A 1950s Ranch Nicknamed the ‘Hygge House’ Masterfully Mixes Neutrals and Texture

A 1950s Ranch Nicknamed the ‘Hygge House’ Masterfully Mixes Neutrals and Texture

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Name: Kirsten Veng-Pedersen, daughter Isla, and Shi-poo Lucy
Location: Prairie Village, Kansas
Type of home: 1950s ranch
Size: 1315 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My daughter Isla and I live here with our dog Lucy. It’s a small house but it’s charming. I especially love the hardwood floors and large windows in the living room. When I bought it, I named it Hygge House and set out to create a place of coziness and calm here.

I like neutral colors like black, white, and beige but I also really love orangey-yellows, muted pinks, and dark green, all in small amounts. I haven’t painted since moving in (except in my kitchen) so I may still switch things up a bit. I love thrifting and have been fortunate to live in great places like Portland, Oregon and Scottsdale, Arizona, where in the early days, I scored some wonderful MCM finds like the Kofod Larsen chairs I refinished in my living room. Since moving to Kansas City, I’ve leaned a little more traditional with some of my design elements like the metal bed frame (which I bought online) for my daughter’s room and her Windsor-style desk chair, which I thrifted. Of course I like to mix those in with more modern elements to keep things clean and bright.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Minimal, naturalistic, eclectic, modern

What is your favorite room and why? My current favorite is my daughter’s bedroom since I just finished doing a “big girl” update to it. She’s six now so she got a thrifted big girl desk in place of her play kitchen (which is now in the basement) and a cozy swivel chair for reading in place of her mini table and chairs.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I bought the swivel lounge chair for my daughter’s room at Target. Stock can be low so there’s a PB Teen and West Elm version. In addition, I bought her new wool and cotton rug (which I was able to get in an odd 6’ x 6’ size) from Wayfair. For rug pads, I swear by the Rugs USA Cloud Comfort 7/16” version. It was out of stock and just became available again recently. It can be ordered to your exact size specifications and it’s so plush that it even makes my flat weave living room rug soft.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Mix textures and old with new. Pay attention to scale. Keep a sense of what you like while incorporating only what “serves” you and your style from the current trends. Also, don’t let trends dictate what you get rid of if it works for you. For example, I know blanket ladders had a big moment a while back and are probably a bit played out by now but hey, I love mine. I love to display my beautiful blankets and it’s the only form of accessible blanket storage that my dog hasn’t made into her own personal bed!

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A 688-Square-Foot Berlin Apartment Has an Enviable Collection of Vintage Decor

A 688-Square-Foot Berlin Apartment Has an Enviable Collection of Vintage Decor

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Name: Theodora Melnik, partner, and two cats
Location: Berlin, Germany
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 688 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My partner and I have lived here for eight years. We took our time furnishing it and continue iterating on the design and feel of the flat.

I also collect a whole bunch of things so the more time progresses the more comprehensive all my collections become.

I identify as a collector. Sometimes I think of myself as a truffle pig and I think it does show in my flat. On the note of collections — my absolute favorite (yet more incomplete) is my collection of cats. I feel I need to get quite a few more!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, warm, vintage, open, soft

What is your favorite room and why? The front room. That’s the room my partner told me I could do whatever I wanted to so I’ve essentially created my dream room where I work, I nap, and generally spend most of my time in when I’m at home.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A set of beautiful Bruno Rey chairs that I need to upholster still. I’m actually off looking at a credenza that I want to rework into a kitchen as we speak. Wish me luck!

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time! Truly meaningful collections can’t be bought at once (unless one has ALL the money in the world of course).

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This Elegant and Earthy Home Was Furnished Almost Entirely Secondhand

This Elegant and Earthy Home Was Furnished Almost Entirely Secondhand

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Name: Albrica Tierra and an Italian Greyhound/Terrier mix named Honey
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Type of home: 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home
Size: 1164 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, 2 months, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My house is located in a predominately Black neighborhood in Southeast Atlanta. My home and neighborhood feels special because of the rich history and culture that blossoms here. There’s a little farm located at the elementary school down the street, both neighbors on each side of me have lived here for over 60 years, and the previous owner of my house even stopped by for a visit to thank me for taking care of the rose bushes she planted in the front garden. Little signs like this makes me feel proud to be a first-time homeowner!

