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coral branch lamp
coral branch lamp
spotted shell lamp
shell lamp
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shell lamp
blue coral table lamp
blue coral lamp
 
 

Creating a Unique Home Decor

A room is like clothe. It has to keep us warm and comfortable, but also how we use it says a lot about ourselves. Your home decor has to be comfortable and practical, but there has to be room for style as well. There is a fine line that makes the difference between an impersonal but high in style hotel room and a warm and welcoming stylish room of you own. When we choose our clothes, we tend to use bits and pieces from several different fashion looks to suit our moods and express our individual preferences, and we do the same thing in our home decor with furniture, architectural elements, lighting fixtures, accessories and color. Decorating style is not just a question of the overall look, it also depends on quality of the home furnishings used in the room... read more about how to create home decor that's uniquely yours >>

Comfortable and inviting living room decor; living room ideas; room decor inspiration


luxury furniture

mirrors
decorative mirrors

cabinets and chests
cabinets and chests
crystal tables
crystal tables

About Occasional Tables

The ubiquitous occasional table really doesn't get the press it deserves. Ask yourself this: What is attractive, yet unobtrusive; functional, yet can be very artsy; beautifully shows off art, lamps, pictures, books - or nothing at all - and still look like a work of art itself? When you think of occasional tables this way, you begin to understand how these unsung heroes can be critical in pulling the décor of a room together without dominating it... read more about occasional and accent tables >>

gorgeous inlaid Italian tables | accent tables ideas

 


occasional tables
occasional tables

ocasional tables

an occasion for style: picking out an occasional table
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... about read more occasional tables and style >>


crystal table lamps
crystal table lamps

Crystal lamps in Feng Shui

According to the practice of Feng Shui, each color of the rainbows spectrum radiating from the crystal carry the intensity of that particular type of chi energy. For example, green carries the three chi energy of the east.
The energy of crystal. Crystals generates positive energy. Feng Shui methods recommends using products that are made from crystal for transformation and balancing energy... continue reading about crystal lamps and Feng Shui >>

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

 

Lighting up your world with Venetian glass lamps

The lighting you choose for your home most likely has a much larger impact than you would think. Not only do lamps provide illumination for cooking, reading, and other tasks, but the lamp itself becomes an important part of the decor. Choose Venetian glass lamps for the ultimate in understated elegance while lighting up your world. You could choose any old lamps if all you want to do is shed some light within your room. But consider this: lamps are not only the source of your light, but lamps itself serve as a decorative objects. You're missing a huge opportunity if you view lamps as purely a source of illumination and nothing more. .. read more about Venetian glass lamps >>

 

beautiful contemporary bedroom featuring Venetian glass lamps, occasional wrought iron table in silver leaf finish and antiqued silver cabinet; bedroom decor; bedroom design ideas; bedroom lighting and furniture
beautiful contemporary bedroom featuring Venetian glass lamps, occasional wrought iron table in silver leaf finish and antiqued silver cabinet

 

Venetian glass lamps

Venetian glass lamps

Expressing Personality with Color

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

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... read more about expressing personality with color >>

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

Interior design inspiration and decorating ideas and advice. Selection of beautiful pictures and articles with helpful and inspirational ideas for home decor and home improvement.

psychological and physiological effects of color
online shopping
inspiring home decor
inviting home decor
home improvements with class
bathroom improvement ideas
making a house feel like home
building a good home
home improvements with architectural products
7 myths about crown molding
crown molding: quality alert

texture in interior decorating

decorating with texture

The Renaissance of ceiling domes
Through the centuries, people have been decorating their homes by beautifying them and creating a sense of calm. There is a great assortment of ways to make your house more appealing and creating an original personality with your own signature ceiling. To be at home, there is a desire for it to feel incredibly warm, cozy, pleasing, and calming. Is it simple to achieve such an effect. The ceiling is one of the largest blank canvases of your home, but slips from the mind as the possibility of adding character to your house. With the modernization of materials and creativity, there are new breakthroughs in ceiling designs....read more about the Renaissance of ceiling domes >>

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

fireplace mantels
fireplace mantels

mirrors
decorative mirrors

Incorporating Venetian glass into your home
It's no secret that Venetian glass objects are the crème-de-la-creme of the glass world. The skilled glass artists on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy practice the centuries-old craft of fashioning exquisite glass treasures... continue reading on Venetian Glass Decor >>

beautiful Venetian glass bottles and vases hand-blown in Murano Island, Italy

beautiful Venetian glass bottles and vases hand-blown in Murano Island, Italy >>

crystal accessories
crystal accessories

shaking it speakeasy style - speakeasy bar accessories
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. 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... read more about speakeasy bar accessories >>

Speakeasy bar accessories

Valentine's day gifts
bar accessories

catch the perfect nautical decorating wave with surfboard decor
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... read more on how to decorate with surfboards >>

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

nautical accessories and nautical furniture
nautical accessories and furniture
 

Alabaster lamps and reflection of excellence
In medieval times, alabaster was used to form religious statues and articles. Larger pieces were used as premium, ornamental stone. Once objects and statues were formed, they were often gilded with special decorative gilding paint and polished. Often times, pieces featuring elegant alabaster were found in places of worship and in railings used in staircases and in hallways. Alabaster lamps featured in fine homes today show a completely different and beautifully decorative, modern use for alabaster... read more about alabaster lamps >>

living room decor; Contemporary living room decor featuring chocolate color wall, crown molding and beautiful alabaster lamps with rectangular fabric shades; interior design

Contemporary living room decor featuring chocolate color wall, crown molding and beautiful alabaster lamps with rectangular fabric shades.

alabaster table lamps
alabaster lamps

Color-Love
How can you have more color-love?
You have to wrap your heart, mind, and soul around pure, vibrant hues, and look to nature and artists who see life as a beautiful place for inspiration. And you have to trust your intuition when selecting colors for your personal color palette. Don't look at fashion trends or be guided by what's displayed in showroom and stores. So-called experts may try to convince you that bland, artificial, "neutral" tones are calming, whereas in reality they are more likely to shut down, not soothe, the human spirit... more on decorating with color >>

What an inviting living space! Vibrant yet calming at the same time; green living room disign; love this wall decor

What an inviting living space! Vibrant yet calming at the same time... interior design by Ashley Whittaker

 
 

a suspended ceiling design
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 8-12 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...read more about suspended ceiling design >>

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

 
Italian carved wood sconces
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)... read mote about carved wood sconces >>

inviting home entry featuring hand carved gold leaf sconces and console table; interior design ideas
Inviting home entry featuring carved sconces in gold leaf finish above Louis XIV style carved wood console table

sconces

Light up you world with beautiful sconces
Light up you world with beautiful quality sconces. The sconces are the first artificial interior lighting. It all started with the burning branches being propped in between rocks in the interior of the cave. While sconces always had a clear-cut purpose of providing light, they always let in a feeling of coziness and warmth.... read more about sconces origin >>

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incorporating sconces

Incorporating sconces into your decor
Of all of the choices in lighting fixtures, wall sconces go back the furthest in time. From illuminating the corridors of ancient castles to brightening up the walls in today's homes, sconces can add both beauty and functionality to every room...read more about how to incorporate sconces into your decor >>

 

Choosing Colors that Right for You
Think of color as a mystical force that can enhance and stimulate your non biological self or depress it. While certain colors elevate your personal vital energy, others darken your spirit. Think of yourself as an alchemist capable of transmuting base colors to radiant, golden light. In color you have a magic wand that you can use in hundreds of ways every day to create more joyful moments where you feel you are living in pure light...... more on how to choose interior colors >>

Navy blue living room with a pup of pink; interior design ideas

Navy blue with a pop of pink. Abundance of windows and natural light makes this room a perfect candidate for a dark color wall treatment. Rich navy blue color makes this space cozy and high on style.

 
 

fine writing instruments inspire joy and creativity
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. 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... read more about writing sets >>

Windsor Travel writing set; office decor and gift ideas
Windsor Travel writing set >>

writing sets
writing sets

combining utility and artful expression with hand-painted cabinets
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. 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... read more about hand-painted cabinets >>

hand-painted cabinets

hand-painted cabinets and chests

hand-painted cabinets

selecting occasional chairs
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... about read more chairs >>

hand-crafted Italian chairs available at InvitingHome.com
beautiful hand-crafted Italian chairs

chairs
chairs 
 
how to use benches and settees in your home
Designing with benches and settees is a sure-fire way to add flair and elegance to your home instantly. Available in a variety of sizes and styles, a well-placed bench or settee can completely transform the look of any room...read more about benches and settees >>

benches | italian benches | room decor with Baroque style bench
featured product: English style bench >>

benches
benches

cabinets for any room in your home
A beautiful cabinet can add vitality and swagger to any room in your home. One of the best things about furniture accents with vintage inspiration is that they are so extremely versatile and able to be mixed and matched into any room of a home without downgrading their charm. Providing excellent storage and extra surface space for magazines or candles, the Ritz Hotel cabinet transitions seamlessly into a trendy end table. Much more than a file cabinet... read more about versatile cabinets >>

locker cabinets
Cape Code locker cabinet

office cabinets
office cabinets

fireplace mantels and interiors
Fireplace mantels and fireplace mantel shelves are excellent opportunities for adding architectural elements to your home. Fireplace mantels often serving as focal points in a room. Decorative mantel earned its important role in interior architecture. A fireplace mantel is a decorative frame that surrounds the fireplace and facing on the top and two sides. The term "mantel" refers to the entire decorative surround of the fireplace, not just the shelf part. The facing is the protective frame that surrounds a fireplace opening, and is usually marble, brick, tile, or slate... read more about fireplace mantels >>

bathroom with fireplace mantel; bathroom design ideas
bathroom with fireplace mantel

fireplace mantels
fireplace mantels

building a fireplace mantel
If you have a beautiful large fireplace than you could experience problems to find a large enough mantle to accommodate the larger than average firebox - consider making a custom mantle. With the wide range of mantel parts such as wood carvings you can find on our website, you can make your very own mantle that fits not only your fireplace, but also your style and exact specifications. The best part of the whole process is that you will be able to install in one piece. If you are drawing a blank on what design to go with, than you should simply look through our inspiration gallery for some ideas... read more about building a fireplace mantel >>

fireplace mantel; interior design ideas; fireplace mantels ideas

fireplace mantels
fireplace mantels 

the artful use of corbels in your home
Beautiful corbels are a vastly under-utilized architectural element these days. If one needs to display or support a heavy item, such as a sculpture, stylish support from wood corbels or wood brackets is a necessity. Although less obvious today, the beauty and sophistication that these supportive structures add cannot be overlooked. Let your imagination go and visualize these supportive pieces in any area of your home. A few ideas: In the kitchen, these ornaments are commonplace, although it may not seem obvious. Strategic placement is critical in supporting counters or islands, but they don't need to be boring... read more about corbels use >>

corbels; interior design ideas; door trin with corbels

 

tripod lamps - light up your home with history
Nothing puts down roots in a room like tripod floor lamps. Providing an illustrious beacon of light, a decorative floor lamp is the quintessential design element in any well designed living space. If you crave a design style that is budding with adventure and legends of faraway lands, then historical tripod lamps are a surefire way to integrate adventure into your everyday life.... read more about tripod lamps >>

nautical decor - nautical lighting - tripod floor lamps - patrol spotlight tripod lamp
coast guard patrol spotlight tripod lamp >>

tripod lamps
tripod lamps

ship models
ship models
into the wild blue yonder with model planes
Humankind's fascination with flying dates back to well before written history. Early humans, watching the birds flying high in the sky, no doubt wondered what it would be like if we could fly, free from the bonds of the earth. When flight became technologically possible, only the bravest dared to challenge gravity in a contraption made of wood, metal, glass and fabric - the era of the daredevils began... read more about model planes >>

replica planes; decorating ideas

wood propellers

propellers - a decorative spin on history
Looking for a way to make a room more interesting? Let your imagination take flight with propellers. Considered the tires of yester yore, propellers are popular today as memorabilia pieces that honor the flight traditions of mechanics, flight crews, and pilots in battle. ..read more about wood propellers >>

corbels - style and function
Corbels and brackets serve both a functional and an artistic purpose. These design features are specifically crafted to support heavy weights, and as such, corbels are often used in place of simple shelf brackets when the load that they will bear is great. In addition, corbels add architectural interest to a room; the wide variety of the sizes, shapes, and designs in corbel options means that these distinctive elements can either quietly coordinate with an existing decor or serve as a design focal point for the room.... continue reading about corbels style and function >>

corbels; large decorative corbel; interior design ideas; door trim ideas

corbels and brackets
corbels and brackets 
games to covet
Venetian glass tic-tac-toe game. Bring out the Burgundy, light a pipe, and set the game board... A beautiful table is not available when you're on safari. Folding Mombasa chairs and a campaign box will have to do; after all your camping out in the Serengeti. Glints of exquisitely varnished cherry, matching aged bronze. Hand blown oversized Venetian glass marbles in white and black complete the Noughts and Crosses palette. This hand-crafted Tic-Tac-Toe set is independently beautiful, it pays off to take things along... more on about games >>

popular games


racecar models
racecar models

ship models
ship models

plane models
plane models

corbels and brackets for kitchen counters
Looking for an attractive way to provide support for your kitchen counters? Your solution probably lies among the many models of corbels and brackets available for this very purpose. Corbels and wood brackets are architectural elements that can serve a functional role while also adding beauty to your kitchen. If your countertops are made of a heavy material such as granite or marble, corbels and brackets are absolutely essential from a structural standpoint. If your countertops are a bit lighter, corbels and brackets may only be decorative in nature... read more about corbels and brackets for kitchen counters >>

kitchen - kitchen design - beautiful kitchen with granite counters and carved corbels; kitchen design ideas

wood brackets
wood brackets
Unique desks and home office environment
Working from home is on the rise -- it's a win-win situation for employers and employees. Telecommuting ends the daily grind of commuting, but it also eliminates your company desk and office space. Setting up a functional and aesthetically pleasing home office can be challenging. However, furnishing your new work place with a unique desk can add unparalleled character, as well as organized storage to your home office....read more on how unique desks can add character to any home office >>

desks - nautical desks
Ivory navy desk >>

home office decor

intelligent decor for a home office.
A home office deserves intelligent decor. It is the space where you do your best thinking and churn out your life's inspiration. A home office is a sacred space. Since your home office is unlike any other room in your home it should be decorated accordingly. Simply put, the room within your home that hosts your inner most thoughts should be decorated with the utmost of style. Selecting home office furniture can be a fulfilling experience... read more on how to create an intelligent decor for your home office >>

wood brackets for countertops
What is a Wood Bracket? A wood bracket is a structural element which supports furniture and architectural elements such as shelves, bookcases, plant hangers, mantles and more. Wood brackets are essential for support of kitchen countertops, especially if it is a granite counter. Brackets are very similar to wood corbels in function; however, brackets are generally thinner than corbels, and often decorated with cut away carvings. Corbels and wood brackets are both architectural accents but brackets, being narrower, are great for countertop bars and for supporting wider shelves.... read more about wood brackets and what's the difference between corbels and brackets >>

brackets; kitchen counter with carved wood brackets
Sarasota brackets >>

wood brackets

wood brackets
size and quantity determination

Most often wood brackets used to support shelves or for additional support of the kitchen counter. To use wood brackets as a shelf support you have to select the right size wood bracket. To do so, you have to make sure that the depth of the wood bracket covers about 70% of the overall shelf depth, making the shelf more secure. For heavier shelves and countertops, it is better to select a wood brackets that are 1 or 2 inches smaller than the depth of the shelf or countertop... read on how to determine correct size and quantity of wood brackets >>

corbels whit acanthus leaf design
The elegant corbels come in many beautiful historical designs. The great variety makes it easy to match the corbels to any kitchen style. The Acanthus leaf corbel's design derives from a Greek and Roman architectural ornamentation. The Acanthus trees are found in the Greek Isles. Acanthus leaf is used in an ornamental way and inspired the architecture in the past as well as today. It has been said that a nymph Acantha who was beloved by Apollo, the sun god was the spirit of the acanthus tree. Upon her death, she turned into a "sun-loving tree" named Acanthus... read more about Acanthus corbels >>

kitchen - kitchen design with white kitchen cabinets and cherry wood kitchen island with corbels and carvings; kitchen design ideas

corbels and wood brackets

six things to know before you buy corbels
What do you like? What is your style preference? Corbels come in a multitude of shapes and sizes. Incorporating corbels into your decor may seem like a formidable task, considering the endless possibilities we make available to you. The most straightforward way to narrow down your choices is to analyze your own unique decorating style. Do you prefer a more traditionally styled home?... more about six things to know before you buy corbels >>

corbels with carved floral and grape design
Grape motifs carved on corbels have been around since the Roman and Greek times. Grapes themselves have great powers such as unclogging arteries. The "French Paradox" shows that even though the French food is so high in fat, the wine that is consumed along the side of the meal, neutralizing the cholesterol in a way, ensuring a longer life. Bacchus to the Romans and Dinysus to the Greek, the God of wine was viewed as the promoter of civilization and a lawgiver. He was a lover of peace and the patron deity of farming. No wonder the grape design was widely used in architectural ornamentation and has carried over to today corbels and wood carvings adornment.... read more about floral and grape corbels >>

kitchen - kitchen cabinets with wood corbels carved with grape design; kitchen design ideas

corbels shopping

corbels shopping
Arming yourself with knowledge before you buy corbels, or before you purchase any item or service, is more than just an intelligent choice. It is an absolutely critical course of action for any consumer to take before making a decision...read on corbels shopping >>

corbels for kitchen cabinets
The kitchen designs and styles have evolved through the years; the kitchen decor in your house should too. Corbels are a great way to bring some style and architectural structure to your kitchen. The best part about the corbels is that they come in a wide variety of different styles which can be incorporated in the existing style of your whole house. Corbels can also be worked into the rest of your home decor to reiterate a theme. You may also be able to achieve that look by using some of our other wood products, such as quality carvings and wood rosettes to fill in the gaps... read more about corbels for kitchen cabinets >>

kitchen - kitchen decor - beautiful white kitchen cabinets with carved wood corbels; kitchen design ideas

corbels
corbels

adding panache to your kitchen remodel with wooden brackets
If you're remodeling your kitchen, you're probably thinking of the kind of cabinets you would like, the style of pulls or knobs should be used or what kind of countertops and in what colors would work best for your kitchen revamp. But while you're considering these options for your kitchen remodel, think about the structural aspects while reflecting on expressing your unique style at the same time. The application of wood brackets in strategic places in your new kitchen can make a minor update into a major attraction. Think about adding a few of our beautiful wood brackets to support the countertop - especially if using a solid material, such as granite or concrete.... read more about how to add wooden brackets to your kitchen >>

brackets - kitchen cabinets with wooden brackets; kitchen design ideas

kitchen islands
kitchen islands

how to turn your kitchen into a masterpiece with corbels
Corbels find themselves right at home in the kitchen. In fact, since the historical use of a corbel is to support weight, just think of all of the heavy pieces that are in your kitchen: cabinets, counter tops, the range hood, possibly open shelving, and more. Everywhere that support is needed is the ideal place for a corbel that not only helps to balance the look but to add interesting hand-carved detail, as well.... read more about how to incorporate corbels into your kitchen >>

kitchen - kitchen design - corbels for kitchen

corbels

finding the right corbels
Most of the corbels come in several sizes and a variety of different woods which makes it easy to fit a wide range of design needs and easy to fit a type of application desired. You can even choose the same design of corbel to carry a theme in a room, but use the right sizes to fit the different tasks in the room... read more about right corbels for your application >>

wood brackets do the heavy lifting in style
Supports for shelves, counters, fireplace mantles and other structures are a necessity - especially if the items are heavy or have a significant overhang. If you have granite countertops with a lot of overhang or shelves for heavy objects, strong brackets are the no-brainer solution. But not just any brackets will do to grace the interior of your home. Decorative wood brackets are the solution to your dilemma. Carved in delicate designs or unadorned, the richness of wood adds a touch of elegance... read more about wood brackets and style >>

kitchen - kitchen design with kitchen island and wood brackets

corbels for kitchen

creating a custom kitchen with wood corbels
Corbels are the easiest way to turn an ordinary home into a valuable estate. Many people dream of living in a custom-built home with all the details and charms that go with it. Many people pay thousands of dollars to have their kitchens fitted with hand-crafted accents. However, the reality is that most people simply have to improvise when it comes to making their home look its best... read more about corbels for kitchen >>

decorative trunk furniture
When you see a trunk, chances are that you think of the Golden Age of travel, when people on journeys packed their clothes and belongings in voluminous trunks so that they were prepared for anything. Before the time of air travel, many adventurers used trains or steam ships to reach their destinations, and trunks were their constant companions. Nowadays, most travelers choose compact and light-weight luggage for their take-along belongings, but trunks have found a permanent place in home decor as useful pieces of furniture ...read more about how to increase your home's adventure quotient with trunk furniture >>

