Month: October, 2012

Toughest Project of Them All: Sneak Peak

Kitchen styled with grayish green pumpkins

Detail from bedroom shot

Freight elevator with Fabians bike

A few shote from todays photo shoot for Skona Hem. Photographer Paul Bissman and Eva Nyqvist did an amazing job. Will be so much fun to see the result!


Lacquered Storage

Photo by Luis Visconti

Laserow Antique’s 19th Century Chinese Black Lacquered Cabinet

Thoughest Project of Them All: Update

Cover of the latest issue of Sköna Hem

Wednesday I will spend the day shooting our apartment. One of Swedens best interior magazine Sköna Hem will do a whole spread about our loft in Tribeca. 2 weeks ago they took test shots and we discussed details and styling. During the weekend we purchased a beautiful rug for the living room and a floor lamp. We are super happy with the atmosphere we created by mixing old and new so I cant help but being a little proud that it will now be featured in this great magazine I have been reading since I was a kid. I dont know when it will be published yet but I will of course let you know. Stay tuned!

Just Keep it Simple…

Photograph Elle Decor

Photograph by Niklas Lundström published in Swedish Antiques in Modern Settings

When you are mixing the really old in with your modern furniture. You will get the best results!

Follow Old is New and Win Swedish Antiques in Modern Settings!


After a lot of success and wonderful reviews I thought my loyal followers are more than entitled to win a book. This is how you do it:

1. Sing up to follow the blog.

2. On October 24th I will send out an email with a quiz for you to answer. Who ever will get the most answers right will get a signed copy of the book!

Have a lovely Thursday evening – Im off to The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show!


Ideal use of a 19th Century Table

Picture from Architectural Digest

19th Century Swedish side table

End of 18th Century Swedish Side table

Swedish pewter plate from the 18th Century

From Laserow Antiques

This is a perfect set up for a guest bathroom in your summer-house. I would change it slightly and use lighter color scheme with the table in a grayish green as a contrast to the white and black flooring. The use of a pewter bowl is lovely and makes it look more interesting than the expected white porcelain zink.

Stay Grounded

…on a beautiful floor!

Important Furniture During the Baroque Period: Part II

A pair of Gueridons from the Southern part of Europe made during the Baroque period. Base made of gilded wood and top of gray marble.

The Gueridon: A small table with often a circular top (or as in the picture an octagonal) supported by one or more columns. The Gueridon came originally from France during the mid 17th century. Earlier kinds had the supports in shapes of African, ancient Egyptian or ancient Greek human figures. While often serving humble purposes, such as to hold a candlestick or vase, the guéridon could be a high-style decorative piece of court furniture. By the death of Louis XIV there were several hundred of them at Versailles, and within a generation they had taken an infinity of forms: columns, tripods, termini and mythological figures. Some of the simpler and more artistic forms were of wood carved with familiar decorative motives and gilded. Silver, enamel, and indeed almost any material from which furniture can be made, have been used for their construction. While the French type was gilded the English-Holland version was in dark wood shaped as a spiral.

The Collectors Cabinet: The collectors cabinet was already a popular way to store your jewelry, securities and other valuable belongings during the Renaissance. Over time the cabinet became a show off piece decorated and inlayed with precious materials such as ivory and silver.

The Mirror: The Baroque mirror comes in many shapes and forms. Most common kind was the the one from France with a frame carved into accanthus leaves and shell shapes then gilded. In the nobel quarters they wanted the Dutch in a more simple execution with molded edges and decorated with hopplister in a dark wood. Mirror in the picture is made in the name of the famous mirror maker Buchart Precht. Although it has the larger glass exchanged its all in its original condition. In our book “Swedish Antiques in Modern Settings” you can read more about it!

Steal Your Mothers Silverware

Inspiration from my favorite food blogger:

Silverware from 1900’s , set of 8 forks, 8 spoons and 8 knives next to napkin rings made of horn.

All from Laserow Antiques!

How To Collect Art

During The Avenue Show there were lectures held by a wide range people within the industry. Miller Gaffney, a girl in my own age and owner of Miller Gaffney Art Advisory, held a really interesting lecture about building your future collection. Here are some simple things to keep in mind when you are purchasing your favorite pieces and putting together what will become you future collection.

  • Have Fun – Enjoy your art buying!
  • If you are purchasing a photograph buy the iconic works of the artist. They tend to climd higher in value.
  • Before purchasing anything do you duediligence. Ask for the piece provenance and proof of authenticity.
  • Make sure that the piece you are purchasing is 100% owned by the seller. If not trouble may come your way.
  • State the condition the piece is in. When buying contemporary art always make sure its made out of durable materials. Metropolitan bought a Damien Hirst’s iconic  The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, thats a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a clear display case. The tank started to leak and the shark began to fall apart… Not something you wish to happen with your 12 million dollar work of art.
  • If you want to collect wine – store it right with the correct temperature.
  • When you are insuring your art make sure you cove all prices and not just the insurance price. Include market price and retail price.
  • I would like to add: Seek experts guidance if you are insecure. If you for instance are buying at an auction ask an objective source to make sure the piece is what the catalogue says it is.

And remember! You dont have to be a Rockefeller to collect art. There are many ways to create an interesting collection of art and antiques. Just look how Herb and Dorothy Vogel did it.