Friday, October 12, 2012

A Swedish Palette

One reason I started this blog was to share some of the special homes I’ve been fortunate to visit. Monte and Darby Gingery’s gracious Greek Revival home, just outside of Washington, DC, has always been one of my favorites. Darby and designer Fiona Newell Weeks chose an elegant Swedish palette, and many antique painted furniture for the interiors. Though serene, the rooms are warm, sophisticated, and full of texture and patterns. In case this house seems familiar, it was published in the Nov / Dec 2008 issue of Southern Accents. 

This week I visited and photographed the house---just as lovely as I remembered. Here is how it looks currently. Many thanks to my friend, Darby!
The pedestal cabinet, side table and daybed are all Swedish antique pieces from Tone on Tone. Though the daybed dates to the Gustavian period (Ca. 1790s), it has such a modern spirit and very clean lines. 
Fiona chose Fortuny curtains and a toile paper for the ceilings in the drawing room.
In the foyer is an antique French trumeau mirror from Fiona's private collection.
A lyre crested antique giltwood barometer from the Empire period.
Farrow and Ball wallpaper in foyer and hallways. Anne Packard painting above an antique French console with velvet top.
I love how the pair of tole sconces echo the lines of the F&B paper.
Myrtle topiary on an iron demi-lune console with stone top in the sunny backhall.
When Darby saw this 18th century Swedish Gustavian settee at my shop, she knew it would be perfect on her staircase landing.
A walnut top island was chosen to warm up the blue and white kitchen. The toile upholstered stools are new additions.
A Swedish inspired hand painted mural around the dining room mantel.
In the family room is a custom coffee table designed by Darby and Fiona. I found the tall column clock in Sweden and 18th century limestone statue in the South of France.
The stately front (above) and more relaxed rear (below).

76 comments:

  1. What a lovely and relaxing space. I was going to say that I think I like the family room best, but then I saw the pool. I could lounge back there all day. Thank you for sharing this great house with us.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Stunning, stunning, stunning! That is one of the most beautiful colour palettes that I have ever seen. In fact, having decided against wallpaper in my dining room, you may just have re-converted me to using it, now that I have seen that sublime Farrow & Ball that they have used in the foyer and hallways. Darby and Fiona obviously have the most impeccable taste - but I suppose, after all, if they are friends and clients of yours - how could they not!
    Paula xxx
    p.s. Thanks for your lovely comments about my new venture - it certainly wont be antiques though - more painted shabby chic bits and bobs that would feel ashamed standing next to one of your Gustavian originals - lol!

    ReplyDelete
  3. How nice of them to let you share their beautiful place; they have some really special pieces. The walnut counter was a nice choice. It feels very yacht-like to me which works beautifully with the color palette. Is this a period house? The two-story Greek Revival porch with the Georgian ballustrade is really lovely. So elegant!

    It's so nice to see one of our local artists represented in their collection too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Steve - The house was built in the mid 20th century, and recently renovated and added on. The porch is very gracious....I love approaching it. Loi

      Delete
  4. Loi, I love this style and color palette so, so much. I would choose to live in this world if ever given the opportunity! :) So, so classic, sophisticated, elegant, all at the same time as being welcoming! One of the most appealing homes I have seen!
    Thanks for sharing ....and has mentioned .....
    Your taste, style and your talent are perfection!

    ReplyDelete
  5. The house is truly stunning. I love the counter stools with toile. Actually my bedroom shares a similar palette, I love waking up to those soothing colors. How fun that you visit such beautiful houses and then share them with us.

    ReplyDelete
  6. oh how I LOVE this color palette..that teensy intro of periwinkle was a nice surprise! something to consider

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow, thanks for the personal guided tour. This home is simply stunning. There are so many pieces I would love to steal away, better not leave alone in the house !! Beautiful wallpaper, and so much loveliness I might swoon. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Beautiful home!!! So elegant and warm. Gorgeous antiques! Thank you Loi, and to your friends for sharing their lovely home.
    happy weekend, Robin

    ReplyDelete
  9. There is a lot to love in this beautiful home Loi, but I am smitten with the velvet topped console (!!!) and the hand painted mural - just beautiful
    have a great weekend
    Sharon
    x

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh my goodness, I am in love with everything in the house, inside and out. It is so perfectly styled ( I think you had your hand in there sir)! I love the wooden kitchen counter, too, and the delicate papers and colors, and the toile ceiling! Lovely. Thanks for sharing. I hope you and Tom have a lovely fall weekend. I heard you were going hiking, so have a blast. Ever been to the Apple House in Linden for their homemade donuts and country ham biscuits? You could get them on the way.
    xoxo
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. I adore this palette, it's absolutely my favourite.
    That mirror is a dream, and so is your white garden!!!
    Ciao
    Silvia

    ReplyDelete
  12. The velvet top on the French piece is beautiful.
    The colors that remain after this period of time take on a color that is so lovely.
    Gorgeous photos and finds that they have chosen from your shop!
    Have a wonderful fall weekend!
    Simone

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a gorgeous home. The settee and daybed...be still my heart! And after seeing all of the beautiful shades of blue, I'm now wondering why I just purchased paint to change out my bedroom walls, which are a similar blue.

