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Time for something new

Having led a footloose and fancy-free life for a while, this mother and daughter wanted to make their latest move more intentional. Many mood boards, color swatches and budget spreadsheets later, here's where they've landed: in a cozy and curated farmhouse-style cottage, where the memories they've picked up along their many adventures are displayed for all to see.

A white country-style living area with two women behind a white BACKSÄLEN sofa that’s in front of a rug and two armchairs.
A white country-style living area with two women behind a white BACKSÄLEN sofa that’s in front of a rug and two armchairs.
A woman and a teenage girl sitting side by side in a bright room with white walls and a window behind them.
In this home, you'll find pieces that are built to last, often made from more sustainable materials - like wood - which just get better with age.

Hans BlomquistInterior designer

    Watch as this mother and daughter duo transform an empty, white house into a cozy and curated farmhouse-style cottage where the memories of their many adventures are displayed for all to see.

    Happy memories

    While they both relish a quiet moment of reading and writing, the colorful life they’ve lived is something they carry with them. Many objects and artworks (and books!) fill their home: souvenirs of the fascinating places and people they’ve crossed paths with along the way.

    A HEMNES desk with a vase of branches on top, against a white wall covered with pictures. A swivel chair is in front.
    The back of a beige AINA cushion on a cream sofa, showing two of the fastenings tied in bows.

    Permanent exhibition

    Glass-door cabinets are used to house all their books and some of their most precious finds. Not only is this a great way to showcase their collections, but they also keep delicate objects out of harm's way and everything free from dust.

    A black MILSBO cabinet with glass doors filled with an assortment of objects, in the corner of a bright living room.
    Two black HEMNES glass-door cabinets filled with books, in a country-style living room by two armchairs and a sofa.

    Where curation meets comfort

    This is an open home – and this open concept living room is proof! From book clubs to movie nights, all friends are welcome here. Just pop in for cheerful conversation or some popcorn, put your feet up and connect in comfort.

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    A white BACKSÄLEN sofa and two armchairs in a bright country-style living area with two women at the back of the room.
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    Get the look: tactile textures

    Rattan, bamboo, cotton and wood. Not only are these materials more sustainable, they bring notes of softness and warmth into a home, making it that much more welcoming.

    An oh-so-pinnable hallway

    The country charm of this home starts right at the front door, with hooks and shelves for clothing storage. Coats, hats, gloves and boots become part of the hallway's style, and are all within easy reach. They’re ready to grab and go so you’re out the door and on an adventure in seconds.

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    A white wood-panelled hallway with a row of hooks holding straw hats and baskets. A bench is below and a mirror beside it.
    The end of a white BERGSHULT/RAMSHULT wall shelf on a wood-panelled wall with a brown hat and a notebook on it.
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    A pine PERJOHAN stool on a brown rug in a sunny space beside a low shelf and in front of a black TOFTBYN mirror.
    An oak HÖVOLM rack with six knobs on a white wood-panelled wall holding bags, hats and scarves.

    Time to gather round

    A space (even just a small one) to catch up and connect over meals was a must-have for this little family. A round, extendable dining table softens the space, working just as well for game nights as it does for dinner parties. There's also a mix of old-school and modern styles in here: charming dinnerware is displayed on the walls, while a contemporary pendant lamp hangs over the table.

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    A BEGÄRLIG vase filled with water and branches on a shelf with other glasses and vases, in front of a wall with plates on it.
    A young woman holding a tray with plates and bowls on it beside a table and a NILSOVE rattan armchair.
    A white HAUGA cabinet with bi-fold glass doors in a white country-style room filled with objects, by a NILSOVE armchair.
    A pile of white UPPLAGA plates with two UPPLAGA bowls on top, along with several light brown napkins.
    A white table with a mix of rattan and wooden chairs around it, and with dinnerware and glasses on top in a white dining room.
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    It's all in the details

    Little touches make all the difference, so adding in some smaller black and white farmhouse-style pieces like monochromatic flatware and dinnerware, striped tea towels and traditional glassware can be a budget-friendly way to get started.

    A bright, white country-style kitchen and dining area, with white cabinets, a round table and decorative dried branches.

    For the love of slow food

    They've come a long way from their life on the go: these days, most of what they eat and drink has been made from scratch. From home-made lemonade to sourdough loaves, it all happens in their little kitchen.

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    A VARDAGEN beverage dispenser filled with lemon slices and herbs held in a stand on a white shelf, with a glass under the spout.
    Two black HULTARP rails on a white panelled wall, with utensils like a colander, grater and measuring cups hanging from the hooks.

    A little breathing space

    As much as they love time together, they enjoy their own space too. Both of their bedrooms reflect who they are while still fitting in snuggly with the fresh look and feel of the overall home.

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    A gray IDANÄS upholstered bed with a pendant lamp above it, in front of two white wardrobes with hanging clothes on show.
    A young woman sitting on an ÖRFJÄLL chair at a desk under a SMÅSTAD loft bed. Boxes are stored on shelves in the bed frame.
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    A rustic wooden table top with dried flowers, photographs, straw, fabric, and a wooden spoon, fork and cutting board on top.

    Leaning into the modern farmhouse look

    Modern farmhouse beautifully combines contemporary design with country-inspired living. IKEA interior designer Hans Blomquist has some fantastic advice on achieving this look in your own home, even on a budget.

    See how to create the farmhouse style

    A sanctuary for two

    So a paperback (or two) may have been dropped in this bathroom's glorious vintage tub. But who could resist an afternoon soak in a bathroom as enchanting as this? With its neatly folded stacks of fresh towels, handmade soaps and scented candles, this part of the house always has a spa-like vibe.

    A HEMNES/RÄTTIVIKEN cabinet with sink in a sunny white country-style bathroom with a mirrored door cabinet above.
    Two seagrass LURPASSA boxes by a vase on top of a HEMNES high cabinet. One box is open with a necklace hanging out.
    The corner of a white bathroom with a HEMNES wall shelf on one wall. Toiletries and bathroom accessories are on the shelves.
    A pile of dark and light gray towels on the side of a black roll-top bath with gold-colored feet, with a beige shower curtain.
    The SKISSEN  three-piece glass bathroom set on the side of a sink, holding a nail brush, toothbrushes and liquid soap.

    Bath time bliss

    Is a wonderfully organized space what you need to feel most at peace? Maybe a snuggly robe to wrap around yourself when you've stepped out of a bubble bath does the trick. Take a peek and find what hits your relaxation spot!

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