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.
Antique rim soup is French Elite with monogramming done by William Lycett in Atlanta.
Dinner plate is Admiral by Coalport.
Anna Weatherley charger.
Quilted boutis tablecloth from Macy's has scalloped edge.
Stemware left to right: William Yeoward's "Pearl", Simon Pearce's "Stratton" and William Yeoward's "Gloria".
Oval back chairs from Swede Collection. Oushak rug.
If you wanted to change this table up for another dinner the following day, it would be easy to add green plates and switch out the rim soups with an antique green fish plate.
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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. Since it is in pretty good condition, it could have been in a private family in-home chapel rather than a church. Wish these items could talk as I would love to know more about it. A lot of very skilled hand carving went into making it.
After Christmas this display would look just fine after removing the green trees and gold angel candleholders. I haven't thought yet about what to put on here for Spring.
The wire brush trees have white on them. The white planters that the orchids are in I found at a charity consignment store. Perfect for sliding a potted plant inside. Brush trees from Target.
In this angle view you can see my Swede Collection Gustavian oval-back chairs. Buffet and mirror are Swede Collection also.
Rick helped me get the preserved boxwood wreath attached with a hook on top of the mirror. Couldn't have done it without his help. I decided not to put a bow on it and just leave it natural.
The two gold angel resin candlesticks I purchased around 2000 from Bombay company before they closed their stores.
In this view you can see at the left the Swedish antique column cabinet in the hallway with gold sunburst decor on top which is from Wisteria catalog.
This is a close up view. I added the silver cross.
I am using the column cabinet for wine storage. These cabinets are kinda rare in Sweden so I was very happy to find mine.
I like how the different shades of grey all blend together.
Got the garland on the stairs last Monday. Late but it is on.
Here is a close up of the shatterproof ornaments in turquoise, aqua, lime and silver. The garlands are on double, one on each side of the railing for a fuller look secured with zip ties to not damage the wood. I think I used 14 six-foot garlands but lost track, it could be a couple more. Maybe I will count them when I store them in January.
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 make this piece. I placed it at the bottom of the mirror rather than the top so people could see it more easily.
I am so proud of the skill and talent of the men and women who carve and construct these pieces.
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. Just love creating new products. So fun.
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 buyers wanting unfinished chair frames, I'm going to change my business model with a new product line before April market.
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 finished in pale grey with silver leaf on the top trim. I am definitely keeping one of these for my house. It looks so great with some of my antique Swedish cabinets.
I named this occasional chair Sabylund after Sabylund Manor, a beautiful home two hours from Stockholm built in 1787 and still occupied today by the same family. Chairs almost identical to these are in the manor. You can also see them in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Veranda magazine. I have three favorite chairs and this is one of them. Hand carved in maple with 8-way hand-tied springs in the seat.
This is a curvy Rococo chair. I brought back this newborn's ancestor from Sweden on my last trip and my guys hand carved it exactly in maple. I designed some brass fleur de lis braces for the back so it could be removable to switch out the back fabric when you want a change of design or color for an event or holiday without having to remove the front fabric.
Here is another reproduction of an antique chair I brought back from Sweden. I made this one in two sizes, a dining room chair and an occasional living room chair. Hand carved in maple with a pretty grey finish. Of course you can order any finish you want. It would look fun in our aqua finish. I love how the carving comes off the back and turns and swirls to form the arm.
This floor mirror is 94" tall and 43.5" wide. In textured creme and hand applied gold leaf. All the details are hand carved including the moldings which were hand carved in place. Antiqued mirror glass. This piece will look good 300 years from now.
This triangular shaped sunburst mirror is hand carved in maple. No plastic here. Then silver leaf and gold leaf was hand applied. Mirror is antiqued glass. 41" wide at bottom and 39" tall. Another classic piece.
We made another size in this oval back dining arm chair. This one is 26" wide at the seat so it is narrower to place on the sides of rectangular tables if you want arm chairs there instead of armless side chairs. We also make this one in 28" width for host chairs or for larger round tables. We also just finished this armless side chair in 24" width to save space along the sides of a rectangular table. All the oval-back chairs have eight-way hand-tied springs for comfort at long dinner parties. This one, too, is hand carved.
We made this Rococo dining chair in a smaller size, so now you can choose between a large or smaller chair. We have the larger ones in our kitchen and just love them. My husband is very comfortable in it.
This occasional or tea table was remade in a textured finish created by my fabulous paint guy from Indiana.
This one got a new texturized finish as well.
We made a few small changes to this wave rim chair also.
Here is the Gustavian occasional chair. It was made wider and deeper than the dining chair. All the detail you see here was carved by hand.
I have a full line up of new pieces for the next April market. Always exciting to make new products. Lots of work go into making quality furniture so it will last for generations. Hope you like these.
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 are the greatest followers ever -- so kind and supportive -- love you all. I've slowed down on posts after spending too much time posting on Facebook!!! Today I want to share some of the first photos of that first blog post which was of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The day I was there the New York sky almost didn't have a cloud in it which makes the photos almost seem fake. My favorite shots are looking up from the top observation deck at the aqua patina of the metal of her dress, book and arm. Hope you enjoy.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
Love the folds in her dress.
Other than distance shots from standing on the ground at the bottom, the only other way is to get a few shots from the observation decks. You can no longer go to the top.
When I was in Paris, I also saw some smaller versions of this statue in parks. Not sure if they were the models for ours or not.
I was very happy to have the opportunity to see her up close.
And Ellis Island taken from the ferry boat that takes you over to the statue.
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.
This is how they look on the shrubs. Two here.
I hope that you too are finding beauty everywhere.
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 owner Phyllis DePiano. They are very fun.
My favorite Daffodil is a double or triple with a peach center. I like pure white doubles as well.