“Gilded” Interior Inspirations Of Golden Appeal

Golden Inspirations Within The Interior
Golden Inspirations Within The Interior

Golden Appeal. Perhaps there is something very striking of the color of gold as a New Year begins.  Brilliance.  Yet another recurring focus upon golden hues within the interior (January 2013, Visions Of Gold). Yet the “gilded” appeal within the interior  is striking at any time of the year. Timeless.  Gold seems to offer a timeless richness.  Perhaps the hue that has historically symbolized wealth and power offers more than a bold impact of rich visual appeal within the interior. An elegant appeal in a hue of gold that endures, indeed.

The term “Gilded” in terms of interiors is something “covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint”. An overlay with a thin covering of gold Highlights that stands out in striking appeal. The term “Golden” is termed as “made of relating to gold”.  As for the color of  Gold or golden, it is a color of “one of a variety of yellow-orange color blends used to give the impression of the color of the element gold”.   Elements of gold.  Of note, the American Heritage Dictionary defines the color metallic gold as “A light olive-brown to dark yellow, or a moderate, strong to vivid yellow”.  Whether vibrant or muted, metallic or swathed in a fabric accent, painted on the walls or statement objects of gilded impact, the color of gold within the interior offers vivid & bright intensity  .  Whether you refer to these shiny hues of interior brilliance as “Gilded” or “Golden” or simply a hue of “Gold”, the mere broad appeal of the color of gold within our interiors deserves our focus once again…

Interiors Of Gilded & Golden Appeal
Interiors Of Gilded & Golden Appeal
Striking Gold Accents Within The Interior
Striking Gold Accents Within The Interior
Interior Delights:  Hues Of Gold
Interior Delights: Hues Of Gold
Interior Delights: Hues Of Gold
Interior Delights: Hues Of Gold
Interior Goldtone Visuals of Delight
Interior Goldtone Visuals of Delight
Golden Appeal Within The Interior
Golden Appeal Within The Interior
Golden Visuals Of Interior Style
Golden Visuals Of Interior Style
Dark Pairing Of Vibrance:  Golden Hues
Dark Pairing Of Vibrance: Golden Hues
"Golden" Interior Appeal
“Golden” Interior Appeal
Gold Reflections: Interior Inspirations Of Golden Hue
Gold Reflections: Interior Inspirations Of Golden Hue
Golden Hues Of Brilliance Within The Interior
Golden Hues Of Brilliance Within The Interior
Brilliance Of Gold Within The Interior
Brilliance Of Gold Within The Interior
Gilded & Golden Interior Appeal
Gilded & Golden Interior Appeal
Gold tones Of Impact
Gold tones Of Impact

Consider the brilliance and striking visual of hues of gold and gilded delight within interior spaces. Certain to be appreciated as a timeless and classic hue of visual interest, the gilded appeal that graces interior worlds will continue to present a striking impact.  Gilded inspiration of hues of golden delight. Stunning elegance and timeless appeal, indeed….

Onward,

Kristin

 

“Yellow-colored objects appear to be gold” – Aristotle

Myself/Golden Reflections/Charleston, South Carolina
Myself/Golden Reflections/Charleston, South Carolina/2015
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Personal “Statements” On Display: Artwork On Walls

Artwork:  The Embellishment Of The Interior
Artwork: The Embellishment Of The Interior

Artwork on the walls. Statements. Meaningful, framed collections that present a menagerie of our personal taste and preferences. Enhancing the interior. Hanging framed objects perhaps can be considered the “art of dressing the walls”. Yet it is a personal “dressing” of the walls. For certain, the preference of what we deem as art that hangs on our walls is subjective. Alas, art is in the eye of the beholder. The selection of framed pieces, whether paintings, sketches, prints, photographs or other framed media, are a collected story of our personal lives. For beyond the art itself, the acquiring of each piece holds a story or memory associated with it. A visual of our unique perception of the world on display. A personal culmination of style that can transform an interior with stylish appeal.

