I came across this apartment on the Swedish website Stadshem recently and, after pausing to admire its easy going mix of mid-century modern and industrial elements, I realised that there was something about this space I was really connecting with.
Sometimes the homes featured in interiors magazines and on blogs can seem a little too pristine and perfect. It's easy to be left with the impression that the owner has just thrown a heap of money at creating their desired look in one fell swoop. The results may be admired from a design persepctive, but homes created in this way often feel lacking in something. You can't 'buy' a home with soul - it has to be created over a period of time.
And that's what I really like about this apartment - it feels like a home that has evolved. Here a vintage leather sofa - a prized ebay find? There an old coffee table - perhaps picked up at a local junk shop or handed down from a relative? On the walls artwork and photographs - most likely with some personal meaning to the owner? Or at least that's what I imagine from looking at these images.
Will from Bright Bazaar wrote a movingly heartfelt post today touching upon how, behind the perfect styling we see in photoshoots, home is first and foremost the place where we relax and spend time with our loved ones. It's also a space into which we invite our friends, and looking at the pictures of this home I see a comfortable, relaxed inviting space where I'd love to hang out with my closest friends over a bottle of wine (or maybe a late night whisky), listening to old vinyl, sharing happy memories.... and creating new ones.
Images via Stadshem