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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.”


Do you want a Coastal Beach House look?
No matter where your house is, used indoors or out these lights work! 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

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

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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Examples of Medieval Influence on Furniture Design

Gothic furniture marked a change from the Victorian style. The popularity of Archeology led to a fascination with Classical Greek and Roman designs. Classical Revival drew on these influences.

Then, by the mid to late 1800s Gothic Revival, also called Victorian Gothic or Neo-Gothic, drew on the Gothic style of the 12th century.

The movement began in England as an architectural style. Gothic Revival houses were built of to look like castles or cathedrals, first or brick and stone, then of wood with decorative gingerbread trim.

Furnishings were designed to complement these very different homes.

Side Chair with Gothic Splat made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US between 1765 and 1780 In the Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Examples of Medieval Influence on Furniture Design – myDesign42

Side Chair with Gothic Splat made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US between 1765 and 1780
In the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Modern Fan’s IC/Air3 fan by Guto Indio da Costa Cools a Coastal Sleeping Porch

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

The article Havens l Seaside Design in Coastal Living’s June 2017 issue shares designer Janie Molster’s secrets for outfitting a porch.

“The key to keeping them beautiful year-round, says designer Janie Molster, is using materials that stand up to salt air.”

She lists ten points and her second point is “Balmy days need good breezes. Even on the water, fans are porch essentials for good air circulation. Choose damp- or wet-rated ceiling fans in hues that blend with the architecture…”
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