hanger serve as a decorating element for adding some colour in to the room. At the entrance we see the grey stone flooring, which is brightened up by the white painted walls and the wooden accessories. The large mirror at the entrance certainly emphasizes the character of the space, whilst also acting as a grande feature wall.
The feature piece of the living room is definitely the grey felt upholstered Cenova Sofa from BoConcept. The Cenova embraces a modern and minimal design, allowing it to suit both modern and classic interiors. It has a light appearance with its low profile and loose cushions, whilst offering comfort for everyday living with its deep, supportive seat. The grey sofa is also an ‘on trend’ piece at the moment, due to its’ neutral tone and ability to match most colour palettes. Other furnishings in the living room include patterned cushions from Afroart and concrete coffee table by Mats Jönsson, available at Adesso. Some clever decorating solutions seen in this apartment include the long shelf behind the sofa for displaying art and still arrangements and the extra seating cushions stored underneath the coffee table.
The master bedroom has room for a bed and not much more. The stool is an antique bargain, and the zig zag knit blanket on the bed is from Ikea. The black painted wall behind the bed adds a little drama to the space, and breaks up the white. The daughter’s bedroom design is based around Moa’s love of both fashion and interior design. The room has a bohemian feel, but is just as well thought out as the rest of the apartment. Featured in this room is a poster with an Andy Warhol quote, a big black mirror and a Patti Smith’s iconic record sleeve Horses that sits on top. The wooden elements in the black and white interior soften the overall graphical look.
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