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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 want to show you another new product Swede Collection showed at April High Point Market. We made an 18" square stool that is 19" high [dining table height] that has a hand-carved shell on all sides. I love making little stools. You can tuck them anywhere in a room. I particularly make these so men can sit on them. Extremely sturdy and built to last 200 years. Have you ever watched a man enter a room and his eye searches for a place to sit down? Men won't sit on anything they think will collapse under them and are... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Swede
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You have heard the saying "necessity is the mother of invention". Have you ever wanted a beautiful sliding barn door and the only thing on the market is ho hum or your builder had to make one for $300 out of some pine boards on the jobsite? Still not very pretty? If you are like me, you searched the entire Internet and could not find any sliding barn door that had hand carving or was elegant. Search no more. Swede Collection introduced at April High Point market its first three elegant barn doors. Nobody but Swede is making these. There... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Swede
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Simple Easter Sunday at home. Here are a few shots around the house today. I have been trying to pare down my decor and not go crazy with a lot of novelty items for holidays. Today I am using a few things I have had for many years. I did put an Easter wreath on the front door - same one I've had for 8 years or so. Simple wreath of eggs on my Swedish 1770 cupboard. Always love getting this little flying rabbit on a stick out each year. So fun. I've probably had him around 20 years. Wish... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Swede
If you would like to know more about Swede Collection, here is an interview of me by Meranda Devan, author of The Swedish Furniture blog. http://theswedishfurniture.com/archives/colleen-martin-founder-of-swede-collection-tells-us-her-journey-of-how-she-began-reproducing-gustavian-furniture By Meranda Devan Swedish design in American interiors is at an all-time high. Chosen for its qualities not as a fad or trend. White and light interiors are loved by so many. Today I am talking to Colleen Martin, Founder of Swede Collection, in the hand-crafted segment of the furniture industry, who is living her life passion reproducing Swedish furniture, particularly from the Gustavian and Rococo periods. Colleen was making console tables when the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Swede
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We got our one day of snow for the year yesterday so I am staying inside today. Looking at all the details which I adore on antiques and furnishings in the house and admiring them this afternoon. I really love antique hardware on Swedish pieces. Enjoy! Can't wait to plant my annuals in mid-April. Colleen Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at Swede
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Swede
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Magenta is a great color for holiday decorating. Not as edgy as bright red. Looking back over designs I used for past holidays, I found these images. Enjoy! Colleen Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Swede
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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 Dec 10, 2017 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 Dec 9, 2017 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