International Grace

Interior decoration

A successful interior should reflect both the owners personality & style and that of the designer

Sometime there is an opportunity to decorate a house as a hole rather than to leave it to evolve organically over time. The designed interior and the role of each element has been carefully selected in relation to the whole. There is a tendency towards the ornate, almost “bling” or even the cold and lifeless style of an upscale hotel. Sadly many successful entrepreneurs and business people have only encountered such hotel interiors or never had the time to develop their style. We have a wealth of documentation, pictures and ideas stemming back some 30 years for those who wish to find out more of what they find attractive. A successful interior should reflect both the owners personality and style and that of the designer.

We have a tendency to reduce and reduce to a bare minimum in the way we tend to decorate in Sweden since Gustavian times in the early 18-century. One can then build from there and add once the “bones” or the layout of the house.

Having partially grown up in a vast colonial house in NJ, worked and lived; in Sweden, Japan and Switzerland has allowed me to create what I call “International Grace”. This name is of course inspired by what  the  British Architecture critic Philip Morton Shand named “Swedish Grace” in the 1920:ies. The style was defined by the entrants at the Paris Exhibition in 1925 and that of  New York, Chicago and Minneapolis exhibitions in 1927.

Attention to detail and using natural materials while creating relaxed atmosphere could be one way of defining my style. The interior has to be practical with some beautiful and eye catching elements. Lighting is important and oftentimes left to the last minute where halogen spotlights are installed in ceilings rendering the room looking and feeling like a hotel lobby from 1980:ies. Candle light brings out the best in ones guest while antique silver and mahogany reflects its magic glow.

The approach is not exclusively the province of the professionals but it requires taste confidence perfectionism and a professional attitude. I have a tendency to reduce and reduce to a bare minimum in the way we tend to decorate since Gustavian times in early 18-century. One can build and add from there once we have the “bones” or layout of the house and/or just the interior. Having partially grown up in a vast colonial house in NJ, worked and lived in Sweden, Japan and Switzerland has allowed me to create “international grace”. This name is of course inspired by what  the  British Architecture critic Philip Morton Shand named “Swedish Grace” that was further defined after the Paris Exhibition in 1925 and New York, Chicago and Minneapolis in 1927. Attention to detail and using natural materials while creating relaxed atmosphere with a few beautiful elements. The interior needs to be practical using furniture that could be easily moved around depending on the particular needs. Lighting is important and oftentimes left to the last minute or halogen spotlights are installed in ceilings rendering rooms looking like hotel lobbies from the1980:ies. I love the warm glow from candles, a light that tends to brings out the best in ones guest and, at the same time, give antique silver and mahogany that magic glow and satin sheen.

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