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Moving to a new home for a fresh start

Life hands us lots of surprises and sometimes we end up someplace unexpected. Like on our own in a new, smaller home. Though unforeseen, they can be really exciting moments for change and stylish upgrades. Here’s how you can make the most out of your move into a new life situation.
Make the most out of your move into a new smaller home.
Moving into a smaller home doesn't have to mean sacrificing work space.
While smaller homes have coziness in spades, they often times don’t have the extra rooms we see as luxuries. Even if you moved into a home without room for a home office, you can still create a fully functional work space in other places. The living room is the perfect spot to go multi-functional. The back of the sofa, which may seem like a bit of a dead zone, is just right for a desk or a table. Add a chair and a desk lamp, and rely on interior storage space to keep smaller items hidden away (to minimize the clutter in the room). And don’t forget a large rug to help define the work area.
Moving into a smaller home can be tricky when you have necessities you need to hold on to. In your new home you may have less space, but that doesn’t mean you have less stuff. Look to your walls for some help. Floor-to-ceiling shelving can hold everything from collectibles to books and work necessities. By combining closed and open storage you can pick and choose what you want to hide away or show off. As a bonus, you can even build out and adapt this storage unit over time, as your needs change.
Your move might cost you storage space, so why not built upwards?
Moving doesn't mean starting fresh. Utilize old pieces with your new space.
Whether you’re having guests over for a home cooked meal or are catching up on a few phone calls for work, the dining space should be comfortable, spacious, and multi-functional. But most of all, you want every part of your new home to feel like you. So forget all about starting totally fresh with your move, mix up your newer pieces with older favourites for a warm, personal vibe.
When you’re starting anew moving into a smaller home, it’s important to have a cozy, comforting bedroom to recharge in. Moving into a smaller home doesn't mean you have to sacrifice on comfort. Consider softer, lighter colours such as a greyish green or a neutral grey. They’ll warm up the space while giving the room an airy feel, which is key when decorating a more intimate space. Then add a few bedside lamps; we chose one direct light for reading and one with a shade that creates a warm glow. Coordinate with textiles in a similar colour scheme, and things will feel nice and relaxed.
The first thing to setup upon move-in is a cozy and inviting bed.
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Interior designer: Marianne Eriksson
Photographer: Daniel Wester
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson