For The Love Of Collecting Antiques – A Swedish Interior


“After about seven years, I could buy a really nice piece of furniture once a year,” she says. “I was reading Architectural Digest, World of Interiors and every shelter magazine and design book I could get my hands on. I was just enthralled with design. The spectrum of collecting was appealing to me.”

She began what she calls “guerrilla hunting” for antiques to furnish her own living space. In New Orleans, she found a European ambience in step with her affinity for European antiques, renovated the first of two Victorian cottages and turned her collecting pastime into a wholesale business that immediately had legs via word of mouth. She sold her first container of antiques in front of a mini storage space in 10 minutes and quickly became a valued resource to well-known interior designers.

Along the way, she opened a warehouse on Camp Street, started her own line of European antique reproductions — Tara Shaw Maison — designed homes for a list of clients that includes celebrities, and inked a lucrative licensing deal with Restoration Hardware that allowed her to cut back on her travel schedule.


Gustavian Furniture – How to get the look – Ulla Kloster

Set of 6 Gustavian Chairs – 9k 1st Dibs


The Gustavian Chair

Gustavian furniture is pure style and elegance. Chairs are the defining pieces in the Gustavian family of furniture with their delicately carved, columned legs. There’s a distinctive, refined feminine elegance to the chairs – a lightness and an almost gravity defying quality to it. Sometimes the legs and the rest of the woodwork are gently gilded for added glamour. Fabrics are usually plain colours – shades of grey, white and cream or striped. Rarely floral or other patterns.

In fact, the Gustavian style is almost the opposite of Scandi and Danish ‘hygge‘ which has taken the world by storm over the last few years. While hygge is about cosiness, relaxing, chilling, and focusing on the inner life, Gustavian style is about style, refinement and elegance. Read more about ‘hygge’ and how to live like “the happiest people in the world” here.

The Gustavian style is a mix of styles and interpretations – of the ostentatious French court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, Regency and the very different, pared down Scandi aesthetic. It’s formal meets country style: It’s remarkable how three so different styles merged successfully into the distinctive Gustavian look that’s now more popular than ever.

Gustavian dining chairs are the defining pieces of the popular Swedish interior style, but the Gustavian bench is a close second.


3 Swedish Must Haves – Decorating A Home Around Swedish Antiques

You love Swedish style but don’t know exactly where to start. Here are a few ideas for you to get going.

Swedish style is about simplicity, but it is anything but boring.

The look is centered around minimalism, but the furnishings can be very detailed.  Have you ever considered working with rub on transfers?  Use them on any sort of wooden item.  Think of a stackable set of boxes, or a tray for your ottoman.  Do up a showcase dresser.  Add in hand painted details to blend the transfers into the distressed painted look.

Rub on Butterflies – Do it yourself “painted looks”  – Amazon


Butterfly Chest –

 Floral Rub On Transfer – Amazon


1. Swedish Must Have’s – Wall Lights

Mirrors, gilt brass and crystal chandeliers have also been used for centuries in the northern countries to capture light as the winter nights were long. The reflections created light which extended the days.  Here is an exceptional light that looks like an antique, but doesn’t use candles, but real lights!

Distressed Wood 3-Light Candle Sconce – forget about candles. $192 Amazon


2. Swedish Must Have’s – Interesting And Detailed

Captivating Swedish interiors have their emphasis on texture. A few detailed, distressed or hand painted pieces can go a long way in creating this look.  Think about really worn wood looks.  How to do this yourself?  Beat up your wood, and paint over the wood, and wipe it away.  The painted glaze will settle into the worn and distressed areas giving you the look of a worn antique.


Cognac Brown Wood Office Chair – Amazon


19th century Rococo Painted Commode – 1st Dibs


3. Swedish Must Have’s – Natural Fabrics

One really easy way of adding in color is doing it through pillow throws, or blankets. If you are wanting a particular color in your house, – get bedding, add some throws on your sofa.

Velvet Cushion Covers In Sets Of 2 – Amazon

Linen Trimmed Tailored Edged Pillows Set Of 2 – Amazon


Jepeak Burlap Linen ThrowAmazon

Teal and Black French Bench – Amazon

Spectacular Teal Recliner – Amazon

Velvet Trimmed Pillows – Set Of 2 – Amazon

Notice the French pink upholstered bed above?  It wouldn’t look the same without the gold painted details. 

