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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.

decorative wood surfboard; hand ctafted wooden surfboard; #surfboard
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

A Suspended Ceiling Design

posted in Ceiling Decor &InvitingHome, Jun 18 2015, No Comments

If you have a suspended ceiling, it is a popular element that serves a great purpose in the modern interior. The areal design of the suspended ceiling does not have any particular boundaries—from the older houses and apartments with ceilings that range from about 8 to 12 feet to the office buildings and newer homes.

The suspended ceiling has a great use in reducing noise levels and creating particular acoustic in the space. It is also a great element to add a dramatic impact in the space without feeling the need to clutter it with furniture to overcompensate for the blandness of the space. With the right lighting it becomes an indispensable architectural part of the room. A big plus with the suspended ceiling is that it transforms a flat and overwhelming space—a suspended ceiling is a way to sculpt the room from a box to a uniquely shaped masterful space.

ceiling decor - living room design with gorgeous suspended ceiling - interior design
Living room designed with beautiful suspended ceiling. This ceiling design helps visually define areas in the space.

bedroom design - bedroom with suspended ceiling feturing ceiling dome and indirect lighting - ceiling design

This bedroom’s ceiling is another example of how interior designers use ceilings to identify functional areas in a large room (In this case, sleeping and seating areas). To make a ceiling design above a sleeping area more predominant, the designer used a surface mount dome with a crystal chandelier. The installation of surface mount domes do not require cutting into the ceiling and thereby makes an easy addition to any room with high ceilings.

living room design - living room with suspended ceiling and indirect lighting - ceiling design
Living room with suspended ceiling and indirect lighting.

Suspended ceiling consists of a metal casing that is suspended in the corner and the actual surface that will allow for lights / architectural details (such as ceiling medallions or appliques)—also, depending on the placement of the suspended ceiling, you may use it to creatively cover up grates or any elements of the space that you would not want to be shown.

suspended ceiling- living room design with suspended ceiling
contemporary living room design with suspended ceiling.

suspended ceiling design
suspended ceiling design

The most common materials that are used to create a suspended ceiling are metal and wood panels—you can also use different materials for faux finishes and other effects on the ceiling. You can use the metal frame and the wood panels as the skeleton and then use plaster to smooth over it making it look like the original architectural aspect of the house.

living room with suspended ceiling - ceiling design


Many Ways to Incorporate a Ceiling Dome in Your Decor

posted in Ceiling Decor &InvitingHome, May 30 2015, No Comments

There is a misconception that ceiling domes are strictly suitable for traditional decor. The design history proves that ceiling domes may be successfully used in traditional and contemporary interiors alike. Ceiling domes with clean lines may be incorporated in modern or contemporary style – even in industrial lofts. To accentuate the modern feeling, contemporary lighting fixture can be placed inside the ceiling dome. In traditional interiors, ceiling domes with ornamental details are more suitable. For example, the California ceiling dome has beautiful details and may be used with or without a lighting fixture. Placing a chandelier in the center of this ceiling dome is an easy way of making the ceiling and the light look more royal and majestic.

A great way to make an original lighting source is to utilize ceiling domes with lighting – such as the Siena Ceiling Domes with Lighting Cove – which comes in various sizes to fit the different ceiling requirements which makes it a flexible choice for any ceiling design. It is a classic ceiling dome that could easily fit into any decor.

All ceiling domes come primed ready for final finishing – painting, highlighting, or applying faux finishes have been the most popular treatments of the ceiling domes. Not every home an handle the grandeur of the Rococo style and pallet of prink-while and blue-white. You would rarely find painted images such as cherubs or beautiful and voluminous clouds in a typical American home. The type of finish on ceiling domes is determined by how much light is in that particular area, the temperature of the environment, and of course the style of the interior.

Stunning dining room with hand pained ceiling dome
Stunning dining room with hand pained ceiling dome. interior design by Diane Dourcher Interiors; photography by Peter Rymwid.

gorgeous master bedroom; Palm Beach, Fl

Gorgeous master bedroom with ceiling dome; Palm Beach, Fl.

