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Focus on Gustavian Design: Part II

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In the second part of my Gustavian design focus, I wanted to feature some products that I pulled together for my latest Ideabook - Gustavian Design: 20 elements that will achieve the gathered taste.  As I mentioned in an earlier post Gustavian Design: Part I, this style was mainly influenced by the European courts of France, Italy and England.  This Swedish design style is still popular today, as the restrained design details suit the modern taste of ecletic interior design.  With a few key pieces of furniture and attention to the design elements, Gustavian decor is quite attainable.

1. Gustavian interiors are known for their luxurious crystal chandeliers, and this classically-designed reproduction piece from Pottery Barn has a marvelous price.

2. Elegant Venetian mirrors are the perfect opportunity to incorporate the Italian influence into a Gustavian interior. This one is a great example of a reproduction from Wisteria.

3. In the taste of 18th century Swedish manor houses, early blue and white porcelain was often imported directly from China. Remaining popular today, blue and white porcelain dinnerware is representative of the Scandinavian aesthetic. Dinnerware from William-Sonoma.

4. There's something to be said for a classically-designed Swedish bed. The design is quite reserved, but still romantic as it has both a masculine and feminine appeal. Bed available through Layla Grayce.

5. During the late 1700s, longcase Mora clocks were produced as supplemental income for farm families in Sweden. Having a clock of this make and stature represented high style and taste. Clock available from Ethan Allen.

6. Casual elements, such as stripes and checks, were introduced into Gustavian fabrics to offset the grand and austere designs. White checked cotton fabric from Real Gustavian.

7. Small accents of white and cream-colored decorative objects add character to the Swedish-style home. These canisters, from Terrain, are both functional as storage and pleasing to the eye.