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Distinctive Architectural Elements: Exposed Beams & Trusses

Beams  Of Visual Distinction Within The Interior

Beams Of Visual Distinction Within The Interior

The refined and rustic appeal of exposed beams and trusses. Architectural interest paired with lofty and airy style. Strength and beauty in a visual vertical and horizontal display of exposed wood within the interior. Rustic sophistication, for certain…

“Post and Beam” construction is a process referred to as “Timber Framing” (the “process of framing a structure using heavy timber jointed together with pegged mortise and tenon joints”). The diagonal supports in timber framing provide the visual allure of these elevated, exposed beams. Posts are generally visible on the exterior of the home whereas beams can be seen within the interior in a ceiling display of distinctive style.

History states that the concept of“Post and Beam” framing originated in Egypt around 2,000BC. Early “Post and Beam” construction historically can be found as a key architectural method and style prevalent in Europe, specifically in such countries as England, Holland and Norway. On American soil, the first settlers used a primitive form of “Post and Beam” construction using white oak that was used in Europe as well as the workable, abundant soft woods found in America’s forests. With the use of slats and woven twigs paired with mud between the posts, a method of ‘infill’ called “Wattle and Daub”, the tradition of building with “Post and Beam” construction continued in the Colonies until the 1800’s. With the arrival of brick layers to America, the addition of brick between the posts transformed the primitive method of construction. Bricks were added to the openings in the beam frame walls furthering a solid structure of architecture. Of additional interest, it is said that at that time American native Pine came into use it would lead to the abandonment of the “Post and Beam” construction due to extremes in temperature that caused failure in construction. Who knew? Or perhaps, it was the stated arrival of the Clapboard exterior construction of 2-story homes that set a new standard for strength and security against the climate and environmental changes? Either way, the timeless appeal of the post and beam would certainly regain appeal in architecture beyond its crude, initial construction of purpose as an element of distinction within interior design.

And of the trusses that connect the exposed beams of architectural interest and strength? Another element of structural design that adds interest and visual delight. In architecture, a Truss is a structure comprising of one or more triangular units constructed with straight members whose ends are connected at joints referred to as nodes. Strength in function paired with distinction of interior style…

Rustic Elegance:  Exposed Beams

Rustic Elegance: Exposed Beams

Strength & Style: Beams  In The Interior

Strength & Style: Beams In The Interior

Natural Appeal With Visual Interest:  Architectural Beams

Natural Appeal With Visual Interest: Architectural Beams

Of course the glory of the natural wood meets another dimension when coated with paint. White washed or painted beams of lofty, light and airy style are also a visually appealing delight. For certain, beams that are finished with a clear finish, stained or even a painted surface provide a textural and visually interesting architectural element of distinctive style to any interior they rise within…

Light & Airy Style Of Distinction:  Painted Beams & Trusses

Light & Airy Style Of Distinction: Painted Beams & Trusses

Consider the solid wood beams of distinctive style within the interior. Whether the beams are of Antique Rough Sawn origin (holding teeth marks from the saw blades from when it was milled) or Antique Hand Hewn (which have retained the artisans axe marks), refined Antique Re-Sawn wood beams that are planed smooth, providing a modern, clean appeal or those that retain the teeth marks from a band saw for added character) or even if the beams are of a high quality faux alternative “Box Beam”, (constructed to resemble solid wood) there is character, warmth and strength added to any interior.

The addition of these 3-dimensional wood beams provide a sturdy and almost luxurious elegance that dominates with strength within the interiors it towers above. Structural delight and added architectural interest, indeed. The beauty and strength of the timbers than span across an interior is a longstanding feature of architecture and interior design that will certainly endure as a timeless element of distinctive style. Exposed, natural elements. Elements of distinctive architectural style, indeed…

Kristin

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Function, Texture & Style: Baskets Within The Interior

Double Duty Of Style & Function:  Baskets

Double Duty Of Style & Function: Baskets

The art of the basket. Woven by hand, the stylish basket has certainly evolved into an art form. Constructed from a wide range of plant materials, including wood splints and cane, the twisting and braiding of stylistic function can certainly be appreciated, if not incorporated, into our interiors. For certain, the artistic freedom of basket making allows for a wide choice of colors, materials, sizes, patterns and details. Form and function paired with stylistic options.

