The Art Deco period was a thoroughly glamorous style epitomising the
opulence of the inter war period. Known as the ‘Jazz Age’ or the ‘Cocktail Age’
it was renowned for its modern, sleek looks and luxurious use of materials. New
York’s Chrylser Building, The Savoy, Sybil Colefax and Rene Lalique are icons
of this era and are all still admired and much emulated today.
Art Deco was a noticeable reaction to the austerity of the First World
War. Luxury and decadence are clearly evident in the use of rare and exotic
woods and materials such as ivory, shagreen (imitation sharkskin) or mother of
pearl. Excessive use of mirror, satins and pale leathers also made the look
highly impractical and therefore only affordable to the elite who had staff to
take care of such things. Hollywood adored the style as it worked perfectly for
the black and white scene sets of the time and as a result elevated the look to
one for the A-listers of the day (Marlene Dietrich for example.)
Global influences were also notable. The Art Deco use of lacquer as a
finish on furniture came from China, the colours of the period were clearly
those of the Russian Ballet, the stepped shapes of the pyramids of the Aztec
can be seen in cocktail cabinets and clocks and the discovery of Tutankhamun’s
burial site in 1922 brought about a Neo-Egyptian vogue that was translated
through the use of sun bursts and columns.
Advancement in technology was also a key influence that presented itself
in a ‘streamlined’ look. Aerodynamic shapes taken from ocean liners and
Zeppelins can be seen in everyday objects of the period – from cigarette
lighters and radios to cocktail cabinets.
Technology brought about new materials fashioned into original and
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When it comes to privacy the one thing that clicks in mind is the
installation of shutters or blinds in your home. Window shutters are stable
window coverings with vertical or horizontal rails. You can install shutters
for variety of reasons such as to create privacy, to enhance your room’s
elegance or even to prevent sunlight from entering your room.
Shutters come in variety of sizes, colors and designs. You should look
for the style and color that fits best to the rest of your home d?cor. Some
window shutters are made of wood, faux or other materials. You can install the
shutters in different ways, such as you can install it within the opening or
overlapping the opening.
When installing shutters, the first step is to measure the window
opening. Next you need to determine the depth of your window. The manufacturer
you choose to buy shutters can also help you in this regard.
Interiors shutters Interior window shutters are also called
“plantation shutters” and are available in different styles and
colors. Today you can easily buy plantation shutters without drilling a hole in
your wall. These shutters not only serve other window treatments, but also add
style and grace to the interior of your home.
These shutters will help to keep your home warmer in winters and cooler
in summers. The installation of interior shutters has become a fashion
nowadays. You can order these via online shutter stores at the comfort of your
home and the delivery will be made in no time. To choose the right window
shutters you can also visit a window treatment specialist. Interior shutters
are considered as a simple and inexpensive window treatment solution.
Exterior shutters Exterior window shutters are made of different
materials like aluminum, fiber glass and wood. These shutters not … Read more
The largest amount of energy that
is consumed by homes on average is due to heating requirements, which are
continuing to steadily. The average heating bill (at the time of winter alone)
in the U.S. in 1999 was $564, which reached $989 by the next 6 years, and it is
showing no signs of halting its steady growth even after almost 5 years have
passed since the end of 2005.
Does our heating bill rise only
when we use more heat to warm up our homes? It is obvious that using more
energy equals more money needed to pay for it. However, the actual vampire of
our home’s heat energy is something a little less obvious – the unwanted
thermal energy loss effect. This is normally the main reason for our heating
bills being much higher than they need to be.
This article will focus on
explaining the details of this effect and how we can solve its different
aspects. So, let’s take a look at the most effective and important ways we can
go about doing this:
1. Fixing bad insulation. What is
insulation exactly? There are certain materials that are embedded in the core
of our home’s wall structures, and sometimes, even roofs and floors, that have
a specific purpose – they absorb our home’s heat and radiate it back inside,
for as long as possible, allowing our homes to maintain a relatively constant
temperature once we turn off our heating. Your insulation is effective (good)
if it radiates a high proportion of the heat it absorbs, and, also, for a
reasonably long time. So it is ineffective (bad) if it does not do so. Bad
insulation is one of the biggest heat wastes in our homes.
You can review your home’s
insulation materials by asking experts to … Read more
When you are looking for moving
materials, there are many different places where you can find them. You want to
be sure that you are always getting the best moving supplies so that you are
able to get what you need and to get all of the items that you are going to
pack packed up safely. When you are packing to move, you need to be sure that
you have all of the supplies that you need and that you have all the moving
materials and moving packaging that is going to make your life easy.
Finding Where to Buy Storage Boxes
The good news is, if you need to
buy storage boxes, it is easy to find them; it isn’t like you are going to have
to search the earth’s ends to find the moving materials that you need. But,
what you want to do is really try to find out what is going to work the best
for you, the sizes of boxes that you need, and where you are going to get the
best deals on them. Take a look at some different stores including packing
stores, moving companies, and storage units out there.
Getting Good Deals on Moving Materials
One of the best things that you
can do when you are shopping for moving packaging is that you really want to be
sure that you are getting the best deal. Moving is already expensive enough, so
you want to be sure that the money that you are spending is getting you the
best deals that are out there. You don’t want to have to pay any more for your
packing than you should because there are all kinds of ways to get discounted
packing supplies and get boxes without breaking the bank for them. Take … Read more
There is something very interesting about having a modern
home with modern furniture. In the latest years, modern home design and decor have shown a dramatic
increase in the number of home builders, modern subdivisions and modern
furniture outlets out there. Want
to be part of the hottest new trend in interior design and home decorating?
Here’s how you can take the first step.
Start With One Room
Modernizing a home doesn’t have to be the first head dive
into a shallow river. In fact, it is much easier to modernize your home in
smaller, more comfortable steps. Start the project by thinking about a
particular room and start by buying modern furniture for that room. Choose a room that you spend a lot of
time or that gets a lot of traffic from visitors and family members so that you
will get the most out of your design budget by impressing those who visit your
home with the new modern furniture you will buy.
Pick a Piece
After you choose a room, choose the furniture you want to
emphasize and build your room around it. For example, if you want to redesign
your bedroom, wake up around, well, modern beds. If you want to emphasize your
living room, try starting with a modern sofa or center section. This will give
a sense of focus and inspiration. It’s always far, far easier to choose one
piece of furniture that you really like and build a room around it, rather than
trying to package a room full of a hundred different pieces of furniture that
you enjoy little.
Consider the Size of the Room
The size of the room must be something that you consider
before you start buying lots of furniture. If the room is large, it’s likely to
be … Read more