When it comes to truly embellishing our interior spaces, what fills our world and our walls should inspire us. The framed objects that grace our walls should bring us pleasure and move us onward. Pleasing visual display. Surrounded by our own reverie, if you will. There is certainly no minimum or maximum of what our walls should hold. For some, less is more. For others, more is more. Whether eclectic displays or edited collections of simple impact the key is that what hangs from our walls speaks to us and holds true to our current interests and lives. Infusing our personal interests and style through art. Art, regardless of the medium, holds meaning. Art can define and unify a room while evoking and conveying emotions that create a mood within the interior. Power and meaning, for certain.

Considering that the wall is a blank canvas, surrounding the interior with framed collections will not only add visual interest and impact but texture and personal style. Yet selecting art does require our personal level of creativity. Perhaps decorating itself can be considered an extension of our personal story of choices in design and life. The artistic display of personal, collected framed art paired with the love of what surrounds. Personal statements of style, indeed…

Artistic Creativity:  The Display Of Artwork Within The Interior
Artistic Creativity: The Display Of Artwork Within The Interior
Wall To Wall Style: Artwork Within The Interior
Wall To Wall Style: Artwork Within The Interior
Artwork:  Our Personal Collections
Artwork: Our Personal Collections
Walls Of Style:  Personal Statements With Art
Walls Of Style: Personal Statements With Art
Personal Interpretations With Art:  The Decoration Of The Interior
Personal Interpretations With Art: The Decoration Of The Interior
Personal Collections On Interior Walls:  Artwork
Personal Collections On Interior Walls: Artwork
Layers Of Art:  The Interior Decoration Of Artwork
Layers Of Art: The Interior Decoration Of Artwork
Artwork Displayed:  Collections Of Personal Style
Artwork Displayed: Collections Of Personal Style
Personal Interpretations:  The Decoration Of Artwork
Personal Interpretations: The Decoration Of Artwork
Arrayed Art:  Personal Style
Arrayed Art: Personal Style

Layered And Displayed: Artwork On The Walls
Layered And Displayed: Artwork On The Walls

Interior Mood:  Artwork On Walls
Interior Mood: Artwork On Walls

Display Of Personal Style:  Artwork
Display Of Personal Style: Artwork
Varied, Personal Style:  Artwork On Walls
Varied, Personal Style: Artwork On Walls

Consider the embellishment of artwork within the interior. Whether one large framed statement piece or mass grouping, whether a gallery collection or a simple grouping the addition of art to our spaces speaks volumes of who we are. Perhaps it is our individualistic, personal style that should captivate us with what we select. What we are drawn to. Curiousity to those that will view it upon entering our interior worlds. Along with other collected decor artwork adds our personality to our interior spaces.

Although there are many methods, rules and schools of thought in hanging and displaying art, I state the case to approach your walls with boldness. Personal, unique boldness. Alas, if you cannot commit to hanging your framed art, there truly is an art to “leaning” framed artwork against a wall. Either way, decorate with intention. Personal statements on display, indeed.

Kristin

“I believe in doing the thing you feel is right. If it looks right, it is right”
-Dorothy Draper, American Interior Designer (1889-1969)

Form & Function: The World Of Books Within The Interior

The World Of Books Within The Interior
The World Of Books Within The Interior

The display of books within the interior is an aesthetically pleasing visual. Beyond a “Good Read” books truly do assist in furnishing a room. The accessibility of these stacked hardbound, and even soft cover books, simultaneously create a stylish display. A “Novel Approach” to decorating, indeed. Form and function. Books go far in enchancing our living spaces. A backdrop of books visually relays not only a “literary love” but offers us the luxury to escape into private worlds that we personally have collected. Our own personal library of interests that surrounds us, excites us and continually beckons us to take a moment of respite and dwell within the world of books.

How you decide to showcase your collections of favorite literary finds or “coffee table” books of inspiring delight is personally and stylistically yours. Whether stacked vertically and horizontally or massed together, library style, on freestanding bookshelves, built-in architectural cabinets or stacks positioned “here and there” in a visual vignette, an expression of your personal style is sure to be the guide and the result. A study in style, if you will. Creating an eye-catching display has been given much attention in the world of interior design. Although we can gain insights to assist in styling our literary world, perhaps in the end, the way in which we choose to visually surround ourselves with our books expresses our own individual style. Whether it is a wall of vertical books or a display that offers varying heights, sizes and weights of books paired with groupings of treasured elements of decoration that fill our personal world will surely bring us serenity when tucked into our own private worlds.