The history of the woven form of the basket is believed to date back to 8000BCE. Archaeological sites in the Middle East provide further evidence of a weaving technique that was used to make baskets. Of additional interest, twined baskets date back to 7000 BCE in Oasisamerica (referring to a broad cultural area defining pre-Columbian southwestern North America). Again, longstanding history of form and function. Representations of carrying baskets on the top of the head are found in Ancient Greek art and sculpture, known as Canephorae or Kanephoros. Translated in English as “Basket Bearer”, the Greeks bestowed the privilege to unmarried young women of the aristocratic Athenian families the honor of leading the procession to the altar of the Acropolis during the Panathenaic Festival. Carrying a basket (known as kanoun) of offerings on their head, the contents which included barley, fresh fruits and decorations for a bull along and other elements of importance, was among the highest honor bestowed. Who knew the basket held such honorable status in history? Onward in history, the basket would prove its importance, with its function and practicality. Function within history, indeed…

Baskets In History:  Time Honored Function

Baskets In History: Time Honored Function

And of the style of these woven objects? The rustic charm and natural element of decorative purpose within our interior spaces? Beyond the “Country” charm it is relegated to holding, baskets move beyond into a universal element of versatile use and decorative style. For certain, baskets provide a “rustic” element within the interior, yet baskets work within a wide range of interior styles, including more streamlined spaces. Attractive functionality with style…

Baskets:  Stylish Purpose Of Rustic Texture

Baskets: Stylish Purpose Of Rustic Texture

Textural Interest Within The Interior:  Baskets Of Style

Textural Interest Within The Interior: Baskets Of Style

Neutral Texture Of Handwoven Style:  The Beauty Of Baskets

Neutral Texture Of Handwoven Style: The Beauty Of Baskets

Elements Of Purpose:  Baskets Within The Interior

Elements Of Purpose: Baskets Within The Interior

Consider incorporating the stylish and decorative basket within your interior world. The options for containment and storage of the basket hold vast possibilities. A plethora of choices of braided or woven style with sizes, shapes, textures and style provide textural interest paired with purpose. The advantage of additional storage hidden within the hand-woven element of style can certainly be praised. As I hold to the creed that everything that fills our spaces should earn its place within our interiors, baskets earn praise with the ability to stow and store with style. Hidden delight. Stiff fibers of purpose. Function of purpose paired with stylistic choices, indeed…

Kristin

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The Glory Of Succulents: Ornamentals Of Distinction

Texture & Color:  The Distinction Of Succulents

Texture & Color: The Distinction Of Succulents

Succulents. Distinctive desert plants that are grown as ornamentals due to their striking and unusual appearance. Distinctive, indeed…

The definition of the Succulent plant is one that has “Fleshy tissues that conserve moisture”. In botany, plants known as Succulents or “Fat Plants” refer to having parts that are “thick”, “Fleshy” and “swollen”. Unique, thick and plump leaves of style. Nature’s answer to a plant life that requires the need to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Of interest, these low maintenance succulents can also store water within various parts of their structure, including the leaves, stems and roots. There are four categories of Succulents which refer to the location of water storage: Leaf Succulents, Stem Succulents, Root Succulents and lastly, Caudiciform Succulents (which store water at soil level in stems or roots). Of additional interest, in horticultural use, the term “Succulent” often excludes “Cacti”. However, in botanical terminology, cacti are considered succulents. Interesting. Perhaps it is best stated that “virtually all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti”. Who knew? Certainly, beyond what is presented here, there is a great saturation of information linked to these horticultural plants of interest.

The history of the succulent is said to date back over 25 million years. Within the last 5,000 years, additional succulents of great style have appeared at the surface of our world. Ancient history stated, there are over 10,000 species of succulents that have adapted to varied weather and growing conditions. Again, who knew? For certain, these old-world plants that thrive in full sun and arid conditions provide us with beauty and distinction to grace our world with.

Clusters of deep mauve, magenta, green, blue, taupe and gray succulents are an absolute delight for our visual senses. Restrained beauty in rock gardens, borders and containers, succulents are a hardy “bloom” that adds color and dramatic texture with a seeming exotic flair. Scale, texture, color and interest. The glory of the succulent, revealed

Desert Plants Of Distinctive Appearance:  Succulents

Desert Plants Of Distinctive Appearance: Succulents

And of the incorporation as a decorative element within the interior? Again, delight. When tastefully arranged, the rosettes of the succulent world are of long lasting stature, indeed. Vibrant and muted color with a luscious appeal.

