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Valentine’s Day Gifts

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Jan 19 2015, No Comments

The approach of Valentine’s Day naturally evokes thoughts of love, provoking many to consider the gifts they might purchase to honor the occasion. Chocolates and roses, while traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, are not the only viable options. For many, the selection of a more enduring gift is a lovely alternative. This is where Preciosa crystal gifts come in. One of the finest Czech crystals, Preciosa is a clear choice for Valentine’s Day gifts.

Exquisite creations distinguished by their brilliance, shine and masterful cuts, Preciosa crystal abides long beyond the day, much like the love and affection they symbolize, conveying those heartfelt feelings for a lifetime. It is the Bohemian tradition of craftsmanship, underlying Preciosa since its inception nearly seven decades ago, that sets this Czech crystal apart from all others.

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Beautifully capturing and reflecting light in each multifaceted piece, Preciosa crystal is made in Bohemia, where crystal cutting was refined to its current stunning artistry. The Preciosa® Genuine Czech Crystal™ trademark provides the assurance of the highest quality. When selecting a gift that is just as extraordinary as that special woman, choose Preciosa crystal gifts for her.

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Among the many Preciosa Valentine’s Day gift ideas are those with a heart motif such as the crystal Valentine heart with Flowers, a singular work of crystal art, juxtaposing a smooth red heart with delicate pink flowers on a flawless cut crystal base. Likewise, the Crystal Hearts Card Stand features two hearts of differing sizes as well as two flowers along with a star on a cut crystal base that will display a business card or a small photo. Each with a certificate of authenticity, these designs are just two in the matchless Preciosa collection.

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Rounding out the Valentines Day gift ideas are individual crystal bears such as the crystal bear with red heart and the rocking crystal bear with heart , each bearing smooth miniature red hearts, as well as groups of crystal bears, including the crystal love bears and the crystal doggie and kitty in love . Meanwhile the crystal love doves, beautifully devised of cut crystal and frosted crystal, are virtuoso works of art that are sure to be treasured forever.

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Crystal gifts are lasting representations of the love you share. Why not bestow the finest? offers an array of magnificently designed crystal pieces. One precious gift of crystal figurine could become the cherished inaugural piece in an incipient crystal collection destined to become an heirloom — and it all begins with Valentines Day.

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Valentine’s Day Inspires Perfect Expressions Of Love

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Jan 12 2015, No Comments

One of the most delightful qualities of holidays is the enigmatic, magical feelings that naturally come about when true love is expressed between two people. The most popular traditional holiday for showcasing these intense feelings of warmth and love is Valentine’s Day.

One of the purest ways to express true love is through the giving of crystal gifts. The most trendy colors used in many crystal gifts are the same colors that are prominently found in other Valentine’s Day gifts. The best colors for Valentine’s Day gifts include white or clear, red and pink.

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Color Choices Allow For Purest Expressions of Love and Emotions

Shining, clear crystal represents an authenticity and a faithfulness of heart that naturally follows being in love. Red symbolizes the passion and feelings that flow between two hearts, and red is also the color of the heart. Pink is a softer, more subtle version of red. It is used to symbolize the innocence, trustworthiness and purity of love.

There is a Valentine’s Day story which has been passed down through the years that says that the color pink was most closely associated with St. Valentine himself. It was said that when he was buried, rows of pink almond trees magically blossomed, creating an aura of true and everlasting love. The legacy that was left behind by St. Valentine is that of always expressing true love in its purest and most beautiful form.

Valentines Gift Ideas Become Easier With Crystal Gifts

Natural, shimmering crystal with so many sparkling facets offers the perfect way to express multifaceted love through the many choices of gifts for her. She will adore the surprise of cute crystal figures like two lovebirds, swans, or bears, with pretty pink and red accents. A unique gift of love doesn’t need to be elaborate, just sincerely given from the heart, and chosen solely with her in mind. Her eyes will twinkle with delight that shines as pure as these shimmering crystals.

The thoughtfulness that was put into special, individualized gifts for her will be appreciated long after the celebration of this special winter holiday of love, Valentine’s Day. Some of the nicest Valentines gift ideas include helpful, organizational items like crystal photo holders that double as business card holders. The picture she uses to accent her work area and to brighten her desk will most likely be of her true love, the one who showed so much thoughtfulness, warmth and love in a thoughtful choice of remarkable Valentine’s Day gifts.

