Sep. 18

 

Design Dictionary: Mortise and Tenon Joinery

by Lynn Byrne

Fireplace mantle with mortise and tenon joints

Fireplace mantle with mortise and tenon joints

“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates –

Joinery, or how furniture is put together, may not be a sexy subject, but it is an important one.  Recognizing the type of joinery on a piece of furniture can help you spot quality furniture and even identify an antique. This edition of Design Dictionary will focus on  mortise and tenon construction.

MORTISE AND TENON: Hole or slot in wood, into which the tenon or tongue fits.  A means of joinery that has been around for thousands of years and is still used today.  Common in 17th century furniture, Asian furniture and Craftsman furniture.  Fun fact: Stonhenge was constructed using mortise and tenon joints.

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Sep. 15

 

FRAMING YOUR ART: Six Tips from J.Pocker, an Industry Expert

by Lynn Byrne

Patrick Byrne with his beautifully framed painting by J.Pocker, and detail shot of same.

Patrick Byrne with his beautifully framed painting by J.Pocker, and detail shot of same.

As my regular readers must know by now, my oldest son Patrick is an art major in college.  His loving mother makes *many* trips to the framer.  So you can imagine my delight when New York’s premier source for the finest custom framing, J. Pocker gave me an inside peek into the framing industry to show me how it is done with panache.  To demonstrate, company owner, Robyn Pocker offered to frame two works of my choosing.

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Sep. 08

 

The Secret to Great Interior Styling

by Lynn Byrne

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Ever wonder how interior designers create those swoon worthy rooms that you see in magazines, blogs and on Pinterest?

Sometimes it is the very last things added to a space just before a gorgeous image of it is snapped. But why are some arrangements of objects more dynamic and interesting than others?  How do you choose the perfect lamp, mirror or other accessory, and then how to you group them, to make a room sing?  What is the trick to flair?

Interior stylist, Tim Rundle explains a stylist’s secret tool in his book Visual Contrast.   The title gives you a clue: arranging objects with some type of visual contrast is the key, but Tim expands on this method by breaking down visual contrast into four main groups and several subcategories:

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Jul. 30

 

3 Top Tips for Decorating Your Outdoor Space from the Hampton Designer Showhouse

by Lynn Byrne

Porch by Ken Gemes for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph courtesy of him.

Porch by Ken Gemes for the Hampton Designer Showhouse. Photograph courtesy of him.

By far the best part about attending a showhouse (aside from supporting a worthy charity) is the design inspiration.  At this year’s Hampton Designer Showhouse, the outdoor spaces were filled with good decorating ideas.

Here are my  3 top tips gleaned from the designers who created outdoor rooms at the Hampton Designer Showhouse.

1. Think beyond standard issue outdoor furniture when outfitting your space, particularly when decorating a protected area such as a porch.

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Jul. 04

 

Perfect Palette for Independence Day

by Lynn Byrne

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I am loving the current, washed-out, faded trend for fabrics (so summery), and I think it works great for the old red, white and blue!

Every color of the flag can be washed out, or choose just one. Think pink, as opposed to a bold red.  Or light blue or pale turquoise  instead of navy.  Anne has nailed the look when it comes to fashion.

Want to stick your toe in? Target’s new collection from FEED offers some charming and well-priced home goods in perfectly soft, patriotic hues.  Even better, with every purchase you help provide meals to children and families in America.  So shop and feel great about it.  Happy Independence Day indeed.

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