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Finding, Creating and Celebrating Beauty
Interests: Euro style in American interiors -- Swedish French Belgian and Danish. Furniture Design and Manufacturing.
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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
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
Just wanted to share with you what Swede Furniture pieces look like in a room. Here is the Lundby mirror over the Gustavian Enfilade Buffet. Accessories are aqua demi john jugs brought over from France and a French iron candlestand. The Lundby mirror is 66" high and goes to the top of the ten foot ceiling. The detail panel on the mirror is a lady riding in a cart pulled by a Swan and a cherub holding a torch. The original I found as a piece of plaster cove molding from Lyon, France that I had flattened and transferred to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at Swede
Just finished on November 10th. A king bed with upholstered headboard so you can sit up in bed and read or watch TV. Has a gold crown removable canopy for a little flare. Shown is the pale silver mottled finish which I think is just heavenly-cloud like. Made of iron and steel with center support for box springs. Should last 400 years. I am in the works of creating three options for the crown so people have some choices. Posts are 92" tall and crown is at 102" tall so it will fit in a room with 9 foot ceilings.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Swede
Swede showed 13 pieces at High Point Market last week. Eight chairs, two tea tables, a Gustavian buffet and two mirrors. Here is a photo of one side of the booth. The florescent lights were just horrible for taking any decent photos. Next time I will remember to take Dr. Scholl's shoe inserts or wear tennis shoes as my back and feet were on fire in pain. Eleven hours of standing on my feet about did me in. I could hardly walk. It is all about getting your brand better known and learn what your customers want. Based on many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Swede
I am taking 13 newly finished pieces to October High Point market. My fabulous paint finish designer created some incredible paint finishes for these new pieces. If you are attending market, please come see me at The Suites at Market Square, space 1-805. Top floor near the escalators. All of my pieces are designed to flow seamlessly in a room with Swedish antiques. Next to each other, you can hardly tell the difference. A classic Gustavian buffet. I'm in love with this piece. Six legs and curved ends. 60" long, 39" high and 21" deep, four doors, two drawers and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Swede
The Fourth of July is my five-year blog-iversary of my blog Swede here on Typepad. How time flies. After reading blogs for a few years I decided to share photos of things I found to be beautiful but wasn't sure I had anything to talk about that anyone would want to hear. As they say, to be successful at anything you just have to start and the path will open. So I did on July 4th, 2010 and have posted over 500 posts and have followers all over the USA and the world - England, Australia, France, etc. And, they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at Swede
As you know about me, I try to find something beautiful in life every day. It is easy to find daily beauty now that Spring is here. Today I am showcasing the Apricot Quince bush. I have about 8 or so, both single and double bloomers and both varieties are shown below. So elegant and disease free. I have also backed the camera up so you can see the shrubs in the garden. Definitely pure beauty. Love all those layers of ruffles. Ball gowns should definitely be made in this color. This single girl is plainly beautiful. Cluster of prettiness.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Swede
While the Daffodils are still blooming, I wanted to show you these vases I just got. I put Daffodils in them, but they look best with Hyacinths. They are made in a clump of three, so there are three vases here for nine openings. You have to fill them with water using a turkey baster or a funnel with a long tip. They are made by Burton+Burton. You can order them from floral supply wholesalers or find them at a retail florist. I purchased mine from a florist in Alabama after seeing them in a blog post of Victoria magazine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Swede
I decided to do pastel colors for Easter when I found some capiz Easter eggs at Pottery Barn in pale pink, peach, aqua and blue. They also had some speckled ones which I added to the mix. I put all the eggs inside a glass dome I had from Restoration Hardware placed on top of a vintage silver mirror-topped dresser plateau by Reed & Barton. Shown left is an aqua hemstitched napkin from Martha Stewart at Macy's with aqua stoned napkin ring from Kim Seybert. Antique sterling is St.James by Tiffany [only made between 1898-1914]. Antique pedestal cake plate with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Swede
