Mixing new elements into a very old building is so exciting. This 12th Century monastery in a tiny village of Provence, France is so lovely. Our next project is the kitchen at Old Farm where our dining table is and I am collecting images while we remain waiting for better weather to do more work in this room!
Kitchen in a renovated coastal home in Maine.
Nice; old furniture in a white new space, too.
A Gustavian table and new Gustavian-like chairs.
Dining room in the same renovated coastal Maine home.
Lars Bolanger is a Swedish born designer who decorates with a Gustavian palette; using traditional or modern furniture to create minimal, comfortable, elegant, and natural interiors. He restored an old house in Sweden which is on a small scale similar to Old Farm.
King Gustav III of Sweden (1748 - 1792) brought a Neoclassical design influence to Sweden after living a short time in France and becoming enamored with the French Court at Versailles. Gustav was a great lover of the arts and sciences, decorating and theater. He was a beloved King whose light and elegant interpreted style was copied by the upper classes and soon Sweden became considered the Paris of the North. Buildings featured tall columns, gilding and urns outside, with tall mirrors, crystal chandeliers, and furniture painted pale grays; pale blues and greens; inside.
There's nothing like a good decorating book when the weather forces me in front of the fireplace so much, and this latest book by Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems is next on my list to order from Amazon. It is their third book, and I was shocked to discover one day that Bill's high school friend "Buffer" was married to Rhonda Eleish and photographed parts of the earlier; beautiful books I had.
New book image via Pinterest
Recently Bill visited another old high school friend in California for a "Big Chill" weekend, and was given photographs they had developed together long ago. Below is one of Bill with Buffer's sister. Sweet.