Archive for February 2010
The ring is one of the most popular types of ornamental jewelry in the world today. The “ring” is not only a beautiful piece of jewelry in itself but it carries extreme symbolic value as well. A ring can be given to another person as a symbol of commitment (such as an engagement, promise or wedding ring). Although rings exist in many forms, the traditional style is designed to be worn on the fingers. Rings can be made from a variety of materials from metals, plastic, glass or even wood.
A jewelry ring is simply a small circular band that is worn on the fingers or toes. Rings can range from simple and unadorned or extremely ornate with a variety of gemstones placed in a setting in the band. Interesting to note is that the type of stones used in a ring and how they are set can be specific to a certain type of ring. For example a “Mother’s Ring” is comprised of the birthstone of each of her children on one band. During the Victorian era an engagement ring (called a regards ring) had the following stones: Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire.
Sterling silver rings are a wonderful present for yourself or any significant person in your life (not necessarily a romantic partner). Although rings worn for decorative purposes are worn more often by women than men, there is still a wide variety of rings designed for men as well. Rings are an elegant addition for formal evenings or casual day wear.
SilverAndGold.com offers a wide selection of beautiful sterling rings (hallmarked 925 for purity). When purchasing a ring (sterling or otherwise) it is important to ask questions like: what sizes are available and is this plated metal or genuine? Jewelry is a very personal and sweet way to show someone you care and sterling silver rings are available in a variety of styles to reflect a person’s unique personality and style.
Add a little life to your cupboards and drawers this spring with new glass knobs and pulls. Transform your kitchen from bland to beautiful by replacing that old and worn hardware with wonderful replacements in glass and crystal. The possibilities are limitless this year with a wide spectrum of glass shapes and colors available for the home (or office). Try adding something unique to your home this year during your spring cleaning and redecorating projects!
Nothing says dull like scratched and worn knobs and pulls on any piece of furniture. The small details make the biggest impact sometimes and this is especially true when it comes to hardware. Knobs and pulls are not only a focal point of design; they are also one of the most used items in the home. Think of how many times you open the drawers and cabinets in your bathroom, kitchen and bedroom.
Try adding a little pizzazz to your cupboards with exciting ruby red knobs or introduce a little color into the bathroom with beautiful emerald green knobs. Create a theme in a nursery with baby pink or blue pulls for the dresser. The opportunities to make your home reflect your unique personality are just waiting to be used. Glass comes in a variety of shapes from the traditional hexagon to ornate swirl glass knobs. Fitting well in homes that range from classic Victorian themes to contemporary Manhattan apartments – glass is quickly becoming one of the most stylish ways to update the home.
Take your new decorating style one step further by adding wonderful crystal doorknob sets throughout the home. This can quickly create a uniformed look throughout the entire home. Glass stands out against wood (or metal) doors and offers an extra touch of elegance. Try updating your curtain tie backs with exotic pressed glass patterns to bring the look of glass even further into the room.
Although glass can break more easily than other materials (such as brass, iron, steel, etc.) it is extremely durable and does not show signs of wear and tear as easily over time. When properly installed, glass knobs and pulls will work as efficiently as standard metal knobs. LookInTheAttic & Company offers a great selection of glass hardware ranging from cabinet knobs to robe hooks. Try something new this year and make your house the beautiful home of your dreams.
A coat hook may seem like an unnecessary and wasteful addition to the home but it is actually a useful tool that can be used in more ways than one. A traditional coat hook is installed into the wall (usually near the front or rear entrances) and is simply used to hold coats and/or hats. It should be installed in a stud to support the weight of any coat (especially when it will be used for heavy winter coats or multiple coats on one hook) and not block or interfere with the door opening and closing fully. A coat hook is meant to be a useful method of storing outerwear – it should not create more problems.
A hook by itself is an incredibly and useful household tool. It can be used in a variety of ways and installed in several areas of the home. A standard “coat hook” could also be installed on the interior doors to hold robes (this is especially common in bathrooms). A smaller hook or even a series of hooks can be used to hold keys. This is especially handy when installed near the main doors of a building as well. Hooks can be installed in the kitchen to hold aprons or even some common cleaning items such as mops or brooms. Hooks can be utilized to hold items such as purses or school bags (remember to take the weight of the items into account during installation – heavier objects can pull a hook out of the wall when it is not installed properly).
