Rabu, 27 Januari 2016

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Georgian Styles Of Furniture

Georgian Styles Of Furniture. During the early Georgian period furniture developed along two distinctivelines. The domestic style of Queen Anne continued with minor changes in design - notably more elaborate carving - until mid-century. Imported mahogany grew in popularity and replaced French walnut which became scarce in the 1720s. Not only does mahogany have a beautiful variety of figuring and colouring, its hardness makes it ideal for detailed carving and it  yields wide boards suitable for wardrobes and tables.

The second trend in furniture design was strongly Italianate in manner. It is particularly associated with William Kent, a multi-talented architect, interior decorator and furniture designer. Throught his involvement in building, decorating and furnishing houses, he produced the first fully-integrated interiors in Britain.

Only the grandest furniture could stand up to his opulent interiors and, like its Italian prototypes, his furniture was monumental rather than comfortable. His chairs became thrones and his beds dominant architectural features. Kent's ideas were adapted by other craftsmen making less flamboyant and more comfortable furniture for the great houses of the 1730s and 1740s

George I Bureau Cabinet
Style : In burr walnut and with an elaborately fitted interior with secret compartments. Follow the tradition established during the reign of Queen Anne.

George I Bureau Cabinet
George I Styles Bureau Cabinet 
George II Tea Table
Style : A portable mahogany table with simple pie-crust decoration around the top and carved tripod base. The hinged top folds over for easy storage - and allowed the table to double as a firescreen. The fashion for taking tea or coffe after dinner made such pieces of furniture popular, and it remained in favour throught the 18th and 19th centuries. Variations were made for use as wine, supper or breafast tables.

George II Tea Table
George II Styles - Tea Table
Side-Table By Kent
Style : A great slab of marble is supported by an extravagantly carved and gilde base - Such side-tables, usually surmounted by mirrors, were designed to fit in with the architectural character rooms.

Side-Table by Kent
Maeble side-tables By Kent

george II Irish triple tier Mahogany
Irish triple tier Mahogany

Rabu, 20 Januari 2016

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Antique Furniture Styles and Reproduction (16th and 17th centuries)

Antique Furniture Styles and Reproduction. Many people own a real or reproduction piece of antique furniture. For the novice it is notoriosly difficult to tell the diference between a real antique and a reproduction, or even between different historical styles, so it can help to know a little about the changing fashions in furniture throught our history.

During the 16th and 17th centuries, England's growing prosperity was reflected in the demand for a wider variaty of furniture to fill the many new houses which were being built. The florid version of reanissance style which was coming in to England from Germany and the Netherlands suited ostentatious Elizabethan taste. Furniture was ornate and it was unusual to find a piece of furniture without some kind of decoration. Elaborate inlay work, interlacing scrolls, strap-like bands and formal flower patterns covered the surface, while legs were carved into bulbous forms.

The commonest wood was oak, sometimes inlaid with other woods. Sueviving oak furniture has darkened naturally with age, unlike the Tudor-style furniture of the 19th and 20th centuries which was dark stained or varnished.

Along with the increashing prosperity came a growing desire for comfort. Chairs were lighter, easly moved, and many more of them were comfortably upholstered in velvet silk. 
Jacobean furniture mostly followed Elizabethan forms but was a little less florid. The completely upholstered bed, fashionable on the continent, became popular in England's great housess, with matching chairs and stools upholstered in the same fabrics.

Restoration To Queen Anne
The puritan dislike for anithing elaborate kept furniture simple and basic during the Commonwealth but with the restoration of the monarcy, a reaction set in. Charles II had continental ideas of comfort and a taste for Baroque style. Both furniture and houses were destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the roomier, lighter houses with painted pine panelling and delicated-moulded  plaster cellings that replaced them called for lighter, more elegant furniture. Walnut replaced oak and veneering became popular.
Veneering made it possible to use beatyfully-marked woods that were small in section or fragie. A variety of cloured woods, even ebony,  mother of pearl and ivory were cut, like the pieces of jigsaw puzzle, to build up pictorial designs (called parquetry). Lacquering also became fashionable, and many lacquered chest and panels were imported from the Orient. It was Indian furniture that first introduced cane to Europe. Cane mesh was used for chair and chouch seats as well as chair backs, making them lighter,  more comfortable and cheaper. Cane contrasted well with flamboyant, eleborate carving typical of the restoration chair.

Furniture became leaner and taller throughout the William and Mary period. Decoration grew more restrained. By the end of the 17th century, the life of the English gentleman had become more relaxed and this is reflected in the less elaborate furniture of Queen Anne's reign - beauty of line was preferred to ornament. The S-shaped curve was the most important element of this furniure. Marquetry and parquetry were discarded in favour of all-over veneers, usually of walnut. Textiles for upholstery and hangings were the major source of decoration and hight standart of embroidery resulted.  

Court cupboard / Buffet of Oak
Style : Unique to England and designed to hold the family silver. It consists of two or three open shelves with drawers in the friezes. The supports are bulbous in form or are carved into grostesque beasts.

Buffet of oak antique
Elizabethan Poster Bed
Style : Heavly-carved tester supported in front by two freestanding posts with cup and cover decoration. Supported at the head by a carved and inlaid headboard. Tudor and Jacobean beds were prestige pieces and highly prized.