In appreciation of the joy of the world of books as decorative objects of form & function within our interior worlds…

Books:  Form & Function In The World Of Interior Design
Books: Form & Function In The World Of Interior Design
The Display Of Books:  Interior Inspirations
The Display Of Books: Interior Inspirations
Books:  Accessibility Paired With Stylish Display Within The Interior
Books: Accessibility Paired With Stylish Display Within The Interior
Books On Shelves Within The Interior
Books On Shelves Within The Interior
Literary Style:  Books As Decor Within The Interior
Literary Style: Books As Decor Within The Interior
 A Backdrop Of Books: Visual Display
A Backdrop Of Books: Visual Display
Decorative Display Of Form Function:  Books Within The Interior
Decorative Display Of Form Function: Books Within The Interior
Literary Love:  Books On Display
Literary Love: Books On Display
Hardbound Classics Within The Interior
Hardbound Classics Within The Interior
Visual Allure:  The World Of Books Filling Intteriors
Visual Allure: The World Of Books Filling Intteriors
Form & Function:  The Display Of Books
Form & Function: The Display Of Books

Beyond the mere love of books, consider the striking decorative feature they offer within the interior. Perhaps an essential feature that completes a home, whether your cache of books are few or many, the fact that they enter your interior spaces gives them importance. With a welcoming appeal, they beckon us to take a perch or sink into a comfortable chair in which to turn the glossy or paper pages with delight. Books can do more than provide us with “book smarts” for the avid reader, they can alter the look of a room. Style and personality layered within the tomes of printed appeal. Representational of our interests and passions. No matter that the digital world forges onward in a world of online reads, there is no replacement for the physical book. The solace that is gained in holding a book and turning its pages with anticipation will endure to lure us. Consider the value of books. The world of books within the interior offers form and function paired with personal representation, indeed…

Kristin

“Books do furnish a room”– Leslie Geddes-Brown

PS: This post is dedicated to a personal friend and independent bookstore owner, Arlene Lynes of “Read Between The Lynes” in Woodstock, Illinois. Thank you, Arlene, for your gracious service to the world of book lovers!

Read Between The Lynes Bookstore, Woodstock, Illinois
Read Between The Lynes Bookstore, Woodstock, Illinois

French By Royal Design: The “Louis”, “Fauteuil” & “Bergere” Chair

French Design Influenced by Royalty:  The "Louis " Chair
French Design Influenced by Royalty: The “Louis ” Chair

The chair of kings. Inspired by the reigns of Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, the “Louis” chair has become an emblem of the Golden Age of the French monarchy and the periods of decorative arts that aligned with their reigns.

These chairs of great style were referred to as “Fauteuil”, which means “armchair” in French (pronounced foe-toy). In terms of antique furniture, “Fauteuil” specifically refers to an armchair with open sides. Also described as a “wide and deep chair with upholstered back and seat with open arms” with a padded top. The “fauteuil à la reine” refers to a “Queen’s armchair” with a square, high back. I adore this variation! Alas, then there is the “Bergere” chair, which is an enclosed upholstered French armchair with an upholstered back with padded armrests on upholstered frames. Fitted with a loose, tailored seat cushion the Bergere is believed to have been designed for lounging in comfort with its deeper and wider seat than compared to a Fauteuil chair. I certainly covet both of these variations! Of note, Bergere chairs may have flat,“raked” backs (à la reine) or have coved backs which sweep without a break in to the armrests (known as a Marquise). No matter the styles and variations, these antique French chairs typically featured carved wooden frames that were gilded or painted and upholstered in fine silk that was often embroidered with delicate flowers. Timeless design which now provides a bevy of options with modern upholstery choices, for certain.

Royal variations Of The "Louis" Chair
Royal variations Of The “Louis” Chair
The Timeless "Louis" Chair:  Inspired By The Reigns Of French Kings
The Timeless “Louis” Chair: Inspired By The Reigns Of French Kings

Of course, an appreciation of history-royal, French history…
The entrance of the first “Louis” chair began in the late 1600’s towards the end of Louis XIV’s reign. The Baroque styled chair is said to have flourished during that time and would eventually evolve into a more lighter, graceful chair that was even more ornate. Following with the reign of Louis XV, the 17th century French salons would hold “Louis” chairs of Rococo style in which you could imagine French intellectuals gathering to ponder art, literature and politics. Alas, the “Salon Chair”. Iconic chairs, indeed. During the reign of Louis XVI the revival of the classical forms brought forth a “Louis” chair of Neoclassical style. Of interest, by the 1800’s, a typical French salon suite would hold a sofa, a chaise lounge and an armchair for both the ladies and the gentleman. Refined settings of the Victorian era for conversations in a room of grand style! Alas, the regal permanence of the “Louis” chair within the interior has endured!

