Swedish Interiors

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When we think of Swedish style, we often think of the familiar white- and blue-hued images of the Gustavian period. However, the range of Swedish design is vast, including the Baroque, Rococo, Karl Johan, Biedermeier, and Modernist periods. The secret to the Swedish aesthetic is having the confidence to mix old and new while maintaining a clean and simple balance.

Swedish immigrants brought to America their customs as well as the decorative and architectural arts of their ...

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Overview

When we think of Swedish style, we often think of the familiar white- and blue-hued images of the Gustavian period. However, the range of Swedish design is vast, including the Baroque, Rococo, Karl Johan, Biedermeier, and Modernist periods. The secret to the Swedish aesthetic is having the confidence to mix old and new while maintaining a clean and simple balance.

Swedish immigrants brought to America their customs as well as the decorative and architectural arts of their homeland. In this book, you will see the homes of contemporary Swedes, and those inspired by Sweden, who have melded the very best aspects of Swedish design and sensibility into their American homes. A New York City apartment mixes contemporary art and furnishings with period antiques, a Swedish immigrant's log cabin is restored to its original splendor while incorporating elements of the American West, and a Connecticut dairy barn is transformed into a spacious and light-filled home.

Swedish Interiors represents the best of Swedish design in America. Throughout these pages, you will be inspired as well as learn how to incorporate elements of Swedish design into your own interiors. Discover how to pickle hardwood floors, introduce crystal, mirrors, and lighter interior colors to your rooms, and create window treatments that allow for the maximum amount of light. Swedish design has a strong basis in functionality; its style is clean and uncluttered while still maintaining a level of intimate comfort and elegance. Whether you prefer a house in the country or a modern, urban apartment, Swedish design is a style that can be incorporated into any home.

Authors Rhonda Eleish and Edie Bernhard van Breems are the owners of Eleish van Breems Antiques, the premier Swedish antique store in the United States. They bring to Swedish Interiors years of expertise, experience, and passion for creating the very best of Swedish-inspired interiors.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Jon Monson and L. Langdon "Buffer" Ergmann of Endo Graphics, Danbury, Connecticut, have a combined sixty years of experience in the prepress/print graphics industry, specializing in color, design, and digital retouching photography. Jon and Buffer have traveled both the United States and Europe for location commercial shoots as well as working extensively on in-house art and commercial projects. The images in Swedish Interiors are the result of a creative partnership between Jon and Buffer, who were inspired by outstanding locations and elegant interiors. Both Jon and Buffer live in Bridgewater, Connecticut; Jon with his wife Melinda, and Buffer with his wife Rhonda Eleish and their daughter Kari.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423600244
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 745,345
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems live in Woodbury, Connecticut, and opened the doors to Eleish van Breems Antiques in 1998. They specialize in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Swedish antiques and offer compelling examples of Swedish design and lifestyle.

Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems are the founders of Eleish van Breems Ltd., a company whose approach to design stems from a modern application and interpretation of historic Scandinavian interiors and form. They are sought out for their clean, elegant, and fresh approach to interiors, all with a Scandinavian essence. Rhonda and Edie are the authors of Swedish Interiors and Swedish Country Interiors and are excited to introduce Reflections on Swedish Interiors as the third book in their best-selling Swedish Interiors series. Their design work has been featured in fine national and international publications such as House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, Glamour, Country Living, Gods & Goddar, and the New York Times, among others. The pair have made television appearances on This Old House,
Martha Stewart Living and HGTV-Canada. Both Rhonda and Edie live with their families in southwest Connecticut and travel extensively in Scandinavia, calling Stockholm their home away from home.

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At the turn of the twentieth century, when Larsson's books on Lilla Hyttnäs were released, there was a movement in Sweden to go back to the old ways, very similar to the Arts & Crafts Movement in England.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Miguel Flores-Vianna 9

Foreword by Albert Hadley 11

Preface 13

The Origins of Swedish Design 15

Gustavian Grace 21

Libby Holsten's 1760 Rhode Island Colonial

New Sundborn 35

The Wisconsin Ranch of Loran Nordgren

California Bungalow 49

Home of Linda and Lindsay Kennedy

Ten Chimneys 61

Home of American Theater's Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontanne

Sweden in the Tropics 77

Lars Bolander and Nadine Kalachnikoff's Palm Beach Hideaway

Northern Grandeur 87

Residence of the Consul General of Sweden, New York

The Swedish Guesthouse 95

Interior Designer Diana Beattie's Montana Homestead

Romance on the Bayou 105

John Rabalais' New Orleans Home

Country Elegance 115

Home of Face Stockholm's Martina Arfwidson and Restaurateur David Weiss Quiet Confidence 125

Paul and Susanne Sigenlaub Residence, New York

1760 Thompson House 133

Eleish van Breems Antiques, Woodbury, Connecticut

Scandinavian Modern 141

Home of Restaurant Aquavit's Håkan and Catherine Swahn

Swedish Inspiration 153

JoAnn Barwick's Floridian Escape and Vermont Studio

Stylish Barn Living 169

Steve and Katie Hylén's Residence, Connecticut

Studio in Manhattan 179

The Gustavian Studio of Lena Biörck Kaplan

Acknowledgments from Rhonda Eleish 187

Acknowledgments from Edie Bernhard van Breems 189

Resource Guide 190

Reference and Further Reading 192

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