Month: August, 2014

Very Swedish


Exquisite mirror in all original made during the Rococo period 1750-1775.



Soak In The Tub…Sofa



 zrvtbwrtbHigh Gustavian sofa made 1775-1790. Laserow Antiques

DSC_0267_0High Gustavian style sofa ca 1860. Laserow Antiques.

Tom Delavan Is Doing It Just Right!

4b0be8e135c2e3f52f51f2e96e443653A Swedish late Gustavian mirror (1790-1810) with Neoclassical decor hung above a side table from the Rococo period (1750-1775). The gray wall and dark floor brings a modern touch to the mix.

See more of Mr Delavan’s beautiful projects here!

Buying Trip Report #1




Let The Buying Trips Begin


Finally back in Skåne, Sweden to do some fun antiques sourcing. Stay tuned for updates!

Laserow Antiques At 1st Dibs


Go Visit!

Mahogany Hearts Gilded Wood

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2500258347_lFrench 19th Century mirror. Will be available at laserowantiques.1st this week!

XXX_Mahogany_Table_EngBeautiful English mahogany dining table made ca 1820.

Studio MRS Talks Antiques

Studio+Mrs+Michelle+Smith+striking+welcoming+hy8l0OBtNIplMichelle Smith of Studio MRS at her house in Sag Harbour, New York.

Studio+Mrs+Brass+coat+hooks+pillar+like+umbrella+9XZzYb3bshXlEntry Hall in “Sag”. Stacked blue and white fajance tiles, MRS canvas totes and a column shaped umbrella stand from the Gustavian period.

Studio+Mrs+White+fabrics+varied+textures+four+T3gtPGsiQsSlIn the guest bedroom a mahogany canopy bed with a mix of new and vintage bedding. Copper print in a gilt wood frame and gray stone bust.

Michelle konsollbord jpegVintage console table. Gilded candlesticks from the Empire period and marble bust in front of “Woman of War” by Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini. Swedish Gustavian stools in gilt wood upholstered in candy pink velvet.

michelle porch jpegMichelle’s screened porch with rustic wooden table, rattan chairs and a French Neoclassical pewter urn on a red marble base (one of a pair).

Interior Design by Studio MRS.  Pictures by Genevieve Garuppo.

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Shop Michelle’s picks:

1. Stone bust

2. Pair of Neoclassical urns

3. Gustavian umbrella stand

4. Pair of Gustavian stools

5. Pair of gilded candlesticks from the Empire period. 

1. Why interior design?  

– Since childhood, interior design was always my “dream job.”  I redecorated my room once a year, every year, even into college.  Then, when I finally got an adult apartment, and bought nicer pieces that I loved, I couldn’t keep redecorating my own space so I started redecorating my coworkers’ and friends’ apartments on the side, until one day, it became a job.

2. Interest for antiques – where did it come from?

 -I always went to flea markets around the south with my mom.  It started out with us just buying what we loved, never knowing the provenance.  Then 1stdibs came around, and you could learn a lot more about what you were buying… Also, I always prefer the piece no one can have to the one someone can order from a catalog.

3. Favorite mix of periods / styles in a room? 

-I really like to mix it all, but currently, if I had to choose, I’d say Swedish Gustavian mixed with heavy and creepy pieces of Louis XIII furniture, and then throw in some polished marble or high gloss lacquer pieces.

4. How do you convince a client to purchase antiques instead of a new piece? 

-Beg them?!

Some clients only want antiques.  Some only want new furniture.  I think it’s about convincing clients that there is a need for a balance.  I love antiques, but I room filled with nothing but antiques can start to feel a little stuffy.  By educating clients on how to mix old & new, and the necessity of the mix, then they get it when you send those key antique pieces they need to complete the room.

5. As a resource: Auctions vs. dealers vs. flee markets vs. 1st Dibs? 

1stdibs, definitely.  It’s so easy to send items to clients.  Flea markets & auctions – there’s that ‘buy it now’ thing – it just doesn’t work unless your client lets go of control completely.

6. Inspiration sources on how to use antiques? 

I actually just started using Pinterest last week.  They have some really amazing images out there.  It’s really a ‘non-source’ because people pull from magazines, books, blogs, their own photos.  And then one thing leads to another, and I don’t even know how I got there.  Though I’m too selfish to Pin my own favorite inspiration images … that’s like a window into my soul.

7. What style / period do think will be the next trend? 

Let’s say striped sofas?

Beloved Stripes

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XXX_8829_1302628771_11. Pair of Swedish Gustavian side chairs made ca 1780 upholstered in a blue and white cotton stripe.

2. Pair of French armchairs made during the Louise XVI period 1790-1810 with a soft cotton stripe.

3. Pair of Swedish armchairs in the “Swedish Model” made during the early part of the Gustavian period, High Gustavian, ca 1775-1790.