Gustavian Romance By Melissa Goldstein

A Swedish twist on French neoclassicism, Gustavian décor may date back to the 18th century, but its suddenly popping up everywhere–like Selena Gomez. Some tell-tale signs your favorite space is aligned to this trend? A pale-on-pale color scheme, intricately carved wood furnishings, and incredibly flattering date night lighting. If the aforementioned design tenets are (Nordic) music to your ears, follow our tips below to get the look. 01 Think soft focus with your color scheme: powdery whites and blues are the order of the day.

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Gustavian Gray Dining Table, $1574, Kathy Kuo Home Uttermost Portici Rectangular Mirror, $383, Arcadian Home Patric Chest, $2740, Bliss Home & Design

  02 Painted wood pieces finished with thoughtful but not overly ornate carved detail are a must.

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Gustavian Tall Clock, $4500, 1st Dibs Zentique Louis Settee, $1582, Amazon Provence Dining Chair, $489, Kathy Kuo Home


This aesthetic traditionally depends on subtlety and a more low-key approach to luxury, so seek out textiles in warm neutrals with nuanced texture: ivory linens accomplish all of the above.

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Bangalore Paisley Navy, $112, Arianna Belle Duvet Cover Basic Queen, $545, Calypso Simply Shabby Chic Patchwork Bolster Pillow, $35, Target

04 Ask yourself: Would this work in Phantom of the Opera? If the answer is yes, then that candelabra or crystal chandelier you’ve got your eye on is very likely the statement moment you’re looking for.

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Four Arm Candelabra, $625, Garde Aidan Gray Denbigh Castle Chandelier, $2250, Candelabra Candelabra Sconce, $140, Wisteria

05 Yes we know, we just got finished telling you that this trend is all about light hues, but if you want to add a modern spin, introduce a dark accent to create dimensionality.

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Handcarved Gustavian Desk, $798, Anthropologie Capital Pillow, $36, Zara Home Crown F Tortoise, Price Upon Request, Canopy Design Ltd.

Photographs: Looks Like White, The Paper Mulberry, Paintura Home, Remodelista, Chalk Farm


7 Places To Find Swedish Design For Toddlers

Children are gifts that need to be pampered every time. When you are expectant and planning to prepare your nursery, there are things that you always want. You keep looking for concrete furniture for children, you want a particular design, or mainly you are looking for décor that will meet your satisfaction. If your taste is the modern Nordic style, then the feeling gets more complicated. Scandinavian style has the best décor for a child’s bedroom, and it has its unique simplicity. However, the big question is where I get specific things for my kid’s bedroom. Take a look at some of the top shops around with furniture toys and interior accessories for children.

  1.    Nubie

Nubie is among the best shops in the UK for children’s interior. The shop has a great selection of the Scandinavian design and brands. If you want to decorate your child’s room with wardrobes and beds from the Oliver furniture Danish brands, this is the place to shop. It’s your one stop shop that has a wide selection for the entire family too. There are lots of toys for the nursery decoration, plenty of eating room accessories and of course the sleeping area. Once you are here, you don’t need to go somewhere else.

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  1. 2.    Lullabuy

Nursery room has so much than any other room. Therefore, while decorating the room, you must ensure you find the best items from a trusted brand. At Lullabuy, this should not be your fear. They stock the best accessories and decoration kits for the kid’s room. They have shared the best Danish brands to solve your numerous storage problems for your child. The shop has the best wallpapers, beddings, decorative wall display, Lamps, and cushions.

  1.    Molly-Meg

Unlike all the other stores, Molly-Meg is specifically designed for children selection. The shop is stocked with home decorations, toys, and edited selection of furniture and course gifts for the new family member. However, the designs for most of the items here are not Scandinavian but have the same functional, simple and modern design aesthetics, which is a traditional model for the Nordic decorations.

  1. 4.    Skandium

Although the shop only stocks a few selections for children furniture, it has the best and durable items. Rather than preparing the nursery for sleeping purposes only, here, you will have a selection of junior size design chairs to keep your child active with a matching tableware and lots of gifts for the child. Skandium provides you an assurance that your Nordic style of a modern home is complemented with some of the best brands.

  1. 5.    Kidsen

Kidsen is the place with all the small room decorations design furniture and toys. Here you will shop for everything made of the top Scandinavian brands. Mini, Rodini, ferm living, Brio, Isak, and many more. At Kidsen, you will find everything stocked just for you from toys, furniture, clothes and all other necessities for nursery decoration.

  1.    Lo and Behold store

Your child’s room needs to be colorful, decorative and attractive for the child to find quick rest and fun. At Lo and Behold Store, there is all this in place just for you. Talk of cool posters, beautiful bedding from Ferm living and Danish brands, furniture and all other accessories for interior design.  The shop ensures you get all you need to keep your child healthy active and physically fit.

  1.    Mood

Want to nurture your child’s in a design atmosphere, the mood is the right place to shop. Here there is an appreciation of the direct role of design in your toddler’s development. The store is carefully curated with all the latest and high-end brands from trusted designers to ensure you get the best items. It’s the only store you will find Leander in stock. It’s all about interior décor for the child and a modern family. Mood guarantees you perfection in every item you buy.

  1.    Smallable

Looking for Convertible toddler beds, shelves, cots, wardrobes, baby essentials chairs, furniture and baby desks, smallable has it all. The shop gives you a full selection of baby valuables for perfect decoration including night lighting, poster, lamps, rugs, garlands, mobiles, and bedding. The shop is divided into sections to ensure you shop faster. The beddings have designer fabrics prints for longevity and quality. This is the only shop with specified design to meet your toddler needs and save you cost and the hustle of moving from shop to shop.


With such shops in your mind, it’s therefore easy for you to decorate the nursery for your toddler and it the best crib. Additionally, you can make the best selections to ensure that the room is still right for your child when s/he turns teen.

Study Shows The Gustavian Period Has Defined All Tastes Through Time In Sweden

A New Dissertation From Uppsala University Shows How Gustavian Style Has Defined Swedish Tastes In Art

Why has the neoclassical Gustavian style become so prominent in the Swedish self-image? A new dissertation from Uppsala University shows how researchers in art history, along with museums, commercial enterprises and the monarchy, have contributed to preserving and conveying the Gustavian style.

“An important reason for the extreme strength of the Gustavian style ideal,” says Hedvig Mårdh, doctoral student at the Department of Art History at Uppsala University, “is that it managed to unite a series of seemingly contradictory movements during the 1900s, such as tradition and modernity, and nationalism and internationalism, and that it has become part of various utopian visions.”

The Gustavian style, connected to the 18th century and Gustav III and Gustav IV Adolf, has been intimately associated with what has been designated as specific Swedish cultural heritage, linked to Swedish tastes and interior design. The style has generally been highly esteemed by both museums and art historians, who have produced national and international exhibitions and publications and have also contributed to successful furniture production from the late 19th century through today, including both IKEA’s line of 18th-century furniture as well as more small-scale production.

It’s about recurring re-use, in the form of copies, reconstructions and staging of the period. In her dissertation A Century of Swedish Gustavian Style: Art History, Cultural Heritage and Neoclassical Revivals from the 1890s to the 1990s, Hedvig Mårdh studied three periods that all illustrate the re-use of the Gustavian period in different ways: the 1890s, which saw the emergence of art history as a discipline, and of museums and cultural heritagethe period 1930-1940, when the production of period furniture existed concurrently with functionalismthe 1990s, a decade characterised by a cultural heritage boom, economic crisis and the search for a national identity in a European context.


Gustavian style, 20th century Wall Clock, Bukowskis

A gustavian wall sconce from around 1800, Bukowskis

A Swedish gustavian style 5 pcs dining furniture, Bukowskis

Ten Swedish Gustavian chairs, early 19th century, Bukowskis

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375 Hours Of Machine Embroidery- One Woman Successfully Pulls Off Her First 18th Century Men’s Outfit

This post was featured in the 18th Century Sewing Group
Christine Yoo Millar with Matthew Millar.

After 375 hours of machine embroidery, 60 hours of hand sewing, my husband’s outfit for Versailles is finally done! I’m very proud of this outfit as I don’t think I’ve worked so long on one outfit before, and this is my first 18th century mens outfit.

Giant shoutout to the incredibly talented Carol Barg from Cabbit Corner Embroidery for digitizing the original Smithsonian embroidery sample from 1780 into a usable PES file for my Brother VE2200. This was done entirely in silk thread (Tire brand #50) on silk duchesse. Other than the embroidery, coat was sewn entirely by hand, machine used for the pants only. The pattern was modified from JP Ryan’s coat, waistcoat and pants pattern. Silk stockings from Jas Townsend and Son, and the shoes from Fugawee.

Mix Old and New Like the Scandinavians Do- Chloe Taylor

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Guest Post -Chloe Taylor

Scandinavian interior design has been on the very top when it comes to décor trends for years now, but this style, as we know it, is reflected in modern furniture, clean lines, functionality and minimalism; all of which are features ideal for a bedroom.

Has this design style always been like this?

Of course not.

Although it has always been characterized with light colors and natural elements, it hasn’t always been so clean-lined and minimalistic. The old Nordic pieces are equally as appealing as the new ones, and it would be a shame not to get the best of both worlds and times when decorating with this approach. Here are some things that will help you combine something old and something new, the Scandinavian way.

Know both styles

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To be able to truly know how to fit in two different design epochs, you need to be familiarized with both of them. Modern Scandinavian design is represented by light colors (usually white and grey), use of pale wood, clean lines, functional pieces and metallic accents.

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As for the old style, its most prominent representative is Gustavian style, influenced by Neoclassical style, and it is characterized by white-washed or grey furniture, and pastel and golden accents.

Choose one dominant

You can’t just put bell-shaped matte black pendant lamps above each side of the bed, and then install a Gustavian-style crystal chandelier in the center of the room.

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You must choose a style you consider to be dominant (old or new), and complement it with accents from the other one. For example, if the bed, nightstands and the dresser are of clean lines made of pale unpainted wood, you can score some oldie but goodie points with a crystal chandelier.

Pair them up

If you want to make sure that the piece you’ve included isn’t standing out too much you can always use two pieces and group them together or put them opposite to each other. Also, some more subtle pieces can be joined with an entirely different style.

The bed as the place where all comes together

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Bed is the focal point of every bedroom, and as such, it will draw all eyes, which means that it should be greeted with both styles in an appropriate measure. If you decide on an antique bed, you might have some problems with finding the right mattress, but the offer of various mattresses online is so extensive that you’re bound to find the perfect one. Make a style contrast on an antique bed with zig-zag patterned throw pillows, and other modern details.

Focus on a single color palette

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Whenever you want to fit in different styles into a single room, you should focus on what they have in common and which colors can be associated with them. Fortunately, regardless of the epoch, Scandinavian style is all about light neutrals, enriched with just a bit of pastels, and metallic shades. Matte black is the modern addition that goes well with everything. Choosing the same tonal family for the walls and the furniture will produce a soothing effect and make various different style statements whisper instead of scream.

Catch the eye with a statement object

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So, what can be a statement object in a bedroom? Well, everything, ranging from an area rug to the bed. You’ll want it to be instantly identifiable with one of the two styles you are mixing. Choose a gigantic crystal chandelier, a big white-washed dresser, a cowhide rug, a salvaged-planks headboard, metallic nightstand lamp, etc.

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Make sure you go full-Scandi and introduce at least one houseplant in your bedroom. Kill two birds with one stone, and choose plants that will help you sleep better such as Parlor palm, Snake plant, Moth orchid, Pothos and Cast-iron plant.

Mixing old and new design styles can be really difficult. In this case you have the mitigating factor of both styles being part of one unique design evolution, so they can be connected on some basic levels, such as color palette. If you find the harmony between the two, you will have the perfectly decorated bedroom that would put some of the most famous interior designers to shame.

How To Make Your Own 18th Century Trumeau Mirror

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to dress up your walls, this might be it. I happen to adore the 18th century style, but don’t want to spend a ton of money to achieve the look in my home.

Decorative carved plaques were quite popular in France, and eventually Sweden perfected the look. Musical instruments, hunting motifs, and florals seemed to be the most popular carved designs in the 17th and 18th centuries. These wood carved decorative elements were often seen framed within wooden decorative trim and commonly found above doorways, or fireplaces.

Today you can see these beautiful plaques on pieces of wood in some of the most beautiful interiors decorated after the European styles of the past.

I have created a few of these plaques for my house and I really love how they have turned out. They give me the look of a large piece of art, without having to complicate my interior with lots of colors. Best of all, this project is fairly simple to create.

Vintage Syroco

Rococo is a design most popular in the 1730s. The design heavily influenced architecture, painting, sculpture and eventually furniture and decor.

Mirrors made after these styles became popular in the 50’s by a company called Syracuse Ornamental Company who at the time produced ornamental carvings to embellish furniture. The company was founded in the late 1890’s by Adolph Holstein who was a talented Austrian woodcarver.

The opportunity for his business to expand when Holstein developed a casting technique which produced a high quality product without the laborious intensity and time of wood carving. Holstein used Syroco to create perfect replicas of their original carvings.

Many of their molds featured a wood grain within the mold, giving their overall product a higher end feel for less money. As the modern movement hit in the 1940’s their business turned from ornamental embellishments to novelty items which didn’t profit as well, so the company returned to making the highly ornate wall mirrors, sconces, and decorations in the 1950’s which became a huge sensation.

These very same items from the 50’s can be found on ebay, and made to look high end with layers of paint in shades of gray, white and beige paint for a higher end European look.

The Materials Used For My Project

The materials you need are plywood, decorative trim, a decorative element that you want to frame, a miter box and a compressor with a nailing attachment certainly helps.

The pieces that I have purchased for my creations are Dogwall plaques from syroco, and two large vintage burwood musical plaques.

I tend to make my projects as simple as possible. For this project I simply cut a piece of plywood, and made my own miter box to hand cut the decorative edging that was placed around the edges of the wood.

The decorative edging I used was from Home Depot. You can find a picture with the number of the product below. The edging was simple, and easy to work with.

I made my miter box by simply screwing a piece of 2 x 4 wood together with two wood sides. I then took my miter saw, and cut the wood to give me a guide. It was as simple as that. I found that using my saw was not only dangerous with thin wood edging, but also that the wood would be torn apart with using the fast blade. My advice, buy a miter box or make your own like I did.