coffee tables trunks; decorating and furniture ideas
polo trunk coffee tables >>

trunks
trunks
folding screens in today's interiors
Open plans of today's interiors with the zoning principles explains a new revival of folding screens and there extreme popularity. When living space had to be divided into the functional zones. Nothing could accomplish this task better than use of folding screens with there incredible versatility, mobility, adjustability, and esthetic value. It's made a perfect sense to use folding screens instead of the complicated in construction sliding or folding doors (by the way, they barely hold any esthetic value). Folding screens do not require any installation, you can fold it, move it, or place in another room any time you want... reading more on folding screens >>

folding screens
decorative folding screen with raised borders >>

mirrored folding screens

how mirrored folding screens increase light and depth in any room
Pretty mirrored folding screens do all this and more. They are reflective of light in any room they are featured in. Often times they can make a room seem to be bigger. These are excellent qualities that add charm along with functionality to enhance small spaces... read more about mirrored folding screens >>

coromandel screens

Coromandel screens - the art of Coromandel
The Coromandel lacquer technique emerged in the 16-th century, At first Coromandel technique was mainly used on large screens that usually consisted of twelve panels. Starting from the 18th century coromandel screens were made also as 10-, 8-, 6-, and 4-panel screens. Coromandel screens usually stood in the entrance hall, but they also served to divide up large rooms or as windscreens in the garden or terrace.s... continue reading about Coromandel screens >>

liven up your entertaining with a home bar
Today's homeowners have found that one thing that is an attractive addition to any home - a home bar. Today's models are not only eye catching but functional as well. It is possible to entertain guests or simply enjoy a leisure evening with drinks conveniently at hand. The modern home bar is tastefully decorated to fit in with any décor and adds selling value to the property as well. Some homes have built-in bars but it is now possible to purchase a pre-constructed one that can easily be moved if the occasion arises. These movable bars can be stocked with alcoholic beverages and mixers so that any drink desired is immediately at hand. In addition, they are designed so that the bottles and other items are attractively displayed and well organized... read more about home bars >>

home bars
red Casablanca bar >>

home bars
home bars

games
games
 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN IDEAS AND ADVICE  
architectural detaails

architectural details: the small touches that make all the difference
To complete the decor of a room, don't neglect the finishing details like moldings, ceiling medallions, and ceiling domes. While a small part of the decorating budget, these architectural embellishments can offer the biggest visual impact and unify the room's overall design... continue reading >>

 
architectural details and architectural embellishments

using architectural embellishments to add character and style
Interesting architectural details such as corbels and brackets, pilasters, and molding trim add character and pizzazz to your home. After all, shouldn't your home offer an inviting and stylish respite from the outside world and, in addition, be a reflection of who you are?... continue reading >>

 
ceiling medallions on walls

adding unexpected elegance to walls with ceiling medallions
If you're considering a change in the look of the walls in a room, you may think about the more common or traditional elements of design. Wall decorations, including pictures, decorative shelving and other elements, are excellent additions to your decor. On the other hand, the implementation of design elements that are completely unexpected can transform a room into an eye-popping exhibit. If you have the desire to go down the road less traveled, consider ceiling medallions... read more about adding ceiling medallions to walls >>

 
architectural details

architectural details
MANY HOMEOWNERS PLAGUED BY "NAKED INTERIOR SYNDROME"
InvitingHome.com offers antidote: Dress up your home with architectural details. The design professionals at InvitingHome.com have a suggestion for today's homeowner: "Close your eyes, and visualize the interior of your home in its present state. Now, imagine your home stripped of your possessions, with no furniture, nothing on the walls, no window treatments...visualize your home stark naked. What do you see? What does the space convey to you, how does it make you feel?".. read more about architectural details >>

 
living room architectural details

architectural details as the home's layers
If architectural details can be thought of as the layers making up a home's image, then columns and pilasters can be thought of as the home's version of a power suit. These impressive architectural details are not for the fainthearted, as they can hardly be thought of as creating a subtle impact. Traditionally associated with the power of ancient Greece and Rome, today, more often than not, columns are readily spotted outside of government buildings and grand, stately homes...read on architectural details >>

 
green molding

green molding
We are sure that like us, you have noticed the move toward more environmentally friendly products. People have been more conscious of their health as well as the health of the planet in the long run. We are participating in the revolutionary move because we care for the safety and health of our customers. We have the information for the risks and the negative effects that many of the agents that are present in some of the products that are offered by other companies. All of our moldings are PVC, CFC and Formaldehyde free. CFCs are Chlorofluorocarbons (a synthetic chemical) - they were used widely in all the industries since being first made in 1892. The chemicals affect the ozone layer in a very negative way... read more about green molding >>

 
art-deco architecture

Art Deco architecture
Art Deco's most enduring legacy is undoubtedly in the American architecture erected when the Art Deco movement was in its prime, spanning 1922-1939. Architecture, as an art form, brings an aesthetic value to the public; since the majorities of erected buildings were public ones, such as skyscrapers, courthouse, schools, theatres and the like, Art Deco architecture served its purpose well. Even today, Art Deco architecture is prominently visible form throughout the American landscape, with many original structures still in existence and registered as historical landmarks. These buildings are the fingerprint of the Art Deco movement.... read more about Art Deco architecture >>

 
pilasters

adding definition to exterior or interior of your home with quality pilasters
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. 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... read more about pilasters >>

 
living room architectural details

enliven your home with architectural details
Any room can go from just another room to a stunningly beautiful showplace room just by the smart and creative use of interesting architectural details. Special additions like crown molding, wood onlays, wood carvings and wood columns placed so they create a unique custom built-in cabinet look or a fireplace surround look all add that extra "wow" element. One of the best places to use these interesting architectural accents is surrounding a beautiful fireplace...read on how to enliven your home with architectural details >>

 
capitals

capitals as a historical architectural elements
Emotions such as "come in" or "I am jubilant" were expressed with the animals and plants that adorned the capitals sitting atop of the columns. Columns adorned with capitals became visual "words" in the Greek culture, certain columns and capitals fit certain building sizes, shapes, and look. Capitals revamped the Greek architectural language. It is so easy to bring home the feel the past decades, easily adding elaboration to your entrance way or a grand room...read more about capitals as a historical architectural elements >>

 
molding

what moldings are made of
Moldings can be made in a variety of different materials-- from wood to polyurethane, the choices could be overwhelming. When trying to make the decision on the type of material, you must think about how you will be finishing the moldings. If you are choosing to stain the moldings to add the look of wood to your overall design, than the wood molding would be the right choice for you. Wood moldings add warmth to the overall space-- the wood molding choices are: decorative sculptured wood molding, hand carved wood molding, machine carved wood molding, and pierced wood molding. If on the other hand you are looking to paint the moldings, than we would recommend for you to choose the polyurethane or polymer molding... continue reading about molding material >>

 
crown molding styles

crown molding: origin, styles and applications
Although crown molding is often found in historic homes that feature specific architectural styles, designers and savvy homeowners have discovered that using this type of molding as a decorative addition can enhance the look and feeling of any room. With the advent of new production methods, molding prices have dropped so that these charming features can fit into any design budget... read on crown molding styles and applications >>

 
crown molding transformation

how crown molding can transform a room
Have you ever walked into a house and noticed that something was missing? You couldn't put a finger on exactly what it was...until you looked up. Then, you understood: the missing piece of the puzzle was crown molding! It just goes to prove that a room is not complete without it. When you think about it, crown molding is the cherry on the top of a beautiful room. Many of the older hotels in Europe seem to take crown molding quite seriously; walking into them is an object lesson in making a room grand, just by the addition of that small detail. If you've ever been to "the South" - Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, Louisiana and surrounding states - or any place where the houses are at least 80-100 years old, you no doubt have noticed that every one of those old houses seem to always have crown moldings atop the walls. Even the plainest, most modest house would have some type of crown molding in... read more about how crown molding can transform a room >>

 
exterior molding

defining character with exterior molding
Chances are good that you've spent many hours lovingly creating the perfect environment inside your home. It's completely understandable, as this is where you spend most of your time... read on defining character with exterior molding >>

 
bathroom molding

bathroom molding
Most homes have more than one bathroom. Some may have half or three-quarter baths (with a sink, toilet, and shower stall) as well. When you are approaching bathroom design and decorating, first you have to determine the space available, your needs.... read more about bathroom molding >>

 
molding for kitchen shelves

molding for kitchen shelves
Collections and displays link a person to his or her home as they truly reflect the individual's style and taste. This holds true particularly in today's kitchen. Here, shelves and corner cupboards house favored items. So, too, do pot shelves, walls, countertops, and wall niches. Even the windowsill above the sink is not safe from the gathering of worthy pieces. Everyday dishes, pottery, and utensils of intriguing design and character are as suitable for display here as is a crystal vase in an elegant living room. The charm of commonly used items seems to come alive in the kitchen. When objects are grouped and displayed together, there are endless ways to arrange them throughout the kitchen... read more on kitchen details >>

 
luxury wood molding

luxury wood molding
Ask any homeowner today, and they will tell you that two words could not go together less than luxury and affordable. ...read more about luxury molding >>

 
choosing molding

choosing molding material
When choosing molding, the way you plan on finishing them can help you decide the best material to use. If you plan on painting your moldings, you can save money by buying a high quality polyurethane molding or molding made from hide density polymer system. All our polyurethane molding are engineered and manufactured to fit flush to the wall and ceiling. Splintering, cracking, warping, rotting or and finish sanding, common with wood molding, are eliminated with polyurethane or polymer molding! The inherit characteristics of plaster and gypsum molding, including heavy unmanageable weight and fragility, will routinely create multiple shipping and installation problems... read more about molding material >>

 
wood onlays

Wood Onlays - making your home a memorable place to visit and an inviting place to live
An onlay is a term that describes an object that decorates the surface of another object. In other words, the decorative treatment will literally lay on the object's surface. When onlays are carved from wood, the goal is to create the illusion that the onlay is carved from the wooden surface it adorns. Carved wood onlays are also known as applied wood carvings (wooden appliques). Onlays are typically used to beautify millwork, which tends to be featureless and bland because it is mass produced... Breathe life into your home's architecture and apply onlays to your woodwork. Breathe life into your home's architecture and apply onlays to your woodwork... read more about wood onlays >>

 
decorative wood carvings

making your decor stand out in sharp relief with decorative wood carvings
Have you ever wanted to jazz up your decor, but didn't really want to do an entire redesign? There is an easy solution for dressing up plain cabinets, drawers, doors, crown moldings and other surfaces in need of a little something to bring out the personality of your home. These premium decorative wood carvings can add depth and elegance to almost any surface. Skillfully carved in a variety of hardwoods, each of our charming carved wood onlays are finely detailed and representative of pieces seen in historic settings. They arrive to you unfinished, ready for your paint or stain... read more about decorative wood carvings >>

