Ett Hem, the Stockholm hotel that feels like home away from home

Christophe Prosper Rammant
Christophe Prosper Rammant

Christophe is one of our founders and creative director. His passions are interiors, cooking, and traveling the globe for new inspiration.

There are dozens of hotels in Stockholm brimming with sometimes predictable and sometimes top-notch, Scandinavian design. But the Ett Hem hotel, a former Arts & Crafts style townhouse turned 12-bedroom guesthouse, is decidedly different through design. This is the kind of hotel that feels like a home away from home in a city always trying to impress with its designs.

Of course, this feeling of home is by design itself. From the start, Ett Hem’s owner, Jeanette Mix, wanted to create a space that allowed modern travelers to feel at ease. To do this, she enlisted designer Ilse Crawford’s help, famous for her ability to put human needs and desires at the center of all her designs.

The result is a warm hotel that embraces you with the character of an early 20th century home, each room filled with both antique and modern Scandanavian aesthetics that you’ll adore. Located in the high-end Lärkstaden neighborhood, just outside the bustle of the center, heading to Ett Hem after a long day of exploring also makes you feel like a Stockholm local.

Opened in 2012, Ett Hem’s owner Jeanette Mix bought the property years before, immediately seeing its potential. Back then, it was just a red brick townhouse serving as an office building for decades. So when it was finally time to start the project, Jeanette brought on local architectural practice Landström Arkitekter to not only restore the property but give it new life.

Soon after, British designer Ilse Crawford and her team, Studioilse, began working alongside Jeanette to create this home-like space for the modern traveler. Speaking in an interview about the project, Ilse explained, “We don’t just do the interior, we design the experience. And it’s one that goes way beyond interior design to make a strong emotional impact, as well as make a place feel instinctively comfortable.”

To reinforce the sense of home, Ilse literally and figuratively broke down walls, making the front and back of the house open to guests. That means at Ett Hem; you can help yourself to wine in the fridge or spread out on the couch with a book in the library as if it’s your own — forging a new standard for laid-back Swedish hospitality.

As for the design itself, Ett Hem is a liveable gallery of Scandi-antiques, custom furniture, and objects to cherish. Just look at elements like the Vitsoe ‘606’ shelving system designed by Dieter Rams, old milking stools from the north of Sweden, and furniture by Studiolise.

The rooms at Ett Hem offer guests luxurious comfort, whether they’re cozy 20-meter square double rooms or a sumptuous suite with a four-poster bed and marble tub. Each room is unique and features its own furniture and treasures. It’s Scandinavian design at its best, combining both aesthetics and comfort.

Outside of your room, you can lounge downstairs in the library or the hidden garden. At Ett Hem, the entire property has been designed to be a modern traveler’s sanctuary, giving them space and comfort to relax wherever they decide.

And while Stockholm isn’t short of incredible eats, there’s no reason to leave the hotel to grab a bite. Every morning the chefs decide on a new whole menu for that day, all made with the best ingredients. You can always count on Ett Hem to eat well.

Like the rest of the hotel, in the kitchen, there’s no fuss. The chefs are happy to accommodate you; however, you’re comfortable, whether that’s indulging in a formal dinner in the library or serving up food communally at the kitchen table. You’re free to grab fresh juice and produce from the kitchen, too, further reinforcing the feeling of home, which is precisely how they want you to feel.

Your time at Ett Hem Stockholm will surely be memorable.

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