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.


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. 

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$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

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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 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 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.
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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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Q&A With Swedish Designers Edie Van Breems and Rhonda Eleish

Q: Clearly, you are scholars on Scandinavian style. For you, what is the essence of it?

A: Recognition of the importance of nature and the impact it has on interiors and overall lifestyles. Light, colors, and the functionality of daily living also play a huge role. In Sweden there is a wordbruskonst, which loosely translates to “useful art.” This respect for economy and intimacy with nature is an integral part of Scandinavia’s design psyche.

Q: Scandinavian antiques are usually made of humble materials, but painted to look like marbles, gilt, and fine woods. How do you make them work in modern spaces?

A: Antique pieces, by virtue of their patina and imperfections, add a depth and soulfulness to rooms that could otherwise be one-note and cold. A rough-hewn, rustic, painted farm table, for example, is going to look amazing with contemporary metal chairs or formal, tailored, upholstered dining chairs by sheer virtue of the contrast. An 18th-century Gustavian chandelier in a barn room or a rustic, painted farm chair in a severe, all-glass or marble contemporary bathroom becomes almost sculptural.


The BEST Antiques Fair In Sweden THIS August- 80 Dealers! Preview The Goods ONE DAY In ADVANCE With A Pass

Are you interested in seeing the best antiques Sweden has to offer?

The highest quality finds will be at the Malmö Dekorativa Antiques Fair, August 27 – 30th.

Malmö Dekorativa Antiques Fair is the third largest antiques fair in Sweden, with 80 antiques dealers from all over the country and the Copenhagen area, offering depth of knowledge and reputation of quality Swedish antiques.

Considered a trade secret among Swedish dealers, making the event a “must-visit” destination for the international trade as well.

Experience Swedish antiques, folk art, design and collectibles in the perfect settings of Katrinetorps buildings and gardens.

Here is how you can access to this first-class event ONE DAY EARLY:

Contact Daniel Larsson, as tickets are only accessible with an invitation.

Daniel sits on the advisory board of Malmö Dekorativa Antiques Fair, which allows him all-access pass. He will be able to prepare badges and passes for those who are interested in viewing the advance preview.

The fair opens at 08.00 on Thursday FOR DEALERS the 27th of August, one day before the general public which enters at three a clock on Friday the 28th Aug.

There will be a transport company at the fair that can help you with delivery of purchased items.

For a one of a-kind-look before the fair opens, contact Daniel.

Daniel Larsson
International Trade Marketing / Advisory Board
Malmö Dekorativa Antiques Fair

D.Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel
Wrangelsgatan 13
254 39 Helsingborg

Tel: 0046 734 38 18 43


Address Of The Fair:

Katrinetorps allé 1,
215 74 Malmö.

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Linda And Lindsay Kennedy’s California Bungalow Decorated In The Swedish Style

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This beautiful California home decorated in the Swedish style was featured in the Country Home September 2004 issue.  The article was written by Claire Whitcomb, photographed by Edmund Barr and styled by Jennifer Kope Zimmerman.

Linda and Lindsay, LA designers and antique dealers stumbled on a home they had to have.  They immediately loved how much light the home retained, and while they didn’t really love the layout, it was located in the right area, and it felt like a piece of the country.  They fell in love with the property that they put their own house up for sale, just to be ready to take possession of the bungalow.

The house had already been renovated with vintage wide plank flooring, and the walls had beadboard lined walls, all the markings of the classic Swedish style interior.  The couple was getting ready for their baby, and they wanted to be set up to enjoy their life as parents.  Linda recalls a life growing up with fond memories of her mother who would drag her to country barn sales….  She started her antique business when her production company closed…and found herself wondering what to do.  She took a leap of faith and decided to sell antiques.

We logged about 8,000 miles on the back roads in order to find affordable antiques” she tells Country Home Magazine.  Not considered about names, they opted to find solid beautiful pieces.  “The worn woods and the faded blues and creams and grays are what give character to a minimalist setting” she says….

Additional Links:

a beautiful visit with an old friend – Velvet & Linen

Reflections on Swedish Interiors – Page 207 – Google Books

Summer House in Nantucket Restored by Nancy Fishelson


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Investing In Mora Clocks – Expert Advice From Jo From Swedish Interior Design specializes in Swedish Antique Gustavian, Biedermeier, Rococo and Country Painted, Veneer and Natural Wood Furniture.

In the Homes and Antiques April 2014 Issue, Swedish Interior Design was asked to spill about Mora Clocks.  Here is what they had to say:

A grandfather clock by another name?

A Mora clock is specifically a longcase clock made in the town of Mora in central Sweden during the l8th and 19th centuries.

Why there and and why then?

Bad harvests in the 1700s meant that the farmers of Mora, which was a largely rural community,
had to come up with a way to supplement their income. The pendulum clock had been invented by Dutch scientist Christian Muygens in 1656 using the sketches of Galileo so there was already something of a tradition for making clocks of this sort in Scandinavia and the cottage industry quickly developed. Each family in Mora look responsibility for making a certain part: the pendulums, the faces, the brass mechanics and so on.

Tell us about the clock’s defining features…

They are known (or their curvaceous hourglass shapes and are more often than not painted in pale greys, whites or blues as these colours reflected candlelight better on long dark evenings. Sometimes they will have ‘kurbits’ folk art designs – a form of bold, painterly decoration most
recognizable from wooden Dala horses that originate from Dalarnia, the same region that
Mora clocks come from.

How easy are they to come by? 

Oddly the largest collection of Mora clocks is here in the UK. It is owned by Jo and Madeleine
Lee who run Swedish Intorior Design and have just moved their business to an old granary near Shoreham where you can find over 50 of the clocks in stock. Look out for ones marked ‘AAS’. They may well be made by the first Mora clockmaker Krang Anders Andersson whose oldest known clock dates to 1792. Be wary though, the moniker has been copied onto later clocks so check for documentary evidence of his craftsmanship.

Swedish Mora Clocks

Jo spills some of his secrets of how he goes about refreshing Swedish antiques that need a facelift.

He discovered this Mora clock about many years ago, and it was one of the first pieces he found in Sweden.   He loved the clock but wanted the overall look to fit into their 1886 apartment which was decorated around whites and greys.

The clock was found painted in a “Kirbits Folk Art Style…..

“It was statuesque, superbly proportioned, elegant and painted in reproduction Kurbits Folk Art style. The repaint was probably done in the early 1900s and the colours they had used and the painting style were rather garish. The original Kurbits Folk Art Style was prominent in Sweden in the early part of the 1800s and was a freehand style using feather shapes, swirls and subtle earth tome colors (reds, ochres, yellows, oranges) to create a visually sumptuous but definitely country style. You can see examples of the kurbits painting from the early 1800s by looking at the 360 degree view of the Swedish Interior Design Kitchen where we have freestanding cabinets from 1799, 1803 and so on with the original Kurbits paint.”

