Well-read and glamorous are always a winning combination -- an irresistible combination, really. That said, we stopped dead in our tracks when we discovered this intellectual interior in Malmö, Sweden.
On cobblestone-lined Västergatan, the oldest street in town, the house, which dates back to 1896 and sits above a ground-floor gallery, is split over two floors, as well as an attic floor with a roof terrace. Original details in the bones of the house like herringbone floors and intricate ceiling medallions juxtapose romantically with newer additions like a spiral staircase that climbs to the attic. And on that roof deck, ivy climbs along a pergola, where potted plants and bulbs soak up sunlight.
Pulling it all together is a quiet elegance and an appreciation for the finer things in life -- classical music instruments, literature, roasted chestnuts, tapered candles poised in silver candelabras. A few statement-making décor elements, including a library-print wallpaper, a red velvet settee, and a well-curated collection of original artwork, are the finishing touches to what appears to be a truly wonderful life.
Like what you see? Interested in moving to Sweden? The home, and its connected gallery, are actually available for rent via Bolaget.
|Elton Settee, $636, West Elm||Italian Carved Wood Chandelier, $1800, 1st Dibs||Wishbone Chair, From $990, DWR|
|Foto Pendant Lamp, $20, Ikea||All of Me by McDermott & McGough, $300, Exhibition A||Terrarium Side Table, $798, Terrain|
|Anatolian Area Rug, $1968, Medallion Rug Gallery||Vintage Beer Crate, $58, Terrain||LC3 Grand Modele Three-Seat Sofa, $11150, DWR|
|Bolo Black Table, $395, HD Buttercup||Hans Wegner High Back Lounge Chair, $3200, 1st Dibs||Sheepskin Throw, $90, DWR|