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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.
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Centuries of Style
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.
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Pared to Perfection
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.
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Even Magic (seated on a Gustavian chair in the entry) and Country, the family's poodles, add to the home's graphic and spare color scheme. The Gustavian console is carved giltwood with a faux-marble top.
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The second-floor landing features a large baroque cabinet from Sweden, which retains its original paint. Its heavy glass cupboard top was lost in U.S. Customs.
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The baroque Swedish desk in a guest bedroom has idiosyncratic hardware and slightly crude joinery and carving that intrigued Jill Dienst. The small side cabinet is rococo, and the lamp is Danish.
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Eighteenth- and twentieth-century glass and ceramics brighten a guest bedroom.
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Victorian sterling-silver-mounted horse-hoof bibelots, remembrances of beloved steeds past that were transformed into inkwells and candlesticks.
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The pink room, a small parlor off the entry, features an early-baroque spark screen. The mirror is Danish rococo, and the crystal chandelier it reflects is Gustavian. The brass propellers are Daniel's contribution.
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The kitchen, renovated by the previous owner, was the one room that Jill left almost untouched. The counters are mahogany, the table is on casters, and the chairs are by Arne Jacobsen.
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Remnants of the Past
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.
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Linen and Light
A baroque wing chair is upholstered in gray linen; the chest is baroque, and the lamp is by Poul Henningsen.
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Fit for a Queen
The eighteenth-century gilded crown in the master bedroom gave Jill the idea of emulating the bed of Queen Hedvig Eleonora at Drottningholm Palace, in Sweden.
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Jill's version uses mouse-gray velvet for the headboard and skirt and a double-faced linen for the drapes.
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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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