Monthly Archives: May 2012

  1. Decorative Arts Society (Art Deco) Mirrors

    The United States and Europe had a tough time during the 1920s and the 1930s. Europe was faced with the mammoth rebuilding task, both physical and emotionally, after the First World War and the U.S. had to totally rebuild its economy after the 1929 Great Depression. However, contrary to the seeming gloom portrayed in the history books, the 1920s and 1930s did have a lot to offer, and shaped the way we now live our lives. In Paris at the turn of the century a movement was taking place which changed the way art and design was viewed by the wider world. In Paris ‘La Societe des Artistes Decorateurs’ was being formed. It wasn’t until the 1920s and the 1930s that the movement came to light however, as it did in all its splendour at the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Art in the French capital in 1925. It wasn’t long until the ‘Decorative Arts Society’ movement gathered steam and its famous curvilinear designs started cropping up in places such as the P

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  2. Using Mirrors as Art

    Finding the perfect piece of artwork for a room can be an almighty task and it can take months to find something that matches the styling, colours and features of the décor and can also be extremely expensive. This is why many people are now considering the use of mirrors as an alternative. Manufacturers have picked up on this trend and rather than simply designing mirrors for their functional capabilities, are now using reflective glass to create stunning pieces of art. Coming in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, the benefits of using mirrors as art are phenomenal. Not only do they reflect the colours of the room, but they also glisten and sparkle if positioned in a way that catches light. Mirrors as art can take many different forms. It may be that the amounts of actual reflect glass used is minimal and it is the frame that creates the masterpiece, or in complete contrast the mirror may not have a frame at all and could be made from multiple glass fragments  (known as

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  3. Designer mirror styles

    Large ornate mirrors with spectacular frames are becoming increasingly popular with the general public as they strive to find a way to add that ‘wow’ factor to their homes. In the past a mirror proved only to be a functional piece, which served a specific purpose – to look at one’s reflection. However, a mirrors original use is now pushed down the pecking order in terms of what the mirror is used for today. Mirror design and style is now far more important than the reflected view. And mirrors are now used as statement pieces of art in a room, rather than just somewhere to look at your reflection. Some of the things you might be looking for when buying a new mirror include: • Stunning double rolled frames • Swish contemporary mirrors with clean lines • Vertical or horizontal mounting options • Mirrored frames with black or standard glass • Multiple small mirrors surrounding a large central mirror • Amazingly ornate Rococo frames • Extra large decorative mirrors • Art dec

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  4. Creating an elegant room with the help of an ornate mirror

    Creating an elegant living space can be a difficult thing to do. But you don’t have to be an interior designer to create a sophisticated place to sit and relax in your home. All you need is the right type of decoration and the right furnishings. Having a room where you can relax and unwind and entertain friends and family is really important in any home. It’s thus then important to understand why paint colours, furniture pieces and décor pieces are so important if you want to create an inviting room. Painting the walls in a neutral colour is always a good place to start; pastel colours including shades of cream or beige are increasingly popular. Ceiling mouldings are also useful when wanting to create an elegant room; friezes, cornicing and ornate lighting roses can also help here. Modern furniture and long drapes hung from an ornate curtain pole can add to that feeling of elegance as can fabrics such as leather or suede on chairs or sofas. Hardwood flooring can also help achi

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  5. Flat or bevelled glass

    When many people choose a mirror it is the mirror size which is their first consideration. This is then closely followed by the mirror design and then the mirror’s practicality. There is one thing however which many people don’t consider to be important which can make a real difference to how a mirror looks - whether the glass in the mirror is plain or bevelled. The trend for contemporary mirrors has all but eliminated the use of bevelled glass in mirror design. Plain glass is easier to fit and can be cut to many sizes quite easily, whereas bevelled glass has to be manufactured in the exact size to fit the mirror- consequentially it is often more expensive. Because of this you’ll often find that bevelled glass mirrors are a little more expensive than their plain glass counterparts, so what do you get for this difference in price? Bevelled glass mirrors highlight both the mirror and the frame and are generally better quality than plain glass mirrors. Because the mirror features a

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  6. How to... Clean Mirrors?

    How to… Clean Mirrors! Not the most exciting topic ever, but if you’ve ever tried to clean a mirror you will understand how frustrating it can be. From one angle it looks clean, only for you to move across the room to see unsightly streaks or smears. Searching the Internet can produce all sorts of weird and wonderful answers for getting the glass of your mirror to sparkle. From using scrunched up newspaper, mixing white vinegar with concoctions of chemicals, through to using coffee filters as cloths. I am sure that all of these solutions hold merit, but in actual fact achieving that desired shine is so simple… The biggest culprit for ‘dirt’ on mirrors is dust, especially around the edges next to the frame. My first piece of advice is therefore to start from the middle of the mirror and work outwards. Starting at the edges is the most natural way to start your cleaning, but by doing so with a mirror you are more likely to spread the condensed dirt right across
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  7. Hanging a mirror in your living room

    The mirror in your living room can become the focal point of room quite easily - if you have the right mirror. Choosing the right mirror can make all the difference to how your room looks, whether it is a stylish art deco mirror, which perfectly reflects the feeling of your stylish room, or a modern mirror which is simplistic in design yet harks of a contemporary finish. Mirrors can turn your room from a dark and drab place into a room which is filled with reflections of natural and artificial light which seamlessly cascade throughout the room. In fact, many people choose to have a mirror, not for its looks or for the purpose of seeing their own reflection, but just to bring more light into the room. If you are choosing a mirror for a living room, one of the first things to think about is the position in the room in where the mirror will be fitted. One of the classic places is the chimney breast. The chimney breast is the perfect place to hang a mirror. And if you have a firep

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