Oh, my. Who doesn’t want a piece of this action?
Sweden’s oldest mountain hotel, the 1,700-acre Fjällnäs Reserve, was built in 1882 as a retreat for Swedish royalty to experience the majesty of what Fjällnäs calls ‘the eight seasons.’ [I really recommend clicking that link].
Situated on the Arctic Circle, the last stop before the Norwegian border, the hotel is surrounded by a stark landscape of birch forests and barren mountain peaks. Rooms feature slate and scrubbed pine surfaces and are simply outfitted in white linens, sheepskin pillows and throws, and Josef Frank fabrics.
How lovely are these living areas? They are certainly no imitation of ‘Scandi Chic’ – this is what I love about Scandinavian design, its pure response to the environment around it. No pretence, just practical, cosy, sturdy and simple elements.
Just imagine staring out into those woods from those wide and generous windows – a retreat in the purest form of the word.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org