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The Clear Beauty of Crystal Lamps

posted in InvitingHome &Lighting, Aug 03 2016, No Comments

Our crystal lamps bring a whole new aura into the room. When you are checking our the quality of crystal from which something is made from you have to look at it and see if multiple colors are visible through it- the same quality that is usually looked for upon buying diamonds.

crystal lamps collection; #crystallamps #lamps

In the collection of the crystal lamps, there is a lamp that will suit anybody’s decorative tastes. The reason why there are so many different styles are available is due to the fact that the technique fro blowing and cutting crystal has gotten so incredibly advanced and precise. A great idea is to mix and match different styles of lamps in on room- it will give it an eclectic and homey look.

Crystal Lamps have been thought to have a positive and healthy effect on the space that it is in. Crystal is thought to be a great receptor of energy, so it is said that it absorbs the negative energy that is present within the room. It is also thought that certain placements of a crystal.

If you do not even want to pay attention to the mythical rumors, you will still notice the effect of crystal on your room- the lightness that it will bring, brighten up the space more than any other lamp will- it will have a perfect airy effect on the overall space. Crystal lamps also have a great reputation for being able to be easily maintained. All that the lamps every really need is some dusting with.

room decorating ideas; solid crystal table lamps; gorgeous solid crystal lamp with brass shade

solid crystal lamp with round solid brass shade

crystal lamps; decorating ideas; beautiful solid crystal table lamp

solid crystal table lamp

easy classic and elegant decor with solid crystal lamp, natural wall covering and botanical print; decor ideas; decorating; crystal lamps

solid crystal lamp

solid crystal table lamps | Room decor featuring solid crystal lamp with lacquered nickel plated trim and hydrangea flowers arrangement; crystal lighting and decorating ideas

solid crystal lamp with and lacquered nickel plated trim

Living room decor with contemporary solid crystal lamp; living room lighting ideas; crystal lamps

solid crystal table lamp

Combining Utility and Artful Expression with Hand-Painted Cabinets

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Apr 29 2016, No Comments

Very few furnishings in our homes are in place for no purpose other than to look good. However, having pieces of furniture that are useful doesn’t mean that they can’t look great, too. Combine the utility of a simple cabinet with a beautiful painting, and you have our large collection of stunning hand painted cabinets.

beautiful hand-painted furniture available at InvitingHome.com

The craft of hand painting fine furniture dates back to about 3,500 years, with the discovery of resin lacquer found on furniture in China. Marco Polo is believed to have introduced this technique upon his return to Italy in 1283. Since then, artistic expression expanded with the Renaissance and the installation of beautifully hand painted furniture pieces in the homes of royalty and nobility became commonplace. Today, hand painted furniture is not common, which means that beautifully decorated hand painted cabinets in your home placed where people gather is sure to encourage admiring looks and comments from guests.

Hand painted cabinets are available in a variety of shapes, styles and colors. Drawers, doors and shelves on our cabinets provide storage solutions, which make them as useful as they are lovely. Each handcrafted cabinet is an exquisite example of the meticulous care each artisan takes in the manufacture and decoration of these stunning pieces. These beautiful pieces are tasteful and elegant additions to any decor and should be located in places where they will be seen by residents and guests alike at every opportunity.

The beautiful backgrounds and graceful designs of our hand painted cabinets vary greatly. Several of our most popular cabinets feature silver or gold backgrounds, covered with stylized leaf motifs or graceful vines and delicate flowers. Others are painted with a jet black or radiant red background, embellished with oriental motifs of trees, birds or pagodas. Others are similarly painted and skillfully “antiqued,” adding to the timeless beauty of these unique and useful pieces.

demilune Chinoiserie cabinet
Chinoserie cabinet
hand-painted Chinoiserie chest
Chinoserie chest
hand-painted oriental chest with pull-out writing shelf
Chinoserie chest
hand-painted half-round Chinoiserie cabinet with oriental scenes on an antiqued red background
Chinoserie cabinet

Perhaps one of the most popular places for such a lovely piece of hand painted furniture is the dining room. The shimmer of silver on one of our exquisite demilune (half-moon) style hand painted cabinets will continue to draw the eyes of admirers throughout your dinner party. The addition of one of these alluring pieces in your living room or media room will be useful as a cabinet for books and videos, yet not look like the typical media cabinet. In the bedroom, the smaller cabinets make lovely bedside tables, providing a surface for your clock and lamp, while hiding your stash of bedtime books.