Jo tells us how he made this clock look antique with paint:

Step 1 – “Key the entire clock with medium sandpaper (180 grit) to allow the paint to grip and look it over to decide whether there were any bits that needed gluing or fixing. Generally I prefer to leave pieces ‘as is’ if possible rather than fix them up to much as the life they have undergone is part of their character and makes them real”

Step 2 – “Prepare The Tools In this case a variety of brushes of different sizes to allow me to get a fine coat on to the clock without filling up the wonderful crenulations and shapes on the body with excess paint. You can get very carried away with special brushes but actually we generally use pretty standard ones – my brush heads don’t have to include virgin yak tails from Mongolia! In this case I used a Craig and Rose acrylic paint (I used Regency White in the Chalky Emulsion finish), which dries nice and quick and that goes on very smoothly with a nice chalky texture. I didn’t use a primer in this case but you can if you want. Alternatively, any chalk-like paint such as Farrow and Ball’s Estate Emulsion, Chalk or Milk Paint could be used. With Chalk and Milk Paint, you would have to wax the piece and not glaze it as I did, which I will talk about a bit later.”

Step 3 – Base Coat “A nice smooth stroke with a larger headed brush to keep an even spread and smaller headed brushes or ones where I’ve cut them to an angle for getting in and under things! Always be careful not to let the paint pool or drip and consider it from several angles to make sure the coverage is good. Once I’d built up the base coat, I added 2 further coats at a slightly watered down consistency until I liked the visual texture

Step 4  Sand “Light sand to matte the paint down a bit with 320 sandpaper and then some judicious distressing either in the right places where you would naturally get a lot of use (like the handle in the pendulum door) or for effect (to highlight a special feature). I also use a razor blade too sometimes for a different look”

Step 5  Antiquing. “Now that I like the basic color and the level of distress, I decide how and if I should antique it. When well done, antiquing really adds to the feel of a piece and can highlight its decorative mouldings, giving them a 3D effect. But if overdone or clumsily applied..awful! Many people like to use wax but I prefer to make up my own antiquing fluid using an acrylic glaze as a base. I mix the acrylic glaze with a dark brown, grey, red or yellow paint so I can create an antiquing color that matches the color tones I want to effect and it still looks like the real ‘dirt of ages’. So sometimes it’s greyer, browner, more yellow, ochre or red – whatever you need for a special job. The key is “think” where naturally dirt would accumulate and build it up in layers and once that’s done to see if you want to use it as a special effect to highlight any feature.  Another light dusting with 320 sandpaper in places and then stand back and admire the handiwork”

Jo And Madeleine Swedish Interior DesignJo and his wife Madeleine, in the left picture

You can see their unique collection of antique mora clocks, and other Swedish furniture by viewing by private appointment 7 days a week.

Call +44 1273734371 or visit the website at

Also, look up at Swedish Interior Design blog for more tips of how to decorate with Swedish furniture.

Follow Jo on Facebook, follow his wife’s blog Madeleine

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Madeleine In their Swedish Home

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Beautiful creamy whites and golds seen in their home

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Pictures taken in their home for a fashion editorial in Coco Indie Magazine, see more at

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Mora Clocks From Swedish Interior Design

Clock 1: Unique Early 1800s antique Swedish mora clock with an incredible original trompe l’oieil wreath motif and a very unusual larger head with stunning roman numeral clock face

Clock 2: Early 1800s antique Swedish mora clock in original  white paint.The mora clock is in good condition and features the makers name ‘Roth of Norkoping’ and elaborate beautiful handpanted gold curlicue designs.

Clock 3: Very early 1800s Swedish mora clock in original paint. Incredible ribbed crown motif on the hood and very distressed but structurally sound.

Mora Clocks From Swedish Interior Design

7 Of The Most Famous Swedish Furniture Designers And Decorators

Bureau of Jonas Hultsten, champion in Stockholm 1773-1794. Veneered with rosewood, mahogany, maple and stained hardwood and slice of red limestone.

Jonas Hultsten

Jonas Hultsten was born in 1742 and was known in Sweden as a famous furniture maker. Hultsten completed his apprenticeship with Kristian Waistband in Stockholm, and earned the title of champion in his trade. He began working within the Rococo style, but was influenced by Georg Haupt who designed around the Gustavian style. Haupt influenced his choice of motifs in wood inlays, but after his death, he developed an eye which was all his own. He is best known for creating a design with a grid pattern featuring a small flower in each box. An example can be seen in the Princess’s bedchamber at Gripsholm Castle with a chest of drawers made ​​around 1780.

Jonas Hultsten

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Johan Åkerblad

Åkerblad was one of Sweden’s most prominent and prolific mirror maker, working mainly in the Rococo and Gustavian styles.  Johan Åkerblad’s mirrors were decorated with beading around the glass and classic decorations seen in the Gustavian styles such as the bow.  Johan Åkerblad’s mirrors can be found today, and demand premium prices for their craftsmanship.

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Gustav III's collapsible bed by Georg Haupt, located at Drottningholm Palace.

Gustav III’s collapsible bed by Georg Haupt, located at Drottningholm Palace-

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Georg Haupt

Georg Haupt, born in 1741 in Stockholm , died September 18 1784 , was a Swedish craftsman and one of the most famous designers of Gustavian furniture.  He became a cabinetmaker to King Adolphus Frederick in 1769, and was known as a master carpenter and burgess in Stockholm in 1770 and 1771.

Haupt was the son of a Nuremberg carpenter, and learnt his trade as an apprentice of Johan Conrad Eckstein in Stockholm. His grandfather was an art maker Jurgen Haupt who in the 1660s immigrated to Stockholm from Nuremberg. He travelled as a journeyman to Amsterdam, Paris and London,  and learned the trade during a period when the French rococo had been quite fashionable in Swedish furniture design. When he arrived in Paris in 1764, the neoclassical style, under the name Louis XVI was gaining popularity. Many speculate he was employed in the workshop of Simon Oeben, the brother of the better-known Jean-François Oeben.

One of his most famous piece of furniture was Gustav IV Adolf’s cradle. It was King Adolf Fredrik’s gift to his wife, Louisa. It got its place in the marble cabinet at Drottningholm Palace. His first royal commission was to be a desk intended as a gift for the Queen. After some pressure from the King, the Stockholm carpentry guild allowed him to use the completed piece to qualify as a master, even though journeymen older than him waiting for their turn. When he was allowed into the Guild in 1770, he became a burgess in Stockholm the following year. He establishing a workshop in rented premises at Trumpetarbacken, Norrmalm, which allowed him to employ four journeymen and a few apprentices to produce furniture for the royal court and the Swedish social and economic elite.

A signed Haupt agency was sold in 1989 to Bukowski to 12.2 million kroner at the Smaland financial man Roy Gustafsson, making it Sweden’s second most expensive antique.

