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This traditional kitchen is full of countryside charm

The appeal of life beyond the city is the slowness. The simplicity. The proximity to nature. Here’s an open plan kitchen and dining area that brings the best of the countryside to life, with traditional details and a large farmhouse-style table, plus charming nooks for playing, growing and reading.

A red-tiled kitchen with white wall cabinets, white marble effect worktop, grey base cabinets and a white kitchen island.
A red-tiled kitchen with white wall cabinets, white marble effect worktop, grey base cabinets and a white kitchen island.
An EKBACKEN white-marble-effect worktop with METOD cabinets and MAXIMERA interiors in a red-tiled kitchen.
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Mia GustafssonInterior designer

The land of plenty

“Abundant” is a word that sums up this family kitchen well. Its worktops, walls, cabinets and drawers are all generously stocked with everything from saucepans and measuring spoons to homemade preserves. It’s the kind of kitchen where something delicious is bound to be bubbling away or baking at any time of day. On today’s menu, for instance? Freshly baked apple cake!

A red-tiled kitchen with grey base cabinets, white wall cabinets, white worktop, and a white island with a wooden worktop.
A worktop in a red-tiled kitchen where a freshly baked pie in a grey HEMMABAK springform rests on red HILDEGUN pot holders.
Pickles and preserves in various KORKEN and VARDAGEN jars, on a white marble effect worktop in a kitchen with red wall tiles.
Multiple utensils hanging from black HULTARP rails in a red-tiled kitchen with a white marble-effect worktop and grey fronts.
VARDAGEN measuring cups and multiple other utensils hang from a black HULTARP rail on the red-tiled wall of a kitchen.

For everything and everyone

They say food is what brings people together, but the open plan layout of this kitchen and dining area certainly helps! While a meal is being prepared, the rest of the family can still be close by: playing or working at the dining table or settling for a good read in one of the room’s two comfy armchairs.

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A wide, doorless opening connects a living room to a dining room with a grey-brown KLIMPFJÄLL dining table.
A living-room reading corner with a yellow STRANDMON wing chair and a grey STRANDMON children’s armchair.
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Four family members in a dining area. One child sits on a GRÅVAL birch highchair standing next to a black AGAM junior chair.
A section of a white wall with a GULLHULT wall shelf sharing space with art and a black STURSK wall clock.
A tabletop with a cluster of tulips set in a BEGÄRLIG clear-glass vase, standing next to shoots set in soil in a white bowl.
A corner of a wooden-floor dining room with a grey HAUGA sideboard covered in decorations and dining accessories.
A dining area where a man sits on a beige-white MULLFJÄLLET conference chair next to a dining table, his daughter in his lap.

Storage where you least expect it

You don’t have to look far in this kitchen and dining area for clever ideas that make life a little easier. In this fluid space where different activities come and go, furniture with built-in storage makes the transition from one to the next a lot less time-consuming.

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A young child stands on his knees on a PERJOHAN pine bench with storage, his elbows on a grey-brown KLIMPFJÄLL dining table.
A FLISAT children’s table, insets off, revealing compartments with MÅLA mixed colours and cardboard-town templates inside.
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The great indoors

Even if you don’t have a meadow or a forest on your doorstep, you can still take a leaf out of this home’s book by adding in plants and greenery aplenty. A sunny windowsill and plant stand are happy homes for this family’s collection of pot plants and cuttings.

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A BERÄKNA glass vase with a single stalk in it stands in a window. A MORGONTIDIG glass dome covers a similar vase next to it.
A pine-and-black VANILJSTÅNG plant stand beneath a window holds gardening accessories and several sprouting plant pots.
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