No matter where these charming cabinets reside in your home, their mere presence will turn up the style meter of any room’s decor. Stunning hand painted cabinets are absolute proof that beauty can be useful and is more than skin deep.

bautiful hand-painted half-round cabinet with floral and bird design on an antiqued silver background

beautiful half-round hand-painted cabinet with floral and bird design on an antiqued silver background;

Elegant bedroom decor featuring hand-painted five drawer chest with Chinoiserie scenes; bedroom design ideas; bedroom furniture and decor inspiration

The hand-painted Chinoiserie chest with pull-out writing shelf is a perfect solution for a seamless design that does not let everyday life interfere with the beautiful design of the home. interior design by Susan Nelson Interiors

beautiful hand-painted chest with pull-out writing shelf; hand-painterd furniture ideas

Hand-painted five drawer chest with floral and bird design, crackled silver finish, pull out writing shelf and antiqued brass hardware; interior design by Stephen Shutts

hand painted cabinets - decor featuring a hand-crafted fluted cabinet with hand-painted floral design on an antique crackled silver background

Elegant decor featuring half-round fluted cabinet hand painted with floral design on antiqued crackled silver leaf background

hand-painted cabinets

An Occasion for Style: Picking Out an Occasional Table

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Feb 26 2016, No Comments

Let’s talk tables. They’re in practically every room. You eat on them. You entertain on them. You decorate with them. So why shouldn’t you love the table you own? Let your accent table be the talk of your home by picking out a gorgeous occasional table to add to your interior decor. When it comes to occasional tables, there is no rule for one size fits all. There is a whole world of table varieties, each with their own charm.

room decor with Louis XVI style accent table inlaid with walnut, olive burl and boxwood; gorgeous tables
Room decor with Louis XVI style accent table inlaid with walnut, olive burl and boxwood
gorgeous inlaid Italian tables | accent tables ideas
ITALIAN INLAID ACCENT TABLES
Biedermeier style round wood table with walnut burl veneer top, boxwood inlay with floral motif, walnut legs and hand-rubbed antiqued walnut finish Louis XVI style round two-tier occasional table with walnut veneer inlaid with ebony and many other woods English style oval drop leaf table inlaid with mahogany and maple. Table has two drawers 19th-century English style occasional table inlaid with walnut, olive burl and boxwood, antique gold-leaf trim Louis XVI style round wood table inlaid with walnut, olive burl and boxwood

Glass is a Clear Choice for Luxury
When it comes to selecting the perfect type of table top, there is one simple rule to always remember: glass bring class. A glass top table speaks to minimalist design while dialing up on sophistication. The style of leg is the spotlight of anoccasional glass top table, such as a finish of antique brass, silver leaf, or antique gold leaf. Round or square, a glass top on a table gives your guests a clear view of your impeccable style. Let the glamour come alive as you let candlelight reflect over the glass.

Room decor featuring a solid crystal table with polished nickel trim;  accent furniture ideas; crystal furniture

Room decor featuring solid crystal table with polished nickel trim
Lovely room decor featuring hand-wrought iron accent table in antique gold leaf finish; fresh room decorating ideas; interior design inspiration

hand-wrought iron table in antiqued gold leaf finish

HAND-WROUGHT IRON OCCASIONAL TABLES
wrought iron two tier table in lightly antiqued silver leaf wrought iron table with antiqued gold wrought iron table with antiqued silver leaf finish and glass top wrought iron table with antiqued gold wrought iron table in antique gold leaf finish

So Many Reasons to Marvel at Marble
There is a reason why marble has endured as a symbol of grace and ingenuity for eons. Imagine bringing the same touch of brilliance that has marked iconic sites like the Pantheon into your home. It’s possible when decorate with a marble top table. Imagine dressing up a living room or entryway with a Louis XV-style accent piece with marble table top. A marble top table looks especially stunning when paired with a wood variant for the base and legs, such as a walnut finish with whispers of gold leaf. A marble occasional table is the perfect spot for hors d’oeuvres at your next dinner party.