Ornamentals Of Delight:  The Allure Of Succulents Within The Interior

Ornamentals Of Delight: The Allure Of Succulents Within The Interior

And of its perhaps unexpected appearance at celebrations and events? A memorable moment paired with nature, incorporated into a moment of a lifetime. Life’s joys of nature, indeed…

Wedding Bliss With Succulent Style

Wedding Bliss With Succulent Style

Celebrations WIth The Beauty Of Succulents

Celebrations WIth The Beauty Of Succulents

Succulent Style:  The Adornment Within The Interior

Succulent Style: The Adornment Within The Interior

Consider with appreciation the simplicity of nature that the succulent offers to our exterior and interiors. Survival strategies paired with unique ranges of shapes, colors and textures that enhance our interior and exterior spaces, the beauty of the succulent is certainly long lasting. Distinction with long lasting glory, indeed…
Kristin

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Architectural Embellishments Of Elegant Distinction: The French “Oeil-de-bouef” Window

Grand Details In Architecture:  Oiel-de-bouef  Windows

Grand Details In Architecture: Oiel-de-bouef Windows

Oeil-de-bouef. A common French architectural element, Oeil-de-bouef windows are circular or oval shaped windows historically found across France. The round or oval openings within the frieze or roof not only allows the admittance of daylight but provides beauty and distinction. A grand embellishment from the outside as well as the inside. French for “Bull’s Eye” and also referred to as “Eye of the Steer” and “Ox Eye”, the majestic and distinctive window graces the facades of France’s beautiful buildings with an enduring allure

Oculus windows (circular openings in a dome or wall) have been a feature of French Classical architecture since the 16th century. These circular or oval windows, set in dormers, typically hinge to open outward. Function paired with beauty and elegance in architectural details. Of note, these circular windows are also found as portholes of ships. Function paired with structure. But of the glorious zinc or carved wooden Oiel-de-boeuf windows of grandeur that embellish the facades of historical architecture? Iconic embellishments to be appreciated, for certain. Architecturally, the window is described as “Usually resembling a wheel, with glazing bars (bars framing the panes of glass) as spokes radiating outward from an empty hub, or circular centre”. Circular style with elaborate details and distinctive form. The glory of the circular window…

Historical Architectural Renderings: The Oeil-de-boeuf Window

Historical Architectural Renderings: The Oeil-de-boeuf Window

French Grandeur:  Oeil-de-boeuf

French Grandeur: Oeil-de-boeuf

French Elegance:  The Salon de l'Oeil-de-boeuf" (1701) Palace of Versailles

French Elegance: The Salon de l’Oeil-de-boeuf” (1701) Palace of Versailles

And of the French history that is encased within these glorious windows of decorative function? Alas, at the helm of Louis XIV, the round window of distinction and grandeur decorated the room known as the “Salon de l’Oeil-de-boeuf” (Room of the Bull’s Eye) within the grand French Chateau, the Palace of Versailles. Timeless distinction of French origin, once again.

Of course, the appeal and distinction of these windows would soon travel beyond France’s borders. During the 17th century in Britain, Oeil-de-boeuf windows embellished the manor houses of the Jacobean period. Known as the British Renaissance, the Jacobean era refers to the period in English and Scottish history that coincides with the reign of King James VI (1567-1625) of Scotland (who would also inherit the crown of England). “Jacobean”, derived from Jacobus, the latin form of the English name James, was a period that included the visual arts and decorative arts. It is no surprise that the Oeil-de-boeuf window would become an element of architecture within this period. Adorning the Stately homes built as a celebration and demonstration of wealth, the Oeil-de-bouef windows grace the visual landscape of the architecture not only in France but also the architecture found along the moors and dales of the British terrain. An enduring embellishment, indeed…

Oiel-de-bouef: Elaborate Elegance

Oiel-de-bouef: Elaborate Elegance

Historic French Style:  The Decorative Oeil-de-bouef Window

Historic French Style: The Decorative Oeil-de-bouef Window

Distinction & Appreciation Of  The Architectural Jewel:  Oiel-de-bouef

Distinction & Appreciation Of The Architectural Jewel: Oiel-de-bouef

And of the decoration within the interior of the Oiel-de-bouef window? An architectural salvage element that provides interest and visual allure. A timeless focal point that will endure in appreciation no matter where you reside. Adding an element of timeless French flair of distinction within the interior is an embellishment worthy of its place within our homes for those of us fortunate to acquire an emblem of historic distinction…