What a grand daybed – seen at

$12,057.62  Louis Xvi Style Bunk Beds/matching Pair Of Single Beds Made By La Maison London

Intricate wallpaper often is a classic Swedish look. 

Stunning Folk art styled antiques.  Burnt Red is a color seen amongst Swedish antiques

MÖSSBORD, Jämtland, daterat 1841. – Bukowskis


A Swedish cupboard dated 1807

Hand painted floral details stand out on this painted cupboard

What colors do you like the best?  If you were to invest in one piece today, what would it be?


The Beautiful Wall Paintings Of von Echstedtska gården In Sweden


See more pictures of these wall paintings on Miras Mirakel’s blog.



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I stumbled across a post from Miras Mirakel’s blog about an enchanting farm called “von Echstedtska gården” located in Saffle, Sweden.  The pictures immediately caught my attention.

What is really captivating about this mansion is the beautiful wall murals.  You have to wonder whose talent that was through history.  Was it one woman, or a few talented residents? I really don’t know.    When you look at the pictures, pay attention to the faux marble panels and trim.  My goodness, someone in time had some incredible talent!

Here is what Wikipedia tells us about this beautiful mansion:


The farm was built during the years 1762–1764 by the assessor Bengt von Echstedt . The outside has a Carolingian touch. On the inside, the rococo blooms in the murals, among other things. A gazebo and secret house flank on either side of the main building, below are double pairs of wing buildings. The secret house has unique ceiling paintings that depict the landlord with his first wife elegantly sitting on the exit with courting servants. At the farm there is an apple farm with old Värmland apple varieties .

The farm was threatened at the beginning of the 20th century to be moved to Skansen but avoided this by Värmlands Museum buying the farm in 1939. The buildings and interiors were thoroughly restored in the 1950s, 1992–93 and even later.

More Pictures To View :

Von Echstedtska Gården, Västra Smedbyn, 661 94 Säffle, Sweden

Textile exhibition at Echstedtska gården in Säffle – 5/29/2021 –


Värmlands Museum has had the help of the art historian Lars Sjöberg, he has borrowed from his collections and is an expert on 18th century interiors.

– When you furnish a home, you dress it in textile, he explains.”


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400 Professional Designers Picked Green As The ” Color For 2022 ” In A Recent Survey

HomeGoods Style Expert Beth Diana Smith predicts that, in 2022, many will go green by decorating around green-hued decor.

“Green [is] definitely the color of 2022!”

the owner and principal designer of Beth Diana Smith Interior Design tells SheKnows. “Six paint brands opted to choose green for their color of the year inspired by the latest fashion and home trends. Additionally, green has been trending in wellness as greens are associated with self-care, nourishment and zen energy. So, as consumers continue to prioritize mental health, we’ll continue to see green throughout our spaces as we look to infuse calming colors.”

Look at this:

A recent survey from Sherwin-Williams, which included more than 400 professional designers, found that emerald green was the top prediction for the most on-trend color in 2022.

Interiors decorated around the color of green.  Do you see anything here you love? 

Darker Green Inspired Interiors

Gustavian Chest –

Swedish Inspired Furniture

Swedish Inspired Furniture

Swedish Inspired Furniture

Gustavian Inspired Desk Reveal – Revisionary Life

At last, I can say it is finished! Painted and waxed on all sides. Of course things never go as quickly as I imagine…

But finally, I have a finished desk, and I love it! You remember, the middle one with missing molding pieces…

When I tried to pry off the other pieces, it wrecked the top layer of veneer – at least I think it was veneer.


5 Scandinavian Interior Design Tricks – Megan Slack

Lighter Colors are used in this interior, whose picture appeared on the cover of Classic Swedish Interiors

1. Use large windows to emphasize natural light

Thanks to the nation’s famously dark winters, Finnish designers are experts at emphasizing light in the most effective ways possible, and Villa Lumi is certainly no exception. The home uses large window panes and no window dressings to ensure the home is illuminated as efficiently as possible. While all homes may are not designed in the same way as Villa Lumi, we can still the architect’s technique with any kind of window, as Helsinki based Interior Designer Helena Karihtala shares:

‘Due to long winters, the use of natural light is considered to be important, and we usually prefer large windows. Keeping the windows bare or using light curtains helps make the space feel open and full of natural light. The walls are also almost always a shade of white, making most of natural light.’




Mirrors are another classic Swedish design trick to add more light into a room.  Face the mirror opposite of a window to bounce light off of.