Home entry decor featuring Biedermeier style table with black Marquina marble top; home entry ideas; decorating inspiration

Biedermeier style table with black Marquina marble top

 

ACCENT TABLES WITH MARBLE TOP
Louis XV style round carved wood table with scroll and leaf design  accent table with white Carrera marble top and shelf, medium walnut finish and antiqued brass trim Empire style round wood table with palissander veneer and brown Emperador marble top Biedermeier style round wood table with carved leaf motif, hand-painted faux burl finish, antique gold-leaf trim and black Marquina marble top

The Shape of Style
A decorative table may come in many shapes and sizes, but true style comes full circle with a round table. A round accent table offers a versatile approach to accommodating spaces, such as providing a place for lamps at couch corners or a place to display your chess set. There is a lot of versatility when it comes to the design of a round top table. From a contemporary wrought iron lattice base to a Scottish style set of carved wood legs, there are many shapes for a round table to take.

Art Nouveau style oval accent table with one shelf, zebrawood veneer, black legs, antiqued gold-leaf accents and brass ball feet; decorating inspiration; room decor ideas
Art Nouveau accent table with one shelf, zebrawood veneer, black legs, antiqued gold-leaf accents and brass ball feet
room setting with accent table; interior design inspiration; home decor ideas
lovely setting featuring hand-crafted accent table in antiqued walnut finish
ACCENT TABLES WITH GLASS TOP
Art Nouveau style accent table Scottish style round carved wood table with hand-painted antiqued medium brown finish, antique goldleaf accents  rectangular table with scroll design 18th-century Tuscan style round carved wood table with leaf motif, hand-painted medium brown finish, antique gold-leaf accents and glass top Biedermeier style table

 

Occasional tables have been known to leave house guests in awe on more than one occasion. A beautifully-made table is truly the jewel or any well-decorated room. If you are attempting to achieve a level of style and class in your home usually reserved for the glossy pages of an architectural magazine, why not give your living space legs to stand on by introducing a brand new occasional table?

Expressing Personality with Coffee Tables

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Feb 15 2016, No Comments

The choice of coffee tables in a living room can be as varied as people’s personalities. The coffee table chosen, along with fascinating items displayed on it, offer an exceptional way to express individualism and uniqueness. Guests can tell a lot from the items on display, almost as if those items are quietly telling them a story.

living room design with swing-arm floor lamp and glass top wrought iron coffee table in silver leaf finish

living room design with swing-arm floor lamp and glass top wrought iron coffee table in silver leaf finish;  wrought iron coffee table >> swing-arm floor lamp >>

Coffee tables can make a home feel more cozy and relaxed, especially if a nice variety of books and magazines are featured. If they are placed strategically, every guest will be able to enjoy a good book, or experience the comfort of thumbing through a favorite magazine, while engaging in light banter. Everyone will feel comfortable.

Tables come in a wonderful array of shapes from square to round, to oval or rectangular. The best shape is determined by the decorating style of the room. They can be crafted from wood, glass top tables with pretty brass or silver legs, or elegant marble top tables.

Styles are as plentiful as personality types. Styles like Louis XV or French Neoclassic make an elegant statement, one that says a person enjoys the finest things in life. Scottish and French style tables create an aura of being well-traveled. Other beautiful styles like Tuscan, carved wood or glass top tables beg guests to put their feet up and relax. Tables are as different as people who own them.

When decorating with accent tables, almost any type of display items can be used. In fact, the more eclectic the item, the more of a conversation starter it is. Try displaying a treasured family heirloom on the table, along with several books. Books about family histories and antiques are good choices. Interesting, over-sized items like decorative bowls work well on larger tables, and unique collections are fabulous.

 Contemporary interior decor with couple of hand-wrought iron coffee tables; contemporary living room ideas | coffee tables
Contemporary interior decor with couple of hand-wrought iron coffee tables; interior design by Brad Weesner;
living room decor featuring hand-wrought iron coffee table with silver leaf finish, clear and gold Venetian glass lamp (from Murano, Italy), and beautiful crystal box; living room decor
living room decor featuring hand-wrought iron coffee table with silver leaf finish, clear and gold Venetian glass lamp (from Murano, Italy), and beautiful crystal box
Traditional living room decor featuring hand-wrought iron coffee table in heavily antiqued gold leaf finish and beautiful crystal lamps; traditional living room decorating ideas; decor inspiration
Traditional living room decor by B Fein Interiors featuring hand-wrought iron coffee table in heavily antiqued gold leaf finish and beautiful crystal lamps.