Next, I used a compressor with a nailing attachment to add the trim and the decorative element. I used wood filler to fill these holes, along with adding wood putty to the sides of the plywood to give it a finished appearance.

In a previous article, I described using Durhams putty to seal the edges between the wood and the decorative relief. You can find more pictures of this project in this post there. The beauty of Durhams putty is that it dries in a shade of light yellow. When you paint your object, what I do is wash off parts of the motif with a damp cloth, and the putty appears to look like wood painted. Working with this product is a perfect way of faking this whole look.

I love this look and these plaques happen to be my favorite pieces in my house. What do you think? Do you love it?

More Inspiration:

  • A plaque made by Bliss Studio- here
  • Plaster medallions of Carl Michael Bellman & Ulla Hopken – here
  • Swedish Plaster Medallions- here
  • Wood Wall Plaques- here


How I Created My Own DIY 18th Century Architectural Plaques- Hersite Blog

Burwood musical plaques before they were painted

How I Created My Own DIY 18th Century Architectural Plaques- Hersite Blog

The molding I used from Home Depot

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Swedish Furniture Design – What Makes The 1800’s So Obsessive

Pair of Late Gustavian Neoclassical Chairs

Pair of Late Gustavian / Neoclassical Chairs

Jason Phillips

The Scandinavians are known around the world for creating simple, stylish and functional furniture; its style reflects its origins, furniture and décor which maximized the available light and space. The look is minimal, yet honest with an earthy flavor. It is the perfect style to use when you are looking to revitalize an old, gloomy house and create a contemporary yet practical flare. To really get the 1800s Swedish feel in your home you will need to follow these tips:

Wooden Flooring

The flooring should be light and preferably wood, although a laminate will have the same effect. This allows the sunlight entering the house to bounce around the room and help to create a feeling of space, warmth and light. The bathroom is the only exception to this rule as a darker, warmer color will make the room feel more inviting.

Color Palettes Of Brown And Grey

The original Scandinavian design would be for white walls and a pale grey or light blue; either as a feature wall or as part of the design; the color of the furniture or the accessories. However, there have been several other influences in the Scandinavian scene and it is possible to introduce some bright colors through the accessories or even the flowers in the room. These will draw the eye and make the room feel friendly and inviting. It is also possible to opt for wood on one of the walls; it is a natural material and adds a layer of warmth to the property. If the wood is too yellow for your taste than it can be white washed or you can use grey oil to dilute the color.

Furniture Lines

The handmade designer furniture you use in your Scandinavian room must have clean lines. The majority of Swedish furniture elements will already have the lines you require. This simplistic approach will provide a calm, tranquil room in which to relax.

Functional Furniture

The Swedish pride themselves on providing stylish yet functional furniture. Every piece has a specific purpose and it is well designed for that purpose. This ethic should apply across the entire house; it avoids unnecessary clutter and encourages the simple, minimalistic style. Furniture may have been designed recently or may be genuine antique pieces. Either will work as the elements of design have stayed true throughout time; every Swedish piece has a classic beauty in its simplicity and will sit perfectly in a room today. The way this furniture has been designed allows it to blend with any room, creating a stylish, yet practical living area.

Corner Fire

Swedish winters are generally much colder than those in many other parts of the world. A fire is an essential part of surviving these winters. However, they are not the feature point of the room; they are seen as another piece of furniture. Swedish fires are often tiled and sit in the corner of the room. They are usually very simple in design and may hardly even be noticed with their doors closed. The corner approach also allows the heat to radiate out across the room effectively.

The Environment

The Swedish are well known for adding environmentally friendly features to their houses. This can be as simply as embracing the energy efficient light bulbs, to adding solar panels or a ground source heat pump. Insulation and triple glazing are also standard on new builds and help to create the warm, inviting interior of a Swedish house.

Less is more

Scandinavian design does not incorporate an abundance of ornaments and accessories. The approach is minimalistic in order to keep the clean lines and bright spaces that they desire. Among the few accessories will usually be a plant or bunch of flowers to add a touch of the outside to the décor. Blend your minimalistic approach with natural materials and you will have a beautiful house that you can
actually live in!

Embrace the Swedish home design and transform your home into a welcoming, truly inviting living nest. Choose a dominant color that best lives up to your expectations, and don’t be afraid to improvise. Oversized throw pillows, flower pots with seasonal flowers and custom-made furniture items are everything you need for a Swedish-inspired home.

A Swedish Early Gustavian Period Console Table circa 1770 1st dibs

A Swedish Early Gustavian Period Console Table circa 1770 1st dibs

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Pedestal Table

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Pedestal Table

Set of Four 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Chairs

Set of Four 18th Century Swedish Gustavian Chairs

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Style Bench

19th Century Swedish Gustavian Style Bench

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5 Pieces Of Wise Decorating Advice From Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley {staircase} by recent settlers on Flickr

Tricia Foley {staircase} by recent settlers on Flickr

“I think that many people try to copy what’s trendy rather than trusting their own personal style in decorating a home and then the look doesn’t last. If you’re really not sure about making decorating decisions, keep a file of pictures of favorite rooms culled from books and magazines to help narrow it down”  Tricia Foley

“In terms of color for walls, I always do a test patch and live with it to see how the color responds to the light and with the existing furnishings. It’s also important to put it all together and make sure that your color palette is compatible and that you’re not acquiring furniture and accessories in bits and pieces that don’t work together.Tricia Foley

“It makes sense to follow the architectural style of the space. Determine the function of the room and really think about how you will use it. Then furnish it appropriately for those uses. Finally, layer on your own personal style — not someone else’s. Aim for personal comfort as well as visual appeal level.” Tricia Foley

Go with good classic design in terms of furniture. I always look for multi-purpose pieces, that can be used for other rooms as living conditions change. Set the scene for your own personal style with neutral walls and floors. Then add simple window treatments and bed linens to transform a space with color.” Tricia Foley

“I see children’s rooms as part of the home, not so much a separate world. I would design the space so that it visually belongs to the rest of the family spaces. It should also be a comfort zone for children and a place for them to express themselves with their own things — there are lots of great storage units, armoires, bins, etc. that are perfect for kids rooms in grownup styles but scaled down sizes available from Pottery Barn for kids, for example Traditions and Mitchell Gold make smaller versions of armchairs from leather club chairs to slipcovered pretty cotton wing chairs that suit many styles.” Tricia Foley

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Antique Cradles,Cribs And Prams

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Theriault’s Antique Doll Auctions, Found on

Antique Prams

If you enjoy looking through prams and antique baby items, check out this pinterest page with more than 500 pins. 

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-Karel de Bazel & Frans Zwollo, Cradle of Princess Juliana,1909 Found on


Trend Report! Decorating With Unfinished Furniture


Home Office Chair with Casters, Unfinished$130 (Affiliate Link)

Sidetable from International Concepts (Affiliate link)- $84 here

Swedish 18th Century Style- Miniature portraits of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVII and Marie-Therese, Madame Royal, late 19th or early 20th CImagine this in wood- ( Miniature portraits of Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVII and Marie-Therese, Madame Royal, late 19th or early 20th C)

The raw rustic/industrial style they are showing in all of the magazines right now is not going away for a long time. The collection takes much of it’s inspiration from 1880′s old farms, factories & schools.

One of the key design features of this design you want to get correct, is the the style is raw untreated pine wood.  So this means, instead of using a satin varnish, consider using a completely flat varnish, such as “dead flat varnish, by Modern Masters”  This product will give you the look of raw wood, without taking the chance for accidental stains ruining your furniture.

Pine is back for sure! There is one difference, the polished/yellowish appearance is not how it is presented today. Trends show it newly cut, raw or white washed.

What do you think?  Could this fit into your home?

A-LARGE-PINE-BOOKCASE--500x525A Very large Pine Bookcase – Christies ($2,438)

3 Drawer Nightstand

This room shows another side chest painted.  This picture shows the Pemberley collection from Sanderson.  If you want to find a chest that looks like the one in the picture, consider The Home Accents Collection chest for $216

Swedish Style Raw Furniture

Others to consider :

  • International Concepts Table OT-91 $114
  • Cherry Sewing Table Kit– From Shaker Workshops $212
  • Mission Kids Unfinished Wood Chair – Set of 2-$128 on ebay
  • Set of 2 Natural Solid Wood Nightstands for $165 on ebay
  • Uttermost Agustin Light Walnut Stained Wood Accent Mirror – $358 on ebay

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2 Salvaged Raw Finished Pine Tables-on ebay


Raw Wood- Source : Campagne – Décoration


The wood in this David Iatesta mirror started life as a tobacco barn in southern Maryland. The aged, reclaimed wood has been paired with a reproduction French trumeau; the mirror is also available antiqued. Available through Egg & Dart, Ltd., Denver, CO, (303) 744-1676; or

Swiss restaurant in St. Moritz

Suzanne Dimma, Contributing Blogger for House & Home, posted some stunning pictures of Milan Furniture Fair. Amongst all the photos, my favorite was the picture she took of a Swiss restaurant in St. Moritz. The raw wood paneling, paired with gold framed oval portraits centered in the recessed panels were a treat to the eyes.


This interesting one-bedroom apartment situated in central London is available for rent with or without the furnishings. See more about this unique home at the Modern House web site.

A Look At 19th and 20th Century Furniture In Sweden

19th Century Swedish Painted Cabinets – Find It on Ebay

Swedish 20th Century FurnitureVintage Mid-Century Daybed by Karl-Erik Ekselius for Dux

Guest Post Jason Phillips

History can teach us many things; it is full of brave deeds and constantly changing cultural views. These events have helped to shape the world as it is today. Even if
many of the socially accepted standards of today are vastly different from what was historically acceptable, you will find that many current design techniques date from a much older period in time.

Swedish furniture is recognized around the world as being stylish with minimal lines, it does not scream out ‘look at me’, but it is recognizable. This approach to furniture design reflects the designs of Scandinavia in general and has resulted in many remarkable pieces and spaces; all reflecting functionality and nature.

19th Century

This is commonly recognized as the beginning of the modernist movement. Until this time art was focused on being realistic and was a fairly restrictive affair. At the end of the 19th century the social theories of John Ruskin inspired many artists to abandon this way of thinking. Instead the idea was to focus on nature and traditional ways of creating items. It became important to see nature in every work of art or furnishing.

20th Century

The first new art movement in the 20th century is known as ‘Jugendstil’, or ‘art nouveau’. This was the movement away from the rigid concepts of the 19th century
and an embracement of the decorative style of art which is still seen today. It became part of the social status; people wanted to be seen to be different.
It is this period that saw many furniture makers turn to older designs, which emphasized nature and free flowing lines. The First World War encouraged these processes as it was a way to break out from a traditional mould and rebel against the established order. It was this return to clean lines and nature which became associated with Swedish furniture and ultimately became known as ‘the Scandinavian way of living.’

The middle of the 20th century saw many exhibitions around the world which helped to spread the word concerning the Swedish way of designing furniture. Swedish
design has stayed true to its roots; the need to be functional was exceptionally important in such an isolated part of the world, just as was the need to use natural,
local resources. The addition of beautiful clean lines came about as furniture became less about functionality and more concerned with attracting and distributing the
limited light available.

Recognizing Swedish Designs

One hundred years after the movement first started it is now easy to recognize Swedish furniture and there is at least one piece in the majority of houses around the
world. Typical designs follow these patterns:

  • Clean lines. Any design can be kept simplistic; functional and yet still aesthetically pleasing. This creates an elegant feel to any piece of furniture
    without sacrificing comfort.
  • Light. The long dark winters and limited light encouraged the use of white to reflect the limited light available. Typical designs use minimal window
    coverings, cushions with designer fabric, plenty of mirrors to reflect the light and simple lines to amplify the effect.
  • Color. White is the predominate theme in many Swedish designs; this is again in reference to the limited light available during the long winters in Sweden.White furnishings make any room feel larger and brighter; color can still be added through the accessories.
  • Wood. Much of the Swedish furniture is still made from wood. Ash, Beech and Pine are the preferred choices as these are native to Sweden. This creates a natural, warm look to any home; often complemented by a few potted plants to bring nature inside.
  • Textiles. In keeping with the principles of simplicity there are not usually many textiles used in the traditional Swedish designs. A few well placed soft furnishings can add a personal effect without deviating from the core principles of function, nature and light.

Transform your home into a royal Swedish private space. Include sleek patterns with white accents and lavish accessories, and give rooms an individual, alluring vibe.
Don’t forget about the clean lines – they’ll balance your home perfectly, and they’ll make it appear more innovative than ever before.

Swedish 20th Century FurnitureSwedish Cabinet

Swedish 20th Century Furniture

The most amazing Swedish 1950s cabinet designed by Josef Frank. Mahogany and interior of birch. Adjustable shelves. Decorated with illustrations from the book “Nordens Flora” by C. A. M. Lindman. Produced by Svensk Tenn. Vintage 1950s Josef Frank “Nordens Flora” Cabinet

Swedish 20th Century FurnitureSwedish Grace Daybed or Sofa by Eric Chambert, circa 1930

 Swedish 20th Century Furniture

Table Mirror by Uno & Östen Kristiansson for Luxus of Sweden, 1960s

Swedish Grace Wingback Chair

Kjell Blomberg Glass Vase by Gullaskruf in Sweden

Josef Frank Table Mirror in Brass by Nordiska Kompaniet in Sweden


Tropical Twist In An Norwegian Home By Nicolette Horn

Scandinavian home of Nicolette Horn Tropical Twist In An Norwegian Home By Nicolette Horn

An Island-Inspired House in Oslo… Norway Interior designer Nicolette Horn brings a bit of the Bahamas into her Scandinavian home.

“I wanted to feel lifted up when I came inside,” Horn says, “and for me, that means feeling like I am in the Bahamas.”

This despite the house’s resolutely Scandinavian exterior, which is dark brown with deep red accents. “It’s a Hansel-and-Gretel house,” Horn says with a laugh.

Yet the interior is no mere replica of a Caribbean residence. Horn accents island style with Asian touches — pagodas on the dining table, lacquered furnishings in the living room — as well as with Scandinavian notes, including candlelit chandeliers, mirrors to multiply the light, and muslin-covered Gustavian-style chairs. And she has a soft spot for the breezy sensibility of summers on the east end of Long Island, which can be felt in the kick-off-your-shoes elegance of the arrangements.