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Fine Writing Instruments Inspire Joy and Creativity

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Dec 03 2014, No Comments

Words will flow guided by your hand and they will truly come from the heart when you use fine writing sets, featuring specialized writing accessories like quill pens and ink wells. Bold and stylistic writing is easier to do with high quality writing accessories leading the way. Specialized calligraphy instruments like styluses, quality inks and feather pens or quill pens provide the inspiration for all your best works.

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Prose, poetry or novels flow straight from the heart with the proper equipment. Design your own invitations, birthday wishes, anniversary congratulations, menus, event place cards, certificates and custom announcements with ease and style. Choose from quality sets like the Trianon writing set, Windsor Prose writing set and special lap desk with writing kit, which add a dash of panache to all your creative writing projects.

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For many people, a love of writing is a love that is acquired because of the opportunities writing gives a person to express their individual creativity. To write your thoughts, dreams, fantasies and stories in a way that others appreciate can bring enjoyment and rewards like few other endeavors.

Using high quality calligraphy and writing sets, writers are freed to perfect the craft of writing. Others simply love the look of fine calligraphic writing and love to use that skill to create memorable personalized items. Creating excellent quality announcements, invitations, award certificates, programs and other personalized items brings a feeling of pride, satisfaction and pleasure.

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Fine quality sets for calligraphy and writing have long been considered gifts of exceptional taste. Pen collectors will be thrilled by these thoughtful gifts. These sets also make thoughtful and perfect gifts for teachers or writers, or for people planning weddings or future anniversary celebrations. Give them the chance to create their own invitations, thank you cards, baby and other announcements and certificates in a classically individualized way. Sets come in exquisite wooden boxes adorned with classic brass hardware.

There is nothing like a beautifully hand-written letter to touch a person’s heart with the most heartfelt, meaningful and personal expressions. Show thoughtfulness and give others the perfect opportunity to express their deepest emotions in written form. Communication has never been easier or more meaningful. The writer’s unique personality will shine in their special creations. Recipients will look upon individually handwritten creations with admiration.

Adding classic style to your desks
There is nothing like a high-end set especially made for writing to add classic style to any desk. Quill pens, styluses, ink wells and other writing regalia all express an elegant sense of artfulness blended with on-trend flair. The trappings of creativity encourage one to pursue artistic abilities in a profound way, bringing rewards and success.

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Decorating for the holidays with interactive balance toys

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Nov 28 2014, No Comments

Balance toys add merriment and wonder to the holidays.

Vintage inspired balance toys make beautiful decorative accents for the holidays, as well as unique and memorable Christmas gifts. Some of the best holiday memories are made when throwback decor is used to bring back those cherished memories of a simpler time. Memories of childhood Christmases often bring back the simple wonder and merriment of the holidays in a profoundly touching way.

Times when toys were placed on the edges of tables or on shelves and were set into motion by the touch of a hand help us to reconnect with the fondly remembered times from yesteryear. These were the simpler times, before all the electronic devices of today. These expertly calibrated toys feature a counterweight so they can be set into motion easily, and they don’t require any special skills to begin the magic! They are sturdily constructed of recycled sheet metal and are lovingly hand painted and finished until they glow with a soft patina to give them their aged, weathered look.

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Set imaginations free

Bring back the wonder of Christmas with the thrill of toys that need no batteries or special accessories, or any special skill to operate. Creatively designed sky hooks excite even the hardest to please gift recipients because they are such original, unique and thoughtful Christmas gifts.

Featuring balance toys as a part of your decor can help to create a tradition that can now be passed on to future generations. Kids are amazed at the precision movement of sky hooks and can be entertained for hours by them. The motion of these incomparable toys is mesmerizing, captivating and relaxing to watch.

Many designs to choose from.

These vintage balance toys are also sometimes called sky hooks, because of the captivating way they move with seemingly no help. The action is created with weights that are carefully calibrated to create their special swing. There are so many beautiful designs to choose from ranging from holiday designs to year-round designs that blend perfectly in any home decor.

Choose from Christmas and holiday themes like skiing Santa, skating Santa, a surprise Santa or Santa’s sleigh. A simple angel and Christmas tree design adds a touch of sophistication to any style of Christmas decor. They all make perfectly thoughtful, simple and elegant Christmas gifts either for collectors, or for those who simply love vintage inspired decor.

