Carpet Trends 2016 / 2017 – Designs & Colors

There is one major event that dictates the trends for a season 2016 – 1017 in the sphere of textile, rugs and flooring and that is the Domotex exhibition in Hanover. This leading event in the world of carpeting and rugs market is becoming more and more popular and influential and not in the last place that is due to its eminent jury selection. This year the organizers invited talented and renowned designers to judge the award distribution – like Stefan Diez head of the innovations at Domotex jury.

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Or Piero Lissoni an Italian architect and designer that is a special guest of Domotex jury assembly. Each year the jury selects the most existing and innovative solutions in the rug and flooring trends. “The products are sometimes not completely finalized and mature as visual expression, but they still carry the charge of good idea and interesting innovations.”

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Piero Lissoni is one of the biggest Italian designers today – he is a creative director for Living Divani, Porro, Lema and Boffi and he is a special guest of Domotex exhibitions. In an interview for Stylepark, he speaks about his inclination toward handmade rugs. Which, bring us to the focus of this article – the hand-weaved and the tribal rugs. He shares that as a collector of tribal rugs, for him they are an art piece, each with its special story to tell, each with their artistic identity. They are all made from precious, natural materials and each rug tells the story of the family that had created it: entwining cultural symbols, animals, flowers and events foretold in color. He finds that from objects of artistic collection the tribal rugs become an important element of the contemporary interior design and the accentuated zoning of the premises. Here is the hope that the nowadays rugs will have their one story to tell like their predecessors.

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The designer shares that he always tries to integrate soft, rich surfaces in his projects: rugs made from wool or silk as well as rugs made from rattan and coconut fibers. But he keeps his distance from carpets. For a base of the flooring, he prefers wood or cement – as a natural fundament for a natural rug. “The innovations are the main engine that moves our world forward.” Piero Lissoni says.

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Special interest for the interior designers are the correlations and interactions between the flooring base – wood, laminate or even concrete – with their textural coverage in the form of rugs or carpets. The rugs and carpets are subject to an active, flexible dynamic with many functions and fast changes because they are a product of an adaptive industry that internalizes quickly the innovations and the modern trends.

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The recycling and sustainability of the materials are something that quickly becomes a norm in the industry and their innovative, and attractive usage in the sphere of floor coverage is a quality rewarded both by the jury and by the customers. For example “Myrana” the new quality of the Vorwerk collection “Fascination” by designer Giulio Ridolfo is offering a spectrum of 350 new colors.

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In general the carpets are not attractive for the interior designers, their static functions in covering the room from wall to wall is not something appreciated by the dynamic and artistic searches of the designers. But still some customers prefer the carpet solution. So the application and search of one attractive, trendy line of colors and patterns is appreciated by the jury. This season the pastel tonalities demonstrated by Panton – Rose Quartz and Serenity are the hit.

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Which are the companies and brands that received special attention, established future trends and mesmerized both the jury and the public? Each of the awarded companies has its one unique signature and attitude towards the market. In the luxury class and the category Best Modern Design Deluxe, the awarded rugs belong to Hossein Rezvani.

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In his creation, he uses silk colored in the very modern copper tonality to contrast with the natural color of the wool. When you lay eyes on the pattern, you realized that it has its roots in the Persian tradition but expressed in a modern way, providing mirrored reflection of the abstract shape in amazing three-dimensional effects.

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Hossein Rezvani shares that he is looking forward to the moment when the politicians will lift the sanctions towards Iran so he can work again with the rich resources that the country offers – it’s, after all, the Mather-land of the Persian rugs. So far the designers succeed with the great challenge to execute the original modern design in a traditional manner, translating classic patterns into the spirit of modern times without compromising the high standards, the exquisite quality, and innovative vision.

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Crystallize – Ice from Creative Matters is a wonderfully executed motif inspired by the winter and the frosts – a Nature aspect with a strong suggestion that impresses with its high quality and artistry of expression. The colors are mild, softly merging into one another but still preserving the tension and dramatic sensation of the natural phenomenon. The inspiration coming from the frost patterns that cover the windows in the winter is poured into this gentle color piece of art, involving Tibetan wool, Chinese silk and the exquisite work of 100 knots per square inch and the pile length of four millimeters.

