Thursday, 11 August 2011

Delft Blue, Gustavian Grey

The soft, romantic tones of the Scandinavian colour palette and the faded patina that features in the prettiest of rustic rooms is always an inspiration for me. This is a selection of some of my favourites.

Above images: Pretty Scandinavian bedroom scanned from BOOK: The Perfect Country Cottage by Bill Laws 
Above images: 1.PAINTING: Johann Zoffany The Minuet 1780 - 1783 2.Atelier September Antiques discovered via Master Henriks Blog 3.Augustus Brandt antiques 
Above image: Lars Sjoberg's house scanned from BOOK: Country Style by Judith and Martin Miller
Above images: 1.PAINTING: "White can and white cloths" by Willhem de Bont 2.Fireplace Norton Tile Company 3.Chair:  SHOP: Bouf 4.Hand painted English Delft tiles: H & H Tile and Flooring Services Ltd
Above image: Lars Sjoberg's house scanned from BOOK: Country Style by Judith and Martin Miller
Above image scanned from BOOK: The Perfect Country Room by Emma-Louise O'Reilly
Above images:1.PAINTING: "Knoflook Koffiepot" by Willhem de Bont 2.FABRIC: "Chinese Paper" by Bennison Fabrics 3.vintage ice skates    - my home 4.Ceramic ARTIST: Mari Kristofersson  5.SHOP: Pom Pom Interiors
Above image: Lars Sjoberg's house scanned from BOOK: Country Style by Judith and Martin Miller
Above image scanned from BOOK: English Cottage Interiors by Hugh Lander & Peter Rauter and features a dairy in Sussex England
Above images:1.Ceramic ARTIST: Mari Kristofersson   2. & 4. Appley Hoare Antiques 3.PAINTING: "Stilleven met Drentse archologica" by ARTIST Henk Helmantal
Above images: Pretty Scandinavian room scanned from BOOK: The Perfect Country Cottage by Bill Laws 
Above image: Swedish farmhouse scanned from BOOK: Country Style by Judith and Martin Miller
Above images:1.PAINTING: "Trenchter kan en melkkan" by Willhem de Bont 2.& 3.SHOP & BLOG: G-Style 4.18th Century English Delft bowl from Storey Antiques
Above image: ANTIQUES Brownrigg at Home


Norrfrids Eija said...

So proud to be scandinavian! The gustavian style is always inspirational to me...

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Oh and for me too, I adore the patina and pretty shades! Thank you so much for leaving me a message, I am now your new follower! Warmest wishes - Glenda

Francy (So Beautiful Things) said...

I follow an italian blogger that is an artist, she likes gustavian style and she opened an atelier:
This is her home:
Maybe there's something for inspiration.
Bye Bye by Francy

Anna at the Doll House said...

Hello Glenda

I always look forward to receiving your latest posts: you have such a good eye for beautiful interiors and fabrics.
Today, however, I can't tear myself away from these beautiful images. I have admired Lars Sjoberg for many years and it is always a pleasure to revisit his beautiful interiors. Thank you too for the other links.


jade said...

Can´t tell you, how i love this post - thank you sooooooooo much, for all your inspiration....i´ts really magical and i feel like i´m in heaven, when i visit you on your blog!!!!!! Have a wonderful day,

big hugs, Jade

Robynne's Nest said...

Thankyou Glenda, for such lovely images...I especially love the pottery by Mari Kristofersson, so lovely and wonky! Robx

Susan T said...

Tucked away in my ancestry is a bloodline that apparently has an 'Ultra Norse'gene. So it should come as no surprise that I should feel so drawn to the Scandinavian colour palette. Somehow it just looks so right. As ever you have chosen some rather ravishing images. I particularily love your little vintage ice skates. Please tell me what the paint colour is behind them, it looks ideal for my bedroom furniture.

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much Sue! So kind as always! I collect vintage ice skates and those are a particular favourite because of the verdigris! The paint shown is in our bedroom and won't be much use for furniture I'm afraid as it's Distemper. It was a shade that Fired Earth did (now no longer available sadly) called Salisbury Stone, the Distemper gives it a chalky soft bloom with a wonderful uneven tone. The nearest I could suggest would be Stony Ground 211 from Farrow and Ball. Don't go by their web site for the colour as it's not like it at all! If you have a look at the post showing our kitchen and see the last picture with a close up of the dresser with our blue and white china and glass votive - that shows the shade. Although it really depends on how your monitor see it I suppose!!! It is one of my favourite shades though as it's a warm beige/grey putty tone!

Greet Lefèvre said...

I can't express how much I have enjoyed this post!! So beautiful and you created this with such a wonderful eye for beauty and elegance!
I just love the Swedish style and interiors! I definitely will redo my dining room in the Swedish style some day!So this post will be a source of inspiration! Thank you so much Glenda!

Atelier de Campagne said...

Gustavian Style has always been an inspiration for me, like the straight line in the furniture but most the soft colors and patinas.Time to start shopping in Sweden for a change. Love the white and blue tile heathers with wonderful hand painted designs.
Wonderful post Glenda.
I'll be in your area Sunday & Monday, going to the Ant.Fair?

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much Johan and Greet, so very generous of you both! Greet with your elegant style I'm sure your dining room will be truly delicious! Johan sadly no I won't be going to the fair due to work commitments, how lovely it would have been to meet up and see the divine items you will be purchasing no doubt!

