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Will's Family Friendly Small Space




Copenhagen, Denmark



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What I Love About My Home

I love that we made it work on our own terms and with our own hands. When we were expecting our son, everyone said, 'How will you have a child in such a small place?' We didn't know the answer to that question, but we loved our little apartment, so we were flexible, got creative, and put in a lot of work to stay there. It was really a rewarding transformation. Oh, yeah, and we absolutely love the private garden off of our main room - a rarity in a big city like Copenhagen!

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

We're both 'collectors of cool', so the problem becomes weeding out the things that are 'cool, but not cool enough'. To solve that problem, and to keep things fresh, we often rotate furniture, prints, and other gems between daily use in the apartment and our storage space in the basement. On a more specific note, making one small-ish bedroom into two 'separate' rooms (by way of loft), was a bit of trick!

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Comments (32)

what color white paint is this? i love it.

posted by robert723 on April 19, 2011 at 2:47pm
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Awesome staircase!

posted by Nym on April 19, 2011 at 9:42am
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Would love to see the inside of the 2 bedrooms -- I need to do something like this as we now have 2 children and are all sleeping in one bedroom!

posted by thepeoplescortney on April 19, 2011 at 11:17am
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I hope you win so we can see more of your lovely home!

posted by Madame Is on April 19, 2011 at 11:33am
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I wish the pictures were larger. Would love to see more detail

posted by azaleasmoke on April 19, 2011 at 12:10pm
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Is it just me or the photos are very small?

posted by diridi on April 19, 2011 at 12:28pm
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OMG! this si my ideal ideal home and furnidhings! J E A L O U S!

posted by mattNmags on April 19, 2011 at 3:23pm
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But need bigger pics please!

posted by mattNmags on April 19, 2011 at 3:24pm
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I love the cool & crisp feeling of what's shown. It feels so light & airy! But I would love to have seen the bedrooms & larger pics.

posted by A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie on April 19, 2011 at 3:56pm
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Nice.... But I want to see more (esp. the bedroom) and I want some bigger pictures!

posted by California Sleepybears on April 19, 2011 at 4:04pm
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This is clearly a beautiful, elegant apartment with an ingenious use of limited space. Unfortunately, the pictures are so small it's really hard to see!

posted by trackbike on April 19, 2011 at 4:27pm
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posted by janet uws on April 19, 2011 at 7:30pm
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I would love larger pictures.

posted by A Labour of Love on April 19, 2011 at 7:47pm
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Where's the shower?

posted by empressive on April 19, 2011 at 9:17pm
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I'm always jealous of white wood floors. I don't know how people get the courage to paint the wood, but it looks amazing.

posted by knitsmcgee on April 19, 2011 at 11:28pm
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Beautiful and smart. I'd like to see more with larger pics.

posted by kelleyk on April 19, 2011 at 11:32pm
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wonderful balcony!!

posted by burcuayaz1 on April 20, 2011 at 2:47am
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Thanks everyone for the very nice words. Really sorry about the small pictures. I thought I had formatted them to the specified size - guess not!
To answer some quick post questions...
- paint is just an off-white (called råhvid in Danish which means raw white)
- shower/toilet is in the small room between the kitchen and the entre (it is a typical bathroom for a small Scandinavian apartment - basically just a fully tiled closet with plumbing and a drain in the middle the floor!)
- white floors can be a pain - especially with a three year old, but when we get around to cleaning them it makes the house look so bright and spacious.
Thanks again...

posted by willkearins on April 20, 2011 at 3:36am
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My new favorite. Great light. Zero pretension.

posted by elle31 on April 20, 2011 at 5:12am
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wow, your apartment is beautiful! Good to see that there are other people living in small spaces with kids. I would love to see more pictures.

posted by grietje on April 20, 2011 at 9:54am
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Someone should stop Scandinavians from entering these competitions, they kind of ruin the odds for everyone else :D

Love the look of this place, but I can't figure where half of the things are, bigger pictures pretty please?

And that little floating bookshelf is brilliant.

posted by fleo on April 20, 2011 at 10:41am
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Awesome and wish for bigger pics as well!

posted by ModHomekeeper on April 20, 2011 at 4:43pm
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I can't wait to bring my friend Nessie over to see the place. Nessie loves the bathroom!

posted by Nessie on April 20, 2011 at 5:58pm
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wow (saw the first pict from your five) - sold!

posted by JulianneMay on April 20, 2011 at 7:46pm
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great use of space, thanks for sharing! i really like the use of yellow in the kitchen.

posted by EmilyRo on April 24, 2011 at 7:07pm
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Oh the Danes! Beautiful space, and making a functional family home is an added challenge! We have a small space + 4 yr old and we are a very close family. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

posted by doony on April 26, 2011 at 9:54am
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love seeing a functional family home! We live in a tiny space with a 4 yr old and another on the way, so I'm always inspired by beautiful places like this! FAVE FOR SURE!!

posted by sarahcamp on April 27, 2011 at 7:45pm
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straight out of an IKEA catalogue...!
very Danish, truly Scandinavian...

posted by bccanada on April 29, 2011 at 3:48pm
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Will, your home is beautiful. You guys have done a fantastic job.


posted by vintagesimple on April 30, 2011 at 8:50pm
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Det er fantastisk!

posted by *spanky* on April 30, 2011 at 10:50pm
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Would love to see more!!!

posted by sduke8739 on May 1, 2011 at 2:31pm
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Love this space & how you stuck it out through the problem of fitting into this neat space. It's cute & so functional. The loft is such a great bonus!

posted by inprogress on May 1, 2011 at 8:11pm
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