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Lately more and more rugs draw the attention as an artistic picture or valuable piece of art. This tendency is best illustrated by the winner Art Resources, Emerald which offers us natural scenery composed in very stylish color palette – dramatic black, accentuating golden yellow and gray. A poetical landscape motif weaved with wool, silk and cotton, this mystical forest offers and aesthetic journey into its infinite trees that is passed the home decor and is more an artistic revelation inspired by nature than solely an object of the design.

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And again two rugs inspired by winter and involving painting techniques, beautiful colors and soft textures. The Landscape Collection by Wool and Silk offers us a gentle tales of winter were one can discern a snow fox padding through the reed-like vegetation. A tale knotted in Nepal from hand-spun wool and silk.

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Origami by Ayka Design echoing both traditional and contemporary fabric textures, this motif with its cross-hatching of shades and irregular pile lengths resembles brush strokes on an oil canvas. It’s 110 knots per square inch, dip-dyed, and hand-spun silk characteristics ensure outstanding quality.

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This is the second excelled rug created by Ayka Design that combines realism with dramatic color compositions. Created with handspun silk and Tibetan knotting the beautifully, nuanced portrait creation by the designer K. Michelle Evans is offering an exciting combination of traditional and contemporary textures, motifs that a so smoothly and dynamically at the same time, cross-hatching their shades and tonalities that give harmonic pleasure to the observer.

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After the amazingly high rug collection based on Eastern traditions, the designers from Studio Brieditis & Evans surprise us again showing a new collection inspired by traditional Swedish “Röllakan” rugs.

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The Kasuri rugs are an amazing example of the Re Rag Rug collection that shows us how something ecologically and socially sustainable can also be stylish and trendy. Hand braided of excess from the T-shirt industry this new-old brand is made with craft techniques that do not require large spaces or machines and could, therefore, be manufactured as a cottage industry in textile producing countries. In this season, the collection comes in three colors- Indigo, Coffee and Sand and mesmerizes us with its rich textures and ornaments as well with its social and ecological implementations.

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The Swedish textile artists Katarina Evans and Katarina Brieditis offer us anesthetic and innovative journey through the traditional hand-crocheted rugs inspiration, winner Re Orient, which has its modern implementations in our word full of waste and social injustice. Stimulating small local manufacturers and using discarded T-shirt materials the product are not only artistic and beautiful but also helpful to Nature and humans.

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Here the ‘Squeeze’ collection of the Studio Brieditis & Evans shows us a carpet that flows through the room and over the furniture: one out-of-the-ordinary carpet, hand knitted from recycled jersey threads that reveals to us its double face texture in black and white.

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The bedroom is a space where the cozy, welcoming atmosphere is eminent and the carpet – rug decoration has a leading role in creating the premise aesthetic comfort. This is the case with the bedroom interior decoration from Rug Star, which offers a harmonious color pattern in the very modern dark tonality.

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In conclusion, we may summarize that in the season of 2016-2017 the modern carpets will entertain us with pastel tonalities, pale non-geometrical patterns and free, natural shapes and figures that are close to the landscape and portrait art. The contrast and monochrome patterns will capture us with their expressive nature. The new trendy rugs will mesmerize and influence the everyday life. The modern interpretations of the Persian rugs with their new color combinations and motif expressions will offer a choice for those who love the classic. And keep in mind; it will be trendy to explore the stylish, characteristic and pictorial pattern for your rug decoration.

 

[Source:- Interiorzine]

How to create a kitchen garden

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Plan your design, planting scheme and finishing touches to reap the benefits of a kitchen garden.​

What’s the difference between a kitchen garden and a vegetable patch? Well, the biggest difference is that the kitchen garden, or potager, is both productive and beautiful. A tall order you might think but with a bit of planning it’s perfectly possible to achieve.

