The Striking & Enduring Appeal Of Harwood Floors

Hardwood Floors:  Distinctive Interiors With Wood Appeal
Hardwood Floors: Distinctive Interiors With Wood Appeal

Hardwood flooring. Perhaps there is no other interior flooring that not only imbues floors with color and luster but also adds character, warmth and a spacious, visual appeal. Considered one of the most desired and treasured part of a homes décor, hardwood flooring seems to evoke interior richness with a timeless, classic appeal. If wood floors last a lifetime and gain character with age, for certain the newer hardwood flooring options of distressed and hand-scraped hardwoods also will also offer an appealing timeworn appearance.

Hardwoods can vary from blond to black, depending on the type of wood and the finish. Of course, hardwoods also vary in durability, grain patterns and color. The most common hardwoods for solid wood floors are red oak, white oak and maple. Preferred for their hardness and durability, oak, maple, and cherry are among the most common. However, exotic woods such as mahogany and Brazilian cherry are prized for their distinctive striking appearance over durability. Personal design choices, indeed. Of course then there is the style of the wood flooring. Narrow strips (that seem to create the illusion of space), wide boards (which can impart a rustic appeal) and the distinctive, geometric design of parquet floors (which are often found embellishing more formal interiors). All present different effects within an interior. Choices. For those of use fortunate enough to have original hardwood, with its timeworn appeal, we can merely relish its beauty and appeal within our own personal spaces. In  a visual  appreciation of hardwood flooring within the interior world, a compilation of collected images awaits…

Glistening Hardwood Flooring: Interior Delights
Glistening Hardwood Flooring: Interior Delights
Enhancing A Home: Hardwood Flooring
Enhancing A Home: Hardwood Flooring
Warmth & Character:  Hardwood Flooring
Warmth & Character: Hardwood Flooring
Glossy Finish & Hardwood Floors
Glossy Finish & Hardwood Floors
Hardwood Flooring Appeal
Hardwood Flooring Appeal
Hardwood Flooring Delights:  Interior Spaces
Hardwood Flooring Delights: Interior Spaces
Wood Flooring Finishes Within The Interior
Wood Flooring Finishes Within The Interior
Hardwood Distinction Within The Interior
Hardwood Distinction Within The Interior
Beautiful Interest Within The Interior:  Hardwood Floors
Beautiful Interest Within The Interior: Hardwood Floors
Glossy And Visually Spacious:  Hardwood Flooring
Glossy And Visually Spacious: Hardwood Flooring
Light Wood Appeal:  Hardwood Floors
Light Wood Appeal: Hardwood Floors
Hardwood Floors & Interior Design
Hardwood Floors & Interior Design
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Interior Appeal With Hardwood Flooring
Timeless Flooring:   Hardwood
Timeless Flooring: Hardwood
Personalized Space:  Atop A Vintage Wood Floor
Personalized Space: Atop A Vintage Wood Floor

Consider the beauty of wood flooring. Distinctive and timeless, the natural wood flooring surface will live on in the world of interior design. My personal love affair with wood floors has endured over time and will surely remain my coveted flooring of choice. For those that prefer the underlaying of carpeting, beauty can also be found in quality fibers underfoot. Yet for me it is the glossy and natural appeal of hardwood flooring that seems to present the perfect backdrop, along with the painted walls within an interior, which sets and presents the decoration of a space and personal display at its best. Onward in appreciation of hardwood floors within the interior. Whether old or new, wood endures with timeless distinction…

Onward,

Kristin

“Like the walls of a room, the floor is a background: It should not furnish the pattern, but set off whatever is placed upon it” – Edith Wharton

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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

“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

Natural & Fruited Holiday Appeal: The “della Robbia” Wreaths & Swags Of Colonial Williamsburg

Festoons Of Natural Delights:  Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Wreaths
Festoons Of Natural Delights: Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Wreaths

The holidays always bring forth bursts of color. But perhaps the natural colors of nature laden upon the wreaths of green found upon the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, offer hues of vibrant bounty. What is referred to as “A living-history museum and private foundation presenting part of a historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia”, the historic streets offer a walk through yesteryear and a visual delight to the eyes to behold when swagged and bedecked in Holiday style. Williamsburg style. The festive and natural Holiday wreaths of Colonial Williamsburg seem to inspire a simplicity of elegance. Wreaths and swags reminiscent of yesteryear. The wreaths that grace the historic structures of Colonial Williamsburg are bedecked with all things natural such as festoons of fruit, flowers, boughs of holly, fans of apples, oranges and pomegranates and other natural embellishments of visual delight.