Coat hooks come in a variety of sizes, shapes and even colors. They can be constructed from solid brass, glass, pewter, iron, plastic, steel, etc. The designs range from simple to extremely ornate and can be coordinated to existing patterns in other hardware around the home. Remember that a coat hook should accent your overall decorating style but it should not overpower it or become a focal point on its own.
LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide range of beautiful coat hooks for the home in several materials and finishes. A coat hook can be used in more than one way so think creatively and use a coat hook in a way that works best for you and your home. Small details make a big impact in design so choose a style that reflects your unique personality.
A grille (or register) is an important element of home design that is frequently overlooked by most home owners or it is assumed that just because this is a functional element of the home, it cannot be attractive. This is not true. Grilles and registers, just like any other hardware, come in a wide variety of materials, styles and finishes that can be coordinated with your existing or new home hardware. An old and worn floor or wall vent cover can become an eye sore over time and a simple replacement can not only improve the overall look of the room but introduce new themes and designs at the same time.
What is the difference between a grille and a register?
A grille is simply a cover for the vent. It can be a drop in style (traditional for floor vents) or screwed into the wall. A register comes with louvers that control air flow into a room. The overall purpose is the same for both, however: allow air through but prevent other objects from entering or exiting the vent (this is especially important in homes with small pets or children for example). The actual design can range from traditional vertical slots across the face of the vent to ornate Victorian patterns – the type of design selected should not impact the amount of air flow.
Which to Choose?
There are many styles of grilles and registers available and the type of material is important. Solid brass and cast iron heavy duty registers are a great choice for floors and high traffic areas of the home. These are more durable and designed to hold more weight (some styles up to 400 pounds). Medium duty vents are also available but these are better for wall vents or low to no traffic areas on the floor. Other materials such as wood, steel and even plastic are available but these materials do not stand up to normal wear and tear as easily and are more easily damaged and scratched over time.
LookInTheAttic & Company offers a beautiful selection of cast iron and solid brass grilles and registers – they even offer free design assistance and help. Search for solid construction (as opposed to plated materials) and be sure to ask questions. When choosing a new register or grille remember that the boot size (matches the hole in the floor) and overall size are two separate measurements so it is important to check carefully before deciding on a particular style. Choose a material and duty that is appropriate for the room and remember to look for a design that will complement your decorating style. A register or grille is a great way to update the look of your home hardware and a wonderful opportunity to add new decorating elements in your design.
Milk green glass cabinet knobs and pulls (sometimes referred to as jade or jadeite) are a wonderful way to add a retro or vintage feel to any room or furniture. Milk glass is traditionally is opaque (although opalescent styles exist as well) and can range from white to a wide variety of colors. Milk glass was first created in Venice during the 16th century and although it was originally very ornate in nature the popular Depression glass of the 1930’s through 40’s was known for simple designs.
Glass cabinet knobs are a simple way to add some additional color to otherwise bland cabinets or drawers and accent an existing color theme in any room. Although milk green is produced by several different manufacturers it should be noted that the exact shade of glass can vary slightly. By using glass in your kitchen, bathroom or bedroom you can add extra interest without overpowering your design style. It is also a unique way to introduce a retro or vintage feel to the room without creating an “outdated” theme.
Installing new cabinet knobs and pulls in the home (or business) is a relatively simple process. Most standard cabinets use knobs that measure 1 ¼ inches to 1 ½ inches in diameter (smaller knobs are more appropriate for small medicine cabinets or drawers). Standard glass pulls have a three inch center to center mounting distance so it is important to double check any existing mount holes you plan on using during installation. Depending on the style of knobs and pulls they may utilize a front or rear screw mounting system.
Try a new look this year by replacing older and worn hardware with new glass replacements. Remember that antique glass and new reproduction shades can vary so it may difficult to mix originals with replacements. LookInTheAttic & Company offers a great selection of milk glass knobs and pulls in several colors and styles – they also offer free design assistance and help. Updating your cabinets with a vintage design is a unique twist on modern decorating that offers a whimsical touch with a classic design.
