Simply Certifiably Swedish
As anyone who trolls the digital neighborhood, whether purposefully or aimlessly, knows there is a well traveled cadre of blogs devoted to the sublime pleasures of decorating and design. It is understandable given our penchant for laying claim to the vestiges of home. The spaces we occupy, the pieces we prize, the remnants we hold dear, not only ground us, but define who we are.
My travels through this exclusive terrain recently turned up a new captivation in the world of decor brought to us by the sensitive and serious Swedes. The smart set will immediately recognize the name Cote de Texas as one of the preeminent destinations for lovers of the exotic and obscure. There is so much to ogle, one has to practice real restraint. But ogle I did over these exquisitely austere rooms filled with tones of cream, violet, rose, sienna, and cerulean punctuated throughout with small patches of gingham.
As you move through these soothing spaces, (could that be the strains of the Flower Duet from Lakmé playing in the background?) you feel such a complete sense of appeasement as though life was meant to be quietly composed with nary a wayward thought of angst or agitation. So sturdy is the schooner anchored between two pewter candle sticks with a simple plate dividing them, one could easily mistake it for a Dutch still life.
The secret to the Swedish aesthetic, as evidenced here, is having the confidence to mix old and new while maintaining a clean and simple balance. From the prized cabinetry to the hardwood floors, the gilded mirrors, the pale color hues and the window treatments that flood the room in sunshine, there is not a single misstep. So clean and uncluttered is the result that like a church, one almost feels inclined to meditate in quiet, uninterrupted repose.
For the incurable and overwrought lover of these quietly elegant creations, look to the books of the two women, Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems, who are masterfully introducing the taste and sensibility of the Swedes to the homes of the world. Their first endeavor Swedish Interiors published in 2007 is soon to be followed by Swedish Country Interiors, September, 2009.
And for more of the pristine imagery and soulful eloquence of these ravishing living spaces, pay a neighborly visit to Cote de Texas.
All photography courtesy of Cote de Texas.com