Design and layout

  • Think about the shape of the beds. Try for a symmetrical arrangement of four, or six small rectangles, or use triangular beds to make a star shape around a central point.
  • Use pictures of parterres for inspiration.
  • Paths between the beds need to be clear and clean.
  • Arrange plants in blocks or very neat rows for an attractive appearance.
  • Containers are great, not only are they ornamental and provide year round structure but they’re also perfect for growing in.

Decorative plants

  • Grow neat box bushes around each bed to give a crisp edge, or use painted timber boards.
  • Mix flowering plants in with your edibles for extra colour.
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Edible plants

  • Grow what you like to eat, and include salads and vegetables like chard, runner beans and different types of lettuce that look attractive, too.
  • Evergreen herbs like rosemary will give year round structure and are good for the end or middle of beds.
  • All herbs are pretty so put in as much as you can of parsley, chives, dill, sage, basil, tarragon, mint, rosemary and thyme.

Finishing touches

  • These really do make the difference between a work-a-day veg patch and a pretty kitchen garden.
  • Use raffia to tie in the plants or tie bamboo canes together, rather than plastic.
  • Galvanised or zinc containers create a shabby chic look. A row of galvanised watering cans is both useful and ornamental.
  • Try hanging colourful bunting across the area or decorating it with lovely lanterns and bird feeders.
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A Brooklyn brownstone inspired by an opium den

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At first glance, the Brooklyn home of Tracy Hurley Martin has all the standard ingredients of a stylish town house: elegant proportions, period mouldings and a cohesive mix of vintage pieces and antiques. But look a little closer, and you might spot something more unexpected: a preserved insect; an anatomical print; or perhaps a framed Victorian mourning wreath made from human hair.

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Buffalo hide is thrown over a leather sofa in the parlour, while the stools are Spanish, from the early 20th century Credit: Bruce Buck

This is not your average Brooklyn brownstone, and its design is far from off-the-peg. Tracy runs a film and TV production company with her twin sister, the writer Tonya Hurley, and the pair also co-founded the Morbid Anatomy Museum, which opened in 2014.

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Tracy Hurley Martin at home in Brooklyn Credit: Bruce Buck

Occupying an imposing black building on Brooklyn’s Third Avenue and encompassing an exhibition space, library, café and shop, the museum is dedicated to ‘death, beauty and that which falls between the cracks’.

Its current exhibition is of pathological waxworks, and its workshop series has covered anything from rodent taxidermy to arachnid shadowboxes – hence Tracy’s leaning towards the unconventional and somewhat macabre.

Four years ago, Tracy was looking for a new home when she ‘stumbled upon’ this 19th-century four-bedroom brownstone. She was already living in Brooklyn, in the Dumbo (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighbourhood, which she loved for its river views, but which had become too noisy. This house, in the leafy Park Slope area, was perfect.

‘It was love at first sight,’ recalls Tracy, who shares her town house with her husband, Vince Clarke (one half of Erasure and a founding member of Depeche Mode) and their 10-year-old son.

‘I just walked in. I didn’t have an appointment, but the realtor was there so I said, “Please, just let me take a peek.” I put in an offer the next day. I was not going to let it go.’

iI the master bedroom of Tracy Martin's home, antique Dutch botanical engravings are set against aubergine paint from Fine Paints of Europe
In the master bedroom, antique Dutch botanical engravings are set against aubergine paint from Fine Paints of Europe Credit: Bruce Buck

When it came to decoration, Tracy’s starting point was a sculpture she had bought by Kate MacDowell, titled Migrant, in the form of two white porcelain feet with roots growing out from the soles. ‘I’d never really put a lot into my surroundings before,’ she says, ‘but I thought, “I feel like in this house I’m home, I’m rooted.” I started to get really serious about my home.’

After it took her months to choose a sofa, she realised she could do with some help, and started researching interior designers. Nothing she found, however, suited her style. ‘Everything screamed, to me, “Showcase”, and I can’t live in that,’ she says. ‘I’d rather live in a tent; I’d rather sleep on dirt. I wanted it to be an organic space.’