Impressive History Of Fine Swedish Table Linen

Volga Linen

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Guest Post, Jason Phillips

Linen has been a part of humanity for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used it to dress and as cloths. Pieces of linen have been found which date back to 4,200 BC although there are not many which have survived!  Swedish linen today is made in a very similar way to those original processes. During the 1500’s tablecloths were used by the wealthy, the cloths were made from damask linen which was imported by Flanders and Holland. The cloths were ornate and decorative; it wasn’t until the 1800’s that the use of tablecloths became a common item in many homes.

Linens In The 18th Century

In 1730 a man called Stephen Bennet set up a linen factory in Sweden; the business had approximately eighty looms and produced some of the best quality damask of the period.  The factory was operated until 1845 when it, unfortunately, closed down. During this time Sweden was building a reputation for producing high quality flax and linen; this is the origins of the fine quality Swedish table linen available today.

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The Production Process

Men were generally responsible for the heavier work; this mainly involved the carrying and lifting of the heavy materials involved in the production process. Women and children were used to create the actual linen. This was generally split between the ones who had a high degree of manual dexterity; these were the ones who made the fine quality table linen and used one of the looms. The less able children and women dealt with the more mundane work; which was essential to ensure the production was successful.

It was the women who were usually responsible for coloring the flax. This could be a time consuming and awkward job as the majority of the dyes were not colorfast. Most of the dyes were created from natural materials such as leaves, lichens, moss and bark.

A Sound Reputation

The process of weaving fine table linen may have been complicated but its quality was becoming known in many places around Europe. There are many stories of satisfied customers. One particular example which has been told many times over the generations is in regard to a gentleman called Calle Redhe who owned one of the weaveries in Sweden. He used to personally take some of his linens to Norway and the story tells of the summer he went to Norway and met an elderly lady.

The lady knew who he was and, upon confirming his identity, immediately asked for some napkins to go with a tablecloth which she had purchased nearly sixty years before. The tablecloth had been made by Calle’s father and was produced on the same loom; something which delighted the elderly women and ensured she told everyone she knew.

Modern Productions

The high quality linen produced today in many of the factories across Sweden utilizes the same methods as were used so many years ago. The overshot weave cloth is still patterned and is made to at least the same quality standards as the original pieces. The production methods may be ancient but they have stood the test of time and many people are able to purchase elaborate, ornate pieces of linen which look and feel like they should belong to royalty.  The industry today is proud of its heritage and works hard to produce items which will also stand the test of time and inspire those in the future.

Just as you can buy something today which will match something your grandmother bought; so too will your children or even grandchildren be able to match your purchase.  As long as linen making is a part of the Swedish culture it will be possible to purchase your own piece of history!

Whether you’re hunting for table linens or bed sheets, it is important to focus on quality. The best fabrics are Egyptian cotton and silk. While it’s true that these are more expensive than polyester or cotton blends, they last longer. They’re hypo-allergenic and they have a functional purpose too. Good quality cotton traps moisture and it protects your furniture. Used in the kitchen or dining room, luxury linen fabrics prevent dust from settling and they have an appealing design too; just make sure the set chosen for your bedroom matches with the overall appeal of your room.

Picture Credits, Volga Linen Styling by Simon Kämpfer, Photography: Yuki Sugiura

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A Look Behind 3 Nordic Estates

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Gjestestuene at Norsk Folkemuseum

Gjestestuene at Norsk Folkemuseum-

Gjestestuene –Gjestestuene is beautifully situated at the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo. Gjestestuene is surrounded by old farmsteads and a stave church from the 1200s. Gjestestuene was built in 1917 by the renowned architect Magnus Poulsson. His style was was quite popular in the early 1900s.  Today you can host a dinner party or a wedding at Gjestestuene, as they cater to groups as little as 15 and as large as 250 people.

Gjestestuene selskapslokaler
Strømsborgveien 2, 0287 Oslo, Norway
+47 488 91 603

Bakkehuset-( Bakkehusmuseet ) is a historic house museum in the Frederiksberg district of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dating from the 1520s, this building has been used for a number of functions. It was used as a farmhouse, inn, a home, as well as a hospital and orphanage. Today, it functions as a museum has a beautiful small park will be located next to the museum.

Rahbeks Alle 23, 1801 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
+45 33 31 43 62

Bygdø Royal Farm –Bygdø Royal Farm is located in Oslo, Norway and today is owned by the state but at the  King’s disposal. Bygdø Royal Farm has been owned or used by Norwegian monarchs since 1305.   The farm dates back to the Middle Ages.  King Christian Frederik resided here during his reign in 1814. In 1837 King Carl Johan bought Bygdø Royal Farm from the state.  He had the French gardens re-landscaped in the more natural English style, and enlarged the lake to its current size. The property remained in royal hands until 1863, when King Carl IV sold it back to the state. In 1905, King Haakon VII and Queen Maud began using the farm as their permanent summer residence and enabled the Queen to be able to pursue her interest in gardening.

Bygdø is one of the best examples of an upper class 17-18th-century country houses in Norway. At that time it was the custom in all the Scandinavian countries for the upper classes to spend the winter in the city and move to estates in the surrounding countryside during the summer. The estates were actively farmed in the summer to supply during the winter months in the city.

The present main house was built by Count Christian Rantzau, from 1731 to 1739, as his summer residence. By 1734 the house was complete and the property had been redesigned in the contemporary Baroque style.  The house is a fine example of Norwegian early Baroque panel architecture.  The main building and garden are designed to complement each other. The development of the garden reflects the history of Norwegian landscape gardening from the early 18th century to the first decades of the 20th.  After the death of King Olav the park was somewhat neglected, but in 2003 restoration work begun that was completed by summer 2007, when the King and Queen resumed the tradition of using Bygdø as summer residence.  Source

Bygdøy Royal Farm

Bygdøy, 0287 Oslo, Norway
+47 22 04 87 00



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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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Linen Has An Incredible History- Find Out Why……

The Swedish Country House by Susanna Scherman

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Guest Post – Jason Phillips

Linen is a type of fabric or textile manufactured from fibers. The making process is laborious, and the result is truly remarkable. Many things are made of linen including towels, aprons, bags, tablecloths, bed linens, runners, curtains, drapes, upholstery covers and more. Textiles that feature a linen weave texture, even those made in combination with hemp or cotton, are also referred to as linens; some have specific names, such as madapolam, which is a fine cotton yard wove in linen style.

Linen textiles have an incredible history. Fragments of seeds, yards, straw and additional types of materials date back to 8000 BC, and were usually found in Swedish homes. In Ancient Egypt, linens were used as currency, and the mummies had to be wrapped in this luxury material as a symbol of purity and light. Nowadays, fine linens are high-priced yet incredibly qualitative.

Curtains And Drapes

In the early 18th century most homes still used shutters to block light and make the place appear private and secluded from the eyes of people on the street. However, they had a fuller texture and came in different styles than in the 17th century. As for the materials, main fabrics were cotton chintz, taffeta, and velvet. A valance or pelmet cornice was usually employed to hide the workings. Then the paired curtains made an entrance. They were topped with stiffened pelmets and featured embroidery work and appliqués; also, they had a really elegant shape. The linen fabric used for the curtains included Rococo motifs, including knots of ribbons, garlands of flowers, and leave fronds.

By the middle of the century, pelmets became a lot softer, with small tails and shallow swagging and bells. Portieres had lighter curtains and deeper pelmets designed in Italian style. Store marquises, also known as light silk festoons, were widely used with beautifully draped pelmets. At the end of the 18th century, roller blinds made an entrance as well. Their use was first recorded in 1726, in London.


There was a great variety of fancy fabrics one could select from in the 18th century. There was one industry in particular that thrived – the silk industry. Fragile florals, lace, and scallop, as well as patterns that incorporated doves and other beautiful prints were in high demand. Inside people’s homes silk was the most appreciated. It was used for linings, beds, tables and inner covers. During that time the bed in the bedroom had sophisticated hangings, which were also made of silk; those who could afford to invest in such fancy linens, bought Genoese silk velvet.

For the windows, brocades and silk damasks were highly appreciated. For hangings, brocatelle was still in high demand. Ribbed silk, satin, chintz, taffeta and clouded silk were all exceptional materials used mainly for curtains. Those who couldn’t afford such fancy linens had great alternatives, such as moreen for draperies and beds, and velvet or silk mohair for chair coverings.

The most exclusive chintz was manufactured in Versailles, and was produced by Jouy-en-Josas. However, throughout the 18th century, in England and France there was an anti-cloth law materializing. It was aimed at protecting silk and wool industries. The production went full ahead in 1770.

Sophisticated Trimmings

In the 18th century there was a wide variety of sophisticated trimmings  materializing in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, England and Switzerland, mainly due to the battle of Huguenot craftsmen n the 1600s France. Narrow and broad bands of rich colored lace were used thus contrasting the rich, new techniques. Furthermore, fancy details started being used such as frogging, gold galloon and artificial flowers on valance and pelmets; these were meant to replace entirely heavy trims found in the 17th century.Embroidered, tie backs or appliquéd and ended with ribbons or bows became a new feature in home décor that many people adopted for their window treatments.

Decorating with 18th century linens from the French period will add sophistication to your personal space. Give your windows the treatment they deserve and use luxury linen materials for the curtains and shades. Make your bedroom seem romantic, your living area chic and welcoming, and your kitchen practical and fun. Consider the best materials and the finest shapes, and your entire home will come back to life.

19th Century France Napoleon III Settee

19th Century France Napoleon III Settee

Pair of 19th Century French, Napoleon III Armchairs

Pair of 19th Century French, Napoleon III Armchairs

Napoleon III Chaise Longue

Napoleon III Chaise Longue

WIngback Chair Seen At One Kings Lane

Gustavian Lounge Chair, Sweden, c.1780 Ist Dibs

Gustavian Lounge Chair, Sweden, c.1780, Found on

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45 Examples Of Country Styled Nordic Interiors

Anna Maria King Upholstered Bed

Anna Maria King Upholstered Bed Found on

Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi

Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi

Sweden Early 20th Century A great neoclassical Swedish gray. and white painted oval table in Louis XVI style. Good scale with nice carving and a good later painted finish.

Sweden Early 20th Century A great neoclassical Swedish gray. and white painted oval table in Louis XVI style. Good scale with nice carving and a good later painted finish Found on

Swedish Longcase Mora clock c.1860 scraped back to original paint.

Swedish Longcase Mora clock c.1860 scraped back to original paint Found on

The exhibition of Dala horses in Dalarnas Museum in Falun by Feltangel on Flickr

The exhibition of Dala horses in Dalarnas Museum in Falun by Feltangel on Flickr


The furnishings of the Anteroom are typical of the Empire period with very few ornaments and a strict positioning of the furniture ~ Sweden

The furnishings of the Anteroom are typical of the Empire period with very few ornaments and a strict positioning of the furniture ~ Sweden, Found on

Swedish Rococo Commode 18th century

Swedish Rococo Commode 18th century, Found on

Dala Horse

Dala Horse, Found on

Antique Blue Cutting Board From One Kings Lane

Antique Blue Cutting Board, Found on

Complete Chinois Set of Stencils for Wall Decor and More, Found on etsy

Complete Chinois Set of Stencils for Wall Decor and More, Found on

Swedish Mora Clocks

Mora Clock in Original Salmon Paint Found on

Swedish Tall Case Clock, ca.1780-1800 Found on

Decorating The Swedish Style

Swedish Gustavian Bench, Found on

Swedish Rococo Mirror Sconces, Found on

K & Co. Fransk Antik & Industriel Vintage. Vesterbrogade 177. 1800 Frederiksberg C.

Traditional Living-rooms from Charles Faudree on HGTV, Found on

19th Century Swedish Orange Painted Wooden Clock Found on 1stdibs

19th Century Swedish Orange Painted Wooden Clock  Found on

Decorating The Swedish Style

Gustavian Style Found on

Harvest Basket, Found on

Directoire Bed, Found on

De-constructed Chair – Found on

Swedish Bench Sofa Bed

Swedish Bench Sofa Bed, Found on

Scandinavian tuck-away daybed, 19th c., Found on liveauctioneers

Scandinavian tuck-away daybed, 19th c., Found on

Alden Collections, Swedish Furniture InspirationsAlden Furniture Collections- Curations Limited

Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware Baby

Embroidered Rose Bird Pillow Cover Pottery Barn

Restoration Hardware Baby

Indigo Washed Nightstand And Chest - Anthropologie

Indigo Washed Nightstand And Chest –

Vineyard Stripe Rug Ballard Designs

Vineyard Stripe Rug Ballard Designs

Harbor Springs Floral Duvet Cover

Harbor Springs Floral Duvet Cover, Lands End

Reagan Floral Duvet Cover & Sham From Pottery Barn

Reagan Floral Duvet Cover & Sham From Pottery Barn

Orrefors GlassOrrefors Mirror Mirror Bowl Cut $89 Amazon

Orrefors Mirror 6-7/8-Inch Vase $99 Amazon

Swedish Interior Country Living Feb 1995 Photography By Barbara And Rene Stoeltie

Swedish Interior Country Living Feb 1995 Photography By Barbara And Rene Stoeltie

Swedish Interior Country Living Feb 1995 Photography By Barbara And Rene Stoeltie 2

Swedish Interior Country Living Feb 1995 Photography By Barbara And Rene Stoeltie

Russian Houses

Russian Houses -by Elizabeth Gaynor From $5.73 On Amazon

Replica of a ball gown of Empress Elizabeth displayed at the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo

Replica of a ball gown of Empress Elizabeth displayed at the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo-

Delft tile at Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Delft tile at Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm.

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm

Castle Wallenstein

Castle Wallenstein

Porcelain Kitchen at Tureholms Slott.