Pendant lighting is a trend that is gaining popularity in residential and commercial renovations. Not only can pendant lights be used to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in your living room, kitchen, hallways and bedrooms but it can also add a touch of unique design into your home or business. Lighting may seem like a rather simple matter to consider during a renovation project but there are many factors to consider including; style, brightness and color. All these factors will have a dramatic influence on the look and feel of your home and should not be overlooked when selecting new light fixtures.
There are various methods available to light different rooms and all of them have advantages and disadvantages. The common table lamp, for example, is great for adding extra light in dark corners and uses relatively little electricity to run but cannot usually provide enough light for an entire room. Floor lamps are typically higher up and can provide more light but will generally require two or three in different areas of one room to provide adequate amounts of light. Ceiling lighting is a great solution to most lighting questions because its height and central location can typically light an entire room with only one fixture.
Pendant ceiling lights are a beautiful addition to any room and are available in a variety of architectural styles from Victorian to Modern. A pendant lamp is traditionally used as an alternative to chandeliers which require additional space and can look inappropriate in smaller rooms. A pendant lamp is traditionally a single light hanging down from the ceiling. Many of these lights come in a variety of lengths and can be adjusted to fit the room height.
LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of beautiful pendant lights ranging in style from classic Victorian to exotic colorful glass designs. The type of light installed in a room can and will serve as a focal point of design so be sure to ask questions such as how many light bulbs does this fixture require and what is the maximum wattage that can be used. Seek the assistance of a professional electrician for any questions about compatibility with your current home wiring and use caution when installing any new electrical home hardware.
Finishes in homes and businesses have periods of popularity and different finishes go in and out of fashion just like the clothing and hair styles. Chrome and Brushed Nickel are two sister finishes that have been becoming more popular lately because they are relatively easy to match with existing kitchen and bath hardware and provide a clean and modern look to any room. When it is time to decide on what finish to use in your home or business it is important to understand how these two finishes are alike and how they differ in order to make a well informed decision.
Chrome is known for its high shine and reflective surface. It is extremely popular for faucets and most kitchen and bathroom hardware. Solid chrome hardware does not truly exist however – it is actually chrome plating over materials such as brass, steel or copper. Choosing a high quality material such as solid brass will ensure the durability and strength of the hardware over time. The downside to most chrome finishes is they do show marks (finger prints and water spots) easily and any damage such as scratches will be more visible to the naked eye.
Brushed or Satin Nickel finishes have been gaining popularity since the 1990’s because it solved a lot of the problems of using a polished chrome finish. Brushed and satin nickel (sometimes these terms are used interchangeably) is a matte (or dull) color and has been lacquered. It does not show scratches and wear as easily while still providing a silver color. The problems with satin and brushed nickel however come in trying to match one “version” of satin nickel to another. Different manufacturers have different standards and processes for creating this finish and can make it difficult to create a uniformed look.
Since both finishes have positive and negative aspects to them it can be hard to choose which will serve your purposes better over time. Using existing hardware in the room is a great place to start however. In a bathroom with predominately polished chrome hardware it is best to match it with more polished chrome. If brushed nickel is already being used try to match it as closely as possible with new brushed nickel pieces but realize the finishes may vary slightly from piece to piece. If no hardware is currently installed it comes down to personal preference. A matte finish tends to blend in more easily than a shiny finish and has a lower necessary maintenance to maintain its appearance.
LookInTheAttic & Company offers a great selection of polished chrome and brushed nickel door knob sets, knobs, pulls, knockers and other home hardware – they even offer free design assistance and help. Remember to search for solid brass construction to ensure strength and durability. Replacing older hardware is a great way to update the look and feel of any room in the home with minimal effort so choose your new hardware wisely and make informed choices.
Neoclassical (or “new” classical) architecture is exactly what the name suggests, a revival of classic Greek and Roman architecture styles. Revivals became very popular in the early United States and although many different influences appeared during the 18th and 19th centuries, neoclassical was especially prominent and was used for many government buildings. This style of architecture is hallmarked by the use of tall columns, a triangle pediment, symmetrical shapes and frequently a central dome.