Although my focus on this chair merely touches upon its French history and classic form, a visual appreciation of the Kings that the “Louis Chair” evolved under is important in the appreciation of this art form of function and style. Gathering a royal visual paired with an artistic compilation from sources on the internet, a visual appreciation of a King’s reign and stylistic period influences that resulted….

Louis XIV (1643-1715): The  Baroque "Louis: Chair
Louis XIV (1643-1715): The Baroque “Louis: Chair
Louis XV (1720-1760):  The Rococo "Louis Chair"
Louis XV (1720-1760): The Rococo “Louis Chair”
Louis XIV (1769-1790):  The Neoclassical "Louis" Chair
Louis XIV (1769-1790): The Neoclassical “Louis” Chair
A Chair Of Kings:  The French Armchair Of Timeless Style
A Chair Of Kings: The French Armchair Of Timeless Style
Upholstered Design Of Classic Style:  The French "Louis" Chair
Upholstered Design Of Classic Style: The French “Louis” Chair
French Chairs Of Distinction:  The "Louis" Chair
French Chairs Of Distinction: The “Louis” Chair
Carved Distinction & Upholstered Style:  The Louis Chair
Carved Distinction & Upholstered Style: The Louis Chair
Interior Classics:  The French Chair Of Kings
Interior Classics: The French Chair Of Kings
The French Chair Of  Regal Distinction:  The "Louis" Chair
The French Chair Of Regal Distinction: The “Louis” Chair

Consider the history of the form and function of these regal French chairs. The beauty and elegance of the “Fauteuil” and “Bergere” chairs, with or without armrests, endures within interiors and will continue. Classics. Although the variations of these stylish chairs are many, the one characteristic that will remain in all of these “Louis” chairs is timelessness. Again, a mere touch upon this classic and iconic chair of form and function. Elegant chairs that fill our interior worlds with timeless style. French by royal design: A chair of kings, indeed…

Kristin

The “Cloche”: A Versatile & Sculptural Domed Glass Of Protection & Display

Interior Display:  Sculptural Domed Focal Points With "Cloches"
Interior Display: Sculptural Domed Focal Points With “Cloches”

The Cloche. A versatile and sculptural object of function. Formed from a solid piece of glass in the shape of a dome, the term “Cloche” literally means “Bell” in French yet earlier origins of the “Cloche” are linked to the Medieval Latin word “Clocca”. The first known use of the term “Cloche” was in 1882 although the object itself was first used in Italy in the early 1600’s. Quite the longevity of purpose and function. Variations of the cloche are many, yet the traditional cloche flares at the bottom to resemble a bell. Thus, cloches are commonly referred to as “Bell Jars” and “Domes”. Sculptural interest with purpose.

The "Cloche":  Versatile Domed Glass
The “Cloche”: Versatile Domed Glass

Of interest, the earliest documentation regarding the use of the cloche can be found in John Eveyln’s Elysium Britannicum, circa 1630. The Britannicum states that the “Bell Jar” is a “Mandatory tool for any gardener of merit”. For certain, the cloche found its beginning within the world of the gardener. Defined as “A transparent plant cover used outdoors especially for protection against cold”, the gardening cloche has historically been viewed as an extremely useful and often mandatory tool for the determined gardener. In the Winter, the cloche can be used to provide vulnerable plants protection from adverse weather conditions, such as freezing rain, snow and hard frost. This protection enables the plants to continue growing into the colder months and possibly even after the first frost arrives. Prolonging a growing season, for certain. In the Spring, cloches serve to divert the rain from impacting seeds or young, tender plants at the start of the season. The cloche also serves in directing water to the soil a few inches away where the roots of the plant can maximize the absorption. In addition, the cloche urges the plants early development by trapping and fully utilizing the heat and moisture. Alas, a miniature greenhouse!. Domed shelters of purpose and function, indeed. Whether in use over a single flower or multiple rows of cloches covering new crops, these gardens under glass are intriguing when filled with the wonder of nature’s growing delights