Porcelain Kitchen at Tureholms Slott-

Ekebyholm fabric - Skattmanso bed Seen at Scandinavian Design Center

Buy Authentic Historical Textiles online at Ljungbergs Factory

Swedish Medallians Biskops Garden

Plaster medallions of Carl Michael Bellman & Ulla Hopken Seen at

Swedish Decor From

Swedish Decor From

Soft Blue Paneling Roche Bobois

Meubles Design – Roche Bobois

Gröna anemone: Lebellska köpmansgården

Gröna anemone: Lebellska köpmansgården

A Black Swedish Rococo Style Desk Circa 1850- Talisman London

Swedish Medallion

Swedish Medallion –

Swedish Antiques From The HighboyPair of Swedish Sulla chairs with curved and open H-form backs, with original upholstery raised on splayed legs.- Highboy Antiques

20 Of The Most Beautiful Swedish Pieces From The Leading Antique Dealers

19th Century Swedish Painted Chest Find It on Ebay

Swedish AntiquesAnn Joerner Antiques,

William Word Fine Antiques

Swedish Antiques From The HighboySwedish richly carved Rococo period chair that has been with urn-shaped splat back with carved wings and flower on crest rail, low seat, curved and carved apron raised on cabriole legs and ending on splayed feet. The chair has been scraped down to the original paint and gilt.

A striking Swedish Gustavian period mirror in original paint and gilt. This is a beautiful mirror with original mirror plate and typical neoclassical carving details.


A beautiful Swedish Rococo period chest The High Boy

A beautiful Swedish Rococo period chest with original lock, hardware and key, circa 1750

Terrific Painted Details On A Bed From Old Plank

Terrific Painted Details Of A Antique French Directoire Style Canopy Bed From Old Plank

Terrific Painted Details Of A Antique French Directoire Style Canopy Bed From Old Plank

A Look Under The Canopy Of A French Directoire Style Canopy Bed From Old Plank

Danish Baroque chest of drawers, Denmark c. 1740-1760 Green Square Copenhagen

Danish Baroque chest of drawers, Denmark c. 1740-1760 Green Square Copenhagen

Swedish Mora Clocks From The Highboy Antiques

This is a very rare, richly carved Swedish Rococo period grandfather clock that has been scraped down to the original paint. This clock is from Morin, Sweden. Morin clocks are not as common as Mora clocks (clocks from Mora, Sweden) and therefore more rare. This clock is working and using its original movement, key, weight, face, and glass. Circa 1750.

Swedish Mora Clocks From The Highboy Antiques

Swedish Mora Clocks from The Highboy Antiques

Swedish Secretary in Original Blue Paint, Signed and Dated 1858

Swedish Secretary in Original Blue Paint, Signed and Dated 1858 Dawn Hill Antiques

Dawn Hill AntiquesDawn Hill Antiques

Antique Painted Swedish Armoire with Carved Detail, circa 1850-70 Scandinavian Antiques

Antique Painted Swedish Armoire with Carved Detail, circa 1850-70 Scandinavian Antiques

Antique Original Painted Green Corner Cupboard, Sweden Circa 1880

Antique Original Painted Green Corner Cupboard, Sweden Circa 1880, Scandinavian Antiques

Swedish Antiques From The Highboy AntiquesSwedish Mora Clocks From The Highboy Antiques

19th Century Painted Swedish Clock Built Into A Secretary – From The Highboy

Kay O'Toole

Kay O’Toole

Louis XVI style carved upholstered chair.- 36 in. T X 23 in. Woglethorpeauctions On ebay

Louis XVI style carved upholstered chair Woglethorpeauctions On ebay

19th Century Swedish Mora Tall Case Clock From The Highboy 19th Century Swedish Mora Tall Case Clock From The Highboy 2 19th Century Swedish Mora Tall Case Clock From The Highboy 3

Blue Green Painted Mora Clock The Highboy Antiques

Norrköping Auction HouseGustavian sold for 26 000 SEK in Norrköping Auction House-

Hultanäs Antikt & Second Hand is located in Hultanäs

Hultanäs Antikt & Second Hand -located in Hultanäs

Very Rare Gustavian Sofa, 1785

Very Rare Gustavian Sofa, 1785-

Gustavaian 19thC Bench Scraped to Original Paint

Gustavaian 19thC Bench Scraped to Original Paint –

Swedish SofasSwedish Antique Period Gustavian Daybed, Swedish Banquette, Swedish Antique Gustavian-Style Painted Bench From

Swedish Pine Bench The Highboy Antiques

Originally functioned as a daybed with the seat lifting up and the box pulling out like a drawer to offer a space that is double the depth where a mattress would have offered a guest a place to sleep. Great as a bench in a room that can double as a toy box! The Highboy Antiques

Italian Trumeau Mirror, Comprised of 18th & 19th Century Architectural Elements Sold Through Maison Maison

Italian Trumeau Mirror, Comprised of 18th & 19th Century Architectural Elements Sold

Through Maison Maison

Antique Swedish Mora Case Clock The Highboy Antiques 1 2 Antique Swedish Mora Case Clock The Highboy Antiques 1 3 Antique Swedish Mora Case Clock The Highboy Antiques 1

Classic Mora clock in white painted finish with stylized floral carving The Highboy Antiques

Freestanding consol table. Circa. 1790 - 1810.

Freestanding consol table. Circa. 1790 – 1810,

Gustavian style extension table with bronze mountings, and one leaf 19th C.

Gustavian style extension table with bronze mountings, and one leaf 19th C.


Gustavian style table with two leaves, late 19th C.

Gustavian style table with two leaves, late 19th C.

Gustavian style, extension table, with later 2 leaves. Signed 1901.

Gustavian style, extension table, with later 2 leaves. Signed 1901.

Pair of Gustavian style demi-lune tables, 19th C.

Pair of Gustavian style demi-lune tables, 19th C.

Swedish table with three drawers, circa 1800

Swedish table with three drawers, circa 1800

Rare lovely Gustavian freestanding table, circa 1810

Rare lovely Gustavian freestanding table, circa 1810

Swedish painted freestanding rococo table, with carved apron, circa 1750.Swedish painted freestanding rococo table, with carved apron, circa 1750.

Gustavian Furniture

Very rare richly carved grand father clock, in original paint. Circa 1760-

Swedish Rococo Chairs

A set of 8 Swedish Rococo chairs made during the Rococo period 1750-1775. Contemporary upholstery in a soft brown vintage leather.

The Rococo style came to Sweden from France, but trends also came form England. This set of chairs are made on the west coast of Sweden, an area highly influenced by England. English chairs from this time were often made in walnut. Since that type of wood were very rare in Sweden the Swedish version is painted. Starting with the back the chairs have a vase shaped back splat with a top rail decorated with a leaf motif. The cabriole legs have knees with fish scale carvings ending with claw and ball feet – significant for an English chair.This chair is a comfortable choice when choosing an antique dining chair thanks to its tall back and generous seat. We chose to use vintage leather to give the seat a durable and insensitive surface. Read Liza Laserow’s blog at

Swedish ChestSwedish Chest – VOL. 1 antiques

Gustavian Furniture18th Century Swedish Gustavian Secretary from Maison & Co.

Chelsea Textiles

Chelsea Textiles

Home Depot

Swedish Antique Displays Seen At The Home Depot

Swedish Antiques From The Highboy19th Century Swedish Drop-front Secretary, The Highboy

Early 19th Century Swedish Clock, The Highboy

Antique Swedish Antiques The Highboy AntiquesSwedish Chandeliers

Period Swedish rococo writing desk, circa 1760, with original hardware and secondary blue paint. Three drawers in the bowed front with a smaller drawer just under the drop leaf. The interior features two banks of three drawers on either side, as well as other drawers and compartments. Original bun feet.

 Slant Front Writing Desk in Blue Paint– Sweden Circa 1820 Swedish writing desk, circa 1820, with four graduated drawers under the slant-front. The interior features a central cupboard with lozenge trim and two banks of three drawers on either side. Great patina on the secondary blue paint.

Black painted writing desk, Sweden circa 1760 with slant front and two over two
drawers. The interior in blue paint has multiple drawers and cubbies, with two
hidden compartments. Simple bun feet. (Depth when open is 34″.)

How To Select The Right Linen For Your Children’s Bedroom- Kids Room Decor Ideas

Guest Post Jason Phillips

Your kid’s bedroom has to look fun and entertaining; otherwise the little ones may not want spend time in it.

What can parents do to make their bedrooms appear more enticing without investing a lot of money on new furniture or a flat-screen TV?

Believe it or not, playful bed linens can have an amazing effect. You kids will love the colorful designs and interesting patterns. You can opt for bed linen deigns with superheroes and princesses, or you can opt for the educational ones with letters and animals.

Here are 5 playful ideas that will convert your kid’s room into a fabulous environment.

1. Bear Print Bed Linen Designs

Allow the kids to explore the woods and let them enjoy a good night sleep tucked in bed linens with bear patterns.

Consider a natural green color, and make sure the material is 100% cotton.

It is important to invest in quality too, not just in design. Cotton is comfortable and it allows the skin to breathe. As for the print, kids will definitely adore the bears, as well as the color. Consider a full set with cover, sheet and pillow cases, and create a nature-inspired bed for your beloved kids.

2. Baby Blue Linens With Car Designs

Little boys love cars, as well as the blue color.

Combine these two and make their beds cool. Consider linens with more than one car model, and before bedtime talk about the prints. Who knows, maybe your son will grow up a mechanic’s enthusiast or an engineer? Make sure the bedding set is colorful to draw his attention. Trucks, motorbikes, SUV, and others, will transform your kid’s bed into a virtual dealership. Have together before bedtime, and they will go to sleep with a lot more enthusiasm and determination.

3. Pastel Pink Linens With Star Designs

Girls are fond of lighter colors of pink, yellow and purple. They want their rooms to look colorful and playful, if possible be filled with stuffed animals, dolls, and glitter.

Choosing bed linens for girls can be challenging, and that’s because unlike boys, girls tend to be really picky. Regardless, as long as their linens have attractive patterns, they’ll certainly love to sleep in them.

Star signs, golden crowns, and even “princess” message prints are excellent ideas. Make sure that you spend time together too; read them a related story before bedtime, and they’ll love their new sheets.

4. Bed Linens With Letter Designs

Bed linens with letter designs are excellent for pre-scholars. Apart from being colorful and extremely appealing to the eye, bedding with imprinted letters is an opportunity for parents to teach the alphabet to their kids.

Do it in a fun way, but try not to make the process seem like a dreadful activity. Make it fun – associate each letter with an animal for example, and even turn to onomatopoeia to help the kids remember that animal, and its corresponding letter. To help the kids remember the letters better, go for white cotton linens with black letters (or pink for girls). This way you’ll create a visual appeal.

5. Deep Blue & Silver Stars Cotton Linens

Kids are drawn by strong color palettes, such as deep blue, green or yellow.

To convince them to go to bed on time, you could buy them a set of linens with star prints. Combined with deep blue, their beds will look like the sky at night. Make sure the pillow cases have moon designs, and they will have the most relaxing sleep. Bedding for children is not easy to pick. The secret is to consider attractive patterns and soft materials.

We spend too much time spending money on low quality items that don’t last. But when it comes to linen fabric for kids ‘beds, we can’t afford to compromise.

It is important to purchase quality linens because when they’re little, kids sleep a lot.

They’re growing and you can’t risk ruining their health with low quality linens that trigger rashes and allergies. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should buy expensive sheets you can’t afford.

Stick to 100% cotton because it is both comfortable and durable, and stay as far away as possible from synthetic fibers.

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If you don't like ironing, these are perfect for you! Crushed bed linen in a choice of slate grey, ivory white, prussian blue or sea green From Volga Linen

If you don’t like ironing, these are perfect for you! Crushed bed linen in a choice of slate grey, ivory white, prussian blue or sea green

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Decorate With Linens For A Period Look- Prussian blue throw with natural border over classical hem stitch bed linen

Featured here is their saffron throw in Country Homes & Interiors Magazine- from Volga Linen

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Pure linen throws with a natural border in five colors - Saffron, Slate Grey, Parma Grey, Putty, Prussian Blue & Sea Green from Volga LinenPure linen throws with a natural border in five colors – Saffron, Slate Grey, Parma Grey, Putty, Prussian Blue & Sea Green from Volga Linen


Making Summer Slipcovers For Your Upholstered Furniture

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Martha Stewart showed how her wool and silk covered wingback chairs were given a new look for the spring and summer months with slipcovers.  Slipcovers can save your furniture from being ruined over time, and give you an entirely new crisp look for the warmer summer season.   Work with lighter fabrics, and don’t be afraid of contacting a professional seamstress to make your slipcovers if you are not so talented working with a sewing machine.  A great slipcover should last you a number of years if it is made properly.  Photography by Sarah Maingot.

More great articles by Martha Stewart

Making a Slipcover | Martha Stewart

Summer Sewing Projects | Martha Stewart

Sofa & Chair Slipcover Ideas | Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart Home Collection – Macy’s

Our Favorite Sewing Projects | Martha Stewart

Sewing Patterns and Templates | Martha Stewart

Secrets to Shopping Flea Markets and Yard Sales | Martha Stewart

The Hottest Natural Looks For Slipcovering Your Furniture- The Swedish Furniture

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Nordic Style Kids Bedroom Decor Ideas

The Best Of Ikea Swedish Style DORTHY Fabric – IKEA

The design of your kids rooms should be an extension of your overall home, and your style.  You don’t have to have a room filled with cartoon characters plastered all over the walls to be a fun mom.

Here are a couple quick tips for decorating your kids room with youthfulness, while maintaining a beautiful design.

  • Limit The Number Of Pieces In A Room- Free up space.  Choose a couple of really nice pieces for your kids rooms, and allow there to be some moveable room for your kids to play.  Many modern homes simply don’t have big second bedrooms, so think storage when choosing pieces for their room.  Functional dressers, and beds with storage options.
  • Add Storage Space For Toys – Teach your kids to put away their toys in a specific space.  We made over all the closets in our home using a simple brackets bought from Home Depot.  Line baskets in the closet where your kids can put away their own toys.  Have one row for their clothes, and use the remaining shelves for their toys.  When their rooms are cleaner, you don’t loose your mind over the mess.
  • Pretty Up Their Space By Adding Wall Shelves- Their real toys can be housed in the closet, while the more decorative antique toys can be on the wall.  If you love design, make their room functional, but use the wall space to your advantage.  Use wood that can be painted and then distressed.  Rarely do you see people using the full extent of the walls.  Create book shelves that go to the ceiling, and use the higher shelves for the decorative toys.  So many of the thrift stores today have porcelain dolls for next to nothing.  I have picked up beautiful porcelain dolls for our daughter for as little as $5 dollars a doll that she can eventually play with.