Elements of nature found in the borders and decorative motifs of these wreaths of evergreens hold distinctive and enduring appeal.  Historically, the swags of fruited appeal that have decorated America’s front doors and exterior spaces is linked to the beginning of the 20th century.  Paired with the significance of Christmas and the Colonial Revival, it is believed that these fruited decorations harkened back to the decorative styles of the eighteenth century. Yet the custom of affixing fruits, vegetables, dried flowers, herbs, and other natural details to evergreen wreaths, swags, and roping has often been referred to as “Colonial Williamsburg Door Decorations”.  A practice that was adopted and adapted by Colonial Williamsburg had popularized the fruited and bedecked natural appeal of holiday greens. Designs fashioned from boxwood and magnolia greenery paired with imports by the colonists of pineapples, lemons and oranges from the West Indies, would have longstanding impact on the celebration of Christmas within the Southern state of Virginia and beyond. The mere cause of admiration of these fruit laden wreaths and swags have drawn throngs to view their annual natural display. On a recent holiday in Virginia, I too, was drawn. From behind the lens I was struck with admiration and appreciation at the simplicity of bounties of nature in grand display of elegance and artistic display from nature’s gifts itself.

House Beautiful, Circa 1926
House Beautiful, Circa 1926

“Of late years, besides the staple wreaths of plain greens to which we have long been accustomed, the holiday’s emblems have blossomed forth,–or perhaps we should say fruited forth,–with richness of color produced by the use of either natural or artificial fruit as an embellishment. This idea was undoubtedly suggested by the gorgeous Italian carvings and terra cottas of the Renaissance…”
-1926, House Beautiful

The quote from the 1926 magazine issue of House Beautiful is said refer to the fifteenth-century Italian sculptor from Forence, Italy, Luca della Robbia (Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482)  who became “synonymous with fruit and foliage swags on glazed terracotta roundels”.

Lucca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482) Italian Sculptor
Lucca della Robbia (1399/1400-1482) Italian Sculptor

Of note, during the 1700‘s Sculptor Grinling Gibbons also produced festoons of fruit and flowers on architectural detailed wood carvings and decorative motifs for English cathedrals and English royalty. Yet it is “della Robbia” that is given the credit for the emulation of fresh fruit laden wreaths that inspired and were popularized in the mid 1930’s within the rich history of Colonial Williamsburg.

Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) Dutch-British Sculptor & Wood Carver
Grinling Gibbons (1648-1721) Dutch-British Sculptor & Wood Carver

In the early years of the Colonial Williamsburg restoration, visuals of these fruited swags and wreaths would spread across the country through images in decorating magazines. Thousands of visitors, fascinated by the imaginative and natural decorations, continue to pay homage every year to the idyllic setting festooned in greens and natural delights of holiday beauty. Interesting, it was 1936 when Colonial Williamsburg first decorated for Christmas. At that time it is said to have been merely the simple greenery of plain wreaths with running cedar (a low growing evergreen) that would adorn the the Governor’s Palace and the Raleigh Tavern. Yet the embellishment of fruited appeal would embark upon the green decorations with longstanding impact. Credit is given to a “Mrs. Louise Fisher”, responsible for the decoration of Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg,  who is said to have brought pictoral examples from the Library of Congress of English and American decoration styles to guide her in her feat. By 1939 the “della Robbia” wreaths of Mrs. Louise Fischer had deemed the phrase the “Williamsburg Christmas look” and the embellished wreaths of natural appeal was forever launched. What would soon become a serious contest within Colonial Williamsburg, complete with blue ribbons affixed to the houses of five to ten winners, would become the “Christmas Decorations Tour” in 1969.  The contest continues. Decades of fruited and natural appeal, indeed.

With appreciation from behind my lens….a visual of natural delight in festive appeal….

