2 - 07 - 2011
The beautiful English boxwoods have been planted; I love the kale plants juxtaposed next to the formal lines of the shrubs.
Working away on the kitchen, this is a picture of the frame the trim carpenters are building refrigerator surround. Beautiful details on this project to come!
The vent hood is hung, I have a feeling it will look much different when it’s complete.
A close up of the beautiful beams.
These doors are amazingly beautiful and enormous! It will be so interesting to see how they are transformed into to doors for the refrigerator.
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This home was inspired by the collections and integration of architectural elements and beautiful pieces inspired by various periods in history. Even though some of the antiques were not Swedish, they have been refinished using the beautiful soft Gustavian colors that flow harmoniously from piece to piece and from room to room.
One of the challenges in this small home was the complete lack of separate entryway into the home – you walk directly into the formal living room. I decided to make the coat closet more impactful than normal since it was on a wall in the living room of the home. I used a beautiful carved door from Peru and had it finished with a light gray glaze and highlights of Farrow & Ball Old White paint. Above the door is an old overdoor element from France – again I tied it together with the same finishes. So what was once a small door on an important wall in this living room became a focal point, a conversation piece, and a beautiful element of the interior design. The antique Mora clock from Sweden looks right at home next to this door. I love the simplicity of the clock next to the ornate heavily carved door.
You can see how the door has become a beautiful backdrop for this room.
In small homes every wall counts, and the wall below was directly next to the front door of the home. I used an important and large piece to both extend the room visually and to help balance the weight of the room. This was a large armoire from Bausman, but I had it refinished and distressed in the Swedish palette – this particular piece is done in a base coat of Light Gray, with accents of color in Lamp Room Gray, Bone and Silver leaf…the grays are from Farrow & Ball.
I love to incorporate Chinese blue and white export jars – the top of this armoire is the perfect home for this large and varied collection of these jars.
On the wall opposite the front door I hung a gorgeous Swedish antique mirror over a console table. The console table from A. Tyner Antiques is a favorite piece. The placement of a long (17’) Oushak runner from the front door to this console table really provides a visual separation without walls – so you walk into the house and down the runner before walking directly into the living room.
Angie and Hugh Tyner of A. Tyner Antiques are great people and have one of the best collections of Swedish furnishings and collectibles in the world. Their wonderful home which is featured in the new book Swedish Country Interiors by Rhonda Eleish & Edie Van Breems is filled with beautiful elements from their travels around the world.
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