The Best Of Ikea Swedish Style

DORTHY Cushion cover – IKEA

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  • Invest In The Right Fabric- Printed fabric can make a huge statement in a room.  If you don’t have time to sew, look for bed comforters that gives you the look you are after.  Order curtains in the same fabric for throw pillows, or upholster an accent chair using that fabric to match things up.
  • Go For A Really Nice Antique- An antique toy on a shelf, or a nice bed can really make a statement in a room.  You don’t need a heck of a lot of furniture, or toys…just one really nice piece and few accent pieces to make a room.  The Nordic style is based around simple interiors, so work that look by carefully choosing a few really functional, but nice pieces.
  • Mix in New With Old- You can get the Swedish look by using new modern pieces.  Decorate with pattern, but incorporate new furniture.  Go for the classic check pattern with a new bed.  Work with ribbon, and bring in color.
  • Blow Up A Vintage Print– I bought several picture frames at local yard sales, but the prints were old and outdated.  I took a print that my grandmother gave me from a calendar book, and blew it up at Staples.  This is a very inexpensive way to fill up large frames with beautiful art work.

See these posts:

My Botanical Print Gallery Wall – Her Site

My Winter Projects- My Nursery And Framing Projects- Part 1

48 Books Of Antique Graphics For Mod Podge Fabric And Wood Transfers

Melissa and Doug Plush Dogs

Melissa and Doug Plush Dogs – Amazon

A History of Book Illustration

A History of Book Illustration -Amazon  This collection of scholarly articles traces the history of book illustration from its first notion in cave art to the early 20th century. It is arranged chronologically with the first section covering the beginning of illustration; the second moves from the illuminated manuscript to the advent of printing; the third and fourth takes the reader from the earliest woodcut illustrations to the beginning of the 20th century; and the final part is concerned with children’s books

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Decorator Tricia Foley’s Signature White Interiors

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If you love simple, white interiors, you will love decorator Tricia Foley.  She has authored 10 design books, and has been featured in national and international magazines.  Her white based interiors and  simple approach to interior decorating is a look that never gets tiresome. If you like the Scandinavian crisp bright interior looks, neutral color schemes and soft color palettes,…….you will love Tricia’s style.

Here are a few of Tricia’s signature looks which often appear in her interiors:

– Stack Clear Glass Plates –  You can easily find affordable collections of clear glasses, and plates at flea markets, thrift stores, and garage sales.  Pulling together a collection of glasses and plates is an affordable way of improving a dining room hutch, or decorating the shelves in your kitchen.    Consider using wood shelving on the wall, and stacking your glassware out in the open.

– Work with All White China- White porcelain and ironstone, no matter how much you have appears clean and organized.  You don’t need a lot of a simple pattern to make an armoire look pretty.  Space out larger pieces to draw the focus on individual pieces.  White dishware is also a very easy find in many thrift stores no matter where you live.  Even the most rural locations has plain white bowls and platters.

– Work With White Walls– White walls and layers of pattern through textiles, furnishings, and accessories will allow you to change out your style through the year.  Add pops of bold color through the spring and summer, and work with the browns, deep yellows for the winter time.  By working with white, you are free to change things out as you find something new to feature or display.  Consider changing up your throw pillows, art work, and linens for a nice change from season to season.

– Working With Grays Can Be Soothing – Using a simple palette of antique white with soft
powdery shades like gray can allow your space to have a calming effect.  If you work in a stressful environment, there is nothing like coming home to a space you can relax in.  White also makes your home appear larger, so painting the wood work, and liming wood is one way to open things up.

Tricia has a book coming out this fall of 2015, called Tricia Foley Life/Style: Elegant Simplicity at Home- where she reveals her romantic Long Island home where she showcases a number of  outbuildings along with her eighteenth-century farmhouse.  Her signature white look is paired with  natural materials, vintage furnishings and collected antiques.  Consider also getting her At Home with Wedgwood: The Art of the Table-  which shows off 250 years of the company’s beautiful collections and how readers can integrate Wedgwood pieces into their homes.


Tricia Foley

At Home in the Country – Tricia Foley

Blog – Tricia Foley

Tricia Foley on Pinterest

At Home With Tricia Foley: Interview with an Interior Designer

Tricia Foley | Facebook

At Home with Wedgwood by Tricia Foley | Hollyhock


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Taupe & White. Tricia Foley’s book, At Home With Wedgwood

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Tricia Foley’s Home Photographed By Jeff McNamara Country Home September 2004 issue

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Empire Furniture In A Simple Setting

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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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5 Styles Of Period Styled Cast Iron Radiators

The Chelsea cast iron radiator was originally commissioned for the Chelsea Barracks Officers Mess

Guest Post- Mike Smith, Woworads Ltd

Classic Victorian cast iron radiators have enjoyed a revival over the past few years, with decorators and interior designers incorporating them into many homes. Radiators add a certain feel to a room, adding a finishing touch to a chosen theme is such a nice way, and this is especially true of the many stylised Victorian radiators. Modern versions of these radiators are not only great aesthetically but they are also energy efficient too, which is another reason they have become so popular in many homes today.

There are some stunning collections of cast iron radiators around that come in a variety of finishes. Installing cast iron radiators in a bathroom adds that finishing touch and this is especially true of the more ornate designs. A bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a house where everyone loves to relax and soak in a bath. Creating a nice environment makes it that much more enjoyable.

The décor in a living room says a lot about the owner. It’s one of the rooms in a home where people like to have their prized possessions on display and where they can entertain friends and family in a relaxed, smart environment. Cast iron radiators in a lounge compliment the theme of the room perfectly and with so many designs and finishes to choose from, it’s easy to find one that fits in with an existing décor.

The kitchen is the hub of a home. It’s where families like to congregate at the end of the day and has become the “new dining room” in many a house. The whole household enjoys the time they spend together in the kitchen sharing the experiences they had during that day. Cast iron radiators can add a warmth to the room in such a stylish way. This is especially true of traditional classic Victorian 9 column designs which you can find in various finishes and which makes it that much easier to find the right one that’s into a chosen kitchen décor.

Completing a look to a room can be achieved in many ways. The right curtains can add that finishing touch to a theme. A beautiful fireplace in a study can add a visually pleasing effect and so can cast iron radiators – especially if the color scheme of the library or study incorporates darker walls to add to that overall relaxed feel of the room. After all, this is the room in the house where peace and quiet is guaranteed and where it’s warm and welcoming.

The great thing about modern style radiators is they are compatible to our modern way of life. The manufacturers and suppliers of these classic looking radiators can offer all the expert advice on which design would be best suited for the style of your home. On top of this, they will advise on size so the radiators offer the optimum warmth as well as style to a room. Once you have decided on the design, and finish the radiators will be expertly installed in no time at all ready to be used with the minimum of fuss or inconvenience.

With such a wonderful selection of cast iron radiators around, it’s easy to find one that suits the look and style of your home. There’s a great choice of finishes available.

The variety of styles makes it so much easier to choose one that fits into an existing décor if you are not thinking of totally revamping your home but would simply like to add a certain cachet by installing cast iron radiators to replace existing ones – it’s an easy option that works well and which is aesthetically very pleasing.

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The Art Nouveau is an exquisite cast iron radiator that demonstrates elegance, echoing a bygone era.

The Art Nouveau is an exquisite cast iron radiator that demonstrates elegance, echoing a bygone era.

A Traditional Art Nouveau styled cast iron radiator

A Traditional Art Nouveau styled cast iron radiator

Princess Cast Iron Radiators

Princess Cast Iron Radiators


Neo Classic Style -A very handsome and distinguished column radiator which compliments both the contemporary and period home.

A Look Behind Classic Interior Designer Furlow Gatewood’s Home In Americus, Georgia

Swedish Chairs

Swedish Gustavian Chairs. Maison & Co.’s 19th c. Gustavian chairs ~ chosen in the Taigan Fetch Magazine story about the book, One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood- Found on

Brain Fog, ……Do you ever sit and stare at a room wondering what you are going to do with it?  You go through endless paint samples, finishes, and furniture placement ideas, and it just doesn’t come together.  Have you been there ?  

This happens to me….and everyone else who is in the design arena.

When things don’t come together for me, I usually go to a few books, open them up, get inspired,…..and my creative juices get flowing again.  I have to say this book (One Man’s Folly) will be one of those books that I will grab from my shelf for those moments.

There is no doubt that if you like gray and white interiors, collections and antiques, you will love this book.  I have been waiting to view this book since it came out, and it really is a terrific read!

In One Man’s Folly, you will gather up ideas for painting furniture, space planning, and flooring ideas.  This book offers terrific examples of how to work with patterned fabric and how you can incorporate all these elements into a space that offers serenity and relaxation.

This book is a reflection of 60 years of passion for collecting and decorating.   As a longtime associate of legendary New York antiques dealer John Rosselli, 94-year-old Gatewood has spent some sixty years locating amazing finds and buys.  Through those years, he has also scored a few beauties for his own home.

The book reviews his personal property in Americus, Georgia, where he has restored his family’s carriage house, (which was original to the property), along with several homes which were moved on to his property from nearby towns.  The property has four houses, including the Barn which once housed cars.

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Southern Gothic Home – Furlow Gatewood Design – Veranda

Peacock House Featured In Veranda Magazine –  Mimi Reed and produced by Carolyn Englefield  Photo by Max Kim-Bee via Veranda.  Architectural salvage was used to give character to the outdoor. Flush boards face the walls of the living room.   A porch with salvaged fretwork becomes an outdoor garden room.  A guest bath at Peacock House shows off a simple gray and white palette. 

The additional houses (Cuthbert House, Peacock and Lumpkin House) were rescued from demolition and made over with a focus on the architectural periods from mid-19th century Gothic to Palladian.  The 11 acre property was featured in the March-April 2014 issue of Veranda. 

In fact,… was Bunny Williams, who convinced Gatewood to do the book.  We are so glad she did!  Even though Gatewood never went to architecture school,…”He has a real flair that often eludes professionals” she says.  The Peacock House, featured in Veranda, began as a dirt floor greenhouse before becoming home for 40 peacocks.

Never did I expect that twenty pieces of unusual lattice panels, which he bought from Connecticut one weekend while we were shopping at the dealer Michael Trapp’s, would become the back porch of what is now known as the Peacock house” – Bunny Williams

Over the years he has collaborated with local craftsman to transform several of these houses into masterpieces. While the changes on his property took about 15 years, Gatewood has been collecting antiques for decades. Everything from porcelains to paintings were selected over the years to be featured in his house.  He said when he collected too much, he needed an additional room and built it…. don’t we all! 

While his taste remained the same through the years in his selections of furnishings and collections, the way in which he showcased them slightly changed. He went from colorful walls to a neutral gray and white background which showed the antiques in a better light.

One Man’s Folly is divided into 7 sections.  The Barn on page 18, The Peacock House page 70, The Cuthbert House page 100, The Lumpkin House page 134, Gardens and Outbuildings page 184, and finally …  Lessons Learned page 204.

This book is so good that 108 people out of 123 reviews give it a 5 star. 

Tom Sawyer– “Where has this gentleman been hiding ? His homes are the most inspiring exteriors and interiors I have ever seen”

L. M. Keefer “If you like classic salvaged architectural pieces, antique furniture from around the world, blue and white china, a mix of global fabrics, canopy beds, painted floors, delft tiles, dhurrie rugs, stripes and checks, gilt frames, and dogs, cats and peacocks, you will be enchanted by this book”

A Book Collector  “That Furlow Gatewood is not the equivalent of a household name in the design world is soon likely to change with the publication of his new book.”……  “Envy-inducing paintings hang between windows that are left bare except for shutters or wood-slat roll-up porch blinds, when the expected finish would likely include yards of linen or taffeta. Simple white cotton duck is the upholstery fabric of choice here, and it is layered with throw cushions of everything from antique Fortuny to blocked cottons from India to linen tea towels, all counterpointing the lines and profiles of the pieces they cover. It is all really quite brilliant.”

Designer Wannabe “Although Mr. Gatewood has a lot of “stuff,” I thought the interiors were open and inviting. The bare floors and simply trimmed windows added a coolness, which is no doubt welcome in warm Georgia.”

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Here are a few tips  from the book:

Wood Boards On The Walls Give An Antique Appearance – “Furlow often uses simple rough boards as panels for a room. This gives texture and character that plain drywall cannot provide.  In some cases, the boards run vertically with horizontal boards at the ceiling, chair rail, and base”

Work With Antique Pieces, And The Occasional Modern Upholstered Piece “Generous upholstered pieces are used sparingly”

Buying What You Really Love ” It’s certainly true that fabric houses would never get rich off him. There is not a single curtain in any of his houses he much prefers shutters or blinds. The bulk of his upholstered furniture is slipcovered in simple cotton duck, and rugs, when they exist at all are sisal or Indian dhurries or the odd antique Oriental. But the most salient quality of his “look” is that he only buys what he absolutely loves”

Great Design Doesn’t Have To Be Costly “Finally, for all of Furlow’s knowledge, for all his world travels and world-class stuff, he has never been a snob. One of my very favorite things in the whole Barn is on the drinks tray outside the bedroom where I slept. A blue liner, it fit perfectly inside a handsome silver urn that doubles as an ice bucket, and I assumed it was some fine piece of cobalt glass. Upon further inspection, it was a plastic bowl Furlow said he found at the Dollar Store, a detail that delighted him to repeat.”

Cutting Plywood Can Create Architectural Detail – The stylish entrance hall of the Cuthbert House was created by simply cutting pieces of plywood in six-by-twenty-inch rectangles. The edges of each piece of wood were beveled and installed in a running bond pattern over the drywall. This was a technique often used in American nineteenth-century Federal houses to simulate stone patterns, as dwellings were then built of wood”

Work With Brackets To Display Pictures, Pottery and Collections On The Wall – “………small pictures that are stacked one atop the other, with a bracket above to draw the eye up and accentuate the sense of grandeur.”

