We just returned from a buying trip. To celebrate these first days of summer, I'd like to share my photos taken last week in Denmark and Sweden. Remember to click on the photo for an enlarged view.
PS - To see more photos of Scandinavia, visit my post here and my Instagram page here.
We made a trip to Fyn, a Danish island admired for its quaint coastal villages, charming harbors, and landscape of rolling hills, open fields, and tidy farmlands. The Baltic Sea is visible in the above photo. Isn't the light incredible?
Perched on the village hilltop in the heart of Horne, this commanding medieval church seems to float despite its bulk. It is at the same time beautiful yet austere. The circular part is original, and the wings were added in the 1400s.
Golden wheat fields shimmering in the early evening light.
These gentle rolling fields of flowering onion chives were intoxicating and beautiful.
Fyn is known for its thatched stucco and timber cottages, barns, and farmhouses. The cottage above had the perfect seaside setting.
Both the farmhouse and garden shed belong to the same estate. I forgot to photograph the magnificent manor house :(
These big leaf plants have spread all over the island. I'm not sure what they are, but my guess is either Gunnera or Butterbur?? Anyone know? They are also in the second photo at the beginning.
Leaving Fyn, we drove across the Great Belt Bridge - the world's 3rd longest suspension bridge. Slow down the car, Tom, and let me to take this photo! Got it!!
Welcome to Sweden! Since the weather was terrific and, there was still plenty of light, we drove down to the southern coast for dinner after a busy day. Dinner was so-so. But, the view of the Baltic Sea more than made up for my Ikea-like Swedish meatballs.
I adored this cute red fisherman's tackle shed - tons of personality!
Speaking of red, there were fields and fields of wild poppies fluttering in the wind. Even though I've been to Sweden probably 25-30 times, this was my first time seeing them in bloom.
Their delicate petals remind me of crepe tissue paper.
In addition to having amazing summer light, Scandinavia has some of the most beautiful painted furniture - many in light tone-on-tone shades of whites, grays and creams.
Here are just a few pieces we have coming in our new shipment. Above is a Swedish Rococo serving cabinet from the 1760-80s. I love the iron handles on the sides - a popular and useful feature found on antique Scandinavian furniture.
This Rococo table still has its old paint. The faux marble top surface has been refreshed.
And another Rococo table below. This one has a very sculptural top with pronounced curves. The cabriole legs are a classic Rococo feature.
I have been buying and selling Swedish clocks for over 10 years. This one has just the right form with pleasing curves and proportions. All these pieces will be coming in our next shipment - stay tuned!