Studded Style: Classic Nailhead Trim In Interior Design

Interior Appeal:  Studded Embellishments Of Nailhead Trim

Interior Appeal: Studded Embellishments Of Nailhead Trim

Nailhead trim. A timeless added detail and enduring element of furniture design that spans interior design. Dating back to the period of 1560-1643 with the arrival of what it referred to as French Country furniture era during the reign of Louis XIII in 17th Century France, nailhead trim on furnishings endures to appeal. Beyond a visual appreciation of the studded design of the nailhead and its embellishment to classically styled furniture, a nod to the past will certainly only broaden historical appreciation for a classic element that remains a constant in interior design today.

Historically, the use of decorative nailheads served as not just decorative form but in function in furniture making.  Beyond a mere decorative trim, nailheads were used to hide areas where the upholstery was tacked into the wood frame of the furniture object.  Who knew? Form and function. Nailheads would thus aid in holding the upholstery in place attractively.  Decorative concealment in craftsmanship, indeed.  Since the 15th and 16th centuries trims such as gimp (braided trim) would be used by the upholsterer in conjunction with decorative nailheads traditionally made of brass or copper. 17th century France used nailhead trim on the ornately carved wooden seating with period upholstery coverings such as brocade, velvet, tapestries and leather. A studded pattern of design that has never faded from the world of interior design…

France's  Os de Mouton chair:  Marked the Introduction Of Nailhead Trim

France’s Os de Mouton chair

The French  Os de Mouton chair is the most well known design from the 17th century. The French word “Mouton” refers to sheep.  Thus the shape of the chair legs suggests that they resemble the legs of a lamb.  It is interesting to note that the arrival of this chair marked the beginning of upholstered backs and seats using nail head trim.

Beyond the French link to this hidden design of form and function in craftsmanship, designing with nailhead was favored with old Dutch, Spanish and English furnishings. During the 1800’s famed English furniture designer William Morris and the American designers Stickley Brothers during the 1900’s would also favor this medieval-style nailhead trimming with leather and Baroque tapestry. Designs from the past always inspire design through the decades. As with the nailhead trim, classics always endure. Although the use of nailhead trim is commonly linked use with leather-upholstered sofas, chairs and ottomans, the trim has since studded the world of interior design with modern yet timeless appeal.  Both classic and modern takes on this timeless trim are certain to inspire…

Studded In Nailhead Appeal

Studded In Nailhead Appeal

Nailhead Embellishments: Interior Delights Of Classic Appeal

Nailhead Embellishments: Interior Delights Of Classic Appeal

Tried & True: Nailhead Embellishments

Tried & True: Nailhead Embellishments

Studded With Classic Details:  Nailhead Trim

Studded With Classic Details: Nailhead Trim

Trimmed In Style:  Nailhead Design

Trimmed In Style: Nailhead Design

Styled With Metal:  Nailhead Trim Appeal

Styled With Metal: Nailhead Trim Appeal

Trimmed Appeal:  Nailhead Style

Trimmed Appeal: Nailhead Style

Stylized In Classic & Modern Appeal: Nailhead Trim

Stylized In Classic & Modern Appeal: Nailhead Trim

Studded Appeal In Interior Design:  Nailhead Trim

Studded Appeal In Interior Design: Nailhead Trim

Patterned & Dotted In Nailhead Design

Patterned & Dotted In Nailhead Design

Nailhead Inspiration:  Patterned In Classic Style

Nailhead Inspiration: Patterned In Classic Style

Masculine Edge In Nailhead Trim Style

Masculine Edge In Nailhead Trim Style

Embellished Louis:  Studded In Nailhead

Embellished Louis: Studded In Nailhead

Consider the patterned distinction of nailhead trim.  Patterns in nailheads have gone far in decorating our interior spaces in the decades that have followed since the 15th century. With timeless appeal the decoration of nailhead trim will certainly remain an embellishment in interior design. Timeless style with modern inspirations within the interior, indeed. Accentuating lines of design with sophistication, the nailhead trim design will endure to add visual interest and distinction to the surfaces of our interiors that it embellishes. Onward in enduring classic design.