Turn Fabric Inside Out…Sometimes It Can Be Nicer On The Back Side ” A Billy Baldwin slipper chair is covered in fabric on the wrong side, a favorite Furlow trick”

Center A Room Around A Soda, And Work Your Other Pieces In “In each living room, the furniture is always arranged in comfortable seating groups consisting of large frame sofas and various frame chairs placed around them. He often implements period sofas and chairs with exposed legs to give the rooms a light, airy quality”

Painted Floors Can Be A Beautiful Solution” Manhattan-based painter John Campbell painted the faux marbre floors, and a grisaille wallpaper panel hangs above the console. A similar gray palate (with white) extends throughout the house. Furlow says he finds the color scheme cooling.”

Use Solid Fabrics On Sofas and Prints With Throws And Pillows To Make Them Interesting.  Save Patterned Fabrics For Accent Chairs “Large sofas are covered in a solid fabric and then filled with pillows of different florals, stripes, and checks in a single color scheme. A single chair might have a patterned fabric that blends with the others”

Old Leather Is A Gem Of A Find….If You Stumble Across Old Leather, Leave It Be  “If a chair has lovely old leather upholstery, it is left as is”

Additional Links:

Furlow Gatewood – Porcelain Collection – House Beautiful

Beautiful Interiors – Furlow Gatewood on Pinterest

The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood | Garden and Gun Magazine

4.2.14 | One Man’s Folly | New York Social Diary

1stdibs Introspective – Furlow Gatewood

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Living In Norway- Norwegian Life In The 18th & 19th Centuries By Elisabeth Holte

Living In Norway- Norway, Scandinavia, Nordic Style, European Countries, 18th Century, 19th Century Interiors, Norwegians, Viking carpenters, Country Nordic Homes, Norwegian Homes

Living In NorwayLiving in Norway by Elisabeth Holte, is a book you need to look though. This book features 250 lovely photographs of Norwegian interiors which specialize on folk motifs, and countryside homes.  The book is divided into the four seasons: fall, winter, spring and summer.

When it comes to antiques, this book shows them in their historical natural settings.  View homes that look untouched from the 18th and 19th centuries.  Many of the “hytta” or cabins found in Norway have been now turned into bed and breakfasts or museums which have kept much of the traditional interiors intact.

Look through many examples of traditional rosemaling on the walls and on the outside of the shadow box beds that show you the sheer talent of country people in the 19th century.  In this book you will find a rich selection of Norwegian homes, interior and exteriors images, focusing on mostly historical homes, with the exception of one home set in the modern style.

214 pages show a variety of pictures, with a special section at the back featuring a visitors guide.  While this book was published in 1999, this book is breathtaking, and be a classic example of the interiors found a long ago that we never get tired of.

The Kristiana- An Elegant Club in Denmark- Norway, Scandinavia, Nordic Style, European Countries, 18th Century, 19th Century Interiors, Norwegians, Viking carpenters, Country Nordic Homes, Norwegian Homes

The Kristiana- An Elegant Club in Denmark

Quotes I found most interesting:

On The Style Of Houses In Scandinavia “As Far back as ancient times, the Swedes usually constructed lightweight buildings with wooden facades, while the Danes, who claim practically no forests, built their (hatched cottages in stone and clay: the Norwegians built their solid valley farms of logs, one farm often made up of twenty buildings for different uses”

On Dragon Viking Style In Norway – “It was only in 1005 that Norway became a monarchy again with the coronation of the Danish prince Charles (the grandfather of the present King Harald), who came to the throne under the name Haakon VII. A renewed national consciousness was expressed in architecture and furnishings by the adoption of the Dragon style, inspired by a pseudo-Viking nationalism. As a people, therefore, we are both old and young, which explains the dominant rural trait in Norwegian culture”

On The Popularity Of Dragon Style “Dragon chairs that had been banished to the attic are now being brought down for a fresh look. The style originated in Sweden at the beginning of the 19th century and spread to Norway. The Swedes and the Danes tired of it in the 1880’s but Norwegians maintained the Dragon style and used it as a symbol of their ongoing struggle to leave the threadbare union with Sweden, which ended in 1905. Considered a pure Scandinavian tradition, totally independent of what was happening on the continent, the Dragon style was an expression of the pride of the Viking age”

On The North Summer Nights “As the days get longer, nobody wants to go to bed. In the south, it is possible to read outside in the garden until eleven o’clock at night and the sun is already up again by four in the morning. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t set at all, creating an almost unreal atmosphere. During those ‘white’ nights of the midnight sun. time seems to stand still. In enjoy the beauty of the midnight sun at its most breathtaking”

On Rose Painting Artists “Rose Painting was distinguished as any of the country’s more widely known cultural representatives. Rose-painting was a rustic art made by local masters who traveled from farm to farm, often spending months in one place carving and painting the most magnificent interiors. The tradition of rose-painting started at the beginning of the 18th century and reached a peak towards the beginning of the l9th, surviving until the middle of the 19th century. For the owners of the houses, rose-painting was a way of expressing new-found prosperity, and farmers and peasants wanted to show off their wealth and their improved social status, much as the prosperous merchants and civil servants in the towns displayed theirs”

Norway’s Coastlines “Along Norway’s southeastern coast the climate is sometimes so mild that even herbs like thyme, cultivated on the terrace to flavour summer meals, survive the winter . One of summer’s highlights on the Sorlandet is the Trebatfestivalen (Wooden Boat Festival)
which takes place in August in the fine little sailboat town of Ris0r, whose harbour is lined with white wooden houses. Timber trade with Holland led to the creation of Risor in the 17th century, and it grew to become an important trade and ship-building port in the 18th century without ever losing its charming small-town atmosphere.”

On Rose Painting Art “Rose-painting was an amalgam of local tradition and personal style. Artists generally knew of the major artistic trends and skilfully incorporated this knowledge into their designs. Although rose-painting lagged behind stylistically in relation to the major artistic trends that were evolving on the continent, you can nonetheless find elements drawn from all the major styles—Renaissance, baroque, rococo and Empire. The leitmotif of rose-painting, the elegant, sweeping baroque tendril, could play different roles within a design, in conjunction with flowers, in elaborate geometric patterns or as a structure for other motifs;. Popular motifs included human figures (the artist might paint the farmers wife if he found her pretty enough), flowers, trees, religious scenes, and soldiers on horseback with little dogs running at their feet. Artists chose pure, bright hues to produce vivid but harmonious effects”

On Popular Antique Furniture “For two or three generations, there has been a craze for antique farm furniture and objects in Norways towns, ranging from fine and costly 18th-century tables and dressers to a more basic lyed farm table or the antique wooden bowl. It is only recently that urban antiques have started to attract attention. Mainly of these come from Sweden, Denmark and Norways southern coast, and are made From birch or old English mahogany in the Empire style. However, bondemobler, or old farm furniture, remains the most sought after type of antique”

On Artist Peder Aadnes “One of the most renowned 18th-century painters in the lowlands to the east was Peder Aadnes.  He created delicate, baroque, floral designs in soft blues, but his style tended to be more urban than that of his fellow masters. When rose-painted furniture attributed to Peder Aadnes or his fellow masters appears on the antique dealer’s circuit in Norway today, you have to be prepared to pay enormous sums for a major item such as a sideboard.  The colors and forms are so beautiful that you could put that sideboard in an empty room and need little else”

On Antiques In The Countryside “Even in the most modern Norwegian homes, it is unusual not to find at least one small remnant of the countries rural heritage —a bowl, a table, a rose-painted chest of drawers, or a painted dresser. (It would also be unusual not to find an example of Norway’s innovative contemporary handblown glass or pottery.) Up until the middle of this century, there was little appreciation of antique farm furniture in the rural areas and much of it was bought up cheaply by city dwellers dealers. These days, most farmers value their heirlooms—their painted beds, massive tables, rose-painted or stenciled walls—and take good care of them. On some farms, whole interiors can be works of art. Because craftsmen not only made furniture but also carved and painted entire rooms, including the bonded timber walls and the ceilings. Baroque tendrils and rococo shells adorn the massive wooden walls and beamed ceilings, while carvings of soldiers or king- with sabres drawn, brings doors to life. Many of these 18th century rooms still survive intact in farmhouses in the valleys and on the lowlands of southern and eastern Norway. Some are still used by the descendants of their original owners. Often, though, the present-day owners have made themselves modern houses next to the old ones, with luxuries such as electricity and plumbing”

Rugs Made From Scraps Of Cloth “Yli farm in Telemark is one of Norway’s finest folk art interiors, with 1797-1807 richly carved box beds and exquisite rose-painting. The lush, colourful rose-painting, rosemaling, by renowned local masters, involved far more than mere flower decorations and usually did not include any roses at all. In many valley’s dialects, rosut (rosy) simply meant decorated; rose-painting was the general name for the luxuriant rural decorative art in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the old days, weaving cotton rag rugs (left) was a way to make use of worn household textiles and clothes.”

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William Jensen Kilm Cushionside sofa in the bedroom in his Oslo Apartment- Keywords Norway, Scandinavia, Nordic Style, European Countries, 18th Century, 19th Century Interiors, Norwegians, Viking carpenters, Country Nordic Homes, Norwegian Homes

William Jensen displays his Kilm Cushion-side sofa in the bedroom in his Oslo Apartment

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.

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Beautiful creamy whites and golds seen in their home

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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

International Interior Decorating Magazines Worth Buying

Antik & AuktionAntik & Auktion

Antik & Auktion- (Antique & Auction) Antique & Auction is a great Swedish magazine which focuses on antiques and art. Experts write about furniture, silver, rugs, art and much more. Features often include auctions, fairs, and general trends around the antique market and prices.

Antik & Auktion 11 Issues For $99 On Amazon

Gods & Gardar (Gods & Farms) -The magazine that takes you to the beautiful farms, manor halls and castles that will leave you speechless.  Learn about the families who have inherited and live in the countryside on these dream farms. Gods & Farms tells us how to live a modern life out in the country. For those who enjoy looking at classic style in the Nordic country, rich history, breathtaking antiques, architectural homes and lush gardens, this magazine might be for you.

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Gard & Torp(Farm & Cottage)  is the only magazine that deals with how to renovate older homes. When was the house built, and what colors were used?  Tell me about how to buy a older property without destroying the original charm? The Farm & Cottage takes you behind some of the oldest homes and gives expert advice on how they are maintained.  Here you will find inspiring images of farms, cottages in rural areas.

Gard & Torp -10 Issues For $85 On Amazon

Hem & Antik (Home And Antique) -Do you like renovations?   Are you excited about antiques, yet desire to have modern amenities?  DThen this is a magazine for you! Classic Home & Antique is namely the country’s first and only interior design magazine that is also an antique newspaper. In this magazine you will see furniture and auction finds, side by side with modern day furniture such as Ikea.  Classic Home & Antique is published six times a year and is in Swedish.

Hem & Antik –6 Issues For $49 On Amazon

Skona Hem (Comfortable Home) Comfortable home is a source of inspiration for those who are interested in interior design. Here you will find inspiring homes in Sweden along with home décor, the latest trends, antiques and all things that involve the home.

Skona Hem- 14 Issues For $133 On Amazon

Other International Magazines To Consider:

Campagne Decoration– $44.41 ($7.40/issue) 6 Issues- Amazon

Period Living $143.99 ($12.00/issue) 12 Issues- Amazon

Elle Decoration – British Edition- $122.72 ($10.23/issue) 12 Issues- Amazon

World of Interiors- $103.09 ($8.59/issue) 12 Issues- Amazon

Elle Interior (Sweden) $127.99 ($12.80/issue) 10 Issues –Amazon

House And Home (Canada) $21.63 ($1.80/issue) 12 Issues – Amazon

Marie Claire Maison – (France) $57.07 ($7.13/issue) 8 Issues- Amazon

House & Garden – (England) $91.63 ($7.64/issue) 12 Issues – Amazon

Homes & Antiques- $59.90 ($4.99/issue) 12 Issues – Amazon

The English Home– $32.75 ($5.46/issue) 6 Issues- Amazon


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5 Homes Decorated Around The Nordic Style

New Orleans invid Mälaren Skona Hem

New Orleans invid Mälaren- Skona Hem

Country House Inspired After New Orleans -One hundred and fifty meters from Lake Mälaren is 1800-century house whose decor is inspired after the famous city of New Orleans. Kristina Spur found the house 11 years ago in deplorable condition. It leaked, had no electricity, water or heat.   The building had been abandoned since the 1950s, and the roof was almost completely destroyed as the home had it’s original roof timbers from 1887 when the house was first built.  In February 2001, she moved in with her two sons Oscar and Gustav, then 3 and 5 years old. Read more about this transformation at Skona Hem

A Swedish Seaside Home Decorated Around The Nordic Style- This Scandinavian home is surrounded by rocks and sea. The owner, Jacob is an architect followed in his forefathers steps, as his ancestor designed the the library in 1760, at the Royal Palace in Stockholm.  His home boasts huge windows, which can be seen from the ocean, and lets in a terrific amount of light, and  provides an open concept with the vaulted ceilings.  Interior wood paneling on the walls brightens things up.  The interior decor mingles the new with the old.  One of the oldest pieces in the house is a rococo sofa from 1760, which was completely refurbished. Originally featured at

Granholms Estate has been named the the Manor of the year in 2014 in the Great Gods & Farms Gala. Gransholm is also Mary and Jan Åke of Trampes private homes. Granholm’s mansion, built in 1812, has regained its original beauty. With great passion and respect for the history, the family has managed to create a modern functional home while preserving the cultural history behind the home. The mansion also serves as showroom for antiques. See the rest of the pictures in

Gotland House- When Asa Hallin and Håkan Jacobsson finally got to buy the house of Hemsedal municipality 20 years ago, it was run down and in poor condition. Håkan is a carpenter by profession, and through the process of renovating the house, they enlisted the help of another carpenter, a mason and a painter. Over a year and a half, they completely restored it back to the style resembling its original condition. Read more at

Restored Home Built In 1792- There isn’t a lot of information about this last Swedish home on the internet.  The home is decorated with classic Swedish distressed furniture.  It is unclear how many rooms are in this house, but an obvious kitchen/ dining room has a large center table, with two rectangular side tables pushed together.  Off this room, is another bedroom with a twin bed, and rustic wood chair.  A children’s room is the highlight of the tour, with a painted blue doll house situated on a table, with a country style Swedish bed with draperies.  A stenciled floor make this room memorable. Photography Solvie dos Santos

 View the pretty pictures below:

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Granholms Estate- Seen In Gods And Gardar Magazine, The Swedish rococo cabinet and rococo chairs in the original color from the 1760s .

