Early 19th C French Chest in Figured Chestnut Inlaid with Ebonised Stringing
Decorating the interior of the structure in which you live is that essential ingredient that turns it from a house into a home. Among the largest, most obvious and certainly the most frequently used objects that you’ll have to consider are those that make up your furniture collection.
Historically, there has always been a balancing act between functionality and comfort. But is that a war that needs to be fought? This article is an examination of ways to achieve the middle ground between looking good and feeling good.
The Matching Collection Theory
One school of thought in interior design is based in the concept of symmetry and sameness. The idea that a room should be bound together with matching furniture makes it easy enough to purchase a set of pre-ordained (Read More.....)
P.E. Guerin is the oldest decorative hardware firm in the United States, and the only metal foundry in New York City. The company was started in 1857 by French immigrant Pierre Emmanuel Guerin and is at the very location in Greenwich Village since 1892. Pierre Emmanuel Guerin was one of the pioneers in artistic metalwork in New York City. His work can still be found in various public buildings, and important residences throughout the city and the country.
“Our products can be found almost anywhere around the country,” says Martin Grubman, manager. “They’re in the White House, the Henry Ford Mansion - that’s now a part of the University of Michigan - and almost any museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, has our espangnolettes in the Louis XVI as well as our curtain hardware in the Early American wing. The Chicago Art Institute has our products, as well as the Louis XV room at the St. Louis Art Museum - it’s our hardware on the doors and windows.”
P.E. Guerin, Inc. has undergone a number of changes during the 150 years they have been in business. They have grown from a single location into a worldwide business that includes foundries in Valencia, Spain, and (Read More.....)
The type of hardware you select can play an important role in the overall look and design of your home. Depending on the decorating style you decide for your home, the color of finish can enhancing the decorating theme in your home. Popular finishes include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Shiny finishes such as polished brass and polished chrome have been especially popular in home decor and furniture hardware since the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Shiny brass, for example is a very popular choice with Regency and Federal styled furniture. Brass can be an elegant choice for mahogany, and burl woods. Brass hardware also stands out against painted furniture. Polished brass can be prone to tarnishing over time so this style will need additional maintenance. Polishing the hardware every couple years will keep this metal bright.
Lacquers can be applied to prevent tarnish as well as physical vapor deposition (PVD) can be applied to resist tarnish and corrosion. PVD is especially popular for kick plates and other outdoor hardware because it also provides higher resistance to scratching.
Decoratour Blog posted some (Read More.....)
Tim Barber Ltd Architecture & Interior Design
You’ve worked hard all day, and the last thing you want to do is drag yourself through crowded home improvement stores looking at cabinets. Skip the stores, put on your comfy pants, and find those cabinets online.
Shopping online for cabinets is not as daunting as you may think. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have those beautiful new cabinets installed in your home before you can say “virtual shopping cart.”
Get Out the Measuring Stick
Before you get online and fall in love with a beautiful set of cabinets, take measurements. You don’t want to waste time drooling over the perfect cabinets only to find out they will never fit in your home. Knowing the correct measurements will also narrow your search results and give you more time to relax.
Do Your Homework
Take time to read online reviews for the (Read More.....)
Whether you want to update the hardware in your kitchen or on an old dresser, have fun with it and mix it up. You don’t have to match or have a uniformed look. Your style can be depicted in mixing and matching different hardware. Mixing and matching gives your piece a unique and individualized look. But there are a few rules you may want to consider when mixing and matching:
· Limit the number of different texture and finishes on one item or in one room. Do not use more than two different textures to prevent a chaotic feel.
· Use complimenting colors and use a color wheel as a guide. Choosing different shades of one color is also a pretty look for any item or room.
· It’s best to stick to one pattern scheme and theme when it comes to mix and matching your hardware. If you choose chevron, stay with chevron-if you choose to do polka dots make sure all of them are polka dot.
· Slowly start to build a collection of hardware by visiting your favorite stores and putting together your favorite pieces. It’s a long process but definitely worth it in the end after you see your finished product!
Have fun with it and keep the hardware an extension of your personality and (Read More.....)
Hickory White Chest
Some people are extremely handy. They can do virtually anything with their hands that they set their minds on. Others aren’t nearly as good at do-it-yourself projects. Even with simple jobs, they seem to struggle. No matter what level of experience you have, or how versatile you are, you should be able to complete a few basic home improvements. Following are a few tips on how to install locks on your cabinets.
Keep Your Papers Safe
Having a lock on your cabinets may not be necessary in every situation, but if you have papers that you want to keep safe, you should make sure there is a quality lock on the cabinets you keep them in. Cheap locks may give the appearance of safety, but unless you buy good locks, they can be defeated easily. You may as well save your money. If you decide that you need to put locks on your cabinets, you should buy good ones.
Get the Right Lock
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Regency Mahogany And Ebony Drum Table
The living room is the heart of the home for many people and it’s great to have a living room that is warm, welcoming and relaxing to be in.
To do this, you need to have good furniture. Comfortable seating, appropriate storage and display units all contribute to making a room that is a cosy and calm oasis; a great place for the family to enjoy the evenings together.
So, if you’re thinking of doing a refurbishment on your living room, the most important piece of furniture is the sofa. Just by doing a quick search online, you’ll see that there is a huge choice of seating for living rooms. You need to think about the way you use the living room as a family in order to decide what seating suits you best. Are you a corner sofa family, or do you prefer to have one sofa and a couple of armchairs? It also depends on the dimensions of your room. You don’t want to buy seating that cramps the room, but you do need to make sure you have enough space for everyone to sit down.
When you’ve settled on (Read More.....)