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choosing a bespoke bed – handmade to your specifications

Choosing a bed is one of the most important things you will ever do. Think how much time you spend in it asleep or otherwise 🙂 It has to give you the level of comfort you need to exactly the right proportions for you and your partner while taking into account the roomsize and decorative […]

Antique Swedish Biedermeir Sofas – an ever popular choice for interior design

As fashions ebb and flow there is one constant in design terms that always appeals to design cogniscenti – the formidable antique swedish biedermeier sofa The Swedish Biedermeier style grew out of copying the French Empire  style of the early 1800s just as the Gustavian style was influenced by the Louis XVI furniture from Versailles. […]

Making a Swedish Antique Room lovely to live in

Your private room However big or small your home – you need your own space. Whether it be a corner of a room (you can partition it off with screens for privacy) or a spare room, or a shed outside. You need a place where you can be creative, paint, sing, write and design. One […]

Just a little french with your swedish antiques

Here at Swedish Interior Design we love to bring a little French into the dĂ©cor, especially since now we have a house here, its hard not to be inspired by the wonderful French way of life. Swedish and French merge so well together. I love marrying the Gustavian pieces with the rustic French. One of […]

Antique art deco armchairs and real classic upholstery

In this day and age of foam seated reproductions made in China and the far east, the art of upholstery is slowly dying. There’s very few places where people can train as a professional upholsterer and chair owners don’t really seem to care anymore whats inside their chairs. Pretty sad really – but at the […]

Gustavian antiques & the rustic look

I love mixing the rustic look with the antique swedish Gustavian furniture we source at swedish interior design. Often the best creative images come from happy mistakes and experimentation so its always good to try a few ideas and see what comes out the best. Don’t be afraid to try – there’s always something you can […]

Antique Swedish Art Deco Armchairs

Antique Swedish Art Deco Armchairs are one of my favorite all time design items. There’s something intensely satisfying about their shape, dimensions and design. The beautiful bentwood arms in stunning golden birch veneers are a visual treat with a gracious curve and swoop. . They are simultaneously traditional and modern – the choice of fabric […]

Mora Clocks:Homes & Antiques Magazine Article

Its always nice to be featured in the press – Homes and Antiques has featured an article about Antique Mora Clocks featuring clocks from Swedish Interior Design’s unique collection  and based on material provided by Jo Lee Director of Swedish Interior Design. You can see the article here As you may know, we have one of the […]

Creating a Swedish Kitchen with Ecos Paints

Its time for a change – we have had our beautiful country style kitchen for a while now decorated with marmarino plaster and filled with 1800s swedish kurbits antique furniture in reds, ochres, yellows, oranges and rich earthy tones. The worktop and cupboards were all handmade in our bespoke workshop from antique oak.   So […]

Its a Biedermeier Christmas

After years of white furniture dominating the design landscape, things seem to be changing. The Swedish Gustavian style is always going to be popular and with good reason because it is beautiful, wonderfully crafted and elegant. However its increasingly difficult to find authentic original gustavian furniture from 1780-1830 that hasnt been messed around with, ‘restored’ […]

Upholstery on swedish antique sofas and armchairs

At Swedish Interior Design we specialise in reupholstering antique sofas, antique armchairs, antique chaise longe and chairs. Its important on these original antiques to honour the way they have been built by master craftsmen back in the day. Our master upholsterer has been sorting out sofas and chairs for over 30 years and is very particular […]

We love happy customers…
November 10th, 2014Older Posts, Tips and TricksJo Lee 0 Comments

Busy time here at Swedish Interior Design. People are definitely in the mood for something Swedish before christmas. We have had mora clocks, biedermeier sofas, art deco armchairs, gustavian mirrors, swedish country tables, farmers rococo chairs, dining tables, gustavian cabinets, rococo cabinets, swedish country tables and box tables and other antique items flying out the […]

The joy of making Bespoke furniture

I thought to cheer myself up a grey day by the sea that i’d talk more about the bespoke furniture we handmake in our specialist workshop. One of the things i especially enjoy is the fact that every piece of furniture we create really is truly bespoke. Every one is unique to the client who […]

Bespoke handmade armoires and server tables

We began our bespoke workshop about 8 years ago after repeated requests from clients for antique pieces that did not exits – ie you wont find an original early 1880s gustavian bed in super king size. Mostly our clients have specific requests for their bespoke furniture as they need it to fit a specified space, have […]

Swedish Gustavian Dining Tables:Perfect for fine dining

We often get asked by clients to design their dining rooms for them – its fun and challenging as every space is different and everyone has different needs. So i thought you might find it interesting in a series of posts to look at how we design a dining room and what things need to […]

Bespoke Handmade Furniture PT1

Bespoke and Handmade Furniture I thought it would be fun to look at the process we use to design and then build our unique bespoke furniture and in the next few posts we will go into some detail on how the journey unfolds from an idea to a finished piece. Although we started out by […]

Handmade presents …… part one …

  Its that time of year … all the shops crowded with presents …. but I like to make my own when I can … it makes it more personal … and its great fun to do to …..and this is the time to start thinking about what your giving for christmas … you can start by collecting fun items from […]

A little lace goes a long way ……

Antique Lace Its amazing how far a little piece of lace can go in making a room extra special …. I collect my pieces from Sweden or sometimes source them online … you can get fantastic bundles of lace that way … all handsewn … how amazing when we humans had TIME …. to sew […]

Transfering pictures onto cushions … sitting pretty …..

Interior Design Ideas There are so many ways that you can change the feel of a room  … one way is to add  beautiful transfers to plain cushions …. you can do it yourself :  first a few steps on how to do it yourself …. I found a great method for hand printing on line […]

mora clocks- mechanisms and set up guide PT1

One question we always get asked by our clients is how do we set up our mora clock mechanism or should we go electric? Unlike English clocks of the period with their precision made mechanisms, the Swedish mechanisms are extremely crude and functional – they give clock repairers nightmares! Whereas the english ones can be […]

Sharing the Love:

Linda Leyble’s blog is a great resource for design ideas, artistic options and hands on painting concepts. She is a very talented designer, artistic, paint effects guru , blogger and interior designer. As we love her blog, we were interested to see how she built up her knowledge and skills and asked her a few […]

My new Dressing Room part two …..

We looked previously at what to do with an under-used room and used our own Swedish Interior Design guest bedroom as an example of the thought process. We’ve looked at making the settle, the antique lace bolsters and finding the right antique dressing table to fit both the space we had and the use I […]

Carl Larsson & Gustavian writing as decoration

When thinking about internal decoration, its always good to look beyond the obvious for inspiration. We love to create visual accents throughout the apartment to give your eyes pleasure as they can from one place to another. So how about Writing. Writing itself is ART and a valid artform, but how about writing AS art? […]

It’s all in the detail: Mora Clocks & Swedish Hearts

One of the things we strive for in creating a room is to have multiple visual tableaux that draws the eye wherever you look but without it becoming overkill or eye fatiguing I love it when clients look around a room we have designed/furnished for them and they spot one of our little detailed setups […]

How to choose a Swedish Antique Mora Clock

  So you have decided to buy a swedish Mora clock. You have probably been thinking about it for a while and now its time to get yourself a pressie. How do you decide? Antique Mora clocks come in all shapes and sizes and colours so there’s bound to be one for you. As they […]

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