Art Wall at Story

Art Wall at Story

Felicia Shelton showcases Story Hotel’s art wall for sale.

All photos courtesy of author

All photos courtesy of author

Editor’s note – While we recommend apartments as a good option for slowing down in Stockholm, we will occasionally spotlight cool boutique hotels and lodging options that offer something unique and offbeat.

As a lifestyle photographer who appreciates the importance of good design from furniture to well-laid out rooms and interior decor,  it is essential for me to stay in a beautiful hotel offering a little more than a comfortable bed and free WiFi. I recently stayed at Story Hotel Riddargatan located in Stockholm’s epicenter of chic design. Svensk Tenn, Malmsten, NK, Fotografiska and Dramatan are all within walking distance of its location.

Founded in 2011, Story’s aim is to “attract the smart business and leisure traveler who appreciates contemporary design.” Boutique hotels are here to stay and for good reason. They’re not your traditional homogenous experience found in traditional hotels all over the world.


But what makes Story Hotel particularly interesting for slow travelers to Stockholm is that it not only incorporates work by local and international artists into its decor, but also sells their art too. The artwork is eclectic and affordable. You can purchase photographs, illustrations and drawings which have been curated and are shown through out its rooms and public spaces. You can gaze at concert photographs of noted rock legends Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen while eating one of the best breakfasts I have had in years.

You can also order some of the most talked about blogged about prints by artists Cecilia Carlstedt and Julia Hetta. Prints from these artists and more are numbered and signed and can be ordered online at

If you are interested in more substantial paintings, those can be ordered on Story’s own website.


I appreciate walking into a new environment, in this case, a chic Scandinavian hotel and wanting to take the art home with me. Story makes this possible. The hotel itself has such a relaxed  chic urban vibe and its lounge bar is a destination in itself and popular haven for locals.

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Author: Felicia Shelton

Felicia Shelton is a travel and lifestyle photographer who has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar and has contributed to Travel and Leisure, Tom Dixon’s book The Interior World of Tom Dixon, Shopikon and Born and raised in Virginia, she left the country at age 20 and has been traveling and working abroad ever since. She speaks French and Swedish fluently having lived in both France and Sweden for years. Three years in South Korea really launched her photography in the right direction.

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