The atmosphere is elegantly eclectic—a pointed reference to the home’s first inhabitants. They took inspiration from Karin Larsson when furnishing the house, adopting the artist’s penchant for colorful hand-me-downs and DIY pieces long before either was fashionable. Crawford appears to have run Larsson’s decorating style through a sepia machine, settling on a soothing, neutral interpretation of the rainbow hues she favored.
Visitors are invited to treat the hotel as their own home: meander the leafy courtyard, pull volumes from wall-to-wall bookshelves, cozy up by the fireplace or snack in the communal kitchen (Jeanette’s favorite spot in the house). “The smells are divine and chatting with the chefs is always inspirational,” she explains, adding that she looks forward to the locally grown white asparagus, morels and spring chicken the new season brings. “We always include all guests in our daily life.”
One comes to expect this sort of welcome in Sweden. “You don’t see the hierarchy you see in other countries,” Mix says. “It creates a wonderful feeling among the staff—one that carries over to our guests. The atmosphere is informal, honest and genuine, all hallmarks of Swedish hospitality.”
This story originally appeared on Skandiastyle.com.