Put that pretty tea-pot out with a variety of adorable cups in a creative display. Then, enjoy the conversations that begin from such unique items. Try items of different sizes, remembering that varying height is important when displaying treasured pieces. Another important decorating concept is to never create an area that looks cluttered with too many objects. The idea is to draw attention for positive reasons, not to be distracting because of too many items on the table.

Glass top tables are perfect for displaying items with an earthy theme, like a beautiful dish of aromatic potpourri. Pretty glass vases and unique display pieces like tin boxes or candles complete the look in an interesting way. Heights of items can be altered by placing an item on top of books. The idea is to create a look that is interesting and inspirational, without taking away from the look of the rest of the room

 

Contemporary interior decor with couple of hand-wrought iron coffee tables; contemporary living room ideas | coffee tables
Contemporary interior decor with couple of hand-wrought iron coffee tables; interior design by Brad Weesner;
Traditional living room design featuring wrought iron coffee table; Traditional living room inspiration; living room furniture ideas
Traditional living room design by Gail Barley Interiors featuring wrought iron coffee table;
Living room decor with blue armchairs an wrought iron table in heavily antiqued gold leaf finish; red, blue and gold decor; living room decorating ideas
In this rich in color and full of life interior a heavily antiqued gold leaf finish of the coffee table compliments beautifully the plush blue upholstery. Blue and Gold is always winning color combination; interior design by Joanne Riley
Living room decor featuring carved wood coffee table in gold leaf finish
Living room decor featuring carved wood coffee table in gold leaf finish
cozy living room decor with gorgeous hand-cast brass coffee table; cozy living room ideas
cozy living room decor with gorgeous hand-cast brass coffee table

Well appointed living room showcasing balance between traditional and contemporary design, making this space an inviting and comfortable environment. I love the cast brass coffee table in the front of the Victorian fireplace mantel. This coffee table has perfect scale to add functionality and style into a room.

Well appointed living room showcasing balance between traditional and contemporary design
interior designer Melanie Millner, The Design Atelier Inc

 

Alabaster Lamps Are A Reflection Of Excellent Taste

posted in InvitingHome &Lighting, Sep 17 2015, No Comments

Alabaster has been the chosen material for centuries to highlight one’s exemplary taste in decorating and to showcase a fondness for alabaster’s extraordinary beauty. Since medieval times, alabaster was used to create opulent and incredibly beautiful, useful and artistic items. Everything from exquisite letter openers to bookends, to early doll heads and limbs, chess pieces and even jewelry featured intriguingly colored, translucent, or pure white alabaster.

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Expressing Personality with Color

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Sep 11 2015, No Comments

Each color has own personality whether it was happy or sad, old or young.

blue and orange living room design ideas

Dusty colors are sad, because they make us think of old, feeble people living in dreary, dusty rooms because they can’t see well enough to keep things from looking run down. But so many people willingly choose to live with these dirt-camouflaging colors because it is safer for them to have no clear colors than to expose their inner world. If you really like dusty, musty colors for your rooms, you must understand how much your mood and energy will be influenced by them.

If you want to be less cautious, less afraid, now is your chance to sparkle. If you found yourself in a dark room with orange and black napkins on the tables after a carefree day at the beach, filled with the colors of the sea and sky, it would seem unconscionable. House paints have a full range of muted shades many people think are appropriate for room interiors.

Who, in the clear light of a sunny day, wants to be in an atmosphere that is clouded over? Just by being inside, you are deprived of ninety percent of the light of brilliant sunshine. You need clear fresh colors and lots of white to counteract the partial darkness cast by your walls that diminishes the energy from light. Americans are most comfortable in a spic-and-span house, yet they accept dirty colors on their walls, floors, and furniture that dampen their spirit.

One of the serious decorating traps people fall into is ignoring the opportunity for sunshine, choosing a dull beige-gray palette because they feel it’s safe or creates a presumably sophisticated look.

The burnt-earth pigments – ochre, umber, and burnt sienna – are the very colors that daring Impressionists abandoned in their depiction of nature, escaping the somber, pompous aesthetic of the Academy. Organic objects that are naturally earth-toned are energizing, such as butcher-block counters, antique furniture, marble top tables, and cork floors.

You must gather the hues and tints that give you the most pleasure, inspiration and, ultimately, life. If you are a city dweller and work in an artificial atmosphere, you’ll want to bring ecological elements into your interiors so you will benefit from nature’s energy.