Oiel-De-Bouef As Decoration

Oiel-de-bouef As Decoration

Architectural Elements Within The Interior:  Oeil-de-boeuf

Architectural Elements Within The Interior: Oeil-de-boeuf

Oiel-de-bouef:  "Bulls Eye" Of Delight

Oiel-de-bouef: “Bulls Eye” Of Delight

Consider with appreciation the sophisticated symmetry paired with the elaborate formation of design of the Oeil-de-boef window. Whether elaborate carvings of wood or stone or formations and structures made from zinc or copper or other metals of complex decoration, the distinction and elegance that the window provides from the exterior as well as the interior cannot be refuted. Design of distinction. An embellishment that will endure in appreciation of its beauty and form. From a time of grandeur, the grandness of the Oeil-de-boef window will endure as a timeless embellishment of architectural distinction. Elegant distinction, indeed…

Kristin

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Interior Color Inspirations: The Bold Confidence Of “Red”

Crimson Desire:  The Bold Statement Of Red

Crimson Desire: The Bold Statement Of Red

The bold and deep color of red. Impact of bold style. A statement in decoration, for certain. Red is a strong color that draws us with its intensity…

The color red is said to represent energy, passion and action. Possessing richness and brightness, red is an energizing and warm color that seems to excite the emotions and perhaps motivate one into action. Certainly a color that emits a sense of sensuality as well as strength, perhaps it is no surprise that the color red is also said to “exude a strong and powerful masculine energy”. And of its bold statement, like a tube of red lipstick? A confident statement, indeed. Perhaps it can also be said that red is not a shy color but an assertive color that relays visual determination and strength in personal style. And, perhaps “tempered with a degree of defiance”. Bold, courageous and strong is the color red.

The Old English word “red” is traced to the Proto-Germanic word “rauthaz” and the Proto-Indo root “reudh”. In the language of Ancient Mesopotamia and in the modern intuit language of the Eskimos, the word for red held the meaning of “Like blood”. In history the word referred to as red has carried many meanings and connotations . In the Russian language, the word for red “Krasniy”, comes from the old Slavic root as the words for “Beautiful” and “Prekrasniy”, meaning “excellent”. Who knew? Indeed, Red is certainly a beautiful and excellent color. Stunning when styled in simplicity or when drenching an interior space. The color of rubies, in the ancient world, the pigment of red dates back to the stone age. In ancient Egypt, the color was associated with life, health and victory and the ancient Romans continued the desire for the color red and lavishly decorated their interiors with its bright color. Timeless and enduring confidence in a color.

The range of red is certainly varied. Whether the hint of blue in the hue of “crimson red” or the hint of orange in “scarlet red” or the boldness of a “true red”, no matter if the choice is a muted and less intense or a blazing choice of boldness, red can certainly hold a tasteful elegance with drama. The bold, dark shade of red is a warm accent color that demands our attention and certainly enlivens any space

Interior Statements:  The Infusion Of Red

Interior Statements: The Infusion Of Red

Scarlet Love:  The Allure Of  "Red"

Scarlet Love: The Allure Of “Red”

The Energizing Distinction Of Red

The Energizing Distinction Of Red

The Red  Hue Of Delight

The Red Hue Of Delight

The saturation of red within the interior is a matter of intent. Bold intent. Yet even in less saturated spaces, this “pop” of color holds intense appeal. Seasonless appeal. Consider the embellishment within your interiors of the brilliant and bold red. It’s boldness and confidence is grand throughout the year. Style with attitude, for certain. “Red” as an interior color will never fade out of style, but rather will endure as a color that adds excitement, interest and perhaps, the unexpected. With a bold, confidence, indeed…

Kristin

“Red is a great clarifier-bright, cleansing, revealing. It makes all colors beautiful. I can’t imagine being bored with it-it would be like becoming tired of the person you love.” – Diana Vreeland

Diana Vreeland:  Embellished In Red

Diana Vreeland: Embellished In Red

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In Appreciation Of The Artful “Botanicals” Of William Morris

illiam Morris:  Artistry Of "The Beauty Of Life"

illiam Morris: Artistry Of “The Beauty Of Life”

“There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful”- William Morris

William Morris (1834-1896) was an English artist, a craftsman of broad skills of artistic mediums and a pioneer of designs. Morris is also described as a prolific writer of poetry, fiction, essays and translations of ancient and medieval texts. That said, Morris created a legacy all his own.

