The Househunter

Right there’s no beating around the bush this week, get your coat we’re off to Sweden. And we may be there for some time because this is a house we need to visit in detail.


It’s a masterclass of muted colours but with a twist. Look up at the ceilings. They have often been painted in a strong colour while the walls are left pale and neutral. Bold move. Brave move.


I’m not sure I would have the courage but it looks great doesn’t it. And it doesn’t bring the ceilings down at all – although they are incredibly high to start with so it wouldn’t hurt if they did come in a bit.


And even if I was brave enough to paint my ceilings blue and grey I’m not sure I’d have the courage to do a pink one. At least I wouldn’t have done before I saw this.


And look at these coffee tables. One appears to be full of moss, which is an interesting idea but it looks great next to the brass one.


It’s on the market for around 15m SEK which is just over £1.1m (via Wrede) and is just full of ideas to steal. There are two bedrooms, a living room, dining room and eat-in kitchen.


And now, as they say, for something completely different. This house, Silverlight, is described (by the agent) as an incredible feat of engineering in contemporary architecture. To which I say, so I should think for £5.5m. Designed by David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates, it’s on the market with Domus Nova and it is rather fabulous.


It’s arranged over three levels above ground with a large basement that meets the waters edge. From the front the house is anonymous, yet from the back when the sun catches it, it shins completely silver.


Inside there are no painted surfaces. Instead there is a range of different finishes from recycled plastic in the basement, crushed glass in the dressing room doors, a bamboo wall in the bedroom, mirrored ceilings in the guest bedrooms and polished concrete and polycrete in the sitting room.

Silverlight, Harrow Road-433

There is also a cast concrete sofa in the sitting room and a bespoke concrete kitchen and a complete flight of stairs made from Zebrano wood.

Silverlight, Harrow Road-11

It’s amazing to think you can create that much colour without paint isn’t it? There are masses more images on the site if you’re interested. I’m off to see if I can find an exciting salvage door for the loft.

Have a happy day.

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Hello Kate,

    I have recently discovered your blog and find myself logging into it everyday.

    Congratulations on the loft – it looks like a perfect nook for work and such clever use of the sofa / bed, shelving and bathroom – love it all !

    I was seeing the above post and my heart skipped a beat when I saw the dining table and chairs. Any idea where they are from at all ?

    Just been on the look out for a new dining table and chairs….thanks


  2. Love the painted ceilings in the Swedish house , not to mention the doors and windows. Such yearnings for ceilings of that height . I could definitely find a place for that brass coffee table.

    1. I certainly admire your eye for detail! The house in Sweden really is choc full of superb ideas, not sure about the moss though 🙂

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