Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Happy: Swedish Country Interiors


To help you out this holiday gift giving season, we wanted to share with you our favorite gifts to give (and to receive!). To start off this series, we are partnering with Courtney from Swedish Country Interiors to giveaway a set of their amazing plates!

Swedish Country Interiors is a modern-meets-traditional dinnerware and home accessories store with a Scandinavian theme. The dinnerware are food-safe and durable. This means they are dishwasher safe and microwaveable! Here's the details of where to find gifts: website, etsy site and blog.

Be sure to check out some of the best selling items:
Courtney, the owner of Swedish Country Interiors, has a unique and inspiring process for her designs. Here's Courtney's story:

I've always loved Scandinavian culture and art, but found that a lot of things out there on the market were either really traditional or really modern.  I wanted to produce something that was somewhere in the middle--with clean lines, and fun designs, but I also wanted to give a little nod to the past and incorporate some of the historical elements. 

My process started with the basics--a sketch book and a pencil.  I thumbed through a lot of Scandinavian art books and looked for things that characterized the culture, and then used some of those concepts and techniques to give some framework to the designs. I wanted them to convey some of the flowery attributes that are often found in Scandinavian art, but also wanted to keep things lighthearted and a little whimsical.

I then edited my rough drawings in Photoshop, and put them into a format that was able to be produced and replicated well. 

I had to edit down the designs I'd come up with to those that fit together in a collection well, or those that I thought people would identify with, or simply find likable.  I next had to decide what items to make, ie: mugs, plates, servingware, and then decide what the placement of the designs should be on the pieces.  That was the hardest decision for me to make for some reason! 

The last step in the process was finding a company that would print and produce them for me, and organizing the production.  They put the images on the whiteware for me, and produce them right here in the USA.  

It's been a really rewarding process to see my ideas come to life.  I've enjoyed every minute of it, and learned a lot along the way!


Be sure to check out the website, etsy site and blog.


And, for the giveaway, Courtney is giving one lucky reader a set of the Rosemaling plates (the number one seller!). These are the same plates used in the photos above.

Here's how you can enter to win (and the rules):
  1. Leave a comment on this post below. Anonymous comments will not qualify - sorry!
  2. In that comment, include your name and how you would use the plates from Swedish Country Interiors this holiday season. Examples include: holiday dinner, give to my mother, etc. For instance, I would put in Ellen and for our Christmas morning breakfast casserole.
  3. We will pick a random commenter using random.org.
  4. Cut off for entry is midnight on Friday, November 30, 2012.
  5. You can only enter once - sorry!
  6. Check back in one week! On Monday, December 3, as we will announce the lucky winner.
  7. The winner will need to contact us via email and the plates will be mailed to you. Please send us an email by Tuesday, December 4.
  8. It's so simple to enter! Please share with your friends.
xoxo,

Ellen and Jamie

This post is a partnership with Swedish Country Interiors. Plates were provided by Courtney of Swedish Country Interiors.



25 comments:

  1. I would use them for Christmas dinner. We held our first formal dinner in the house for Thanksgiving and it would be nice to be able to step it up a bit.

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  2. Um, I tried to comment as my Google account and it came up as unknown...I'm not certain that I am "qualified"

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  3. Jeanne

    So many uses. Santa's cookies would look great on these plates.

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  4. I would give them to my daughter who just moved into her very first apartment..In hopes that I would finally get invited to dinner and for her to start her very own holiday tradition!!!

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  5. Victoria - Would be perfect for our first Christmas dinner at home. We've always traveled and it is going to be fun to be home!

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  6. I would use them for snacks at our Christmas Eve movie watching party! -Whitney Miller

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  7. I would love to give this set to my mother as a Christmas present - she loves serving dessert after holiday gatherings!

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  8. Kim Clay
    I would add these beautiful dishes to my international collection. These would be the perfect choice for casual hors d 'oeuvres in our Florida backyard.

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  9. I would love to use these plates any time, but especially on Santa Lucia Day!

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  10. These plates are beautiful, I would use them for Christmas dinner and probably dinner every day after that!

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  11. I'd use them to take treats over to my new friends Watson and Stanley!

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  13. Erin. I desperately need a new set of plates since my husband and I are still using the chipped set we received as wedding presents. I would use these everyday but especially for all the holiday dinners when they will be filled with my families favorite recipes.

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  14. How pretty! I would use these to serve my Christmas meal!

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  15. Wow. Those plates are simply spectacular. I actually am in desperate need of some nice, new dinnerware for myself!

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  16. Those are GORGEOUS! I would use them for breakfast on Christmas day, to make things feel a little fancier.

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  17. Courtney, I just had the pleasure of meeting your sweet Mother, Melody while she was at our dental office. We enjoyed a conversation about decorating for Christmas and where we are from. She told me about your business and gave me this website to look at the tableware you create. She was right they are sooooo beautiful. I told her that I am a huge fan of Nordicware and now I am a fan of your dinnerware! I love the Scandinavian flair!!! I am Scandinavian and take great pride in that! You are very talented and your mother is very proud of you! What a pleasure to Meet your parents today!
    Have a wonderful Christmas family get together in Florida!
    Merry Christmas!!!

    Kari Smith
    Sulphur Springs, Texas

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  19. I am in love with these plates -- gorgeous! My hubs is Swedish to the score and loves when we add bits of Scandinavian design and decor to our home. Not only would we use these for Christmas Eve dinner, but for many more meals as well.

    Sandy Lindberg

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  20. These are lovely! I'd use these at our family Christmas dinner.

    -Amy Z.

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  21. Gorgeous plates! I love them! I would use them during our traditional New Mexican Christmas dinner. I know my mom would fall in love with them right away (but she wouldn't get to keep them!) :)

    Rebecca Ishum

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  22. Love these! I would probably give them to my sister for a Christmas gift as she is moving into her new apartment.

    -Erica

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  23. I bet homemade cranberry sauce would look beautiful as the burgandy contrasts with the white and black. Truthfully, if I had plates this lovely, I wouldn't just save them for holidays. I think they'd make any meal look wonderful--whether it be pizza or chicken cordon bleu. I hope I win these pretties.

    Cheers,
    Samantha

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