IKEA Ideas - Scandi-inspired minimal living

A home for ‘hygge’

Let your living room be a hub for togetherness, inspired by the Danish art of ‘hygge’. Fiona and Bobby both run their own businesses, and their son Stanley (3) is about to start nursery. "We can be super busy during the daytime, working on projects for our company, Nor-Folk. Our VALLENTUNA sofa truly comes into its own in the evenings – it’s a welcoming spot that draws us together and invites us to unwind," says Fiona.

Embrace old and new

Minimalist decor needn’t be all brand new – combine it with vintage elements too. "Our dining table is actually a 1970s industrial table from the university where Bobby and I studied. It still has relics of old chewing gum underneath! But it means a lot to us to have it in our home," says Fiona. "It used to be painted white, but we’ve settled on black for now and added a new set of dining chairs."

Make room for less

Think about the kitchen, it’s full of stuff, essentials such as plates, cups, storage jars… "There are all sorts of things that get used every day, but we don’t want them on show. We love ‘less is more’, so hidden storage helps to make sure the kitchen and dining areas don’t look cluttered. That way, we can show off a few beautiful details instead," says Bobby. "It’s also a good thing that I’m the main cook of the house and happen to be the obsessively tidy one!"

Design a sociable workspace

What’s a home office if it doesn’t make you feel at home? "Over the years, we’ve come to realise that work and life have become one for us, but we’re cool with that," says Bobby. "We wanted our home office to feel like part of the living room, rather than separate from it. We used to have a single desk, but these desks have given us a much wider work area. They let us sit side by side while we work."

A wall for wellbeing

Let family memories and special moments take centre stage. "If we’ve got a stressful day ahead, we enjoy looking at our memory wall on the way downstairs in the morning. I’ve even got my wedding dress hanging up there. It gives the stairwell more meaning, as it’s a space that sometimes gets forgotten about," says Fiona.

IKEA Ideas - Scandi-inspired minimal living

Create a calming sleep zone.

Take a minimalist approach to decorating in the bedroom. "For us, comfort isn’t just physical or emotional, it’s visual too. We like to layer up things such as blankets and throws to make it look more comfortable, but we’re careful not to over-complicate anything," says Fiona.

Space for play.

Make it easy for kids to be curious and explore different ways of playing – role play, creativity, construction… "Most of the time, Stanley’s playroom looks like a toy explosion of train tracks and building blocks, but I’m OK with that. Play is important to us," says Fiona. "When it’s time to tidy up, there’s plenty of storage Stanley can manage himself. He knows how to put things away and which toys go into each box."

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