Onward,

Kristin

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City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In August

Chicago In August:  Fashionable Windows

Chicago In August: Fashionable Windows

Chicago. On a day that was unusually cooler, given a recent streak of high temperatures, I boarded the train for the Windy City of Chicago. My monthly visual quest for fashionable inspiration.  The Fall-like weather that settled in paired with the layer of clouds that hung overhead (which would soon disperse)and certainly brought forth further Fall Fashion excitement. August. The end of Summer and the slow progression towards layers with cooler days and nights that are ahead. And so it was. Another journey to the fashionable streets of Chicago. Camera in hand. From State Street to Michigan Avenue to Oak Street & the Gold Coast. Fashion’s changing force visually presented. Inspiration abounds for those that seek visual appreciation and for those that seek fashionable impulse. Fashion’s appreciation, indeed.

Yet beyond the display that awaits behind the glass panes of fashion is a visual appreciation of the city that surrounds. Chicago and its architecture continue to remain a draw from behind the lens of my camera…Appreciation of a city, indeed….

Stellar City Scape :  Chicago Love

Stellar City Scape : Chicago Love

And of the fashionable statements that visual merchandising designers present behind the windows of fashion? Onward into finding inspiration, as always…

Vivid Red & Striking Accessories

Vivid Red & Striking Accessories

Feathery Delight:  Michael Kors

Feathery Delight: Michael Kors

Gray & Black Hues Of Timeless Appeal:  Tom Ford

Gray & Black Hues Of Timeless Appeal: Tom Ford

Tom Ford's Striking Autumnal Appeal

Tom Ford’s Striking Autumnal Appeal

Visuals Of Fashionable Appeal:  Accessories Of High Style Behind Tom Ford

Visuals Of Fashionable Appeal: Accessories Of High Style Behind Tom Ford

Tom Ford's Layered Classic Delights

Tom Ford’s Layered Classic Delights

Max Mara:  Autumnal Hues Of Elegance

Max Mara: Autumnal Hues Of Elegance

Aubergine Delight:  Max Mara

Aubergine Delight: Max Mara

Flowing Elegance Of Rose & Hued Beauty:  Max Mara

Flowing Elegance Of Rose & Hued Beauty: Max Mara

Elegance & Timelessness In The Details:  Max Mara

Elegance & Timelessness In The Details: Max Mara

Elegance:  Flowing, Sequined & Ribboned Delight:  Max Mara

Elegance: Flowing, Sequined & Ribboned Delight: Max Mara

Blue Hues Of Fashionable Appeal Behind Max Mara

Blue Hues Of Fashionable Appeal Behind Max Mara

Hues Of Autumn In Max Mara's Fashionable Visual

Hues Of Autumn In Max Mara’s Fashionable Visual

Burberry:  Fall's Approach On Display

Burberry: Fall’s Approach On Display

Autumn and Style:  Burberry's Windows Of Fashion

Autumn and Style: Burberry’s Windows Of Fashion

Autumn's Layers & Color Behind Herme

Autumn’s Layers & Color Behind Herme

 

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Jill Sander:  Classic Appeal and Neutral Hues

Jill Sander: Classic Appeal and Neutral Hues

 

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Autumnal Appeal:  Windows Of Fashion

Autumnal Appeal: Windows Of Fashion

Fashion On The City Streets:  Chanel's Chance

Fashion On The City Streets: Chanel’s Chance

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Reflections.  Part of the appeal….

