Scandinavian Spaces Part 2

Home Stager with Design To Market LLC

These Scandinavians really have it figured out!  Beautiful old buildings, small spaces, and modern furnishings with the right proportions for the space available to them.  This is part 2 of a post I made after staying in an apartment in Stockholm titled Lessons Learned From a Swedish Apartment .  We have now moved into our Copenhagen apartment and I am pleased to see the same simple beauty paired with the attractiveness of the architecture.

Copenhagen Apartement

Living room doubles as a study (behind sofa.)  2 Ikea pull out sofas endable a 1 bedroom apartment to sleep 4 with space to spare.

Copenhagen Apartment

Apartment tucked into a small side street off the the pedestrian Stroteget in the medieval section of Copenhagen.



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Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Jo - How long will you be overseas?  Sounds like a fantastic experience for your kids!

Dec 30, 2011 10:31 AM #2

Swedish myself and enjoyed your photos!

Dec 30, 2011 11:02 AM #3
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Jo- I enjoy Scandivian architecture. I lived in Europe for 4 years. It was just a bit too close for comfort for me. I can not deal with the tiny refrigerators:) I love to travel and learn about many cultures. When I get back home I realize how much I take for granted. Katerina 

Dec 30, 2011 11:35 AM #4
Luis Iniguez
Option One Real Estate - Fontana, CA
Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent

I have not visit, but from the pictures I can tell it looks very nice.

Dec 30, 2011 11:57 AM #5
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Looks like you're having a great time!  Thanks for sharing it. It's always nice to peek at how other people live.


Dec 30, 2011 02:24 PM #6
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Europeans in general know how to do more with less space.  I think its an asset that we should take on in this country.  I see kids fresh out of college wanting a minimum of 1200 sf with walk-in California closets and the works.  Its expensive, in many ways wasteful, and with energy costs sky - high, perhaps a thing of the past. 

Dec 30, 2011 03:33 PM #7
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Let's hear it for good old Sven and Ole'. Swedes were never much of a wasteful people.

PS...My father's name was Sven, by golly. He came to the states in the 1930's. I am a first generation native born American.

I understand he would probably smack me if he heard me utter any of the Sven and Ole' jokes. He spoke perfect English, with no trace of an accent or inflection.

Dec 30, 2011 03:51 PM #8
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Ruthmarie- Europeans, most of them, want what we have in the states. They tell me about how they dreamed about coming here to get land for less than what they pay for it in Europe for. The less is because the more is too costly. The problem is that if you want a bigger home in most countries in Europe you have to drive quite a ways out of the city and then the price of gas is so high that for many families it is not an option. There are beautiful landscapes and farms on hills and out in the country side but you have to be pretty much self sufficient in order to live that far out. Here you can live in an area like Wellington, be 14 miles from the beach, have a starter home for less than half of what you get in Europe for more than twice the square footage with a view of horses in your neighborhood.  You can walk to the store from many neighborhoods yet still be rural and not urban. We sell Condos here to people from Norway who say they have been dreaming of having some space for all their married lives. Their dreams come true, they save and save to buy a home here in Florida to come to retire to or to come for their vacations to. We sell homes here to people from England and Ireland, from Sweden and Italy, from Spain and Portugal- all who seek to find a large home where they can enjoy more space and more modern conveniences. I am sure there are those who would never want to come to the states but in my travels and in real estate here in Florida I find those people to be a minority.  Katerina 

Dec 30, 2011 03:55 PM #9
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Jo--that is an adorable apartment.  I am amazed how much Europeans can do with so little space--the Chinese as well.  Some lessons to be learned here in our culture, I think.  Happy New Year. 

Dec 30, 2011 04:10 PM #10
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Some great memories from times in Denmark.  Their apartments were all done so tastefully and well.

Dec 30, 2011 09:59 PM #11
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Looks just like an IKEA display!  

Dec 30, 2011 11:42 PM #12
David O'Doherty
Raleigh Realty Inc - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC

Looks cosy, Ireland is similar and Dublin where I grew up has many older buildings that people have turned into apartments.

Dec 30, 2011 11:50 PM #13
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jo, it looks like they make the most out of the available space. Nicely done. Enjoy your visit and Happy New Year!!

Dec 31, 2011 12:21 AM #14
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Jo - I think we have way too much stuff in the US. We need to learn to scale down on stuff.

Dec 31, 2011 12:26 AM #15
Dave Sullivan
Real Estate One - Birmingham, MI
Michigan Realtor with an investor viewpoint

nice place thank you for sharing 

Dec 31, 2011 02:02 AM #16
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Jo: When I was still a student in Germany and moved out of my parents house (who could fulfill their live-long dream of owning a home only after the wall came down), I was immensely proud of my 300 square feet! It even had an open concept (probably because there was no room for walls ;-)! We Europeans take great pride in our surroundings, our homes - and it doesn't matter how big or small just as long as it is beautiful and comfortable - and ourselves. While not everybody is the "homey"-type of course, Europeans in general tend to make the best of what they have. You only have 300 square feet? Not a problem, it can still be a 10!

Dec 31, 2011 06:35 AM #17
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Jo - We can certainly take a page from our Scandinavian friends.  Condos in my city are being built smaller and smaller, so multi-purpose furniture is becoming a big seller.  For example, a coffee table that can be raised and made into a dining table.  Ingenious!  Hope you're having a great trip!

Dec 31, 2011 07:53 AM #18
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Love the small scale of the features of those sofa and it's so difficult to find here in the US.  I've gone into furniture stores and asked for apartments sized furnishings and the sales people usually just look at me with puzzles expressions.  Enjoy and share a lot more photos with us Jo. 

Dec 31, 2011 11:45 AM #19
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Jo: When you told me you were going to Scandinavia for Christmas holidays, I was jealous. Now I'm really jealous! Smart to blog while on vacation. The trip becomes (partially) deductable. I hope you have a wonderful trip and can't wait to hear about it when you get back.

Jan 01, 2012 03:10 AM #20
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

I'm not surprised to see so much white on the interior.  One of my design clients purchased a house from a Swedish couple - everything was WHITE!  I guess they were used to the longer, dark winters - is that it?  Enjoy!

Jan 02, 2012 08:24 AM #21
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