And of his diverse creative skills that produced a range of decorative art including textiles, furniture, stained glass windows, book design, wallcoverings and tapestries? It is the embellishment of the interior walls with distinctive botanical wonder and the adorning of the interior with lush textiles and fabrics of botanical delight that beckons my attention. In appreciation of his distinctive botanical patterns, it is evident that Morris valued rich, depth of color paired with abundant, free-form and diverse details. Artistry of nature within the Victorian era.

Aside from Victorian influences, it is believed that his appreciation and admiration of Medievalism inspired his work. In addition, devoted to the preservation of architecture, ancient buildings and the natural world, it is not surprising with his botanical focus and craftsmanship that Morris would not be pleased with the lower quality of mass production of Industrialism, which resulted in pollution and its effects on the natural world. Certainly, Morris was committed to create an impact in the interior world. Craftsmanship paired with beauty at its best.

Born in Walthamstow, England, Morris would later earn a degree from Exeter College in Oxford in 1852. Morris’s education is said to have provided him with a lifelong friendship with a fellow student and aspiring artist Edward Burne-Jones. Morris and Burne-Jones are said to have been influenced by the pre-Raphaelite movement, the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the essays of John Ruskin. Of interest, it is Ruskin who is credited with the “Rejection of the industrial manufacture of decorative arts and architecture in favor of a return to hand-crafted, affordable art where artisans are elevated to fine artists”. Perhaps a longterm inspiration to Morris?

In 1856, Morris began working for one of England’s leading Gothic revival architects in Oxford. During this time, Morris embarked upon another lifelong friendship with pre-Raphaelite painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It was Rosetti who would bring the striking and beautiful artist’s model into the focus of Morris. The beautiful Jane Burden. In 1859 William and Jane were married. History hints that their happiness would not continue although they remained married until Morris’s death. Of note, a long affair is stated to have swirled between Rossetti and Burden. A love triangle, indeed. Yet at the beginning of their marriage it is thought that in the joy of decorating of their own home in Kent, England, inspired the beginnings of the focus on the interior that William Morris would bestow upon the world of interior design…..

"La Belle Iseult", 1858  (Jane Burden), Oil On Canvas, William Morris

“La Belle Iseult”, 1858 (Jane Burden), Oil On Canvas/William Morris

In 1861, the decorative arts firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. was established. Morris, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Ford Maddox Brown, Philip Webb, Charles Faulkner and Peter Marshall as partners. The firm would undertake carving, stained glass, metal work, chintzes, printed fabrics and carpets. Of interest, the initial intent was for the decoration of churches. Who knew? In time, the firm would expand to include a myriad of craftsman skills, such as murals, furniture, glass wares, cloth, paper wall hangings, embroideries, jewelry, silk damasks, tapestries and tiles. A wide array of skilled arts, for certain. In 1874 Morris would become principal owner and design director of the firm and in 1875 the company name became “Morris and Co.”. A history of design that has endured.

And of his timeless wallpaper designs? Morris’s pattern work is unique from the machine produced wallpaper of the period. Creative uniqueness, for certain. The “flat” patterns of his botanical designs are considered opposite of the three-dimensional quality, excessive floral and precision of the wallpaper designs of the mid-Victorian interiors. It is said that “Many of Morris’s designs utilize the flowing, meandering lines, the idea of which stems from the meandering of the River Thames and all of its tributaries. In Morris’s work these lines become the stems of plants, flowers and foliage that wander through his repetitive designs”. Beautifully stated in regards to his flowing artistry of botanical wonder. Perhaps while relishing life within his own English garden of his beloved country house at Kelmscott Manor, observing plant nature and the delights of the natural world, his attentions would shift his energy and focus to designing botanical wallpaper and textiles. Perhaps it can be linked to his own words: “My work is the embodiment of dreams in one form or another”. That said, wherever his inspiration in originating his art form of the natural world, his patterns certainly emulate the natural world and remain timeless and iconic statements within the interior. Works of art to be appreciated, for certain…