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Louis Masreliez

Sophisticated neoclassical interior of the Old Town in Stockholm by Louis Masreliez.- Picture Credit-

Louis Masreliez

Louis Masreliez (Adnen Louis Masreliez) born in 1748 in Pans, died March 19 in 1810 , was a Swedish painter, graphic artist and interior designer.

He was the older brother of ornament sculptor Jean Baptiste Masreliez and son of Jacques Adrien Masreliez, also an ornamental sculptor, invited to Sweden from France to assist in the construction of the Royal Palace .

Louis Masreliez came to Sweden in 1753, and began his education at Scribbles Academy at age 10. When the drawing academy was no training in painting , Masreliez began his studies at Lorens Gott’s workshop. In 1769 he was awarded a government scholarship, which he used for a study trip to Paris and Bologna. He returned to Sweden in 1782, where he became a member of the Academy of Art and the following year professor of history painting . His breakthrough work included Gustav Ill’s Pavilion at Haga Park.

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Gottlieb Iwersson

Gottlieb Iwersson, born 1750. died 1813, and was known to be a famous Swedish furniture maker. He was born in Malmo , the second son of alderman in Malmo carpenters office Olof Iwersson and began his career in 1766 by an apprenticeship to his father.

In 1769, he moved to Stockholm, and became a master in 1778. Mastarprovet was a desk that was manufactured for Gustav III’s behalf, a magnificent piece of furniture with vertical facade, decorated with the Swedish national coat of arms in marquetry and extensive decorations in
gilt bronze. He worked with Louis Masreliez , and designed a desk for Gustav IV Adolf. He also worked with interior Arvfurstens palace.

He opened his own workshop in the neighborhood Ox in Stockholm in 1779, he was forced to close in 1812 due to increasing health problems. Iwerssons more famous works originated at the end of his career when he designed in the late Gustavian style, which saw veneer with dark woods like mahogany and simple brass fittings that incorporated both English and French influences.

Source- Wikipedia

Gustavus Ditzinger

Gustavus Ditzinger, was born in 1760, and died 1800.  He was known as a famous Swedish furniture-maker. Ditzinger studied under Georg Haupt from 1776 and became a journeyman in 1782.  He worked for Haupts widow Sara from 1784 and married her in 1789.

Ditzinger received a title of master carpenter in Stockholm in 1788.  He is known for the rich inlaid furniture seen in Haga Palace and interior Arvfurstens palace. He collaborated with Louis Masreliez, and after 1790 his style changed to include furniture with mahogany veneer and simpler hardware in brass.

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Carl Hårleman (1700-1753) was one of Sweden’s best-known and influential architects ever.

He was a central figure during the 1700s, and pushed for the influence of French Rococo on Swedish architecture and decor.

Carl was the son of a landscape architect, and trained to be an architect under the tutelage of Nicodemus Tessin Jr., one of Sweden’s great Baroque architects. Hårleman spent 1721-1725 in Paris, improving his craft, and then went to Italy to to study church architecture.

After coming home, Tessin Jr. had died, and his son Carl Gustaf had taken over as the country’s Head Architect or Superintendent. Hårleman was still a young man, around the age of 30 years old, yet he was accomplished in his talents.  He had the finest architectural education of any Swede, which landed him the job of building the Swedish royal palace in Stockholm.

Tessin Jr. had planned around the Baroque style, however, France was seeing the trends steer towards the Rococo style movement.  Regardless that Hårleman’s style was Rococo, he stayed faithful to Tessin Jr’s plans for the exterior, and created some of the most spectacular Rococo interiors that remain to this day.

After returning to France, to hire competent artists to finish off his various projects, they would then teach a new generation of Swedish artists and artisans,which influenced the style in Sweden for decades.

Hårleman succeeded Tessin as Superintendent, and would mold the Swedish tastes in architecture and interior decorating for a century.  He also designed a number of palaces and villas, both new ones and renovation objects.

Carl Hårleman was one of the most important Swedes of the 1700s, and even though he died young at 52 years old.  He was known for his architecture and interior decor, but also had his hand in landscape architecture, and created an education system to ensure that Sweden would continue secure skilled artists and artisans to continue on in the work of design, architecture and decorating royal palaces and administrative buildings when he was gone.

Decorating Around The Color Green – Swedish Style

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House Beautiful Designer Grays 3: Top Row, 1-Pratt Lamberts Argent 1322, 2-Farrow Balls Light Blue 22, 3- Farrow Balls Green Blue 84 Middle Row, 1- Benjamin Moores Cedar Grove 444, 2-Ralph Lauren Paints Blue-Green GH81, 3-Benjamin Moores Colony Green Bottom Row, 1-Benjamin Moores Heavenly Blue, 2-Benjamin Moores Palladian Blue HC-144, 3-Benjamin Moores Sage Tint

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Benjamin Moore’s Colony Green, Ralph Lauren’s Blue-Green GH81, Benjamin Moore’s Cedar Grove 444

Mora Clock Seen At Bagatelle Antiques, Green Painted Mora Seen On Attic, Blue Green Mora From Eloquence

Mora Clock Seen At Bagatelle Antiques, Green Painted Mora Seen On Attic, Blue/ Green Mora From Eloquence

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A Dallas, Texas Home Decorated Around The Swedish Style

4611 Arcady AVE, Highland Park, TX Briggs Freeman

Featured twice in Veranda, this utterly unique home contains 1610 square feet, decorated in the Swedish, Nordic decorating style.  The current owner transformed this cottage into a Swedish oasis in the heart of West Highland Park, Dallas, featuring fabulous finishes and extraordinary workmanship.

Calcutta marble adorns the open kitchen and bathroom, while antique French stone mantles create a warm ambiance. Large French doors with double-paned glass add to a light and bright interior. Several interior doors were specifically picked out in European antique markets and imported. The kitchen was designed for serious cooking and includes top appliances with room to entertain guests. The brick patio was built on pier and beam foundation for future expansion, or to be enjoyed exactly as it is.

This property is listed under 4611 Arcady Avenue, for $879,000, MLS #12170512 at


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3 Houses Decorated Around The Rustic Swedish Style

Ginger Barber's Rugged Texas Home House Beautiful Magazine July 2009

Ginger Barber’s Rugged Texas Home

1.  Cotswold’s Barn Conversion comes from Light Locations.  Inside, the home is saturated with shades of whites.  Take notice of it’s whitewashed rustic oak beams, the neutral decor scheme and open plan interior.  Decorated around minimal decor, this home has rustic furniture, industrial pendant lights, linen bedding and furniture and huge picture windows.

