I don't know how Scandinavia became the design capital of the world, but it is, and for proof of this one need only peruse their real estate listings. I've looked at a lot of real estate listings in New York, and most of them are drab affairs, apartments that are completely empty, or else staged with estate-sale reject furniture. Every Scandinavian real estate listing, on the other hand, looks like a design blogger lives there.
And that's not even taking into account the apartments themselves — beautiful, soaring spaces with huge windows, intricate moldings, gorgeous wood floors, and the most delicious kitchens. While browsing Swedish real estate site Nooks, I was convinced that the whole New York thing is a mistake, and I need to move to Stockholm immediately. After you see these apartments, you may be too.
This place has built-in bookcases and beautiful tall ceilings — cozy but bright. And that kitchen! Who could've imagined that sea-foam and gold together would look so good?
Light floors, tall ceilings and bright white walls give this apartment a particularly airy aspect: the space is furnished very minimally and the furniture that is there almost seems to float.
This apartment has it all: tall ceilings, enormous windows with views overlooking the city, and a little balcony for eating outdoors when the weather permits. Plus, there's a little windowed nook in the bedroom that's just big enough for a sofa — perfect for curling up with a book on a cold winter day.
And finally there's this dreamy space, with a gorgeous marble kitchen and a tiled stove painted a particularly dreamy shade of Tiffany blue. I imagine that having a beautiful, open living room like that could make even the dreariest Scandinavian winter manageable.
Re-edited from a post originally published 8.23.2016 - TW