A Home That Proves the Swedes Have Perfected the Lived-In Look 

While city life is brimming with culture, great food, and even better shopping, the small living spaces it often involves can be a challenge. This is the predicament Swedish homeowner Cecilia Granberg had when she settled into her size-challenged apartment.

"The biggest challenge for me was to move to a smaller apartment without compromising on comfort," she told MyDomaine. "I still wanted to keep the practical elements (the dishwasher, ample storage, and a large fridge) while maintaining the open-plan design and keep the bedroom separate."

But what the space lacks in size it makes up for in style. Built in 1929, the abode has impressive bones, from architectural detailing to high ceilings and a stunning herringbone parquet floor that's flooded with natural light. "My hope was that the previously dark and boring apartment would become a home I love to be in, alone and with friends," she said. We think she nailed the brief.