Seafaring themes that blend in beautifully with any nautical decor include a sailor, Panama steamer, whale, fisherman or a sailboat that appears to ride the waves. Whimsical designs include a mermaid, pirate, a king and queen, Madame Butterfly.

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The Crystal Sun – Czech Crystal Chandeliers

posted in InvitingHome &Lighting, Jul 04 2014, No Comments

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about Czech Crystal

More than 500 years ago, in the territory of the former Kingdom of Bohemia, skilled craftsmen began to discover ways of molding glass into beautiful shapes. By the beginning of the 17th century, Bohemian glassmakers were manufacturing glass of such quality that it closely resembled natural crystal.

Since the 17th century, Bohemia has been the center of the crystal glass industry. Originally, sodium oxide was used as a smelter which helped facilitate production; however this had an effect on the hardness of the glass. Do to technological advancements during the crystal production era in Bohemia, an ideal type of crystal glass was created and best suited for engraving and cutting. This Czech crystal, has been noted as one of the best in the industry for over a century.

Admirers in High Society.The chandeliers from Kamenicky Senov were much sought after by the aristocracy of the 18th century. The palaces of Louis XV, the King of France, Maria Theresa, the Empress of Austria, and Elisabeth, the Czarina of Russia, were among those for which original Bohemian chandeliers provided the crowning touch.

chandeliers from Kamenicky Senov | the Prague Castle

Symbols of the love of art, of good taste, wealth and nobility, the chandeliers from Kamenicky Senov can be found in luxurious buildings all over the world.

Czech crystal glass holds a special term in the chandelier industry. As a symbol of quality, craftsmanship, and beauty, this glass has been sought after ever since it dominated the European chandelier market after the 17th century. In 1724 Josef Palme a famous glass cutter, obtained Royal warrant for chandelier production. The first chandelier production workshop was launched near the city of Kamenicky Senoy in a village of Pracheo in Northern Bohemia.

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Czech crystal glass chandeliers influenced the evolution and style of all future chandeliers around the world. Czech crystals were highly sought after by royalty and aristocracy of the time. Influential people such as the French king Lewis XV and the Russian Czarina Elizabeth had palaces adorned with Palme chandeliers.

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Today, Czech crystal chandeliers illuminate palaces, parliaments, governmental residences, concert halls and many sanctums around the world. Czech crystal chandeliers are often called “crystal suns“, which is a sun that never sets and will remain forever as the pride of the Czech glass craft.

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Would you believe it? However unbelievable it may seem, the demand for some of the chandeliers  made 300 years ago hasn’t slowed down even today. That’s why we haven’t  halted this production – we just introduced modern technologies and adapted our products to the current style.

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Glass or Crystal?

The definition of crystal changes according to nation it is in. In Europe, according to the European Union, glass products which contain less than 4% lead are defined as glass. Products that contain over 10% lead are defined as crystal, and products with 30% or more are defined as highly leaded crystal. In the United States however, glass products containing only 1% lead are considered crystal. Lead in crystals softens the glass and makes it easier for cutting and engraving. Also, lead increases the weight of the glass and diffracts light. If maximum density is required, glass can contain up to 40% lead.  On the other hand, if a crystal has a high concentration of barium oxide it can contain less than 24% lead without sacrificing high quality light diffraction. The term Strass Crystal means “perfect surface of glass“.

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Preciosa uses Strass crystal that is machine cut and polished and contains 30% or more lead. Usually the difference between crystal and glass is clear to the naked eye. The higher the lead content in the crystal, the more it will cast a color spectrum through a room.


Sailing Through History with Miniature Ship Replicas

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Jun 13 2014, No Comments

Ship models  have captured the imaginations of people young and old. We imagine ourselves captaining or perhaps crewing on these diminutive, yet amazingly accurate representations of full-sized ships. Cruisers, sloops, yachts and racing ships gathered together in maritime museums or in private collections inspire minds to dream about a life on the water.

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Model shipbuilding has been a part of humanity since ancient times, with  models from thousands of years ago providing archaeological evidence of how seafaring cultures devised and perfected watercraft. Model ships have also been used in a number of religions as votives offered up as thanks for surviving a storm at sea or for fulfilling a vow to a deity. From the crudely carved to the most intricately detailed, model ships grace museums, art galleries, banks and private collections the world over.

