“When I moved into my small apartment with my piano and vast record collection, I wondered how I would fit it all in. Thankfully, all it took was some time and imagination. A busy mind doesn’t have to mean a messy home, and this little space holding my life and work is proof of this!”

My living area isn't the usual crash-on-the-couch-after-work experience

“This is where I work. Sometimes I get so deep into my flow that I work far later than I should. In my quest to get closer to that elusive work-life balance, I've programmed my lights to dim at the end of the workday – a subtle (but effective!) reminder that it's time to step away from the piano and into the evening.”
 
“Music lies at the centre of my home – whether I'm making it, picking out a record, or playing my new favourite song with just the touch of a button.”

Never underestimate the power of a small kitchen

“While I would never say no to an evening spent exploring the city, so many of my favourite nights have been in my little kitchen. It’s true! Because I don’t have a dining room, I’ve added seating in here, inadvertently turning my kitchen into my home’s social hub. In fact, many of my musical collabs have begun right here – drummed out on the worktop.”
 

There's a deceiving amount of closed storage in here

“I thought I’d have to trim down my appliance collection, but I’ve found a convenient spot for everything. It also means everything always looks tidy with minimal effort – super convenient! My two little spice racks are the only exposed storage, giving me easy access to all my favourite flavours and aromas.”
 

I often find it tricky to switch off at night

“Maybe it’s because I work from home – maybe it’s the nature of my career. But since installing my smart, block-out blinds my sleep has changed, all for the better. They don’t just block out any glare from outside, they also open on their own in the morning, so I don't have to set an alarm. The magic of technology!”
 

Can we have a moment for my adorable sink?

“It might be small, but it has just enough space below to fit my footstool when I'm not using it to grab a nail file from a top shelf of my cabinet. And in case you hadn’t noticed, smart light bulbs are my new best friend. Now the lighting in here is always perfect – whether I'm winding down or glamming up.”
 

Last minute lipstick check in the mirror and off I go!

“In my heart of hearts, I’m a full-blown maximalist. Thanks to these tall cabinets, my hallway is now a well-utilised home for all the things I've held onto, like my coveted handbag collection. Night on the town, here I come.”
 

Do you love your things but are short on space?

IKEA interior designer Joseph Abbott has some marvellous tips for how you can hold onto all the things that bring you joy by taking full advantage of open, closed and hidden storage – even in a small space.
 
Take a look at how this music composer fits her lively, layered life into a tiny apartment, without having to cut back on all the objects that bring her joy.

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LURÖY

slatted bed base, 80x200 cm

20 €

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STOCKHOLM

mirror, 80 cm, walnut veneer

89,99

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SKORVA

midbeam, galvanised

15 €

BJÖRKSNÄS

bedside table, 48x38 cm, birch

99 €

RUNDLIG

serving bowl, 30 cm, bamboo/white

9,99

EKET

suspension rail, 35 cm

6 €

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IKEA 365+ IHÄRDIG

spice jar, 15 cl, glass/black

3,99 / 4 pack

BEGÅVNING

glass dome with base, 19 cm

7,99

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BROGRUND

wash-basin mixer tap, tall, chrome-plated

89 €

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BJÖRKSNÄS

bed frame, 160x200 cm, birch/Luröy

374 €

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EKET

wall-mounted shelving unit, 35x25x35 cm, light grey

23 €

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INGABRITTA

throw, 130x170 cm, pale pink

29,99

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EKET

cabinet, 35x25x35 cm, light grey

17 €

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STOCKHOLM

bowl, 20 cm, gold-colour

12,99

APTITLIG

butcher's block, 45x36 cm, bamboo

14,99

FULLTALIG

candlestick, set of 3, black

9,99

TOLKEN

countertop, 82x49 cm, marble effect

70 €

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HÖRVIK

countertop wash-basin, 45x32 cm, white

95 €

VÖRDA

vegetable knife, 16 cm, black

8,99

EKET

suspension rail, 70 cm

7 €

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BJÖRKSNÄS

bed frame, 160x200 cm, birch

319 €

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BROGRUND

towel rail, 67 cm, stainless steel

11,99

GODMORGON

wash-stand with 1 drawer, 60x47x29 cm, Gillburen dark grey

115 €

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SANDVIVA

tea towel, 40x60 cm, blue

4,99 / 2 pack

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BEKVÄM

spice rack, aspen

3,99

GRÅVACKA

cord set for bulb, 1.8 m, beige

4 €

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EKET

cabinet with 2 drawers, 35x35x35 cm, dark grey

60 €

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EKET

wall cabinet with 2 drawers, 35x35x35 cm, dark grey

66 €

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PÄRUP

3-seat sofa with chaise longue, Gunnared dark grey

649 €

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FRIHULT

wall lamp, stainless steel colour

29,99

BERNHARD

bar stool with backrest, 66 cm, chrome-plated/Mjuk dark brown

129 €

GODMORGON

open cabinet, 20x45x29 cm, Gillburen dark grey

50 €

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TYNGDLÖS

tray with 3 bowls, bamboo/white

12,99

MOSSLANDA

picture ledge, 115 cm, white stained pine effect

8,49

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GODMORGON

mini chest with 2 drawers, 23x19x9 cm, smoked

9,99

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EKET

cabinet, 35x25x35 cm, grey-turquoise

15 €

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GODMORGON

high cabinet, 40x32x192 cm, Gillburen dark grey

230 €

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STRANDMON

footstool, Kelinge beige

79,99

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HÖRVIK/GODMORGON/TOLKEN

wsh-stnd w countrtop 45x32 wsh-bsn, 82x49x43 cm

419 €

BORGEBY

coffee table, 70 cm, birch veneer

94,99




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