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When we think of Swedish style, we often think of the familiar white- and blue-hued images of the Gustavian period. However, the range of Swedish design is vast, including the Baroque, Rococo, Karl Johan, Biedermeier, and Modernist periods. The secret to the Swedish aesthetic is having the confidence to mix old and new while maintaining a clean and simple balance.

Swedish immigrants brought to America their customs as well as the decorative and architectural arts of their homeland. In this book, you will see the homes of contemporary Swedes, and those inspired by Sweden, who have melded the very best aspects of Swedish design and sensibility into their American homes. A New York City apartment mixes contemporary art and furnishings with period antiques, a Swedish immigrant's log cabin is restored to its original splendor while incorporating elements of the American West, and a Connecticut dairy barn is transformed into a spacious and light-filled home.

Swedish Interiors represents the best of Swedish design in America. Throughout these pages, you will be inspired as well as learn how to incorporate elements of Swedish design into your own interiors. Discover how to pickle hardwood floors, introduce crystal, mirrors, and lighter interior colors to your rooms, and create window treatments that allow for the maximum amount of light. Swedish design has a strong basis in functionality; its style is clean and uncluttered while still maintaining a level of intimate comfort and elegance. Whether you prefer a house in the country or a modern, urban apartment, Swedish design is a style that can be incorporated into any home.

Authors Rhonda Eleish and Edie Bernhard van Breems are the owners of Eleish van Breems Antiques, the premier Swedish antique store in the United States. They bring to Swedish Interiors years of expertise, experience, and passion for creating the very best of Swedish-inspired interiors.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

Jon Monson and L. Langdon "Buffer" Ergmann of Endo Graphics, Danbury, Connecticut, have a combined sixty years of experience in the prepress/print graphics industry, specializing in color, design, and digital retouching photography. Jon and Buffer have traveled both the United States and Europe for location commercial shoots as well as working extensively on in-house art and commercial projects. The images in Swedish Interiors are the result of a creative partnership between Jon and Buffer, who were inspired by outstanding locations and elegant interiors. Both Jon and Buffer live in Bridgewater, Connecticut; Jon with his wife Melinda, and Buffer with his wife Rhonda Eleish and their daughter Kari.

About the Author

Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems live in Woodbury, Connecticut, and opened the doors to Eleish van Breems Antiques in 1998. They specialize in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Swedish antiques and offer compelling examples of Swedish design and lifestyle.



Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems are the founders of Eleish van Breems Ltd., a company whose approach to design stems from a modern application and interpretation of historic Scandinavian interiors and form. They are sought out for their clean, elegant, and fresh approach to interiors, all with a Scandinavian essence. Rhonda and Edie are the authors of Swedish Interiors and Swedish Country Interiors and are excited to introduce Reflections on Swedish Interiors as the third book in their best-selling Swedish Interiors series. Their design work has been featured in fine national and international publications such as House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, Glamour, Country Living, Gods & Goddar, and the New York Times, among others. The pair have made television appearances on This Old House, Martha Stewart Living and HGTV-Canada. Both Rhonda and Edie live with their families in southwest Connecticut and travel extensively in Scandinavia, calling Stockholm their home away from home.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142360024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423600244
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rhonda S. Eleish on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Wendy Moonan
Published: May 4, 2007 in The New York Times

Swedish Simplicity

"American interest in Swedish antiques is just exploding now," said Jill Dienst, who owns Dienst & Dotter in Sag Harbor, N.Y., a shop that specializes in Swedish antiques and accessories from the 17th through the 20th century. "What I'm selling are my best pieces, the highest quality Stockholm cabinetmakers, which to me means people are becoming more educated about the whole range of Swedish antiques."

If so, the publication of "Swedish Interiors" by Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems (Gibbs Smith, $39.95) seems timely.

The authors, both of Swedish heritage, own Eleish van Breems Antiques in Woodbury, Conn. Their coffee-table book features 14 stylistically different American houses to show that Swedish style extends beyond the familiar 18th-century Gustavian look to encompass Swedish Baroque, Rococo, Biedermeier and Modernist designs.

"There was a real need for a book like this," Ms. Dienst said. "We need to educate people how these antiques work in modern America. The book shows how Americans capture the Swedish spirit of light, simplicity, warmth and elegance in diverse ways."

There are few English-language books about Swedish antiques and interiors. The 2006 book `Classical Swedish Architecture and Interiors, 1650-1840' by Johan Cederlund (W. W. Norton), like `The Swedish House' by Lars Sjoberg and `The Swedish Room' by Mr. Sjoberg and his wife, Ursula is illustrated with only photographs of majestic palaces and stately manor houses in Sweden.

In their book Ms. Eleish and Ms.
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The cover of the book leads one to think that this will be a volume of traditional or "antique" Swedish style, but this is not the case. I was personally looking for a book of traditional and old fashioned Swedish interior and exterior styles and this book is not that, thus I gave it three stars. The book is nicely written and there are plenty of photographs and there is a bit of traditional style but the book focuses largely on the modern takes on Swedish style and many of the photos are of places in the United States that have somewhat Swedish flavored styles and definately very modern styles.
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Finally a book that shows us that Swedish interiors, and furniture do not always mean grey and white, but that Swedish can mean a variety of color, and light. The two authors Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems have searched America and have found charming homes that show us rich colors that can light up those dark days of winter, and show us Spring and Summer can come all year round. This is a beautiful book, that you can tell is well researched and written with care. The beautiful photos are wonderfully selected,and if you are interested in Swedish design, and colors this is the book to choose. You can tell the passion the authors have for this subject with the love and care they put into this book.
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This is a monumental book for both the general public with an interest in the nuances associated with interior design and the seasoned interior design professional who is seeking a guide book to Swedish style. Not only are you rewarded with lush pictography throughout the book but the corresponding discourse is informative and inspiring on numerous levels. This book will take pride of place within my expansive collection and I am sure that I will be referring to it for years to come
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I was looking for decorative ideas and, yes, I realize the Swedes have never been known for their wild color sense, excepting the innovative home of Carl and Karin Larsson, but still, what I found in this book was nothing to write home to Mother about.

By and in large, the houses featured in this book are attempts to adapt widely diverse American architectural types to a Swedish sensibility. The result is bland with only a few exceptions: 1.) the attempted Wisconsin re-creation of Larsson's Swedish home avails itself of Larsson's lively color scheme, but misses the proportions that prove so charming in the original; 2.) the Genesee Depot "Ten Chimneys" home of Lunt & Fontaine which was largely decorated in fancy murals done by a Hollywood set painter and which, I must say, would've driven me crazy with its busyness; and, lastly, 3.) the guesthouse of a Montana homestead which proved to be a hybrid Adirondack cabin with lovely Swedish painted furniture. The remaining homes/townhomes/apartments are white. Very white. With touches of the palest gray or blue for accent. Honestly, with the long winters, I'd have expected something more stimulating.

Aside from the examples of painted furniture, I can't say there was anything here to emulate in trying to decorate a home of my own. I have other books on Scandianvian decorative taste that are much more informative.
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This lovely book takes you on a first-class tour of the best Swedish design in America. From a California bungalow to a Montana homestead to Ten Chimmneys (the Wisconsin home of Lunt & Fontanne), the authors illustrate the many ways Swedish style can be incorporated into any home. The ideas are fresh and accessible, the photography is lush - a must have for anyone interested in home decor and interior design.
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