Antique Sheet Music Flourishes

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Decorating 1950's Style

The three main colour trends in the 19 50s were pastel, modern and Scandinavian and the most popular pastel  colours were  pink, turquoise, mint green, pale yellow and blue. Modern colours were clean and bright and included vibrant yellow, electric blue, orange, red, black and white. The desired result with a modern colour scheme was to create a marked contrast between colours . The Scandinavian colour scheme was sophisticated and heavily influenced by nature. The Scandinavian colour palette included shades of brown, cream, grey and green. For the first time ever in the 1950s  paint colours were available in any possible hue.  Black, white and red  were also a very popular colour scheme. 
Bold designs such as stars, stripes, checks and polka dots came into vogue alongside atomic graphics inspired by space and science like planets and galaxies . All these designs  were printed on wallpaper, tablecloths, curtains and furniture fabrics. Fabrics with fruit, flowers and abstract designs were also very common. A heavy, tight-woven cotton fabric called “bark cloth” became available in a range of modern designs but also incorporating floral and tropical prints, and was used for furnishings like curtains, drapery and upholstery.
Furniture styles ranged  from comfortable upholstered traditional furniture to Scandinavian with light-coloured woods and clean lines, to  organic shapes or space age. Chrome and vinyl chairs paired with chrome-legged tables with Formica tops were both fashionable and durable. Laminated plywood furniture with very clean lines, bent into comfortable curved furniture (known now as “Eames” style, because of the remarkable influence of designer Charles Eames with his revolutionary designs). With an emphasis on entertaining home bars also  became an important feature in the decoration scheme . Home owners now had a lot more leisure time, necessitating picnic and outdoor furniture as well as grills and all the accessories to accompany it.
 In the 1950s linoleum flooring was restyled by manufacturers like Armstrong and became more colorful and dynamic. It was manufactured in bright, trendy colours and patterns and was promoted for use in nearly every room in the house. Linoleum tiles were placed into patterns by alternating colours - Black and white and red and white checkered floors became very popular and hardwood was still a popular choice for a flooring material.   Wall to wall carpet was something new and became available in a wide range of colours and textures.
Atomic age motifs were printed on glassware and fabrics, there were sunburst and atomic clocks made of metal and wood. Plastic was used as a material for accessories for the first time.  A 19 50s kitchen was filled with chrome appliances, pastel plastic, enamel or stainless steel canisters and bread bins. Colourful Melamine and melmac dishware and bowls, as well as Tupperware storage containers became very fashionable and lamps were no longer just for practical purposes, but became interior decorating statements with dynamic shapes that were sculptural, as well as geometric and abstract.  These lamps were topped with fiberglass parchment or fabric shades in solids, atomic or geometric patterns.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Jali Home Design

Made to measure furniture and radiator cabinets
If you are looking for made to measure furniture for any room in your home you can get advice and inspiration from Jali Home Design. 

For an alternative window treatment Jali make the most beautiful fretwork shutters in a wide range of patterns including Indian and Moroccan.    The shutters can be designed to fit any window space and can be made to fit  a whole or a half window - particularly popular for those with Victorian-style sash windows.

Why not include a radiator cover in the same room scheme to match your shutters.

A Jali radiator cabinet provides a finishing touch to a room or hallway by transforming an old radiator into an attractive design feature. The Jali Designer on their website allows you to produce custom-made radiator cabinets and you can make your design fit any radiator - including those in the most hard-to-reach areas of your home.    

Jali also make a range of  folding screens to use as free-standing room partitions, as a decorative feature in a room or to hide unsightly clutter.     

All items of furniture are made from MDF which can be finished in your own choice of paint colour to fit into your scheme.  Radiators come in a flat pack ready to assemble with all relevant fixtures and fittings and full instructions.
The company also make larger items of of furniture to your specifications such as bookcases and dressers.  Why not visit their website today and start designing your chosen pieces of furniture. There is a new online design feature which allows you to design and order your own made-to-measure furniture and architectural parts, you may be pleasantly surprised with the fin ished product.   