Bedecked In Natural Style
Bedecked In Natural Style
Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Traditions:  Fruited & Natural Appeal
Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Traditions: Fruited & Natural Appeal
Colonial Williamsburg: Fruited Holiday Appeal
Colonial Williamsburg: Fruited Holiday Appeal
Evergreens & Nature's Delights:  The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Evergreens & Nature’s Delights: The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Nature's Embellishments In Festoons Of Holiday Style
Nature’s Embellishments In Festoons Of Holiday Style
Colonial Williamsburg: Natural Delights In Holiday Embellishments
Colonial Williamsburg: Natural Delights In Holiday Embellishments
Holiday Emblems Of Colonial Williamsburg:  Bedecked Greens
Holiday Emblems Of Colonial Williamsburg: Bedecked Greens
Fruitful Holiday Appeal:  The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Fruitful Holiday Appeal: The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Evergreen Wreaths & Swags Of Timeless and Natural Appeal
Evergreen Wreaths & Swags Of Timeless and Natural Appeal
Embellished Greens With Fruit Laden Appeal:  Colonial Williamsburg
Embellished Greens With Fruit Laden Appeal: Colonial Williamsburg
Swags Of Evergreen & Natural Fruited Delights:  Adornment Of Colonial Williamsburg
Swags Of Evergreen & Natural Fruited Delights: Adornment Of Colonial Williamsburg
Elegant & Artistic Display:  The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Elegant & Artistic Display: The Wreaths Of Colonial Williamsburg
Holiday Decoration  Of Colonial Williamsburg
Holiday Decoration Of Colonial Williamsburg
Embellished With Nature In Colorful, Artistic Array: Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths
Embellished With Nature In Colorful, Artistic Array: Colonial Williamsburg Wreaths
Williamsburg Wreaths:  Embellishments Of Timeless Appeal
Williamsburg Wreaths: Embellishments Of Timeless Appeal

Consider with appreciation the festive wreaths and swags of enduring appeal. Graced with fruit and other natural elements, such as holly berries, seed pods, pepper berries, eucalyptus, pine cones, magnolia leaves and other wonders of nature, the decorations offer a visual appreciation of the blessings of nature. Upon the historic structures of Southern architecture and charm, the visuals  have impacted since.

And of myself strolling the streets of Colonial Williamsburg yearning to capture the essence of the visuals of exuberant and festive holiday style embellishing this historic setting?  Enamored. With a love for history and architecture paired with an appreciation of the natural and elegant delights that bedecked the surfaces of this quaint historic town, my camera continued to frame and capture.  Yet the visuals I set before you, from behind my lens, reflect only a sampling and a mere moment in time within the seasonal surrounds of Colonial Williamsburg. Captivating in the moment, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

Myself, 2014/Williamsburg, Virginia
Myself, 2014/Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Holiday Embellishments: Fireplace Mantels Adorned In Festive Appeal

Festive Embellishments Of Holiday Appeal:  Mantel Display
Festive Embellishments Of Holiday Appeal: Mantel Display

The fireplace mantel. Embellished in festive Holiday appeal. The fireplace mantle or mantelpiece is also known as a chimneypiece. Having originated in medieval times as a hood that projected over a grate capturing the smoke that emitted, the term has evolved to include the decorative framework around the fireplace and even the elaborate designs that can extend to the ceiling. The term Mantelpiece is now a broad term for the “jambs, mantel shelf, and external accessories of a fireplace”. I harken the world of centuries past in which the mantel or chimneypiece became the focal point as an ornamental and artistic feature of a room. Appreciation. A fundamental element in the history of western art, holding elements of European sculpture carved in detail in wood, marble and stone, these structures of form and function continue to endure in interior appeal. Design, proportion, and detail. Details of distinction, indeed. Although time itself and interior design changes the form, the appreciation of the fireplace and its mantel deserve a visual bedecked in holiday delight

Bright Elegance Of Festive Delight:  The Holiday Mantel
Bright Elegance Of Festive Delight: The Holiday Mantel
Evergreen Delight: Vivid Greens On Holiday Display
Evergreen Delight: Vivid Greens On Holiday Display
Neutral Inspirations Of Holiday Appeal
Neutral Inspirations Of Holiday Appeal
Simple Elegance:  The Mantel Dressed For The Holidays
Simple Elegance: The Mantel Dressed For The Holidays
Embellishments Of Holiday: The Fireplace Mantel
Embellishments Of Holiday: The Fireplace Mantel
Visual Delights Of The Holiday Mantel
Visual Delights Of The Holiday Mantel
Holiday Elegance:  The Fireplace Mantle Display
Holiday Elegance: The Fireplace Mantle Display
Hues Of Green:  The Holiday Mantel
Hues Of Green: The Holiday Mantel
Holiday Embellishment of Personal Appeal:  The Mantel
Holiday Embellishment of Personal Appeal: The Mantel

Consider with appreciation the distinctive beauty of the fireplace and its mantel. Although personal in style of display and the objects, trimmings, nature’s greens or decorations that may bedeck its horizontal surface, consider with appreciation the mere mantel and its offerings for visual display. A personal homage to the Holidays, for certain. In appreciation of the embellished mantel that enriches our interior spaces as an enduring focal point. It is all in the details. Timeless adornment of festive appeal, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

PS: And for those fortunate to approach decorating in Holiday display upon your own awaiting mantel?