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Our ship models include sailing and powered vessels—each inspired by the finest examples the maritime world has to offer. Hand crafted by skilled masters in model shipbuilding, the designs for these ships are gleaned from actual blueprints of existing ships and are true replicas of the original. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy the intricate detail of the sailing ships we offer, from the hand-sewn fabric sails to the miniature rigging and polished wood decks of our yachts. The scale models of the powerboats we offer are built just as meticulously, featuring a detailed cockpit complete with gauges, along with the shiny motor and propeller. Polished wood gleams from stain or is meticulously hand painted.

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From vintage sloops to classic wood-hulled powerboats, many of these “miniatures” are far from the tiny models one might display in a small cubbyhole. With large ship models measuring up to five feet in length, these nautical marvels don’t just make a design statement—they define the decor of the room in which they are displayed. Display one of these beautiful models alone on a table, steamer truck or credenza, and all eyes will be drawn to it. Smaller scale models range in length from 11-20 inches and are perfect for grouping. We also offer a charming mobile of A-Cup yachts, perfect for hanging in an office or library. All our ship models come with their own table stand or can be displayed with an optional wall bracket.


Tripod Floor Lamps

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome &Lighting, Jun 11 2014, No Comments

Coast guard patrol spotlight tripod lamp. As always searching for the lucky find, the original of this ‘30s Navy spotlight was unearthed in an antique store in Greenwich, England. In a way the light is a wonderful combination of old technology, romantic seafaring and practical lighting. Perched on its imposing rosewood tripod the light dominates, adding character to a room, an important element in today’s design philosophy.

Our replica of ‘30s Navy spotlight is hand-crafted of brass and aluminum. This is signature for those who value master craftsmanship and technical skills. Coast guard patrol spotlight tripod lamp is a great addition to a now much appreciated collection of spotlights and tripod lamps.

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Half mile ray searchlight on tripod. When a friend of mine decided to move to Berwick-on-Tweed to start a B&B in a 13th century bastion (with walls 10 feet thick and 22 feet high) he was confronted with the problem of how to flood the walls with the right kind of light. Being a smart and enterprising person, a navy stock lot of 1930s Half Mile Ray lamps was located. Originally constructed to last a lifetime, he rigged them in series, and to the best of my knowledge they are still working.

Our faithful reproduction of Half Mile Ray lamp is mounted on a maple tripod, its angle adjustable with a clever piece of 1930s technology. The overall look of this floor lamp is cool, contemporary and at the same time historically correct.

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1940 Searchlight tripod lamp. Searchlight right from the bridge of a 1940s Navy destroyer… heavy cast bronze and aluminum, it must be nautical. Is part of its appeal that it’s just engineered, not designed? Form follows function….

Balanced on a surveyor’s tripod this searchlight made of nickel and brass. Searchlight tripod lamp looking like a million dollars, it smells of salt and sea while managing to convey cool and modern. It’s salvage, vintage salvage. This tripod lamp translates into sophisticated home decor.

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1928 Cadillac head lamp on ebonized tripod. Piercing the dark. Fronting a mile-long curved and polished hood. Nestled between sculpted wheel fenders while framing a huge chrome radiator. Bronze Art Deco accents….

A combination of polished aluminum and brass brings home 1930s style, perfection and craftsmanship. Check out Cadillac head lamp’s details, its imposing size, and the tall ebonized tripod complete with a travel compass dating back to the Mille-Miglia of the 1920s!

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Marconi spotlight tripod lamp. International maritime communication used Morse as the standard code until 1999. Every Navy vessel carried a variety of Morse code devices on board. The large light next to the wheelhouse on the bridge was the most spectacular and effective one. Handled by a specially trained sailor skilled in signals, it functioned as a ship-bound lighthouse, with the added ability to transmit highly detailed messages. Our Marconi spotlight dates back to the 1930s and was likely used on a French Navy battleship. By moving slatted louvers the signalman sent short and longer spaced rays of light that could be read by trained sailors in the distance. Morse code uses long and short elements and combinations to convey a message. The elements making up the code were formed by sounds, marks and pulses of varying length. Created in the 1840s Morse code was in use for more than a century and a half. The famous S.O.S. sent by ships in distress (as on the Titanic) was sent by Morse code.

