When a connoisseur of Swedish antiques moves into a foursquare American Colonial, the result is a home as sunny and serene as it is elegant.
A rare, mid-eighteenth-century giltwood clock, made in Stockholm, is set against faux paneling created with shades of paint. The glassware is eighteenth-century American and Swedish; the nineteenth-century landscape is Swedish.
The centerpiece of the living room is a Gustavian sofa, which has been upholstered in plain linen. The cocktail table, the leather rocking chair, and the lamp on the small Swedish side table are all mid-twentieth-century pieces by Danish designer Poul Henningsen. The simple, roll-up window shades are the same kind used in Swedish manor houses, but these are made from a sheer fabric.
The living room walls and mantel were painted slightly different variations of the same color -- white with a touch of gray. The painting is a 1911 portrait of Swedish boys in school uniforms, and the statues came from a rustic church in southern Sweden. The candlesticks are an ingenious nineteenth-century English design with weighted bases that let the candles project in front of the mantel.
In the pink room, gray wainscoting and bare floors soften the vivid color of the walls, which are adorned with an asymmetrical array of small paintings, sea fans, and a framed collection of starfish. The Gustavian settee is upholstered in linen, the stool is from the mid-nineteenth century, and the side chair is baroque. A mid-twentieth-century Danish lamp stands on a rococo side table with Victorian decanters.
In their daughter's room, a nineteenth-century bed has been reupholstered in a heavy velvet. The French nineteenth-century chair gives Magic easy access to the bed. Even the toy horses have provenance: They are Dala horses, a traditional motif of Dalarna, Sweden. The carved chest is German.
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