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

Autumnal Glory Of Nature: Ornamental Indian Corn

Ornamental Indian Corn:  Nature's  Colorful Appeal In Autumn
Ornamental Indian Corn: Nature’s Colorful Appeal In Autumn

Autumnal glory of nature. Ornamental Indian corn. Autumn heralds the arrival of the decoration of ornamental Indian corn. The hard kernels of various colors and Autumnal hues offer distinctive impact of timeless appeal when found on display decorating table tops and doorways during the Autumn season. Perhaps it can be said that the Fall harvest and its offerings would not be complete without the appearance of Indian corn. Ears of Indian corn in Autumnal jewel tones of distinction. Termed as “any primitive corn having ears with kernels of various colors”, it is no wonder that these hard kernels offering a multitude of color have become a visual of Fall.

Autumnal Delights: Ornamental Indian Corn
Autumnal Delights: Ornamental Indian Corn

Historians link the origination of these colorful ears of corn to China, India and South America. It was not until the 15th century that the kernels and husks of colorful delight would travel around the globe via explorers and traders. The name “Indian corn” is said to have been taken from the indigenous natives of North America who originally cultivated it. Of interest, rather than decoration, Indian corn was ground to make flour. Who knew? Although the kernels themselves are hard, the ears with larger kernels are now typically used for flour or cornmeal production, while those with small, pointy kernels are perfect for popcorn. Indian corn varies in ear size, kernel, husk and stalk color. The most common husk colors are ivory and purple. Visual delights, indeed. The term “Flint Corn” (hard, and like stone) would also reference these jeweled ears. Yet in most countries this hard corn is known as “Indian corn” or “Calico Corn”, which is the same species as Indian corn but a different variant of maize. Oh, the calico colors! It is interesting to note that the Indian corn that we recognize today are several hybrid varieties that have been developed within the last 50 years. These calico-patterned or speckled varieties of Indian corn are the result of cross-pollination of single-shaded plants. In addition to the multicolored ears, there are also solid ears in shades of red, gold, yellow, reddish brown,dark purple, white, ruby, blue and even black. Bold, colorful and unexpected hues of Autumnal delight, indeed! With hard outer layers, each colorful kernel endures to delight with Autumnal appeal. The unusual texture and composition of hues go far in providing Autumnal interest when brought into our interiors or used as decoration in events. Calico patterns of delight, indeed…

Decoration Of Autumn Within The Interior:  Ornamental Indian Corn
Decoration Of Autumn Within The Interior: Ornamental Indian Corn
Kernels Of Autumnal Color:  Ornamental indian Corn
Kernels Of Autumnal Color: Ornamental indian Corn
Entertaining & Decoration With Indian Corn
Entertaining & Decoration With Indian Corn
Colorful Autumn Delight:  Ornamental Indian Corn
Colorful Autumn Delight: Ornamental Indian Corn
Autumn Holiday Entertaining With Indian Corn
Autumn Holiday Entertaining With Indian Corn
Holiday Decorating: Autumnal Hues Of Indian Corn
Holiday Decorating: Autumnal Hues Of Indian Corn
Indian Corn & Husks Of Decoration:  Autumn Delights
Indian Corn & Husks Of Decoration: Autumn Delights

Consider the decoration of Indian corn as the Autumn season settles upon us. The hues of Autumn are sure to provide us with seasonal enjoyment when embellished within our interior and exterior spaces. A natural visual in bringing the outdoors in and a focus on nature when gracing our exteriors. Autumnal glory of nature, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine”
-Anne Bronte