 
applied wood carvings

applied wood carvings
In the 17th century, a period of prosperity gave way to the baroque and rococo styles. It was during this period that applied wood carvings, which are types of pierced wood carvings, extensively were used to beautify furniture, interior objects and various architectural forms. When forged by the hands of a master craftsman, the charm and character of carved wood is unequaled... read more about applied wood carvings >>

 
corbels for kitchen

kitchen design guide
In search of inspiring kitchen design ideas? The Kitchen Design Guide has loads of information about kitchen styles and architectural details such as wood corbels. Today's kitchen is the most important room in most homes. This is where meals are prepared, but also where people linger to watch TV or do their work. For families, it might be the only room where everyone regularly hangs out together. You can use InvitingHome.com's Kitchen Style Guide to find kitchen design ideas that capture your distinctive tastes - and help turn your house into a home...read on kitchen design >>

 
kitchen details

kitchen textures
There are a lot of surfaces in the kitchen - most are hard with angled edges which don't exactly spell out a warm and comforting environment. You can balance out the inevitable uninviting surface with soft textures and patterns, as well as warm and homey colors. To bring an instant cheer to the space, put a potted plant on the window sill in a terra-cotta pot or some other kind of pot. You should try to find flowers that bloom all year around and that have a soft and gentle looking texture to them. Try to use a wood bowl to contrast the granite or marble countertop; if you have a butcher block counter top, then use a glass bowl to contrast the wood.... read on kitchen textures >>

 

updates for kitchen cabinets
updates for kitchen cabinets
Your kitchen cabinets are the biggest tellers of your kitchen's age. It is, no doubt, that the cabinets are the most overwhelming feature of the whole kitchen. Upon walking into the kitchen, people tend to look at the cabinets in regards to how well they are made and how much they can hold. Changing your cabinets, even slightly will have a dramatic effect on your whole kitchen appearance...read more on updates for kitchen cabinets >>

white kitchen cabinets

kitchen cabinets
When you start looking for kitchen cabinets, think about what aspects of your kitchen style and materials you would like to introduce to your kitchen. Think about if you prefer to have solid cabinet doors, glass doors, or even no cabinet doors at all...read more about kitchen cabinets >>

 

wood carvings
kitchen embellishments
For many homeowners, the kitchen quickly becomes the most lived-in room in the house. It's really not a surprise when you consider all that goes on in a kitchen, from entertaining and meal preparation to heartfelt conversations, and from homework to a myriad of do-it-yourself and craft projects. Indeed, for many families the kitchen is used many times more often than the living room or other common rooms... read more about kitchen embellishments >>

 
use of corbels

the artful use of corbels in your home
Beautiful corbels are a vastly under-utilized architectural element these days. If one needs to display or support a heavy item, such as a sculpture, stylish support from wood corbels or wood brackets is a necessity. Although less obvious today, the beauty and sophistication that these supportive structures add cannot be overlooked...read more about corbels use >>

 
carved wood rosettes

wood rosettes as perfect finishing touches
How wood rosettes can add maximum impact of your decor. Small in stature but mighty in the way that they can provide enhancement to their environment, carved wood rosettes are likely one of the most highly versatile of all architectural embellishments. It's likely that you've seen these intricate rosettes at the upper corners of door or window casings, but to confine these decorative gems just to this single use would be a crime. There's a place for wood rosettes in almost every room in your home... read more about wood rosettes >>

 
alder wood corbels

wood selection for corbels and carvings
The United States is home to over 1,000 species of trees. Of these, only a select few are used in crafting wood corbels and other carved wood products...read on wood selection for wood carvings >>

 
decorating fireplace mantel - fireplace accessories

about a fireplace mantel
Fireplace mantels are powerful symbols of domestic life. Wood mantels have always received special attention by designers and architects. Today's reproduction fireplace mantels remain one of the best examples of the major architectural periods. Decorative fireplace mantels weren't common in American homes until later in the Colonial period. Early settlers did little to beautify their large fireplaces. Back than the fireplace was purely utilitarian. As homes become more refined, fireplace mantels appeared in simple forms... read more about fireplace mantel >>

 
   
decorating fireplace mantel - fireplace accessories

decorating fireplace mantel
Refresh a traditional room that has a grand fireplace mantel by keenly editing furnishings and choosing suitable fireplace accessories. Top the mantel with with seasonal flowers, botanical prints and add personal touch with accessories. Paint the walls of a family room a soothing shade of green color and keep fabric patterns subtle to cultivate relaxation and comfort. Objects don't have to be placed symmetrically on a mantel - a lone candlestick, decorative box, or interesting vase can provide a perfect finishing touch... read more decorating fireplace mantel >>

 
fireplace as focal point

fireplace as focal point
In many homes the fireplace is not designed to be important focal point of a room. In order to keep costs down in a lot of homes builders and developers installed zero-clearance fireplace mantels with inexpensive marble or granite surround set within uninspired, prefabricated wood mantel. The fireplace mantels are usually painted white to match the trim in the home. The result - a lackluster fireplace that doesn't really commands attention nor have a presence needed to be a strong focal point in a room... read more about fireplace as focal point >>

 
   
 HOME LIGHTING IDEAS  


Incorporating sconces into your decor
Of all of the choices in lighting fixtures, wall sconces go back the furthest in time. From illuminating the corridors of ancient castles to brightening up the walls in today's homes, sconces can add both beauty and functionality to every room.

Wall sconces bring both a historical element and an unexpected elegance to a wall space. These stylish sources of light can be quite subtle in their design, flanking a beautiful mirror or piece of art, or they can serve as a focal point and artistic object in and of themselves. The addition of stylistic elements that include gold leaf, Swarovski crystal, and Venetian glass has resulted in options in sconces that rival fine art in appearance... read more about how to incorporate sconces into your decor >>

brass and solid crystal sconce hand-crafted with peacock motif; sconces; wall lighting ideas
brass and solid crystal sconce hand-crafted with peacock motif >>

ABC's of home lighting
lighting and space
lighting and shape
lighting and color
lighting and emotions
selecting and positioning lighting fixtures
colored lighting
built-in lighting

hurricane candle sconces

Beautiful candle sconces make decorating a breeze
Candle sconces used as primary sources of lighting for pioneer homes during colonial times or for castles during ancient and medieval times have been around for many years. It has only been in more recent times, especially since the invention of and use of electrical lighting, that sconces have been relegated to a more decorative role. Even today, they look stunning on any wall and add just a touch of light where there normally would be no light, or very dim light.... read more about candle sconces >>

 
 
 

role of table lamps in interior decorating
Not every one realizes that lighting fixtures, and specially table lamps, are very important part of every interior. In creating a mood and atmosphere lamps are playing more important role than any other furnishings. Table lamps are great tools to define a functional zones within a room, and accentuate an emotional impact of certain spaces. Moreover, high sculptural qualities of floor and table lamps eddying and architectural quality details into the rooms. Thoughtful choice of quality table lamps always will pay of, by bringing you every day joyful experience in your home for many years to come. ... read on table lamps and interior decorating >

beautiful vignette with gorgeous cast brass table lamp and decorative home accessories; decorating ideas

 
 

The advantages of adjustable lamps
For most of us, decor needs to function. We have a few nice things on display with no purpose other than to look nice, but for the majority of us, the things we have in our home must have a function. Of course, that doesn't mean they can't be aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Sofas should be beautiful and comfortable... continue reading about adjustable lamps >>

room decor with adjustable floor lamp near the sectional sofa;

room decor with adjustable floor lamp behind the arm chair;

 
   
decorating with crystal lamps
The sparkle of crystal glittering in the light brings a sense of romance and opulence to any room. Rainbows of color splash onto surfaces when light hits lead crystal, similar to how it affects a perfectly cut diamond. Whether your tastes run from traditional to ultra modern, quality crystal lamps will brighten up almost any room decor instantly. Decorating with crystal isn't difficult - and it isn't limited to a group of little cut crystal animals or ornaments locked away in a glass case. Functional pieces of beautiful, twinkling crystal includes all manner of items - including crystal lamps... read more about decorating with crystal lamps >>

crystal lamp in the bedroom; bedroom decorating ideas; bedroom lighting

 
 

Light up you world with beautiful sconces
The sconces are the first artificial interior lighting. It all started with the burning branches being propped in between rocks in the interior of the cave. While sconces always had a clear-cut purpose of providing light, they always let in a feeling of coziness and warmth. Whenever anyone imagines a castle, they always see the large torch sconces with some decorative details... read more about sconces >>

interior with hand-wrought iron sconce with glass flowers and crystal drops; lighting decor; decorating ideas
wrought iron sconce >>

 
 

How to add beauty and functionality with floor lamps
More than just about any other item in your home's decor, your choice of home lighting offers an opportunity to create spaces with the feeling of lightness. Lighting options in ceiling lights, chandeliers, table lamps, and floor lamps let you literally decorate with light...
read on... floor lamps >>

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



Adding glamour with crystal lamps

The options you have in designing a stylish room are considerable, but in terms of maximum results for your time and effort, it's truly hard to beat the impact that a couple of crystal table lamps can provide.

When it comes to fashioning your home's interior, you might be surprised at how the addition of an item as small as a table lamp can add so much sparkle and style to any room. For instant wow-factor, consider crystal table lamps. These lamps are smaller in size than many decorative objects, but they pack a powerful punch when it comes to the difference they make in the look and feel of a room's decor... read more on how to add glamour with crystal lamps >>

contemporary living space with crystal lamps
 

Perfect sconces for any decor
Incorporating exquisite sconces into a home is both fun and exciting; however, it also takes a bit of planning. When installing sconces a few things you should consider are whether or not your sconces require electricity, which design matches your interior best, and how much light you will need.

