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Swede
Finding, Creating and Celebrating Beauty
Interests: Euro style in American interiors -- Swedish French Belgian and Danish. Furniture Design and Manufacturing.
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Same ole story - Mr. Swede is in Paris without me for Easter. It is now planting time. I'm working in the yard this weekend to get 8 flats of Superbells and Impatiens annuals in the containers. Next weekend will be getting 10 flats of Dragonwings in the beds. And then hanging baskets, and then mulch, and then it will be too hot to plant so we just maintain until Fall. A lot of work, but I do love the color. Hope the Easter Bunny leaves you lots of pretty eggs. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Swede
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To all my lovely loyal readers, I made a card for you. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Swede
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Do you decorate with natural coral as an accessory? Do you think it is still in style? How do you feel about using the fake resin coral pieces? While in Nashville this past weekend, we always make a stop in Franklin, TN at my favorite decor store, The Iron Gate. They import from a coral farm many varieties of white sea coral and some blue/grey pieces. Their selection was a little lower this time than it has been in years past. Mr. Swede did purchase a nice blue piece and a huge specimen white cup coral. The price was outrageous... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Swede
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A totally delightful experience to see The Boys [29 and 25], Zach and Colton Swon perform within the famous wood floor circle at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday evening at their debut. They asked their parents, Kelly and Tammy Swon [talented musical performers in their own right] to join them in the circle as a Thank You for all they had done to help them get their careers to this place. The Boys were totally cute and sweet and humble as always. I look forward to watching them mature with their talent in future years. Colton, of course, has a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Swede
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Look who I'm with Saturday night. SOOOO EXCITED!! Yes, I'm still young!! So happy to be there for their career milestone - first time on stage at the Opry. I have front row seats. Have you ever been to one of their Swon-certs? Do tell all. Spending Friday shopping and doing lunch in one of my favorite little towns, Franklin, TN. This is going to be so fun. Summer Photo: Swon Brothers Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Swede
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I chose aqua for this tablescape because I had an antique Royal Crown Derby set of pedestal dessert stands, a LRL Limoges fish platter and an aqua gallary-wrap canvas in aqua tones that I had been wanting to use. The dessert pedestals are marked 1878. There were 12 matching plates until 2005 when a lady decided to 'help' me and broke 5 of them when she dropped the entire stack while I was entertaining the guests. I am using my Swede Collection console table as a dessert buffet. This is what the canvas looks like that I made in various... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Swede
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Today I am showing how I coordinate artwork with china in styling the tabletop of my dining room console table. When I do a tablescape, I like to have a colored canvas or two [stacked] in the room that coordinates, but does not exactly match, the china I am using on the table or the color scheme I have chosen. To make this possible, [I don't own a lot of important pieces of art that I rotate] I slap paint on a gallary-wrap canvas to create my own. This one is done more exacting with rectangles and squares instead of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Swede
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Melon Colors: Cantelope, Peach, Nectarine, Apricot and Tangerine. I am showing today a switch up on my St. Patrick's Day tablescape. If you follow me, you know that I like to do back-to-back events to maximize the effort by making changes to switch up the first tablescape into a new creation. This allows me to use the same floral centerpieces twice. This is particularly great if you have weekend guests so you can do one table Friday evening and change it out for Saturday. Even slight changes will make a big difference. I have changed up the console table by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Swede
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It is very cold here today. Hope where you are is warmer so you can enjoy a lovely St. Patrick's Day. This was taken at the Dixon Botantical Garden in Memphis. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Swede
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Today's Paris photo is this one taken in the rear garden of Notre Dame of the pink and black Parrot Tulips. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Swede
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There are no leprechauns or Shamrocks in sight at this dinner table to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The green and orange theme represents Ireland and England. Do you remember as a kid getting pinched if you wore orange or any color other than green to school that day? For today's dinner table two floral arrangement towers are used together with a cachepot in the center of English Primroses. These 30" towers allow for guests to see across the table. All flowers are common to pick up at the grocery store, Carnations in two sizes, Statice, Protea, Mums in two sizes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Swede
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One more restyling of the console table. I have layered another painting, a Spangler artwork of Paris restaurant Cafe de Flore, of which I have also taken photos while in Paris. This painting has peach and melon tones to coordinate with my sunset oil. I have switched out a different French fish platter and am using a poppy colored vase for the Tulips. They are so blown open they almost look artificial. This is the last of the "orange" series. I'll change to a new color this coming week. I am linking up to the Tablescaper's party called Seasonal Sundays... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Swede