Consider the world of fashion. The changing world of fashion from behind the windows that line the city streets. Visuals to inspire. Visuals to appreciate. There is an art form that lies behind the reflective panes of glass. Details to appreciate. As always, a constant focus from behind my lens. Summer’s end approaches. Fall lies before us. Fashion, onward, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

"Selfie":   Reflections Off Fashion's Windows In Chicago

“Selfie”: Reflections Off Fashion’s Windows In Chicago

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City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In July

Chicago in July. Fashion’s appeal reigned amidst the wave of heat that blasted upon those of us that ventured out onto the city streets. With a heat index of 105 degrees, I ventured from the train onto the streets of Chicago with enthusiasm (paired with several  venti iced coffee’s in which the ice melted in minutes). City love awaited and fashionable inspiration beckoned me from behind my lens.  Capturing the Summertime fashionable appeal paired with pre-Fall proclamations from the windows of fashion merchandising was my goal. For those that follow these monthly fashionable posts of Chicago, perhaps you have come to expect its arrival onto the pages of this blog. A constant for me. As fashion is always changing and the seasons along with it, one constant is my appreciation for the artistry presented behind the heavy glass panes of fashion . Changing appeal with seasonal inspirations. On the cusp of Autumnal impact in fashion, it is my hope to provide a visual appreciation of the fashion that awaited…from behind my lens….

Of course, a view of this stellar city (albeit, from my iPhone)….

Chicago View Of  A Stellar City

Chicago View Of A Stellar City

Onward in appreciation of fashion…from behind my lens…

Visual Impact:  The Windows Of Chanel

Visual Impact: The Windows Of Chanel

I must add that the windows of Chanel won me over immediately. Incredible visual artistry that offered unexpected impact. Full size images that delighted.  Chanel always delights and of the many images of Chanel windows that I have captured over the years, this visual above ranks at the top. Cheers to the visual artists behind Chanel!

Chanel:  Early Fall Interpretations Of Stylish Display

Chanel: Early Fall Interpretations Of Stylish Display

Impact Of Fashion:  Chanel

Impact Of Fashion: Chanel

Details Of Chanel:  Fall Inspired

Details Of Chanel: Fall Inspired

Spotted & Feline Inspired:  Stella McCartney/Sax Fifth Avenue

Spotted & Feline Inspired: Stella McCartney/Sax Fifth Avenue

Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations

Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations

Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations

Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations

Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations

Neiman Marcus: Pre-Fall Inspirations

Mannequins Of Stylish Display: Neiman Marcus

Mannequins Of Stylish Display: Neiman Marcus

Solar System Appeal: Fashionable  Louis Vuitton

Solar System Appeal: Fashionable Louis Vuitton

Burberry:  Fashionable Windows Of Style

Burberry: Fashionable Windows Of Style

Classic Style:  Escada

Classic Style: Escada

Frills & Patterned Appeal:  Prada

Frills & Patterned Appeal: Prada

Carolina Herrera's Emerald Green Delight  & Fashion's End Of Summer Proclamations

Carolina Herrera’s Emerald Green Delight & Fashion’s End Of Summer Proclamations

Fashion's Windows Of Style In Chicago

Fashion’s Windows Of Style In Chicago

Madewell/Chicago:  Summer's Fashionable Appeal

Madewell/Chicago: Summer’s Fashionable Appeal

Banana Republic:  Summertime Appeal

Banana Republic: Summertime Appeal

Details Of Style:  Banana Republic

Details Of Style: Banana Republic

Max Mara:  Fall Inspirations From The Windows Of Macy's/State Street

Max Mara: Fall Inspirations From The Windows Of Macy’s/State Street

Fashionable Appeal Behind Windows Of Style

Fashionable Appeal Behind Windows Of Style

Changing Styles:  Max Mara

Changing Styles: Max Mara

Pre-Fall Inspirations:  Max Mara

Pre-Fall Inspirations: Max Mara

Color & Pattern:  Max Mara

Color & Pattern: Max Mara

Black & Carmel Hues:  Max Mara Delight

Black & Carmel Hues: Max Mara Delight

Neutral Style & Spotted Appeal: Max Mara

Neutral Style & Spotted Appeal: Max Mara

Details Of Fashionable Style:  Max Mara

Details Of Fashionable Style: Max Mara

Summer Fashion Classic:  Anne Taylor Loft/Michigan Avenue

Summer Fashion Classic: Anne Taylor Loft/Michigan Avenue

Coach:  The Iconic Coach Tag in Enormous Visual Form

Coach: The Iconic Coach Tag in Enormous Visual Form

Consider in appreciation the windows of fashion that surround you. The artistry of fashion’s marketing and the seasonal changes are sure to bring forth a nod of appreciation. I will always be behind the lens with the hopes of capturing an essence of fashion from the city streets of Chicago. Onward in that, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Stella McCartney: Fashionable Mannequin  Impact

