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Scandinavian Love In Auckland New Zealand.

Sweden and Auckland are about as far apart as you can get. In fact, they are at opposite ends of the polls – North and South. Maine is  closer to Sweden.

On a recent trip to New Zealand, we spent some time visiting our friend and favorite antique dealer John Stevens Antiques.

Right now his theme is Scandinavian. Can you imagine how many things I want to take home… and how many ideas I have found.

This bookcase has such wonderful patina – Love, Love, Love – the blue undertones.


Then he has the most yummy  Swedish style sofas, these are actually made from old Swedish Day Beds. The headboards are the sides and then a new back and all new upholstery is added.

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Or these lovely Scandinavian chairs. Somewhere in the back of my mind these chairs are getting ready to get on a ship and come to America… but…. I don’t seem to be getting great buy-in from my husband.

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Or this pair of demilune tables. The tops have been painted with a faux marble and are matched to make a single table or work as two halves.

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There is even this wonderful stool/chair that I think is just so cute.

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Many of these pieces have been restored with paint and a lovely grey glaze to give them a great patina all on their own.

My takeaway for this year is simple decorations, with more white, and I think I have to start working with more glazes.

Which one is your favorite from this lovely tour?

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