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life”- William Morris

The Embellishment Of Artful Botanicals:  William Morris

The Embellishment Of Artful Botanicals: William Morris

The Natural World Of William Morris:  Interior Embellishment

The Natural World Of William Morris: Interior Embellishment

Decorative Art With Medieval Influence:  William Morris Botanicals

Decorative Art With Medieval Influence: William Morris Botanicals

William Morris:  Observations From Nature In Art Form

William Morris: Observations From Nature In Art Form

Considered a genius pattern designer, the work of William Morris has an enduring appeal beyond the Arts and Crafts Revival of the 20th and 21st centuries. Unlike other English decorative artisans of the time who are credited with art of more formal, perhaps rigid and symmetrical style, Morris’s “Visual poetry and passion for the natural world” would become and iconic, stylized classic within interior design. Bold and patterned botanical bliss of which he colored and infused interiors with. Timeless.

Perhaps it can be said that Morris altered the way the home was viewed. The inner world. Perhaps Morris even altered the way the world was viewed. Either way, his botanicals of nature’s beauty expressed in definitive fashion endure. Lasting emblems that continue to endure in appreciation in the world of interior design. Beyond what is shared here, the world or William Morris and his originality, quality, craftsmanship and mastery of techniques expressed through his wide range of artistic mediums is vast. Merely an appreciation presented here, consider the sensory delight of the natural world of William Morris. For certain, the creative character and legend of William Morris as a designer lives onward. The patterns of botanical bliss will forever create a statement. One of enduring appreciation, indeed…

Kristin

“If there is a reason for keeping the wall very quiet, choose a pattern that works all over without pronounced lines…Put very succinctly, architectural effect depends upon a nice balance of horizontal, vertical and oblique. No rules can say how much of each; so nothing can really take the place of feeling and good judgement.”- William Morris

“No pattern should be without some sort of meaning”- William Morris

“If I were asked to say what is at once the most important production of art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, a beautiful house.”-William Morris

and lastly, my personal favorite…

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”- William Morris

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Interior Color Inspirations: The Refreshing Infusion Of “Coral”

Brilliance Of Visual Intensity In Coral Hues

Brilliance Of Visual Intensity In Coral Hues

Coral. The color that infuses a warm, bright and almost tropical feel. Undersea coral reefs, the seaside and tranquil places swirl around in our thoughts…delightful.

Coral is described as having four parts: Red, peach, pink and orange. The various hues and tones of coral can even include a persimmon, tangerine and blood orange tones which adds visual intensity and creates wonderful color hues and variations. The inviting color coral dwells within the red family between lighter shades of pink and mixed hue with deeper shades of orange. Orange-red bliss. Of interest, the first recorded use in English of coral as a color name was in 1513. Quite a history. That said, the color coral has never faded in its appeal. Complementing a range of interiors, spaces imbued with soft or bold variations of coral hue are a delight to dwell within, for certain. The bold edge and strong undertones of vibrant orange or reddish-pink infused coral provides a striking contrast that energizes a room. And of the addition of the soft femininity of rosiness of the color hue? Delightful tranquility

Refreshing Infusions Of Coral Hues

Refreshing Infusions Of Coral Hues

Dwelling In Coral Bliss:  The Delightful Shades Of Coral

Dwelling In Coral Bliss: The Delightful Shades Of Coral

Rethink the varied hues of coral. As with any color, it matters not whether you add touches or drench and saturate your spaces with color. Simply adding color is the key. That said, infusing the coral hue into our spaces is a fresh, bright revision. There is absolutely a place for this color hue throughout the year in our interiors. The coral hue can certainly filter into our lives with easy admission. However you choose to to integrate this color the possibilities of its stylish impact will refresh the interior. And of its seeming Summertime indulgence? A delight in recalling warm weather seasons throughout the year, indeed…

Kristin

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Exotic Delight: The “Palm House” & The Interior Embellishment With “Palms”

Distinction On Display:  The Glory Of The Palm & The Beauty Of The "Palm House"

Distinction On Display: The Glory Of The Palm & The Beauty Of The “Palm House”

