Monthly Archives: December 2010
23 DecShabby chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are worn to show their age and signs of wear and tear or new items are distressed evoking the appearance of age. This effect is achieved by using a glaze or by painting in layers then worn off to reveal a base coat or wood. Shabby Chic styling tends to be cream and white furniture teamed with faded pastels creating a soft and feminine feel, this emphasizes its difference from regular vintage decor. Shabby chic teams functionality, comfort and style creating the type of decoration found in large country houses. The end result ofRead more »
The popularity and success of the Baroque style was encouraged by the Roman Catholic Church from the late 16th century to the early 18th century. The Baroque era is most often defined as "the dominant style of art in Europe between the Mannerist and Rococo eras, a style characterized by dynamic movement, overt emotion and self-confident." The dramatic style of Baroque furniture, architecture and art was used as a means of impressing visitors and expressing triumphant power and control. Baroque palaces are built around an entrance of courts, grand staircases and reception rooms of sequentially increasing opulence. The classic Baroque style is characterised by exuberant decoration, expansive curvaceous forms sometimes pompous grandeur, full of elaborate calving statement pieces to become a focal point... Not a style for the faint hearted!