Interpretations of French Form: The Petite & Versatile Guéridon Table

French Design:  The Guéridon Table
French Design: The Guéridon Table

The distinctive table of French form of the versatile Guéridon table endures to appeal within the world of interior design. Of interest, the early Guéridon was originally referenced as a small, circular-top table supported by one pedestal or several columns with sculptural human statues or mythological figures built into them. It is perhaps no surprise that the legs that would support the early Guéridons were often modeled after ancient Egyptian and Greek forms. Appreciation of history and form, for certain. Having originated in France towards the middle of the 17th century, the table is also referenced as “A small ornamental table, pedestal, candle stand” (or a torchere, which is a tall ornamental flat-topped stand, traditionally used as a stand for a candlestick). Originally these tables were one-legged pedestals often positioned in front of mirrors so the candlelight could be reflected upon the glass…alas, homage to the Hall Of Mirrors at Versailles

"Hall Of Mirrors" At Versailles/France
“Hall Of Mirrors” At Versailles/France
Louis XIV of France (1643-1715) &  The GUÉRIDON Table In The Style Of Louis XIV
Louis XIV of France (1643-1715) & The GUÉRIDON Table In The Style Of Louis XIV

However one views these petite, elegant and versatile tables, their history is certainly linked to the world of the French court of King Louis XIV. Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) iconically known as the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil) was a monarch of the House of Bourbon and ruled as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. With a reign of 72 years it is no wonder that his influence within interior design would impact the interior world that surrounded him within his world at Versailles. Within that world, was the Guéridon. Tall candle stands of gilded appeal. Alas, the stunning grandeur of Versailles’ “Hall of Mirrors” with Guéridons holding flickering flames of magical delight! Of course, the style of the petite table would evolve beyond the columned legs or legs decorated with mythological figures into a tripod form. By the end of the 18th century the evolution of design offered a revised function of portability. A trio of three legs on lower tables would offer lightweight, timeless style.

Guéridon tables can be either simple in form or formed with detailed carved wood that was gilded for further distinction and grandeur. Many boasted marble top insets. Variations, indeed. Like fashion, interiors and their embellishments also evolve. It is interesting to note that a variety of small occasional tables are now referred to as Guéridons. Part of the lineage of Guéridon table history, for certain. The decorative and versatile Guéridon tables are not only striking and decorative but are an asset in small spaces serving as an occasional table of stylish form & function. Of note, although the history and lineage and origin of the term Guéridon varies, including a link to the statues of Moorish figures, these tables are worthy of appreciation, indeed…

The Guéridon Table: Form & Function
The Guéridon Table: Form & Function
Versatile Tables Of French Appeal:   The Guéridon Table
Versatile Tables Of French Appeal: The Guéridon Table

The Guéridon Table: French Appeal

Tables Of Distinction:   The Guéridon Table
Tables Of Distinction: The Guéridon Table
 The Guéridon Table:  Forms Of Function & Display
The Guéridon Table: Forms Of Function & Display
Varied Forms Of Petite Elegance:  The Gueridon Table
Varied Forms Of Petite Elegance: The Guéridon Table
Stylish & Distinctive: The Guéridon Table
Stylish & Distinctive: The Guéridon Table
Variations Of French Interpretation:  The Gueridon Table
Variations Of French Interpretation: The Guéridon Table
Moveable, Versatile Appeal Of Classic Form:  The Gueridon Table
Moveable, Versatile Appeal Of Classic Form: The Guéridon Table

Consider the history, form and function of these versatile tables of small form. For those of us that may not acquire a French Guéridon table of historical importance, the reproduction of this table and the modern variances in its form are vast. Modern interpretations of a classic will certainly endure within the world of interior design. Decorative and versatile tables of interpreted French form, indeed…

Onward,

Kristin

“Woody” Delight: The Decoration Of The Venerable “Pine Cone”

The Glorious Pine Cone As Decoration
The Glorious Pine Cone As Decoration

The familiar and woody pine cone. The distinctive display and array of pine cones within our interiors or holiday displays certainly add an element of natural, traditional Fall & Winter decor, of au naturel appeal. Found in a variety of shapes and sizes, the natural beauty of these abundant icons of Fall & Winter deserve our appreciation. Natural & traditional elements of striking appeal.

