A Small Renovated Copenhagen Home Is Super Organized, Thanks to IKEA Hacks and DIYs

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Name: Caroline Sølver, and my partner who’s in Copenhagen part time; he’s from NYC and we own a cafe in Brooklyn that he manages day to day.
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I bought the apartment three years ago. The person who had lived there before turned the apartment into a mess—they’d often have bonfires inside the apartment as a way to cook food and heat up the place. It took blood, sweat, and tears to turn it into what it is today. I am so proud of how far I’ve come—I did the whole renovation myself and with help from friends and family.

My boyfriend and I

The space and decoration is very personal to me—I managed and planned everything. I am a born and bred Copenhagen girl, I do freelance marketing and communications for fashion brands, but I’m also a guidebook author, lifestyle blogger, and a journalist for multiple publications.

Living room with paintings and posters sourced around the world

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Fun, personal, feminine, light, Scandinavian

What is your favorite room and why? The whole apartment is almost like one room. Very minimalist and small but still spacious! I’ve made sure everything is smart and organized—by building a bench for my dining table that doubles as a dresser for storage and a bed that is built on top of drawers where I keep sheets and towels.

Everything is planned out in order to fit the space perfectly and allowing me to organize.

My very organized linen drawers under my bed—an IKEA hack I came up with.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A new kitchen from IKEA that I toned up with cute knobs and other details! I also got this pink SMEG kettle. And I found a gorgeous painting of pink flowers at my grandmother’s house that I took home. My home is an eclectic mix of old and new.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Make it yours—and take time to figure out the space and how you want it to be. Make it fit your everyday lifestyle and make it a place where you can wind down and feel truly at home. I also love organizing and giving every item a “home,” so I know where everything goes. Organizing is key when living in a small home.

My published Berlin guidebook

This submission’s responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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