    Thank you for this lovely tour, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Kat

    ReplyDelete
  14. I think this is either my third or fourth time today visiting this beautiful post! I can see why you love this house so much.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi, Loi - It must feel very satisfying to have contributed so much to such a lovely home. I enjoyed looking at all the details in this posting, like that generous moulding around the backhall window.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Hi Loi, This is an exquisite house. I love the pale blue throughout, so soothing, and among the several amazing pieces of furniture I am stunned by the Gustavian settee. Really, I am in awe of it. Love it, love you, love what you do!
    xo,
    P

    ReplyDelete
  17. Gobsmacked really. Stunning.. every room, every detail. I would get into a lot of trouble if you (and your store;)) lived near by! xob

    ReplyDelete
  18. Gorgeous pieces from Tone on Tone. The wallpaper is delicious. So happy you could share this home with us.

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a beautiful house and your photographs are great. I love that Anne Packard painting and the myrtle topiary is heavenly. Thanks for sharing this amazing home with us.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hello Loi, This is one of your handsomest posts. I like the introduction of pewter into your muted color scheme. My favorite picture is the one with the staircase; we can sense the rambling extent of the house, and how the eye is led beyond the current room to explore the comfortable architecture.
    --Road to Parnassus

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I didn't get a chance to photograph the staircase. It is very stately and handsome. Loi

      Delete
  21. Such a beautiful home, Loi and I love the use of blue, blue, blue! The ceilings in my house are painted a color similar to the ceilings in the home owner's back hall. I've been eyeing some blue silk curtains and have been reluctant to take the plunge, but this post provides great inspiration. Thanks to you and the homeowner for the tour!
    Happy Weekend,
    Deborah

    ReplyDelete
  22. The Swedish pieces are beautiful. I think the Gustavian scheme works well when there are good gilded pieces, (such as picture frames). The gilded frame of the barometer encapsulates what I am trying to describe; the muted palette of the furniture marries very well with gilt-edged accents.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are 100% right. The Swedish are known to accent all the whites, grays and neutral tones with gilt: mirrors, chandeliers, cartel clocks, candlesticks, etc.
      Loi

      Delete
  23. I could move right into this home....It is gorgeous! I'm in awe with everything...

    ReplyDelete
  24. Gorgeous!! I love how soft it is, very inviting serene and warm. Swedish design is gorgeous and very much appeals to me. I could easily have an entire house done in this style....beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hello Loi,
    What a fabulous home.
    I haven't seen F and B wallpaper 'in situ' as it were. Only in the showroom. It looks stunning.
    I love the colour scheme used throughout the whole house - very calming.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Liz x

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love the simplicity and softness of Swedish design. The antique French trumeau mirror and all the pieces she purchased from your store Loi are gorgeous. The kitchen is a stunner!

    Have a nice weekend!

    leslie

    ReplyDelete
  27. That "fifth" wall speaks to me. franki

    ReplyDelete
  28. I notice that your friends also have a penchant for white flowers Loi.
    Another really beautiful home, lovely pallet used, and some wonderful pieces of furniture making for overall harmony.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Loi you do so much to brighten my life. The settee on the landing and the tall column clock are two favorites!!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    ReplyDelete
  30. Sorry Loi- I started a comment and then my iPhone ate it!!
    I love the daybed, the settee, the painted mural, the pale blue throughout, that wonderful lyre clock. Everything is so serene and lovely! What beautiful photos you've taken too!!
    Xoxo Terri

    ReplyDelete
  31. Sorry Loi- I started a comment and then my iPhone ate it!!
    I love the daybed, the settee, the painted mural, the pale blue throughout, that wonderful lyre clock. Everything is so serene and lovely! What beautiful photos you've taken too!!
    Xoxo Terri

    ReplyDelete
  32. Loi, what a beautifully appointed home. It is so serene and peaceful! I loved this wonderful tour through your eyes, Happy Weekend,
    Kathysue