Early Garden Delights:  Transparent Plant Cover "Cloches"
Early Garden Delights: Transparent Plant Cover “Cloches”
"Bell Jar" Of Distinction:  The  Versatile "Cloche"
“Bell Jar” Of Distinction: The Versatile “Cloche”

Although the solid piece of glass shaped like a dome began with the purpose of aiding the gardener, this object of distinction has certainly moved beyond this original function to display possibilities within the interior. Historically, it is not referenced as to when the outdoor world of the cloche was brought indoors. Either way, the cloche has become an elegant, decorative accent within the interior. And of those objects of importance protected and on display? Striking under the shelter of the domed glass they are featured under. Personal objects and collections to be admired underneath the clear layer of glass. Adding height and interest with visual appeal, the cloche provides a simple, elegant appeal of bottomless style

Showcasing Objects Of Interest Within the Interior:  Glass Domed "Cloches"
Showcasing Objects Of Interest Within the Interior: Glass Domed “Cloches”
Seasonal Decoration Under Glass Domed Shelters:  Cloches
Seasonal Decoration Under Glass Domed Shelters: Cloches
Domed, Glass Decoration:  The Bell Shaped "Cloche"
Domed, Glass Decoration: The Bell Shaped “Cloche”
Decorations Within Events:  The Glass, Domed "Cloche"
Decorations Within Events: The Glass, Domed “Cloche”

And of my favored element of decoration to be under the dome of glass?

Under A Dome Of Glass:  Stylish Display With Personal Affects
Under A Dome Of Glass: Stylish Display With Personal Affects

Consider the cloche. A functional object within the indoor world with an outdoor appeal of function. Purpose and function. Whether you use the thick, domed “Bell” of protective glass to nurture and protect the growing world you have planted or create a visual of intrigue with grouped, collected and beloved treasures within your interior, consider the versatility and beauty of an object of domed glass. Adding visual height and interest, the decoration and display of glass cloches provides an intriguing appeal. Versatile and sculptural domed glass of protection and display, indeed…

Kristin

Form & Function: The Decoration Of The Cylindrical “Bolster Pillow”

Cushions Of Distinction:  The Bolster Pillow
Cushions Of Distinction: The Bolster Pillow

The “Bolster Pillow”. Cylindrical cushioned style of comfort within the interior. The key to a “Bolster Pillow’s function is its name: to “Bolster” or support the user. Described as “A long, narrow pillow or cushion filled with cotton, down or fibre” that is usually “Firm for back or arm support or for decorative application”, this “Armrest to support your arm” while perched on a couch or settee is distinctive in its form. The decoration of the “Bolster Pillow” certainly supports an enduring appeal. Often this pillow of cyndrical form is referred to as “tube, neck or neck roll pillows”. Variations and evolutions within function, for certain. There is no standard size for this pillow of support and distinction yet the cushion that is round and long beckons our attention with its form and function. Found at the edge of sofas or daybeds or prominently on display within the assortment of pillows that may adorn a bed, the “Bolster Pillow” adds a distinct appeal to the setting with which it rests. A pillow or a prop? For certain, function and display are united together

The word “Bolster” is from the Middle English and from Old English’s “Belg Bag” from the 12th century. The history of these pillows that accessorize a room with their unique cylindrical shapes? “Bolster Pillows” are stated to have originated in the South and Southeast Asian countries (in particular Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malyasia, Signapore, Bangladesh and Thailand). Designed to be “Hugged” when sleeping, this pillow of cylindrical form holds various references including the “Hugging Pillow” which was also designed to be used for back support. In addition, these “Bolsters” were also used by the Chinese ( called a “Dakimakura” ) as end cushions for sleeping platforms. Of additional interest, in Japan it is referred to as “Jukbuin”. The tradition that follows is that the “Bolster Pillow”, hollow and formed out of bamboo, would be given by a wife to her husband when he traveled far from home to comfort him and keep him refreshingly cool during sleep due to air circulation within the bamboo form. “Juk” stands for “bamboo” and “Puin” stands for “wife”. Hence, the name “Bamboo wife” would result. Who knew? But alas, it is not a “Bolster Pillow” made of bamboo that I refer to. The form and the addition of luxurious fabrics that layered solid forms of cotton or down feathers is the “Bolster Pillow” that dwells within our interior spaces that gains my attention.