See more of this home at Light Locations

2. A Chattahoochee River Home, decorated by designer Amy Morris, was seen in Atlanta Home Magazine.  This home is decorated around the neutral palette, with soft creamy whites and touches of gray, green and blue.  In the entry hall, we see the start of a theme that continues throughout the house….  “Rustic and elegant“.  A herringbone-patterned brick flooring, combined with country distressed furniture is very welcoming.  What makes this house appear warm and cozy are the fabric choices and old world color choices.  One of the designer’s favorite style secrets involves using outdoor fabric in busy rooms…… “I typically use a polyester, which looks like natural velvet,” she says. It looks great and no one knows.

View more of this interview in Atlanta Home Magazine

View Designer Amy Morris Interiors

3.  Ginger Barber’s Rugged Texas Home.  This home was featured in House Beautiful‘s July 2009 issue. As you enter her 180-acre property you see a beautiful white farmhouse, which is Ginger’s main house, and across the pasture, is her 1850s guesthouse.

When they decided to renovate the guest house, they worked with an open design scheme.  It has a combined family and dining room, along with a master bedroom and bathroom.

She choose to work with a soft creamy gray for the color scheme.   Going with a lighter color palette helps the rooms feel bigger.  In addition to keeping it brighter, they boarded every wall with reclaimed wood and whitewashed the boards for warmth.

Ginger Barber On Lived-In Rooms

On Patina “A nice wide table with the paint peeling off. It’s got great lack-of-paint, doesn’t it? I love chipped painted things; they feel more natural, softer, more inviting. And that washedout Swedish cupboard in the main house’s living room is so wonderfully dull—I love that, too. I’ll even take a new piece and work on the finish to get the look I want. If you look at that pine table in the main house, you’ll see it’s stripped raw, rosy raw. I used white chairs around it because I love the back and forth of crisp white against old and worn”

On Slipcovers- “Again, you’ve got to live. You’ve got to be ready to throw the slipcovers in the wash andbe done with it. My work is 90 percent slipcovers. I mean, this family’s got two Jack Russell terriers, and they’re always on the furniture.”

Simple Linens- “I think a person gets sick of a floral sofa in six months, tops. And in a small space it probably takes even less time to get tired of too much color. The accessories are what give a shot of color to my work, and their shapes and textures add personality. A simple purple-striped coverlet does amazing things for a white bedroom like this guest room, doesn’t it?”

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Scandinavian 18th and 19th C antiques have been highly sought after by dealers, designers and decorators for quite some time. In today’s market, the best of the best are still buying Gustavian and Rococo painted furniture to use as feature pieces in their projects. Because Swedish antiques are known for demanding top dollar, typically only the crème de la crème of dealers have been able to afford stocking them in their stores. When I first discovered the wholesale antique warehouses in Sweden I knew I had discovered the “low door in the wall,” and would be able to give our clients access to more Scandinavian inventory and better prices than ever before.

I’m delighted that The Antiques Diva® & Co now officially offers Scandinavian Antique Buying Tours for both the Trade as well as Design-Obsessed Tourists wanting to shop abroad. While we have 10 Antiques Diva® Tour Guides scattered across Europe and England, making us the largest antique buying service in Europe, Daniel Larsson is our first Divo – male Diva Guide – to join this all-woman-run company. Heaven help him! He might just as well be Saint Peter for he holds the keys to the kingdom of antiquing bliss as the Divo Guide on our Sweden Buying Tours.

While on tour with a recent client – discretion prevents me from name dropping this First Dibs Dealer – The Antiques Diva® & Co went “on the road” helping to stock their store. While we can do 1, 2, 3 or 4 day tours, we recommended a full-on 5 day tour with this client to fill their container as their shopping list was extensive.

At our recommendation our client flew into Copenhagen and rather than taking a customary day off to doze before starting his tour, this experienced buyer went head-on into his tour by having us pick him at the airport and start shopping his first day in northern Europe. Rejuvenated by Danish hot chocolate we took our client to some small private dealers before be-bopping to Green Square, the Mecca of Danish Décor Inspiration.

In Copenhagen a visit to Green Square is almost a rite of passage for design aficionados visiting the city. This giant warehouse is very posh in its presentation, not at all the dirty, dusty halls one normally expects when hearing the word “warehouse”. Here my dealer client filled his cup up with inspiration, whetted his appetite for the days following and scored some amazing pieces to jump start his Scandinavian buying tour.


Hungry for more, we headed to an antique vendor’s house for dinner to finish out our first day. Britt Paulsen is not only my favorite antiques dealer in Denmark but also an amazing cook. While she sells in Britain at The Blanchard Collective, at home in Denmark she opens her private home to Antiques Diva clients for antiquing straight off her own dining room walls – you get access to the inventory wholesale before it hits her retail store in England! Between pheasant pie and mascarpone and bramble for dessert, we sourced wholesale pieces, happily shopping for antiques between courses with a gorgeous glass of French wine in hand. After all, this might be a hard-core trade tour but a client can’t live on antiques alone. Wine and local foods are a necessity for Diva clients.

The next day it was off to Sweden, crossing the famous 5 mile long Øresund Bridge, destined for finding more Scandinavian treasures. For the next 4 days we shopped non-stop, crossing our way up from Malmo to Helsingborg before delving deeper into Sweden, passing by the town famous for the original Ikea store, before foraging deeper and deeper into the southern Swedish countryside to sources that can only be defined as “well off the beaten path”. One warehouse was housed in a former church, another a former train depot, another in a storage facility – a giant cavern of a warehouse – without heat and yet another in a rambling private mansion. Inside these places we found the mother lode of Scandinavian antiques, sometimes finding ourselves barely able to turn around without knocking into another chair, cabinet or armoire.

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While there we learned which chair backs came from which region, easily learning to tell the various origins apart. In one wholesale store specializing in unrestored pieces we were looking for a set of 8 dining room chairs. The vendor let us pillage through a giant pile of Rococo pieces, finding 8 pieces with the same lines but painted in various colors. Then he took his knife and scraped a huge chunk out of the side of the chair, showing us centuries of layers of paint covering the chair. In Sweden, in the days of yore, it was customary to regularly repaint your furniture as part of your spring cleaning. During the month after we left the store, the vendor scratched down the chair by hand, through layers of paint, finding the perfect patina for each of the pieces. This fascinating process is unlike any experience I’ve had in the antique kingdom before and felt quite unique to shopping in Sweden.

During our time in Sweden with this particular client, we based ourselves in Helsingborg, returning each day to Diva Guide Daniel’s hometown where we stayed in a nearby hotel, enjoying the comforts of traveling with a local who toted us around in his personal car.

Before Daniel was a Divo Guide, we first knew him from shopping in his eponymously named wholesale store – D. Larsson Interior & Antikhandel. His shop is one of the best choreographed collections in Sweden, offering 18th & 19th C furniture, and when he approached me about leading our tours locally I knew with his eye for pieces perfect for export that he was the perfect person to lead our tours in Sweden.

