An Attic Studio in Stockholm

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January 13, 2011

In a 495-square-foot attic in the Söder neighborhood of Stockholm, interior designer Jimmy Schonning—a local celebrity for his role in the Swedish TV shows "Finally at Home" and "Styling Emergency"—has carved out a sweet and stylish home. His diminutive studio is chockablock with creative storage solutions (built-in closets; a washer and drier hidden under a workbench in the bathroom) and loads of personality. With photographs courtesy of photographer Per Magnus Persson, click through for a tour.

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  In the living room, the sofa is built in modules that can be turned to face the terrace in the summertime, or the kitchen in the winter. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    In the living room, the sofa is built in modules that can be turned to face the terrace in the summertime, or the kitchen in the winter. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  A view of the terrace, with a chair from Ikea’s PS-series. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.
    A view of the terrace, with a chair from Ikea’s PS-series. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.
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    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  Concrete stairs lead up to the sleeping loft. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    Concrete stairs lead up to the sleeping loft. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  In the tiny sleeping loft is platform bed with two drawers beneath it. In place of wallpaper, Schonning enlarged a photograph he snapped in Rio de Janeiro. The inset spotlights and a small shelf at the end of the bed offer light and additional storage. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    In the tiny sleeping loft is platform bed with two drawers beneath it. In place of wallpaper, Schonning enlarged a photograph he snapped in Rio de Janeiro. The inset spotlights and a small shelf at the end of the bed offer light and additional storage. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  Back downstairs, the kitchen occupies a long wall. The stainless steel worktop was so long—more than 16 feet—that it had to be lifted in through the window. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    Back downstairs, the kitchen occupies a long wall. The stainless steel worktop was so long—more than 16 feet—that it had to be lifted in through the window. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  The kitchen wall has a built-in fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    The kitchen wall has a built-in fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  The fiberglass kitchen table is from Habitat. The Tolix galvanized steel chairs were designed by Xavier Pauchard. A rattan lamp from Gervasoni hangs from the ceiling. Pots of elk horn bracken sit on the windowsill. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    The fiberglass kitchen table is from Habitat. The Tolix galvanized steel chairs were designed by Xavier Pauchard. A rattan lamp from Gervasoni hangs from the ceiling. Pots of elk horn bracken sit on the windowsill. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  The shelf over the sink is made from wood scraps from an old jetty. It's lined with glass on the top and bottom, to better reflect light and show off the objects Schonning has arranged on it. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    The shelf over the sink is made from wood scraps from an old jetty. It's lined with glass on the top and bottom, to better reflect light and show off the objects Schonning has arranged on it. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  In the office, a Granit filing cabinet stashes supplies and papers, and a bulletin board does double-duty as a 'mood board,' tracking Schonning's inspirations. The back of the desk runs all the way to the floor, concealing the inevitable tangle of cords. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.
    In the office, a Granit filing cabinet stashes supplies and papers, and a bulletin board does double-duty as a 'mood board,' tracking Schonning's inspirations. The back of the desk runs all the way to the floor, concealing the inevitable tangle of cords. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.
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  Black tiles and fittings lend the bathroom a dramatic look. The black bathtub is made of recycled plastic. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    Black tiles and fittings lend the bathroom a dramatic look. The black bathtub is made of recycled plastic. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  The Mora faucet was actually intended for use in a kitchen. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    The Mora faucet was actually intended for use in a kitchen. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  In the bathroom, wooden shelves in front of the window screen the room from public view, and provide added storage. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    In the bathroom, wooden shelves in front of the window screen the room from public view, and provide added storage. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  Here's a detail from the closets in the entrance hall—they were constructed to allow room for a rolling bin beneath. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    Here's a detail from the closets in the entrance hall—they were constructed to allow room for a rolling bin beneath. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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  The apartment's built-in closets are deep and have mirrors on one side. Spotlights set flush overhead provide light and also allow the maximum amount of storage, all the way to the ceiling. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.  Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson
    The apartment's built-in closets are deep and have mirrors on one side. Spotlights set flush overhead provide light and also allow the maximum amount of storage, all the way to the ceiling. Photo by Per Magnus Persson.

    Courtesy of: Copyright Per Magnus Persson

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