30 Gray Toned Paint Colors For Swedish Styled Interiors – Behr

In this link, Quinn pieces together 30 of the best gray paint shades from Behr.  Where it gets interesting is for you to determine exactly what undertones you like.

In this article, there are 5 categories of undertones.  Blue, Purple, Green, Orange and Red.  Over time, most people usually lean towards either a cool collection, or warm arena.

Later in the article, what really makes the choice more complex is LIGHTING.  An example is given in the article, where a room is photographed at different times of the day.  One picture shows a light gray, and another showing a very clear blue.  Long story short, test your samples before buying large quantities of paint.

Have you ever found a paint color that looks absolutely incredible day and night in a particular room, only to bring it into another room, and have it look entirely different?

I recently painted over my basement this summer.  I had a color that worked in any room in my upstairs, so I figured, I would just go with that color downstairs too.

Many years ago I hand mixed colors, and found one that worked.  It works night and day.  It just looks incredible.  Its a darker gray, with undertones of green.  Its not overly dark.

I had it made up for my basement, and it turned out awful in that room.  No matter how hard I tried messing around with the shade, the simple fact, the lighting is different in my basement.  I shoved the paint in a closet, and started over.

You need to read the article- Behr

Bringing The Garden In For The Winter



Chinoiserie Green Gold Late 1700s Gustavian Rococo Mora Clock – 1st Dibs

Swedish Long Case Mora Clock, Kramfors, Sweden, 1st Dibs

Swedish Mora Clock, In Texas – 1st Dibs

Beautiful distressing of old Swedish furniture

Louis XV Style Bergère Chair – $1250 Chairish


Light and Airy Sunroom  – Vibeke Design – Scandinavian Blog


Have you ever thought about these peg boards as full walls?  Its not a bad idea.


Scandinavian Kitchens – Classic shaker kitchen in green — Nordiska Kök



Foxglove Sage Botanical Sage Wallpaper – Home Depot


Canvas Organizer –

Thifty garden storage –,  Potato cleaner  – Grit Magazine,

PVC Pipe Trellis –, Shoe container garden starts –



Image Seen On


7 Ways to Love Copper and Green


Rust on brown.  Isn’t this a fabulous way of showing off your tools?  –

Photo by JerBear2010 on Flickr



Isn’t this an interesting way of organizing your garden planting ? 

Must-Know Storage Secrets for Your Garden Shed – Better Homes And Gardens




Spectacular Dream 19th Century Swedish Green Panted Chest From Chairish



A pretty wallpaper with charming woodland creatures trees and toadstools. Swedish designer Hannah Wendelbo. –

Tones Of Green –


The Home Office – Why Not Make Yours Unique ?

The Home Office

When the country was instructed to work from home if possible, there were some happy novelties- namely endless cups of tea and waking up ten minutes before your first meeting of the day. But then Zoom calls became exhausting, interrupted by children or pets, and the home WiFi cracked under the pressure. The line between working life and free time became increasingly blurred.

Love it or loathe it, working from home for lots of professions is going to remain prominent. Creating the perfect home office space is vital for the most productive and aesthetic work environment. A study ought to provide an oasis of calm amidst the chaos. Technical equipment is the interior designer’s worst nightmare and the key to reconciling cables and screens with attractive furnishings is storage and clever use of space.


The Light And Airy Furniture Of Sweden

Dawn Hill Antiques

Swedish furniture is in a class of its own. From the exuberant decoration of the Rococo style with an abundance of curves and natural motifs that gave way in the late 1700s to the restrained Gustavian style, Swedish furniture appeals to many. Owing to its clean lines and simplicity, it mixes well with other styles, both traditional and modern.

“You cannot talk about Swedish design without first considering the natural environment of Sweden. It is a country of islands, with the sea on one side and the interior populated by dense forests,” said antique dealer Paulette Peden of Dawn Hill Antiques in New Preston, Conn. “In the winter months there is a very short period of daylight, so the Swedish people craved the light, and created rooms painted with pale colors, and light furniture to make the most of the precious daylight.” The Gustavian style was named for Sweden’s King Gustav III (1746-92), during whose reign the talented craftsmen of the Stockholm Guild made well-designed furniture like chairs, tables, secretaries, cupboards and settees.