Many older homes were not built with the idea of electricity or electrical sconces in mind. When this is the case and a new home owner tries to remodel they frequently find that there is no electrical box to use to wire their sconces. This can require a very labor intensive and expensive renovation project and will most likely be a job for a skilled professional... read more about sconces >>

room setting with cast brass and solid crystal sconce; beautiful sconces

 
 

table lamps with black shades
When one thinks of using lamps with black shades in room decorating, a modern, sleek and updated look instantly comes to mind as a natural part of the room decor. Black accents work extraordinarily well in any room where most of the other accents feature white, light-colored or neutral color schemes. Table lamps add an extra splash of design and color, along with adding light to a darker corner or to other areas in the room that simply need extra light... read more on table lamps with black shades >>

stunning solid brass table lamp with classic Greek urn design and black shade in the home officeome office decorating ideas; lamps

 
about desk lamps

desk lamps - illuminating history
Good ideas don't happen in the dark. They are conceived, crafted, and penned by the glowing shadow of a trusted light. This has been the story throughout history, as some of the brightest ideas and creative tales have been contrived by lamplight. A beautiful lamp is a star that never burns out, and the memories conjured beneath its warm glow are eternal...read more about desk lamps >>

 
pendant lighting

Making a statement with pendant lighting
A pendant lantern or light hangs down from the ceiling and provides focused lighting where it is most needed. Besides offering functionality as specialized task lighting, you'll often find pendant lights serving as a design focal point much like a chandelier but on a smaller scale. The styling of a pendant lantern or light runs the gamut from traditional to contemporary, and materials used in these useful lighting fixtures can vary from metals like aluminum and brass to clear or textured glass... read more about pendant lighting >>

 
how crystal table lamps add beauty to function

When it comes to smaller home accessories and lighting that pack a large decorative punch, crystal table lamps are difficult to beat. Their sparkly elegance brings style and grace to a room while providing ample lighting for many tasks. It's funny how the little things can make such a big impact when it comes to designing your home's decor. You'd think that the largest pieces of furniture are the most important choices you'll make, and it's true that you do need to be sure that your furniture is functional and that you enjoy using it and looking at it... read more about crystal lamps >>

crystal lamps; beautiful decor featuring solid crystal lamp on the luxurious inlaid wood table in the front of the window; luxury home lighting  ideas

 

How to incorporate table lamps in your decor
It is a known fact that quality lamps will enhance character of your home and add undeniable beauty. Floor and table lamps are attractive accessories that are also serve the purpose of providing light. Soft and comforting lighting giving to as by stylish lamps always translates into an exquisitely elegant and sophisticated interiors. We all deserve to be surrounded by comfort and luxury. Skillful combination of modern technologies, furnishings, lighting and well appointed accessories is a key to successful creation of an interior that is self-indulgent as well as opulent. .. read more about how to incorporate table lamps in your home decor >>

room decor with unique lamp with hand-cast brass flowers on a marble top table; decorating ideas
brass table lamp >>

 
unique desk lamps

shine a light on history with unique desk lamps
By the light of a trusted lamp, many of the world's greatest stories have been written and enduring decrees penned by the famous minds of history. Now you can have the same illuminating inspiration on your desk thanks to our stunning collection of unique adjustable desk lamps... read more about desk lamps >>

 

Crystal lamps and interior spaces
Crystal itself, various crystal products and crystal lighting fixtures, such as crystal floor and table lamps, carrying an inner power of eternal transformation and have an incredible impact on our homes' interiors. When looking at high quality crystal you will see a rainbow of colors exuding from the crystal, this delights the eyes and inspires the mind. The shine of quality crystal is very close to shine of diamonds due to the complex highly precise organics of both materials. Most of us would like to see decorative and functional items in our homes that are unique and original... read more about crystal lamps and style choices >>

Contemporary setting features modern crystal table lamp with silver trim; crystal lamps; inspiration

 
gorgeous interior lanterns

making dramatic impact with interior lanterns
It's all too easy to overlook your home's entryways when it comes to decorating and selecting accessories. After all, you spend so little time in these areas. Many homeowners even make the mistake of focusing all of their attention on their home's interior spaces. But have you ever considered that visitors to your home from their first impression at the entrance?... read more on interior lanterns >>

 
outdoor oil lanterns

Experience outdoors with oil lanterns
Adventure burns eternal. There is no better way to light up your adventures than with oil lanterns. More fun than flashlights, lanterns are an essential part of any camping experience. If you have a spirit that revels in the trends of classic times, oil lanterns are the perfect outdoor accessory for you. Everything is more fun by the light of lanterns. Ghost stories are spookier. Romance tales are deeper... read more about outdoor oil lanterns >

 

lighting up imagination with oil lanterns
The glow of a rich, savory lamp light is the atmosphere where legends are born. Aside from creating a striking ambiance on camping trips and backyard adventures, oil lanterns provide a dependable and safe light source during power outages and natural disasters. The companion to the oil lantern, candle lanterns also provides hours of enjoyment and practicality.... continue reading about oil lanterns >>

 
 

The Crystal Sun - Czech crystal chandeliers
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.... read more about Czech crystal chandeliers >>

chandeliers from Kamenicky Senov | the Prague Castle
The Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic 1986

 
 

choosing chandeliers
It is very important to consider the scale when choosing a chandelier. You have to think of how it should impact the room and the size that would be absolutely perfect for it. Different kinds of chandeliers impact the space in different ways: crystal chandeliers impact with their volume, while the wrought iron chandeliers impact with its lines and its overall shape to impact.... read more on choosing chandeliers that are just right >>

wrought iron chandeliers | room decor with hand-wrought iron chandelier wrapped in beaded Italian glass; dining room lighting ideas
wrought iron chandelier >>

wood chandeliers - carved wood chandelier

carved wood chandeliers
Our carved wood chandeliers are a perfect example of how a master artisan's hands something transform something simple into a work of art. Our wood chandeliers display excellent craftsmanship and details resulting in a beautiful treasure. Wood chandeliers presented on this page are inspired by the great wooden chandeliers at the turn of the 18th century... read more on about wood chandeliers>>

 

chandeliers scale
Scale consideration is really a matter of common sense. To avoid any problems while shopping for chandeliers, do not rely on your scale memory. Before you start shopping, determine how large a chandelier you want. One way to determine a chandelier size needed is with tape measure or yardstick and a partner. Position yourself into the room about where you want the chandelier to be placed... read more on scale consideration when choosing chandeliers >>

stunning blue dining room

Stunning blue formal dining room featuring beautiful ceiling decor, fireplace mantel, gorgeous wide crystal chandelier and crown molding for indirect lighting; Beyonce and Jay Z's Malibu house

 
 

chandeliers placement
Exactly where chandelier goes in the room is an important design consideration. A chandelier is usually a significant part of a room's decorative scheme and has a strong visual presence. The first thing to consider is the wiring because it involves not only electrical work, but often carpentry, plasterwork, and painting. So where to place the junction box, which will determine where the chandelier will be hung, is something you want to get right the first time... read more on where to hang a chandelier>>

gorgeous dining room with crystal chandelier; dining room decorating and lighting ideas

 
   
   
COASTAL LIVING AND NAUTICAL DECORATING IDEAS
 
 
magnifying glasses

increasing design focus with magnifying glasses
It's rare to find decorative objects that also perform useful functions, but magnifying glasses accomplish this task with both style and sophistication. Consider the many applications of magnifiers in adding both form and usefulness to your home's interior. When it comes to interpreting the fine print and discovering small details, reading magnifier objects can come to the rescue and serve double duty as stylish and interesting decorative objects, as well. From small to large magnifying glasses... read more about magnifying glasses >>

 
model boats

evoking adventure and glamour with model boats
Just thinking about speedboats evokes a sense of daring adventure and glamorous high-speed outings. It's hard to deny the thrill of zipping along across the water with the powerful thrum of the boat engine filling your ears. You can instill the same sense of speed and glamour by strategically decorating with model boats.... read on how to incorporate model boats in home or office decor >>

model ships

adding ambiance with model ships
Whether your interests lie in the direction of nautical artifacts or not, it's always a pleasure to examine the intricate craftsmanship and lifelike details of model ships. The hours of detailed work that goes into the making of ship models is clearly evident in the minute brass accents and the hand-stitched sails....read more about how model ships add to interior ambiance >>

model yachts

dream of a life on the sea with model yachts
The first line of a famous poem reads, "Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made". There is something dreamy and otherworldly about a graceful sailing yacht cutting through the water. Transform your dream into reality with beautiful, handcrafted sailing yacht models....read more about model yachts >>

nautical decor and nautical furniture

charting a stylish course with nautical furniture
Whether you live by the seaside or are just invigorated by the thought of an ocean location, it's easy to bring this feeling to your home through the use of nautical furniture and accessories. These whimsical and functional additions can make you feel as if you are on an adventurous ocean side holiday every time you step into the room. Adding a nautical feeling to your home's interior can be as simple as a few well-placed accessories, or you can embrace a stronger statement and add larger pieces of nautical furniture...read more about nautical decor and nautical furniture >>

ship models

sailing through history with miniature ship replicas
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. 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.... read more about ship models >>

 
nautical accessories

decorating with nautical accessories
Sparkling blue oceans, warm sunny days and sand between your toes are pleasant memories of a day at the beach. Transform those mental seaside images into tactile reminders by adding a few nautical accessories to your home decor. Whether you choose to incorporate a sea-loving theme throughout your entire house or simply scatter a few salty reminders here and there, decorating with nautical accessories can capture the adventurous spirit of the sea.....learn more about how to decorate with nautical accessories >>

 
   
CEILING DECOR IDEAS AND ADVICE
beautiful ceilings

0ur days ceilings
Ceiling today don't carry the same visual impact, yet the ceiling is a fundamental feature that contributes to the overall presentation and feel of a house. One of the greatest differences between the decoration of houses one hundred years ago and now is that today there is an appalling disregard for the ceiling design and aesthetic dimension of a ceiling. While ceiling take up the same space as the floor, few people consider spending even a fraction of their decorating budget on the ceiling design to make ceiling beautiful....read more about ceilings >>

elegant ceiling

Elegant ceiling
Creating a polished look is easy with elegant molding. For a dramatic yet visually appealing look and one that makes any room look completely finished and polished, try creating decorative areas on the ceiling using crown molding and panel molding. Special details like ceiling moldings can serve many purposes. They can give the room the appearance that the ceiling is higher than it is or can make a room with a high ceiling look shorter. They can also create a beautiful and elegant backdrop to showcase pretty, decorative hanging lamps and chandeliers...read more about Elegant ceiling design >>

 
ceiling design inspiration

Ceiling design
Ceiling - the largest unused area of a room - has been given special attention for hundreds of years. In many current interiors, the ceiling's potential to add character to the room has been neglected. In recent years changing interior styles have produced exhilarating ceiling designs, which add new dimensions to interior space... continue reading about ceiling design>>

 
large ceiling medallions and ceiling decor
Incorporating ceiling medallions in your ceiling decor
Seasoned interior designers advise us that a sophisticated and detailed room design incorporates layers of design. The ceiling is the area of most rooms that lacks these detailed layers that add interest and elegance, but the good news is that this dilemma has an easy fix... continue reading on how to incorporate ceiling medallions into your ceiling decor >>
 
creative ceiling design

creative ceiling design
Be creative with your ceiling design. Look up at your ceiling. As each room has a different ceiling that affects the feeling of the space, a range of creative options is available to you if you decide your ceilings deserve or need decorative attention. Lighting, texture, paint, paper, and fabric can all be apply to your ceiling. In a coat closet, for example, to bring a too-high ceiling down, you can have your walls shirred in a blue-and-white small-scale print and tented the ceiling...read more about creative ceiling design >>

