At Home With: Loi Thai & Thomas Troeschel, Tone on Tone Antiques, Bethesda
Monday 1st February, 2016
by Louise Keane
When the heir to the Swedish throne, Gustav III, returned to Sweden in 1771 after time spent at the French court at Versailles, he was so inspired by the style of decoration he had seen that the style we know as ‘Gustavian’ was born.
Fast forward two centuries and this classic Swedish style is still timelessly elegant, made instantly recognisable by its soft palette of chalky shades, often enlivened with touches of gilt.
Loi Thai and Thomas Troeschel, owners of the Bethesda antiques store, Tone on Tone, near Washington DC, specialise in 18th and 19th century painted Swedish antiques. They have also decorated their home using the calm, ethereal palette synonymous with Swedish style and it’s a haven for their carefully chosen pieces and treasured heirlooms.
Their concession to colour is in the pops of green evident throughout, from the wonderful vintage pendant lights in the light grey kitchen, to the delicate topiaries that they cultivate. Enjoy this tour through their thoroughly elegant world . . .
Louise Keane Interiors Editor, Edinburgh
Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.