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Cinema lamp on tripod. A fifties industrial looking spotlight that may have lighted the stage of the Folies Bergères or the Sadler Wells Opera House. Form follows function in this entirely practical light that condenses and magnifies a fierce beam towards the stage. Or in our case, more probably a painting or an easy club fauteuil. This Cinema tripod lamp is handcrafted in airplane aluminum. Hand polished. Lamp is easy to adjust and point. Cinema lamp has folding aluminum tripod. It’s all in the detail…

Cinema lamp on tripod

Industrial style lamp. This floor lamp evoke the ambience of the 1930s. Form follows function… Basic early industrial design, made to serve and serve well. 1930s, the dawn of a new era with a focus in minimalism and ease of daily use. An aluminum weighted and wheeled base holds a pole and a long-reach lamp. Ready to illuminate an architect’s drafting table or a reader’s favorite armchair. A companion for life. Polished aluminum and nickel-plated brass

Tripod lamp.. The mud and sandstone walls hid the multistory palace of Imam Yahya, built in the 1930s. From one of the terraces where we were invited to dine in the evening we could look down some 1000 feet into the valley and the lights of the village. The floor was covered with bright carpets, pots with plants were everywhere, and the light came from candles set on tripods. Over chicken and lamb with lentils, followed by cake and cardamom tea, the Imam explained that the tripods were left by a British surveying expedition in the twenties, mapping the deserts and hills of Yemen. We were impressed by the fact that the metal and wood, combined with saddler’s leather straps, still looked fresh and new, obviously a combination of quality and form follows function.

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Kitchen Islands and Peninsulas

posted in InvitingHome &Kitchen, Jan 27 2014, 2 Comments

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Do you find yourself traveling from area to area when cooking in your kitchen? Are you short of storage space? Do you end up looking into a wall or having your back to your company while cooking? The solution to these problems is the centrally located kitchen island. The anchor of a busy kitchen, the island is a multi-talented fixture that provides a working surface and pivotal location for preparing food while helping to stylistically shape the room. Many of today’s kitchen islands are spectacularly designed in both the form and functions they provide. Alluring silhouettes, multilevel surfaces, and varied head-turning materials are imaginatively combined. Built-in wine racks, adjustable shelving, rinsing sinks, cooktops, and warming drawers are just a number of the “bells and whistles” that accompany the well-equipped island. Keeping the island appropriately scaled to the rest of the kitchen is important. Many islands appear too large for the kitchen in which they are placed. An island should not be so big as to hinder movement in the room or visually bully the space with its size. Like cabinetry, it should be considered a piece of furniture that is thoughtfully integrated into the space and design of the room.

In a roomy layout, you can shorten the distance between the three key work areas by adding an island or peninsula. A peninsula base and ceiling-hung cabinets offer convenient storage for tableware and linens. In an L- or U-shaped kitchen, an island can add visual interest, breaking up the space without confining it. It also provides an extra work surface, a convenient spot for snacks or informal meals, as well as a place for setting up a buffet when entertaining.

A kitchen island can also serve as an excellent location for a cook top or second sink, if plumbing and ventilation hookups permit. It could also prove the ideal spot for a wine rack or cooler, a wet bar, warming drawers, modular refrigerator units, or additional general storage. For maximum efficiency, be sure the design provides a clearance of 48 inches from the island kitchen to the wall cabinets.

Adding Definition to Exterior or Interior of your Home with Quality Pilasters

posted in InvitingHome &Molding, Oct 21 2013, 1 Comment


Most commonly pilasters appear on the fireplace mantels, used as a door and window surrounds,  or trim for built-in cabinets and library systems. In other exterior applications pilasters form the vertical support in archways or tie into  a ceiling cornice.


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Pilasters have a numerous deign benefits. Strong vertical lines of the pilasters adding stately look to the interior as well making the room  appear higher. Projecting face and structural appearance of the pilasters add extra layer of architectural details to the room.


All and all pilasters are a highly visible embellishment with large visual impact yet takes up very little space. This qualities make pilasters  ideal for adding a definition to the space, highlighting doors and windows openings. Pilasters can also divide space along a continuous wall pane.


Comparing to a columns, pilasters offer relative subtlety in overall look, pilasters are less obtrusive and never look excessive. Pilasters have  an inherited “built-in” qualities. That is why pilasters are an appropriate architectural decoration in many cases, adding sense of craftsmanship to an  interior or exterior of the home. Most common location for pilasters are alongside of the doorways, visually supporting a header above.


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Often pilasters used with decorative ornate capital without a header. Pilasters  can be applied similarly as a “supports” for shelves, ledges, ceiling cornices  and virtually any horizontal plane or architectural element. The simple  construction of pilasters makes installation of them quick and easy for  construction professional as well as for do-it-yourselfers. Before choosing  pilasters that is right for you should do a little planning. The widest parts of  the pilasters will be the capital and the base. So you should plan them first to  determine the overall width of the pilaster.