    ReplyDelete
  33. Oh Loi, What a beautiful home. Blue is my favorite color and the blue throughout this home is so soft and subtle, yet striking. There are so many pieces I absolutely love, the sconces, the limestone statue and the settee are favorites. Such a nice friend to allow you to photograph and share her lovely home.
    Thank you for the tour, it's so fun to see something so well done.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
    Karen

    ReplyDelete
  34. What a perfectly beautiful house! Everything about it was done just right and I certainly loved all of the pieces that came from your store, Loi! That clock is to die for and I love the statue! The settee on the landing had me from hello, as they say! The house is lovely by itself but it certainly came alive through your camera and your tasteful eye! Thanks for sharing it with us! Have a wonderful weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Dear Loi,
    This is a very lovely home. I rather like the colour scheme and the hand painted mural detail you show is very pretty. The whole effect is very soothing.
    I must say that I was quite taken with the Gustavian Settee. I think I would like to get one of those.
    Kirk
    PS
    We have a French Trumeau mirror but I have never thought of placing it on the floor. I would too nervous that I would put my foot through it!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Loi,

    What a stunning house! I love all of the beautiful pieces from Tone on Tone, but I think my favorite is the velvet topped table and the settee.

    I hope that you are having a relaxing weekend, and perhaps taking in a little the gorgeous weather.

    Enjoy your weekend, Elizabeth

    Oh, I meant to say, that I loved your review of The WAy, you are right and I thought the same, it was a bit long, but a good movie. Thank you Loi for your always kind comments. I would be more than happy to share some homemade treats with you.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful house, Loi. I can't decide if I like the interior or exterior better. They're both amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Holy Greek Revival meets Swedish with a soupcon (whatever the hell that is, but it sounds good) of Chinoiserie! But the colors!!! Oh my. Oh my. Beautiful photos as always! Love the damask and the fireplace mantel with the fretwork design... perfection! Fiona is crazy talented and I imagine that you had a hand in the decor as well? Amazing home! xo ~ Laurel and PS: Westchester IS mad expensive!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Laurel! Actually Fiona and Darby did everything! Loi

      Delete
  39. I'll take the velvet topped console and the Swedish column clock to go please Mr Loi.

    ReplyDelete
  40. The Swedish Gustavian settee is gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  41. Tutto molto bello e raffinato!
    Ti abbraccio,Luci@

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So many beautiful pieces in this stunning and tranquil home. I'm planning a trip down to DC come spring and your shop is definitely included in my trip.

      XXXX
      Debra~

      Delete
  42. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful home! I love the mural of course!

    ReplyDelete
  43. WOW! what a wonderful home. There's a wonderful sense of serenity from the photos. Beautiful!

    Sharon
    xxxx

    ReplyDelete
  44. Holy gorgeous house! It is perfectly edited and so relaxing. The combined effort of designer, homeowner and you made the heavens open up!!!

    ReplyDelete
  45. This house is just like your blog name, Loi-Tone on Tone! In the most luscious, pretty and historic ways, too-such a great home. That dining room mural/mantel combo...perfection!

    ReplyDelete
  46. Gorgeous Loi! Thanks to the homeowner for sharing it with you, and with us.
    xxojoan

    ReplyDelete
  47. so lovely, loi. the french console with velvet insert and the iron demi- lune take my breath. donna

    ReplyDelete
  48. Gorgeous house tour! I love the settee, what a find! Those pool blues are so calming and the house just flows so nicely - wonderful energy.

    ReplyDelete
  49. You described the home perfectly, dear Loi! Serene, yet so warm and beautiful...I am in love with that dining room mural, the settee, the sconces, the painting...oh my goodness...I could go on! :) Gorgeous...
    I want to tell you how very kind you are to take the time to visit my blog, I appreciate it so much.
    And Tasha Tudor...wow...I am always in awe when reading about her life.
    Wishing you a splendid week!
    xoxo,
    - Irina

    ReplyDelete
  50. So serene and beautiful. The lovely antiques from your shop have found the perfect home here! Happy week. x Sharon

    ReplyDelete
  51. Truly sophisticated!
    The wallpaper, pillows, pattern and colors - selected with love and care to compliment the wonderful collection of antique furniture and objects, 'reflection' to the details!
    An interior par excellence, a beautiful house and a wonderful post again!
    Greetings from the Périgord and best wishes, dear Loi, for a sunny Ocotber.
    Karin

    ReplyDelete
  52. Hello! Quantas relíquias encontras! Amei tudo, que casa linda, bem decorada e espaçosa. Essa sofá cama na sala ficou perfeito, tenho uma me deste uma ótima dica. Adoro sair em busca de antiguidades. Tu tens coisa belíssimas. Parabéns pelo lindo post e pelo bom gosto.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.
    Anajá

    ReplyDelete
  53. Thank you for this gorgeous post! What a sophistoiated, serene home! The bleached wood tones and layering of textures is sublime! Thanks for a great way to start off the week!

