Ilse Crawford is one of my design heroes. The founding editor of Elle Decoration UK—one of the most consistently brilliant shelter magazines around—Crawford now runs her own studio in London, Studioilse, and creates projects like the hotel featured here. Welcome to Ett Hem ("A Home"), a 12-room gem in Stockholm where gorgeous design meets domestic bliss. In a city full of beautiful interiors, this may be the most memorable place to stay of all. The 1910 Arts & Crafts house once belonged to a government official and his wife. Its new owner, Jeanette Mix, wanted to preserve its elegant yet comfortable mood and create an authentic environment that doesn't feel the least bit curated. It's as if these lovely objects—a mix of Swedish and international antiques, contemporary furnishings, and Studioilse designs—had always existed next to each other in this context.
Making yourself at home is the order of the day. Meals are served wherever you'd like; how cozy would it be to ensconce yourself here in the kitchen with a coffee and the morning paper?The guest rooms are equally welcoming, many of them featuring antique ceramic stoves in the Gustavian style. Below, a four-poster bed creates romance and drama, while the settee at its foot provides yet another curl-up spot.
The courtyard garden—the first thing when you see when you step through the entrance gate—is the ideal setting for alfresco meals and celebrations of the dazzling Swedish summers.
(Photos courtesy of Ett Hem)And how is it possible that every single person in this staff portrait seems straight out of a casting call? Ah, Sweden. You certainly know how to do design right.