Function & Form:  The Decoration Of The Bolster Pillow
Function & Form: The Decoration Of The Bolster Pillow
Long & Narrow Style:   The Bolster Pillow
Long & Narrow Style: The Bolster Pillow
The Bolster Pillow:  Firm & Stylish Support
The Bolster Pillow: Firm & Stylish Support
Cushions Of Support:  The Bolster Pillow
Cushions Of Support: The Bolster Pillow
Long & Narrow Cushions:  The Appeal Of The Bolster Pillow
Long & Narrow Cushions: The Appeal Of The Bolster Pillow

Consider the classic form of the “Bolster Pillow”. Comfort and visual interest united. Form and function. A decorative throw pillow? Perhaps, yet one with a distinctive visual in decoration paired with support. Comfort with versatile application. Whether custom cushions with limitless options for fabrics, colors and patterns or basic decorative accents available at-the-ready, consider the inviting appeal and comfort added with “Bolster Pillows”. Whether a “Bolster” sewn into a solid stitched form or a versatile pillow complete with zipper or hook and loop enclosure allowing for further versatility with changing display, the distinctive addition of its shape simultaneously compliments other fabrics and shapes within a room. Form and function with the cylindrical decoration of the “Bolster Pillow”, indeed…

Kristin

Fall’s Iconic Emblem: The “Great Pumpkin” & Its Embellishment As Decoration

The Great Pumpkin:  An Icon Of Fall's Arrival
The Great Pumpkin: An Icon Of Fall’s Arrival

The “Great Pumpkin”. The gift from a trailing vine. Having been enamored with pumpkins since youth, perhaps a visual appreciation of the grand cultivar of squash is at hand. Fall’s arrival pairs with the iconic visual emblem of the “Pumpkin”. The round, smooth and slightly ribbed skin of the pumpkin continues to endure as a coveted emblem of Fall. Of course, one must have at least one or more of these Autumnal gifts of nature upon Fall’s arrival. Bursts of rich Fall colors that emulates the changing trees within the great outdoors, bringing indoors these elements of Autumn seems to denote a passing of seasons within our spaces. Consider not just the great orange, classic pumpkin, but also the additional display that brings the mere “orange” pumpkin to a new level: heirloom selections from the world of pumpkins. Inspired upon a recent visit to the “Pumpkin Patch”, camera in hand, the great pumpkin was in focus. Consider the grayish green Jarrahdale, the creamy, light orange “Long Island Cheese” (a more flattened and often ribbed shape- perfect for stacking), the striking “White” pumpkin and of course, the “Cinderella” pumpkin (resembling a flattened cushion of natural style). So many stunning variations abound for our personal preference and statement to embellish our exterior and interior spaces. And why not decorate with the vast variations of sizes, shapes, colors and distinctive appeal of “Pumpkins”? Whether stacked in towering delight or standing alone, the pumpkin certainly is a visual delight. Delightful inspirations, for certain.

The term “Pumpkin” refers to a certain genus cultivar of squash known as “Cucurbita”. The word “Pumpkin” comes from the British word “Pumpion” which was derived from the French word “Pompon”. Of interest, “Pompon” was taken from the ancient Greek word “Pepon” for melon. Interesting. Pumpkins, like other squash, are believed to have originated in North America. However, the oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds were found in Mexico, dating between 7000 and 5500 BC. An enduring botanical cultivar, indeed! For further insights in the appreciation of the pumpkin and its history, it is said that the Native American Indians in the New World used pumpkin as a staple in their diets for centuries before the arrival of the Pilgrim settlers by boat. The settlers would embrace the sweet, multi-purpose fruit and eventually return to Europe with the seeds of this vine growing gourd. Expanded appreciation would certainly result.