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Slipcovers Have Always Been Popular Through Time – Swedish Decorating

Larsson, Carl (1853-1919)

Among the Swedish artist Carl Larsson’s many watercolours of the house he shared with his wife, Karin, and eight children, is one of their sitting room that radiates a pleasing sense of domesticity — a discarded newspaper and shoes, a sleeping dog, a rug hung nonchalantly over the arm of the sofa. But it is the blue-and-white striped loose cover of the sofa that does most to enhance the relaxed feeling of this elegant space. Larsson painted it in 1895, a time when Victorians, such as the family of another artist, Linley Sambourne, were living among buttoned, fringed and tightly upholstered splendour at 18, Stafford Terrace that remains a monument to the Victorian decorative exuberance (both artists’ houses are open to the public).

As with so many of the key ingredients in classic decoration, there’s a deeply practical rationale behind the loose cover: namely, that it can be washed and changed at will. In the past, they were often fitted to protect furniture or changed according to the season. They also soften the look of a sofa or chair by hiding its legs.

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The Couple Behind D. Larsson Interior and Antikhandel – Swedish Antiques

In the nine years since they founded D. Larsson Interior and Antikhandel, Daniel and Cristina Larsson have become among the world’s leading purveyors of 18th- and 19th-century painted Swedish antiques. Yet just 12 years ago, they were both on very different paths.
D. Larsson Cristina and Daniel Larsson

Married couple Cristina and Daniel Larsson, of D. Larsson Interior and Antikhandel, specialize in 18th- and 19th-century Swedish antiques, which they mix with vintage and modern pieces in their own home. Top: Their living room features an 18th-century Swedish Baroque table, a 1970s coffee table and a ca. 1775 Gripsholm armchair. All photos by Francisco Caires

Swedish-born Daniel was in Amsterdam working in customer relations for KLM airlines and dealing in vintage modern furnishings on the side. This was a hobby he picked up while living in Stockholm. Finding inexpensive pieces at Swedish flea markets, he would finish them himself — “Woodshop was my best subject at school,” he says with a laugh — and then drive to England to sell them at the country’s open-air antiques markets to British and American dealers.

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D. Larsson Interior and Antikhandel

Find Little Ways To Wow – Dara Caponigro

As a former editor for home decor magazines, Dara Caponigro has spent her career immersed in decorating. Dara shares her timeless style with Better Homes And Gardens Magazine.

Find little ways to wow :

“Style isn’t always about making a big splash. You can add it in small doses. Bold, eye-catching wallpaper in the back of cupboards or between shelves in bookcases is a wonderful way to make a big statement in a small way.”

See the rest of her advice here

6 Colors You’ll Find In Every Scandinavian Home – Laura Barry

Swedish 18th Century Gustavian Pine Desk –1st Dibs

The regions fondness for natural materials, muted color palettes and fine craftsmanship set the standard high when it comes to interior design, however achieving the same look in your own home isn’t that hard.

Scandinavian interior design is about embracing what nature has already presented us with. Using timber for furniture, buttery soft leather for upholstery or soft furnishings and looking to wool, linen and cotton for bedding and accessories. But it isn’t just the use of natural fibres that demonstrates the Scandinavian love of nature, it’s the color palette that’s entirely inspired by the naturally occurring shades  found in forests and landscapes.

If you’re trying to inject a little bit of Scandinavian style into your home the first thing to do is rethink your color palette, and try using these six colors that appear in all Scandi-inspired interiors.

1. Forest Green

This rich shade of green offers a home the perfect balance of on-trend color that still feels timeless. Work a forest green cushion, throw blanket or linen duvet set into your interior scheme and finish off with a dark green foliage plant to complete the forest transformation.


5 Decorating Mistakes Not To Make – By Gabrielle Savoie

1. Being Afraid Of Contrast

“People with great style have a natural understanding of scale and proportion,” New York-based interior designer Alyssa Kapito chimes in. “Having everything in a room at the same height and scale is a rookie mistake — it’s the contrast that makes things interesting. Try oversize artwork next to a pair of petite lamps or incorporating height into your room with sky-high curtains.”

2. Focusing On The Television

“A lot of people decorate their apartments surrounding their television, but your TV does not have to be the central focal point of your room,” says Babba Canales, a N.Y.-based Swedish It girl and brand marketing professional.

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$223 – Swedish Styled Hunting Mirror



Isn’t this the most unique mirror you have seen?  If you love seeing Swedish, French styled carved wood plaques, – this mirror gives you that look. 

This mirror would look dynamite at the end of a hallway.  I have one mirror at the foot of my stairs, and I get to look at it’s beauty as I am walking down the stairs.  In a hallway, you almost have nothing else to look at.  Hang it there.