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Studio on the move: a flexible living area in an open plan apartment

The arena of fierce chess battles, series binging, novel devouring and dinner gobbling. Welcome to the hardworking heart of this family of four’s home: their ultra-flexible, configure-which-ever-way-you-please living area.

Two teens relaxing in a living area, with one sitting behind a birch veneer BORGEBY coffee table on a SÖDERHAMN 3-seat sofa.
    A close-up of the rounded edge of a birch veneer BORGEBY coffee table, with a vase on its surface.

      Putting the home in homework

      For two teens in the thick of high school, there’s always homework to be done. While they have their own desks, they like to mix things up and often end up in the living area, sitting on one of their modular sofas or spread out under a sunbeam on a storage bench with cushions. Floor lamps mean they always have a dedicated light source and chargers are at hand to keep their devices up and running - no excuses!

      A teen reading while lying on a PLATSA storage bench in front of a white BILLY bookcase, filled with books and a speaker.
        A close-up of the head and neck of a nickel-plated VIRRMO floor/reading lamp with a person reading under it.
        Four cushions, one with a KUSTFLY cushion cover, in assorted patterned and plain on a PLATSA storage bench against a window.
        Two grey-green metal REJSA boxes on a white shelf, holding small notebooks, cables and a polaroid photograph.
        A bamboo NORDMÄRKE wireless charging stand charging a mobile phone on a white surface with a small, pot plant to the left.

        A personal collection

        A truly practical, storage-centric home, their living area still feels inviting. Warm accents of green and soft textiles do the trick, but the gallery wall of art and photography adds an extra layer of intimacy.

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        A living area with a white BILLY bookcase holding books and a speaker, against a wall with framed prints and photographs.
          A close up of a Horizons BILD poster in a black RIBBA frame on a wall, surrounded by other framed prints.
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            A white PLATSA storage bench in front of two back-to-back white BILLY bookcases, holding books, a speaker and small boxes.
              You don’t need to have less stuff to create an organised living area - you just need to find a dedicated home for all your belongings.

              Annette YdholmInterior designer

              Oh so cosy

              Load up a tray with mugs of hot chocolate and bowls of snacks and find yourself a cushioned spot to lounge. Ah, now doesn’t that sound lovely?

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              From dinner to dealing

              A board game? A puzzle? Take your pick. This dining area can gear up for the family’s next board game tournament and the tray table holds all the essential drinks and snacks – easy to carry across to the kitchen when the fun and games are over.

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              A man sitting on an ash LISABO chair at a white DOCKSTA table, building a puzzle with a black GLADOM tray table to his right.
                A torso of a man holding the tray section of a black GLADOM tray table, filled with bowls and plates of snacks.
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                  A selection of plants in terracotta pots atop two beige KOLBJÖRN cabinets below a window.
                    An ash LISABO chair in front of a table draped in a tablecloth, with a handbag hanging off the back of the chair.

                      What are we watching tonight?

                      While being on an outdoor adventure tops their list of favourite activities, for this family, a movie night is a close second. Rugs and cushions up the cosiness, while their modular sofas make it a breeze to reconfigure the space for optimal viewing on their projector and are just as simple to move back when it’s time to call it a night.

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                      A living area with two adults on parallel SÖDERHAMN 3-seat sofas with a BORGEBY coffee table with snacks, drinks and candles.
                        A green KONSTFULL vase on a white shelf.
                        A black stained oak veneer FRÖSET easy chair on a dark green carpet.
                        A green, high pile VINDUM rug with a chair on a wooden floor.
                        A close up of a cushion in a grey/green JÄTTEPOPPEL cushion cover on a sofa.
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