Here are some examples of how to express personality with color:

I absolutely adore and admire these lively living space design by Jenna Buck Gross of Colordrunk Designs.

elegant yet fun living room that whole family will enjoy; bue and orange living room decor; living room design ideas

elegant yet fun living room that the whole family will enjoy.

Bright colors of this dining room for sure will guarantee an invigorating dining experience; pink and green dining room; dining room decor; colorful design ideas
Bright colors of this dining room will surely guarantee an invigorating dining experience

this fresh and soothing color is perfect for the kitchen and butler's pantry; kitchen design; kitchen dessign ideas
this fresh and soothing color is perfect for the kitchen and butler’s pantry;

a little boy's room; kids room design ideas; blue and green

a little boy’s room

Gorgeous living room design; pink living room with gold and green accents; colorfull design ideas

Gorgeous living room design by Andrea Brooks; pink living room with gold and green accents

Today’s Venetian Glass Mirrors

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

Venetian mirrors made of Murano glass

Every classic Venetian mirror we offer is hand made in Venice, Italy. All of the Venetian mirrors are produced by the methods of the 18th and 19th century techniques perfected by generations of skilled artisans. The skill of the modern Murano glass artisans is clear when you view our selection of Venetian mirrors. Even today, the Murano glass artisans possess skills that are almost magical; it cannot be denied that the mirrors they craft are flawless works of art. The perfectly honed skills and aesthetic tastes of the Venetian glassmakers are evident in each Venetian mirror’s exquisite details. The traditional characteristics of Venetian glass are present in our mirrors: they possess unsurpassed clarity; they are exceedingly lightweight; they are brilliant in color; and they possess the elusive quality of ductility, which permits the astonishing fantasy of form.

Many of the Venetian mirrors feature carefully crafted roses, ribbons and tender leaves, enhancing the Venetian mirrors elegant look with delicate details. The intricacies on some of the Venetian mirrors are crafted using traditional glass technique. All of the stunning Venetian mirrors are hand-crafted masterpieces constructed in a multiple step process. Each piece of clear or colored glass that makes up the mirror’s elaborate composition is hand-cut or hand-blown. The Venetian mirror is shaped, polished, and then the design is hand-etched into the mirror’s surface. Once each piece of glass is backed with silver, all the pieces are finally assembled and fastened onto the mirror’s wooden substructure.

The Venetian mirrors featured on our site are incredible values. To own one of these Venetian mirror is to own a piece of a history that is filled with mystery, romance, and intrigue. These affordable works of art retain their symbolic status that only centuries of history can impart. Behold your image in the Venetian mirror of your choice, and witness the legend of the mirror for yourself.

large round Venetian glass mirror

Layering mirrors in the bathroom has been a trend for a while now. I love the way this lovely Venetian mirror adds additional dimension and undeniable character to the otherwise standard looking bathroom.

Lovely bathroom decor with Venetian mirror; venetian mirrors; bathroom decor ideas

Here is one more example of mirror-on-mirror application. Beautiful bathroom design featuring stunning Venetian Murano glass mirror on the background of antiqued mirrored wall.

bathroom design with Venetian Murano glass mirror; Venetian mirrors

interior design by Suzanne Kasler Interiors

In Zen consciousness, small spaces are equal in significance to big spaces. This jewel box like powder room with Chinoiserie wall paper and an intricate Venetian mirror as the main feature to adore, is a great example of a small space with a big impact.

powder room with Venetian glass mirror

powder room with Venetian glass mirror

bathroom decor with Venetian glass mirror; beautiful octagonal Murano glass mirror

bathroom decor with beautiful Venetian glass mirror

gorgeous Italian mirrors; Murano glass mirror

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The History of Mirrors

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Aug 18 2015, No Comments

ancient mirrors

The history of mirrors starts in the III Century B.C. Most ancient mirrors were made from metal and had a round shape. The back side of the ancient mirrors was beautifully embellished with ornamentation. Mirrors were made from highly polished bronze and silver. The first glass mirrors were invented in I Century by Romans.

From ancient times special qualities had been given to mirrors, that no other object had. The Greek philosopher Socrates gave advice to young men to look at themselves in the mirror, and those who were handsome should focus their life on keeping their souls clean and stay away from the temptations of life that could take them on the wrong path. If a young man would find that he is not handsome, he should compensate for his look from his heart, and get known for doing a lot of good things.

