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About Edith Gilson

Edith Gilson, owner of Cupboards & Roses“For me, the appeal of Swedish furniture is in the grace and elegance of the forms, combined with the unexpected warmth of the painted finishes. I truly love the lightness of spirit that I find in Swedish pieces.” — Edith Gilson, Owner of Cupboards & Roses Swedish Antiques

Edith Gilson opened Cupboards & Roses Swedish Antiques in 1989 in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. In designing her beautiful shop, Edith took inspiration from her own home, a wonderful mill house, which she transformed into a distinctive, elegant residence. As a result, her shop also has a spaciousness and graceful serenity that immediately captivates – and relaxes – all who visit. “When people come into my shop,” Edith says, “I hope they feel welcome and surrounded by beautiful things.”

Her life’s journey began with a childhood spent in the mountains of Bavaria, where her love of painted furniture got its start. In her teenage years, Edith hitchhiked throughout Scandinavia and this is where her “visual education” really took root, which would serve her so well in future years. As a young woman, she came to New York City and began a career in marketing research, rising to the top as a Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Company.

As a respected businessperson, Edith was featured in The New York Times Advertising Section and in major trade publications here and abroad. Along the way, Edith managed to find time to publish her book, Unnecessary Choices, an “in-depth study of American women at the top of the corporate ladder.”

Following a desire to “lead a simpler life,” Edith’s journey continued as she left New York City behind to relocate to the Berkshires, a haven of music, art, theater and cultural sophistication – and full of great restaurants serving healthy, local food. Energized by this creative environment, Edith combined her considerable business skills, her encyclopedic knowledge of Scandinavian antiques and her flawless eye for impeccable design – and created Cupboards & Roses Swedish Antiques.

Today, Edith’s business serves a worldwide client base. So much for the simple life!

After over 20 years in the antiques business, Edith still has the passion of the collector. What’s more, she still gets excited when she discovers the perfect piece of Swedish furniture in form, color and decoration to buy for the store – destined to find its way to a well-contented homeowner.

Currently, Edith Gilson is the president of the Berkshire County Antiques and Art Dealers Association,Board member of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau.

About the Shop

about_usCupboards & Roses Antiques is known for its extensive collection of 18th and 19th century painted furniture from Sweden and Europe. Featured Swedish antiques include Gustavian chests of drawers (commodes), tables and chairs, Mora and Bornholmer clocks, and Swedish secretaries and writing desks.

Edith Gilson, the owner of Cupboards & Roses Antiques, has built her reputation on her discerning eye, her inclination for the unusual, and her expertise in the field of antique painted furniture. Since 1990 she has traveled extensively in Scandinavia and Europe, developing relationships with people whose families have spent years studying and collecting painted furniture from specific regions. Through her store, she brings the collective knowledge of these specialists to her clientele.

Each piece of furniture at Cupboards & Roses Antiques has been scrutinized carefully by Edith. She has studied its construction, its painted surface, and its overall condition. “The details are important, of course,” she says. “But each of these pieces is unique, and it is when one speaks to me through its form and color and decoration that I buy it for the store.”

Pieces from Cupboards & Roses Antiques have been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Country Living, Florida Design, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens. Arthur Dunnam, design director at Jed Johnson Associates was quoted in Architectural Digest as saying, “These pieces work well in a country setting but are sophisticated enough for the city.”