Editors' Pick

Best Shop for Scandinavian Country Charm

Tone on Tone

Scandinavians are the happiest people on the planet, according to a United Nations report that came out earlier this year. We’re not suggesting a cause-and-effect relationship here, but we have noticed that Scandinavian furnishings can be quite serene. (Just saying…)

Loi Thai and Thomas Troeschel were clued in to that long before us, however. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Tone on Tone, the partners’ downtown Bethesda store that specializes in 18th- and 19th-century Scandinavian antiques. Several times a year, the partners import classic, clean-lined pieces with casual painted finishes to fill their peaceful, light-filled shop. Step inside and you’ll find a respite from the construction chaos of downtown Bethesda—and a place to fantasize about that country home you’ve always wanted to own.

There are chests of drawers, seating, mirrors and garden accessories, as well as Mora clocks, one of the hallmarks of Swedish furniture. The store draws a variety of customers, from locals to visiting dignitaries. Even former first lady Laura Bush has shopped here.

“Bethesda is the perfect fit for us,” Thai says. “Like our store, it’s stylish without being fussy.”

7920 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, 240-497-0800, tone-on-tone.com