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The houses corner room shows a mirror by Johan Åkerblad 1789

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Swedish Reproduction Furniture At Solgarden

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 Trågsoffa | Solgården

If you are looking for beautiful reproduction Swedish furniture, consider Solgarden.  Solgarden has two lines of furniture, one named “classic”, and the other named “vintage”.

Solgarden Classic- This line is manufactured by a Swedish furniture maker and the timber is locally grown in Sweden.  This line is inspired after authentic 1700s furniture found in Sweden.  Within this line, you will find furniture inspired after gustavian, rococo and baroque styles. All of their furniture is hand painted adjacent to their store.

The pricing of the furniture includes a choice of color within their “Solgård Colours”.  Their signature painting is a process that involves nine different applications. While you have the option to paint the furniture, you can also have it finished to a “worn” appearance that also gives the look and feel of antique furniture.

Solgarden Vintage- Here you’ll find beautiful pieces found around Sweden which have been restored and refreshed with paint or new fabric. Often times these pieces are one of a kind, very unique and special.  If you are looking for something specific, which you cannot locate yourself, contact them, and they can do their best to locate that item. Solgarden also offers furniture painting, furniture upholstery and sewing services.

About Solgarden

The operation was named Solgarden, and was originally founded out of a yellow house.  After a few years, the business grew and moved to Karlavagen 58 in Stockholm.  It was in 1998 when the company changed owners, and over the years the business developed a passion for concentrating their efforts in Gustavian styled furniture, and it was there that special pieces were copied and reproduced.  The level of painting evolved over the years, and the quality of the furniture just got better over time.

In 2012, Anki and Mary took over, and Solgarden opened the current store on Surbrunnsgatan 28 in Stockholm.  Skilled painters and artists continue to paint furniture next to their shop, and they have expanded to also offer add one-of-a-kind older refurbished furniture along side their 1700s reproduction furniture.  A customer can also take advantage of their upholstery and sewing services.  If you need slipcovers made, upholstery for a chair, or settee, or bedding and drapery to be made, they can do that too.

Contact Solgarden:

  • Surbrunnsgatan 28, 113 48 Stockholm
  • +46 (0)8-663 93 60

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Gustavian Furniture At Solgarden

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Spegellampett Solgården

Spegellampett | Solgården

Gustavian Styled Furniture From Solgarden

Swedish-made cabinet that looks like a real fireplace. Available in both round and rectangular versions and hand-painted in any color. The cabinets are available in different sizes and designs and can be equipped with various options such as glass shelving, lighting, interior gold plating.

Kakelugnsskåp – Rectangular version

Fredrik Henrik af Chapman

Plaster Medallion with Fredrik Henrik af Chapman. Wall decoration with frame made of plaster copy of Sergel’s original casts. Size 65 cm in diameter. Also available with other portraits. F.H Chapman

Gustavian Furniture At SolgardenFind these medallions here

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This stunning feature was featured in House Beautiful back in 2002.  Read all about Marianne von Kantzow’s apartment located on Strandvagen:

“Welcome to my latest love affair,” said the invitation to the launching of Solgarden’s new management four years ago; Marianne von Kantzow just abandoned her post as as a construction executive” to take the helm at one of Sweden’s premier makers of reproduction Gustavian furniture and objects. The daughter of Swedish aristocrats, she was raised in an 18th-century manor in the countryside north of Stockholm where “you could find not just Gustavian furniture but details of the style everywhere—walls decorated with painted canvas in colors such as pearl gray and decorated with swags of flowers in lovely pastels.” she remembers.

At Solgarden she offers furnishings that hark back to the years between 1770 and 1790, a golden age in Sweden during which King Ciustav III had his own love affair—with the fashions of the French court. Solgarden continues to discover antique pieces to reproduce, often with the help of the distinguished decorative arts scholar Lars Sjoberg. The company makes tables and chairs finished in the traditional 18th-century gray paint, but von Kantzow has also modernized the look of her furniture by using what she calls “Solgarden white.” This color, her trademark, is a soft “broken white” la European term for off-white) antiqued in her store’s workshop with eight layers of paint and one of wax.

Von Kantzow also tinkers with tradition in her nine-room apartment on Strandvagen, Stock-
holm’s Fifth Avenue.  Divorced after a long marriage that produced five now grown children,
she left a picturesque weekend house on an island in the Stockholm archipelago and now lives
in town full time with her companion, a lawyer. “He and I have the same taste.” she reports,
although her decor is so “un-Swedish” that when she hosted her daughter’s engagement patty,
the young woman’s future mother -in-law expressed fears that her son might have to live with
Marianne von Kantzow’s aesthetic. “Swedes are generally afraid of strong colors on themselves and in their homes,” says von Kantzow. “They walk into my house and stare with their mouths open, and I can see they wish they could be as daring.”

The late 19th-century apartment overlooking the National Museum and the waterfront is decorated with the same colors that von Kantzow has used in all her houses. “I love while with other colors, preferably strong pastel tones of blue and pink.” she says, “They give love and happiness to a room.” Her color palette is both pleasing and practical. “I believe in color schemes that allow a person to move furniture from room to room without having to reupholster everything.

The apartment’s 15-foot ceilings and ample natural light are dramatic and accommodating. The piece de resistance is the drawing room, where against rosy pink walls von Kantzow has arranged two conversation groups, using her collection of signed late-18th-century furniture upholstered in pink velvet and blue period documentary fabrics. Anchoring two opposite walls, she has hung paintings close to her heart, one of her great aunt, the other showing a view of her beloved archipelago.

For the formal dining room she painted a forthright Wedgwood blue on her walls, along with Solgarden white for the panels. Two pieces immediately attract attention: a 19tg century cut-glass chandelier—a copy of one made for the Austrian empress Maria Teresa—and an 13th-century Dutch cabinet housing pan: of von Kamzow’s china and silver collections. Most of the dining chairs are 18th-century originals.

Von Kantzow- shows her playful side in the kitchen and study. The former took its surprising lime and pink accent colors from the heating stove installed at the time of the buildings construction. In the latter, von Kantzow uses a shack of sorts, complete with roof and trompe l’oeil scenery, as a walk in closet.

If only von Kantzow could enjoy her urban oasis more often. Like any good enterprising Swede, she works long hours—sometimes seven-day weeks. Fortunately her soothing yet stimulating shop makes up for it. Customers, she says, “come in and say things like ‘All this whiteness makes me calm,'” and they tend to stay a while, conversing deeply with strangers.

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Behind The Rundale Palace in Latvia

Behind The Rundale Palace in Latvia
This week we’re visiting Rundale Palace in Latvia, newly restored to former glory. I can’t wait to go there.

This summer, New York-based photographer Christopher Flach discovered this world-heritage Latvian palace, Rundale. I had been aware of this baroque treasure, and knew it was undergoing major restoration. Chris was there just at the right moment.

Rundale, built between 1736 and 1740, is important because it paints a vivid portrait of the period from 1730 to around 1812. Rundale graphically embodies the world of an international coterie of eighteenth-century architects and craftsmen who traveled from one job-site to the next in Europe. These talents worked on palaces and museums for the Russian and Swedish and Latvian kings and czars and queens and empresses and nobles in the late eighteenth century.

Rundale Palace is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in the Baltic region.

Read more at the

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Louis XV Suite 19th Century Rococo Settee and 4 Armchairs Gilded Ranavalona

Blue Lotus on ebay is selling a stunning 19th century suite of one settee and four armchairs.  The set is originally from the residence of Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar.

They are unable to determine which of the two last queens of Madagascar this belonged to.  Judging from the quality of the workmanship, carving, and gilding, this came from a fine Paris workshop.

Graceful and light in overall composition and ornamentation.  The settee measures 54″ x 28″ x 40″, and four armchairs, 27″ x 24″ x 36.5″.  Blue Lotus is selling this set for $2,500

Dutch Valley has a stunning Neo-classical painted commode for sale on ebay. The commode is finely carved with extravagent gilt details and has a green veined marble top. The credenza was originally made by French Heritage, and has two deep center drawers flanked by half round side cabinets with shelf space on turned and fluted legs. Dutch Valley has this listed for $5,499  Consider buying a Demilune cabinet for your home.

Sheila Bridges’ Neoclassical Apartment Featuring Swedish Dressers Chairs ANd A Mora Clock PLUS French Louis XVI Furniture- Demilune WHite Chest

See Sheila Bridges’ Neoclassical Apartment On New York Social Diary

Nordic Style Historical Interior Decorating Books – Living Museums in Scandinavia

Nordic Style Historical Interior Decorating Books - Living Museums in Scandinavia

Living Museums in Scandinavia By Per Nagel- On Amazon From $89

An inspiring, interesting and useful insight into Swedish life and interior decoration of the past. This is a lavish photographic guide to 13 historic houses in Scandinavia that have been preserved exactly as their original owners left them. They have now been opened to the public as museums.

The houses featured represent a wide range of types, from the sophisticated Jugend style to simple country dwellings, city houses and studios, and belonged to artists, architects and scientists, as well as ordinary folk. Painstakingly reconstructed and preserved with authenticity, these homes offer the reader a rare opportunity to travel back in time to experience the best in Scandinavian style, characterized by simplicity and by clarity of light and color.

From The Amazon Preview:

The museums chosen for this book are all authentic Scandinavian homes. Their distinctive common Scandinavian origin is evident in the wonderful clarity of light and colour and in the beautiful, simple living style for which Scandinavia is so well

These museums also have in common that they seem especialry alive because they are still intensely reflecting the life that was once lived in them. They are all real, in
the sense that they were created by those who originally lived there. It is as though the residents have just stepped out for a moment! These homes represent a wide variety of types ranging from a sophisticated Jugend style to simple country style, and from urban houses to farms and artist’s studios. The residents have represented many social levels from famous citizens and farmers to well-known artists, architects and scientists.Because of the strong authenticity of these places, they offer us a rare opportunity of going back in time and experiencing different ways of living, and perhaps
finding inspiration for our own lives.

Photographer Per Nagel has collaborated with architect Vibe Udsen for many years in publishing the world-wide distributed architectural annual, LIVING ARCHITECTURE, which is based on his exceptional photographs of Scandinavian architecture.

In LIVING MUSEUMS IN SCANDINAVIA, Per Nagel’s evocative photographs convey the atmosphere of these old residences in such a magnificent way that the reader almost has the feeling of having been there.

Table Of Contents:

8 Melstedgard Farm House on Bornholm, Oenmark
16 Erichsens Gard Townhouse on Bornholm. Denmark
24 Hjorth’s Pottery on Bornholm. Denmark
26 Michael and Anna Ancher’s House The Artists’ Home In Skagen. Denmark
42 Holger Drachmann’s Villa Pax The Artist’s Home in Skagen. Denmark
58 Kauppila Farm House in Finland
68 Qwensel House Chemist’s Shop ana* Home in Turku. Finland
82 Hvittrask Architects Saarinen, Gesellius and Lindgren s Home in Finland
96 Carl Larsson-Garden Karin and Carl Larsson’s Home in Sundborn. Sweden
124 Zorngarden Artist Anders Zorn’s Home in Mora. Sweden
138 Carl von Linne Carl Linnaeus’ Town House and Summerplace in Uppsala. Sweden
163 Siggebohyttan Mine Owner’s House in Nora, Sweden
182 Husantunet Farm House in Alvdal. Norway

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Melstedgard, Farm House on Bornholm, Denmark

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1.”This is a really deep coral, kind of like a cheerful Chinese red. Pinks and reds to me are synonymous with frozen drinks and relaxing.” –Richard Mishaan Pictured, Benjamin Moore‘s Chili Pepper 2004-20

2.”When I look for red, I want a pure, true red, like the color in the American flag. Ralph Lauren does absolutely the best. It’s the essence of red. It makes me think of boating or polo.” –Suzanne Kasler Pictured, Ralph Lauren Paint‘s Dressage Red TH41

3. “Red never goes out of style. It’s full of life — always fresh, always fun to wake up to. We go for reds with less blue in them and more orange because they’re happier to live with.” –William Diamond and Anthony Baratta Pictured, Ralph Lauren Paint‘s Lattice Red IB57


4. “It’s a true, deep red. I like the temperature of it: it’s a bit cooler. But a little red goes a long way. It’s good in areas where you don’t spend much time or in boring areas that need a strong burst of color.” –Roderick Shade Pictured, Benjamin Moore‘s Million Dollar Red 2003-10

5. Benjamin Moore‘s Redstone was used in Eldon Wong’s cupboard.

6. “All my life I’ve pursued the perfect red. I can never get painters to mix it for me. It’s exactly as if I’d said “I want Rococo with a spot of Gothic in it and a bit of Buddhist temple” — they have no idea what I’m talking about.” –Diana Vreeland Pictured, Benjamin Moore‘s Red 2000-10


7. “Red is the color of excitement, and I tend to go for corally orange reds. With red, you know you’ve arrived and you glance in the mirror and realize how great you look and breeze right in.” –Keith Irvine Pictured, Benjamin Moore‘s Salsa 2009-20

8.”I prefer the warm, vibrant reds to the historic reds, which are beautiful but sedate. This is a daring red, a real fire engine red. It has a playfulness that reminds me of a little red schoolhouse.” –Ruthie Sommers Pictured, Fine Paints of Europe‘s Dutchlac Brilliant Tulip Red W1001B-M

9.”Lately I’m on this anti-completely-neutral kick. You have to have some seasoning in your rooms. Sangria is good, universal-donor red — not too blue, not too orange, not too dark.” –Elissa Cullman Pictured, Benjamin Moore‘s Sangria 2006-20

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Florence De Dampierre Comments On Nordic Furniture In Sweden And Denmark

Swedish Clock made about 1765 by Nils Berg

Chinoiserie found another outlet in the rare longcase clock at the right, made about 1765 by
Nils Berg, whose signature appears on the case.

The Best Of Painted Furniture By Florence De Dampierre, presents the tradition of painted furniture as it developed in Europe and the United States.

