A Fuss-Free White Home

A Fuss-Free White Home

Grace Shu
Sep 8, 2009

Okay, so usually when we feature white interiors, the general consensus is something like, "Oh that's nice--but sooooo not manageable in my home!" Hey, we feel the same way: As practitioners of the "clean enough" philosophy, an all-white space is something to look at, not really live in. But this home, recently featured in Sköna Hem, has us rethinking that idea...

We think the appeal of this home isn't so much the stark-white cleanliness as it is the style: It feels warm and familiar but with elements of surprise and playfulness. Like many of our own homes, there's a mix of furniture that appears to have been gleaned over the years from parents' basements, mainstream stores, flea markets, and yes, even Ikea.

This two-story home is both rustic and industrial, thanks to the loft-like construction paired with gorgeous white planks lining the ceiling. The open space below is sectioned off into different areas. But to get to the ground floor, there's this option:

Or you can take the winding stairs:

In front of the stairs is a casual eating area with a corner banquette seating. The quaint navy and white plaid cushions with the vintage file cabinet softens the industrial quality of the stairs.

Above the cabinet: A clothesline just for photos, keepsakes, and drawings. It adds a personal touch to...well, we're not quite sure what that silver thing is.

The den area is located on the opposite end of the kitchen. With the denim sofa anchoring the area, the white armchairs and footstools still offer flexible seating arrangements. All the sofas here use tailored slipcovers--easy to throw in the washing machine!

Detail of the cookbook area in the kitchen on the left. On the right: The red and white playroom, complete with a swing. Not sure if it's visible in the photo, but the back wall is actually wallpapered with a subtle rose pattern--a nice juxtaposition with the geometry of the ceiling.

Check out more photos of this home at Sköna Hem.

(Photos: Sköna Hem)

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