In Medieval period glass mirrors completely disappeared, because during those times religious confessions stated that devil is looking and watching the world from the opposite side of a glass mirrors. Poor fashionable ladies had to use a polished metal mirrors or special water bowls instead of glass mirrors.

Glass mirrors came back only in 13th century. This time they were bended slightly outward. The method of attaching tin to the flat surface of the glass wasn’t invented yet. Using available technology master glaziers poured hot tin into glass tubs, and then, after the tin was cold, they would brake it into separate pieces.

glass mirror

Only three centuries later Venetian masters invented a “flat mirror technique”. They figured out how to attach tin to a flat glass surface. Venetian masters invented another trick. They created a special reflective mixture in which gold and bronze was added. Because of this “magical” mixture all objects reflecting in the mirrors looked much more beautiful than in reality. The cost of one Venetian mirror then was comparable to the cost of the large naval ship.

lady and mirror

In a city of Nuremberg (Germany) in 1373 the first mirror manufacturing plant was open. Mirrors were then aggressively integrated in all aspects of life. In the 16th century mirrors become a part of mysterious rituals and witchcraft. Also, for 200 years mirrors were used by Spanish and French spies for coding and decoding secret messages. This secret coding system was introduced in 15th century by Leonardo da Vinci. The scriptures were coded in “mirror reflection” and without the mirror it was impossible to read the message. Mirrors were part of another big invention of the time – the periscope. The opportunity to discreetly spy on ones enemy by using a system of interactive mirrors saved a lot of lives during wars. During the famous Thirty Year war, mirrors were used by all sides to blind the enemy during military actions with bright reflection of sun light. It was very hard to take aim when your eyes are blinded by thousands of tiny mirrors.

lady with antique mirror

Starting with 12th century no respectful lady left her house without a small mirror. Handheld mirrors and pears mirrors became a must have items for every woman. Ladies wore gold embellished mirrors on a chain around their neck or waist, inserted mirrors in to the fens. Mirrors were treated just like precious jewelry, and were incased in specially crafted exotic materials like turtle shell or elephant bone frames. Some of the mirror’s frames were made from gold or silver with an elegant miniature engravings.

In the 15th century the Venetian Island of Murano become the center of glass making and was known as the “Isle of Glass”. They officially created the “Council of Ten” with a special mission of vigorously protecting the secrets of there glass making techniques. Masters glassmakers were secretly transported to the island of Murano undercover as a firefighters. The “Council of Ten” generously supported glassmakers and at the same time kept them isolated from the rest of the world. The profits from the mirror making monopoly were too large to take any risks. European monarchs at whatever it cost tried to find out the Venetian glassmaking secrets. They accomplish this goal in 17th century, when Colbert (the minister of Ludwig XIV) bribed with gold three Murano masters and transported them in to France.

mirrors - Hall of Mirrors, Amalienburg, Nymphenburg Palace Grounds, Munich
Hall of Mirrors, Amalienburg, Nymphenburg Palace Grounds, Munich

The French happened to be a good students, and very quickly they not only mastered Murano glass making techniques, but invented they’re own. While mirror making techniques used by Venetian masters was based on a glassblowing, French masters started manufacturing mirrors using casting techniques based on pouring glass into the cast molds. The glass was poured directly from the dome into perfectly smooth surface of the cast mold, and then, as the glass was cooling, it was rolled with the special rollers achieving a perfect consistency and smoothness of material. Immediately after this invention, in Versailles the construction of the Mirrors Gallery began. The Mirrors Gallery was 220 feet (73 meters) long and embellished with 306 huge mirrors.

Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles
Mirrors Gallery, Palace of Versailles

On the end of 16th century, following the high fusion style, French queen Maria De Medici decided to create for herself a Mirrored office. For this matter, 119 mirrors was purchased from Venice. Maybe because her purchase was so large, or for some other reason, Venetian masters created a special gift for the queen of France – a unique large mirror generously incrusted with precious stones. Till this day this mirror is preserved and kept in the Louvre in Paris.

palace with mirrors

Mirrors become a popular valuable collectibles among royals. English King Hendry VIII and the King of France Francis I were the most known mirrors collectors of there time. Trying to catch up with kings, nobles in France had to have an extravagant mirrors in any cost. There is a knowing facts that some of them had to sell one of they residents in order to purchase a single beautiful mirror. Mirrors were extremely costly. For example one mirror cost more than an Rafael’s painting of the same size.

