Bronze & Ruby Glass Chandelier, French Arm Chairs, antique books,
iron urns, Swedish Bergeres with down cushions.
The term festoon is used both in the ornamentation of furniture, decorative arts and in describing a certain window treatment design element. Considered Renaissance or Neoclassical, festoons have been a part of interior design for hundreds of years.
A festoon in decorative arts and furniture ornamentation is made of wood, gesso, or metal and is usually a string or garland of leaves or flowers, suspended in a loop or curved between two points. Can you see the festoons in these images?
In window treatment design, a festoon if often called a swag and is a suspended loop of fabric.
1. image link – http://www.winmarkcom.com/images/figIFfinalsketch.jpg
2 & 3 image link – http://jackiebluehome.blogspot.com/
I would like to thank
While having absolutely nothing to do with antique furniture or beautiful design, I couldn’t help but want to share these antique or antique inspired images of beautiful Bernese Mountain dogs.
As some of you know, I am passionate about my beloved companion Gustav (aks Gus) and wrote in a previous post about how a white interior and a big black dog just don’t mix.
Well today Gus and I are taking a road trip to beautiful
It will be a fun way to spend a gorgeous autumn day with my good friend Gus.
The name of the fundraiser was New Pages and while its purpose was to raise funds to rebuild the library, it also celebrated art, the strong spirit of
A year ago on July 24th the Swan’s Island Library was destroyed by fire but the singed remains of the books were turned into beautiful pieces of art made by community members and visitors.The little pieces of art that were created from the ashes were auctioned off in August. Barbara contacted me recently to tell me that the auction was a huge success and raised $30,000 for the fund to rebuild the library.
Thank you to all those that participated to this incredibly worthwhile cause.
All images courtesy of My Dog Eared Pages.
Before the summer is officially over I wanted to continue with the theme of the ‘sommarhus’ that was started a couple of weeks ago and share another intriguing home with you.
This home is for sale and is offered for a cool 13.500.000 SEK, which is around $1,850.000 USD. It was built for the merchant Carl Bengtsson in 1883 and possesses the highly recognizable ‘gingerbread’ details on the outside and a classically designed interior with beautiful bones and wonderful contemporary updates.
The house sits on a generous property with breathtaking views of the water.Leisurely strolls across the lawn or afternoon tea upon on one of the lovely porches add to the sublime summer experience.
The grand salon with its original kakelugn, or Swedish tile stove, and original frescoed ceiling, has a bright, airy, updated feel.
To maintain a cozy atmosphere in such a large room, small conversation or task areas were created. Using both original and reproduction furnishings, there are comfortable spaces for relaxing in front of the fire, tea by the window, and letter writing in the back of the room.
Going through the large double doors in the back of the grand salon takes us to an enclosed veranda. The pretty antique Swedish bench and pedestal table are perfect for this space. The proportions are ideal, the paint color reflects the sun, even in the winter, and the simple sheer drapes provide just the right amount of privacy and light diffusion.
The sisal carpet is perfect for this space and the potted palms and orchids continue with the Swedish traditions of bringing the outdoors inside.
The dining room is classic and spacious yet with simple furnishings, a lovely kakelung, and unadorned windows. These components allow the light and airy feel to continue.
The foyer represents the beauty of design that is well balanced with antique and contemporary pieces. This foyer, with its bleached, wide plank pine floors supports traditional pieces such as a Persian rug, gilt trumeau and frescoed ceiling. But the Louis Ghost chairs add a touch of whimsy and a contemporary touch that tell all who visit this home that the residents have a healthy respect for the past and the present.
The new kitchen is simply designed and adorned, supporting the reputation of clean, uncluttered Scandinavian interiors.The white bedrooms are simply decorated yet offer a welcoming environment for its residents and their guests.
The final room is what appears to be a wine cellar but may be more appropriately called a ‘man cave’. This space in the basements offers perfect humidity for wine fermentation and storage as well as the perfect place to get away for a bit of piece and quiet.