By definition, pilasters are flat, square edged pier that is attached to a wall.  Pilasters are among several most enduring details of ancient  architecture. Pilasters have fundamental construction forms, yet they represent a perfect combination of strength and beauty. Maybe that is why  beautiful pilasters are symbolize architecture itself. Throughout centuries pilasters remain very popular interior architectural elements.


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In appearance pilasters have been adapted to feet most of the interior decorating styles. Georgia, Federal and Greek Revival styles generously us the  refined classical models of the pilasters. Victorian and craftsman styles created stylistic pilasters variations. Pilasters may be less known by name  than the columns. Therefore, pilasters have an equally important place in interior of the home as well as its exterior. In fact for the average home,  pilasters have many more uses than columns.


Because pilasters usually project from the wall a distance equal about a third of its width (or less), a pilaster has an appearance of a full,  square column, that was embedded into the wall. In fact, earlier pilasters actually were embedded columns that help support an arch. But this structural  aspects of the pilasters is merely an effective illusion. Structural components of the pilasters are: pilaster base, pilaster shaft and pilaster capital.  On our website we are showing different combinations of the pilaster components.


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Pilasters were favorite elements of the ancient Romans and Italian Renaissance builders. Historically pilasters follow the classical order in design.  Essentially a pilaster is a composition of trim elements attached to the wall or other flat surface. Pilaster bases typically include a flat block called  plinth. Pilaster’s plinth should be deeper and wider than the pilaster’s shaft. All pilaster plinths in our collection are pre-coordinated in size and  design to feet perfectly under particular pilaster shafts. Some of the pilaster plinths have beaded trim on the top, and designed to feet under our fluted  pilasters. We are also offering a beautiful traditional paneled plinth with cap trim on the top. This type of pilasters plinth is very popular and can be  adjusted in height (if needed) on the bottom portion. Paneled plinths work well with paneled pilaster shafts as well as with fluted ones.


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The most popular types of pilaster shaft are fluted and paneled. Flutes in a classical order are closely spaced and all have the same length. An alternative  pilasters style, called some times a Victorian fluting, wider flutes. Some pilasters are tapered from the bottom to top, which lending an appearance of strength.  Capitals for pilasters have an angled profile similar to a ceiling cornice or crown molding. Some of our pilaster capitals are classically styled and have  ornamental Ionic and Corinthian details.


Over-Mantel Mirrors

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Oct 08 2013, No Comments

The first place we think of placing a mirrors is over the fireplace. In the late 18th century the invention of over-mantel mirrors lunched a major trend in the decoration of private mansions in Europe. Fireplace  mantels were lowered and large horizontal mirrors, often in elaborate gold frames, were mounted above them. The facts are confirm to us by the  large mirrors over fireplace mantels at the end of 17th century, but over-mantel mirrors became especially widespread during the Regency period.

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Mirrors framed by gilded wood, richly carved in elaborate designs were placed above  fireplace mantels.  Candelabras and wall sconces, often mounted on mirrored plates that refracted and multiplied light,  decorative mirrors and fireplace mantels. Over mantel mirrors became not just a fashionable trend but a testimony of good taste and luxury living.
Large horizontal mirrors placed over fireplace mantel became the most delicate invention, providing the most beautiful decorative affects in  interior architecture. Mirrors top the list of “must have” luxury home furnishings. Over-mantel mirrors were considered extraordinary  embellishments and valued not solely for there  size but mostly for there precious elaborately sculpted wooden gilded frames.

The mirror craze showed no sign of faltering, instead it grew as the century advanced. An architectural treatise written in 18th century  devotes more than ten pages to the indispensable rules governing the installation of the large mirrors. Color, purity, and regularity of  over-mantel mirrors had to be checked while mirrors are been assembled, for “it would be ridiculous if a nymph who wanted to consult the  charms of her beauty should meet, instead of regular figure, a face that is squashed and crooked”. Such infatuation with over mantel mirrors  incited an opinion that a home can not be pleasant without a fireplace mantel with a mirror over it.
The real estate listings in eightieth century newspapers and magazines always mentioned over-mantel mirrors as an added attraction.  The provinces were not yet familiar with the refinement of luxury that was the delight of large European cities, so advertisements were  especially insistent. Within a few decades, the provinces followed the lead.
European aristocrats who frequently visited Versailles and other palaces had undoubtedly brought similar over mantel mirrors into they own  surroundings. Ceremonial halls, great rooms and bedrooms were almost always decorated with mirrors above the fireplace and between the windows.