This ornate porcellan drawing room was designed by Giuseppe and Stefano Gricci and Luigi Restile. It was completed in 1757 within the Royal Palace at Portici

This ornate porcellan drawing room was designed by Giuseppe and Stefano Gricci and Luigi Restile. It was completed in 1757 within the Royal Palace at Portici

In 17th century Russia, mirrors were considered a sin. In 1666 the Orthodox Church in prohibited the possession of mirrors by its priests. From this time on a lot of superstitions surrounded mirrors. Those superstitions seems to us funny and naive, but back than people took it very seriously. Breaking a mirror, for example, was sign of bad lack for seven years. That is why when a mirror was broken the person who broke it should apologies to the mirror for clumsiness, and had to carefully and respectfully bury it. Solders took mirrors-talismans to reflect away death.

gorgeous mirrors

Mirrors have had a long and colorful journey throughout history. In our days there is no home without a mirror. Mirrors have become part of our everyday routine, often unappreciated. We always should remember “reflect” and respect the historical aspects of mirrors and appreciate more not only mirror’s functionality, but incredible esthetical value of the mirrors

Shaking it Speakeasy Style – Speakeasy Bar Accessories

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Aug 06 2015, No Comments

It’s easy to create your own unique version of a speak easy in your home with specialized bar accessories. Entrance into a home speak easy doesn’t even require a secret code word, a specialized handshake or a series of secret knocks any more. In the 1920s until about 1933 these things might have been required. These were the years when a bold, new experiment was tried. It was called Prohibition.

1920s Prohibition

1920s Prohibition

Alcohol became illegal, forcing those who wished to enjoy a drink to retreat into tiny, private areas known as gin joints or speakeasies. Popular cover distractions for these illicit establishments were provided by jazz bands and dancers known as flappers. Some places had special secret entrances and exits, in the event that a quick exit was needed. Some doors featured electronic safety switches that would short-circuit to stop unwanted access to them. Certain establishments were even equipped with secret cabinets and covert drop shelves meant to hide alcohol.

Prohibition classic cocktail shakers; Speakeasy bar accessories; speakeasy party
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Bar Accessories Make Your Home Speak Easy Spectacular

Things like specially designed bar stools, custom bar furniture and interesting bar accessories with an intriguing story behind them make your home bar into a showplace of Prohibition era style. The idea is to showcase accessories that could have easily been used during this era to hide illicit drinking activities.

bar furniture; bar stools

bar stool >> bar stool with high back >>

Here you’ll find fire extinguisher cocktail shakers to jazz up your home bar decor. These shakers are crafted from heavyweight silver-plated brass and are made to be safe for food grade use. Cocktail shakers in bell or dumbbell shapes add an element of quirky fun to your bar decor. Originally meant to hide certain types of beverages from the authorities, today they are simply used for the entertainment of your family, friends and guests.

Speakeasy bar accessories

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Serve All Your Specialty Cocktails In Style

Start a conversation when you entertain using a cleverly disguised cocktail shaker and make any of your specialty cocktail creations even more interesting. Narrate a story of how shakers like this were once used during Prohibition to fascinate your friends and guests. Regale them with tales of the roaring 20s and watch as they enjoy a cocktail that would have once been illegal.

Anything vintage has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity and these interesting accessories for your home bar fit right in. Hospitality is made easier when you have the right combination of delicious cocktails and great accessories. Good taste will always be in fashion.

thirst extinguisher cocktail shaker; speakeasy shaker; speakeasy party ideas

Thirst Extinguisher cocktail shaker stands tall and stately, offering a reminder of how to make the classics… just rotate the base and read the mix needed for a dry Martini… a Between the Sheets, a Clover Club…

Fire Extinguisher cocktail shaker is handmade in brass; nickel-plated outside and silver-plated inside

Fire Extinguisher cocktail shaker is handmade in brass; nickel-plated outside and silver-plated inside

Catch The Perfect Nautical Decorating Wave With Surfboard Decor

posted in Home Decor &InvitingHome, Jul 20 2015, No Comments

One of the biggest splashes you can make in nautical decor is to use classically styled wooden surfboards that have been thoughtfully placed throughout the home as your decorating focal points. Surfboards also become functional furnishings and implements when they are made into tables, counter tops and vanities. It pays to catch this stylish nautical design wave, while making a bold statement of classic surfer beach house style in your home.

a surfboard cut in half, it serves to hold books, shells, and pictures from your beach adventures; #surfboardshelf
A surfboard cut in half, it serves to hold books, shells, and pictures from your beach adventures. surfboard shelf >>

Surfer Ambiance Can Be Stylishly Infused Into Any Room

Classic wood surfboards or decorative surfboards make fascinating wall accents. Hang them on any wall or use them to accent a window, or bring attention to architecturally interesting areas like alcoves in rooms. This works especially well in dens, studies and living rooms. Surfboards can even be placed together in interesting groupings to create unique, decorative headboards in a bedroom.

