1 - 06 - 2012
We actually built the home we are now lucky to call home a few years ago…but we didn’t build it for ourselves – we built it as our first and one and only spec house. We sold the house very quickly to a wonderful client – but after a few years the house came on the market for sale…and with a twist of fate we became the lucky buyers.
Having built the house only a few years ago, there was nothing that needed to be done to the house, but we didn’t build it for ourselves, so now that we owned it we decided we had to put our personal stamp on our house. We knew immediately of the small changes we could make to the house to give it our design stamp. Anders being from Sweden and my many travels there has provided infinite inspiration and appreciation for the Gustavian style – which is actually a beautiful blend of Swedish and French country elements.
We troweled on the softest blue on our walls and painted the woodwork one of my favorite Farrow & Ball colors – Elephant’s Breath. A couple of buying trips to Round Top, Texas provided the resources to replace all of the lighting in the house with European antiques – mostly Swedish.
Our kitchen updated just with a softer palette of color, beautiful lighting and special hardware. We found the antique cow panels in Round Top, and we both thought they would be beautiful incorporated into a vent hood. I love them in this spot.
The biggest change we made to the master bathroom was to change the color of the woodwork to a softer patina gray with silver leaf accents, and we replaced the beige travertine stone to carerra marble – lots of subway tile…The mirrors over the vanity are Swedish and fabulous!
Our living room is just the right size for the way we live and entertain. We built the mirror using antique Swedish architectural elements we purchased from A. Tyner Antiques a few years ago, it is the perfect scale for our two-story space.
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