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Vintage Decor

Vintage home décor is very popular  at present and has been for some years now. Using vintage home décor is great if you are working with a limited budget. Shabby chic consists of combining old and new home décor. Here are some pictures to give you some  inspiration if you are considering putting a vintage scheme together. 
Vintage decorating is fun and easy. Whether you want to give a vintage feel to your entire home or just one room, it can be accomplished easily and inexpensively by shopping flea markets & yard sales, and by using posters & tin signs.

 What does vintage style mean in interior design? Antique pieces that mostly refer to the '30s, '40s, and '50s that in time became priceless treasures. Vintage means a relaxed, comfy, simple, and slightly imperfect style that gives  a cosy, warm, and fresh atmosphere.  Add some vintage accessories for a beautiful, one-of-a-kind impact. The genuine vintage look means soft, delicate pastels or patterned wallpapers. Don't be afraid to go for florals, especially roses, or a paper with an art deco design on it, or stick to a neutral scheme as pictured above.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Colour - Decorating with pink

Pink is a combination of red and white and the quality of energy in pink is determined by how much red is present.

White is the potential for fullness, while the addition of red helps you to achieve that potential. Pink combines these energies. Shades of deep pink, such as magenta, are effective in neutralizing disorder and pink can also create calm feelings and a relaxing atmosphere in an interior scheme.

Below are a selection of schemes showing the potential of the colour pink in various room sets.

Glitter + Glam

Pink  is Associated with: love 

Best for: bedrooms as it can be peaceful and restful. A hot fuchsia can introduce passion 

Pitfalls: can be appear to be very girlie and sickly sweet. To counteract this, introduce hints of dark charcoal or black

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Salvage sites


I have just stumbled upon a site called "Urban Remains" but unfortunately for me they are based in Chicago.  This site is paradise for all of you out there with a great interest in salvage and reclamation.  

Whether you are searching for antique lighting, internal doors, stained glass panels or just curious this is the site for you.  Highly recommended.

Some of the product categories you can search:
Historic Building Hardware
Vintage Builders' Hardware
Antique Period Light Fixtures
Antique Fireplaces and Mantles

Go on take a look you may find just what you were looking for.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

How to warm up your home with colour

Bold Colour Schemes
To make a scheme more inviting why not combine deep plum with olive green.  Add instant impact to your living room by introducing large blocks of bold colour in plum and add a chair or sofa in a contrasting green.  A room will look cosy and warm by utilising saturated colour in a deep shade of plum or aubergine.    Team a deep rich colour with an oak floor for a warm look and feel then add a graphic fabric to create a modern update.

Be inspired by the many exciting floral wallpapers on the market to add a touch of luxury.

Deep tones absorb light to give a soft intimate atmosphere.  Why not paint a feature wall in a deep colour and leave the remainder neutral.  The scheme can then be enhanced with lots of lamps and candles.

Floral wallpaper in a contrasting Victorian scheme
Add instant pattern and colour with a selection of cushions and throws.
Tropical Burst - John Lewis
Harlequin Mode Cushion - John Lewis

Blossom Cushion - John Lewis

Kevin McLoud - Dragon's Blood
Acrylic Eggshell
2.5L  £43.50

National Trust Formby Point
Hardwearing Emulsion
2.5L £32.50

Kevin McLoud - Oak Fern
Acrylic Eggshell 2.5L £43.50


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Valentines Day Gifts

Black Glass Frame £6.99
Fun Valentine Gifts
February 14th is looming why not take a look at if you are looking for an unusual present idea. There are gifts for all occasions for him and her, personalised gifts and gifts for recipients. Here are a few examples from their site:

White chocolate truffle hand poured candle £6.99

Retro Sweet Hamper £22.99
If you prefer to send flowers then why not visit John Lewis at with flowers by Waitrose Blossom and Bloom.

The above hamper contains Hardy's sparkling rose wine, Green & Blacks chocolates, red roses and a gift card containing a special message all for £40 with delivery included.

Better get shopping, there are only ten days left before the big day.