Lessons Learned from a Swedish Apartment

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Home Stager with Design To Market LLC

Swedish Kitchen

 

My recent stay in a Stockholm apartment proved to be a good source of some off the job training.  Most would assume that staying in an 800 square foot apartment would be tough on a family of 4.  Not so in Sweden and many other European countries.  For example, take a look at this photo.  The dishwaher is 1/2 the size of mine at home and the refrigerator (that you cannot see is also very compact.)  The place is tidy, space is optimized with the addition of several requesite IKEA staging solutions, and the heated tile floor  on the tiny balcony is the perfect solution for getting a breath of fresh air in the cold winter months.

 

Balcony

Cozy space for a breath of fresh air!

Bathroom in Sweden

Now...it's time to bring this back to staging in North America...and more specifically for me staging in the Midwest.  Well, here it is.  As home stagers we are often concerned about the perception of prospective buyers when it comes to their likelihood of making an offer with a uniquely small kitchen, master bath, etc.  I think it is time to take the focus to what can we do to show how amazingly resoruceful we can be in using these cozy spaces.  In some cases it might even be time to put a little IKEA on!

Design To Market has been staging homes in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since 2004. For more information about this project and our other Cincinnati home staging services please call us at 513-265-0952 or visit our website at www.designtomarketllc.com.

 

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Rainmaker
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Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
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In general I think that we North Americans tend to use a lot more space than we need Jo. We can really learn some lessons fron Europeans about economizing.

Dec 22, 2011 07:50 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

What were you doing in Sweden Jo?? Isn't it amazing how "little" we can make due with?  I remember when we stayed in corporate apts. when we first moved to TX - we actually had a lot time to do more than keep house, I didn't miss my stuff until it all came pouring out of the moving truck!  I love going to IKEA and seeing how little space they can make into a great place. Merry Christmas!

Dec 22, 2011 09:26 AM #2
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Jo, what a coincidence.  I visited a house today that needs to basically be gutted and through the entire tour I was thinking IKEA.  Wish one was closer, thanks for sharing! 

Dec 22, 2011 11:49 AM #4
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Jo - How fun to be in Sweden - love the view from the balcony!  They're building lots of tiny condos here in Vancouver that are around 450 sq feet - one really needs to understand how to maximize storage! 

Dec 22, 2011 12:51 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
Thanks for all of the comments. The small spaces are incredibly well planned. I would have to, however, get over my pack rat tendencies!
Dec 23, 2011 01:52 AM #6
Rainer
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Jo.....Same goes...as you mentioned....for many cities in Europe.  When staying in Paris I've done VERY well in a much smaller space!  It is all about the layout and planning!  And....us Americans who do like our space!!

Dec 23, 2011 08:53 AM #7
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Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Jo--bet you had an amazing time in Stockholm.  Gorgeous city.  It is a very valuable lesson of how the Europeans make such little space so functional.  It's definitely a lesson we could start learning. 

Dec 23, 2011 05:07 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

Janet you are right...I will stop accumulating stuff...tomorrow!

Dec 24, 2011 07:04 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market
Just left the Helsinki design district. As they say...OMG!
Dec 28, 2011 11:55 PM #10
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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Jo - I love IKEA, my kitchen and baths are small and all done in IKEA. 

Dec 30, 2011 10:28 AM #11
Anonymous
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Nice pictures of Sweden, love the kitchen, and the efficiency!

Dec 30, 2011 11:05 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Ed Kurosz , Lic. Assoc. RE Broker
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Westhampton Beach & Quogue - Westhampton Beach, NY
Douglas Elliman Real Estate Hamptons & North Fork

STOCKHOLM - - - - - - I LOVE STOCKHOLM ! ! ! ! !

I lived in Stockholm in the mid-1980s. What a FANTASTIC CITY --- Venice of the North ! ! !  Here is a photo taken of my view from a block away from my apartment at Djurgårdsbrunn over Strandvägen kajen. My apartment was in one of the grand old dames located to the right of the photo. Stunning location overall ! 

Ed Kurosz Corcoran Group Real Estate Stockholm Sweden Strandvägen.

Spectacular city !

Dec 30, 2011 07:30 PM #13
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Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Jo - is it amazing what you can learn from others from another country. Love the photo of the balcony.

Dec 31, 2011 12:19 AM #14
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