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Today's Daily Thing of Beauty is a restyling of the dining room console table. I was looking for a lighter color of peach for a background and remembered that stored in the attic was a peach oil I did about 12 years ago, a sunset seascape sort of thing. I found it and used it to layer over my other metallic canvas. I do love layering paintings to give more interest. Just a restyle as I am using the same Parrot Tulips with the darker ones removed from yesterday's vase, same French hand-painted fish platter and plates and same Mottahedeh... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Swede
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Today's Daily Thing of Beauty: I switched out the console table again with orange Parrot Tulips. Happy weekend. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Swede
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Swede Collection introduced four new chairs to the product line in February. Included among those is this Swedish Rococo chair. It is an exact copy of a 1790 antique brought back from Sweden. The styling and details were incredible so the decision was made to reproduce it but in American proportions. Because the time to hand make each one is extensive, a small number will be available to the wholesale trade the end of May. One of the factors Swede insists on is that chairs be comfortable for men to sit on for extended time at the dinner table. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at Swede
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Curious about what the views are from the deck of the Eiffel Tower? My friend Ken Connally captured these views earlier this month on a layover in Paris coming back from India. My suggestion is to secure your tickets online before leaving home and arrive late afternoon so you can capture both daylight views and photos of the tower at dusk when they turn the lights on. These photos were taken early February. If you are there in June the tickets could be sold out, or one of the elevators out of service and you can't go up. The winter... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Swede
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Yesterday I showed you the right-hand exterior door's overdoor cartouche of the female profile on this building in Paris. Here is the left-hand side overdoor of the same building with the male figure. There are literally thousands of buildings in Paris with incredible exterior architectural elements. The creativity, skill and workmanship of the carved elements on Parisian buildings of this era is just amazing. Summer Photo: Mr. Swede Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Swede
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Here is another fabulous overdoor with the female cartouche and foliage. Just love how they did the leaves. Why don't they make buildings like this anymore? This was probably done in the 1890's. So beautiful. I would enjoy living in this building. Summer Photo: Mr. Swede Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Swede
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Architectural overdoors in Paris provide fabulous design eye candy. Here is one that definitely falls in the "best of" category. Great detail here. Just love it. Would have been a good addition to my Greige Issue if I had had the photo last month due to the color of the marble. Summer Photo: Mr. Swede from last week's trip. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Swede
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The Théâtre Montparnasse is a theatre at 31 rue de la Gaîté in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. One of the hotels that FedEx uses for the flight crew is in the Montparnasse area, so Mr. Swede brought me these photos from his trip last week. The present structure was built in 1886 on a site that had been dedicated to theatre since 1817. Architect Charles Peigniet, who helped to create of the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in New York, designed the building. As a general rule in Paris the architectural detail on buildings is on the second... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Swede
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For today's Paris daily photo, I just love this building in Paris's Montparnasse area dated 1894 in Roman numerals. Mr. Swede brought this photo and some other fabulous ones back to me yesterday from his trip. You like? Summer Photo: Mr. Swede Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Swede
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Sending love to my tremendous followers: Dicentra 'spectablis', perennial old-fashioned Bleeding Heart. It is one of the oldest perennials in cultivation today. I love mine. There is also a solid white variety. If we have a warm winter, they bloom in February, otherwise March. One of the earliest plants in my yard to bloom each Spring. What are your favorite love songs? Here are a few of mine. Add to the list by letting us all know your favorites in the comment section below. Let's see if we can identify some really great ones. Doesn't have to be current --... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Swede
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As I usually do, I like to mix vintage, antique and new items in my tablescapes. Here is my Valentine's table. Another definition of love. Can love ever be perfect if both individuals are imperfect? Something to ponder. Very simple white and magenta theme with a fresh red floral arrangement as the centerpiece. Varga stemware, French plates, mother of pearl flatware, Venetian glass wine stems and French linens. Close up of the plates with cupids in the center. Red Roses, Carnations, Alstromeria with red Nandina berries and greenery cut from the shrubs in my yard. The Swedish Empire chair in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Swede
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Thinking about Spring. It won't be long now. Quince and Camellias are budded out. They are about six weeks behind from the cold this winter. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at Swede
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It is this time of year, the dreary days of winter that I want Spring NOW so I try to rush it in my tablescapes and other decorating around the house. As soon as Tulips, Hyacinths, English Primroses and other Spring flowers hit the floral market, I want Winter finished. Orchid colored Tulips do the trick. This color is not Radiant Orchid, the Pantone 2014 color of the year, as it is much lighter, but still Orchid all the same. I haven't changed out the dining room console since last week as I sort of like this one so am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Swede