Inside a Bright, Pattern-Packed Apartment

Sacha Strebe

While the Swedes are renowned for their minimalistic homes, that doesn't mean they shy away from pattern and color. So when Tove Fogelström bought this 1950s apartment in an old-school building, she wanted to inject her signature style—"robust and colorful with a touch of Nordic emptiness." The challenge was in getting the mix just right. "I think the colors are the trickiest part," she told MyDomaine. "I keep changing my mind and repainting parts of the apartment, buying new curtains and experimenting with cushions."

To ensure the look came out chic rather than chaotic, Fogelström chose solid materials like cork for the main table and concrete for the kitchen countertop. These sturdy choices were also part of the family-friendly design. "We needed a place to live where our two toddlers can feel free to play, but I also wanted there to be beautiful things to look at," she explained. "Storage is crucial, as well as enduring materials." We love the mismatched chairs in the dining room too. 

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