 
 
ceiling decor project

ceiling decor project
Rather than putting this decorative ring around a center medallion, or around a chandelier; I chose to put it around a very large and flat flush-mounted custom light fixture. I call it my "foyer pancake light" because it is 32 inches in diameter, and takes 8 full-size light bulbs, but it only projects about 10 inches from the ceiling... ceiling decor project >>

 
 
ceiling details

adding detail and elegance with ceiling molding
Your thoughtful use of imaginative ceiling design features can inspire playfulness, or it can create a gorgeous and elegant statement of the latest in room fashion design. Take an area of a room that is normally ignored and make it into a decorative showcase. Make your crystal chandelier pop with not only its feature of light, but elegance surrounding it by using a pretty ceiling medallion. Light and shadows come into play when using crown molding, which can have the effect of making a room's ceiling seem to be higher or lower. Make a small room appear as if it is larger or a large room look like it's more cozy by using ceiling moldings... read more about how to add detail and elegance to the ceiling with molding >>

 
 
dining room ceiling details
Dining room ceiling details
When it comes to interior design and dining rooms, the ceiling is an area that is frequently neglected. After all, how often do people actually look straight up? In actuality, the architectural details of a ceiling make their way into our consciousness when we take in the view of an entire dining room... continue reading on dining room ceiling details...  
 
ceiling design
Well Appointed ceiling
When creating a warm and inviting home environment, it's easy to concentrate on your home's floors and wall spaces. After all, these are the areas that naturally draw our attention. However, there's an important part of every room that deserves equal consideration... read on ceiling design...  
 
HOME FURNISHINGS IDEAS AND ADVICE 
console tables

making a first impression with console tables
One excellent way to make a dynamic first impression is through strategic use of console tables. Tables can be used alone, or decorated in a way that makes a dramatic first impression. Consoles can be decorated with a pretty collection of interesting items placed on top of them, artwork displayed on or above them, or even by decorative lamps or hurricane sconces. The idea is to create balance, symmetry and to showcase some personality in the decorations chosen. Console tables come in many design styles.... continue reading on how to make an important first impression with console tables >>

 
ocasional tables

an occasion for style: picking out an occasional table
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... about read more occasional tables and style >>

mirrored furniture

mirrored furniture garners attention in a wonderful way
Whenever someone walks into a home that has mirrored furniture prominently displayed, it often makes heads turn in wonder and in admiration. It is normally the most beautiful furniture in the home and always gets attention whether mirrored tables are featured, a mirrored chest or other beautiful mirrored pieces like mirrored credenzas and buffets. Mirrored furniture is one of the newest and most often admired design trends in furniture today.... read more about mirrored furniture >

 
occasional tables

accent tables for any occasion
The inherent beauty of occasional tables is that they do not have to be used for any single particular occasion. They are amazingly functional in any room at any time and they add style and elegance to any decor. Often used as a spot to hold a lamp or drinks or even a great book, these charming accent tables... about read more occasional accent tables >>

mirrored folding screens

how mirrored folding screens increase light and depth in any room
Pretty mirrored folding screens do all this and more. They are reflective of light in any room they are featured in. Often times they can make a room seem to be bigger. These are excellent qualities that add charm along with functionality to enhance small spaces. Beautiful mirrored qualities make them ideal as dressing screens as well, since there is no need for separate mirrors for dressing..... read more about mirrored folding screens >>

coffee tables

expressing personality with coffee tables
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. Coffee tables can make a home feel more cozy and relaxed... continue reading on coffee tables >>

 

console tables for any room in your home
Console tables are somewhat misunderstood. Some folks seem to think that they have a limited use in the home. Nothing could be further from the truth! Often found positioned behind a sofa or settee, console tables are among the most versatile pieces of furniture in the home. Console tables are tall, shallow tables with varying widths. It's easy to see that these tables will fit nearly anywhere a standard occasional table can't go or isn't practical. Sure, you can put one behind a sofa, but you don't have stop there. Console tables can be located in so many areas - the variations are endless... continue reading about console tables >>

console tables for any room in your home

architectural use of mirrors

architectural use of mirrors
Paintings of grand European residential interiors in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries depict rooms with mirrors built into the decorative structure. Important rooms were designed to incorporate architectural elements like doors, windows, and fireplaces into an overall scheme, where all the elements conspired to create a whole... read more about architectural use of mirrors >>

why occasional chairs shouldn't be used occasionally
Every room in your home needs a comfortable yet stylish place to rest your weary bones. Here's where occasional chairs come to the rescue, offering a spot for relaxation while taking up little in the way of floor space. In addition, beautifully-crafted occasional chairs can quickly elevate the level of style in the entire room. Elegant and portable, occasional chairs are probably the ultimate in comfortable yet functional furniture. You see these chairs most often in a dining or living room configuration.... about read more occasional chairs >>

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home office desks

unique desks and home office environment
Working from home is on the rise -- it's a win-win situation for employers and employees. Telecommuting ends the daily grind of commuting, but it also eliminates your company desk and office space. Setting up a functional and aesthetically pleasing home office can be challenging. However, furnishing your new work place with a unique desk can add unparalleled character, as well as organized storage to your home office.... read more on how unique desks can add character to any home office >>

horizontal mirrors

open up your room with horizontal mirrors
The inclusion of mirrors in home decor has expanded dramatically from the traditional uses in bathrooms and as over-mantle mirrors. To be sure, these are still perfect locations for horizontal mirrors, but the sky's the limit when it comes to using these decorative yet functional pieces to reflect your home's beauty and style. You'll often find over-mantle mirrors serving to anchor the decor of a living or family room, since the sheer size of these horizontal mirrors makes a dramatic impact. Add to this the mirror's decorative frame, and it's no wonder that a horizontal mirror becomes the perfect artistic focal...read more about horizontal mirrors >>

 
decorating with mirrors

decorating with mirrors
From a practical point of view, distorted mirrors in your interior is absolutely useless. However, not every designer or decorator would agree with this statement. Some professionals believe, that by incorporating in a design decorative convex mirrors, or "special effects" mirrors that are made by using deformed sheets of polished metal, you can create a quite unique interiors. After all, the reflection in such mirrors is as unusual and impressive as if it would be a surreal piece of art... continue reading about decorating with mirrors >>

venetian glass mirrors

the rise of the Venetian mirrors
The Venetian mirror was born on the tiny Italian island of Murano in Venice in the 15th century. Venetian mirrors were painstakingly produced and creating one was a highly involved process. Upon completion, Venetian mirrors were considered to be masterpieces of art; the beauty of Venetian mirrors surpassed the expectations of what a mirror should be. Even with the arrival of the 16th century, Venetian mirrors were rarities, and the majority of them were custom made for royalty and nobles with voracious appetites for collecting Venetian mirrors... about Venetian mirrors >>

adding gentility and purpose with accent tables
Decorating with exceptional quality glass top and marble top accent tables showcases exquisite taste in the way one chooses to display decorative home accents. This variety of heirloom quality accent tables with marble and glass table tops offer thoughtful home decorators the opportunity to pass down these extraordinary furnishings to future generations. They are also functional in any home as a place for lamps, books, candles, vases and other decorative pieces.... about read more accent tables with glass and marble tops add gentility and purpose >>

accent tables

over-mantel mirrors

about over-mantel mirrors
The first place we think of placing a mirrors is over the fireplace. For this page we have selected mirrors that will create a perfect over-mantel. 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. ...read more about over-mantel mirrors >>

trunk furniture

Decorative trunk furniture
When you first consider decorative trunk furniture, chances are good that you imagine a weathered but handsome trunk that serves as a table, perhaps in the place of a coffee table, end table, or nightstand. These are all excellent ways to utilize trunk pieces in home decor, especially if your decorating intent is to add an element of the exotic...read more about how to increase your home's adventure quotient with trunk furniture >>

mirrors placement

mirrors placement
If you are the one of those people who doesn't like illusions and mystery, bored by multiple repetitions, and the word "eternity" awakens sad thoughts - it's means that mirrors in your home are used only for its direct function. In this case it is going to be enough to supply your home with mirrors for two locations - the entry, and the bathrooms. There is several simple rules that you have to follow, to save yourself time and avoid costly mistakes: Mirrors always should be hang strictly vertical. Position your mirrors so direct open light from lighting fixtures wouldn't reflect in the mirrors, in other words the lighting source reflected in the mirrors shouldn't "blind" the person. The distance from the floor to the top of the mirrors should be no less than 6 feet. The distance from the floor to the bottom of the mirrors should be at least one in a half foot... read more on mirrors placement >>

kitchen islands

versatile kitchen islands
It's a given in just about every kitchen, regardless of the existing layout and size: you always need more space for storage and for food preparation. A kitchen island can solve this problem perfectly, as kitchen islands are the ideal combination of practicality and beauty. Not only will this versatile addition to your kitchen provide ample space for storing appliances, bowls, plates, and other kitchen tools, but the top of the island allows extra space for food preparation, an ideal place to put groceries away, or even seating for extra guests at mealtimes..... continue reading about kitchen islands >>

choosing mirrors

choosing mirrors
Consider the shape of a mirror when deciding where it should be placed in the room. Mirrors shape can play a big role in overall ambiance in the room. Strict geometric shapes of the mirrors often imply rigidity. Curvy, rounded shapes of the framed mirrors can have an opposite effect. Unless a room's style is highly defined, the objects therein should be of various shapes and sizes. Like all decorations bringing a right mirror into the room it is a matter of balance..... continue reading about choosing mirrors >>

gold leaf mirrors

adding shimmer and style with gold leaf mirrors
The glass mirror or "looking glass" has been around since the first millennium. Before then, one had to gaze into a polished brass surface or into a pool of still water to see his or her reflection. Mirrors and reflective items have played an integral part in several historical legends and myths. We can imagine that old Narcissus would have an even harder time tearing himself away from his reflection if he were looking at himself in one of our beautiful mirrors, framed with gold leaf!... read more about gold leaf mirrors >>

adding style with benches
For sheer versatility in serving a number of uses, it's difficult to imagine a more hardworking category of furniture than benches. For occasional seating, storing an extra blanket, or serving as a perch for guests' items, a bench can fill the job with style and panache. Benches have such a wide variety of uses; you'll find them to be a helpful and beautiful addition to any room in your home. And they also the advantage of being easily moved, so you can quickly place your bench in a new location as your needs change. In addition, benches can also be graceful and beautiful to look at, so they enhance the overall look and feel of a room by making a stylistic statement... read more about benches >>