Elizabethan poter bed
Elizabethan poter bed
Panel-Backed Chair 16th and 17th centuries
Style : A light and comfortable style of chair. The boxed-in base of earlier style has gone, and the back is angled for comfort. It is also carved and inlaid.

Panel-backed Chair
Oak Draw - Leaf Refectory Table
Style : A new piece which was useful in the comparatively small dining room - it still popular today for that reason. The top rest unattached on a frame supported by heavy legs linked by stretchers. Two leaves resting under the main table can be pulled out.

Oak draw - leaf refectory table
Leaf Refectory Table

Antique leaf refectory table
Antique leaf refectory table
Upholstered Bed (19th Century)
Style : Wooden bed base with an elaborately upholstered bedhead and tester. Bed posts of great height are completly hidden by drapery.

Upholstered Bed (19th Century)
Upholstered Bed (19th Century)
Queen Anne Knee Hole Desk
Style : The drawers surround a higed cupboard compartment. Usually made in walnut with brass handles and lock. Has good storage space and is also useful as a small dressing table.

Queen Anne Knee Hole Desk
Queen Anne Knee Hole Desk
Queen Anne Knee Hole Desk 20th Century
Queen Anne Knee Hole Desk 20th Century

Senin, 04 Januari 2016

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Conservatory Style Ideas

Conservatory Style Ideas. With the right choice of furniture and accessories you can create a garden room even in a city centre flat.

Concervatory Style

You can successfully achieve the conservatory ‘look’ anywhere in the house by making your rooms feel like an extension of the garden or even a substitute for one. The overall effect should be light and airy and if you don’t have a room with lots of natural light, you can still create a fresh, outdoor look with the right choice of colours, fabrics and furniture.

    Colours soft pastels, creams and white a generous amount of green from dark emerald to olive, through to the palest leafy greens. Patterns are busy, colorful floral designs to imitate herbaceous borders or sprays of flowers, or sprays of flowers, or trellis designs use anything that gives a garden feel.
    Walls can be treated simply as back ground for plants painted or papered in plain, pale shades or as subsituties for plants and covered in rambling floral design wallpapers. If you plan to fill the rooms with plants, then use flooring that won’t be damaged by water spills quarry or ceramic tiles or less expensive vinyl are suitable, as is natural look sisal or coirmatting which feels warmer underfoot. Add rag rugs for extra comfort and warmth. If you do choose carpet, keep to natural shades.

Conservatory style with bamboo furniture

    Furniture has a summery, outdoor feel: wicker, bamboo and cane are ideal. White painted wrought iron, though attractive, can be uncomfortable. Upholstered seating is not really in keeping with this style, so try instead a mass of cushions in mixed sizes and flowery patterns or bright , glowing plains.

    Window treatments depend on the size and shape of your windows as well as the other furnishing in the room. Try split cane or bamboo blinds with natural furniture, or floral design curtains or roller blinds with plumpy cushions.

    For lighting, choose basketware shades or glass globe wall lights on wrought iron supports. Uplighters hidden among plants show off the foliage. Of course you’ll need plenty of containers to hold the profusion of plants that is central to this look and plenty of fresh flowers for a summery feeling all year round.

table lamps for conservatory style

Conservatory bay
Large windows give an unrestricted view of the garden beyond, and large potted plants thrive in the light. Furniture is simply shaped cane and bamboo, with comfortable cushions in a floral print.

Dining room – olive green
The fresh white and green colour scheme gives a garden atmosphere that is emphasized by bamboo chairs with trellis like framework. The chairs are stained to match the olive green carpet and seat cushions. The darker green detailing on the paneled door is echoed by the trimming on the simple roman blinds. Bistro wall lights look perfect in this setting, while pale walls and tablecloth complete the garden feel.

Living room – botanical corner
A feeling of the outdoor prevails in this beautiful sitting room. Furniture is grouped next to the large French windows. There are pots and vases containing masses of greenery, botanical prints hang over the table and wicker chair and even the chair cushions are printedwith pots of herbs.

Dining room – flowery
Busy, floral wallpaper dominates this sunny dining room where the pink on the wall is picked out in the china and cutlery. A bamboo blind and plant holders match the furniture and a thin louvre door makes a feature of the window.

Living room – all white
Everything in this sunny corner is painted white the wall and woodwork, the cane furniture and plant stand. The only colour and decoration is in a delicate floral border above the high dado, and in the cushions and accessories. Even the plants in this peaceful garden style retreat are light and delicate.

A major colour for this look is green whether the clear green and white reminiscent of palm trees and foliage plants in a hot house/conservatory or the softer greens and gently coloured blooms of an English country garden. If you can’t have the real thing, then create your own indoor garden with colorful mixed floral design wallpapers and fabrics.

    Furniture and floorcoverings need to be kept as far as possible in natural materials and colours: cane or bamboo, for example. Trelliswork on the walls either real or designed on wallpaper  adds to the garden room feeling and provides the perfect background for plants. The finished overall effect is light and airy. Use as many pot plants and out flowers as possible.

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