Tulips have been in the floral section of the grocery stores for many weeks now. I love seeing them for sale immediately after New Year's Day. I want to go from Winter directly to Spring. I put together this very simple table this week using eight packages of violet colored Tulips. I placed four packages each in two heavy Bosphorous glass vases from Pottery Barn. The Tulips look purple in the store but when you bring them home and they start opening up they turn red/violet. I am using my orchid colored paisley linen tablecloth I made out of eight... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Swede
The first bloom of my Quince bush arrived. It hasn't finished unfurling but getting close. Love the buds. It is the Texas Scarlet variety. Very late blooming this year from a cold winter. Usually blooms the end of December. First sign of a great promise of Spring coming. Colleen [Summer] Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Swede
This Bleeding Heart - Dicentra plant is in my front flowerbed. So incredible how Mother Nature made the little hearts. Wishing all my followers love today. Colleen [Summer] Photo: Swede Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Swede
I try to capture something beautiful each day. Today it is Flowering Kale. So beautiful to see in the midst of a cold winter the purples and pinks. Ornamental Cabbage is pretty too - just a different leaf - not so many ruffles. These plants are in big container pots and are about 16" across the plant. Big, beautiful and lovely. It doesn't get below zero here but gets into the teens and these do fine. They will start to get a little raggy on the edges in a deep freeze. So refreshing and uplifting to see these colors when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Swede
This week's table is grey to match the weather. Post Christmas and gloomy. I had the white quilted Boutis tablecloths on the table from last week so decided to pull out of the cupboards my old silver pieces and grey French Niderviller chargers and pair them with antique Wedgwood black and white scenic plates. This is Wedgwood's Corinthia pattern. It came in other colors and I have purple as well. I haven't put my oyster shell cone trees away so added them to the centerpiece with the white orchid. Toile pattern napkins are Williams Sonoma. Trying to keep it pretty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Swede
My tablescape this week uses coral instead of red to bring out the color of the Nandina berries I am using in the floral arrangements. I am a fan of using what you have in other colors than red and green to create a holiday look. My preference in a dream world is an all white table at the holidays, or maybe silver and white or gold and white. Since I just did those combinations a few weeks ago, I got out the Alberto Pinto for Raynaud pattern Cristobal in coral. They also make it in turquoise and chocolate which... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Swede
My favorite fall gourds are the blue/green aqua ones. When they are in the store, I have to surrender that summer is really gone. Here is a vignette in my family room with my all-time favorite one the bumpy one in a hand-carved dough bowl from Sweden. I brought back four bowls in May circa 1860. The canvas I threw some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on in Chateau Grey [actually green] and a metallic gold stencil. I did this over top of an old coral canvas I was tired of. Of course, the paint didn't stick very well, but it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Swede
I watched the video of heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch and was moved. I suggest every American watch this. It is powerful, expertly done and drives the message that something has to be done to help our veterans. This just shows that everyone can do something to help, even a heavy metal band. Here is the link to The Wrong Side of Heaven. Paste it in your browser if it doesn't open up.,d.aWw Five Finger Death Punch - Wrong Side Of Heaven 300,000 homeless veterans is a disgrace. So are the suicides of returning veterans. Everyone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Swede
The building known as Hotel de Ville in Paris is the local administration building, or City Hall where the office of the Mayor is located. It has been the location of the municipality of Paris since 1357. It is on a large square called Place de l'Hôtel de ville in the 4th. It is in French Renaissance architecture and Renaissance Revival architecture. Architects were Theodore Ballu, Victor Laloux and Edouard Deperthes. If you are in the Marais district you really can't miss it as it takes up a full block. Two wings were added in 1835. Portions of the front... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Swede
This church in Paris was started in 1494 and finished in 1621. It is in the 4th at 13 Rue des Barres in the Marais District on the right bank. I was very surprised at the style of the stained glass windows. They seemed so modern in design for the year they were installed. They are not the standard traditional scenes done in most older churches. They look so abstract. These marble statues in the side chapel are wonderful. I love the folds in the dresses on the angels, particularly the dress on the left. This is a close up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at Swede