Rush chairs in Tracy Martin's classic kitchen are mid-20th-century French
Rush chairs in the classic kitchen are mid-20th-century French Credit: Bruce Buck

That was when she came across the Manhattan design duo Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, aka Roman & Williams, known for their starry client list (Ben Stiller, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow included) and their work on New York hotels such as the Standard and the Ace. The pair had been film-set designers, and this was, for Tracy, part of the appeal.

‘They’re curating your house, based on your life,’ she says. ‘It’s like you’re walking into your own movie set.’

Nature is the prevailing theme throughout, not only in the human hair, dead insects and skull motifs, but also in antique Dutch botanical engravings and exquisite hand-painted silk Fromental wall­coverings depicting branches, blossom and birds.

Antique and vintage pieces from dealers in New York and around the world range from a dramatic black Swedish armoire and an early-20th-century French cabinet to a green-painted pier glass in the late-19th-century American Eastlake style.

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An arch opens from the spare room into an en suite bathroom Credit: Bruce Buck

Tracy’s favourite space is the ground-floor parlour, which comprises the dining and sitting areas and encapsulates the eclectic mood of the house, teaming ornate chandeliers and oversize gilt mirrors, with art-deco leather club chairs, a Beni Ourain rug and a buffalo hide draped over the sofa.

‘It’s very inspirational,’ she says. ‘I love sitting on the couch and looking out of the window; it’s a meditative place.’

It is these diverse elements of dark drama and delicate botanicals, together with shots of pure glamour, that combine to give the house its unique aesthetic – which Tracy describes as ‘Victorian 19th century meets ’60s opium den’. ‘You would think, “Wow that sounds horrific,”’ she adds, ‘but it just works.’

[Source:- Telegraph]

Sunshine state of mind

As the executive director of Design Miami, Rodman Primack is playing a key role in the transformation of a city once more associated with sun-worshippers and senior citizens into an international centre of design and art

As the sun prepares to set over Key Biscayne in Miami, Rodman Primack leads the way towards a local landmark: a nineteenth-century lighthouse which, like many of the Sunshine State’s residents of a certain age, is remarkably well preserved. The Cape Florida Light is an icon of  Miami-Dade County, and like the art deco buildings in ice-cream shades that line the tourist-laden Ocean Drive, it has long played a role in how the world views – and visits – Miami.

But Rodman, the executive director of the Design Miami fair, is at the forefront of a movement that is broadening the world’s perception of  the Florida city. Founded in 2005, Design Miami is staged twice a year – each June in Switzerland as Design Miami Basel, and in Miami itself each December. For the dealers and designers that take part, it is a chance to sell to a high concentration of the fabulously wealthy. For the latter, it’s an opportunity to add to their collections in a sun-drenched atmosphere fizzing with excitement and Perrier-Jouët. Last year, Design Miami attracted nearly 36,000 visitors and included exhibitions involving the likes of architects Daniel Libeskind and Peter Marino, and French fashion brand Louis Vuitton. 

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  • The Bedroom
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  • The Florida Room
  • Gallery Diet

 

[Source:- Houseandgarden]

Solid Wood Flooring Trends – Colors, Textures and Designs

Turns out in one wooden floor there is so much more than one can imagine. Not only its debt, softness of tactile sensation, the variation in color:  from the warm, inviting amber – to the coal black of the earth. Not only its stylish and aesthetic look but also the artistic approach towards the treatment of shapes and graphics in the wood, its presentation as a product and its place in the whole interior concept.

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It turns out there is a huge variety of artistic or innovative techniques to create a wooden floor – the ways the pieces are connected with each other, or the gaps filled or even the way the holes and defects of the wood are treated. But one thing is sure the return to the most natural ways is fact. Oiling was not sealing as treatment and finishes for the parquet. Thick solid wooden floors that will not react to ambient humidity expand or contract a basic. Rustic whiteness and pale shades, the deep darkness of some types of timber and so on, back to the traditional layout of the wooden flooring. One of the newest trends is presenting surfaces with knot holes, grooves and other irregularities that underline the natural origin of the material.

