Sunday, September 13, 2009

Book Launch Celebration

We are so excited that Swedish Country Interiors has been released at last! A thank you to all for bearing with our erratic postings during the next several weeks as we begin our book tour. Our posts have been few and far between as we are also busy preparing for the Washington CT Antiques Show coming the first weekend of October. ( the photo above is a sampling of the types of Swedish items we will be featuring in our booth!) We are looking forward to settling into a winter of bringing you some great posts on homes in Sweden as well as around the States - so please keep checking in!

A huge thank you and hug to Valorie Hart at visual * vamp for featuring images from Swedish Country Interiors in her posts this last week! She does a fantastic job of showing how easy it is to inject a dash of Swedish style into your home, no matter what your budget or existing decor. Refreshing, relaxed and natural - a room done with a bit of Swedish style can be totally uplifting. Valorie is always so stylish so we are very flattered to have been covered by her. Read Valorie's super hints on getting a Swedish look at :

The image above is of a Swedish Pool Pavilion designed by Richard Hirschner (photo: Monson/Ergmann) that appears in Swedish Country Interiors.

To learn even more about Swedish Country style we invite you to join us at our very own COUNTRY SWEDISH INTERIORS BOOK LAUNCH CELEBRATION, Saturday, September 26 in Washington Depot, CT. There will be a 1:00 pm Book Signing Kickoff at the legendary HICKORYSTICK BOOKSHOP where we look forward to meeting you! Join us afterwards at our ELEISH VAN BREEMS, LTD. Showroom, located down the road at 18 Titus Road, for a lively and colorful 3:00 p.m. presentation on Swedish Country design. Be sure to stop at neighboring Marty's Cafe and pick up a celebratory Ligonberry Smoothie to fuel you on your way!

After our discussion on Swedish Country design we will be hosting a light smorgasbord at our Showroom starting at 4:00 p.m. Space is limited for the talk and smorgasbord so please call or e-mail to let us know you are coming! ( For addresses and more info contact Jamie at Eleish van Breems 860-868-1200)
We really hope you can join us for any one of these events or to spend the whole day with us in charming Washington Depot. We look forward to seeing you!
Edie & Rhonda

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Splendid Willow Interview

Read the Splendid Willow design interview of Edie and Rhonda by Monika Claassen where we
discuss our new book, our design style, Fritz Hansen, kitchens, wall colors and some of our design crushes and heroes at:

Monika , a self described "design junkie" is the force behind Splendid Willow, one of the few blogs in the States to concern itself almost exclusively with Swedish decor and design. This stylish mother of three is interested in all things "edgy classic with a Swedish twist" and her blog is rife with fine examples of this look. We had crossed paths with Monika many years ago and were absolutely delighted to have gotten back in touch with her through the blog world! Monika is a kindred spirit to us in her passion for spreading the word on Swedish style and we were so honored to have been profiled by her on her truly splendid blog , Splendid Willow~! Thank you, thank you Monika!

E & R

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Back to School!

Lars and Martin went back to school today! They did not look half as styling though as this young Saami man from a 1970's National Geographic issue...

...or as adorable as these Saami children and their teacher in this photo of a Saami school circa 1926. Note the sod hut, turned up shoes and the boys pompom hats. My mother has dolls like this that her Dad brought back to her and her twin brother from his business trips to Stockholm in the 1930's. The northern provinces and Lapland still retained remanents of the their native folk dress even into the mid 20th century, especially in the more remote regions and villages.