When the week-long antique buying tour was finished with this particular trade client, we returned our client to Copenhagen to the airport to catch his international flight back home across the pond. Exhausted from all that shopping, I suspect he slept like a baby on that return flight!

And while all our client had to do was return home and wait for his inventory to arrive, Divo Guide Daniel took care of the rest of the details on the ground in Sweden. While we don’t do the shipping ourselves, we liaise our clients with international freight companies, helping our clients
post-tour by filling out the complicated customs paperwork and following up on collections and deliveries, offering full service on our European Antiquing Tours.

For more information on Antiques Diva Scandinavian Tours visit or email

The Antiques Diva & Co offers tours in 8 countries – France, Belgium, Italy, England, Holland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. Coming soon Portugal and Switzerland.

By Toma Clark Haines, aka The Antiques Diva®

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An Interview With Daniel Larsson- The Go-To Guy For Swedish Antiques

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I recently was able to interview Daniel Larsson, owner of  D.Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel, one of Sweden’s top sources for authentic antique furniture and decor. Daniel opened his store in July 2012 and has quickly become recognized in the industry as the go-to guy for Swedish Antiques – He not only locates the goods you’re looking for but also educates you when buying your first slice of Swedish history or adding to your ever growing collection of rare Scandinavian finds.

Unlike other dealers who wouldn’t dream of sharing their sources, Daniel is a guide with The Antiques Diva® & Co European Tours which means he takes clients hand in hand to wholesale warehouses and secret sources.

Daniel has traveled around the world, and has lived in the USA, England, India, Norway, Spain and Holland, but has returned back to his roots in Helsingborg, Sweden where his main antique store is located.

He and his better half, life partner and wife- Cristina, work together to run D.Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel, a busy antique store, which offers Swedish furniture ranging from 18th to late 19th century. They specialize in presenting Gustavian painted furniture and Swedish country styled pieces.  They supply directly to private or trade customers worldwide, and network with easy and reliable shipping companies.  Daniel is one of six dealers in Decorative Collectives; a new Antiques Center in Petworth, Uk, where he currently features the majority of his stock.

Here are my questions for Daniel:

Q- What had you interested in antiques? Where did that passion come from?

A: I have always been interested in Interior Design and it came rather naturally to me. In my early 20s I got hooked on the modern retro Scandinavian style when I decorated my first apartment. After taking several years to tour the world I settled down with my wife in Helsingborg, Sweden and together we began to make my house a home.  A friend recognizing my talent in design approached me and asked if I wanted to start a business selling antiques together. After a couple of years together we eventually decided to each go our own way – but I was hooked! I had been bitten by the antiques bug and I was committed to staying in the trade. I began to concentrate on higher quality Swedish pieces and expand my repertoire in to Baroque, Empire, Rococo and Gustavian pieces.

Q: Was there one antique that you let go, and wish you hadn’t?

A: Sigh… the one that got away.  I’m dreaming of a stunning Rococo mirror (see attached pic) that I wished I would have kept for myself. I try not to get too attached to the pieces in my store – but must confess sometimes I sell items to quickly and find I don’t have enough time to enjoy them properly.

Q:Tell us a few keys to look for when determining if a piece of furniture is an authentic antique?

A: The authenticity of antiques is a complex matter, there are great books about the subject but for an untrained eye it can be very hard to spot a fake. A good way to start is by looking at the wood to check if it’s old and has a nice patina. The best thing you can do is to buy from a trustworthy dealer which will be able to give you all the information about the piece so you are sure of what you have bought. And you can always ask for a certificate of authenticity. Another tip is to always check the price, if it is to good to be true… it probably is!

Q:What are the most sought after styles right now? What are people asking you for?

A: The Gustavian style with it’s pale colors is always popular and people are also asking for good Swedish country pieces because they fit perfectly in a modern setting as well. People are looking to mix things up nowadays, it gives more caracter to a home.

Q:Like many of us who are fond of one thing over another when shopping for furniture and decor, is there a particular style or antique that your wife Cristina buys over and over? Tell us her secret antique fetish?

A: Cabinets, She always need to have at least one big cabinet in the showroom. She likes big and impressive things 🙂

Q: For New Buyers, ….what would you suggest to invest in first?

A: Always buy something that you love, follow your heart. If you want something really Swedish go for a tall case painted clock or a Gustavian sofa.  Both are very decorative. Another great choice is a Rococo or Gustavian mirror as they are easy to place making a fabulous statement peace.

Q: Many Swedish dealers shun the thought of re-painting antiques. I find many dealers re-painting furniture in the most popular colors such as gray, or white, and others cringe at the thought of disturbing a finish. What are your thoughts on this?

A: The majority of Swedish painted furniture has been painted several times thru the centuries and to find one in original color is extremely difficult nowadays and when you do find them they sell for extraordinary sums. What happens sometimes is that the latest layers of paint are dry scraped to reveal traces of the original color but the majority of times this is not possible because the paint has suffered to much damage thru the years and needs to be repainted. This way the tradition continues. Don’t be mistaken; repainted pieces, if done properly are still highly valued.

Q:From a Small Business point of view, here are some pooled questions that have been asked from small furniture collectors who represent smaller markets:

How would you suggest going about determining the price for an item? Do you recommend reproduction pieces and if so what determines a good piece?  How do you go about restoring pieces that are not in tip-top condition?

A: When I determine the price I look at the originality, rarity and quality of a piece.  It’s also important to know the market value.

I certainly do recommend reproduction pieces especially when clients are looking for more than one-of-a-kind pieces. What often happens in the hospitality market is that they need many arm chairs of the same model and that is an impossible to find in the antique market.

I always use a specialized furniture carpenter to restore my pieces if they are not in tip – top condition. It’s important that the restoration work is done the traditional way sympathetic to the past.

Q: Finally, what should clients who wish to participate on the hardcore antiquing tours be prepared for?

A: At The Antiques Diva® & Co we’re known for giving clients access to the best little black book of antiquing address on the continent – in Sweden as well as all over Europe.  On my tours I really try to educate my clients.  All our tours are private and customized – and thus, when a client books a tour we inquire what they’re looking for and then we plan a route that gets them to down the back roads to the places they need to know about.  On tour we translate, negotiate and then we liaise with a shipper to help get the goods home sweet home across the pond.   While you can book at 1 day tour – real dealers want to delve deep into the countryside – and our trade tours can run 3 or 4 days of hard core antiquing.

Visit Daniel and Cristina’s website

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D.Larsson Interiör & Antikhandel

Wrangelsgatan 13 254 39 Helsingborg, Sweden

+46 73 438 18 43

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Picture of Daniel’s Rococo mirror that is sold.

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Picture of a 18th Century Baroque Commode that has been repainted.

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Provincial Gustavian Buffet.
This 19th century provincial Gustavian buffet would usually have been repainted but as i found small traces of it’s original color and that it has a great patina to it i chose not to have it repainted. Elegant simplicity at it’s best.

