Inspiring Interiors

Yeah, I could live there.


Yeah, I could live there is an occasional D16 feature wherein I post pictures of homes I want to break into, kick out the inhabitants and move in. Today we’re spying on real estate firm Stadshem’s listing photos (oh, those Swedes and their awesomely stylish real estate listings…) of an already-sold apartment in Gothenburg. I spotted the apartment on Stadshem’s excellent Instagram last month and have probably looked at the photos at least once a day since thing. Pining. Longing.


The bedroom is the least remarkable room in the apartment, I guess, but it’s perfect. That gray linen bed skirt! And the hanging bulb next to the bed, too. I like seeing how people deal with not always being able to hardwire sconces or ceiling lights. Bonus points for the above-bed skull, and extra bonus points for it being a black skull.



OK. OK. OK. Scroll up, scroll down…KITCHEN. I could’ve just made this post about the kitchen, because I would be totally happy curling up next to those cabinets and just making a home right there. The best thing about these cabinets is that they appear to be homemade—or at least home-refaced. I’m pretty sure they’re just clad in pre-fab softwood panels, like the ones Daniel used in his office and kitchen. I think even the countertop is made out of the same material.

By the way, did you know you can stain wood with India ink? I guess that seems pretty obvious, but I never thought of it before until I saw someone stain their butcherblock countertops black. Amazing! The pulls look like they’re made out of simple strips of leather fastened with brass-head bolts. So smart.


Forget the apartment, forget the kitchen, I just want to live in the sink so I can look at that FAUCET all day long. I have Googled and Googled, and I can’t find a raw brass faucet just like that. Plenty of things like this, but not that. I want that. If anyone has any leads, please share!

EDIT: Thanks to everyone who identified the faucet as being the EVO 184 by Tapwell! You guys are awesome.


HEART-EYES. I’ve never really thought much of square white tiles before, but seeing them in a running-bond pattern with dark grout in this bathroom and kitchen puts them in a new light. Maybe it’s that large-scale hexagon floor, too. I dig the combo. I could most definitely live there.

All photographs via Stadshem, Gothenburg, Sweden. View more of this home (including the living and dining areas!) here.

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  • Reply junedotbe June 29, 2014 at 2:05 am

    OMG ! I just clicked through to the rest of the images… Pleeeeease, does anybody now where that amazing sofa comes from ? Super stylish AND cat-claw resistant… who could ask for more ? :-)

  • Reply sparris June 29, 2014 at 5:39 am


    might this be the faucet you’re looking for?

    (I’m sorry it’s in Swedish but at least you get the name/model.) =)

  • Reply Cathy CC June 29, 2014 at 6:25 am

    It is divine. Thanks for sharing, Anna; following their Instagram account now also! Swoon city.

  • Reply Annemarie June 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

    After some careful Swedish googling (‘Obehandlad mässing’) I found it’s a tap from Tapwell:

    In their own catalog it’s
    and then choose the ‘obearbetad massing’ option on the right.

    Go buy! One for me too! ;P

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 30, 2014 at 8:58 am

      Thank you, Annemarie. For some idiotic reason it never occurred to me to Google it in Swedish!!

  • Reply Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life June 29, 2014 at 7:34 am

    The hardware and fixtures are worthy of their own post.

  • Reply doorot June 29, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Hi Anna,

    I’ve been looking for a similar faucet for ages (over a year) and the more I look, the more I’m convinced the home owners are customising their own faucets to give them the polished brass look.

    Look at this one, they had it stripped and replated:

    I’m guessing this is the way forward :)

    Have a great Sunday!

  • Reply Noecitos June 29, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Swooning so hard. The instagram of the real state firm is excellent too. Thanks!

  • Reply Colleen June 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Wow, that place is to die for! I definitely want to pull a goldilocks on this one too. My favorite part is the kitchen cabinets. And the black grout with the white subway tiles is just like POW!

  • Reply Anette June 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

    The faucet is Tapwell EVO 184.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Thanks, Anette! I’m amazed and impressed by how many D16 readers were able to identify this faucet to quickly. :)

  • Reply Anne June 29, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I’ve often wondered if Swedish real estate companies hire stylists to help sell their listings. They certainly shell out for great photos, so it’s probable, I suppose.