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Venetian mirrors

about Venetian glass mirrors
A simple way to incorporate an elegant look into any room is the addition of an exquisite Venetian mirror. These treasured pieces reflect light and serve as an artistic focal point, transforming a room into a glamorous environment with a bit of old-world elegance. Mirrors are helpful for checking your outfit one last time before you run out the door. But did you know that adding decorative mirrors to your home's decor is a great way to increase the amount of interior light? Or that mirrors can easily serve as an artistic element, as well? A mirror is much more than just a simple reflective surface, and the right mirror can make all the difference in the world... read on Venetian glass mirrors >>

venetian mirrors

today's Venetian mirrors
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.... about today's Venetian mirrors >>

home office decor

Intelligent decor for a home office.
A home office deserves intelligent decor. It is the space where you do your best thinking and churn out your life's inspiration. A home office is a sacred space. Since your home office is unlike any other room in your home it should be decorated accordingly. Simply put, the room within your home that hosts your inner most thoughts should be decorated with the utmost of style. Selecting home office furniture can be a fulfilling experience... read more on how to create an intelligent decor for your home office >>

versatile cabinets

Cabinets for any room in your home
A beautiful cabinet can add vitality and swagger to any room in your home. One of the best things about furniture accents with vintage inspiration is that they are so extremely versatile and able to be mixed and matched into any room of a home without downgrading their charm...read more about versatile cabinets >>

 

infusing beauty and function with occasional tables
For sheer versatility in a room, occasional tables take the cake. This handy piece of furniture can be placed just about anywhere and has a multitude of different functions. Occasional tables are so named because they are tables with no officially designated use. Unlike dining tables or coffee tables, occasional tables are equally at home in any room within a home, and they work well on their own or as part of an ensemble of several furniture items.... about read more how to infuse beauty and function with occasional tables >>

room decor - beautiful carved wood ocasional tables

bookcases

Not your average bookcases
As more people shift from working in an office to working at home, the necessity of creating a useful working space without taking away from the comfort of the home becomes more apparent. A home office should not simply be a utilitarian room carved out of the home, it should a comfortable and welcoming space that nourishes the soul, allowing creativity to occur, while fitting seamlessly into the decorating style... read more about bookcases and unique home office furniture >>

cabinets for office

Office cabinets for all your needs
In today's digitized world, the lost art of home organization has become something of a novelty. Decorating your home office in drab office furniture can lead to a room with a stifling, uninspiring atmosphere. A constructive space should be a space bursting with creativity. The perfectly picked office cabinets are a beautiful addition to any home office. If you really want your home office to shine...read more about cabinets for office >>

dining tables

creating memories around dining tables
We usually eat our meals three times each day, so there's plenty of opportunity to turn mealtime into something special. Whether a meal is just a simple family event or a more lavish celebration with guests, dining tables play a crucial role. If you think back to your fondest and funniest childhood memories, chances are good that many of them involve a memorable meal. Maybe it was the Thanksgiving dinner... continue reading about dining tables >>

authentic reproduction chairs

chairs that make a statement
This is a fact: you need to incorporate chairs into a well-functioning household, unless you enjoy sitting on the floor. Chairs do so much more than just provide a place to sit, though. The right chairs add ambiance and style to the room, especially if you choose reproduction chairs to meet your seating needs...read on How to make an authentic statement using reproduction chairs >>

 

coffee tables
When you invite guests over, you'll want to provide them with a comfortable and functional space in which you can enjoy their company. And it's also important that your entertaining space be attractive, as well. A well-appointed coffee table adds beauty to an entertaining space at the same time it functions as the perfect place for food, beverages, and decorative items. In the past, formal entertaining was a staple for afternoon activities, with guests coming to call and enjoying coffee or tea along with biscuits and cakes or even cute little sandwiches... continue reading on coffee tables >>

Living room decor with gorgeous hand-carved in Italy wood coffee table with leaf motif anad antique goldleaf finish; hand-crafted luxury furniture; living room ideas
Living room decor featuring carved coffee table in gold leaf finish

create your own social network with center tables
Do gatherings at your home have a location where everyone seems to gravitate? Guests tend to orbit like satellites in places that attract and encourage them to gather. In many homes, the kitchen is the place that everyone seems to be found - even when it's not the intended space. If your guests tend to group in places other than the area you set up for them, perhaps creating your own "social network" will do the trick. Nope, we're not talking about breaking out the computer or smart phone; we're talking about creating a space where your guests just naturally want to be. Our solution: center tables!.. continue reading about center tables >>

room decor with beautiful center table and solid crystal lamp
Luxury interior featuring Biedermeier center table with antiqued brass accents and carved claw feet, crystal lamp and Sheraton armchair in antiqued black and gold finish;

setting your style with settees
Settee, settle, sofa, couch? Some people might have a hard time making the distinction. But not you. You know a settee when you see one and your sense of style calls for it like a siren's song. But, choosing a settee - or finding creative ways to show it off - takes a bit of imagination. We have a few suggestions that might help to give you a few great ideas. First, consider your overall style. Is it formal or a bit more casual? Classic or more modern? Trendy, eclectic or shabby-chic? Whatever your style, settees can enhance any room decor beautifully. Creating a comfortable sanctuary, matching your décor to a "T" or defining contrasts is easy when using settees.... about read more about settees >>

hand painted English style carved wood settee | luxury furniture | Italian settees and benches
hand painted English style carved wood settee

 

adding touches of class and elegance with pedestals
...Use beautifully crafted pedestals to display fine artwork, floral arrangements, family photos or other favorite decorative pieces. The sky is the limit when it comes to creativity in home decorating and pedestals are the perfect way to take full advantage of your personal creativity. They are portable as well. When you've decided to change the look of a room by moving the furniture, they can be moved along with the other pieces....read more about pedestals >>

pedestals | luxury Italian furniture | interior with hand crafted Regency style carved wood pedestal with antique satin-wood finish, antiqued goldl-eaf accents and Valencia marble top
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dining room decor

setting the dining table
The fabrics in your home do not stand alone, but work with all the other elements of decoration to create a mood and energy, to tell a story... Being emotionally comfortable in your dining room is essential to the art of home. Equally important is the way a table looks and feels. Mealtime or teatime is an opportunity to pause, to appreciate the moment, nourish your body and soul while stimulating your mined in shared conversation. A table should have a varied wardrobe... read more about setting the dining table >>

home bar

liven up your entertaining with a home bar
Today's homeowners have found that one thing that is an attractive addition to any home - a home bar. Today's models are not only eye catching but functional as well. It is possible to entertain guests or simply enjoy a leisure evening with drinks conveniently at hand. The modern home bar is tastefully decorated to fit in with any décor and adds selling value to the property as well. Some homes have built-in bars but it is now possible to purchase a pre-constructed one that can easily be moved if the occasion arises. These movable bars can be stocked with alcoholic beverages and mixers so that any drink desired is immediately at hand. In addition, they are designed so that the bottles and other items are attractively displayed and well organized... read more about home bars >>

DECORATING IDEAS  
   
compasses for gifts

moving in a positive direction and collectible compasses
Beautiful skillfully crafted reproduction compasses would make wonderful additions to your decor - singly or in groups. As a desktop accessory, a single boxed compass serves not only as a conversation piece, but is an elegant tool when used as a paperweight. In bookcases, a grouping of collectible compasses displayed with other exploration or travel paraphernalia - a map, globe or pair of binoculars - might make you feel like an explorer yourself...read more about compasses and gifts >>

 
decorative accessories for office

office and decorative accessories
Choosing sophisticated and interesting office accessories conveys your good taste and your seriousness about business-related dealings, but these pieces also provide conversation starters that can help to pave the way to bigger business deals... read on how to enliven your home office with decorative accessories >>

 
plane models

fantastic plane models
It's been over a century since the Wright flyer lifted off from the sands of Kitty Hawk. Powered flight has come a long way since. Early planes were a joint effort of engineers, cabinetmakers and seamstresses. Aviators belonged to a privileged class, known by name to an eager and curious public. Some of the early aircraft and their pilots have taken on nearly mythical proportions. The Red Baron, Tommy Sopwith, Charles Lindbergh. The planes that made them famous are available as models in this unique collection....read more about plane models >>

 
telescopes

achieve far sight with telescopes and binoculars
Do you ever dream of being an Old World astronomer like Galileo, gazing at the stars? What about a ship's captain? Or, perhaps an explorer of new lands? Well, you can't do any of those things without your trusty telescope, ever at the ready. Our selection of authentic reproduction telescopes and binoculars are sure to magnify your imagination. The invention of the telescope was almost certainly one of humankind's most significant scientific achievements of the age. The first telescope... read more telescopes >>

 
architectural home accessories

home accessories inspired by classic architecture
The classics are timeless. Classic architecture seems to transcend time itself. You can add a touch of timelessness with miniature classic architectural models to rooms in your home. More than just decor, architectural home accessories lend an air of sophistication and attention to detail in any room. Artists and engineers have used architectural models since the advent of building large...read on architectural home accessories >>

 
classic games

classic games with flair
The family that plays together stays together. The family that plays the most famous classic games from history stays entertained while being enlightened and educated. A home can never have enough classic games to choose from, but cheap, plastic board games are a dime a dozen. If you want to entertain your mind with the games that have the kept the most enthralling minds of history busy, beautifully crafted games passed down from the centuries are the perfect solution. ... read more about classic games >>

 
model planes

making your decor soar with plane models
Humankind has always dreamed of having the ability to fly, and a century or so ago, that dream came true with the inventiveness of the Wright Brothers and the other pioneers of the aviation industry. You can use the power of flight to make your decor soar to new heights when you incorporate plane models into your interior designs. Classic flying machines that include biplanes, Trimotors, and zeppelins evoke images of the golden age of aviation, and it's a simple process to capture this feeling in your decor with model planes...read more on model planes >>

 
clocks and watches

clocks and watches - hours that count
Clocks have an enduring place in society. Humans have been inventing ways to measure time since the beginning of time. From the eclectic clocks that haunt the spaces in Grand Central Station to Big Ben of London, they are the measure by which we pace our lives. Now that same mystical and awe-inspiring experience of laying eyes on a landmark clock can be experienced every day when you add clocks and hourglasses to your home or office decor....read more about clocks and watches >>

