“Living” exhibition in Stockholm Annedal 2012

Between 16-24th of August there will be a “living” exhibition in the new hood called Annedal just outside Stockholm. There are 24 different developers who’s going to show 24 different kind of living possibilities during these 11 days. I did one of the apartments for Svenska Bostäder, they have 324 apartments for rent in this neighborhood and will show 3 of them for the public. Talanted Taf Design and Jens Fager did the other two.

I worked together with kids from the day care just across the street. They helped me with inspiration and also I used their paintings in the decoration. Like on this image below – one of their fold-painting became a wallpaper. I really tried to fill all the room with DIY tips.

In this apartment there are 2 moms living with two kids and a daughter from a previous marriage who got this room above that actually is made as a dressing room. The idea was to do it rebellion cool in some kind of way for a cool girl with strong ideas.

In the kitchen almost everything is made out of vinyl plastic. Cause it’s an easy way to change a look of a room without actually harming the original furniture. When you rent an apartment there are a lot of rules about what you may or not do to personalize it. I want to show that you can bend these rules a lot.

Calendar wall sticker from Ferm, recycle baskets from Ikea, our party kit and vinyl stickers on a roll.

I had a vision of a huge creative room. Instead of having a living room with a large sofa and a TV – I was thinking more about a modern room with lots of functions. A lot of people use their eating table for different project, like home work, bills, or diy projects and when it’s time to eat you don’t know where to put all the stuff. This living got a big table for all kind of projects and a table you can easy clean when you have friends over for dinner. There is also gymnastic rings for the kids and a climbing wall. Extra madrases for climbing protection, sleepovers or just to snuggle in. In this room there is also a small tv for gaming.

Besides gymnastic stuff I feel that the best toys for kids are making stuff so I put this carpenter bench in the living room. And you can write directly on the wall since it’s painted with White board color.

The shelf is a wallpaper behind a classic shelving system. My dad helped me build up the apartment, he’s not part of the exhibition.

The grown up bed room is made as a giant sofa/bed actually 3 meter broad. There is a tv in the room and this huge bed is instead of a large sofa in the living room. The yellow fabric is from Littlephant.

I made an elephant out of the bunk bed also to be able to divide the room in two for sharing siblings. It kind of looks like the elephant needs to pee…

The balcony got a sofa from pallets and tub trugs became mini sandboxes for the kids. (This last photo is by Peter Lydén. All the other photo’s by me- Isabelle McAllister).

There is also going to be a performance in the Svenska Bostäders apartments every day.


I have 5 family tickets for you to win for this whole area/exhibition.
(Family – 1-2 grown ups + kids)

Just leave a comment about favorite piece of furniture and your name and a randomizer will pick 5 winners. You have until tomorrow night!


Also on Saturday the 25th of August I will be in the apartment between 11-15 hours. If you want to chat, get advise or just say hi!


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Jenny Brandt
August 14, 2012 at 15:29

I want to live in that pink bedroom

Isabelle McAllister
August 14, 2012 at 22:51
– In reply to: Jenny Brandt

yes me too!

August 14, 2012 at 15:35

I love all of it!!!!

August 14, 2012 at 15:43

Åh! Men jädrans va fint det blev! Du är grym!

August 14, 2012 at 16:50


August 14, 2012 at 17:14

I can only say, WOW !!! You are the best Isabelle! I link to you from my blog directly !

August 14, 2012 at 19:24

all of this rooms are fabulous!

August 14, 2012 at 20:52

Jag gillar den lilla snickarbänken i vardagsrummet, den känns som nästa steg från leksaksspisen, bara SÅ mycket festligare! Schysst att du visar hur man med små medel kan ändra i en hyresrätt, de flesta inredningsreportage är ju från bostadsrätter/hus där folk ändrat planlösning, satt in nytt kök osv, medan en hyresrätt kräver ju mer av sin “förändrare”.

August 14, 2012 at 21:07

Guud så snyygt!!

Isabelle McAllister
August 14, 2012 at 22:53

Åh tack så mycket! Thank you all!! Blir så glad av alla kommentarer och fina ord- det behövs så här på väg mot höstens jobbrace!
puss på er

Thanks for all lovely comments! You make my day!

Vill ingen vinna biljetter?

August 15, 2012 at 10:17

Jo, jag vill vinna ;-)
Gillar hur det stora matbordet/pysselbordet/läxläsningsbordet står på snedden i vardagsrummet. Luftigt intryck, och bästa placeringen mitt i rummet! Det är där hela familjen kommer att samlas. Att göra sina läxor på sovrummet i sin ensamhet kommer aldrig att hända, i alla fall inte hos oss….

August 15, 2012 at 11:17

I love the big dining table (ours is super fussy and with a baby on the way we will need to change soon!), and of course the whiteboard paint- what a clever idea! The recycling bins with pink tape is a clever idea, and the vinyl to decorate the kitchen cabinets, and the carpenter station- ahhh so great!!!
Our growing Swedish-American family would love this exhibit!

August 15, 2012 at 20:06

I love the lamp in the kitchen, the vinyl makes it look even better!
(i want to win!)

Heidi Hed
August 15, 2012 at 21:22

Ååååh! Jag vill vinna! Det vore så ball.

Isabelle McAllister
August 15, 2012 at 23:19

Ok alla som har kommenterat nu och vill gå på utställningen får gå!! DEt kommer komma mejl till er.
Hoppas ni gillart

Heidi Hed
August 16, 2012 at 18:50

Lägg av!! Fy vad roligt. :D Och himla snällt… :)

August 18, 2012 at 13:20

Så jäkla grymt snyggt! Var kommer lamporna från i det kreativa rummet?


Isabelle McAllister
August 18, 2012 at 18:02
– In reply to: Amandak

Tack!! Lamporna kommer från Ikea!

August 21, 2012 at 15:45

Hi Isabelle,

I want you to come to decorate my apartment, you have so great ideas! And such a taste for color (the one I dont have, please, lend me a little ;-)).

Jenny – Mr Perswall
September 4, 2012 at 15:50

Hej Isabelle,

Så fint du stylade hemmet i Annedal!:)

Vi publicerade precis bilderna du skickade på vår facebook, http://www.facebook.com/mperswall, hoppas det var OK, hojta till annars!

Ha en fortsatt fin tisdag,
/Jenny Martinsson

Isabelle: hej jenny det blev toppen!

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