Overlooking an undulating green expanse that will add rose-tinted fuel to the urban denizen’s bucolic fantasies, this house in Skeppshomen, Sweden, is the place to kick up your heels in style. Red in color and complete with French windows that open onto the terrace, this gorgeous and cozy-looking home has pitched roofs and an adjoining pool and looks like an ivory tower tailor-made for an artist’s sensibilities.
The interior is hectically decorated, with the white beams and overhanging rafters making a play for consistency. The rooms are packed with all the amenities, alternating heavily geometric patterns on the carpets with breezier, monochrome furniture. But this house’s last bastion of coherence is in the art. It’s riddled with all styles from sundry epochs, from the Picassos to the more modern.
I’m not a fan of the cobalt blue of the tiny bathroom tiles, but I’d give the arm and the leg that this house must set you back, just to get to live in the attic room – where the dweller’s taken his love for painting to the next level. The neighboring city, Sweden’s capital Stockholm, might as well be miles away, remembered only by a photo of a skyscraper-lined horizon in the swankier and slightly more down-to-business-looking office – and it’s as it should be.