The pine cone has held itself as a symbol of longevity, wisdom and peace. In fact, throughout the span of recorded human history, pinecones are said to have served as a symbolic representation of enlightenment and as sources of “illumination” in the church. An iconic element of nature, indeed. Botanically, the pine cone is known as strobilus, which is derived from the shape that some of these woody emblems of nature hold. The geometric cone shape is the “archetypal” pine cone, although whether conic, cylindrical or egg shaped (referred to as ovoid) the pine cone is a masterpiece of nature. The structure of these woody emblems of nature vary between the Pines, Spruces, Firs, Cedars and Larches (a few of these conifers that hold these cones of delight high above us). Nature’s wonders. These pine cones of evergreen delight seem to even resemble small trees of wonder. Thus, it is no surprise that the holidays beckon this iconic element within our personal worlds…

Nature's Woody Appeal:  The Delightful Pine Cone
Nature’s Woody Appeal: The Delightful Pine Cone

Of interest, pine cones hold “plates” that overlap and protrude, referred to as “scales”. It is the “flexing” of the seed scales in which the “plates” open when they are dry and close when they are wet. Of interest, pine cones go through many cycles of opening and closing. Alas, when the older cones fall to the forest floor on the ground that surrounds us, the delight of an object of nature to embellish our interior and exterior worlds awaits. Whether tiny or oversize pinecones fill your interior or exterior world, their additions will surely bring natural appeal

Interior Delights Of Nature:  Pine Cones
Interior Delights Of Nature: Pine Cones
Pine Cones As Natural Decor
Pine Cones As Natural Decor
 Embellished With Natural Appeal:  Pine Cones
Embellished With Natural Appeal: Pine Cones
Bedecked Appeal With Nature's Element:  The Pine Cone
Holiday Appeal: Bedecked Appeal With Nature’s Pine Cones
Decorative Delights Of Nature:  Pine Cones
Decorative Delights Of Nature: Pine Cones

The inclusion of these elements of nature as decoration and as bouquets of distinction in grand moments of life is certainly worth acknowledging in appreciation. Nature inspired lifetime events that provide enduring bouquets and elements that represent pivotal moments in time…

Blissful Occasions With Nature:  Pine Cones
Blissful Occasions With Nature: Pine Cones
Wedded Bliss With Natural Style:  Pinecones As Decoration
Wedded Bliss With Natural Style: Pinecones As Decoration
Celebrations With Nature:  Pine Cone Embellishments
Celebrations With Nature: Pine Cone Embellishments
Pine Cones As Embellishments Of Memorable Events
Pine Cones As Embellishments Of Memorable Events
Glittered Or Natural:  Pine Cone Appeal
Glittered Or Natural: Pine Cone Appeal

Consider the natural appeal of the pine cone. Not a simple element of nature but one with distinction of woody delight. Perhaps viewed as a common natural detail, the pine cone and its layers of delight deserve our focus. Even if its coated in glitter, the pine cone is an emblem of nature that will endure to link the exterior world within our interiors. Nature and its gifts will never cease to amaze for those of us that care to linger in the wonder and beauty of its offerings. The simple pine cone is not simple at all, but a wondrous & venerable object of woody distinction, indeed…

Kristin

“Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself”
-L.W. Gilbert

“I go to nature every day for inspiration in the days work”
-Frank Lloyd Wright

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”
-Albert Einstein

Natural Appeal: The Striking Display Of Patterned “Pheasant” Feathers

Nature's Bold & Geometrical Allure:  Pheasant Feathers
Nature’s Bold & Geometrical Allure: Pheasant Feathers

Perhaps in late Autumn the acknowledgement of the pheasant feather seems to “mark” the season for this game bird of striking plumage. The Fall season seems to bring an appreciation of nature and the beauty of the feathers of the pheasant are certainly added to this. Alas, the feathered appeal of nature within our interiors. The plumage of Pheasant feathers as decoration within the interior offers natural interest and patterns of delight. Although the variations offer unique shapes and markings, these feathers enhance and embellish wherever they are used. The sleek shape almost holds a bold geometrical pattern of natural tones that create a striking display of natural style

Pheasant Feathers
Pheasant Feathers

Perhaps the most striking feather that we all recognize as a pheasant feather is that of the Ring-Neck pheasant. Known as a “hardy, wily game bird which possesses keen survival instincts”, the Ring-Neck pheasant is a favored hunt among sportsman. Hunted from late October through the end of December, the Ring-Neck pheasant has a native range that includes Central and Eastern Asia, China and Japan, the Ring-Neck pheasant was introduced to America in 1881. Interestingly, the Ring-Neck pheasant is now a hybrid resulting from a crossbreeding between English, Mongolian, Chinese and Japanese versions. Of note, the most substantial population in America is said to be within the “grain producing regions of the Midwest and the agricultural areas north of Virginia”. Alas, living in the Midwest, my chances of acquiring more of these patterned feathers is strong!

