18 January 2019

Creating Swedish Style Cozy in the Living Room


Toward the end of the holidays, I decided I needed to clean out the pieces in my storage that I would not ever use in this home. I felt it was time. Logically, it made sense to have a smaller storage unit, and at the same time I was emotionally ready to let go.
Except for a few pieces that I kept, because I wanted to rotate, much of the furniture is gone. I donated a "like new" piece, a too large white slipcovered sofa,  before I could change my mind! Then I packed up pieces that  I let my sister chose from.   We packed them up so we could directly head to a donation center. I didn't want to deal with selling or having a booth, because I was afraid that I would change my mind. Magically, the pieces I brought to my sister worked! Recently, she changed her colors, and I forgot she had furniture from the first move, so these looked beautiful! What's nice is that her home looks finished. My niece commented that it looked like a model home, and my sister joked that I could come sit in "my house".












This  table with its white swirling base and its scalloped top is a piece that I decided to keep! I loved it when I received it years ago, and I loved it so much, that when it broke in half during a move on the swirling base, I paid to repair it properly. It actually has been in a lot of rooms here, before making its way to storage, but the living room is not occupied by teens or my pianist anymore, so I brought it home.
It is a Gustavian-style table.







Here is the table without the tree.  On the table is my new photo album that I made from my Instagram. (I will have to show that in another post.) Swedes often place one of these tables or even rectangular ones in front of the sofa, so they can use their room for other purposes in their small homes.











Here it is in the day with a chair pulled up. People sit here and have tea or work in the day.
Lucy likes to sit under the chair or on top of it when she is not lounging on the couch.
It's a lovely piece that makes this small room feel cozier, while my pianist is at school.
The rug also looks beautiful, because I had it cleaned for my Christmas present. They pick it up, wash it by hand, stretch it, and lastly, rotate it to fade beautifully, before laying it where you want. That was wonderful, because now I have it where I want it. Now, I can place the furniture properly on it in two directions. With the piano and the pad, it was too difficult for us non professionals to get it right without wrinkles and multiple failed attempts.

It feels good to let go of the past, and at the same time treasure some of the past.
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If you like a Swedish Style this post shows it in a bedroom.


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Su

36 comments:

  1. I always get excited when I see that you have put up a new post because I know it will be wonderful. This is no exception - I love what you have done in this room, so charming.

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    1. This is just the sweetest comment, and I feel it was sent which such heart. Thank you so much, Adrienne! How is your office/ studio coming? xo Su

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    2. Slowly. I am now trying to find the perfect damask wallpaper to back the shelves in the bookcase. So far, though I am pleased with the overall results.

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    3. Damask wallpaper sounds so pretty!Damask is so elegant! In fact, one of my slipcover sets for the porch's sofa is damask. xo Su

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  2. The room is so beautiful and love love the couch. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you so much, Kris. Yes, that sofa was a great find, and I love it even though a dog probably chewed some of the wood over the years. It just has character, and since it is small scale, it works so nicely in limited space. Have a wonderful weekend, Kris. xo Su

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  3. What a pretty room and that is a great couch and table, Su. I, too, have been purging and letting go. I moved everything from the storage unit into the basement so that I could sort through it as I have time (hahahahha) this winter. I, too, have to pack things up and take them out before I change my mind. My dishes are the hardest to part with though. xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. Yes, I have to work fast, and not feel. That is so impressive that you moved it all to your basement. It is such a great idea, because what else can you do when the weather is not great!? And seeing it will encourage you. (Maybe I could reduce it even more in the summer since that is our bad weather.) I reduced the unit size, but the holiday stuff is there, suitcases, so on, and so on. We have a carport, and no garage or basement, and since this is old house the closets are so tiny. Dishes! I so agree on dishes. I love dishes. That would be hard! xo

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  4. Beautiful room and perfect little table. I totally know what you mean about packing up things and donating them FAST before you change your mind. Having a booth allows one to make some bucks but that is "ONLY" if you keep the items in the booth and not your home, LOL. Sweet- that your sister scored your old pieces and that you can visit them again should you miss them. Your sofa looks quite comfy. I really like your ruffled chair pads and have been trying to find some on Etsy.. as I don't sew. They are way to expensive for my pocket book but I really like them as they totally make the chair beautiful and more comfy.Lovely pictures as always.

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    1. Thank you, Tonita. You are second person that agreed they had to pack fast! My daughter said to me over the holidays, we could have a booth, but it could only be what we don't like. Hahaha Oh my sister is really happy with them. It fits her style. Amazingly since they are neutral classics they mixed really well with her more bohemian, colorful look giving it a sophisticated edge. I did buy the ruffled covers for the chairs on Etsy. They were expensive, but they are probably five years old now, and they wash well and last forever. So it's an investment that was worth it. I did not buy the ones that I have all at once. I bought 2, then 4, and then 2 more a couple of years later. Since all the chairs were not in the same place. xoxo Su

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  5. Sharing your downsized belongings with family is so much better than just donating. I really miss living by my mothers and daughters.

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    1. Yes, it is dear. It is great that my sisters love my taste. The sofa was so pretty, a Ballard's, but somebody will be happy. xo Su

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  6. Your room looks so inviting dear! Have a great day! xoxo
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

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  7. Your room looks so charming and cozy. Love the romantic atmosphere you created
    Hugs

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  8. What a pretty living room and I love that couch and the rug! It's so nice that you made a photo book from Instagram. My daughter did that too and it's a great idea.
    Have a nice weekend and week.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I just love making those! I have done 18, and 17, and still need to do 16 and then I will be done. The photos look like magazine shots. It's totally an amazing process! xo Su

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  9. I love this room but especially the sofa! It's sumptuous and looks so comfortable!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I do too! That sofa is so pretty, and I love it even with the chewed up wood in some spots from previous owner. The down cushion is so soft, and Lucy always snuggles her self into the same spot. xoxo Su

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  10. So beautiful. Love your sofa
    Hugs from here

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  11. I like your Swedish style table!
    We have the same style in South Finland too (where I'm from).
    We used to have almost same kind of table next to our sofa in my childhood living room.
    Your house looks always so beautiful and cozy!

    Have a wonderful day and wishing you all the happiness for this year!

    Hugs,
    Susanna

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    1. Thank you for telling me that, Susanna. I suspected that, but wasn't sure, but have seen in Norwegian homes as well. Thank you so much for the encouragement. A very happy new year to you too, dear. xo Su

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  12. Beautiful, Su, always so very beautiful.
    xx oo
    Carla

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  13. Gorgeous room, and I love your pretty area rug! I needed to read this post because I've been working on purging lots of stuff (mostly inherited) and sometimes it's a hard thing to do especially when there's an emotional attachment to them.

    xo,
    RJ

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    1. Thank you, RJ. I agree, it is really difficult to get rid of things or figure out another way to use them when there is an emotional attachment! That's why I used speed after all this time! xo Su

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  14. Oh, how I love this, Su!!! Looks so cozy, as well as beautiful!!! Pulling chairs up to the table is very pleasing to the eye. Mame' did that in Paris for her breakfast. Debbie
    xo

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I think so. I have had several things here, and I really like the change. xo Su

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  15. Su, you have such a great style. I have also been purging, not easy, but it feels good! And an Instagram book, wow, interesting!! I need to check that out...

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    1. Thank you, KIm. I find purging not easy too! xo Su

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