Stella McCartney: Fashionable Mannequin Impact

PS: Appreciating fashion’s windows also brings appreciation to the city reflected in the image. And of course, often, the photographer themselves. Selfie, onward.

Selfie:  Reflections Off The Windows Fashion

Selfie: Reflections Off The Windows Fashion/Louis Vuitton

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Summer Photographic Journey: Serenity In A Japanese Garden/Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights: The Anderson Japanese Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Nestled within a twelve acre landscape “Comprised of winding pathways, meandering streams, koi-filled ponds and plunging waterfalls awaits  Anderson Japanese Gardens.  Located east of the Rock River and north of Downtown Rockford, Illinois, a trip to this garden is a breathtaking and memorable visual experience that will linger. Serenity of nature, indeed…

“Rated as one of North America’s highest quality Japanese gardens for more than a decade”, the artistry found within showcases master craftsmanship and 16th century traditional architecture throughout. Serene bliss for those that appreciate the intricate layers and planned gardens of purpose. This authentic Japanese garden certainly brings forth a meditative state of contemplation and appreciation of nature and its gifts. The walking surfaces vary and the pathways meander one through a landscaped oasis. Oh, the beauty of the stones and the water features! With the placement of every rock, the alignment of every tree, bridges and paths planned, one would think it was always there–part of nature, for certain. Yet this particular Japanese garden only began in 1978 upon what was John & Linda Anderson’s swampy backyard located along Rockford’s Spring Creek. Who could tell that this garden that holds a seemingly magical history was so young? Nature planned that holds a timeless feel of organic and natural beauty. Part of the fabric of the land now. Indeed a treasure for Rockford and a destination for those that appreciate the beauty and serenity of Japanese gardens.

This photographic journey, from behind my lens, offers only a mere sampling of the visuals to behold during the Summer months. In fact, it is not even a whole visual of the garden itself.  And of pending season’s change?  Oh, the Autumn colors of the Japanese maples that await! The Spring blooms surely offer a heaven sent visual of nature’s appreciation…seasons to bring me back to this oasis of nature, indeed.  For certain, a love affair from behind my lens ensued. The beauty of the Japanese garden in the Summer….
Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, IllinoisVisual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Visual Delights:  The Anderson Japanese  Gardens Of Rockford, Illinois

Although with appreciation of nature and acknowledgment of the mastery to the art form itself, there truly is no single image that can relay the experience and true understanding of the beauty of these gardens without one actually stepping foot onto nature’s planned yet natural paths of a Japanese garden. It is merely my hope that the images can express a mere essence of the beauty to behold. For in my mind, when I view them, my mind drifts back to the sensations of being surrounded in this lush, cool and stunning surrounds. Inspiration, onward, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“In order to comprehend the beauty of a Japanese garden, it is necessary to understand-or at least to learn to understand-the beauty of stone” -Lafcadio Hearn

“The art of stone in a Japanese garden is that of placement. It’s ideal does not deviate from that of nature”  -Jsamu Noguchi

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4th of July: Let Freedom Ring…

Celebration Of America

Celebration Of America

Freedom. A liberation. An independence. Independence Day, indeed. A day in which we acknowledge freedom and the celebration of our American Independence Day, the “Fourth of July”, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

On such a day, the word freedom is a word that serves as a reminder of a determination for autonomy. A journey to liberty and liberation. Onward in that, always. Let freedom ring.

Happy 4th of July, America!

Onward,

Kristin

Buntings Of Red, White & Blue

Buntings Of Red, White & Blue

PS: Fortunate am I to have been born on the 4th of July…what a day for an American birthday. Cheers, America!