Ceiling domes are amazing architectural details to be used in opening up the interior space.The ceiling dome will jive with the elements that are to make the interior of the house warmer…

Gorgeous coastal bedroom with ceiling dome
Gorgeous coastal bedroom.
Darien Island Home (private residence) by Cardello Architects

Ever so often people ask me what is the right size of the ceiling dome (or medallion) for the particular room size. The truth is it is never a right or wrong size, it’s all about executing your vision. Be daring, and unafraid to let the ceiling dome become the signature element of the room.

Lavish appartament entry with ceiling dome. New York, NY
Lavish appartament entry with ceiling dome. New York, NY

The relationship between architectural details and furnishings is integral to achieving a sense of balance your home decor, so that you can draw from that sense harmony within an enclosed space.

elegant entry featuring ceiling dome with lighting cove
elegant entry featuring ceiling dome with lighting cove
The smaller an area is the more impact small details will have. Your entry way provides an ideal opportunity to impress.

stunning Mediterranean style bathroom with ceiling dome in Houston, TX.
Stunning Mediterranean style bathroom with ceiling dome; Houston, TX.
by SIMS Luxury Builders

Boutique style closet with ceiling dome and decorative crown molding
Boutique style closet with ceiling dome and decorative crown molding.

beautiful rotunda crowned with hand-painted dome
Beautiful rotunda crowned with hand-painted ceiling dome created by Alex Custom Homes

Italian Carved Wood Sconces

posted in InvitingHome &Lighting, May 28 2015, No Comments

Nothing will dress up your wall better than carved wood sconces finished in real gold leaf. All our sconces are reproductions of historical designs. These gold sconces are a sophisticated addition to any room. Carved wood wall sconces selected for this page are hand-made in Firenze (Italy).

inviting home entry featuring hand carved gold leaf sconces and console table

Inviting home entry featuring carved sconces in gold leaf finish above Louis XIV style carved wood console table

All sconces are made following the antique artisans traditions. Wall sconces are carefully carved in wood before being finished by hand using real gold leaf of the finest quality. The timeless designs of these sconces expressed though classical silhouettes, meticulously carved details, graceful motion of the scrolled arms and luxurious gold leaf finish.

French style carved sconce in gold leaf finish
French style carved sconce in gold leaf finish

charming character. The shape and design of this wall sconce represents the much admired aesthetic of 18 century. Hand crafted in Italy by master artisans this wall sconce aptly integrates function and decoration, while simultaneously flattering to empress. The back of the sconce has a bursting leaf motif with flower center on the top and leaf drop on the bottom. This two-light electrified French style wall sconce is designed for candelabra bulbs only. sconce has a distinctive antiqued gold leaf finish.

The love of a gold has remained a constant throughout history. High style design of the sconces reflects the romantic past. Elegant forms and great sconce’s details combined with traditional materials and finishes are skillfully blended to create these expressive sconces, which are suited to either a formal or informal interior decor. The tendency towards classical designs that stood the test of time today are becoming increasingly evident. At the same time there is considerable appreciation for the hand crafted look. All of our gold-leaf sconce embrace the old traditions of fine craftsmanship, and respect the tenants of good design.

Adam style carved wood sconcein gold leaf finish
Adam style carved wood sconce in gold leaf finish

This electrified wall sconce is hand-crafted in the Adam style from carved wood and wrought iron. Wall sconce has a leaf motif and richly embellished two-way scrolled arm. Expertly applied antiqued gold leaf finish adds a sense of history while highlighting the incredibly detailed design of the sconce. This wall sconce has a stylish sculptural qualities that are an assertive form of artistic expression

The favorite wall sconce design motifs throughout history, often appeared in classical antiquity, now revived and reproduced to their importance. Our sconces express a sense of history and each wall sconce has a unique character on their own. The success of historical designs of the sconces lies in the master carvers ability to beautifully integrate the components of the sconce and achieve pleasing proportions and visual delight. An exquisite representation of organic motifs, traditional swags, flowers and bows are distinguishes styles of our sconce collection. Italian sconces decorated with a myriad of objects like scalloped shells, Greek key, graceful bows, tassels and rosettes.