 
obelisks

incorporating obelisks into your decor
How obelisks provide both history and spiritual grace in a room. Obelisks evoke a sense of long-ago dynasties, from Ancient Greece to Egypt and the Roman Empire. These stately structures were often used to mark an entryway or to designate a special location. In today's home decor, a well-placed obelisk can designate a special spot within your very own space....read more on decorating with obelisks >>

 
crystal home accessories

crystal accessories for your home
Picking out decorations for your home is so much fun because you are truly able to express yourself as an individual, couple or family. People opt for all different types of decor from truly traditional to completely modern, and you've likely considered a few different styles. Have you ever thought about crystal accessories though? Well, read on to discover how you can infuse them into your life....read more about crystal home accessories >>

 
interactive home accessories

interactive home accessories
Give your home irresistible attraction with interactive home accessories. When interesting games like Roulette, Venetian tic-tac-toe, Chess sets and domino are placed strategically throughout the home, the attraction to begin playing a game is almost irresistible. Memorable home decor doesn't always have to be hands off with a vibe of look but don't touch...more about interactive home accessories >>

 
crystal accessories - crystal boxes

the Feng Shui of light and crystal
The tradition of feng shui is one of aesthetics: alignment and orientation, in addition to beauty and harmony. The term, literally translated, means "wind-water" in English. Like the flow of music, the principles of achieving balance in this way are expressed in flowing energies resonating throughout a man-made structure, such as a house, tomb or building. Feng shui extols the goal of achieving positive "Qi" (pronounced "chee") by incorporating elementals, such as ... read more on the power of crystal >>

 
clocks

celebrate the passage of time with elegant antique reproduction clocks
There is something wondrous about clocks. From the earliest models, timepieces of even the most rudimentary design have had an elegance about them that defies logic. Their inner workings of springs and gears, the rhythmic tick-tock as they work seems to fascinate people of all ages and lifestyles all over the world. Some may argue that time is a man-made phenomenon; others believe that humans have always recognized the passage of time. While the concept of time in humankind is arguable, man has definitely constructed the items that move in rhythm to time's passage....read more on how antique reproduction clocks >>

 
 
decorative boxes

precious decorative boxes
Decorative boxes can provide decoration that is both refined and practical. You can accumulate a wide assortment from different countries and cultures. You may collect delicate antique boxes...continue reading about precious decorative boxes >>

 
hurricane lamps

about hurricane lamps
Any room can become spectacular at night when decorated with our elaborate hurricane lamps. Don't limit you candle colors to beige or off-white. Candles in the hurricane lamps provide delight in a rainbow of clear, saturated colors. Interiors by night can reveal a whole new dimension when given the added sparkle of candle light from hurricane lamps. By placing scented candle in the hurricane lamps ... read more on hurricane lamps >>

hourglasses and sand clocks

hourglasses combine history, practicality and art
Time waits for no man, so the saying goes. But, some of us know that watching time can be a fascinating diversion, especially watching the sands of a beautiful hourglass trickle from the upper chamber to the lower one. The hourglass was a symbol of not just the passage of time, but of mortality and the brevity of life...continue reading about hourglasses (sand clocks) >>

 
binoculars and telescopes

adding intrigue and style with binoculars and telescopes
Interior accessories should add panache to a room's decor while at the same time make a statement about the homeowner. If you are looking for distinctive home accessories that evoke intellectual curiosity and travels to far-away realms, consider adding binoculars or telescopes to round out the appeal of your home's interior. While both binoculars and telescopes are used to assist in the viewing of distant objects, the biggest difference is that telescopes allow viewing with one eye, while binoculars accommodate...read more binoculars and telescopes >>

 
porcelain accessories

blending history and lore with porcelain accessories
Since the development of porcelain more than 4,000 years ago, humankind has developed a multitude of ways to fabricate items borne from the versatile material. It can be shaped by hand, formed in a press, poured into a mold or extruded from a die... more about porcelain accessories >>

 
decorative boxes

thinking outside of the box with decorative boxes
More than just about any home decorating item, our choice of accessories expresses our personality and gives visitors to our home a sense of who we are. From the wide variety of decorative accessories from which we can choose, decorative boxes offer much in the way of both style and functionality... read more about decorative boxes >>

 
Venetian glass accessories

Venetian glass
The origins of Venetian glassmaking are traced to the time of the Roman Empire. During that time, the quality and beauty of Venetian glass quickly became known throughout the empire and beyond. Glass items made in Venice - bowls, vases, sculptures, jewelry and other pieces... continue reading on Venetian Glass >>

 
 
DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS  

decorating for the holidays with interactive balance toys

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.... read more about about balance toys >>

balance toys | Santa's sleigh balance toy | Christmas toys |  Christmas decor
Santa's sleigh balance toy >>

balance toys
balance toys 
decorating for the holidays

Creating a display of lights for the holidays
Holidays bring back warm and special memories that stay with us for the rest of our lives. Creating a gorgeous display of holiday lights makes any holiday brighter, lighter, warmer and more memorable. Creativity and style is showcased in the interesting placements of pretty candle sticks and elegant candle sconces to make any home into a masterpiece for the holidays...read more on decorating for the holidays >>

 
   
porcelain accessories

bringing magic home with porcelain accessories
The gossamer beauty of porcelain has entranced humanity for close to two thousand years. Originating in China, porcelain had become highly sought after all over the world by the 14th century, whose artisans had perfected the fabrication. Since then, the process has been refined and perfected, giving birth to several types of porcelain... continue reading on porcelain accessories >>

 
 

 

 
   
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Games for two - Valentine day gift ideas
Valentines Day is a day for showing love and affection and it's also a fantastic day to give the one you admire the most one of these thoughtful and interactive gifts for two. Playing games that are meant especially for two players can become a romantic and fun way to spend a cold winter's evening. Challenge your love to an exciting game of Venetian Glass Tic-Tac-Toe and celebrate the spirit of companionship and friendship that game playing exudes... read more about Valentine day gift ideas >>

Valentine games for two - Venetian glass tic-tac-toe
games for two >>

games for two - interactive gifts - Valentine day gift ideas
Venetian glass tic-tac-toe

Valentine's day gifts
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.... read more about Valentine's day gift ideas >>

gorgeous crystal figurines made of the finest Bohemian crystal from Czech Republic | wedding gift ideas  | crystal gifts | Valentine's day gifts | gift ideas



Valentine's day gifts
Valentine's day gifts

crystal swans in love
crystal swans in love

Valentine's day inspires perfect expressions of love
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..... read more about how to express your love on Valentine's day >>

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Bohemian crystal business card or small picture holder
Bohemian crystal business card or small picture holder
gift giving

Gift giving
There are a vast number of occasions in which a gift is appropriate, from birthdays and holidays to thank you and even "just because." While gift giving should be joyous, too often it becomes an exercise in frustration and can result in money spent on the wrong gift. What can you do to ensure that you select a gift for your recipient that is both appropriate and appreciated? Too many people take the wrong tack when it comes to finding gifts: they head down to the nearest mall and wander aimlessly from store to store, hoping that the perfect inspired gift will jump out at them. Or they turn on their computer and waste hours surfing from site to site without finding a good match for their intended recipient... read more about how to raise gift giving to an art form >>

 
classic wrighting sets

fine writing instruments inspire joy and creativity
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. 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... read more about writing sets >>

 
hurricane lamps and other gifts

Enlightening gifts
The perfect gifts for any occasion are hurricane sconces, candle sconces and beautifully elegant hurricane lamps. Recipients of these stunning gifts are always grateful. They enjoy the beauty of the soft flickering candle light and warm scents that they can use in them to create a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere in their home. Next time a gift is needed for a wedding, housewarming for that new home or for any other occasion, hurricane lamps and candle sconces make wonderful gifts. They are pretty and classically elegant additions to any home and really help to create that peaceful and serene retreat that everyone loves...read more about enlighten gift ideas >>

 
adventurous gifts

Adventurous gifts
Enthusiasts of everything nautical are amazed when they receive gifts of realistic ship models. Those who live near water and those who simply wish they lived on the water and dream often of sailing enjoy the amazing detail lovingly crafted into these models. Fun nautical themed accessories complete the look of any sailor's dream room...read more on adventurous gifts >>

 
decorating for the holidays

Creating a display of lights for the holidays
Holidays bring back warm and special memories that stay with us for the rest of our lives. Creating a gorgeous display of holiday lights makes any holiday brighter, lighter, warmer and more memorable. Creativity and style is showcased in the interesting placements of pretty candle sticks and elegant candle sconces to make any home into a masterpiece for the holidays...read more on decorating for the holidays >>

 
corporate gifts

Elegant and refined corporate gifts
Showing appreciation for all the hard work of your employees or strengthening valuable corporate ties and keeping connections with clients has never been easier than with this outstanding collection of thoughtful and unique corporate gifts. These are gifts that can be given any time of the year or at the holidays. They are classic, timeless and elegant ways to show appreciation and dedication, while highlighting your company's exceptional taste in unique gifts...read more about corporate gifts >>

 
perfect gifts for him

Perfect gifts for him for any special occasion
Finding perfect gifts for him can be a big challenge. Many men earn a reputation for being difficult to buy gifts for, but that doesn't have to be the case. Dads or bosses who have specific hobby interests are easier to choose gifts for, especially if they enjoy things like golf, other sports or playing an instrument. A lot of husbands, fathers and other guys can be difficult to find perfect gifts for, however, special occasions like Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries or fathers day gifts all pose a dilemma....read more about perfect gifts for him >>

 
christmas balance toys

decorating for the holidays with interactive balance toys

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.... read more about balance toys >>

 
   
Two little King Charles spaniels cozied up on the couch; cozy room decor

Ahhh... Home sweet home. Peace and quiet...
What sweet little things. Two little King Charles spaniels cozied up on the couch. So inviting :)
 
Fall Inspiration
 
When decorating for fall it's hard to go wrong with pumpkin-puppy combination

When decorating for fall it's hard to go wrong with pumpkin-puppy combination; #falldecor
Fall decorations begin with a pumpkin, a puppy or both.

fall pumpkins and cute puppy

Fall brings out the best pup'kins in town!

mmm...mmm...cinnammmmon; the sweet taste of Fall; autumn inspiration
mmm...mmm...cinnammmmon... the sweet taste of Fall

 

a Pumpkin pie
a Pumpkin pie

 

Thanksgiving Cookies
Thanksgiving cookies

 

autumn brownies
autumn brownies

 

coffee time; fall coffee inspiration
coffee time; autumn inspiration

decorating for Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving decor inspiration
Thanksgiving decor inspiration

 
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