City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In June

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In June

Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In June

Chicago in June. The heat of the Summer. Onward by train into the striking city by the great Lake Michigan, once again. In a now vibrant world of green surrounds, the train sped along under the sunshine towards the towering buildings of Chicago. City inspirations. In a world that is constantly changing, one thing that remains consistent is the appeal of this great city. So too, does my intent to photograph and capture inspirations from within this city. A monthly jaunt to capture fashionable inspirations behind the glass panes of fashion’s windows endures. Behind the lens. Inspiration, onward….

Yet to be in Chicago during the season of Summer is to visually pause and appreciate the beauty of the Chicago River that meanders through this great Midwestern city. Boats and river cruises. Summer perfection in a stellar Summertime city, indeed.

Chicago Scene n June:  Visuals Of The Chicago River

Chicago Scene n June: Visuals Of The Chicago River

Of course, one should not journey through the city streets without visually appreciating the architecture that still graces this changing city. Timeless and iconic, the buildings from history past is what keep this city tied to its past. Appreciation upward, for certain.

Details Of Architectural Appreciation:  Chicago, Upward

Details Of Architectural Appreciation: Chicago, Upward

Look up for inspiration. Of course, looking down can also bring forth inspiration. Life is unexpected. Be amused. Be inspired. And move onward, in appreciation...

Inspiration Looking Downward:  Details That Surround On Chicago's City Streets

Inspiration Looking Downward: Details That Surround On Chicago’s City Streets

And of the fashionable windows of Chicago in June? A visual delight, indeed…from behind the lens…

Delicate Elegance: Michael Kors

Delicate Elegance: Michael Kors

It is always with anticipation that I walk towards the windows of Chanel. Always a destination. For when the scenery changes and a new visual is set before me, my lens aims and my shutter clicks. Fashionable inspiration of Chanel style. This particular scene is perhaps one of my favorites. Neon lights. Cafe Bar. Chanel black and white. Pearls. Lace. Chanel. Style onward, once again, with visual appeal…

The Windows Of Chanel:  Visual Delights Of Style

The Windows Of Chanel: Visual Delights Of Style

Chanel:  Window Appeal Of Classic Chanel Style

Chanel: Window Appeal Of Classic Chanel Style

European Flair & Fashionable Appeal Behind The Windows Of Chanel

European Flair & Fashionable Appeal Behind The Windows Of Chanel

Black, White & Pearls:  Chanel Style & Neon Sign Visual Delights

Black, White & Pearls: Chanel Style & Neon Sign Visual Delights

Pure & Simple White:  The Windows Of Anne Taylor Loft

Pure & Simple White: The Windows Of Anne Taylor Loft

White Hot Delights:  Summer Appeal Behind The Windows Of Anne Taylor Loft

White Hot Delights: Summer Appeal Behind The Windows Of Anne Taylor Loft

Bold Patterned Appeal:  Fashionable Visuals  Of Hugo Boss

Bold Patterned Appeal: Fashionable Visuals Of Hugo Boss

Neiman Marcus: Mannequins Poised In Bold Fashionable Proclamation

Neiman Marcus: Mannequins Poised In Bold Fashionable Proclamation

 

Burberry:  Fall Fashion Insights In The Heat Of The Summer

Burberry: Fall Fashion Insights In The Heat Of The Summe

Summer heat was a contrast to the windows of Burberry. Of course, Fashion is always onto the next season. Yet from under protection of my panama hat from the suns glare, I could certainly appreciate fashion’s next turn. Embracing the warmth from the city streets and the warmth from behind fashion’s windows. Onward…