Use a surfboard to create a clever display piece to hold track lighting, or fashion a functional and brilliantly styled counter top or table from decorative surfboards. You can even create a useful kitchen island that will become a conversation starter. A single color wood surfboard, or one featuring multi-colored wood strips can even surf its way into a bathroom, where it instantly becomes an eye-catching vanity.

A surfboard shelf created from half of a surfboard adds interest and functionality to any room. It also provides the perfect place to display those sea-inspired and nautical themed photographs, seashell collections, books or other interesting items found on the beach.

The Feeling Of Coastal Living Anywhere

Savvy decorators can create the aura of coastal living simply through the effective use of nautical decor elements, whether the home is actually near a coast or not. Using surfboards for home decoration adds interest and provides a focal point to draw the eye to the design elements you wish to have noticed.

A wood surfboard or decorative surfboard can be strategically leaned against a wall or displayed in a corner to create an unpretentious, yet fashionable design statement. When hung on a wall, surfboards draw the eye upwards towards a decorative window or to the wall itself.

Place a surfboard bench at the end of a bed to create a beach cottage or seaside inn ambiance. Pair with fabric bed linens and window dressings in tropical or seaside patterns, along with beach inspired accessories to pull the entire room together.

Catch The Wave Of The Latest In Nautical Decor

If you have a true love for the beach and the ocean, you don’t want to miss this latest wave of popular nautical decor. Bring the ocean to your front door and into every room with eye-catching, beautiful decorative surfboards. They make brilliant fashion statements and great conversation starters! Invite guests to relax and enjoy the ambiance. Delight as they appreciate your virtual sea-spray infused atmosphere.

The surf’s always up when you use gorgeously crafted, gleaming surfboards as your decorating focal point. Turn your home into an oasis of beauty, peacefulness and calm with nautical decor.

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Only a few craftsmen now have the skills needed to build a classic wooden surfboard. Long enough to ride the waves off Waikiki or Malibu. This wooden surfboard is just short enough to casually lean into a corner of your living room, study, or den… decorative surfboard >>

living room with wood surfboard wall decor; nautical room decor
contemporary room decor with surfboard by Erik Hurst

wooden surfboard wall decor
wooden surfboard wall decor

relaxed decor with wood surfboard o the wall
relaxed decor with wood surfboard o the wall

decorative wooden surfboard above opening; nautical decorative touches
decorative wooden surfboard above opening

surfboard above the door opening
surfboard above the door opening

kitchen island with wooden surfboard shelf; nautical kitchen design
kitchen peninsula with wooden surfboard shelf

nautical blue kitchen design with surfboard shelf
nautical blue kitchen design with surfboard shelf

cool kitchen island with the wooden surfboard top; unique nautical kitchen design
cool kitchen island with the wooden surfboard top

beach house kitchen with surfboard above the windows
beach house kitchen decor with surfboard

nautical bedroom decor; bed with wood surfboard headboard
nautical bedroom decor; bed with wood surfboard headboard

bedroom design featuring bed with headboard made of wooden surfboards
bedroom design featuring bed with headboard made of wooden surfboards at the Polynesian Village Resort

nautical bedroom with large surfboard wall decor; nautical bedroom
nautical bedroom with large surfboard wall decor

bedroom decor with surfboard bench
bedroom decor with surfboard bench

basement game room with surfboard bar
basement game room with surfboard bar by MRF Construction, Inc.

recreation room  design with unique wood surfboard lighting fixture above the pool table
recreation room design with unique wood surfboard lighting fixture above a pool table

surfboard bathroom counters; nautical decor
surfboard bathroom counters

unique wood surfboard ceiling lighting fixtures
wood surfboard ceiling lighting fixtures

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 InvitingHome.com 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 InvitingHome.com 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.