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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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I primarily blog about two things: tablescapes and Swedish furniture and flowers now and then. For those who follow me for the tablescapes, here is my latest one. Simple silver and white for a winter dinner before the Christmas tablescapes. Since I just moved from storage into the dining room my painted Icy Grey dining table with black pepper finish, I had not done a grey tablescape on this table so was eager to see how silver, grey and white would look. I did not want to overdo it -- just keep it low key. Resource list at the end.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Swede
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Swede Collection made this Swedish Gustavian demilune table for all who told us that when they went to look for this style table they couldn't find any. Classic Swedish style with simple lines and hand carved leaf tip on rim. This demilune table sells directly from our website. No designer license needed. 44" Wide, 31.5" High, 22" Deep Hand Carved Frame; Textured Grey Finish Made of Maple; Shipped KD FedEx Ground; 50 pounds each. Very easy screw bolt/nut assembly of legs. Use them separately or pull them together for a 44" diameter dining table. Ships in about 4 days from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Swede
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Swede Collection is now retailing some items directly to buyers. No To-The-Trade license needed to purchase these pieces. Ships FedEx Ground in a few days. Still time for Christmas. This Gustavian stool is 20" x 20" x 19" high. Dining table chair height. Solid Maple. Hand Carved. Several colors available. This one is Grey with Lee Jofa chenille fabric. Only 4 of this color left. Hurry. Ships from High Point, NC. See our website for all colors and other items. http://www.swedefurniture.com/online_items.aspx Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Swede
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at Swede
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Here is the newsletter article [before some content was cut] from my interview with La Maison Antiques on Thanksgiving and other holiday entertaining. Q: What are the key elements to achieve any memorable holiday event in your home? A: Make your guests feel special, comfortable and leave enriched by their experience. I try to give them the unexpected WOW that they will remember for quite some time. If it is your turn to host a holiday event at your home, don’t panic – just start making lists of ideas as far in advance as possible. Planning ahead and being organized... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Swede
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at Swede
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For those of you who have been following me for a long time, you know how much I disliked my brown wood Henredon dining table that I have had since 1983. It has been a love/hate relationship for a long time. What I loved about it was that it was 45" wide and 134" long. If you have shopped for dining tables lately, you know that makers have reduced the width to 40" or 42" and it is hard to find wide ones. Likewise, long ones over 108". When tables are 40" wide using a runner is difficult as it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at Swede
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Here are some photos I took today of the space where I show my line in Memphis. La Maison at 4768 Poplar Avenue. The only two pieces that are not my design are the Mongolian Sheep White Fur Bench and the Spa Blue Wing Chairs. Please ignore the price tags hanging in view. The floor constantly is rearranged so this is what it looked like this morning. This is only a part of it -- not the whole thing. Some parts were too messy to show you. These photos show the large scale silver and aqua damask wallpaper that I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Swede
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I am home from showing my line at October High Point market. Here are the new products I introduced. Gustavian sofa with Italian silver leaf accents. We showed this before with Italian gold leaf. Gustavian 20 inch stools in three colors. This one is Silvermist with Italian silver leaf accents. Here it is in Acacia with Italian gold leaf. And this one is textured grey with no leaf. Pairs of this demilune table which combined make a 44 inch round dining table. This is a textured grey finish. French desk in solid Ash with a cerused finish. Here is what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Swede
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Here is a sneak peek at one of the pieces we will be showing in a couple weeks at High Point October market. This Swedish Gustavian stool is being introduced in three colors, Silvermist, Grey Texture and Acacia. Photos are taken on the loading dock as I was in a hurry to see them. Formal photos will be taken in October. These stools are 20 inches wide/deep so a man can sit on them without the fear they will collapse like delicate ones could. Solid Maple with Italian silver and gold leaf on two of them. Grey one is plain.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Swede
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If you would like to know more about how I started my business, a passion for recreating Swedish antiques, here is the link to the interview of me by Michele of Hello Lovely. http://www.hellolovelystudio.com/2017/08/lovely-finds-swedish-furniture-and.html Antique cupboard I brought back from Sweden and the Rococo side dining chair I recreated from the original Swedish antique. Hope all of you are having a fun summer. Colleen Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2017 at Swede
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I want to show you an example of a desk in my line and the back story of how it got included in what Swede makes. I am sure you have seen this photo on Pinterest if you are a decor enthusiast. It must have been pinned a million times. When I first saw this photo I just couldn't stop admiring it. I believe somebody said the desk belongs to a lady in Copenhagen and was not for sale at an antique shop. Love the Swedish Rococo chair as well. But there was something else magical about this photo. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Swede