As a Black queer woman, I try to make sure little aspects of my personality and identity are noticeable in my space. The majority of the art in my home come from Black artists, designers, photographers, and makers.

As a photographer myself, you can find a camera collectible in every room! I have an altar in my bedroom where I honor and pray to my ancestors. I always show gratitude by leaving fruit or wine for them! Without their guidance, I wouldn’t even be living here. I also love thrifting and sourcing great finds on a budget, so the entirety of my home was furnished through places like Letgo, Facebook Marketplace, and local secondhand shops.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Elegant, colorful, moody, earthy, cozy.

What is your favorite room and why? My bedroom! It’s so serene and cozy. I went with an earthy color palette to keep myself grounded and relaxed. You can find soft jazz playing, my oil diffuser on, and soft textures throughout. You might just wind down for a nap unintentionally! It’ll do that to you.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought for my home was a couple of plants from Garden*Hood Atlanta. I think I buy a plant to add to my 50+ plant collection like once a week.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time. Your style is always evolving and your home should be a testament to your journey. Don’t be afraid to mix it up from time to time! It will still be uniquely true to yourself.

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23 Minimalist Bedrooms to Inspire You to Design Your Own Dreamy Space

23 Minimalist Bedrooms to Inspire You to Design Your Own Dreamy Space

Minimalism as a design concept is often jumbled along with terms like modern and contemporary, but there are differences between all three. A minimalist space focuses on function and religiously follows the phrase “less is more.” This doesn’t mean that decorative styles can’t be woven into the mix though, and a minimalist room can have a retro flair or traditional vibe, and vice versa. While neutral colors are typically used in these bedrooms, adding punches of bright or deep color to the palette can add visual interest.

29 Stunning Minimalist Living Rooms That Prove Less Can be Best

29 Stunning Minimalist Living Rooms That Prove Less Can be Best

Minimalism is everywhere—Pinterest is saturated with sparse but stylish rooms, and stunningly sleek examples may have popped up on your Instagram feed as well. 

Minimalist silhouettes are clean and smooth, and you won’t find clutter or excessive amounts of flourish. You likely won’t find something like a houndstooth couch or stacks on stacks of books in a minimalist living room, but you might see a bright color here and there or a few inconspicuous patterns being added in the form of a rug or throw pillows. 

3. Just the Personalized Basics

4. Rustic Meets Minimalism

Minimalism sometimes gets a bad rap for looking sterile, but this style isn’t solely reserved for all-white, cold spaces. There are plenty of minimalist living rooms that feel cozy. Case in point: this Barcelona living room. If you mix textures and add a few natural touches to your room, the overall feel will be warm and welcoming, even if your room embraces blank space with just a few key furnishings and details.

This Montreal living room may be small, but it doesn’t look cluttered thanks to its minimalist design. Fun pillows and leafy plants keep it far from boring.

The unintrusive pop of color from the mobile hanging in this chic Valencia home is the perfect example of how to use brighter shades in accordance with minimalist principles. Warm-tone wood accents are also helpful in making this gray space feel a bit more homey without losing its simplicity.

8. Light-Soaked Minimalist Living Room

Look no further than this Culver City home for proof that you can use deep, dark colors and still give your room a minimalist vibe. The key is not overfilling your space with furniture and keeping shapes simple. This space features a gorgeous soapstone coffee table as a statement piece.

10. Ultra Tidy Minimalist Living Room

In larger spaces, a lot of people get intimidated by white space and try to decorate every square inch, but this Virginia home shows that that’s not necessary. The curvy shapes of the lamp, pillow, table, and chairs provide plenty of personality to this simple space.

11. Playing With Proportions

Manipulating negative space, as seen in this Dutch living room, proves how minimalism can be the furthest thing from boring. The interplay of the little fireplace, tiny cuckoo clock, small television, and framed posters creates tons of visual interest while also giving the living room a bit of an art gallery vibe.

