Welcome to our revamped website and the blog for The Summer House! We’ve made quite a few changes to the store over the last year. We have relocated after 9 years on Forest Street. Margaret pounced on the opportunity to create a new, warmer environment for her clients to peruse, taking away the worry of parking. 🙂
We are happy to introduce our new relationship with, The DesignDot, an interior design firm based in New Canaan, CT. Owned by Megan Wunderlich and supported by her multi-talented team; Savannah LaMotte and Niki Morton. This blog will serve as a platform for our expanded team to share their design ideas, opinions on what’s trending, and personal experiences in the world that have influenced their journey throughout the world of design.
The Summer House always strives to provide clients with the newest styles but also to educate them on the magic of mixing a modern and antique aesthetic. Our partnership with The DesignDot has allowed Margaret to expand her Antiquing, hand picking the stores pieces throughout Europe on buying trips. Antiques have always been a passion of Margaret’s and the relationship we have formed with The DesignDot allows Margaret to focus on her passion and create a highly curated collection of beautiful antiques.
The Swedish have a long standing tradition of bringing back designs from countries such as France, to be interpreted and reconstructed by local furniture makers. This occurred with the Gustavian era. They had an appreciation for the ornate details included in the French pieces but were not wealthy enough to afford the gilding or rare wood materials used in French construction. Sweden’s solution to the problem was incorporating a white and grey paint palette. An inexpensive way to decorate a piece that has similar structural qualities. Gustavian Style was simple, elegant, and easy to replicate. The general aesthetic lends itself to a simplified life, with less material objects and clean lines. While pieces may not match perfectly, the general style and shape found throughout Swedish antiques marries the contemporary pieces we incorporate into The Summer House. As defined by Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems in their book Reflections on Swedish Interiors (Available in store!) the fundamental concepts of Swedish design are; functionality, quality of materials, light, preservation, art, eclecticism, color, sense of place and a deep appreciation of nature. These defining elements of Swedish decor appear simplistic but allow any environment to find a sense of serenity. The conscious incorporation of well made materials with aspects of modern design allow one to have a sense of the serenity Swedish design prides itself on while maintaining your own identity.
If you have any question or want to hear more about Swedish Antiques, head on over to 107 Cherry Street in New Canaan. We would be happy to show you the Swedish pieces we have available in store as well as at our booth at the Antique and Artisans Gallery in Stamford.
Kelly & Margaret