Mar. 31

 

Furniture Revivals: A Surprising New Trend at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Show

by Lynn Byrne

Furniture revivals, perhaps undeservingly, often have a negative connotation.  Some folks recall with distaste the overblown styles of  Renaissance Revival, Rococo Revival and Gothicl Revival furniture that appeared during the late Victorian period. Read more [...]

Mar. 30

 

NOW INSPIRED: Brittany’s Young Women Make the Case for Lace

by Lynn Byrne

I stumbled upon these stunning photos by Charles Freger while flipping through the April 2014 National Geographic.  Some may consider lace too "granny," but not me.  I find it utterly romantic. If anything makes the case for lace, it is this Read more [...]

Mar. 19

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Singerie

by Lynn Byrne

“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.” “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates -  Singerie: French for "monkey tricks".  A genre typically depicting monkeys mimicking human behavior, often Read more [...]

Feb. 10

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Gauffrage

by Lynn Byrne

If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk. “The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates  Gauffrage ("go frazh"): to emboss. As the term relates to textiles, it means to add permanent pattern by embossing Read more [...]

Dec. 10

 

I SPY: Fromental

by Lynn Byrne

There are just certain companies that I am drawn to like a moth to a flame.  Fromental is one of them.  They  explicity state  in their "About" section that they are "deeply committed to continuing the tradition of the decorative arts." Of course Read more [...]
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