Medieval Influence on Arts and Crafts Style

The Arts and Crafts Movement borrowed extensively from other cultures and periods including medieval Europe.

The Victorian Gothic revival movement began in the late 1740s. It started with reproducing medieval Gothic. Neo-Gothic buildings used decorative patterns, finials, lancet windows, moldings and other architectural features from the Gothic style.

House on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Edward Avenue in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada Photo by Julien Duguay - Medieval Influence on Arts and Crafts Style - myDesign42

House on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Edward Avenue in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Photo by Julien Duguay

This house draws on many features of Gothic decoration. Continue reading

What is the difference between Art Deco and Art Nouveau Lighting?

Reproduction Emile Galle Style Double Lit Clarissa Flower Table Lamp - Emile Galle designed and produced classic Art Nouveau glass, pottery and furniture in the late 1800s.

Reproduction Emile Galle Style Double Lit Clarissa Flower Table Lamp – Emile Galle designed and produced classic Art Nouveau glass, pottery and furniture in the late 1800s.

Art Deco and Art Nouveau are related styles. Both styles were popular when interior gas and electric lighting first became more easily available. Continue reading

Adjustable Arm Sconces for the Bedside

Your Home: Dreamy Bedroom Updates Good Housekeeping May 2018

Your Home: Dreamy Bedroom Updates
Good Housekeeping May 2018

Good Housekeeping of May, 2018’s regular feature Your Home is on Dreamy Bedroom Updates. It has great bedroom ideas with photos of large sumptuous bedrooms and tiny bedrooms with ideas to make a small space practical and sumptuous. Continue reading

Posted on April 23, 2018, in Lighting.

Chinese Garden Stools

Fifteen years ago, maybe more, I saw a little Blue Willow table made out of ceramic at TJ Maxx. By the time I thought about it and decided I couldn’t live without it, it was gone. And I have repented ever since.

Every time I see one in a picture on someone’s porch, I wish I had bought that when I saw it.

Well DUH! There is nothing you cannot find now. I went on Amazon. It’s just a matter of choosing the one I want.

Ethan Allen Pierced Garden Seat

Ethan Allen Pierced Garden Seat

You can spend a lot if you want. This Pierced Garden Seat from Ethan Allen is beautiful! Continue reading

Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell

Work in Progress: Houston designer Meg Lonergan’s dining room with what looks like Louis Ghost Chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell.

Work in Progress: Houston designer Meg Lonergan’s dining room with what looks like Louis Ghost Chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell.

This month, April 2018, Southern Living has an article Work in Progress about the home of Houston designer Meg Lonergan. She “turned her humble Craftman home into a colorful testing ground for her latest decorating ideas.”

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Bring a British Phone Booth into Your Home

You can have the look of a real British Phone Booth with these fun recreations. They are available in a lot of sizes and a lot of prices.

Harper Blvd OS1367ZH or Southern Enterprises AMZ1367ZH Red Phone Booth Storage Cabinet

Harper Blvd OS1367ZH or Southern Enterprises AMZ1367ZH Red Phone Booth Storage Cabinet

Harper Blvd OS1367ZH or Southern Enterprises AMZ1367ZH Red Phone Booth Storage Cabinet

Looks just like a real British phone booth, but it’s really a cabinet! Continue reading

Cabinet Door Light Switch

With InspiredLED Magnetic Switch, the light comes on when you open the cabinet door!

With InspiredLED Magnetic Switch, the light comes on when you open the cabinet door!

Wouldn’t it be great if a light came on when you opened your pantry? Like the light that comes on when you open the refrigerator? Wouldn’t you love to have a cabinet door light switch like the light switch in the fridge door? Continue reading

Blue & White and Blue Willow Table Lamps

The library has two blue and white lamps. and a plant in a blue and white pot - Southern Living January 2018, article by Elizabeth Passarella with photographs by Hector Manuel Sanchez.

I love all the blue and white china!

The library has two blue and white lamps. and a plant in a blue and white pot – Southern Living January 2018, article by Elizabeth Passarella with photographs by Hector Manuel Sanchez.

I also love the picture lights over the shelves!

The January 2018 issue of Southern Living regular series Home & Garden, Beautiful Spaces – Inside and Out, Before & After shows how decorator Allison Allen transformed a 1951 Atlanta house in the article titled The Best Kind of Hand Me Downs. The article is by Elizabeth Passarella with photographs by Hector Manuel Sanchez. Continue reading

Posted on December 29, 2017, in Lighting.

What is Swedish Style? Light and Lighting

New Swedish Style by Sasha Waddell. In the section What is Swedish Style? The chapter Light and Lighting describes the elements of Swedish lighting.

Light and Lighting describes the elements of Swedish lighting.
New Swedish Style by Sasha Waddell

I thought I would share one of my favorite decorating books, New Swedish Style by Sasha Waddell. In the section What is Swedish Style? The chapter Light and Lighting describes the elements of Swedish lighting. She first discusses letting in the sun, light colored surfaces, mirrors and window treatments. She next comments on using candles. Continue reading

Posted on December 25, 2017, in Swedish.

Track Lighting – Lots of Light for Any Style Kitchen

Are you trying to get a lot of light where you want it in your kitchen? One option is track lighting.

Just replace whatever light is already there with track. You can aim the light wherever you want. You can even add more light.

You don’t want to overload the circuit. It’s not just annoying to be constantly popping breakers, it really is a fire hazard. Check how many things are already on that breaker. How many watts are on the light you are replacing? You know you can go that high. With new high efficiency LED lamps, you can get a lot of light with very little electricity.

An Ideal Setting by Annie Graves Jewelry Artist Carolyn Morris Bach transforms an overgrown 18th-century cape into a polished work-and-living space. Yankee magazine September/October 2017

An Ideal Setting by Annie Graves
Jewelry Artist Carolyn Morris Bach transforms an overgrown 18th-century cape into a polished work-and-living space.
Yankee magazine September/October 2017

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