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The Courier-Mail - Property - - Hometrends & Tech - is avail­able in 13 lan­guages and 17 coun­tries around the world, and only at IKEA. It costs $29.99 or $19.99 for FAM­ILY mem­bers (it’s free to join). www.IKEA.com.au/FAM­ILY

HAT is it about the Scan­di­na­vians? They are mas­ters at mak­ing ev­ery­thing look charm­ing. A rusty ta­ble, a weath­ered chair and a striped cush­ion are invit­ing and homely in the hands of those clever Swedes.

They can turn a busy work­shop, a well-used re­cre­ation room, util­i­tar­ian laun­dry or messy kids’ bed­room into some­where you want to hang out.

If you need proof, IKEA has just pub­lished a book, that ‘‘drops in’’ on nine much-loved homes across Swe­den. It’s a sneak peek into the dif­fer­ent lives of fam­i­lies who love their homes.

One cou­ple live in an in­com­pa­ra­ble 18th cen­tury man­sion, while an­other have two chil­dren in a small, clever house. But whether they’re tiny apart­ments or grand man­sions, they’re full of ‘‘dreams and bread­crumbs, hu­mour and in­her­ited ob­jects, mess and per­fec­tion­ism’’, au­thor Lena All­blom says.

‘‘The homes ooze per­son­al­ity. And the one thing all these fam­i­lies have in com­mon is that they love their homes.’’

is the first of five de­sign ti­tles which are part of IKEA’s FAM­ILY con­cept – the store’s cus­tomer loy­alty pro­gram or ‘‘flat pack fan club’’.

But the in­te­ri­ors in don’t just fea­ture IKEA prod­ucts. They of­fer an in­sight into how in­ter­est­ing peo­ple ar­range their per­sonal spaces to cre­ate in­trigu­ing, fun places to live.

They’re in­ven­tive with stor­age, prac­ti­cal with fur­nish­ings, in­stinc­tive with dis­play. Spaces are func­tional and ev­ery nook and cranny is used to the max.

It’s 237 pages of bliss. Since launch­ing in early Septem­ber, IKEA now has 317,000 mem­bers na­tion­ally in its cus­tomer loy­alty pro­gram, with just over 100,000 from Queens­land, help­ing raise $30,000 for lo­cal char­ity part­ners, Young­care. World­wide, it has 29 mil­lion FAM­ILY mem­bers across 21 coun­tries.

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