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 This picture is taken just last week (2014) of Daniel’s showroom in Helsingborg, Sweden.

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Mora Clocks: Investing In Swedish Heritage

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Mora clocks are breathtaking to look at, and have become tremendously popular over the last 10 years.  Swedish tall clocks are commonly called “Mora clocks” however, it is known that only clocks and cases produced in the Mora municipality can accurately bear the name of Mora.  The mora clock began in around the Mora municipality in Dalara provence in a small town called Ostnor during the late eighteenth century. According to Wikipedia, Mora clock faces are often marked with the inscription “A A S Mora”—the initials of Krång Anders Andersson (1727-1799) of Östnor, traditionally known as the first clockmaker in the district of Mora.

The clock works were crafted by farmers, the first being Krang Anders Anderson (1729-99) , who needed to find additional income during the winter months. The iron mines of nearby Sala made iron affordable for the farmers to work with, which allowed the clock industry to grow. It started with a few farmers who needed extra money, but by the end of the nineteenth century the clock making business in Sweden thrived.  More than 50,000 clockwork motors were produced during this time.

Each family around the region would specialize in producing one or more of the parts required for these clocks. A finished clock would often be sold without a case, in which the buyer would then have to arrange for one to be made locally. As many as 1,000 clocks were being made each year.  Clock cases evolved from a straight case in the eighteenth century to a curvier form in the nineteenth century. Within 80 years, the competition from inexpensive German and American clocks put an end to this cottage industry.


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Jo from Swedish Interior Design, shares some ideas on what you should look for when you want to buy a Mora Clock.

Many people’s first time with a Mora comes from the movie ‘Somethings Gotta Give’ where there is a mora clock prominently displayed in the living room scene with Jack Nicholson. Original 1800s Mora clocks are very rare now so here’s a few pointers to help you find the right one.

They are most worked in pine but very occasionally built in oak and they measure height wise from 180-250cm and feature a great wealth of decorative carvings and original paint finishes.
Each Mora clock is a unique handmade object dreamed up by the imagination of its maker so every clock has a different the hood, clock face decoration, belly shape, plinth etc .

1800s Swedish Mora clocks generally come in a number of types –

Fryksdall: These clocks have a pinched waist, wider belly, curly scroll decoration on the waist and neck and extravagant hood carvings. They come in a variety of whites & greys and would be owned by wealthier individuals.

Bridal: The most unusual of mora clocks, often from Jamtland, these pieces have the finest levels of decorative carving. They exhibit the finest level of craftsmanship in the Mora clock world.

City: a catch all phrase to describe Mora clocks that have fine levels of decoration or beautiful painted finishes that set them apart from the simpler country clocks.

Country: the country clocks are usually plainer in appearance with less decoration. Often given as wedding presents, they would be a prized possession in poorer families. Normally they have simpler hood crowns and less use of glass. They may have no face glass at all or pendulum viewing port for example. Painted in earthier folk art colors in the Swedish Kurbits folk art tradition, they show with yellows, oranges, deep russets, browns and ochres.

There seem to be 3 schools of thought in terms of paint finishes.

Some people strip the clocks back to the bare wood and repaint but that doesn’t make sense to me. Every clock has lived a history and by over restoring, you strip away its special ‘aura, it becomes just a clock body made of old wood devoid of personality making it not much different from a repro one in reality.

Also many clocks have ‘scraped back’ paint. But this is just a paint effect really. Originally the paint would have been a rich chalk paint in perfect condition, and the scraped paint ‘effect’ is just that – an interior design effect similar to ‘shabby chic’ that you see on lots of restored Swedish furniture. It looks nice but its not real!

At Swedish Interior Design, we prefer to keep the paint whenever we can as it is and only repaint where the original coat is in poor condition or it has been repainted at some later time. When we do it is sensitively done to allow the mora clock to live and breathe so to speak.

Finally you need to think about whether you want to use the original clock mechanism or fit a battery powered electric one. This may seem a strange question but mora clocks have very ‘country’ parts, unlike the precision clock mechanisms of English clocks of the period.

So they can be difficult to set up and can be affected by a change in temperature causing the wood in the clock body to shift slightly or being jolted as you walk past. This affects the swing planes and can cause the clock to stop. Also the mechanisms are open to the air and its very easy to get dust caught in the cogs.

So that’s why most of our clients go for the battery option. It doesn’t need winding and it looks exactly the same as the original from the outside. Its easy to do and there’s no damage to the clock as the original mechanism is only kept in place by small screw and you can put the original mechanism back in place whenever you like (although it will need cleaning and setting up professionally if you do).

Further Reading:

  • Martha Stewart Appearance, Mora Clocks, and a Winner! Cove Table
  • “Swedish painted furniture”. Julie Foster Decorative Antiques. Retrieved 2005-12-17.

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5 Pro Painting Tips For Black Furniture

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Anyone can paint a piece of furniture black, but there are certain tricks to make your painted pieces appear more valuable than they really are.  Many of us feel that sensation of discovering a beautiful piece of furniture at a garage or estate sale, and then dreaming of what to do with it next.  If you are anything like me,  scrolling through pictures of paint chips, and color combinations can be a thrilling experience.

If you love lighter colored interiors such as white, light blue, or mint green, then black furniture might be a consideration for your interior.  Painting a piece of furniture black can create tremendous contrast for your interior.   Here are a couple tips to making your painted furniture look antique:

1.  Use Matte Paint

You won’t find shiny finishes on the old antique furniture in Sweden. This article won’t cover the modern black painted furniture that one would expect to see in the 50’s or 60’s , but rather the aged furniture that someone could come across 100 or more years ago.

When selecting a sheen, consider starting out with a matte finish.  Once the piece is dry you can add either a tinted wax or a tinted glaze to the final finish to give it even more depth.  The sheen will then produce a look between flat and satin.  Starting out with a low sheen will keep the overall finish looking rustic even after you apply additional paints.

2. Paint Your Hardware

While there are so many ways to feature hardware on black painted furniture, painting the hardware can be a smart way to making a black piece look understated yet elegant.  Take a look at a French Provincial chest painted in olive by Knack Studios.  The hardware was painted and carefully distressed.  In this case, a little bit of distressing went a long way.  Compare that photo, with this photo of a black painted bombe chest which is also painted in black.  The hardware is painted, but not distressed.  While bombe chests are considered some of the most spectacular pieces of furniture, this piece falls short for me.

– Darken your hardware with chemicals.  Rockler sells a brass darkening solution that ages brass, copper and bronze metal. It allows you to change the color gradually so you can control how dark the final product turns out.

– American Accents by Rustoleum sells an Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint that I have used on many pieces of my own furniture. After the paint has dried, simply distress the hardware with a sponge sander.

– 9 DIY Recipes For Rusty Hardware- Hersite

3.  Show Off The Wood With Distressing

Adding a bit of interest to your furniture can go a long way.  There are several ways to add patina.  Two ways that come to mind is by distressing, and another is by layering paint.