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12. Texture-Heavy Minimalist Living Room

There is nothing boring in this space designed by LA-based firm Amber Interiors. Though seemingly simple, the space is full of intrigue thanks to its textures—everything from earthy leather and faux fur to nubby linen and live-edge wood.

Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd is known for her more-is-more approach when it comes to color, but in this minimal space she played with subtlety and shape instead of a harmony of hues. The slight curve of the sofa and the sophisticated palette leave little else to want.

14. Cali-Cool Minimalist Living Room

Designer Jessica Helgerson’s clever implementation of circles throughout this room keep the eye in constant movement while its complementary textures beg to be touched.

15. Minimalism With Patterns

The contrast game is on point in this home designed by Brian Paquette. The richly tactile brick wall sets the stage for its softer counterparts like the plush sofa, soft wood coffee table and brushed brass accents, proving that a simple room can also feel quite layered and lively.

16. Minimalist Living Room With Bold Statement Pieces

The guys of Consort opted to keep a low-profile when fashioning this minimal living room. By keeping the various seating heights at about the same eye level, the space is inviting and the sight lines are open. A single oversize mirror is the only wall decor needed.

17. Ultra Airy Minimal Living Room

Here’s a way to make a white-walled room look far more purposeful: paint the moldings and any other architectural detail (like the fireplace in this room by Studio DB) a light gray to create just enough contrast to keep things interesting (and echo those color choices throughout the selected furnishings and decor). With just two simple hues, this design team made quite an impact.

18. Quiet Living Space With a Splash of Color

At first glance, this living room by Studio Lifestyle (who designed the home for actress Hilary Duff) doesn’t necessarily come off as “minimal” but look again, and you’ll see that there isn’t actually much going on in here. With just a few key furnishings and lighting, you can create quite the design story with minimal fluff.

19. Color-Blocked Living Room

When it came to creating this living space, designer Ashley Darryl kept it simple, but punched it up with thought-provoking art and a bit of color blocking. The white shell of the space provided the perfect stage for that killer blue velvet sofa and black, green and blue books create their own statement on the adjacent shelving unit.

Sometimes, a tone-on-tone room can be even more interesting than a space with a million things going on, like in this room designed by Brad Ford. His subtle neutral inflections keep your eye constantly engaged and primed for discovery.

21. Frosty Minimalist Living Room

For a space that has minimal colors, there’s so much to discuss! New York designer Sasha Bikoff brilliantly weaved a cool, almost icy palette that is still pretty inviting and filled with endless texture and sculptural wonders.

22. Minimalist Outdoor Living Room

When you’ve got a view like this, who needs more than a place to sit and take it all in? San Francisco designer Nicole Hollis clearly agrees, as she kept this room simple and unstuffy to let the vistas do the heavy aesthetic lifting.

23. Wood-Laden Living Room

24. Black and White Minimalist Space

Bennett Leifer shows off how cool it is to be square in this gorgeous Manhattan living room where angles are anything but boring. A touch of polished brass lends a cool ’70s vibe to the otherwise monochrome space.

25. Simple and Sharp Living Room

Pared down but perfect: Designer Benjamin Vandiver prove that it’s not the amount of stuff in a room, but the quality of pieces that make an impact.

26. Beautifully Beige Living Room

Tone on tone on tone was the course of action taken by the interiors team M. Elle to assemble this tranquil space. While full of a healthy helping of decor, the one-note palette keeps things simple on the eyes.

27. Living Room With a Splash of Greenery

The serene Utrecht apartment of Sarah and San is quit sparse, and maybe the most minimal of all the rooms in this list, but somehow—thanks to some greenery and textiles—it still feels warm and inviting.

28. Curved and Geometric Minimalist Living Room

What else does a living room really need, aside from a pair of oversize sofas to sink into at the end of a long day? According to this killer space designed by Leanne Ford, not much!

Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann

Cara Gibbs

Contributor

Partial to all things yellow and afflicted with a serious popcorn addiction, Cara—a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, editor and stylist—has never met a vintage chair she didn’t like.