You Are the Boss: It's Your Home and It's Your Decor

You are your own person-there is not a single person that has all the same qualities that you do, or even thinks close to the same way that you might. You create your own lifestyle and you create your own reality. Only you can decide what you like, what you don't like, and what you need. Your unique tastes also have to be catered to by a wide selection of unique products. Whether you are moving into a new home or remodeling an old home-your space is your canvas and you are free to create whatever you wish.

In the Frame: Moldings in Your Decor

While some people think that there is no way that they could possibly improve or simply change the appearance of their home's architectural details, but all it really takes is making a few decisions and then you could make your whole house look absolutely gorgeous. Adding elements will let your personality and style shine throughout your home-no one would ever have to wonder whose house it is.

One of the most essential details to have in your homes is the crown molding and chair-rail molding. Molding makes your beautiful room look as if it is framed in the most delicate way. There are many different styles and decorative details which will impact your space in whichever way you wish for it to-you could have it to be a simple frame, an embellished floral design, or a geometric design to make your room have a very strong look to it.

Heads Up!: Ceiling Decor

The ceiling is the most forgotten part of almost every room, but it is also a very large space for opportunities. A few decades ago ceilings would not have been left out of being beautified as the rest of the room was, but we are here to help the ceilings get the attention and the beauty that they deserve no less than the walls and the floors.

You will be able to make your wildest dreams come true with all of the different products we have to make your ceiling truly distinguished. You could create completely different dimension in your room by adding a ceiling dome, put a ceiling medallion right where your chandelier will be, or make an ornate design using our decorative trim, molding, and decorative corners.

A ceiling treatment that is gaining fame right now is indirect lighting. It requires crown molding for indirect lighting that looks like an inside out cove molding and some LED lighting inside of it. The overall look will make your interior open up and make your ceiling look light as a feather as opposed to being an oppressive slab that just happens to be on top. It is a sure way to make your ceiling part of the design and not an obstruction that you have to deal with.

Thinking Green in Home Decor

Don't forget that our molding is healthy for the environment so you do not have to make a choice between making your home beautiful or making the planet healthier. Today our world is filled with making decision of either doing something that is good for the environment, or makes our lives more convenient-our moldings and glue make your life easier since the decision is already made for you. Our moldings are CFC free, formaldehyde free, hypoallergenic, and recyclable. We have many different kinds of moldings and trim-window trim, door trim, cornice molding, crown molding, cove molding, and many more.

Support in Home Decor

Another absolutely priceless detail to use in any of your rooms in many different ways are corbels and wood brackets. There is a variety of sizes and styles that could be used anywhere from decorating the staircase to using it to hold up shelves. You also can make them absolutely beautiful by staining them, painting them, or even thinking of doing a special faux finish.

The corbels also have a great selection of designs. The different styles will have different effects on the space. You can decide to go with a more subtle style or a more ornate one. The Mission corbel has very minimal detail, but it brings a sense of structure to the overall space. Having some detail in the design will make a big difference in your home. You may choose from a wide selection of designs-anything from floral to elaborate grape designs.

Down To the Details of Home Decor

The collection of decorative hardware is here to jewel up your cabinets and jazz up your rooms. It is a great way to ad personality to your overall space by adding such small jewels to your room. They are just the thing to take your new or old cabinets to that next level. It is a great way to add your personality to the decor, add to the overall theme, or add certain accents that will punch up the overall decor as to keep it from getting monotonous. You are sure to find something in the hardware collection that you will absolutely love o bring home and use every day. You can mix and match designs as well as mix and match the knobs and pulls, and bin pulls so as to have a theme, but vary the overall look and shape of it.

At we believe that everyone has their creative side and fantasies that they have not tapped into. There are some that have all of the creativity and do not know where to aim it toward; some just cannot find that inspiration that will unleash their creativity. That is why the Blog is a safe sanctuary for exchange of ideas and opinions that could help out many. We are here to give you everything that you will need to unleash that creativity. Our goal is that after you will finish your room, you feel as if it reflects your personality, your ideas, and that you get exactly what you need and want-there is no need for you to settle.