  • Reply Jenia from HTL June 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Hi there – thank you for the link to the VIB post on our counters :) Its been about a year since we left our home to travel and I am anxious / excited to go back and see how they’ve held up for our tenants. I love this apartment that you featured here. I am currently in Tbilisi, Georgia sitting in a lovely flat that shares the same architecture — tall, tall, tall ceilings, large windows, and amazingly thick walls that make for lovely window seats / shelves.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      Hi Jenia! I’m curious about how your counters are looking, too. Thanks for sharing them with us! Enjoy your travels—and enjoy the journey home, too. :)

  • Reply Sally Ogilvie June 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Try Astra Walker for the tap – – the Icon Plus series comes in a range of finishes, raw brass being one of them. Also another company called Brodware – They have come lovely copper ones as well. I am in love with the tiny brass strip on the top of the tiles. Sublime!

  • Reply melbournite June 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I’m impressed by you all finding that tap so quickly! I really thought it would be a custom strip job. Those Swedes got style.

    Incidentally, here’s another house where they stripped the tapware (then replated it):

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Wow, I love those plywood cabinets!! :D

  • Reply Elisabet June 30, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Clicked through to the listing and realized this apartment was really close to my home, in fact I used to live in that area before and my daughter goes to dance class there. And yes, many of these companies does offer styling. And while the apartment looks nice, it is a shame so many of the original features are gone, like the kakelugn that must have been there (where the glass is collected on the floor now. And the kitchen, but that probably happened a long time ago so this nice kitchen probably replaced some ugly 80’s cupboards. But, Anna, I can honestly say your house is so much nicer, especially your kitchen and fireplaces, and bathrooms. Not to mention the location. Sweden really is small! Our cities are not really cities. But I will have to think about wheter I can fit a tap like that in the renovation ov our 70’s kitchen, it will be really modern, because our 70’s rowhouse is really modern, with big windows. I wonder how it would look with a brass tap.

  • Reply elisabetta @italianbark June 30, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Love everything of this home but kitchen an its details are the best part in my opinion, the contrast between black and white is great

  • Reply Daniel June 30, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I like that apartment too! However, Stadshem is based in Gothenburg, not Stockholm. So even though the street is called Stockholmsgatan (Stockholm street) both the company and the apartment is in Gothenburg.

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Thanks so much for the clarification, Daniel! I shall amend the post. :)

  • Reply rachel June 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    What do you think the trim is around the tile in the kitchen? Brass strips?

    • Reply Anna @ D16 June 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Rachel, you can actually buy tile edge protector strips in a variety of materials, including brass. It’s pretty cheap, too! Try Googling “brass tile edging”—there are lots of options. It has a perforated lip on it that’s held in place by thinset, and the tile goes over that.

  • Reply Lizzie Modern June 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I don’t know what kind of finish was used on that stove to make it so perfect next to those cabinets, but that is truly stunning. The bedroom is amazing as well.

  • Reply Fiona June 30, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Oh, oh, oh. That’s gorgeous…

  • Reply Paul June 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Anyone know who makes the small wall shelves in the bedroom?

  • Reply Joy July 1, 2014 at 4:23 am

    These are such sick picks. Love them all.

  • Reply Monnaie Ernakulam July 1, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Nice interior designing and interior furnishing!

  • Reply kim July 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This whole place rocks. I’ve been dreaming about brass fixtures for ages. That faucet is perfect.

  • Reply kate o. July 1, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Random, but have you seen this?

    I immediately thought of you.

  • Reply cassie July 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Treating wood with leather oil (and wax) creates a beautiful, dynamic effect as well. I loved it when we put it on our floors, but I love how it has worn even more.

  • Reply christine July 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Very pretty, but I can’t concentrate on any of the apartment’s features because they put those shelves RIGHT above sleepers’ heads in the bedroom! I can’t stand it! Maybe they’re a lot more together than I am because I would hit my head every morning on those shelves.

  • Reply Doorot October 6, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Jumping back on this thread, have you seen these faucets? So pretty!

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