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Bringing It Home: Sweden: The Ultimate Guide to Creating the Feeling of Sweden in Your Home Hardcover – September 16, 1997

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Renowned for its lovely blond woods and delicate color palette dominated by pale blues, Sweden is a country of simple and elegant interior design. In a bright, well-photographed presentation, lifestyle writer Cheryl MacLachlan beautifully captures the essence of Swedish design: clean lines, pale hues, natural materials, a powerful sense of light and space, and fresh folk-art charm. The living room, bedroom, dining room, and kitchen each merit a chapter filled with ideas about walls, floors, windows, colors, fabrics, lighting, and furniture. Scattered throughout are tips on decorating, such as transferring a decorative motif to a wall, setting an attractive table, and mixing your own paints for an authentic look. You'll also find a chapter on Swedish foods (complete with tempting recipes), and a source list.

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Is it possible to bring home the best of an entire country?

This is the question that came to author Cheryl MacLachlan when she fell in love with the charms of Sweden--its pristine landscapes, its warmhearted people, and above all, its delightful homes. What was it that made her visits there so memorable? And how could she replicate those pleasures back home?

In Bringing It Home--Sweden, Cheryl MacLachlan reveals the secrets of Swedish decorating and entertaining and explains how to capture those charms anywhere. After spending much time visiting homes and conversing with families in towns and cities throughout Sweden, she became familiar with the subtle but unmistakable qualities of Swedish life: how furniture is chosen for its pure, fine lines; how simple fabrics are used to great effect; how soft, delicate colors are layered to create rooms full of light and elegance; how the freshest ingredients are combined to prepare delicious meals. Now in this book, she offers the essence of Swedish style, with an abundance of practical information, handy how-to projects, and colorful inspiration to enrich any home.

Bringing It Home--Sweden explores the full range of life in this beautiful country. From the finer points of Gustavian furniture (now available in reproduction everywhere) to the exquisite choices offered by Swedish crystal, from the secret to buying the perfect down comforter to the ultimate recipe for Swedish meatballs, the best of Sweden is shared with readers. Richly illustrated with more than two hundred color photographs by Ivan Terestchenko, Bringing It Home--Sweden also includes recipes, resources, and a useful buying guide. Learn what makes Swedish life so welcoming--and then bring its best qualities back to your own home!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (September 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517707837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517707838
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Carlson on October 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you're into swedish country, you have to get this book! It's been my decorating bible! I love the beautiful photographs, but the text is even better. It explains the origins and purpose of the color palette, flooring, furniture, window treatments, room layouts, fabric and accessories used in ths style. It also discusses the influence of King Gustav, Carl Larsson and Josef Frank. The only part of this book I don't find useful is the recipe section. Other than that, I use this book constantly! It stays on my coffee table so I can browse through whenever I want.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amy K on April 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Her books on each country are so wonderful-not just for viewing the photos for decorating ideas, but to get an all-around feel for that particular country's lifestyle and how to create it yourself. These are not just your average home decorating books, they make an excellent read as well. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Horsey Knitter on December 21, 2011
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This is the first Swedish design book I've found that I can clearly understand and put to use when I redecorate a farmhouse in Swedish Country within the next couple years.
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