A: Distressing is a sure way of adding depth and interest to a vintage piece of furniture.  Some people like a LOT of distressing, and others like MINIMAL distressing.  It is rather interesting to see how people fall into those two categories.  Look at a few pictures on pinterest to decide what appeals to you.  The best thing about distressing is if you go too far, simply just repaint the areas, which will tone down the distressing.

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Swedish Furniture From Bukowski Market

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Bukowski is the leading auction house founded in 1870 by the Polish nobleman Henryk Bukowski. Bukowski Market also happens to be Sweden and Finland’s largest on-line internet site for quality auctions. Bukowski Market offers modern capabilities to the auction experience; one that combines online shopping with spectacular antiques and reliable expertise.

Bukowski pairs together buyers and sellers from around the world and allows antiques to be brought to the public for sale.  All items sold at Bukowski have been reviewed by experts in showrooms in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Helsinki, and Norrköping.   Bukowski offers a large assortment of antiques, design, art and decorative items for all tastes.  Before bidding from Bukowski, be sure to look at their terms of sale, and have your shipping and pick up arrangements set before bidding.

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The Gentle Palette of Swedish Antiques-Corey Amaro

Guest Post By Corey Amaro, Tongue In Cheek Blog

Crystal chandeliers sparkle like stars above A. Tyner’s Swedish antiques booth in Marburger.

The Antique fair in Roundtop, Texas is a sight to behold even if you don’t like antiques. The amount of foreign antiques, museum like quality, history that you can touch, feel and soak in is literally mind boggling. The dealers are knowledgeable, passionate about their business and share their wealth of history freely.

Most of the items I cannot afford. But that does not stop me from going in, asking a million and one questions. Antique dealers love to talk shop… how lucky I am to gain from their wealth of experience and to stand amongst such beauty. What amazing craftsman and women walked before us, leaving such elements of a life once lived with grace and elegance, a worthy path to follow.

A Tyner Antiques are one of the largest importers of Swedish antiques in America. They have been in the antique business for over fifteen years. Their stand in Marburger is an incredible wealth of beauty. Painted furniture is something I adore, so stumbling into their booth felt like I had fallen into an eighteen century Swedish home finding myself happily at home.

When I dared pick myself up and back into reality, I asked if I could take a photo, I found myself happily engaged in a most interesting conversation about Swedish antiques and their antique business. Thank you Angie and Rex for your allowing me to peek into your world.

French eighteen and nineteen century printed and embroidery silk panels. (picture below)

Due to the storm last night some of the tents leaked, worse, had water running through them. Some rugs, fabric, and upholstered items were soaked.

Though most things were protected, the dealers were fretfully worried that their pieces might be ruined.

Interiors with Provenance specializes in antiques from around the world, including antique oriental carpets, textiles, furniture, decorative accessories, and fine art from purveyors, Deborah Gott and Ken March. Their booth is right behind Lynn’s so I often peek inside.

Their collection of printed linen, silks, tapestries is worthy of a trip, they have something for every pocket book and are the kindest folk to talk to.

Usually these globe de mariage (Napolean the III with a glass dome and a painted black wooded base) contained a bride’s wedding wreath and other marriage tokens surrounded by gold leaf styled symbols. Fete de Fleur describes it best…

Though the globes (glass domes) also were used to guard other souvenirs: Flowers, birds, butterflies and religious artifacts.

I think I might have to have a couple of those globe de mariage … as big as a house please to store my souvenirs of Marburger!

About The Author:

Corey Amaro, author of Tongue In Cheek Blog, and Tongue In Cheek Antiques– has been living in France for twenty five years, and fell in love with France while meeting her husband, who was a Frenchman, while dancing in San Francisco.  Now, with two children in their twenties, she has time to spill about her favorite hobbies and thoughts on her blog.


Lars Bolander’s New Book- Interior Design & Inspiration

Lars Bolander: Interior Design & Inspiration offers a fresh take on Swedish decorating. Lars Bolander has been referred to as one of Sweden’s foremost interior designers and a pioneer of Swedish design, yet he doesn’t limit his personal design style to only the Gustavian period style, rather he introduces a new approach to designing around antiques.  His books Lars Bolander: Interior Design and Inspiration and Lars Bolander’s Scandinavian Design offer expert advice about infusing the Scandinavian style into your home, while at the same time mixing in the traditional and modern elements into one’s living space.

Bolander has been featured in House Beautiful, Vogue, Home & Design, World of Interiors, Southern Accents, The Robb Report, American House & Garden, English House & Garden, Chinese Residence, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and The Wall Street Journal.

Lars Bolander: Interior Design & Inspiration,

Lars Bolander’s Previous Book- Scandinavian Design

Review By D. Fowler

David Lindley claims that Lars Bolander has “the ability to mix objects in a very satisfying, but surprising way.” My first perusal of the book drew my eye to Lar’s affinity for Gustavian and Swedish Country Styles of decorating. The touch of neoclassical furnishing and decor in some settings brought a refined elegance to rooms, especially those with an obvious Swedish Country Style. Bolander has a rare malleability that allows him to not only incorporate what he envisions for a home, but also what his clients envision. One of the more striking examples, shown on the cover of this book, is a magnificent example of his raw talent.

Find Lars Bolander

Lars Bolander NY Shop, The Fine Arts Building, 232 East 59th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10022

Lars Bolander Palm Beach Shop, 3731 South Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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Lars Bolander Official Website- Here

Lars Bolander Blog- Here

Lars Bolander Facebook- Here

Lars Bolander’s Home Featured in Home and Garden Magazine

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Lars Bolander’s Home Featured in Home and Garden Magazine

Lars Bolander’s Home Featured in Home and Garden Magazine

Lars Bolander’s Home Featured in Home and Garden Magazine

Lars Bolander’s Home Featured in Home and Garden Magazine

Lars Bolander’s Home Featured in Home and Garden Magazine

Lars Bolander’s Home Featured in Home and Garden Magazine

Quest Magazine April 2007

Lars Bolander-Veranda September 2007

Lars Bolander- Southern Accents Magazine Sept October 2002

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Lars Bolander- Southern Accents Magazine Sept October 2002

Lars Bolander- Southern Accents Magazine Sept October 2002

Lars Bolander-Veranda September 2007

Lars Bolander-Veranda September 2007

Lars Bolander’s Scandinavian Design- Residence Magazine

Lars Bolander Quest Magazine- The Palm Beach Issue

Lars Bolander Quest Magazine- The Palm Beach Issue

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Martha Stewart’s Creative Director- Erik Pike’s Gustavian Townhouse In New York Part 2

Picture Credit –Scandinavian Antiques Co On Ebay

The settee, chest, and rounded-back chair in this photo are genuine Swedish antiques.  Eric purchased the other chair at auction and had it copied for the dining room. The tables in the room are vintage, which he painted himself.  Look at the three color combinations on the walls.  It appears that the wall color, crown molding and ceiling colors are slightly different tones.  With the painted antiques, and color of upholstery, this room is rich with detail. 

