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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc (1 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142360024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423600244
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Swedish style mixes wonderfully with other vernacular styles; Swedish country furnishings look perfectly at ease in an early twentieth-century California bungalow, eighteenth-century Gustavian style revivifies a Rhode Island sea captain's home, and Swedish mid-century modernism adds pizzazz to a venerable Park Avenue mansion. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By loulou on 13 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was so disappointed with this book, I bought it after seeing a couple of photos online and really should have read the reviews before ordering.
The title is somewhat misleading and really should be entitled 'Swedish inspired interiors' as each house is an American interpretation of a Swedish interior.

Now I admit, I'm no expert in either but this screams American to me, I could tell from the photos before even reading the text that these weren't truly Swedish homes based in actual SWEDEN! Pity really as I would have loved to have seen some traditional and modern Swedish style set in the beautiful homes with the beautiful northern light they seem to have there. I dont think the odd whitewashed Gustavian chair placed in a New York apartment or sunny Floridian bungalow quite works somehow.

Having said that the photos are inspiring and it's a large, heavy and attractive book suitable for the 'coffee table'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By patrice on 22 April 2010
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This book has good pictures, but the text is as cheesy as the writing generally is in these books and tells you far more than you may want to know about the owners of the houses featured. Be warned - all the houses are in the US and not in Sweden. It is a book about American versions of Swedish style and not a book about authentic Swedish interiors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adaliza on 4 Mar. 2013
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Unfortunately my copy of this book arrived from USA in a flimsy plastic postage bag and was very badly damaged. The seller did issue a no quibble full refund. I had to bin the book but did have a look through pages that weren't torn completely. Pretty pictures and the text looked interesting but I was surprised that it didn't appear to include any interiors from homes in Sweden - they were all American homes decorated in Swedish style! They did look lovely though and I can imagine that a pristine hard-back copy would make an ideal coffee table browser.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda S. Eleish on 11 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 New York Times Review Written By Wendy Moonan 21 Jun. 2007
By Rhonda S. Eleish - Published on Amazon.com
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. van Breems explore the American take on Swedish style: a 1795 Colonial house in Rhode Island, a log ranch in Montana, a 1923 bungalow in Los Angeles and a sleek modern apartment in Manhattan, among other examples. They even photographed interiors created by rival dealers: Lars Bolander of Palm Beach and, in Manhattan, Paul Sigenlaub of Evergreen Antiques and Lena Kaplan of White on White.

"We did the book because our clients have been asking us how to adopt Swedish style to their own homes," Ms. Eleish said. "The world has changed. We are trying to get back to simplicity. People are looking for interiors that are soothing and comfortable, not stressful."

Ms. van Breems began her career as a commercial photographer, while Ms. Eleish was with a retail clothing chain. They opened their shop in 1998 to sell 18th- and 19th-century Swedish furnishings, reproductions and Marimekko fabrics and accessories from Finland.

"We wanted to show how versatile Swedish design is (everyone thinks Swedish is white, white, white) and how eclectic it can be." Ms. Eleish said.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Mosty "Modern" Swedish Flavored Styles Featured 29 Sept. 2008
By Bear One - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous Book! 22 Jun. 2007
By P. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The design guide we have all been waiting for 26 Jun. 2007
By J. Arber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The best of Swedish Design in America. Gorgeous! Inspiring! 22 Jun. 2007
By DaisyMom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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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