Burberry:  Fall Fashion Insights Of Fur & Warmth In The Heat Of The Summer

Burberry: Fall Fashion Insights Of Fur & Warmth In The Heat Of The Summer

Bold & Vivid Details & Accessories Behind The Windows Of Burberry

Bold & Vivid Details & Accessories Behind The Windows Of Burberry

Fashion & Summer Style On Display:  Banana Republic

Fashion & Summer Style On Display: Banana Republic

The Windows Of Max Mara:  Layered Insights Of Fashion's Season Ahead

The Windows Of Max Mara: Layered Insights Of Fashion’s Season Ahead

Max Mara:  Visual Delights Of Poised Style

Max Mara: Visual Delights Of Poised Style

Stylized Details Of Fashionable Appeal:  Max Mara's Fashionable Windows

Stylized Details Of Fashionable Appeal: Max Mara’s Fashionable Windows

Mannequins Of Classic Style:  Max Mara

Mannequins Of Classic Style: Max Mara

The Windows Of Ralph Lauren:  Subdued Style Of Timeless Appeal

The Windows Of Ralph Lauren: Subdued Style Of Timeless Appeal

Fashionable Layers & Accessories Of Neutral Appeal:  Ralph Lauren

Fashionable Layers & Accessories Of Neutral Appeal: Ralph Lauren

Fashion's Impact On The City Streets Of Chicago

Fashion’s Impact On The City Streets Of Chicago

Consider with appreciation the fashionable windows that surround you. No matter the city, the artistry of display of fashion’s whims or timeless, classic display is an art form to be acknowledged. For me, the fashionable windows of Chicago will always remain a destination while I reside near this great city. From behind the lens, with appreciation, I will continue to aim to visually express the art form of visual merchandising. With a love of fashion, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Reflections & A Selfie:  From Behind The Lens

Reflections & A Selfie: From Behind The Lens

First Impressions: The Entry Table

Impact Of First Impressions:  The Entry Table

Impact Of First Impressions: The Entry Table

The entry table. A statement of its own, it is part of the first impression of the personal style of the home. A focal point, indeed. Providing options for display and self expression, the entry table grounds the space. The view from the entry matters not. Whether a sweeping staircase is on view or the table merely resides inside a small hallway, personal style and distinction paired with function is added to the space. The entry  itself may be a small space, yet it is an important space. Leading guests inside one’s home to experience the interior and the architecture found within, the entry and its table is key in providing a first impression that is vital from a guest’s perspective. After all, a functional entryway that is stylized to match the personality of the home’s decorator engages those that enter and may even cause a wish to linger…

A foyer (fwa.je in French) is described as a large, specially designed hall or corridor surrounding a main hall. Yet a hall that is furnished large enough to accommodate those that gather and enter within. In a home, the foyer is usually a small entry area of room, near the front door, and often near a main stairway. Of note, the “foyer” was initially intended as an “airlock” space separating the heated, rooms kept warm with fireplaces, from the cold weather elements exposed from the front door.  Serving as “A bridge between public and private spaces”, indeed.

The elegant, formal and notable entry foyer may have gone in and out of fashion with the world of changing design, yet its initial purpose and function with its formality will never fade from timeless design. The elegance of ushering in quests into the foyer will never loose its appeal. The entry is never a wasted space, but holding a grandness and elegance that will always live on in the world of construction and design.  Yet if the world you reside within is missing this grand formal entryway, a wall is simply all you need.  Create the state.  In style.  The options are many, the style is yours.  Own it boldly and present to the world the unique version of you.  At the current moment.  For as time evolves, we do, too.  Onward in creating a personal statement….

