This noble Stockholm luxury residence of arts & crafts pedigree presides over Lärkstaden in the quiet leafy diplomatic quarters of town – the Ett Hem is a delightfully reclusive hotel of style sophistication dressed in a design palette of comfy elegance and wonderful familiarity, just a stroll from the vibe of downtown.
A crafted tale of tenacity, love and creativity, Ett Hem was orchestrated by the natural kinship of owner Jeanette Mix, architect Anders Landström and designer & academic Ilse Crawford. The house is a masterstroke of design genius that feels natural and has a random boutique narrative of a private elegant home, one that was skilfully mustered together over time with great thought to the interplay of texture and affect of each singular piece.
A playful collage of mid-century furnishings, hand-woven carpets by Märta Måås-Fjetterström, curated artworks, antiques and contemporary pieces like the Bamse chairs by Hans W Wegner, conspire with earthy Flemish hues, marble, well-turned books, potted houseplants and reflective metals in this luxury hotel of consummate liveable design.
The heart of Ett Hem is the ground floor, an assemblage of parlours - a library bookcase Vitsoe '606' shelving system designed by Dieter Ramsand pairs with vintage Kaare Klint leather chairs, all clustered around the dining table with a Lindsay Adelman lamp. Even the lovely kitchen and winter garden play host to creative luxury dining. You want to touch everything, tactility and intricacy deliberately creating soft boundaries without the use of walls, a seamless ward of comfort and flawless living.
Equally, the small garden by Ulf Nordfjell, winner of Best in Show at the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show, is like a childhood dream of discovering an hidden garden. 'It is a shady garden so the colours are whites and soft blues' he says, 'with lots of pots of seasonal flowers to give it an atmosphere of being at home.'
Chill, lounge, think, entertain or recluse to your favourite corner, this is a hand-tested informal habitat of infinite style - a discreet hotel residency, Ett Hem is an original home crafted by every sense.
Ett Hem is a quite recluse on a turn-of-the-century residential street in smart Östermalm, an affluent corner and fittingly home to the Embassy district in central Stockholm.
Take a stroll through the Humlegárden down to Stockholm's Mayfair district of Norrmalmstorg and Biblioteksgatan’s upscale boutiques and the waterfront promenade of Strandvägen, home to Svenskt Tenn or pop over the old town, Gamla Stan. The legendary fish & food hall of Östermalms Saluhall is also a short walk away, a must-do when in Stockholm.
The bedrooms & suites of the Ett Hem balance Scandinavian craftsmanship with the unique 'living' touch of StudioIlse with several commissioned pieces like the reflective brass bedroom drinks cabinets, designed by Jack Trench. Several of the suites contain original tiled stoves.
Having a curated larder packed with only the freshest natural foods is at the heart of the Ett Hem's dining philosophy, topped up each day from the markets, crafted producers and vetted local suppliers.
Like a well-run gentry house, it is ready to rustle up dishes from a stable repertoire. With several dining options from breakfast to lunch and evening dinner - Ett Hem needs no menu - you talk with the chef and they inspire you guided by the contents of the larder.
This is also a communal affair, sharing large kitchen tables, or out in the glass house or next to the lounges on the long polished table. Food here is confident, delicious and easy - served with a delicacy of flavours that clearly comes from people who understand food and the joy of eating, savouring each mouthful.
It is not a restaurant, like Ett Hem is not really like any other hotel - it is like being at a friend's house or entertaining at home.
Jeannette Mix is wonderfully different – something that strikes you immediately not only when you get the chance to meet her – probably around the kitchen table – but you sense her energy when you stay with her in every corner of the hotel. Her presence is delightfully intense, just as her concept of what her hotel should be about abounds.
Her vision has painted this hotel residence, a home of style that entails her ambition not to compromise and to allow creativity to spark new ways of doing things, ultimately - in creating a hotel like no other.
Jeannette belongs to a rare breed of people that won't settle for second best, and why should you, when you know how it can be better?
Worldly, wise, creative and a passionate curator of all things crafted – Jeannette has created her very own genre of hotel in her very own vision.
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