The use of neoclassical architecture first appeared during the renaissance when a renewed interest in Greek and Roman architecture emerged. Famous examples of neoclassical design include the White House in Washington D.C and Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Neoclassical architecture emphasizes geometric shapes, large scale designs and blank walls. In the United States this style began as a reaction against the Rococo style which feature very ornate designs.
Interior design of homes and buildings attempted to recreate early Roman and Greek decorating styles as well. This included recreate the “frieze” found in and around many of the buildings of that time period. This influence was seen around the world, not just in North America. The influences of different cultures (such as Spanish, English and French) between regions in America can be seen as well within this style.
Neoclassical architecture is important to understand because it is still used for many large projects such as colleges and universities, government buildings and even religious buildings. This impressive scale and history that surround this style make it an appealing choice for architects to use.
LookInTheAttic & Company offers a great selection of period style hardware for the home. Check out great glass doorknob sets, window hardware and other home hardware for your home today!
A dessert table is often considered to be the most important component of any event and part of the reason is the beautiful display of delicious treats. Aesthetics matter in food presentation and an elegant stand is essential. Glass pedestal cake and dessert plates are quickly becoming a more popular method for displaying everything from cupcakes to wedding cakes. By using a variety of stands in different sizes (or even colors) you can create a beautiful display with minimal effort and be rewarded with a wonderful collection of fine tableware that will last for years to come.
Try thinking outside the box this year for any formal occasion (weddings, corporate gatherings, family reunions) when choosing a dessert display. The new trend has been small treats (such as cupcakes or pastries) instead of formal cakes that are presented on a series of tiered cake stands. This is an elegant way to provide easy access to all the options for your guests and add height to your dessert table. Forget flat trays this year – get creative and add some color and new designs to enhance your delectable treats.
Cake (or dessert) stands are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. The most traditional cake stand measures 9-10 inches in diameter and is a round plate on a pedestal (usually 3-5 inches tall). A dessert stand can be larger or smaller however and does not necessarily need to be round (even if your dessert is). A bright color is a great way to draw even more attention to your dessert display such as a vibrant Ruby Red or an intense Cobalt Blue. Depending on the event, tableware can be used to enhance a color theme that exists throughout the entire room. It is completely up to you!
Building a fine tableware collection is a worthwhile pursuit because it will last for years and many pieces can be used in a variety of different ways. A beautiful cake plate can also be used to display a delicious pie or hold breakfast pastries. Many cake plates even have optional domes to protect desserts from dust or accidental touching. Remember that glass can break when it is not properly stored or is transferred from extreme hot to cold (or vice versa). Not all glassware is dishwasher or microwave safe so make sure to check if you are unsure.
LookInTheAttic & Company offers a great selection of beautiful cake and dessert stands ranging in a wide variety of colors and sizes.
Curtains are frequently used to add color as well as a means to prevent light from entering and to protect the privacy of the residents inside when desired. The need to be able to open and close curtains with relative ease is why a curtain tieback is often installed. A tie back is used to hold a curtain (or drape as they are sometimes referred to) off to the side of the window frame.
A tieback can range in materials from rope to metal but the best tiebacks are simple to use and do not require a lot of time to hook and unhook the curtain. Metal tie backs are permanently screwed into the wall and simply hold the curtain back without requiring extra tying or Velcro (such is needed in many cloth versions). Solid brass curtain tiebacks come in a variety of finishes and designs that can be used to create or enhance any existing themes in your home hardware.
A solid brass tieback is an elegant addition to any window treatment not only for the practical purpose of holding back a curtain but because it provides an extra finishing touch in the overall room design. Tie backs have been used for centuries and are frequently admired as part of the curtain, rather than a separate component. Choosing a finish that will complement the color of the curtains is a great way to tie the look of your window treatments together.
LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of curtain tie backs in both solid brass and glass. Installation is typically very easy and only requires two or three steps (depending on style). Search for wall mount construction and be sure to ask questions. Many tiebacks are available in more than one finish so it is always good to ask if you are looking for a specific color.