This Interior Stylist’s Small Stockholm Apartment Has Gorgeous Wallpaper and a Commode in the Hallway (Really!)

published Dec 2, 2019

This Interior Stylist’s Small Stockholm Apartment Has Gorgeous Wallpaper and a Commode in the Hallway (Really!)

published Dec 2, 2019
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Name: Michaela Grut, my kids Gustav and Andrea
Location: Lidingö, Stockholm, Sweden
Size: 645 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Last year, interior stylist, artist, and vintage furniture-lover Michaela Grut showed us inside the large, bright Stockholm home she had decorated gorgeously. She’s since moved into a new space, one that’s considerably smaller than her previous space. But, thanks to her interior design and artistic skills, it’s still as lovely. In fact, the smaller sized home she shares with her kids has condensed her style into a potent mix of warm colors, tactile textures, and the beautiful art she makes (and sells). It’s the perfect place to relax and create in.

“I love the old architectural charm; I kept all those original details in the apartment and renovated it carefully,” explains Michaela. “I really love to be at home; I spend my time here creating art for my business, hanging out with my kids, or just taking it easy watching a movie on my laptop.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic vintage

Inspiration: I find inspiration in Instagram, Pinterest, magazines, fashion, old buildings in the country side, new buildings, other artists, flea markets. The list is long!

Favorite Element: Probably the commode that I use as hallway furniture. I bought at an auction, and I dream about placing it in a big bathroom one day, and to use it for what it was actually made for.  

Biggest Challenge: The apartment is quite small, smaller than I planned for, but I just fell completely in love with it. So I embraced the fact that it was small and used faded and warm colors to make it feel cozy rather than trying to make it look bigger.

Proudest DIY: I have to say all my art. I have always created my own art; I think it’s hard to find unique and personal pieces that are not too pricey. That is also why I sell my art: to make unique art affordable for more people.

Biggest Indulgence: I collect vases. I have way too many of the but I love them all.

Best Advice: Don’t be afraid to use colors! They don’t have to be very bright; use faded colors. It’s a really effective and soft way to make a space feel welcoming and warm without it screaming color!

What’s your best home secret? Clean out every once in a while; get rid of clothes or things you don’t use. It makes you feel better and also, you get an overlook on everything you actually have! I have a rule: just buy/keep things that I’m truly in love with.






  • Wall colour “Linblå” — Jotun
  • Head board Sika design — Solhem Inredning
  • Bedside table — Inherited from my aunt
  • Bedside table lamp — Bukowskis


  • Wallpaper “Lilja” — Midbec
  • Bunk bed — My own design, painted in “Guldlock” from Jotun lady
  • Lamp I ceiling — “Mini cobbler” from Ellos

Thanks, Michaela!

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