Decorating

Friday, July 11th, 2014
  Continues from Art Deco I.    Art Deco in Design, Fine Arts, Fashion   Coco Chanel (www.wikimedia.org)   The forms and designs for the decoration of furniture and ornamental pieces made wide use of arabesques, with round and oval shapes prevailing over squares and rectangular designs. Surfaces were heavily faceted and filled with small mirror inlay. In architecture, spires and pinnacles became prevalent, for example as in the case of the Chrysler
Thursday, July 10th, 2014
    Old and New, Antique and Modern: What Was Before Art Deco   We were taught at school, or better still we were brainwashed, into believing that languages were divided into two broad categories: those that were generally defined as "living" and those considered as "dead" languages. The former were those languages spoken in some part of the globe, while the latter were only studied, but did not constitute a means of communication anywhere in the world except under
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Use Colors Appropriately to Update your Décor Color is one of the things that make life meaningful, you can find a reflection of each one of your moods, preferences and feeling in colors: they help you reflect your personality. But you do not have to be a top-notch interior decorator to make colors work for your home. Armed with a few tips, you yourself can make a colorful difference to how your home looks, feels and appeals to you. Neutral Shades vs. Rich
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Color Theory and its Benefits in Interior Design Sir Isaac Newton developed the first circular diagram of colors in 1666. Since then, scientists and artists have studied modern color theory, amassing a vast collection of rules and formulas. So, what do those rules and formulas have to do with making a small room seem larger? It's all about optical illusion; one of color theory's clever mysteries. With a few basic principals, you can improve that small space that always seems too packed, even
Friday, June 1st, 2012
tuscan decorating
   Are you looking to bring a bit of Italian Tuscan countryside into your home but don't think you have the budget for it? With the central themes of Tuscan decor being food and nature this is one of the most popular and easiest styles to replicate and with a little creativity it can be one of the cheapest too.   How to Decorate your House Italian-Style: Tuscan Finish on Walls     Italian country decor takes food, wine and nature and turns it into art. One of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Restaurant Decor While the standard image of Italian restaurant decor revolves around chequered table-cloths, images or statues of grapevines or of major Italian tourist attractions, the truth is, restaurants in Italy are decorated in diverse ways. It all depends on the provenance of the cuisine being served, and the target clientele. Formal Restaurant Decor in Italy   Some restaurants emphasise the conviviality of the atmosphere, like La Libera in Milan with a woody decor,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Aged Italian Fresco : Colorwash Tuscan Finishing You don't have to travel to the historic and artistic-rich Italian cities of Rome and Florence to attain the skill of fresco. The up and coming popular faux finish, colorwashing, will transform any room in your home with the look and feel of an age-old renaissance painting. Fresco is the art of painting on lime plaster with water-based paints or colors. Colorwashing is the same painting technique, but doesn't require the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Terracotta: The beauty of Fired Earth. Part II Written By: Jamie Sue Austin Terracotta also finds itself in many architectural settings. Once limited to base relief and frieze decorations terracotta has expanded into modern settings with strikingly modern designs. This fireplace by Sergio Valenti ( see our Terracotta Gallery ) mimics the appearance of carved wood and stone while retaining the warmth of traditional terracotta coloring. The intricate knot work carving and floral medallion
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Wine Cellars: Decor Each year at the end of Winter, Verona helds the Vinitaly (www.vinitaly.com). It is a big event for the industry, for Italian and foreigner wine producers and consumers. For Italy it is an occasion to take stock of the results of the previous season. Italian Wine Cellar Under these circumstances, knowledgeable wine drinkers are proud of their ability to discover and collect special wines. And with this penchant comes also the interest in storing and preserving
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A Classic Trait of Italian Homes The rooster is the bird to use in your home decorating these days. Whether you are an animal lover, a country girl or just like to keep up on all of the trends, you can add some "country charm" to your home by using the rooster in your decor. A country kitchen is warm and inviting with colors like yellow, red and orange to add to the ambiance of the room. Previously, popular kitchen themes were the goose, cow or the pig, but today the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Interior Decor The history of Italian decor borrows from traditions thousands of years old. While the ancient Romans spared no pains to make their interiors look aesthetic and comfortable, the nobility of the Middle Ages was not so far behind in its resplendence. This was followed by the refined sophistication of home decoration during the Italian Renaissance, and though home decor remained in the background in the subsequent centuries, the Art Deco period brought the glory back into
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Bedroom: Design and Functionality for easy living In Italian interior decorating, antique pieces are always valued, either in an atmosphere that is completely devoted to tradition or as an accent note combined with contemporary design. With regard to beds, it is still possible to find antique head boards, generally dating from the 1800s. These pieces are normally quite imposing, made of oak or mahogany, and need to be placed in spacious rooms with relatively high
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Create a Tuscan Look With Plaster What images do we conjure when we think of Italy? The rich farmland and the sparkling Mediterranean sea? The sun ripe olives and the heady aroma of lavender? The ageless villas replete with a patina of age and history? The thick stone walls of these older Italian homesteads, with their lavish, hand-troweled plaster, are still as beautiful and practical today as they were hundreds of years ago. The walls keep the warmth in during the cold months, and withstand
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Terracotta: The beauty of fired earth, Part I Clay. Earth. Dirt. Soil. From such humble beginnings man created an empire. Bricks of clay built homes and tiled roofs and pavements. From the ground came plates, bowels, pots and containers of every shape and size which held food, water, and various goods. Ovens of dirt baked both bread and gave warmth. Man, himself, is said to be created from clay. Christian, Islamic, Greek, African, and many other mythologies attribute man's origins to the muck
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A Look at Armani Casa and Missoni Home Collections Esteemed Italian fashion houses are quickly working their way into the realm of home fashion and furniture. Many have realized that the same clientele that buys their clothing and accessoriese each season is seeking a style for their entire lifestyle including the home. One indication of a lifestyle brand is a company that can successfully venture from its traditional line to create other products that embody the values and tastes of their
