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Rattan Bar Stools

This is another choice for the bar that goes with a lot of different styles.

Whether they are made of natural rattan or a synthetic copy, these bar stools mix with so many styles.

Perfect in a beach house, especially with a woven seat in a bright shade of blue. Continue reading

Blue Willow Bathroom Accessories

I would love to have Blue Willow accessories in the bathroom. That sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it?

Not as easy as it sounds.

This is what I have been able to find.

Vaguely Asian Tissue Holder - Blue Willow Bathroom Accessories - myDesign42

Vaguely Asian Tissue Holder

This isn’t Blue Willow, but it is blue and white and has a vaguely Asian design to it. The reviews go both ways. Some people love it. Some people hate it. The price is right. Continue reading

Ship Lights – Three Styles

Summerhouse Style Guide Coastal Living July/August 2008 - Ship Lights – Three Styles - myDesign42

Summerhouse Style Guide
Ship Lights
Coastal Living July/August 2008

Ship Lights

Maritime-style is a brilliant character builder. Metal cages protected the glass in rough seas, but they come in handy in family retreats, too, where beach gear and games roll in and out like the tide.

Summerhouse Style Guide
Rachael Burrow and Ellen McGauley
Coastal Living July/August 2008

This month’s issue of Coastal Living has a great article, Summerhouse Style Guide, “From pretty painted floors to colorful marine collectibles, here’s a look at some of the classic ingredients of these nostalgic weekend retreats.” Continue reading

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