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As they say: Nature is the best designer and we observe a huge comeback of the old fashion wooden flooring and natural surfaces! For example the Austrian makers Mafi are guided by that statement and from among 13 types of Central European wood, they create flooring with brushed or sanded surfaces and oil finish that reveals a great variety of natural colors and shapes. Their collection “Domino Larch Vulcano” presents a solid and stabile board made of end-grain blocks that can be only pre-ordered.

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Another innovative approach of the designers in Mafi towards the wooden flooring is the thermal treatment that allows each and every block to preserves its color, leading to a wide variety of possible combinations. Using the ecologically harmless, vinegar based ‘white glue” the manufactures facilitate the assembling of the floor and the possibility of installing an under-floor heating system without harming the environment or compromising with the aesthetics.

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Responding to the trends flow and the demands of the market the Swedish firm Kährs – a wood specialized manufacturer founded in the 1857 creates their new collections focused on the color white. The two new floor designs, created in collaboration with outside designers are responding to the search of new markets mainly in Central Europe, so the “Whiter Shade of Pale” and the “Soft Wave” are a flexible and artistic respond to the newest demands in the sphere of flooring.

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Fluttering with different and innovative technics for the treatment of the wood the designers from Kährs offer a product that looks natural, fresh and with a bit rural effect. For example, the “Domani Collection Druma” features visible tears and marks from planes leading the manufacturing proses into the home design and giving to the product and its surrounding, sensible presence and natural origin. Spreading white oil across newly brushed wood is another technique of the designers that creates bright boards with a wonderful texture.

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Another material that shows a huge comeback as a trendy, functional floor solution is the cork. Highly efficient, plastic and with sound and temperature regulative qualities this contemporary approach towards floor decoration has some very impressive design applications. The attractive and modern appearance of the “Wicanders Artcomfort Reclaimed” collection by Portugal’s Amorim, offers wood and stone decorations printed directly onto the cork using a high-grade procedure. Inspired by the trends in eco-design which favor the usage of ecological and recyclable materials, the Reclaimed collection is not only stylish but also necessary approach towards floor coverage. Especially effective when applied in vast spaces the cork offers unreplaceable dynamic of patterns and functionality in many aspects.

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Another impressive collection by Amorim is the “Authentica” series, which offers a revolution in vinyl flooring. With two integrated cork underlays under a transparent foil, the middle cork layer becomes much thicker and expressive as presence.

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The natural look is turning not only into a trend but also into a demand for wood flooring. Shapes and textures can vary and be mixed and matched to create a wide range of looks, but the demand for sustainably is eminent.

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The contemporary trends when it comes to deciding the color palette of the flooring tend to celebrate the beauty of greens, as well as the dark browns and greys tonalities, in harmony with natural elements such as soil and stone. The whiteness never goes out of style of course! Handcrafted products play a special part in the design, placing the accent on the beauty of the source – the nature. The search is to bring green and sustainable into the urban and modern dynamics.

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The interiors of Versailles with their exquisite small parquet boards had inspired the designer Patricia Urquiola to create the new timber flooring collection Biscuit for Listone Giordano. Reverence to the traditional aesthetics and the romance of times gone by the collection also includes its own unique and playful style and contemporary expression.

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Creating this collection the designer Patricia Urquiola had freely played with the lines and the shapes of the traditional parquet layout until the result was elegant, somewhat minimalistic pattern with soft lines and playful spirit. Instead of pushing the boundaries of conventional design the creator had examined how the boards were traditionally applied and then applied this knowledge to contemporary interiors and innovative aesthetics.

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In the Biscuit‘s collection, the little flaws are viewed as added value and the imperfections have a charming final result. The high-quality oak board with their rounded corners can be assembled and layered in a variety of styles – marquetry, mosaic, herringbone, formwork – building elegant “woven patterns” that can suit many personal styles and aesthetics. So at the end the playful approach towards the classic wooden flooring that explores its shapes, imperfections, colors and shades while still preserving its natural qualities and elegant presence is the newest and, we may add the best, approach towards decorating the floors of your home or space.

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[Source:- Interiorzine]

This 17th century cottage reveals a surprisingly modern interior

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The pretty whitewashed cottage is tucked away on a secluded hillside just a few miles from the Devon coast.​

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Originally thatched, the property now has a slate tile roof but inside retains charming period features including wooden ceiling beams and lintels.