The gray wood flooring doesn’t go unnoticed, tying together the various rooms in his home.  The wide planks were bleached, then stained a neutral gray.  He decided to upholster all of the living room furniture in a single gray linen, allowing individual antiques to be unified as a set.  Hints of silver are found in the candlesticks, light fixtures, and hardware and have always been a classic Gustavian element found in Swedish style.

The house originally appeared in Martha Stewart’s September issue way back in 2005. “I wasn’t going to buy until I could find the right place,” he tells Martha Stewart Living Magazine. He ended up renting a small one-bedroom apartment for sixteen years until the perfect place showed itself to him. The 1840s Federal-style townhouse on a historic block had all the right bones for what he always had in mind.

In this photo from Marthas website, a decorative box houses some objects he used for inspiration.  If you look closely, you can see two pictures of the townhouse before renovations.  New York City architect Richard Perry, Pike set out to make the apartment his own.

“I like the neoclassical forms and the sculptural lines combined with rustic painted finishes,” Pike says. “They have no unnecessary embellishment — there’s a purity in that.”

I have loved his townhouse for years.  I hope you find as much inspiration from his home as I did.

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Martha Stewart’s Creative Director- Erik Pike’s Gustavian Townhouse In New York

The sitting area above lacks the height compared to the rest of the apartment, so a skylight was introduced into the space.  Support beams are concealed yet present a dramatic look to this room.  Eric sought a square pedestal table to complete this room; finding none, he designed one with architect Richard Perry.

Martha Stewart’s Creative Director- Erik Pike’s Gustavian Townhouse In New York

Martha Stewart’s Creative Director- Erik Pike’s Gustavian Townhouse In New York

You would never know a television hangs over the living room mantel because an antiqued mirror lifts to reveal it. Look at this photo of the kitchen where one wall houses a refrigerator and washer and dryer behind cabinet doors.  A toaster and coffeemaker are housed in an appliance “garage” on a tray that pulls out so you can pour in water.  The bathroom is designed just right to make it appear bigger with glass shower doors.  The bedroom and the bathroom are the most modern rooms in the home.

Eric Pike is Creative Director of Martha Stewart Living. Stefan Steil is an interior designer and founder of Stelish. Some of his design work can be found at Stefan Steil. Portraits taken at their townhouse in Manhattan.

Book Review: Lars Sjöberg’s The Swedish Room


Lars Sjöberg is well known for his Swedish guides on Gustavian interiors and 18th and 19th century Swedish furniture. Sjöberg is a curator of the National Museum of Stockholm, and is author of several books : The first one being The Swedish Room (Creating the Look) published in 94, then L’Art de vivre en Suède, (2002), and his most current book Classic Swedish Interiors  published in 2010Lars Sjöberg has made it his life’s work to preserve Swedish manor houses that originated out of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Over 40 years he has acquired over 10 homes from around Sweden. His most current book – Classic Swedish Interiors published in 2010,focuses on Sjöberg’s most complex project: the manor of Regnaholm. The home was unoccupied for about 40 years when Sjöberg arrived in 1966. This home was his first allowing him to experiment with refurnishing and copying old Swedish furniture. Odenslunda, a small manor from the 1770s details an exquisite panelled exterior and is said to be his family home. Sörby was a renovation which was a 17th-century manor house, reproduced in its entirety for an exhibition in Stockholm.

Well known for his in depth knowledge about Swedish history, he has transformed many grand homes around Sweden with the help of his wife Ursula, and father whom was a metal smith and skilled in the carpentry trade. He told The Telegraph that as a young child his mother would read to him the history of Finland and Sweden and for his 10th birthday he was given his grandfather’s book about Sweden’s palaces and manor houses which fueled the fire for collecting historical furniture and restoring anything Swedish.  In the 1990’s he designed a Gustavian collection for the Swedish company Ikea. The Ikea collection was designed with his help, and being that he was involved with the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm, he was the perfect go-to-guy.

The Swedish Room” written in 94, with his wife Ursula is still one of the very best books on Swedish decorating and remains current considering it is more than a decade old.

This wonderful book features 192 pages of great attention to detail of the many ornate finishes found in Swedish decorating. This book is a must have for any decorative artist or faux- finisher.The interiors selected for this book are simple ones with soft color schemes, washed plastered walls, pickled floors, and certainly authentic 18th century interiors. The homes all feature a cleaner, pared-down look with not a lot of clutter which you would normally see see in french homes, but rather very carefully selected objects that are neoclassical in nature. Sjöberg features stately homes, which appear to be palaces or mansions in nature, but with simplistic interiors and basic elements. Swedish impressions from farms and cottages with higher end furnishings can inspire any person who is after the grander looks but with a natural appeal.

The most impressive of this book is his Ekensberg home which is located on the banks of the Lake Mälaren, about 40 km away from the Swedish capital Stockholm. This three-story Italianate villa built in 1788-90 feature some of the most stunning pictures. One in particular shows a time capsulated finish after layers of wallpaper were removed which revealed late eighteenth century decorations. (See below) The walls were originally covered in a linen which provided a perfect base and smooth surface for painting. The house was built and finished in neoclassical style during the time after the return of king Gustav III from Italy 1784. Lars Sjöberg has continued renovating this house since 1976 and says the work is never finished!

The book is split up into 5 main sections detailing specific periods of Swedish history.

Section 1- The Stirrings of International Style discusses the impact of the French and Italian Baroque of the period between 1640-1720.

Section 2- New Alignments discuss the Late Baroque and the Influence of the Orient, and England through 1720- 1750.

Section 3- Progressive Refinements discuss the spread of the French Rococo throgu the period of 1750- 1770.

Section 4- Elegance and Enlightenment discuss the Gustavuan style thriugh 1770-1790

Section 5 discuss the influence of Neoclassicism and the French Empire which took place between 1790- 1820

Additional sections discuss painters in Dalarna, Halsingland and Gastrikland, with a section that details restoration and recreating period homes.

Thank you to Belgian Pearls for the bottom fabulous pictures. The rest were obtained from a free preview of Google Books, which can be viewed for free. This book needs to be on your shelf. I guarantee it serve for many inspirational projects.

Swedish Decorating – Lars Sjoberg


Lars Sjöberg’s The Swedish Room


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Lars Sjöberg’s The Swedish Room
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Lars Sjöberg’s The Swedish Room
Lars Sjöberg’s The Swedish Room
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The Swedish Room – Picture Credit -Thank you to Belgian Pearls
The Swedish Room – Picture Credit -Thank you to Belgian Pearls
Swedish Furniture and Decor – The Swedish Room