Louis XV style carved wood sconce in gold leaf finish
Louis XV style carved wood sconce in gold leaf finish

Sculpted in foliate design this carved wood wall sconce retains the overall Louis XV style configuration. The curvaceous shapes of the sconce would retain a familiarity for those holding on to tradition. The distinct sculptural qualities and deep relief surface ornamentation, reinforced by three freely curved arms of the sconce with leaf motif recall characteristics more commonly associated with the Louis XV style. The graceful design of the sconce is accentuated by an antiqued gold leaf finish, the sophisticated combination of these two creatively are married into a timeless statement of beauty.

Sconces are hand-crafted in several different styles – French neoclassic, Adam, 18th century English, and Tuscan. The burst of creative energy of these historical periods is amply captured in visually exciting carved wood sconces. Classical ornamentation of the sconces is based on nature inspired motifs such as thick, prickly, scalloped leaves. Carved wood sconces have-hand applied authentic finishes.

Northern Italian style carved wood wall sconce in antique gold leaf finish
Northern Italian style carved wood sconce in gold leaf finish

The overall silhouette of this elaborately designed carved wood wall sconce is immediately recognized as a Northern Italian style. The back of the wall sconce is richly embellished with uprising gracefully curved oak tree branches with acorns and adorned with bow-tided ribbon on the top. The elegantly scrolled hand wrought iron handles of the sconce support stylized candleholders and radiate from the round beaded center rosette. This wooden sconce is carved in great detail and deep relief, providing a realistic appearance through play of shadows. Gorgeous antiqued finish with a crimson undertones that peek though finest quality expertly applied gold leaf adds charm and sense of history.


Selecting Occasional Chairs

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

When you select an occasional chairs, take great care in making you decisions. Beautiful chairs, just like clothes, come in different shapes, styles and sizes. Style of the chairs and carved details affect overall comfort of the room. The top of the line Italian chairs are the equivalent of tailored couture clothes.

We recommend hand-crafted Italian chairs to anyone who can afford them, because this high-end chairs usually last forever. By selecting graceful chairs with classic shapes, your selections will be suitable in the years ahead. As your taste develops and your decorating schemes change, your occasional chairs should remain a consistent presence.

chairs - hand crafted carved wood Italian chair in antique white finish with gold accents

Chairs has evolved from pure function to an important art form. By the time of ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome, chairs were elegantly formed and decorated, satisfying need for both function and beauty. In later periods, various styles have had lasting influence on following generations. English and French chairs designs are particularly influential in North America. People use chairs every day for a variety of functions. Armchairs and chairs are essential pieces of furniture. Materials chairs made of generally include wood, leather and textiles. Sizes range from lightly scaled carved wood side chairs to larger size upholstered armchairs, with styles from many different historical periods available to suit your taste. Generally a variety of chairs sizes and designs are required within an interior environment.

Chairs are categorized as upholstered or occasional. Popular upholstered chairs are called club or wing chairs. Barrel chairs have a rounded back that extends in a smooth line with the arms. Club chairs are square with arms lower that their backs, and wing chairs have a high back with wing like extensions at the head level. Occasional chairs are usually smaller than upholstered chairs. Occasional chairs typically traditional in design.

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Italian chairs are all worked by hand, from the hardwood frame to the final details. These chairs are finely made as well as gracefully designed for comfort and looks, their substance gives off good vibrations. Hand-crafted Italian chairs offer refinement and quiet luxury.

Italian furniture-makers are artistic men and women doing incredible work they learned from their parents and grandparents. A real sense of pride goes in to each chair. Italy has this talented, caring people who can make a high-quality chairs that will give you and your loved ones thousands of hours of pleasure, and your spaces a good karma. In an age where architecture isn’t always graceful, the refined proportions and craftsmanship of hand made chairs add tremendous grace to any room.


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.