Elegance paired with stunning architecture: the “Palm House”. Iconic Remnants of the grand Victorian era, “Palm Houses” are formal glass and iron greenhouses, of stately stature, towering over the enclosed lush, green and exotic world of palms. Grand symbols of an era of elegance, for certain. Established to specialize in the growing of palms and other tropical and subtropical plants, the “Palm House” provides a visual warmth to our senses in acknowledging their requirement for constant heat to duplicate the natural environment for these lush green treasures. Tropical ambience paired with Victorian structures. Originally built as status symbols in Victorian Britain, these ornate glass and iron structures grace the landscapes they are situated upon. In time, the appearance of these houses of palms would go beyond Britain’s boundaries. Constructed by iron makers, the architectural importance of these houses of “Palms” deserve our appreciation. Large scale structures with an interior iron framework, cast iron truss work paired with glass roofs are a vision to behold. These temperate houses with mezzanine walkways and spiral staircases are stunning and remarkable architecture in glass and iron. Certainly brought forth by great glass pioneers and iron artisans of the era.

Perhaps initial private conservatories of greenhouses were the predecessors of housing exotic, non-native flora before the construction of the grand fabrication of “Palm Houses” that were created for the public’s viewing. Either way, the curvaceous exteriors paired with a steamy interior is a delight in architecture and in the appreciation of tropical foliage that fills our world…

Archived Images:  The "Palm House"

Archived Images: The “Palm House”

“Inspired by Chatsworth, and by the eager searching of the times, Decimus Burton and Richard Turner designed the much larger Palm House in London’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where they were the supervising architects. Palm House is 363 feet long by 100 feet wide and rises to a height of 66 feet. Besides educating visitors in the natural world, one of the functions of the English greenhouses at the time was to display the exotic range of plants and flowers that flourished in the British Empire”
– G.E. Kidder Smith/Looking at Architecture

Architectural Distinction:  The Palm House

Architectural Distinction: The Palm House

An Architectural Jewel Paired With Divine Green Palms

An Architectural Jewel Paired With Divine Green Palms

Botanical Structures Of Elegance:  The "Palm House"

Botanical Structures Of Elegance: The “Palm House”

Spiral Staircase Amidst Lush Green:  The Palm House

Spiral Staircase Amidst Lush Green: The Palm House

Botanical Distinction Of Enormous Diversity:  The Palm

Botanical Distinction Of Enormous Diversity: The Palm

And of the inclusion of the palm within the interior? A natural addition of style, for certain. The appreciation of the palm plant within the interior brings thoughts of warm breezes and fresh air. The palm itself, classified as Arecaceae, is from the botanical family of perrennial lianas, shrubs and trees called Palmae or Palmaceae. With leaves that have a “tubular sheath at the base that usually splits open on one side at maturity”. The common representation is said to be that of a solitary shoot ending in a crown of leaves. Beauty in a crown of leaves, for certain. The trunk itself is said to develop an axillary bud at a leaf node near the base from which a new shoot emerges. Continual emergence of divine growth. Abundant throughout the tropics, palms are distinguished by their “large, compound, evergreen leaves arranged at the top of an unbranched stem”. The historical use and appeal of the exotic palms throughout history validates the importance of this grand plant. Palms have been honored as symbols of victory, peace and even fertility. Perhaps the visual association today of the palm as a symbol of relaxation sets our spirits a flutter when surrounded by the mass of tropical bliss. Peaceful tranquility in green, for certain.

Interior Decoration With "Palms"

Interior Decoration With “Palms”

Embellishment Of Exotic Cultivation:  The "Palm" In The Interior

Embellishment Of Exotic Cultivation: The “Palm” In The Interior

"Palms" In Bold Wall Papered Statements Of Botanical Style

“Palms” In Bold Wall Papered Statements Of Botanical Style

The Allure & Delight Of The "Palm"

The Allure & Delight Of The “Palm”

Consider the addition of palms within the interior world. Inclusions of the palm plant itself or merely an emblem of the palm are perhaps lasting representations of calm and tranquil settings. A tropical “punch” in shades of green. Lush beauty of exotic delight. Eternal “Summer” embellishment within the interior, for certain…

Kristin

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Interior Color Inspirations: The Perennial Sunshine Of “Yellow”

The Vibrant Saturation Of Yellow

The Vibrant Saturation Of Yellow

Mellow and vibrant yellow. Perennial Sunshine. Yellow is certainly a color that adds zest and fresh appeal. The sunny warmth and uplifting impact of yellow works beautifully in a wide range of interior settings. And of the diverse shades of this pleasing hue? Perhaps there is a burst of yellow for all of us…

