This Sparse But Stylish Scandi-Inspired Home Is Proof of Just How Soothing Minimalism Can Be

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Name: Chloe Rey, husband, son, and baby on the way!
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I live with our 1-year-old son in a two-bedroom apartment in a historic 1920s building in our small city. My husband works as a web developer/designer and I am currently a full-time stay-at-home-mom with baby number two on the way. We lived in a studio and one-bedroom apartment within the same building and love the architecture so much that we’ve hopped around from unit to unit in the same building to suit our needs over the years.

Credit: Chloe Rey

When viewing this apartment, I saw the original fireplace and living room area and immediately knew that regardless of the rest of the space, we had to live here. We love the tall ceilings, wood floors, trees right outside our window, the open floor plan, and all the natural sunlight! It makes it difficult to ever want to purchase a home in the future⁠—this apartment ticks all the boxes for us!

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Bold, minimal, Scandinavian, vintage.

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What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the open living room into the dining room area. The space is huge and great for entertaining. Plus a fireplace mantel has always been something I’ve dreamed about styling in our home.

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Our new dining table! We had a small round one for our previous apartment and it didn’t fill the space well. I found our new IKEA table at a local thrift for crazy cheap and we’ve been loving all the additional seating.

Credit: Chloe Rey

Any advice for creating a home you love? Go slow! Find items from various stores and collect things you absolutely love over time. It’s wonderful to walk into a space and know that every single item has a story and is something you love to death rather than filling it with odds and ends.

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