Tag Archives: interior design

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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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Designer Spotlight: André Arbus

André Arbus was a third generation French cabinetmaker from Toulouse. Born in 1903, Arbus worked in his family atelier and was trained in the same manner as 18th century masters Thomas Chippendale and George Hepplewhite.

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Style Files: New (Old) Antiques from AntiquitiesWeb

Now that the holidays are over and the in-laws are out of the guest room it’s time to sit back, relax, and treat yourself to some “me” time (and some “me” presents!) You’ve done your share of gift giving and now it’s time for some gift getting. Luckily AntiquitiesWeb has scoured the globe and come back with exciting new pieces to ring in the New Year with style. So keep your resolution to treat yourself right with a new beautiful antique from AntiquitiesWeb. Continue reading

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Style Files: Modernist Furniture

At AntiquitiesWeb we have a real love affair with modern furniture. While we appreciate an Empire settee or a gilded mirror, there’s something so timeless and chic about the smooth lines and sleek look of a modern piece of furniture. Modern furniture refers to furniture produced during the late 19th century to present day. The modern design movement evolved from the heavy, ornamental furniture of the previous centuries. Often, the length of time a piece of furniture took to create was a measure of its value. The modernist movement shifted the emphasis from heavy, time-consuming design to simple and functional design. Continue reading

Designer Spotlight: Daum Studio

Daum crystal studio is based in Nancy, France and was founded in 1878 by Jean Daum. His children, Auguste Daum and Antonin Daum headed production during the Art Nouveau period after their father passed away. Their method of glassmaking remained the same throughout the company’s history. They are the only company that uses the pâte de verre (glass paste) process for their crystal and art glass sculptures. Pâte verre is a technique where crushed glass is packed into a refractory mold and then fired and fused together in a kiln. The technique gives Daum pieces their unique and beautiful style. Continue reading

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Light It Up: Lighting and Interior Design

Have you ever walked into a beautifully decorated, stylish, elegant room and thought, “this is gorgeous, but I don’t feel comfortable here”? Have you ever sat down on a plastic chair in a warm, sun-soaked window at a public library and said, “I could sit here forever”? Think about those two spaces. Aside from décor and ambiance what makes them different? How could a fantastically chic and stylish room leave you feeling uncomfortable and stiff while an old plastic chair makes you feel happy and cozy? It has everything to do with lighting. Continue reading