Historic Decor and Interior Design Tips for Period Homes and Decorating Styles
These pages are chock full of information useful to those restoring a historic home's interior decor as well as those who decorate in period styles and other decorating genres from Arts and Crafts, Country, Retro and Victorian to Avant Garde, Shabby Chic and the latest in Urban Design. Whether you prefer cutting-edge design, historic accuracy, or anything in between, you're sure to find these lenses informative, practical, and resource-full.
Choosing Appropriate Upholstery Fabrics for Period Decorating: Part II What makes a fabric durable?
Movies Old House Buffs will Love: Our Favorite DVDs for Old House Afficiandos...Some movies on our list are really great on all scores (including the music -- sorry could not resist the pun) but others are not. The story may be disorganized and sluggish. The characters may be undeveloped. The dialogue may be disconnected. But we love these movies for their settings and attention to detail -- For the period wallpaper, furnishings, architecture, and even costumes. We hope you'll agree and add your own favorites to the list.
The American Colonial Period Decorating Style -- Practical, Eco-Friendly Home Decor: The American Colonial Style covers the period from the first early settlers in the sixteenth century to the Declaration of Independence. It remains a popular home decor style in its own right and especially as one of the main inspirations of today's "Country" and "Shabby Chic" styles of decor.
Traditional Neoclassical Federal Design & Home Decor in the United States The Neoclassical American Federal style was an intentional adaptation of the Neoclassical genre by America's Founding Fathers. Harkening back to the democracy of Ancient Greece and the Roman Republic, Neoclassicism was embraced as a representation of and inspiration for the new nation's ideals by those who supported a Federalist style of government after the Revolutionary War. Federal design peaked in popularity between 1785 and the 1820s, but because it has a timeless and classic quality, its influence lives on. Federal style integrates English and European influences and was concurrent with the Georgian period in England. Federal neoclassic architecture, furniture, interior design, and home decor is plainer than the Georgian colonial style, with simpler decorative motifs often framed as panels and friezes. It is luxurious yet understated, with graceful lines and a simple elegance that appealed to the tastes and philosophy of the founders of the new United States of America.
Historic, Vintage & Reproduction Home Decorating Fabrics Glossary: A Musically and Otherwise Punctuated Quirky and Entertaining Dictionary of Home Decor Textile Terms For those who do not have a background in textiles and familiarity with the relevant lingo, trying to figure out the difference between a damask...
Arts & Crafts/Craftsman Design: Names You Should Know This page will introduce you to some of the leading members of the Arts and Crafts movement in England and the United States. It is a "Who's Who" of sorts but with more information, lots of pictures, resources, links, and even videos to introduce you to the beginnings of modernism in the late 19th through early 20th centuries.
Arts and Crafts Period Interior Design and Home Decorating This page provides a review of the Arts and Crafts movement and its variations and help you create the right look for c. 1900 period home decor. You will find decorator tips, information about colors, fabrics, furnishings, and accessories as well as photos and resources to help you decorate in Arts and Crafts and similar late 1800s-early 1900s period decorating styles.