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Divide and conquer: privacy for all in a shared home

When the owner of this home retired, he decided to rent his second bedroom to a student lodger. A stylish and well-organised little house, he chose someone who shared his love of books and appreciation for privacy. Now they live together but quite separately, with well-selected storage making it all possible.

Two people playing cards on a black KRAGSTA coffee table with a gallery wall behind them with assorted framed BILD posters.
Two people playing cards on a black KRAGSTA coffee table with a gallery wall behind them with assorted framed BILD posters.

A personal library

A born collector with a penchant for organization, his living room houses so many of his favorite things. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases take care of his impressive library, framed prints and paintings line the walls and delicate pieces live behind the glass doors of display cabinets – protected yet on show.

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A living area with a set of 2 black KRAGSTA nest of tables in front of two black-brown BILLY bookcases filled with books.
    A living area with a black KRAGSTA coffee table and a grey/green/brown VISKAFORS sofa next to two RUDSTA cabinets.
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      A mix and match style

      The first thing new guests usually comment on is the home’s decor. Modern chairs find their home under a traditional table, with industrial-influenced lamps lighting the space. Patterns mix with plain textiles and glassware of all shapes and sizes live in harmony, creating a distinct, attractive look.

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      A lit SOLKLINT table lamp next to a clear glass/patterned KONSTFULL vase and a green-brown KONSTFULL vase on a white surface.
      Framed BILD posters on a wall above two anthracite RUDSTA glass-door cabinets filled with glassware with vases on top.
      A black/beige STRANDMON wing chair between an anthracite ARÖD floor/reading lamp and a dark grey-beige GLADOM tray table.
      A sofa with a cushion in a red-brown DYTÅG cushion cover and cushion in a deep green/floral pattern TUVSÄV cushion cover.
      A black SVARTNORA pendant lamp above a black INGATORP extendable table with a red ODGER chair and three BERGMUND chairs.
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        A bedroom for alone time

        His bedroom is his retreat with a personal desk with shelves above keeping his notes and journals organized. However, it’s his exquisitely dressed upholstered bed that takes center stage, framed by two glass-fronted cabinets, keeping his most valuable book collection safe from dust and damage.

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        An ODGER swivel chair in front of a grey-turquoise ALEX desk with a FORSÅ work lamp below a BERGSHULT/KROKSHULT wall shelf.
          A dark grey IDANÄS upholstered bed with a KÄRRDUNÖRT duvet cover with 2 pillowcases and two BILLY bookcases with glass doors.
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            The well-kept kitchen

            Both keen cooks who like to keep all their kitchen things separate, shelves, cupboard space, hooks and rails have all been split between the two of them. By carefully organizing the space, they still have just enough room for a 2-seat breakfast table - ideal for a quick bite over the Sunday crossword.

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            A person watering a plant in a BOYSENBÄR plant pot in a kitchen with black stained LERHYTTAN doors and drawer fronts.
              Kitchen cabinets with black stained LERHYTTAN doors behind an acacia NACKANÄS table and two NACKANÄS chairs.
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                A light green VALLASÅN bath towel on a hook near a light grey GODMORGON wash-stand with 2 drawers below a LINDBYN mirror.

                  Divided storage in the bathroom

                  One bathroom? No problem. A schedule means they never get in one another’s way and by dividing all the bathroom storage, they keep all their products perfectly separated and private.

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                  A storage-focused bedroom

                  In the second bedroom, furniture was chosen that offered up a lot of storage and fitted into a student budget. Here, he studies at his desk, while a cabinet with open and closed storage houses both books and clothes. As for the things he needs less often, they live neatly under his bed.

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                  A denim item of clothing hanging from a HÖGAFFEL wall hook which has been fixed to a light beige wall.
                  A white SKRUVSTA swivel chair and a white MICKE desk below LACK wall shelves holding books and white TJENA magazine files.
                  A person folding clothes on a bed with a black LINDBYN mirror and a white BRIMNES wardrobe with 2 doors behind them.
                  A bedroom with a white KALLAX shelving unit with white KALLAX inserts with 2 drawers with books on the shelves.
                  A person lying on a white BRIMNES bed with storage and headboard dressed in a VITKLÖVER duvet cover with 2 pillowcases.
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