Dampierre, owns a New York gallery which features painted furniture, and specializes in tracing the art form in Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and America.  She features French and Italian examples to simpler, more provincial American and northern European folk-art pieces. She talks about how art influenced furniture across Europe, as craftsmen adapted ideas and techniques. Various chapters discuss furniture embellishments and treatments from high art elegance to folk art simplicity.

Here are her comments on Sweden and Denmark:

Two important traditions of painted furniture developed in Sweden: the high-style aristocratic furniture that evolved from the international taste for oriental lacquer beginning in the seventeenth century- and the rural folk tradition, which grew up both in the manors of landowners (where it attempted to imitate its elegant counterpart) and in humble peasant dwellings. As late as the seventeenth century the great houses of Sweden were still closed fortresses—large rectangular structures furnished with imposing, simple chairs and tables. Tastes began to change by the end of the century when the architects Nicodemus Tessin and his son Nicodemus traveled to Italy, where they eagerly embraced the refined luxury of Italian and French styles. As the designers of Drottningholm Castle and the grand castle at Stockholm, the Tessins did much to spread the appreciation of sumptuous high Baroque decoration among the Swedish nobility.

Skane, the southern region of Sweden had painted furniture traditions of it own. Largely
derived from those of Denmark, since it was a Danish province until 1658. Southern pieces, primarily blanket chests and armoires, featured Rococo and Baroque decoration with rose bushes heavily laden with bloom. The Erik Eliasson style of painting spread from Dalecarlia to Skane at the end of the eighteenth century, intermingling with the
southern style.

Other regions invented their own designs. Painters from Delsbo or Jarvsd, in the Dellen Lake district, notably Gustavus Reuter, originated a version of Baroque style painting that was free of influence from other areas. In Jamtlancl (bordering Norway), the armoires, in typically Rococo style, were particularly interesting. In some areas along the seacoast, such as Blekinge, painted furniture was a rarity.

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Close up faux painted detail of the clock

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A Swedish, Rococo Chest of Drawers Seller Dawn Hill Antiques

A Swedish, Rococo Chest of Drawers Seller Dawn Hill Antiques

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This table was seen in Liselund castle- made in 1795

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Stool in the neoclassical style seen at Liselund Castle

The Best Of Painted Furniture By Florence De Dampierre

The Best Of Painted Furniture By Florence De Dampierre

Swedish Gustavian Console Table, C. 1810

Swedish Gustavian Console Table, C. 1810 , D.Larsson Swedish Antiques

Gård & Torp Photo Karin Foberg

Gård & Torp Photo Karin Foberg

Swedish Country Folk Inspiration

“Story Time” (portrait of the artist’s father and daughter) by Knut Ekwall (1843 – 1912, Swedish)

“Hårnäver” a headdress from Norra Ny in Värmland! (Sweden)Her hair is tied up in a red ribbon and she is wearing a hårnäver. This is a kind of diadem that is used as a hair band to keep the hair high up on the fore head. A hårnäver is made from two pieces of birch-bark that are sewn together with long stitches on the back. They are decoratively painted in red or reddish-brown. Matte paint is used to cover the hårnäver and patterns are painted on free-hand. Bark is collected from the birch trees – Found on

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Home of Lisa Larsson- Seen On

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Svindersvik -Stockholms läns Museum

Svindersvik –Stockholms läns Museum

Svindersvik -Stockholms läns Museum

Svindersvik –Stockholms läns Museum

Folk art trunk made by Stenström, from the south of Sweden, 1819. Bukowskis Market

Folk art trunk made by Stenström, from the south of Sweden, 1819. Bukowskis

Swedish wedding chest with domed top dated 1809 via Liveauctioneers

Swedish wedding chest with domed top dated 1809 Liveauctioneers

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Svindersvik, Stockholm, Sweden-

Svindersvik, Stockholm, Sweden-

Anders Zorn’s studio in Mora

Anders Zorn’s Studio in Mora

Swedish Painted Trunk Seen At Country Gallery

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Egeskov Castle In Denmark

Egeskov Castle In Denmark-

Swedish Mora Clock From Cupboards And Roses

Swedish Mora Clock From Cupboards And Roses

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Swedish Door Detail Seen At KML Design

Swedish Door Detail – KML

THIS is not an ordinary Mora clock - this is the rare Ångermanland Bride! The cases were made by local carpenters around 1820-1840.

This is not an ordinary Mora clock – this is the rare Ångermanland Bride! The cases were made by local carpenters around 1820-1840. – Found on

Egeskov Castle In Denmark

Egeskov Castle In Denmark-

Quenselska gården, Åbo, Finland. At that time Finland still was a part of the kingdom of Sweden.

Quenselska gården, Åbo, Finland. At that time Finland still was a part of the kingdom of Sweden. Found on

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Original Painted Swedish Trunk, Dated 1843 Scandinavian Antiques

Original Painted Swedish Trunk, Dated 1843 Scandinavian Antiques

Antique Original Painted Swedish Mora Grandfather Clock, circa 1842 Scandinavian Antiques

Mora Grandfather Clock, circa 1842 Scandinavian Antiques

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Fjällbacka, Sweden

Fjällbacka, Sweden

Louis XVI Style Carved & Painted Cane Fauteuils Quality Is Key Ebay

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Take a look at the paint colors in your local hardware store the next time you go shopping.  You might be surprised at the colors that are available.

As I was getting paint mixed up at our local do it best hardware store, I found myself picking up several swatches of colors that would work nicely in the Gustavian Swedish themes.

Light blues, soft grays and muted beige paints are classic colors found on furniture.

Why spend a ton on paint, when often you can find nice colors locally?

Here are a couple of my favorites….

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House Beautiful Paint Color Experts- 12 Swedish Gustavian Paint Colors - Designers Picks

House Beautiful often features the best designers with their favorite go-to paint colors. Sometimes having the just-right color can make a tremendous difference in a room, or on a piece of furniture.  Here are some of my favorites that work with the classic Gustavian/ Swedish interior design themes.

1. Ann WisniewskiSherwin-Williams Emerald Fawn Brindle SW 7640,

2. Cathy Kincaid – Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion Pale Powder 204

3. Kerry JoyceBenjamin Moore Natura St. Johns Bay  584

House Beautiful Paint Color Experts- 12 Swedish Gustavian Paint Colors - Designers Picks

1.  Lisa McDennon – Sherwin-Williams Harmony Conservative Gray SW 6183

2. Whitney StewartC2 LUXE Seedling C2-188

3. Allison CaccomaBenjamin Moore Regal Harbor Haze 2136-60

House Beautiful Paint Color Experts- 12 Swedish Gustavian Paint Colors - Designers Picks

1. Paul CorrieBenjamin Moore Regal Select Blue Lace 1625

2. Ashley Whittaker –  Farrow & Ball Estate Eggshell Pink Ground 202

3. Mara MillerRalph Lauren Paint Willow RLVM270

House Beautiful Paint Color Experts- 12 Swedish Gustavian Paint Colors - Designers Picks

1. Kevin Isbell – Benjamin Moore Aura Buttered Yam  AF-230

2. Lynn Morgan  – Benjamin Moore Advance Nosegay 1401

3. Deborah Walker Sherwin-Williams Duration Gray Screen SW 7071

Nordic Scandinavian Decorating Advice from Designer Alexandra Angle

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Designer Alexandra Angle shares her Scandinavian design advice with House Beautiful on how she made over a dark cottage in Venice, California.

This house mixes Americana and Swedish country. Are we in the midst of a Scandinavian revival?

It does seem so. There’s a trend toward being unpretentious and relaxed and real, and people like airy spaces. The way Scandinavians bring light into a room, having these long dark winters, is amazing. People seem to like the simplicity of the historical Gustavian pieces, and the contemporary furniture is novel and a little bit wacky and very well crafted.

If you were Mrs. Blandings, how would you decorate your dream house?

No froufrou. It would have handcrafted things, some Danish, some of my designs, all simple and textured with wicker, felt, and really heavily woven linens and cottons.

What gives you the decor chills?

I don’t like things that feel sterile. There has to be some texture, like worn stairs or a beat-up antique in a minimal house. But not overdone. I love mixing things up, but not just for the sake of it. I don’t like 10,000 layers of something unless it’s an 80-year-old woman who’s been collecting all her life, and then it makes sense.

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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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Johan Åkerblad Seen At Bukowskis Market

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.

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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.

New Research Suggests Swedish Furniture In The 1700’s May Have Had Strong Colors

Gottlieb Iwerssons bureau

The computer-generated image shows how Gottlieb Iwerssons bureau was
color set from the beginning with stained inlays.

Furniture with inlay from the 1700s tend to be in a moderate brown color scale. But new research suggests that Gottlieb Iwerssons and the other Masters furniture had strong colors when they were new.

Elise Andersson at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies presented his essay in Varying Shades of Brown where she runs the thesis that several of the 1700s masterful intarsiamöbler had a rich and expressive colors.

It is exciting to imagine how old things looked like when they were new, says Elise.
After a symposium in the Netherlands on stained wood Elise was inspired to investigate a bureau of master carpenter Gottlieb Iwersson (1750-1813). The bureau was a gift to King Gustav III and is currently banked in the Royal Collections.

Elise has looked closely at the paint residue on the furniture, studied the original drawing, examined sekretärens surface with UV light and read old beet recipes.
Emerges is a picture of a piece of furniture where the motifs were originally colored in blue, green, red and yellow against a light gray background – all framed by rosewood and amaranth, two popular woods for furniture production in the late 1700s.

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Tea tables were originally designed to serve tea. Some were designed to tilt like the pie table which could then be folded up and stored away.

Dutch painters were known to decorate the tops of these tables with landscapes starting in the late 17th century, and this following survived well into the 19th century. In the late 18th century the English style became extremely fashionable, and this style of table became extremely popular.

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London-Townhouse By designer Katrin Cargill

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Swedish Tripod Table Seen At Max Rollitt

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Decorators Who Have Embraced The Nordic Style – 30+ Pictures

Alexander Doherty Design

Alexander Doherty Design

Here are a couple modern day interiors which incorporate many of the elements found in the  Swedish style.  While we all enjoy looking at historical manor homes, modern day homes can give us a better feel of how we can bring this style into our own homes.  Whether it is rooms based around white, or Swedish antiques used, see how the top designers around the country have used this style in every day residences.

Jocie Sinauer Of Red Chair Antiques

Jocie Sinauer’s Home Of Red Chair Antiques


Designer Shannon Bowers, featured in the Spring 2014 issue of MILIEU

Designer Shannon Bowers, featured in the Spring 2014 issue of

Buffalo Check Twin Beds Seen On Harry Norman

Buffalo Check Twin Beds Seen On Harry Norman

Michael J Siller Interiors

Michael J Siller Interiors

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Alexander Doherty Design

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Alexander Doherty Design

Timothy Corrigan Library-Doheny

Timothy Corrigan

Cathy Kincaid

Shannon Bowers Designs

Shannon Bowers Designs

Jeffrey Bilhuber Seen At Quintessence Blog

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Designer Susan Anthony's Acorn Cottage

Designer Susan Anthony

Lucas Allen

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Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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Taarbæk Strandvej 24, 2930 Klampenborg,

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Designer Jeannette Whitson

Jeannette Whitson

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Julie Nightingale Designs

Julie Nightingale Design

Jeannette Whitson, Architect Bethany Puopolo

Jeannette Whitson, Architect Bethany Puopolo

Frank Babb Randolph

Frank Babb Randolph

Frank Babb Randolph

Frank Babb Randolph

Frank Babb Randolph

Frank Babb Randolph

Designer Ken Fulk

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CarolEgan Interiors

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Seaside-style dining room - House to Home

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At Home with May and Axel Vervoordt

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Skogaholm Manor is a large mansion built in the Caroline style in 1680,  located at Skansen in Stockholm.

Skogaholm Manor, forms part of the open air museum at Skansen where it stands as an example of an 18th century Swedish manor house.  The manor’s main building was donated in 1929 to the Nordic Museum and moved from Svennevads parish in southeast Närke.

The manor house was built around 1690 for Catherine Rosenberg and her husband Anders Wennerberg Manor, who inherited Skogaholm after her parents Simon Rosenberg and Margaret Larsdotter, and had visible colored red timber with white trim.

Skansen Air Museum is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius (1833–1901) as a way to show life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era. Hazelius bought around 150 houses from all over the country, and had them shipped piece by piece to the museum, where they were rebuilt to provide a unique picture of traditional Sweden. Only three of the buildings in the museum are not original, and were painstakingly copied from examples he had found.

All of the buildings are open to visitors and show the full range of Swedish life from the Skogaholm Manor house built in 1680, to the 16th century Älvros farmhouses. Skansen attracts more than 1.3 million visitors each year and many of the exhibits cover over the 75 acre (300,000 m²) with a full replica of an average 19th-century town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrate their skills in period surroundings.

  • Skansen Air Museum,Djurgarden 49-51, Stockholm 115 93, Sweden

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Interesting Reviews:

“I have visited Skansen some times some years ago, and I enjoyed this revisit. The guides are excellent providers of information, and the interiors are cleverly reconstructed along with matching dresses of the guides. Statarlångan, Helsingslandsstugan, the ironware shop, Konsum shop … every house and shop have its past and worth while a visit. Petissan is a small, picturesque cafe where we enjoyed a cup of coffee and a variety of cakes. The carpenter’s workshop and the knowledgeable guide made me especially happy.” kanute07

“We made the mistake of not preparing for our visit. We had no idea of the size of the property, 75 acres, or of the number of historic buildings, 150! Thus, we did not leave enough time to properly watch the artisans at work, or talk to the interpreters in their traditional dress. Our hour and a half just skimmed the surface of what there was to see. We also made the mistake of not arriving at the main gate, and had to take a funicular railway. Thus, we missed the 15 shops in The Town Centre. The best time to visit is obviously not in mid-week in September, when activity is winding down, and the buildings begin closing at 5 pm. The free map is also essential!” Billitchyfeet

“This open-air museum is a collection of Swedish stuff. Swedish animals, Swedish housing across time and places, Swedish traditional clothing, everything. They even have real-size replica of a traditional old Swedish village from the 17th century. The Swedish animals are awesome! Make sure to go around 3:00 PM, it’s the animals’ feeding time.” John J

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Graeme & Ann’s 2010 Trip: Skogaholm Manor

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