Visual Appeal:  The  First Impression Entry Table

Visual Appeal: The First Impression Entry Table

A Timeless Fixture Of Function:  The Entry Table

A Timeless Fixture Of Function: The Entry Table

Function Of Purpose:  The Entry Table

Function Of Purpose: The Entry Table

Entry Table:  Purpose & Function With Stylish Display

Entry Table: Purpose & Function With Stylish Display

First Impact:  The Entry Table

First Impact: The Entry Table

Display & Purpose:  The Entry Table

Display & Purpose: The Entry Table

Entries: The Useful & Decorative Entry Table

Entries: The Useful & Decorative Entry Table

Visual Appeal At The Entry:  The Entry Table

Visual Appeal At The Entry: The Entry Table

Colorful & Bold Appeal:  The First Welcome; The Entry Table

Colorful & Bold Appeal: The First Welcome; The Entry Table

First Impressions Of Welcoming Impact: The Entry Table

First Impressions Of Welcoming Impact: The Entry Table

The Entry & Its Focal Point: The Entry Table

The Entry & Its Focal Point: The Entry Table

Rethink how your entry is on display to those that enter its domain. How you layer and stylize your entry table is personal. Again, form and function. Yet decorating the foyer with an accessorized entry table of  personal style will certainly add appeal. Whether a true foyer or a simple hallway with a doorway, it is more than a space that you simply pass through on your way to somewhere else in a home. It is the first impression. The first and last. Make it welcoming. Make it your statement.  Personal style, indeed.

Onward,

Kristin

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Red Geraniums: Vibrant Delight In Blooms

Vivid Red Delight: Geraniums

Vivid Red Delight: Geraniums

Red Geraniums. Showy flowers in clusters of brilliantly bold red. Perhaps the red geranium itself could be considered a bloom that boldly proclaims Summertime. Like a burst of colorful fireworks, these red blooms are striking with their delicate flowers and dainty petals protruding from strong stems and interesting foliage.  The geranium offers a delightful appeal when thriving and spilling from garden beds as edging plants, filling flower boxes, window boxes and potted in pots or various containers. Seeking the sun these blooms of red are said to grow best when they are planted in clay pots. Who knew? It is no wonder the two seem to be paired together so often. A classic combination, for certain.

Although there is variation in flower color, growth habit, leaf pattern, and scent within the world of geraniums, it is the red annual geranium that I am drawn to. From trailing vine types to upright garden forms, the geranium in red is a distinctively bold addition of vibrant cheer to any setting it is placed within.

The Timeless Geranium

The Timeless Geranium

As with so many blooms, within the Geraniaceae plant family,there are perennial geraniums and annual geraniums (Pelargoniums).   The common garden geranium, which continues to be a timeless favorite outdoor and indoor plant, is Pelargonium hortorum. From the genus Pelargonium, the term itself means “stork” in Latin as its “long, slender fruit capsule” are said to resemble a stork’s bill. Again, who knew?  Of note, there are over 200 Pelargonium species and hybrids. Most species of the geranium originated in South Africa and have maintained themselves as a gardener’s favorite for over a century.  Perhaps the geranium can even be considered an old-fashioned standard.  Timeless appreciation.  Pelargoniums have 5-petalled flowers, which are distinguished by colours and patterns; with two petals at the top and three below. Thus the flowers have “a single plane of symmetry” (zygomorphic). Nature’s perfect design, for certain. Although some species of pelargoniums have attractive smelling scents, including mint, rose, fruits and spices, I accept the simplicity of the basic red geranium and its strong bold scent.  Onward to a classic bloom in red

Cheery Pops Of Red:  The Scented Geranium

Cheery Pops Of Red: The Scented Geranium

Visual Appeal In Bloom:  Red Geraniums

Visual Appeal In Bloom: Red Geraniums

Red Geraniums: Vibrant Color On Display

Red Geraniums: Vibrant Color On Display

Cascading & Vibrant Colorful Delight:  Red Geraniums

Cascading & Vibrant Colorful Delight: Red Geraniums

Exterior Appeal In Striking Red:  Geraniums

Exterior Appeal In Striking Red: Geraniums

Consider the red geranium. For certain, the geranium, whether in a single pot or found in mass, these blooming bursts of red offer a splash of color, visual delight and cheer.  Perfect.  Blossoms of joy, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“A flower blossoms for its own joy” -Oscar Wilde

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City Inspirations: Fashionable Windows Of Chicago In May

Chicago In May: Changing Seasons

Chicago In May: Changing Seasons

Fashionable Windows off the streets of Chicago. On another stellar Chicago day, I ventured by train and walked through the streets that line this striking city by Lake Michigan. A monthly goal of capturing photographic images with a quest to provide a visual look at the changing scenes behind the large glass panes of fashion merchandising.   Me, myself and my camera on the city streets of Chicago. And a love of fashion, I might add.  For those that follow along, yet another look at the changing scenes. Yet this continued monthly visit to the City I adore does not go without appreciation of the scenes and energy that a city offers. Visuals of changing seasonal delights surround…

