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European Neoclassicism

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     Examples of Neoclassicism architecture can be found all over the world including Spain and Poland.  The buildings that are selected to portray this style usually aren’t homes, like with some other styles, but rather they tend to be large, prominent buildings and monuments.  Many government buildings and museums are wonderful examples of Neoclassicism.  Because these buildings are generally so large and statuesque they are usually constructed in a well-populated place, such as the center of the capital city.  The distinctive style and regal quality of this style makes it an excellent choice for any sort of building meant to make a statement.


     In Spain, the famous Prado Museum (pictured below) was one of Juan de Villanueva’s most famous and popular works.  Instead of building the three components that were requested as separate buildings and incorporated them into one large one, but created separate entrances.  His style was appreciated so much and admired by so many people that he was commissioned to create homes for some of their royalty, as well as rebuilding the town square in Madrid.

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     The most famous buildings Neoclassical buildings in Poland include the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Palace on the Water, Królikarnia and the palace in Jabłonna. The Amphitheatre in the Royal Baths Park as well as several palaces and the Holy Trinity Church and gardens. Neoclassicism usually falls under the umbrella of traditional architecture, drawing on Roman and other classical influences.


     Perhaps one of the most famous sites to inspire the interior design associated with Neoclassicism is the city of Pompeii.  This city is one of the most perfect example of ancient interior design, as it has been preserved almost perfectly for centuries.  The volcanic ash that covered the city and caused hundreds of deaths acted as  somewhat of a preservative, allowing archeologists to excavate near-perfect buildings.  One of the most distinctive features of Pompeii architecture is the fact that they brought many things that would usually be considered exterior styles and put them on the interior of the homes.  Many modern Neoclassical styles utilize this in their construction and decoration.

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June 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

Victorian Interior Design

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Victorian architecture is a name given to a very broad spectrum of different architectural styles that occurred during the middle and late nineteenth century.  Like many other things during this time, they were named after the reigning queen, Queen Victoria, a custom developed by the British and French people of the time period.

The period of the Victorian era encompasses a total of eleven different architectural styles that occurred during this period, each with their own distinctive styles and design elements.  There were several different architectural styles that came to be during this time period that didn’t necessarily have elements that fit in this style, because they started during this same period they tend to be lumped into the same category.

The decorative style associated with this architectural style had many distinctive elements that represented it.  Just like different countries influenced the architecture, they also had a heavy influence on what the interior looked like.  The Middle East and China were two of the biggest influences of interior design.  They also helped to establish several of the sub cultures associated with this time period.

Victorian homes were very orderly, yet still very elaborately decorated.  Homes were very clearly divided into rooms, each with their own purpose.  No room, no matter how seldom used, was left undecorated, as this was seen as a sign of poor taste.  Homes, like today, were considered reflections of the people who live in them.  Walls and ceilings were painted to represent their purpose, and it was not uncommon to find plaster walls with carved designs in them.  Wallpaper generally had very large prints, usually in primary colors and incorporating neutrals.  Furniture, on the other hand, was not very dominant or exclusive to the time; the main focus was on all of the other elements in the room.

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May 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Coat Hooks –Style and Convenience for the Home

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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.

Brass and Glass Coat Hooks

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.


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