Favourites of 2008, part 5, Living rooms

Living rooms, where to start… This is the most used room in my own home. It has to work for several different activities. This is where we watch tv and play video games, read, surf the internet, have "fika" both alone and with friends, party, craft and play.


In a family home, the living room needs to withstand the wild games of the kids, but still look inviting for when you have guests over. This is a hard task to fulfil, but it is definitely possible. Loose, washable sofa covers is a must. So is switching your delicate glass vases for more durable things like pretty rocks, books and candlesticks in wood or metal.

Most of the rooms below would work just fine in a home with small children, some of them might need some minor adjustments, but over all, they are stylish and family friendly at the same time. Enjoy!


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Ems Designblogg is all about Scandinavian style, soft minimalism and beautiful functionalism. The blog is Sweden's oldest interior design blog and has been up and running since 2005. I strive to fill it with a mix of inspirational and aspirational images from all over the world, while keeping true to my own voice and style, where transparency is key and creative criticism is highly valued. When I'm not blogging, I bake chocolate cakes for my kids, hang around Stockholm's cafés and drink way too many cappuccinos, do some occasional styling work, and try to fit in some inspiring travel adventures in between. If you have any suggestions, propositions for collaborations, other ideas or just want to say hi, throw an email at: [email protected].


  • vilken underbart inspirerande blogg du har!! hit kommer jag garanterat att återvända, med glädje 🙂 ha en bra dag, kram kristin

  • Very cool. Love the living room with the swing! Happy new year.

  • Sjukt fina bilder i alla dina "best of"-inlägg!

  • This post reminds me of my home in a way… : )BEAUTIFUL.

    Jen Ramos

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  • Love your blog! Can't get enough of it!

  • I watched some random 80's movie the other day that had a swing in the living room! I was instantly reminded of the first image, and I made a mental note to NOT forget what movie it was…but now I have 🙁 It was quite a well known movie too, think brain think!