Of note, it is believed that the first pumpkins were of the ‘crooked neck’ variety rather than the ribbed or creased, classic and iconic orange pumpkin. Who knew? Of interest, in New Zealand and Australian English, the term “Pumpkin” generally refers to the broader category of thick skinned “Winter Squash”. Either way, this cultivar that is considered a fruit that is layered in a thick shell has found its way into commercial use, both in food and recreation. Grown all over the world on six of the seven continents (the exception being Antarctica) it is no surprise that the pumpkin in all its glory has remained a glorious icon of the season. The appreciation of the Autumnal gift of nature, indeed….

The "Great Pumpkin":  October's Harvest Of Iconic Style
The “Great Pumpkin”: October’s Harvest Of Iconic Style

And of the culinary bliss of the Great Pumpkin? This versatile gourd features edible flowers, seeds (known as “Pepitas” that become a roasted, edible delight) and the mild, sweet flavored orange pulp rich in vitamins. An added bonus to the decoration factor, for certain! Of course, the culinary uses are wide and varied for this tasty fruit from a trailing vine. And of the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns? Perhaps that tradition and its history which was brought to America by Irish Imigrants, is another topic of focus, indeed. Yet should I mention it was originally a turnip that would be replaced by the great pumpkin as a Jack-O-Lantern? Again, who knew? However you view the great gift of the vine, the pumpkin certainly deserves our appreciation…

Autumnal Gifts Of Nature Within The Interior:  "Pumpkins"
Autumnal Gifts Of Nature Within The Interior: “Pumpkins”
Halloween & Autumnal Decoration Of The "Pumpkin"
Halloween & Autumnal Decoration Of The “Pumpkin”
Celebrations With The Great "Pumpkin"
Celebrations With The Great “Pumpkin”
Entertaining & Table Decor:  The Embellishment With Pumpkins
Entertaining & Table Decor: The Embellishment With Pumpkins

Consider the pumpkin as nature’s perfect icon of the Fall. Possessing a deep yellow to orange coloration or the varied mix of hues and styles, whether decorating with pumpkins as Halloween adornment, bedecked in style, such as coated and gilded with silver, gold or copper, embellished with elegant distinction or unexpected delight as decorations of Autumn’s bounty, the embellishment of pumpkins within our exteriors and interior worlds earns appreciation. Consider tucking in these cool weather crops of Autumn delight throughout your personal world. Whether piles of pumpkins, towering layers of staggered height or a pumpkin standing solo, pumpkins are a natural approach to decorating for the season. Setting a festive tone for the arrival of the Fall Season, for certain. And of the decoration with pumpkins as celebratory focal points of life’s memorable occasions? Nature’s appreciation paired with memorable events, for certain. An iconic element of Fall that welcomes the season. The “Great Pumpkin”, indeed…

Kristin

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion”
-Henry David Thoreau

Ebony Distinction Of Interior Style: Wedgwood’s Classic Black “Jasperware”

Designs Of Antiquity:  Wedgwood's Black Jasperware
Designs Of Antiquity: Wedgwood’s Black Jasperware

British pottery of bold distinction. Jasperware. Also known as “Wedgwood Jasper”, Wedgwood’s Black Jasperware was developed by Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) during the 1770’s. Known as the “Father of English Potters”, the pottery innovations of royal acclaim by Josiah Wedgwood still hold to past success in the present. Timeless pieces that endure in classical style and history. Described as an unglazed stoneware, it is also referred to as a type of porcelain. Noted for its matte finish, Jasperware is produced in a number of different colors. Originally, Jasperware was stained either blue, green, yellow, lilac or black. Who knew? Although the best known color is the pale blue known as “Wedgwood Blue”, it is the bold and unexpected impact of the black Jasperware that lures me. Named after the mineral “Jasper” (a colored, opaque quartz), the Wedgwood motifs that would embellish the vessels and decorative objects are detailed applications of “Bas Relief” design. These distinctive designs were influenced by the ancient cultures that experienced a renaissance “through study and discovery during the expansion of the British Empire”. The motifs are said to have been taken directly from ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian mythologies. The British demand for replicas of ancient artifacts and representations of royalty, nobles and statesmen were met in silhouettes distinctively embellished in white, circling objects of Neoclassical shape of significance.

