Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mixing It Up

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.
Images via Pinterest.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lars Bolanger

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.


His books are full of inspiring images.

Images via Pinterest

Gustavian and Good

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.

Images via Pinterest.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nordic and Nice

Gray and white; Nordic and nice.

Above is a restored 1720 house in Norway with such nice early wall painting.

I love these white washed beams which look similar to the upstairs beams at Old Farm now.

Images via Pinterest.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Good Book

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.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Early Valentine

Our adolescent puppy Anders in his Valentine's Day tie, already.

 I am having "sew days" with so much snow and sleet around! This tie is from a drape bought at the Flea.
Anders has a few heart throbs in Hopewell to impress, and how great is puppy love?