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Why Antiques?

INTERIOR DESIGNERS are fond of antiques; we often collect them ourselves, and are quick to recommend them to clients. Some of our clients love the idea. Mention antiques to some, however, and they cringe, recalling dusty, depressing, cluttered houses of days gone by. What is the reason for a designer’s obsession with incorporating antiques into […]

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Chinois Palais Draperies

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Derived from an antique Chinese painting, this Printed Linen Panel has a 131.5″ tall pattern of birds and flowers; each drapery width has one pattern repeat centered. Pattern Repeat shown will be shortened from the top for your drapery length, with a 4″double hem. Back Tabs at top for a tailored finish on drapery rods, […]

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Two Different Interpretations of French Country Design

By now, the style known as French Country has transcended trends and become a classic source of inspiration for interior decorators. In fact, the style has actually diversified from its origins and come to stand for a variety of looks. However, they all share a few themes: French Country style is about cosmopolitan luxury meeting […]

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The Tree of Life Fabric Story

The various colors typically displayed in tree of life patterns allow for flexibility in color directions, as well as layering of colors and pattern types. This pattern is appropriate for traditional, transitional and modern design styles. It’s wonderful for creating Chinoiserie, Rococo, and English Cottage designed rooms.

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What Kind of Rug Is It?

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Most Americans refer to any wool area rug with geometric designs and flowers, as an “Oriental Rug” or “Persian Rug”.  At one time the ancient Persian Empire extended from North Africa to India, and included Turkey and Armenia. The world of rugs and carpets includes over 10,000 different types, identified by the patterns of the […]

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Ikat Fabrics, Ancient and Modern

Antique Ikat robes and Ikat fragments are coveted by textile collectors and designers, and add a touch of the exotic to interiors both traditional and modern

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What is Chinoiserie?

The interesting thing about Chinoiserie is the tremendous range and variety of Oriental scenes and fantastical decorative details. Individual artifacts to make a room interesting and show off the sophistication of the homeowner.

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What is Hollywood Regency Design?

Some of the accessories are very theatrical – such as extra-tall white plaster floor lamps with palm fronds, or mirrored dressing tables and fainting couches covered in satin or velvet. Lacquered and mirrored surfaces sparkled. While it is not apparent in the old black and white movies, the interiors were often brightly colored.

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Decorating with Blue and White

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A brief history of blue and white, from folklore and porcelain imported from the Orient and its influence on modern Americans’ and Europeans’ passion for the color blue.

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True British Colonial Style

“British colonial style” has become popular in recent years. Mahogany “campaign” furniture, bamboo and rattan, wicker and leather, and design elements such as monkeys, palm trees, and ticking stripes have invaded our homes. But what does “British colonial style” really mean? Where and when did it orginate?

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