An apartment in an historic building in Sweden
uses unique oversized pendant lights along with original antique details and
a well edited collection of antique furniture to create a fresh, bright and warm
In this installment of my multipart post on a beautiful
antique Swedish home, we will be looking at the dining area and the kitchen.
This room is decorated in classic Gustavian style as
supported by the white painted sideboard, crystal chandelier, white
painted dining table with an embellished apron, pewter candle sticks and antique
Sideboards are pieces that clearly represent the classic Swedish style.Often people will tell me that
they want a Swedish look but either don’t have the space or the budget for several items.When I hear this I
immediately suggest one of three pieces for them to consider:a sideboard, a chandelier, or a clock.
The Swedish sideboard is often, but not always, taller than it is wide.It will have at least two doors
and two drawers - sometimes with diamond or reed carving decorations.A gallery back is also a common design
element, along with white, pale gray, green or cream paint.
Swedish crystal chandeliers usually support wax candles in
their candle branches, have a crystal basket design at the bottom
and cascading crystals at the top. Sometimes
a touch of cobalt blue is added which really emphasizes the Swedish origin.
Swedish chandeliers ‘in the style of’ the classic antique designs, but made in the latter part of the 19th century or the first part of the 20th century, were often adapted to support electric bulbs. Sometimes the candle branches were adapted for electricity but often the interior frames had three, four or five bulbs added which allowed for the ambiance of wax candles in the branches as well as the beauty and practicality of electric bulbs illuminating from within.
The beautifully renovated kitchen was tastefully
designed with a nod to the historic past of the home but with modern conveniences
and design touches. The open shelves provide
easy access to cookbooks, frequently used items and the homeowner’s collection
of ironstone. The natural wood countertop
provides warmth to the all white space, while the pretty blue rag rug runner
compliments the cobalt blue in the chandelier and the lighter blue on the seat cushions.
Every Swedish home has several rag rugs.Made from scraps of fabric, old clothes,
linens, etc. these rugs have become iconic.We consider them to be pieces of functional art as each is unique and
one of a kind.Providing warmth and
softness to the feet and beauty for the eye, Swedish rag rugs are sized and
priced for everyone and every budget.
Awhile back Susan Serra of The Kitchen Designer contacted me because she was looking for images to support an article she was writing for Decoati. As it turned out, that inquiry resulted in an article about my own personal kitchen and the unique placement of my cook top. Susan's professional and creative eye zoomed in immediately on a major detail that isn't often seen in kitchen design, but wasn't even a concern or consideration to me. Read how our dialog gave us both a new perspective.
And while we are on the subject of kitchens, click on over to Linda Merrill's blog ::Surroundings:: and take a look at the progress she is making on her DIY kitchen redo and the pretty copper teapot from Avolli that she used in her article.
Another Sunday and some more progress on my kitchen makeover! My volunteer staff (a.k.a. close pal Rob) was all rested from his weekend away in NYC last weekend where he took in The Marriage of Figaro at the Met and Jude Law in Hamlet. He said Figaro was excellent and Jude Law was amazing as Hamlet. So, a little arts news for those interested!
This week, we FINALLY installed the recessed lighting! I was very excited! Bright lights always make things better. Well, until I got a hold of what was going on in between the refrigerator and the cabinets...oy. Scary, to say the least.(read more...)