Back when I was in college, I remember one of my professors going on a rant about how shops were employing the concept of "gallery presentation" to interest customers and boost sales. True, a bare white wall is certainly the most effective way to present artwork--but can it be applied to a comfortable, cozy home? It seems to be contradictory, doesn't it? At galleries, we maintain a respectful distance from the displays, observing from a few feet away--"Look, but don't touch." At home, we want to be able to lounge in sweatpants, spend an afternoon watching a crap movie like Center Stage on the Oxygen channel, and not worry if we got cookie crumbs all over the couch. However, Swedish interior decorators Staffan and Monique of Staffan Tollgard Design Group assures us that it is possible to have the best of both worlds: Check out their stylish yet sensible (and kid friendly) apartment...
The couple had floor-to-ceiling curtains made to not only separate the living room from the hallway, it also provides a softer look to the room and helps dampen any noise from the rest of the apartment.
The living room flows to the dining room which also flows into the...
One side of the dining area has streamlined cupboards that hide smaller appliances and provides storage.
The other side has a desk tucked in between two cupboards, creating a convenient office nook when needed. A chair can be pulled from the dining table when in use, or it can function as a handy side table for drinks when entertaining.
They created a visual link between the bedroom and bathroom by matching the bedding with what looks like a wall hanging in the bathroom (it's actually Marimekko fabric stretched over the cabinet front).
See even more photos (30+!) and get more details of Staffan and Monique's artsy apartment over at Living Etc.