The Pheasant & The Beautiful Plumage Of Pheasant Feathers
The Pheasant & The Beautiful Plumage Of Pheasant Feathers

The tail feathers of the Ring-Neck are long and tapered. Of course, there are differences between the male and female in terms of color and plumage. The male “cock” is brilliantly colored with a white ring around the neck while the female “hen” is smaller and mottled brown. Variations, indeed. The distinctive markings on the male’s long feathers that are vividly striped variations in tan and dark brown tones 
will endure to provide beauty within our interior worlds…

Natural Tones Of Plumage: Pheasant Feathers
Natural Tones Of Plumage: Pheasant Feathers

A Striking Element Within The Interior:  Pheasant Feathers
A Striking Element Within The Interior: Pheasant Feathers

And of the celebratory events of life that are embellished with plumage of pheasants? Striking, elegant and memorable additions, for certain…

Celebratory Moments Of Life Embellished With Pheasant Feathers
Celebratory Moments Of Life Embellished With Pheasant Feathers
 Holiday Inspirations With  Pheasant Feathers
Holiday Inspirations With Pheasant Feathers

Consider the beauty of the pheasant feather. Whether a stunning statement in clusters of exotic array or a single feather that offers a statement of its own, the slender and tapered feather in natural rich brown and tan shades offer a touch of nature within our interior worlds.

No matter where these objects of natural interest are placed, whether long or shorter feathers from different variations of pheasants, the visual appeal of their plumage can certainly be appreciated. Style in nature, indeed.

Kristin

Exterior Color Inspirations: The Classic Brilliant & Bold Painted “Red” Door

A Dramatic Greeting:  The Vivid &  Bold Painted Red Door
A Dramatic Greeting: The Vivid & Bold Painted Red Door

The dramatic color of red. Bold and vibrant, the color red holds dramatic variation within its various shades and hues. And when painted in thick coats of glossy appeal on the doorways to our interiors? Stunning. Alas, it is the deep blue-red lipstick hue that my attention seeks. Whether you view the dramatic crimson red shade as one of elegance and sophistication or the cherry red vibrancy and energetic delight, the painted red hue on the exterior front door certainly deserves our focus.

The painted red door is linked with many associations and connotations over the course of history. Yet perhaps the painted coat of bright red hue coating the front door that relayed the old early American tradition of a sign of “welcome” still presents the same impact from the curbside today. Of note, history states that travelers journeying by horse drawn carriage would know a home was a welcome place to rest by the coating of the painted red front door. Perhaps, the red front door not only stands out as striking curb appeal, but still boldly sends the fearless, energetic greeting of “Welcome”. Alas, a visual appreciation of this brilliant hued painted door

The Brilliant Red Painted Exterior Door:  Impact In Bold Color
The Brilliant Red Painted Exterior Door: Impact In Bold Color
Striking Impact: The Painted Red Exterior Door
Striking Impact: The Painted Red Exterior Door
The Brilliant Red Hued Painted Door
The Brilliant Red Hued Painted Door
Maximum Impact:  Curb Appeal With The Brilliant Red Painted Door
Maximum Impact: Curb Appeal With The Brilliant Red Painted Door
Deep Hue Of Impact:  The Vibrant Painted Red Door
Deep Hue Of Impact: The Vibrant Painted Red Door

Consider the bold brilliance of the red hued painted exterior door. For certain, the door of bold crimson hue will endure to appeal to the exterior world that surrounds us. The timelessness of this classic hue adorning the entrances to our exterior worlds will continue to coat our doorways with distinction and never fade in its visual appeal. The brilliant and bold red painted exterior door is a classic, indeed…

Kristin

PS: With the red painted hue presented on classic doorways to the interior, a further appreciation awaits: the impact within a city’s surrounds of the bold red door.
(I must mention that the image below was provided to me by a follower and long time acquaintance with an incredible urban flare (Thanks, Dan!). Delighted to share the inspiration!
Urban impact of bold red hue, for certain…

Bold Impact Paired With Urban Graffiti:  The Vibrant Red Door
Bold Impact Paired With Urban Graffiti: The Vibrant Red Door