During the Roaring Twenties, the United States was heavily influenced by Europe. It was a time of great innovation, new technologies and an awakening of new ideas and expression. Everything from music, dancing, fashion and design were all changed and altered. Visual arts were particularly affected; film, traditional and commercial art, to name a few. However, it was in 1929 when Wall Street crashed, followed by the Great Depression, that ended the era of Modernism. In the 1980s, it seemed to be resurrected for a time and seems to be making yet another come back in the Twenty-First Century.
Victorian design consists of elegant floral prints, rich colors, elaborate ornate posts, heavy draping and wall paper. Many people still incorporate elements of this era into their home decor. Though the Victorian style was a popular one, it was not unique. It was a result of many styles such as Italian renaissance, neoclassical, Gothic, English and French influences. The true beauty of Victorian design is the collective blending of all these historical styles which results in its unique, eclectic look. Read more
French country design has a unique way of combining elements found in nature, such as wood textures, flowery settings, and colors found on an untouched countryside. Many features contribute to the French country style of decorating, but it always looks effortless and welcoming. The look works well in, both, country homes and elegant, old chateaus. French Country will fit beautifully into your home. If you utilize proper color, textiles and accessories, you can easily achieve this look. To get you started, here are some simple tips. Read more
During the fall and winter months most of us are accustomed to staying indoors and snuggling under a blanket next to a fire. Even though cooler months are headed this way you can still create an outdoor setting perfect for fall and winter with a few minor changes to your current outdoor area.