    ReplyDelete
  54. How absolutely beautiful! Adored all your photos. Sent this to my friend in DC-xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

    ReplyDelete
  55. Completely sublime Loi. The Gustavian settee on the landing is to die for and the hand painted mural so delicate. I could daydream my life away wandering around those serene rooms.

    ReplyDelete
  56. What a beautiful home Loi. The colors are so soothing and the pieces are gorgeous! Love that lyre! and as always, your eye, makes for pretty, pretty pictures!
    xxo Monica

    ReplyDelete
  57. Oh my, your world here Loi, is exquisite. Absolutely FABULOUS. It has been a pleasure today to meet some of Tina's friends and I so appreciate you coming by to pay me a visit! Thank you for your compliments and I must say that while I am partial to French Country/Brocante style furniture, thanks to blogging, I have come to love BELGIAN design and Scandinavian interiors as well. Your post here is exemplary of such a design and I am going to need to peruse the rest of your blog here!

    BE WELL OUT THERE IN D.C.! Anita

    ReplyDelete
  58. Loi,

    What great spaces. Colors, furniture, size, scale and the architectural details showing their presence is breath taking. It takes you back in time to a more peacful regal era. Wow I'm there...stunning! Photos say things we can't find words to define what our senses are experiencing.

    Bette

    ReplyDelete
  59. Exquisite taste and so serene. I would never ever want to leave such a tranquil and inviting spot.
    pve

    ReplyDelete
  60. The house exudes calm elegance, and your pieces are the icing on the cake! The exteriors is wonderful as well!
    Thank you for sharing,
    Karolyn
    The Relished Roost

    ReplyDelete
  61. Hi Loi,
    What a pretty house! The exterior leads one to believe it is full of American antiques, not Swedish ones. The rooms speak of serenity and peacefulness, and you may be making a convert of me. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
    b

    ReplyDelete
  62. I can not get enough of these gorgeous Swedish colors!! So soothing and timeless, this aesthetic is by far my favorite. When I'm surrounded by Swedish antiques/colors it brings that perfect element of calm but at the same time high energy... stunning Loi!!
    I love to live vicariously through your blog hahaha!!! Someday I'll have a house full of these gorgeous pieces!!

    xoxo
    Desiree

    ReplyDelete
  63. Hello Loi,
    Just popping in to let you know that you won the tea lights.
    Shall I ship them to your shop?
    best-
    Patricia
    pve design

    ReplyDelete
  64. Hi Loi,

    What is it about blue and white and walnut that always evokes such warmth and serenity? I am in awe of everything in this gorgeous house: the way it has been photographed and presented by one of the most talented designers I have every come across, yes, you, Mr. Thai, as well as Fiona Newell Weeks' magic! The sunny back hall, the kitchen, the garden/pool and rear view of the house are my favourites. After a week in Athens and an absence from blogging, these peaceful palettes are the perfect retreat. Thanks so much for providing such beauty and elegance, once again.

    Poppy

    ReplyDelete
  65. Loi,

    What a beautiful home! The colors are so soothing. It looks like a very peaceful place to live. I adore the wallpaper and the settee from your shop makes me want to cry! Really, I have never seen such an amazing piece before! Is it real Loi or am I dreaming? ;) Thank you to your friends for sharing their wonderful home with us!!

    xo,
    Lisa

    ReplyDelete
  66. STUNNING!!!!

    Everyone welcome to enter: ~Plush Velvet Pumpkins Giveaway ~ it’s perfect for this time of year!

    ReplyDelete
  67. omg. gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i remember this house so well. didn't know you then!!! your photos, the closeup of the clock on the wallpaper. just stunning.

    ReplyDelete
  68. I love you papelete. I love you blog
    saludos desde chile

    ReplyDelete
  69. Lovely home. How nice to see the art of American artist Anne Packard in this setting. I believe I spied a second piece of hers above the fireplace? Owning one of her paintings is certainly on my bucket list.

    ReplyDelete
  70. I feel like I should tell you "you missed a spot", but of course you did not. It's just perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  71. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete

Many thanks for your visit and comment. If you have a question, let me know and I will respond here. Loi