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Abundance on a budget: a multigenerational home for food lovers

What makes a home? Ask any one of the three generations living here and they’ll all agree: it’s where family, good food and good times come together. You’ll find plenty of each in their inspiring apartment, furnished with simple yet functional basics at a surprisingly low price.

An all-smiles family sitting on brown-black STEFAN chairs around two white MELLTORP tables in a black-and-white dining area.
An all-smiles family sitting on brown-black STEFAN chairs around two white MELLTORP tables in a black-and-white dining area.

Home-cooked wins, hands down

Restaurant dinners and take-outs are expensive for a family of five – not that these ardent foodies mind. Their favorite place in town is their very own kitchen, where the ingredients and utensils for a feast are always in good supply. On tonight’s à la carte menu? Grandpa’s famous bolognese!

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A kitchen with white SEKTION base cabinets, an EKBACKEN countertop, a MOTSVARIG range with gas cooktop, and dark wood floor.
A bottle of SMAKRIK rapeseed oil on a sunlit worktop laden with cooked food, some of it portioned into IKEA 365+ containers.
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    Recipe of the day: a warm and inviting multigenerational home, pulled together for less than you’d think. Who’s hungry?

    A black-and-white dining area, two white MELLTORP tables, brown-black STEFAN chairs, white wall tiles and a dark-wood floor.

    Big gatherings on a budget

    This great value dining space can fit the whole family and then some: push together two MELLTORP tables, add in eight STEFAN chairs, and finish off with two SKURUP pendant lamps.

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    Together and apart

    Meals as a family are mandatory, but the gap between breakfast and dinner sees everyone jet off to do their own thing. Giving each person their own space and time, after all, is the secret to harmonious living. Most of the time, at least! A versatile living room like their one also helps, divided for different activities at the same time. Dad strums over here, grandma streams over there. Everyone's happy.

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    A sunlit room in a black-and-white color scheme with black and white LACK nesting tables and a dark-gray SÖDERHAMN sofa.
    A section of a room with patterned wallpaper, floor in dark wood and a guitar leaning on a black chair.
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    Information about creating a bold, black and white home on a budget.

    Black and white... and anything but boring

    A bold, show-stopping home doesn’t have to break the bank. Interior designer Mia Gustafsson shares how you can take black and white staples, and layer in plenty of warmth and personality.

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    Part hallway, part closet, part hockey rink!

    In a house with so much going on at any one time, finding enough space to store three generations of stuff can be a challenge. This longer hallway handles all the overflow, with storage in all shapes and sizes to wrangle shoes, coats, cleaning supplies and sports gear.

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    A boy and an old man play with clubs and a ball in a long narrow hallway lined with storage units, like black PINNIG benches.
    Various outdoor items held by black ENERYDA knobs on a white-stain LURT rack mounted on a black-and-white-striped wall.
    On a broad-striped black-and-white wall hang various items, some from black ENERYDA knobs on a white-stained LURT rack.
    A section of a black-and-white-striped hallway with white BISSA shoe cabinets and a black-brown RAKKESTAD wardrobe.
    A broad-striped, black-and-white wall section with a flute placed across three miniature-chair-shaped, black FJANTIG hooks.
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    Making the most of every cent and cubic foot

    Without much room to spare, this bedroom has clever solutions packed into every nook and cranny. In here you’ll find a bed that doubles as a chest of drawers, a full-height storage unit with curtains instead of doors, and a compact vanity created from a simple floating shelf, with just enough space below to tuck away a stool.

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    A bedroom with a black BRIMNES bed with storage, made with chequered VITKLÖVER bed linen.
    Parted, broad-striped, black-and-white SOFIA fabric hung as curtains in front of a wall-mounted, white BOAXEL combination.
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    A bedside area with a black-brown LACK shelf acting as bedside table, a black DALFRED bar stool.
    A white SYVDE glass-door cabinet filled with storage and decorations stands close to a bed made with VITKLÖVER bed linen.

    Must love soccer

    Even when he’s not out on the field, this little guy’s passion for the beautiful game is clear to see. And, as luck would have it, soccer balls are right at home with the apartment’s black and white style. His desk and toy storage were picked with the long-term in mind, designed for easy adjusting and extending as he grows.

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    A black-and-white room where a young boy leans back into the bottom bunk of a MYDAL bunk bed, surrounded by various toys.
    A TROFAST unit with orange storage boxes contrasts against a room set in an entirely black-and-white color scheme.
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    A boy sitting on a VALFRED/SIBBEN children's desk chair, at a white PÅHL desk with a white KRUX work lamp on it.
    A boy lying on his stomach peeks out of a children's tent, elbows resting on a gray HEMMAHOS rug.

    A story of two lives well-lived

    Grandma and grandpa’s room shows just how personal a small space can be, with books, clothes and souvenirs from many decades added to their simple furnishings. And while they love that their whole family is under one roof, having their own little room for resting and relaxing is such a boon.

    A child playfully dons a hat in a room furnished with a black-brown RAKKESTAD wardrobe and a light-gray LINNEBÄCK easy chair.
    A wall section with necklaces, bracelets and other decorative items hang from a black PINNIG three-hook rack.
    A corner of a room with a black NISSEDAL mirror and a wall-mounted, black SKURUP lamp amid various decorative items.
    A hanging, naked light bulb casts light on a bed, and a black KNARREVIK nightstand piled high with stacks of books.
    Two KULLEN 5-drawer chests with the top filled with decorative objects. Dark, wall-mounted shelves above.
    A light-gray SLATTUM upholstered bed made with SPIKVALLMO bed linen and lit by double, dark-gray HEKTAR spotlights.

    More snoozing, less spending

    Nope, you’re not dreaming! Creating this cozy nest with a SLATTUM upholstered bed frame, SPIKVALLMO duvet cover and pillowcase set, plus two HEKTAR wall/clamp spotlights.

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