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Wanted to show you the new products we took to High Point market the end of April. Now currently working on new products for October market which will include Swedish demilune tables, Gustavian stool and a French writing desk. Always exciting to see these products being made and like seeing your new baby when you see them finished for the first time. SC0042 Bench With Rounded Ends Love the beautiful twist legs. Notice they are off-set. It is 72" long, 20" Deep and 19" High. The above photo shows the rounded ends. You can see the hand-carved detail on the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Swede
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Today on my daily quest to capture beauty, the bluish Hydrangeas were ready. I do favor the bluish/purple ones over the pink even though I have mostly pink ones. I tried the soil amendment to turn pink ones blue but don't think it worked very well or I didn't do it correctly. I brought some inside to decorate around the house. The periwinkle blue column vases I purchased several years ago from Wisteria catalog. Bought them in a couple colors. Colleen Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Swede
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Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! This tablescape started with a pair of cobalt blue glass candlesticks from my shop. I had purchased some melon colored candles to go with them. Cobalt and any shade of orange doesn't really fit in my decorating scheme at home, but I decided to see if I could put together a table by finding things in the closets. Here is what I came up with. Blues and shades of melon and orange. I circled the base of these with faux Bittersweet vines. I remembered I had this blue graphic tablecloth upstairs stored away so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Swede
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Eye candy that is 2Die4. If you have spent any time on Pinterest, you must have come across this photo. I have come back to the photos of this home time and time again to dream about being in this room. I daydream about being at a flea market in Europe and finding a pair of these huge prickets. Wouldn't that be a dream come true? I probably would put them in my living room, however, not at the foot of my king bed, but they certainly make a huge design statement. The room would look so different without them.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Swede
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Wishing all of you a wonderful Easter. I found these large topiary bunnies a couple years ago at an outlet. They had four. I purchased two and then was kicking myself that I didn't buy all four. I wish they still made them. Can't imagine why they stopped making them as everybody who sees mine wants one because of their huge size. Hope the Easter bunny finds your house. Summer/Colleen Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Swede
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I just finished my sixth digital magazine, a flipbook of 100 photos of exterior architectural overdoors in Paris. See it here: https://issuu.com/swedecollection/docs/pure_paris_100_overdoorsupdated?e=4041138/33797689 Hope you enjoy. Colleen Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Swede
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Spring has sprung. Picked the first Daffodils today. Love these resin vases I got last year from a florist that look like bulbs in cluster of three. Perfect way to display Daffodils and Hyacinths as they support the tall stems. Lidded blue and white jar Rick recently inherited from his Dad. Warmth of Spring is so welcome. Can't wait to start planting annuals. Colleen Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Swede
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Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Here is my table. So many shades of red and berrry: Cranberry, raspberry, puce, aubergine, strawberry and ruby. In this tablescape for Valentine's Day, I pulled out of the cupboards a lot of red-ish plates and stemware. I think I got the heart at Hobby Lobby as a Christmas ornament several years ago. But first, here is my favorite definition of love: When I Googled, it said the author was Simone Wood and the full quote is: "Love is an unconditional commitment to an imperfect person. To love somebody isn't just a strong feeling. It's a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Swede
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Made this greeting from a photo of my Dicentra - Bleeding Heart plant taken last year. They bloom the first part of March. Tons of love to you all. Colleen Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Swede
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I purchased a pair of these candlesticks from Restoration Hardware maybe 8 to 10 years ago. Last week I decided to paint them. I had been putting off the project because one was wobbly in a joint and didn't stand up straight but I finally got my husband to fix it. Above is the before and after. The candlesticks originally had some kind of sealer on them but that is all. They had never been finished. On the right you can see my first base coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in beige. For the second coat, I used Annie... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at Swede
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Simple white holiday table. I wanted to use as much white as I could without introducing another color. A "White Christmas" theme. Using what I have around the house, four silver reindeer with white fur collars, an abalone tree standing in "ice" glass garland and two white Orchids in white planters that I got this summer at a charity consignment shop. Silver reindeer from Target. For china for this table I chose white with gold trim and gold plated stainless steel flatware. Thirty-two inch lapkins are from France with my husband's initials. Flatware from Ricci of Italy in Raffaello pattern.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at Swede
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I switched the styling up in the family room on my Gustavian buffet for December's holiday decor. I moved my Swedish antique priest's box from the console on the other side of the room to sit on top of my enfilade buffet as the center focal point. I love white interiors any time of year, but I think they look especially nice at Christmas time even if you don't have snow. This is what it looks like close up. I found this in Sweden on my May 2014 trip. The color is a blue/grey so it fits in very nicely.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2015 at Swede