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The rooms are furnished with stylishly simple contemporary furniture that serves to highlight the cottage’s quirky character.

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Neutral colours, sleek designs and a mix of textured materials such as woven wool and wicker give the space a chic and cosy feel.

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The traditional range oven and classic painted cabinets, with open shelves above, combine to create a homely, laid-back kitchen/diner.

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Rustic beams and deep-set windows are characterful features that indicate the cottage’s great age.

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All walls in the cottage are painted in soft white to enhance the sense of space and light. In the bedroom, vintage dark wood furniture contrasts with accessories in vibrant yellow.

[Source:- Housebeautiful]

 

David Norman invites us into his Georgian home

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I live in a Georgian vicarage in Nottinghamshire with my wife and our teenage daughter. When we moved in two years ago, the décor was very Eighties. It has taken a while, but we’re slowly turning it back to how it would have looked in the 18th and 19th century.

I’m obsessed with space-saving furniture – something designers in the Georgian era perfected. Having a period house with space for antiques and this kind of furniture is wonderful and really inspiring. I’m also a huge fan of contemporary art and have paintings hanging up all over the place.

I don’t buy things very often, but when I do I like to look in antique shops and galleries to see what might catch my eye.

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One of a pair of paintings of Dickens-inspired scenes by artist Xue Wang Credit: Andrew Fox

Paintings

These are originals by an artist called Xue Wang. They’re her interpretations of Charles Dickens stories such as The Old Curiosity Shop. They’re really detailed and somewhat macabre

Red chairs

These were made in the early 19th century and are coated in gold leaf, while the seat and back is red velvet. They’re from Ireland and had to be completely restored so that they looked like this

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An early Georgian chair Credit: Andrew Fox

Radiators

All the radiators in our home are covered in an antique gold effect to help evoke the feel of a stately home in the Georgian era

Georgian secretaire

This fits in perfectly with the atmosphere of our home and is used to store heirlooms and antiques

Get the look

Voyage Maison Dachshund Cushion

 

[Source:- Telegraph]

Pole positioning

On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials, set off  by the green of the palms outside and the glorious blue of the ocean


Mustique, in the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines group of Caribbean islands, is just 2.2 square miles, yet it exerts a fascination far beyond its size. The 3rd Baron Glenconner, Colin Tennant, who bought the island in 1958 for £45,000, had hoped to grow cotton there. When that plan failed, he decided to make it into an exclusive holiday setting for his friends and divided the island into 120 plots. In 1960, in a brilliant PR coup, he gave the first 10-acre site to his friend Princess Margaret. Her home, Les Jolies Eaux, was decorated in a cosy, Home Counties Peter Jones style, but since then, the island has attracted the mega rich, some of whom look on a plot as their chance to build a fantasy home in the shape of a Roman palazzo, a Japanese temple or a high-tech, futuristic box.

Pole positioning

On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials, set off  by the green of the palms outside and the glorious blue of the ocean


Mustique, in the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines group of Caribbean islands, is just 2.2 square miles, yet it exerts a fascination far beyond its size. The 3rd Baron Glenconner, Colin Tennant, who bought the island in 1958 for £45,000, had hoped to grow cotton there. When that plan failed, he decided to make it into an exclusive holiday setting for his friends and divided the island into 120 plots. In 1960, in a brilliant PR coup, he gave the first 10-acre site to his friend Princess Margaret. Her home, Les Jolies Eaux, was decorated in a cosy, Home Counties Peter Jones style, but since then, the island has attracted the mega rich, some of whom look on a plot as their chance to build a fantasy home in the shape of a Roman palazzo, a Japanese temple or a high-tech, futuristic box.

