Archive for September, 2011

Style wise

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Moving right along…  Art Nouveau.  Considered avant garde for it’s time, this style is an exaggerated expression of lines in nature.  Nothing slow, straight, or simple here!  Art Nouveau is intricately detailed with curling tendrils, stylized flowers, dragonflies, butterflies, peacocks, and women with flowing hair.  The whiplash lines common to this style remind me of wildflowers dancing in the wind.  Art Nouveau became especially popular in decorative arts such as metalwork, glass, jewelry, etc. 

I love the complexity of this style, in moderation.  Creating an entire room or house might feel too much like living in Rivendell (Lord of the Rings).  What do you think? 





Style wise

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Next up,  Arts and Crafts.  One of my absolute favorites, this style developed in response to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century.  At a time where machines were quickly replacing talented artisans with inferior products, the Craftsman Movement was about celebrating traditional skills and creativity as well as emphasizing the natural qualities of materials.  Important names to note during this period are William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Gustav Stickley. 

Qualities to describe the Arts and Crafts style: earthy color palette, natural materials and finishes (wood, stone, slate, leather), built in’s (cabinetry, shelves, benches), stained glass, dark/rustic hardware, beefy/tapered columns, handcrafted textiles and ceramics, and an overall emphasis on nature. 

Honest to goodness, I love this style.  Arts and Crafts is classic, a great balance of not-too masculine or feminine, it’s architectural, and I love the emphasis on nature.  See for yourself.    



Baby on Board

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Have you ever noticed the frequency of birthdays this time of year?  Between friends and family, there are more September birthdays than I can count!  Statistics show that most birthdays actually fall between August and early October.

Let’s review some possible theories behind this fact.  ;)

  1. Daylight savings: With less daylight, couples may go to bed earlier.
  2. Change of season:  Colder temperatures may encourage couples to seek alternative sources of heat.
  3. Severe weather:  Frequency of power outages during the winter months… and
  4. Holiday beverages:  Enough said.

Why am I bringing this to your attention?  Because you may know a mother who is expecting any day now.  She may need help finalizing details of the nursery, and I would love to help.  Also, you may know of someone with a birthday approaching.  A gift certificate for my services is a unique gift that she will appreciate for years to come.

Style wise

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Another popular style is Shabby Chic.  The keyword here is WHITE.  Characteristics of Shabby Chic  include slipcovered furniture, vintage items such as linens, accessories, and furnishings, distressed pieces, as well as floral and toile fabrics.  Although this style is often thought of as more casual, I would have a hard time letting down my guard with so much white.  In a nutshell, I’d describe Shabby Chic as feminine, light, and airy.  


Style wise

Friday, September 9th, 2011

My style?  Mid-century/Bohemian.  What does that say about me?  I like to walk a fine, yet complicated line between classic-linear-graceful-modesty and artsy-funk-organic-fantastic.  But that is just me. 

Probably one of the best things about my job is the opportunity to explore, celebrate, and play with the variety of styles that exist.  No two people or families are alike, and our interiors should honor that which makes us different. 

So!  Consider this the first in what will be a new series dedicated to style.  First up, Traditional.  What characteristics define this style?  I would say Traditional is classic, sophisticated, possibly more on the formal side, with lots of symmetry.  Check out these gorgeous images:



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