Of interest, Josiah Wedgwood was the 12th child of potter Thomas Wedgwood. A family history of potters linked back to Josiah’s Great Grandfather. A family trade of craftsmanship and artistry, for certain. Said to be an innovator, it was Josiah that developed “Queen’s Ware” (a cream colored, lead-glazed earthenware). Presenting a tea service with this new material of flint and white clay to Queen Charlotte (King George III), the delighted Queen permitted the name “Queen’s Ware” to be used in reference to this new pottery. Josiah would thus pronounce himself as “Potter to the Queen” following this success that spread the name of “Wedgwood” throughout Europe. British expansion, indeed.

Of note, in 1768, Wedgwood had introduced a different type of fine grained stoneware called “Black Basalt”. (Alas, I adore the depth of this solid pottery as well). Produced from copies of Etruscan pottery that had been excavated in Italy, this lustrous and smooth stoneware with a purple and black sheen produced an intense demand within the world of decoration for the interior. Developed from a reddish brown clay that burned black during firing, the bold and matte statement of black basalt stoneware endures as a statement of decorative style. Yet it is Jasperware that has been given the credit as the most important invention in the history of ceramics since the birth of porcelain. It is said that it took Wedgwood years of experimentation to perfect his design for the unglazed stoneware of durable and delicate form. Experimental success in the creation of timeless pieces of iconic style.

Beyond the objects in stoneware, the motifs of Jasperware were also set into jewelry as well as embellishing architectural features, such as fireplace mantles, mouldings and furnishings. Widespread style of stylistic display of historical and classical distinction, for certain. Enduring style that celebrates ancient history and classical shapes that endure. In fact, Jasperware itself has seemed to have become synonymous with Wedgwood. Success of distinction, indeed.

Josiah Wedgwood:  (1730-1795) Innovator Of Enduring  Style
Josiah Wedgwood: (1730-1795) Innovator Of Enduring Style
Bold Impact Within The Interior:  Black Jasperware
Bold Impact Within The Interior: Black Jasperware
Wedgwood's Black Jasperware:  Bold Statements Of Classical Antiquity
Wedgwood’s Black Jasperware: Bold Statements Of Classical Antiquity

Of course, I must give credit to most of the striking interior images presented with the contrast of black and white Jasperware. I must mention the interior design skills and incredible sense of style of iconic lifestyle expert Eddie Ross. Photographs from interior designer Celerie Kemble’s striking book “Black And White” have included the images presented here of black Jasperware within the interior and previous residence of Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar . I have had the pleasure of meeting the delightful Eddie and Jaithan in November of 2011. In fact, I have rightly given acknowledgement to both in a past post A Duo of Inspiration. Considering Eddie’s mastery of quality, design and style, it is no wonder that the images that I would find to best relay the distinction of Wedgwood’s black Jasperware within the interior would be from Eddie’s stylish perspective and flair. Style follows great taste.

Consider the bold and dramatic addition to your interiors with Wedgwood’s black Jasperware. Striking impact of classical distinction of antiquity. As one of my personal favorite color combinations, the addition of historical influences embellished upon these classic shapes continue to mesmerize. The timeless adornment within our interiors will endure in luring us to appreciate its beauty. Ebony distinction of interior style, indeed…

Kristin

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

The Allure of The Crystal Chandelier

I will admit that I have always had a love affair with the pure beauty of the crystal chandelier. They truly draw me in. It is easy to get lost in the dazzling beauty and illuminating rays of the prisms that fall on those of us below.

The allure of the chandelier has followed us through the centuries. From their original functional beginning of illuminating large castles and halls in Medieval churches and abbeys, they soon began to take on more elaborate forms. It is said that the crystal chandelier came to its fame during the development of lead glass in 17th century England. Designs became more complex as demands increased. Chandeliers not only became decorative and aesthetic in function, but a symbol of wealth. The ultimate luxury object.

Although grand chandeliers of the highest quality crystal are still a luxury object, there are crystal chandeliers available today with varied price ranges, shapes and sizes.

The illumination of these chandeliers adds instant drama and elegance to any room. They are an important decorative accessory. They are no longer limited to the dining room. Appreciating their beauty and importance in decorating will provide insight on how to use these elegant, timeless objects in our spaces. Rethink these classic, grand, opulent illuminating jewels. Consider the magical effect and ambiance added to any rooms they grace!

And please, don’t forget the dimmer switch!

Kristin