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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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Yesterday we unloaded the container of Swedish antiques I selected on my trip in May. Always fun to see what you picked out a couple months later. All came through fine except one broken table leg. I thought you might like to see a piece that I am keeping for me - at least for a while. I like the size of this cabinet and the reeded doors. It is a good place to keep my large coral pieces and design books. Made in 1850-60 by a cabinetmaker in the middle section of Sweden. If you are close to Memphis,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Swede
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Many of you said you liked my prior posts on manly machines used in the manufacture of furniture, so I thought you might like to see more photos of the handmade side as well. There are so many steps and processes that all have to come together perfectly to make this quality of furniture. In this post I will talk about making carved chairs. Chairs are probably the most difficult product to design and manufacture so certainly take the most detailed time and attention in the process. I have an intense passion for making furniture and especially Swedish formal pieces.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Swede
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Today's daily Paris photo is this colorful restaurant, La Petite Rotonde, at 64 Rue Montparnasse in the 14th that I pass by on my walk to Luxembourg Gardens. Love the window boxes of Geraniums and the white twinkle lights for nighttime dining. Parisians love red Geraniums. They are everywhere. Almost think it must be France's national flower or something. Guess I could look that up. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2014 at Swede
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Today's Paris Daily Photo is this brocante find in the weekend Paris antique market. I love seeing those white pointed top tents lined up along a Paris street because that means a brocante is in full swing. Lots of lovely items to see. Here are two photos of a boxed set of silver French dinner size [8.25"] spoons and forks from the late 1700's that I found, fell in love with and had to bring home from my May trip to Paris. Also love collecting old French documents. The one shown here is dated 1537. The quality of this set... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Swede
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Greetings to America! Photo taken on my New York trip. Have a great day celebrating America! Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Swede
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To celebrate my fourth blog-a-versary which I started on the Fourth of July in 2010, I am releasing my Blue Issue. I decided last night to just publish with what I had instead of adding more material. This one is 252 pages. This issue is all about "blue" as a color and all its other attributes. The majority of the photos are taken in Paris with exception of two stories. This magazine is sent by request only from private publication. You can receive it, free, of course, by signing up at the top right side of either the blog or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Swede
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Two photo collage of items on my console table today. Hydrangeas and American sterling presentation cups on left. Oval glass dome with bust of Marie Antoinette in her later years together with antique French documents, mother of pearl opera glasses and French sterling forks. Summer Photos: Swede Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Swede
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I switch up my console tables in the house every few days. Here is the latest for the console in the dining room. The Hydrangeas in the yard are really glorious right now. Both paintings by me, perriwinkle vases from Wisteria catalog, tall candlestands from Restoration Hardware, short ones from Macy's repainted by me, baskets from Pottery Barn, Swede Collection console, Varga stemware. Summer Photo: Swede I support original content blogging. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Swede
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The Josephine exhibit at Musee du Luxembourg ends June 29, so if you are in Paris, you have a week to see it before it ends. When I was in Paris at the first of June, I went to photo at Luxembourg Gardens and saw a poster on the fence and immediately knew I wanted to attend.The museum is at the front of the gardens - easy to find. This portrait by Andrea Appiani, done in 1807 [age 44] when Napoleon ruled Italy. There are references in the painting to Italy, like where her hand is placed and Italy's colors.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Swede
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As you know, I switch out the display on my dining console every few days. This one has been here two weeks, surprisingly, just because I've been too busy doing other things. Any display using odd numbers such as three or five draws the eye and is more interesting. Here I have used three mediums involving waves. Chairs and table are from Swede Collection. Big baskets from Pottery Barn are hiding the return air vent. There are waves in the oil painting, the Limoges platter and Vitruvian scroll waves on the console table. They draw the eye forward and down.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Swede
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Couple hundred Daylilies in my yard this week. Too many to count. These are 'Barbara Mitchell' variety in soft peach. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Swede
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For my 85 year old father-in-law. From your Son and daughter-in-law. Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Swede
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Celebrating Flag Day today and my Houston sister's birthday. Red flowers from my yard and the flag bunting on my back porch. Hope you are enjoying the day. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at Swede
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I'm back. Was out of the country for most of May. Will post on my trips to Sweden and Paris shortly, but here today is a cute way to advertise your business with a basket of planted flowers on top of your delivery van. This is a natural cosmetics company in Paris. Hope all of you are enjoying a lovely summer. Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Swede
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I'm in Sweden on business this week. One more checkmark on my bucket list. Learning about Swedish antiques from an expert sans husband but feel totally safe with Daniel at my side. I'm as HAPPY as a room without a roof as in Pharrell Williams video Happy. Summer Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at Swede
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Mr. Swede took this photo of a statue in Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, on Monday of the man, woman and child playing with their pet. I'm sorry I don't know the sculptor or the name of the statue. Pretty yellow Tulips. I think that is a Chestnut tree behind them in flower. Paris in the Spring. Their Tulips are still lovely while ours are long gone. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Swede
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My very favorite tree is the ornamental Weeping Peach. I look forward to it coming into bloom all Winter long. When I see this, I get excited. This is what is coming. This is the red Weeping Peach, not the pink variety. When I got this tree, it was only three feet tall. The height where the first branch goes off to the left. I could not find one locally, so ordered it from a garden catalog. They had to cut it to three feet to mail it. Very slow growing. If it was three years old when I got... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Swede
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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 Apr 19, 2014 at Swede
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To all my lovely loyal readers, I made a card for you. Summer Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 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 Apr 16, 2014 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 Apr 15, 2014 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