Minimalism, they say, ‘ is not the lack of something, but the perfect amount of something.’ Even so, it requires a magic touch to evoke that warm and inviting touch.  And the answer is often found in texture. In this lovely Gothenburg apartment, furniture has been kept to a minimum, and a vintage shag pile rug, creased linens, and gracefully aged wood (including a dining table with all it’s wonderful nicks and scratches) add just the right amount of warmth. Combine this with a calm grey, black and white palette with light brown and green accents,  and the result is a wonderful little oasis from the hustle and bustle of the busy street life below. Could you imagine padding around here?

Credits: photography: Anders Bergstedt. For sale through Entrance.  

 …. I certainly could, it looks so peaceful!

A quick guide to some of the items: sitting room – source a beni ourain rug here, dark pink and white linen by the metre. This wall lamp is similar. Kitchen –  ant chairs, side cabinet from IKEA. Bedroom – light blue linen duvet cover and pillow cases.

I’m often asked how Swedes can sleep when the curtains are either non-existent or of the sheer variety – but look closely and you’ll see tightly rolled black out blinds waiting to be unleashed (as seen in the sitting room here) or blinds between white window panes (we had these in our last apartment). Swedes may love natural light, but they also love their slumber! 

Before I head off for the day,  I thought you might like this little round-up of mid-week link love:

Design mistakes almost everyone makes…

A vintage dining setting against a giant cheese plant!

Ways to fold a napkin.

A pretty easter DIY idea.

Natural shade.

Pella Hedeby’s seasonal bedroom update.

Have a lovely day!

PS heads up – it’s the final day to take advantage of a 15% discount off a timepiece at Abbott & Mosley – simply use the code ‘mshspring15’ at check-out!