See inside the bamboo house

  • The Sitting Room
  • The Dining Area
  • The TV Room
  • The Bedroom
  • The Dressing Area
  • The Twin Bedroom

[Source:- Houseandgarden]

Wave – Sea-Green Wood Flooring by Cora Parquet 0

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A sequence of wavy shape strips whose colors tone from green to sea-green and grey, a wood flooring with delicate design and original shades enhanced by the exceptional and poetic potential of wood. Among project and design, the new colors of Wave allow a new way to enjoy the modern, unconventional living, creating textures of sophisticated material and colors.

The wavy look of the strips in pre-finished European Oak takes inspiration from the unrectified planks typical of Northern European Countries, which used to be laid in the past respecting the natural irregular shape of logs. It is the combination of color/finishing that highlights the wavy shape of the flooring. The green-grey nuances increase the offer made up of three more stylish colors (black, grey, white) combining the pure look of the matt finish with the elegance of the glossy one.

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[Source:- Interiorzine]

Is there a valuable antique hidden in your clutter?

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It’s just possible that the old painting you picked up at a car boot sale could pay for your next holiday!​​

New research from insurance company Direct Line found that one in six of us has unwittingly given away high-value items to friends, charity shops and jumble sales, only to realise they were valuable when it was too late. These generous donations include first edition books, designer clothing, vintage toys, pop and sports memorabilia, rare vinyl records, ornaments and jewellery. All these items are currently popular with dealers and collectors, so your forgotten piece could net you hundreds – or even thousands – if you decide to sell.

Of course, not every piece of apparent junk is worth a life-changing amount, but it pays to have your special possessions professionally valued, at least. Although the ‘Hidden Value’ research found that more than two in five (43 per cent) of Brits own vintage treasures or antiques, almost half (46 per cent) of us are clueless about their worth. This is despite the fact that a fifth of us have acquired bric-a-brac which we suspect could actually be worth a small fortune, but we’ve never got around to having it valued.

Antiques expert Drew Prichard, presenter of TV’s Salvage Hunters, tells what to look out for:

Paintings and drawings

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Is the artist on the Artists’ Register? You can find out more about them here and how collectable their work might be. ‘If your parents or grandparents are in their late 80s, they will have been buying things in the 1960s,’ says Drew. ‘The chance of finding an Old Master is slim – look for good quality prints from a name such as Biba.’

Garden furniture, ornaments and antique tools

Victorian and Georgian garden sets are popular, but might not have been moved in years because they are very heavy. ‘Don’t think about how it looks,’ says Drew. ‘You would be covered in lichen if you were outside for 150 years. Whatever you do, don’t clean an antique. You need to sell it as it is.’

Postcards

‘Saucy’ Edwardian postcards, and cards which have not been written on have the highest value.

Pop culture

‘Harry Potter models will be the new Star Wars,’ believes Drew. ‘The people who collected these are in their mid-20s now. When they get into their 30s and start having children they will want them back. Anything to do with the first Big Brother is valuable, because it was a social phenomenon.’

Georgian pieces

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‘Victorians created mass production,’ says Drew. ‘But in the Georgian era they made things to be one off. So these things are now rare and more desirable. ‘ Look for furniture, tableware, artwork, ornaments, even shoes and clothing such as shawls.’

Mistakes!?

Anything which is a mistake or genuinely wrong – with erroneous spelling for example – could have an added worth. ‘Mugs don’t have much value,’ explains Drew, ‘but if you had the abdicated King Edward’s Coronation mug, it might be worth a few extra pounds.’

What if you find something valuable?

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If your home is hiding treasures, have them checked over by a professional valuer – this is usually free. Find a searchable online database of reputable antique dealers through the British Antique Dealers’ Association. Look out for fairs and travelling valuation events, but always check the credentials of a dealer if you decide to sell your item.

If you do find it’s valuable and opt to keep it at home, make sure you inform your insurance company. Direct Line found that a third (34 per cent) of homeowners do not know their single item limit on their policy, meaning they are at risk of being severely underinsured.

‘It is important to thoroughly inspect your antique, keeping a close eye on any manufacturer’s marks or imprints as this could make all the difference,’ says Drew. ‘And when speaking with your insurer, you must enclose every little detail to make sure your piece is correctly valued and you don’t run the risk of being underinsured.’

 

[Source:- Housebeautiful]