Category Archives: Style Files

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Style Files: History of the Desk

Did you know that the growth and spread of literacy in Europe created an entire new category of furniture? It wasn’t until the 17th century that the desk as we know it today was created. Before then, scribes would sit at sloped, rudimentary tables to make copies of books and manuscripts and documents. Those who were able to read and write before the 17th century were typically of the upper class and as such, they wanted refined furniture that would suit their needs—specific needs—for writing and reading. Thus, the desk was born. Continue reading

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Style Files: The History of Upholstery

Have you ever sat down on a cool, silk cushioned chair on a hot summer day or snuggled up on a wool loveseat in the middle of the winter and said, “thank goodness for upholstery?” Ok, maybe not. But it is pretty fantastic that we no longer have to sit down on stone slab benches when we want to take a seat. Perhaps you’ve never actively thought about upholstery but think about it for a moment. Think about the intricate details of your favorite armchair or your family’s sofa. Have you ever wondered what it would look like underneath the fabric? There are layers of framework, webbing, springs, and hours of labor that went into providing you with that piece of furniture. The history of upholstery is as intricate as the process of upholstering. Continue reading

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Style Files: Hood Ornaments

At AntiquitiesWeb we like to shake things up from time to time. Sure, we love settees and chaise lounges, but we also enjoy unique antiques and love to offer our clients a variety of vintage wares. Some of our latest finds are amazing antique hood ornaments. We found some great American made hood ornaments dating from 1941-1954, which we mounted on custom wood, stands for easy display. The ornaments are a timeless piece of automobile history and pure Americana. Continue reading

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Style Files: Empire Style

The early 19th century Empire style is the second phase of Neoclassicism focused on architecture, design, visual arts and decorative arts. The style originated in France and spread through the rest of Europe before reaching the United States around 1830. Empire style takes it name from the rule of Napoleon I in the First French Empire where it was created to idealize Napoleon’s leadership and the French state. Similar styles include the Biedermeier style in the German, the Federal style in the United States, and the Regency style in Britain. Previously, in France, this style was known as Louis XVI made popular before the French Revolution. Continue reading

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Style Files: Bars

What better way to celebrate Friday than with a round up of our gorgeous bars? Whether you’re entertaining for 20 or unwinding for one, your bar is a central feature of your home. It’s where gossip is whispered, belly laughs are bellowed, and fun is had throughout the year. Your bar is a reflection of your entertainment style—are you cool and relaxed like a margarita on the rocks or are you dark and sophisticated like an Old Fashioned? AntiqutiesWeb has bars for every type of home—modern, elegant, Art Deco and more. Once you take a look at our bars (and decide to take one home) use these helpful tips for making your bar a fun and beautiful place to hang out and have a drink (or three…don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!) Continue reading

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Style Files: Furniture Suites

Furniture suites can often conjure up horrific images of cheap college housing. Remember your first apartment that you rented already furbished? You probably had a black ceramic lamp with one missing bulb, a black aluminum table with a permanently dirty glass top and a set of Formica bedroom furniture that looked like it belonged in a mental institution. Right? It’s ok, we’ve all been there. Continue reading

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The History of Clocks

When you think about home décor do you think of beds, chairs, sofas, and settees? What about your smaller décor? Perhaps you’ll throw some leather bound books on a mantle and a decorative candle on an end table and call it a day. Have you ever looked around a room and thought, “If I add one more tchotchke in here my partner will go bananas but there’s something missing?” There’s one staple piece of home décor that is often overlooked yet totally functional. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you: clocks. Clocks are an often-overlooked yet totally necessary part of any home décor. With the digital age it’s easy to see why traditional timepieces are no longer thought of as necessary but a clock can add so much to a space. Continue reading

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Style Files: Credenzas

Have you ever looked around your home and thought about your furniture? Really thought about the lines, the shapes, the style, the materials that each chair, each table, or each bed is made from? Furniture plays such an important part in our lives yet we rarely take a moment to look at the furniture we use everyday. The history of furniture is long and storied. Continue reading

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Style Files: The History of Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the best ways to add depth and decor to a space without taking up too much floor area. Professional designers often recommend using mirrors to hang on the wall above a dining room to reflect a chandelier, or installing a mirror across from a piece of beautiful art. Just be careful when hanging up mirrors and remember that they reflect everything and you want to use your mirrors to reflect light and highlight a nice piece of furniture, not a junk drawer or mail pile. Continue reading

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Style Files: The History of Glass

One of our favorite items to collect here at AntiquitiesWeb is glass. Every artist adds their own unique twist to decorative glass art and it’s always a thrill when we find a new piece from a favorite artist like Lalique or  Gallé or Daum. The history behind decorative glass is truly fascinating beginning thousands of years ago in the late Roman Empire. Continue reading