Category Archives: Rooms

Sept/Oct 2011 |

Sept/Oct 2011 |




I’m excited to stay here for part of my time in Stockholm!


A lovely suite for travellers looking for something extra, while visiting Stockholm.

*581 square feet/54 m2
*1 Jensen King bed
(71” x 79”/180cm x 200cm)
*Working space
*Free WiFi
*LCD 42’ TV in livingroom
*LCD 42’ TV in bedroom
*LCD 17’ TV in bathroom
*Separate living room with sofa bed
*Two balconies
*Quiet location on the 5th floor facing street
*Lots of daylight (during summer)
*Amenities from FACE Stockholm
*Breakfast buffet


Riddargatan 6
114 35 Stockholm

Boston Bay Village Bath

When asked what to do about a dark, fairly small, subterranean city bathroom I though immediately go light and go large! This meant large scale porcelain tile for the walls and floors in white and cream. With the accents of watery blue and dark wood, this space is now rich and inviting.


Your First Apartment: Office

Whether you are starting college for the first time, transitioning to a Masters or Ph.D program, or starting a new job, office space is important. A separate, organized place to study and work will make you more productive. A lot of apartments are small, and would not accommodate a full-room office. However, get the furniture and organizational items you need, and you’ll be all set.


Pratt Desk (in a walnut & white finish) from West Elm

(This option is sleek and durable. The slender design takes up less visual space than something big and chunky.)

A similar, yet less expensive option would be…

The VIKA AMON/VIKA LERBERG combination from IKEA



You want to invest in a chair that is comfortable for you to sit in for hours on end. While studying in bed may sound cozy, you will fall asleep.

May I suggest…

The Markus swivel Chair from IKEA


Coordinating Storage

“A place for everything and everything in its place” really is good advice. You will lose papers and books less often, and consequently lose your mind less often if this is your rule. There are tons of storage options, so chose what works best for you. Here are some thoughts.


Desktop Storage

Dokument Letter Tray from IKEA

(For next weeks homework assignment and bills due by the end of the month.)

Dokument Pencil Cups from IKEA

Dokument Magazine Files from IKEA


Books and Things

While big shelving units may be enticing, remember that college and many other new living situations may be temporary. Also, cheap, particleboard shelving from Wal-Mart or Target is just that….cheap. (AKA lots of books may break it.) So weigh your needs with your budget. Here are some durable and affordable options.

Lerberg Shelf Unit from IKEA (made of metal)

Coop Tower from CB2

The Expedit Bookcase from IKEA

(Yes this is made of particleboard, but I have found that it is more durable than similar products from the competition. It is great also because it can be placed as shown or on it’s side. It’s a great flexible option and holds a ton of stuff.)



Good lighting is absolutely essential. Period. This is especially an issue in poorly-lit apartments. Even if the overhead fixture is old and dated, add good layers of decorative and workspace lighting, and you won’t even have to worry about it.

Crane Grellow Desk Lamp from CB2

(This lamp uses LED bulbs. This means the lamp won’t get hot causing you to heat up after hours of studying. Also, the bulb is only 1 watt — it will hardly affect your electricity bill.)

VÄTE Table lamp from IKEA

(A fun lamp like this on a side table will add a nice warm glow to your space in addition to workspace lighting.)

LACK Clamp Bookcase Lighting from IKEA

(Lighting shelving units adds all the difference in both appearance and function.)


Living Things

Please don’t forget to put something living in your study space. A room always feels better when the outdoors are brought in, and what a great way to clean the air and liven your spirits.

Plants don’t need to be expensive. Simply read care instructions and determine what plant(s) would be best in your environment.


*REMEMBER: Make your office or study space creative and fun. You don’t want to study in a dark cave, and you want to be able to find things efficiently. I promise the more time and money  you invest (within your budget) the better you will be able to work in your space.

Your First Apartment: Bedroom

Many of you may be heading off to college, or starting a new job in a new place, and you are finally going to be able to furnish your own space. How exciting!

Here are some ideas… that won’t break the bank.

Coordinate furnishings for a more cohesive look.

(AKA it’ll look less college-y.)

For a modern yet sophisticated look, try the Engan Series from IKEA. This series has a beautiful walnut veneer finish which both looks great, but many other furnishings come in this finish, making it easy to coordinate with. Options like these are also lightweight and relatively easy to move when the time comes.

(Side note…storage, storage, storage! Closets are ALWAYS too small.)


Don’t forget about the FLOR.

First (or even second, third & fourth) apartments don’t always have the greatest existing floors. This would noticeably be an issue in a bedroom. So, for a relatively inexpensive, portable, and extremely varied solution, try FLOR carpet tiles.

Faux Bois – Bisque/Raincloud

(Why not try a fun pattern like this woodgrain look?)

Flor is easy to install, easy to take with you when you move, and when you’re done with them, easy to recycle.


Make a statement with your bedding.

Grey Gardens series from CB2

(Even if you keep the duvet color neutral, try a fun pattern.)


Spice things up with fun pillows and throws.

Felicia green-yellow throw from IKEA

KAJSA TRÄD cushion cover from IKEA

(To be used with this cushion insert.)

Rain 20″ pillow from CB2

Stardust green pillow from CB2


(I suggest getting your sheets, sleeping pillows, duvet inserts, & mattresses from IKEA. They have the best prices and the most options. Discount stores like Marshall’s & Home Goods also have great finds in this department.)



Have an extra chair in your room for a guest, for reading, or for piling laundry when you are in a hurry. Make it fun, stylish, and quirky.

Hatfield Grellow Rocker from CB2

Some extra storage.

Remember when I said storage, storage, storage? Here are some ideas.

Slat Rack from CB2

(For towels, magazines, jeans, extra blankets, etc.)

SKÄR hat rack from IKEA

(For extra hanging storage with a shelf)

BLECKA Hooks from IKEA

(Make the wall space of that small closet useful.)

LINGO Boxes from IKEA

(They fit under the bed, and stack well in that top shelf of the closet.)

*REMEMBER: Buy furnishings that are portable and affordable. However, do not sacrifice quality for a good price. Evaluate your budget and spend what you can so you that what you buy isn’t falling apart by Christmas break.

My living room needed a painting

…so this was my Sunday afternoon activity.

Marcus Hamblin

Dwell Studio Bedding…Yum!


Fabulous Duvet Sets






Foyers…Wasted Space?

I just moved into a new apartment in Boston. I am also on an unemployed student budget. This new apartment is quite large, and when you walk in it has a great foyer space. However, I just don’t have the furniture to fill it up and make it everything it should be. So…

I bought 2 quarts of brightly colored paint, gathered some of my current like-styled accessories, got some old to-be-discarded frames, and went to work. The result gives the space a sense of whimsy and charm, all on a budget.

Sitting Outdoors 2010

Some great new pieces for your outdoor room.

AMMERÖ Chair from IKEA


VINÖ Chair from IKEA


Tillary Outdoor Lounge Chair from West Elm


Wood-Slat Stackable Chair from West Elm


Swell Chair from CB2


Just some Room and Boardness

I just need to post some classic, modern spaces from Room and Board this morning.

(My child’s nursery will have George Nelson and Eames.)

*Sigh*…okay. I feel better now.

Room and Board, as you can see, specializes in classically styled, modern furniture.

They work with Herman Miller to provide many “Modern Classics” by Charles & Ray Eames, Hans J. Wegner, Isamu Noguchi, and many others.