Wendy Paula said...

Beautiful inspiration from Sweden, the soft colours are so lovely, the design simple and elegant.
Love the vintage ice skates especially with the touch of verdigris:)
Wendy xo

the fishermans cottage said...

Such beautiful images, beautiful tones.. and I love the pottery.. lovely :) x

The enchanted home said...

How totally fabulous. Those words in the title were definite buzz words for me as they delight every sense. I just love this whole palette and used delft tile in my old house and loved it every morning that I walked into my kitchen (the real delft not the copied stuff) And of course the colors associated with Gustavian style have always appealed strongly to me. Beautiful post!

designchic said...

Such beautiful images to start my the wonderful shades of the Gustavian style. Hope you have a great weekend!!

letrecivette said...

Oh !!Beautiful inspiration from Sweden !Thanks!

lisaroy said...

Scandinavian style has always been my favourite - perhaps due to my Finnish/Swedish heritage? Love those soft, muted shades of grey and blue :)

Jennelise said...

I love this soft worn look coupled with the grand crystal chandeliers. It is very beautiful!

Sandra van Doorn said...

i love this style; i wish i had a magic wand to transform my home like that!! thanks for sharing xo sandra

Anonymous said...

Hello Glenda,
J'aime les petits détails dans les pièces!
Thanks for our eyes!

Atelier de Campagne said...

Aaaah! That blue in the delft...those tiles...Gorgeous! Great job Glenda!


G-STYLE said...

Love this post again and thank you for sharing my pictures

I already send you a mail ....

xxx Gea

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Oh my goodness, how lovely all of these room settings are. They look so comfortable...that worn patina is fabulous.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥

Anonymous said...


This style speaks to my soul. It is beautiful. I also love the soft muted colors i.e. the chalky stone or grey color palette mixed with the blue and the rustic look that the floors give the rooms. I have always loved the Swedish furnace (I think that is what it is called?) There is nothing in these rooms that I don't absolutely adore! Now, if only I were a rich woman. LOL


Pamela said...

Love all of this Glenda!
The last image is my favourite. I love these Mora clocks and the colours are wonderful in all the photos!
Pamela xo

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I'm always inspired when I visit. Such fabulous, soothing images you have shared today. I would like to crawl up in that beautiful grey bed. Have a great weekend. Mona

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

DELIGHT-FULL!! Another masterpiece montage! Love the Bennison fabric, the tiles, the POTTERY!!!

Unknown said...

what a wonderfful collection glenda VERY beautiful just abck fro whizzing around the uk
love fay xx

flowers on my table said...

Hi Glenda, great post! I too love Scandinavian style. I also think the colours suit our northern climate. I love the delft tiles around the fireplace and the painted panelling on the walls. It's all so very inspiring, thankyou! Have a lovely weekend, love Linda x

Ainosofia said...

So LOVELY Blog <3

AS (Finland)

Unknown said...

my dear Glenda you spoil me ! number 18 REALLY is magical in the evening and near Christmas even more so i believe and yes Dan Cruikshank is absolutely delightful and charming what an evening i had ! and being juxaposed with all that amzing modern architecture ! gosh it never fails to knock me out !re lipstick - because i ve alays had brown grey eyes i just do a spot of Nouba number 23 Sweetlips and ontop Mac Ample pink AND its delicious I stick to the same !
my laptop is back to normal now after a headache hope your weekend is going well its a holday here i Firenze Love Fay xxx

quintessence said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love every single of these images. I used Dutch delft tiles in my last home that I imported and I just loved them. The subtle coloration and wonderful patina in all these images is so exquisite - fabulous choices.

Mary Middleton @ Hellopeagreen said...

Thank you Glenda, truly scrumptious images. I'm quite taken with the collage you put together with the Zoffany painting that includes that lovely red colour.

Thank you once again for the marvellous inspiration

helen tilston said...

Hello Glenda

Again you have excelled with this superb post. It has so much, I will re-visit it again and again. I particularly love the the room from English cottage interiors with the blue and white border.
Thank you Glenda, have a beautiful week
Helen xxx

Decor de Provence said...

All these images are so dreamy!!! I just LOVE your blog... so much stimulation to take in!!! Thank you for the beautiful post - I can't get enough of the Scandinavian/Gustavian decor!


Karena said...

Glenda a truly beautiful post. Each and every image is a delight, I especially love the art, the clocks and those delft tiles. The color palettes are always so soothing.


Art by Karena

OhSoVintage said...

Oh, I have spent most of the afternoon reading your blog and looking at all the wonderful photos going back months! I am drooling! Will definitely be returning and often!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much for such lovely messages!


Dear Glenda,

Thank you for all the nice comments you leva me! You are so generous, thank you. You know I adore your work and blog, so it means a lot to me. I sat here the other evening looking at this last entry you had posted. Again, I was so impressed. Thought I'd write a few words, but was interrupted again. The Gustavian style exudes the kind of peace. The simplicity, the shape and details of the furniture and especially the colors, it appeals to me very much! I have always chosen, white, gray, blue, beige colours for my interior. I Do not know the if it has been a conscious choice, but I'm always drawn to them. It creates balance, especially with gold, yellow or brown. Green also .. I have a book that is worth mentioning, "Classic Swedish Interiors", written by Lars Sjøberg. Do you know him? The book has wonderful pictures of old houses he has renovated, aesthetics it is breathtaking!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Friendly, Aina

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