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Isn’t this gorgeous? A one bedroom apartment in Sweden, £172,000…think it might be sold now…

swedish room

What is so gorgeous about it though? Is it the fascinating, gauzy pendent lamp? The period windows and radiator? I thought I would take a second to try and analyse it…

dining

Is it just ‘being Swedish’ that makes it so lovely?

I don’t think so, you just need to watch Wallander for 20 minutes to realise that there are horrible homes in Sweden – where the gruesome murderers live with their slightly odd partners… (well they’re not going to have lovely chairs and sheepskin rugs are they?)

I have to admit it is achingly beautifully photographed and styled…

bedroom

basin and tumbler 2

I cannot quite imagine our local estate agent, lovely though he is (hello David!) placing twigs and blossom in a tumbler of water and popping it, oh so prettily on a wash hand basin… Who, exactly, is doing that?

outdoor seating

And look at the shared terrace – how organised is that? Some neighbourhood watch scheme they’ve got!

deli

The whole area looks heavenly – stuffed with speciality food shops and trams that don’t look like they are just about to have a terrible accident with a cyclist because no-one had really thought it through (Grrrr, sorry, don’t mean to get controversial about Edinburgh trams!)

tram

I think it is the owners complete and utter commitment to making everything lovely. The thoughtful artworks…

Artworks

The pretty kitchen tiling…

kitchen

Lessons to be learnt by us all from this apartment: town planners – outside spaces please; shoppers – spend time as well as money and last, but definitely not least – buy art, frame it and hang it on the wall!

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