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Tuscan Colors The Tuscan region along the Mediterranean coast of Italy has become synonymous with style because of its wonderful colors and textures. If you are looking to bring a touch of the Tuscan countryside into your home try following these simple guidelines.   Tuscan Villas in Italy       Color is the first consideration when looking at Tuscan style. The basic color palette comes from the landscape and agriculture. The main colors used in Tuscan decorating
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian garden Decor in the Italian home is an inspiration for home decorators and property owners worldwide. Be it romanticism or stylishness, Italian decor delivers it every time. But home decoration Italian style is not merely about aesthetic qualities alone, it is also very much about functional utility. In this article, Life in Italy would explore the principles of Italian decor when it comes to various parts of an Italian home: the living room, the bedroom, the kitchen, the bathroom,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Details of style are essential for a terrace or balcony, even more so for a garden. There are endless ideas that would give special flavor to the spaces between rooftops or balconies tucked in, in front of a window. Its a great place to unwind when the day is settling into night, and simply to watch the world from a larger scale, seeing people come and go through your window. Viewing the world from a balcony, you can see the grandiose scheme of things, and the relaxing nature of the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
5 Steps to a Romantic Home Italians are successful at creating elegant and relaxed homes by following five simple rules.   Mix don't Match Many Americans opt to buy their furniture in entire sets, when Italians prefer to mix and match. One way to do this is search for pieces you truly love. Look at a variety of different places. Go to flea markets, antique fairs, yard sales, upscale boutiques, and outlet stores to look for a chair or bed that catches your eye. Furniture from different
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fantastic Americana Pieces You Can Add to Any Décor I'm Italian. Well, Italian-American. My mother was born in Italy. She moved here when she was still a child back in 1956. She was heavily influenced by both cultures - still is. I've inherited that from her, among other things.   In my own home, I mix my Italian and American backgrounds in my décor; or, I try to at any rate. I especially enjoy classic Americana pieces from the 50s, 60s and even the 70s. They're kitschy, campy and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Decor That Suits The Italian Lifestyle We all know about Italian style as it pertains to clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories, sportswear or even cars! Ferrari has become synonymous with Italian style and technological know-how. Italian style also has its outstanding representatives among movie actors and actresses: who would be uncertain about the national origins of such figures as Sofia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Rossano Brazzi, and Rudolfo Valentino, though admittedly they are
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Decorative Accessories: Tuscany Although Tuscany occupies a large geographic area in Italy with many different environments, and although it comprises a wide range of housing solutions (ranging from simple farmhouses to magnificent castles and luxurious country manors), there are certain underlying themes and decorating solutions that are generally recognized as being characteristic of interior decorating "Tuscan style". In an earlier article, we discussed the use
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Inspiration for Newborns If you have a little one on the way, consider taking inspiration from two of the enchanting places in Italy when decorating your baby's nursery: Tuscany and Venice! A nursery inspired by the hillside towns and countryside landscape of Tuscany is the perfect haven to relax with your baby. Tuscan homes tend to be furnished and decorated with natural materials like wood and pure cotton. For a bed, choose a rich walnut sleigh crib. If you are crafty, you might
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Trends in Italian Decor Home decorating, understood as a conscious effort to improve the appearance and functionality of one's living areas, is an integral part of most Italian homes. A lot has changed in Italian society in the last 20 to 30 years, and these changes are nowhere better reflected than in the evolution that has occurred in home decorating in this country. Italian homes now tend to be splendidly decorated, reflecting the individuality and taste of their owners. And after many
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The History of the Bidet The bidet (The pronunciation is B -DAY \bidet with an accent on the day) remains a shallow mystery to many, and is often unmentionable - quite embarrassing to bring up among non -familiar cultures. Yet many well -travelled fellows could attest to the fact of what they are, and how vital they can be in the caring of human hygiene. They could certainly assist us with a helpful and powerful description of this mysterious sink. Elegant bathroom with bidet  
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Monochromatic Color Schemes Color, and lots of it, is in, and the popularity of monochromatic color schemes is fading fast. However, if you love the understated elegance and soothing feel of your monochromatic decor there are some things you can do to update it without losing the overall effect. First, keep in mind that monochromatic does not mean that every item has to be exactly the same color. You can add several different shades of a particular color and create a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
More than 2000 years of tradition and experience. Home decorating "Italian style" draws on long and amazingly rich traditions. More than 2000 years ago, the ancient Romans had developed highly sophisticated architectural and decorative art forms that were widely used not only for public buildings but also in the private homes of the leading citizens. Home decorating already then reflected the population's values, philosophy and love of beauty and comfort. The amazing frescoes and incredibly
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Interior decorating in the Tuscan style Tuscany is one of the largest regions in Italy, and over this large geographic extension there are many types of interior decoration, ranging from the magnificent interiors of the palazzi or castles of Florence or Siena, to the majestic decorations of manors of the rolling countryside and hill towns; to the sober interiors of stone farm houses to the ultra-modern furnishings found in many medieval buildings nestled in the villages and this historic
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Light fixtures that speak of art and create atmosphere Before discussing lamps and other lighting devices that in Italy represent a vast area of artistic production, it may be of some interest to the reader to be informed that the attention to detail in home decorating in Italy extends to the plates of light switches. While most homes tend to use the modern white plastic plates, or else brass plates, there are also other materials, particularly wood, that are used for more