Final Tulip Explosion Display On Michigan Avenue

Final Tulip Explosion Display On Michigan Avenue

Spring’s full force brings continued warm weather appeal behind the windows of Fashion. Changing scenery of lightweight and colorful or simplistic appeal brings with it further excitement paired with the arrival of warm sunshine and Spring breezes off Lake Michigan. Spring into Summer. Another visual of fashion behind the windows of Chicago from behind the lens of my camera…

Embellishment In Floral Bliss:  The Windows Of Sax Fifth Avenue

Embellishment In Floral Bliss: The Windows Of Sax Fifth Avenue

Floral Bliss:  The Windows Of Sax Fifth Avenue

Floral Bliss: The Windows Of Sax Fifth Avenue

Summertime Appeal & New York Homage:  Kate Spade

Summertime Appeal & New York Homage: Kate Spade

Salvatore Ferragamo: Lettered & Seasonal Delight

Salvatore Ferragamo: Lettered & Seasonal Delight

Max Mara:  Nautical Inspirations Of Classic & Modern Appeal

Max Mara: Nautical Inspirations Of Classic & Modern Appeal

Max Mara: Classics Endure

Max Mara: Classics Endure

Changing Window Scenes Behind Max Mara

Changing Window Scenes Behind Max Mara

Windows Of Fashion In May:  Pastel & Light Delight

Windows Of Fashion In May: Pastel & Light Delight

The Windows Of Ralph Lauren:  Simplicity & Classic Ralph Appeal

The Windows Of Ralph Lauren: Simplicity & Classic Ralph Appeal

White & Brown Leather Paired With Warm Weather Appeal:  The Fashionable Windows Of Ralph Lauren

White & Brown Leather Paired With Warm Weather Appeal: The Fashionable Windows Of Ralph Lauren

Cool Waters Beckoning:  Fashionable Appeal: La Perla On Oak Street

Cool Waters Beckoning: Fashionable Appeal: La Perla On Oak Street

Window Scenes Of Fashionable Appeal

Window Scenes Of Fashionable Appeal

Escada:  Classic Style On Oak Street

Escada: Classic Style On Oak Street

Fashionable Visuals Behind The Windows Of Fashion

Fashionable Visuals Behind The Windows Of Fashion

Gucci:  Fashionable Impressions

Gucci: Fashionable Impressions

Gucci's  Visual Window Artistry

Gucci’s Visual Window Artistry

Bold Flounce & Vivid Windows Of Fashion:  Louis Vuitton

Bold Flounce & Vivid Windows Of Fashion: Louis Vuitton

Spring Launch Of Sweet, Fragrant Appeal: Mugler's Angel Sucree

Spring Launch Of Sweet, Fragrant Appeal: Mugler’s Angel Sucree

Fashion On The Streets Of Chicago

Fashion On The Streets Of Chicago

Consider with appreciation the world of fashion that is offered behind the panes of glass off the city streets that surround you. Whether Chicago, New York or across the world, there is appreciation to be gained of the artistry and visual presentation of fashion’s changing appeal. Whether timeless classics or the edge of fashion, appreciation. For me, always, being the lens…

Onward,

Kristin

Selfie Within The Letter "A"

Myself: Selfie Within The Letter “A”


PS:   Within fashion’s change, there is personal change.  For me, it is wrapped in the letter “A”.
I have reclaimed my maiden name.  Abrahamsen.  Change.  Onward.  Always onward…

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself”-Andy Warhol

 

In Acknowledgement Of Mothers…

Mother's Day 2016

To those that are Mother’s, an acknowledgment of your love and dedication to the gifts you have been bestowed…The gift of a child and the gift of a mother to that child is one of the most beautiful gifts of life itself.

As a mother myself, Happy Mother’s Day…

Onward,

Kristin