In the spectrum of visible light, and within the traditional color wheel, yellow falls between the color spectrum of green and orange. The word “Yellow” derives from the Old English words “Geolu” (yellow) and “Geolwe” (yellowish), taken from the Proto-Germanic word “Gelwaz”. The Indo-European base “Ghel” (bright and gleaming, to cry out) and the word “Yell” are said to be the same. Who knew? Yellow, in the form of the ochre pigment made from clay, was one of the first colors used in Prehistoric cave art. In fact, in Ancient Egypt, yellow was associated with gold, considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible. It is no wonder the Egyptians would then believe that the bones of the Gods were of gold! Again, who knew? The Egyptians extensively used the color yellow in tomb paintings. The Ancient Romans also used yellow in their paintings to represent gold and skin tones. It was during the 18th and 19th century that the discovery and manufacture of synthetic pigments and dyes would bring forth a renewed and further appreciation and use of the color yellow.

And of the array of yellow’s hues that we may embellish our interior spaces? Personal preferences, yet again, in tone and depth of a color that provides endless sunshine into our spaces

Yellow:  Uplifting Impact With Golden Appeal

Yellow: Uplifting Impact With Golden Appeal

Interior Enhancement In "Cheerful" Yellow

Interior Enhancement In “Cheerful” Yellow

The Sublime "Mellow Yellow"

The Sublime “Mellow Yellow”

Consider the uplifting and joyous color of yellow. Whether you choose a buttery richness of mellow hue or a bold vibrancy that emulates the sun’s brilliant rays, the color yellow will certainly bring you countless moments of pleasure in its surrounds. Like the vibrancy of a yellow lemon or the pale color of yellow-gold, the spectrum of yellow is sure to delight…

Kristin

“Some painters transform the sun with a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun”- Pablo Picasso

“Now we are having a beautiful warm, windless weather that is very beneficial to me. The sun, a light that for lack of better word I can only call yellow, bright sulphur yellow, pale lemon gold. How beautiful yellow is!” -Vincent Van Gogh

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The Divided Door: The Versatile “Dutch Door”

Unique Architecture Of Form & Function:  The "Dutch Door"

Unique Architecture Of Form & Function: The “Dutch Door”

Split style. The appeal of the “Dutch Door” is enduring. Divided in the center, “Dutch Doors” are known for their unusual construction of being separated into two halves that can be opened and closed independently of each other. Versatility, indeed. Referred to as a “Dutch Door” in American English, “Stable Door” in British English or “Half Door” in Hiberno English (Irish English), the “Dutch Door” was also referred to as a “Double-Hung Door” in early New England.

Common in the Netherlands during the 17th century as an entry door, the “Dutch Door” would soon find itself as a standard fixture in exterior doorways within the kitchen during that time. Period appropriate to homes built before the 1880’s, the “Dutch Door” certainly harkens back to a different era. Early American Dutch colonies that settled in New York and New Jersey brought with them this versatile and practical door. During a time period where barbed wire and the screen door had not been invented to keep animals from wandering into the interiors the flexibility and appeal of the door was furthered by the fact that it also kept children or domestic animals inside. Who knew its simple beginnings of function and purpose? The added benefit of allowing light and air to filter into a home through the open top became a key element that carried onward in architectural design history. What had become almost a necessity by design greatly influenced Colonial home design. The iconic design of the “Dutch Door” has continued to appear in homes throughout the world. An enduring appeal, for certain…

Hinges & Division Of Versatility:   The "Dutch Door"

Hinges & Division Of Versatility: The “Dutch Door”

"Woman At  A Dutch Door",  Samuel van Hoogstraten, 1645

“Woman At A Dutch Door”, Samuel van Hoogstraten, 1645

Two Part Style:  The "Dutch Door"

Two Part Style: The “Dutch Door”

Those that have inherited or have added this architectural feature surely enjoy the benefits of the form and function of this divided door. A pivotal feature for enjoyment in the Spring and Summer months with warm and fresh breezes flowing inward and a delight as the cooler Autumnal winds blow. Seasonless appreciation, perhaps, when a rush of fresh air is required during any time of the year. Attractive distinction within the interior and a unique element for the exterior view that allows fresh air to circulate with architectural style. The divided “Dutch” Door”. Versatile and appealing, indeed…

Kristin

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