The Great Houses Of London represent one of the marvels of English architecture and yet they are almost entirely unknown. From the romantic 17th century Ashburnham House, nestling in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, through the splendid 18th century aristocratic palaces of the West End, to the curious and quirky arts and crafts houses of Holland Park and Kensington, to the cool modernist houses of Hampstead and the exuberant post-modern interiors of the last thirty years, every house has its own story to tell.
This book opens the door to more than forty houses, including various Embassies such as the (Read More.....)
A Regency Painted and Parcel Gilt Chaise Longue
A chaise longue is French for a long chair. This type of chair was originally patterned by Egyptians, as a combination of a chair and a daybed. There are also many illustrations of gods and goddesses longing on this type of chair in Greek art. Romans used this type of chair during eating. They reclined on this type of chair to eat their meals. As you can see, this type of furnishing has been around for a very long time. Some modern examples include:
1. Wicker – Many modern (Read More.....)
Atlanta based designer Margaret Kirkland is featured in the November 2012 issue of Home Beautiful. Her work has a traditional classic edge and often features a generous amount of high quality antiques. Margaret established her own firm in 2010, and has a great portfolio of English styled homes.
In 2011, Margaret Kirkland was awarded the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s (ADAC) “Rising Star” Award for interior design. Also Margaret Kirkland was named “Next Wave” designer by House Beautiful, Kirkland appears in the November 2012 issue of the magazine.
Over the course of thirteen years Margaret Kirkland has worked on many projects including a renovation of a historic hunting plantation, the transformation of a small carpentry workshop (Read More.....)
Jamb has established a worldwide reputation for dealing in superior quality antique fireplaces and having one of the finest reproductions collections. Their reproduction chimneypieces are made by highly skilled craftsmen who use traditional 18th and 19th century techniques and use the finest marble and stone to produce a beautiful authentic appearances.
Jamb also produces a collection of reproduction lighting, furniture and garden ornaments.
Here are just a few of their amazing reproduction furniture pieces:
A mahogany settee in the manner of George III, the Augusta sports an elegant, serpentine shaped upholstered back and over-scrolled arms. The exquisite padded, cushioned seat rests on an (Read More.....)
We are familiar with the interiors and furniture of Thomas Hope chiefly through his 1807 book, Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, and its exquisitely restrained plates composed of thin black outlines on white grounds, free of all shading, shadow, or color. And so, faced here with more than 400 color illustrations of the real spaces and objects, we are dazzled by their vigor and presence. The images are just as elegant as the ones in his book but, with their outlines filled in, even more (Read More.....)
Picture Credit The Enchanted House Blog
Often times when people think about decorating with a particular color, they automatically gravitate by painting the walls that hue and accessorizing with coordinating furniture. There certainly isn't anything wrong with that approach, although for many people who adore bold pops of color they tend to be at a loss because they don't want it splashed on their walls.
Here is a room that shows us how to use color in a very sophisticated approach. They have done everything (Read More.....)