What makes a home? Ask any one of the three generations living here and they’ll all agree: it’s where family, good food and good times come together. You’ll find plenty of each in their inspiring apartment, furnished with simple yet functional basics at a surprisingly low price.
Restaurant dinners and take-outs are expensive for a family of five – not that these ardent foodies mind. Their favourite place in town is their very own kitchen, where the ingredients and utensils for a feast are always in good supply. On tonight’s à-la-carte menu? Grandpa’s famous bolognese!
Big gatherings on a budget
This great value dining space can fit the whole family and then some: push together two MELLTORP tables, add in eight STEFAN chairs, and finish off with two SKURUP pendant lamps – all for under $3,000.
Meals as a family are mandatory, but the gap between breakfast and dinner sees everyone jet off to do their own thing. Giving each person their own space and time, after all, is the secret to harmonious living. Most of the time, at least! A versatile living room like their one also helps, divided for different activities at the same time. Dad strums over here, grandma streams over there. Everyone's happy.
Sturdy, value-for-money furniture abounds in this family’s graphic, black and white apartment.
|Black and white... and anything but boring
A bold, show-stopping home doesn’t have to break the bank. Interior designer Mia Gustafsson shares how you can take black and white staples, and layer in plenty of warmth and personality.
In a house with so much going on at any one time, finding enough space to store three generations of stuff can be a challenge. This longer hallway handles all the overflow, with storage in all shapes and sizes to wrangle shoes, coats, cleaning supplies and sports gear.
Without much room to spare, this bedroom has clever solutions packed into every nook and cranny. In here you’ll find a bed that doubles as a chest of drawers, a full-height storage unit with curtains instead of doors, and a compact vanity created from a simple floating shelf, with just enough space below to tuck away a stool.
Even when he’s not out on the pitch, this little guy’s passion for the beautiful game is clear to see. And, as luck would have it, footballs are right at home with the apartment’s black and white style. His desk and toy storage were picked with the long-term in mind, designed for easy adjusting and extending as he grows.
Grandma and grandpa’s room shows just how personal a small space can be, with books, clothes and souvenirs from many decades added to their simple furnishings. And while they love that their whole family is under one roof, having their own little room for resting and relaxing is such a boon.
|More snoozing, less spending
Nope, you’re not dreaming! Creating this cosy nest with a SLATTUM upholstered bed frame, SPIKVALLMO quilt cover and pillowcase set, plus two HEKTAR wall/clamp spotlights came in low price
What's better? The feeling of soft, crisp bed linen on your skin...