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Saturday, 28 April 2012

Georgian Style 1714-1820

A typical Georgian house of the eighteenth century was elegant and formal in style.
During Georgian times, there was a heavy tax on windows due to money being needed for the war. The number of windows in a property was a sign of your wealth and poor people often only had one window per floor. Some people even bricked up windows to avoid the tax.

Characteristics of Georgian houses
Pillars in the front of the house.
Square symmetrical shape.
Panelled front door in the centre
Tiled hipped roofs (A roof which slopes upward from all the sides of a building.)
The roof was often hidden behind a parapet, or low wall built around the edge of the roof.
Fan light above the door.
Paired chimneys.
King George I - Sash windows, usually eight over eight or six over six panes, rectangular fanlight and either a stone hood or canopy above the front door.
Sash windows (windows which slide up and down).
The windows nearer the roof are smaller than the rest.
King George II - Wide floorboards scrubbed and oiled and plain wooden fire surrounds decorated with Delft tiles.
King George III - Adam style fanlight, thin glazing bars and larger panes, triangular pediments over doors and windows.

Furniture Styles
The Georgian period, so named after the first four King Georges, lasted from about 1714 to 1820. A few of the period’s most influential furniture designers were Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite.  Contemporary furniture styles included the French RĂ©gence, Directoire and the internationally adopted Empire style (known in German-speaking nations as Biedermeier style and in England as Regency).

Georgian Sideboard

Georgian Wing Chair

Georgian Display Cabinet

Fabrics and wallpaper
Georgian wallpaper was often imported from the Far East and Chinoiserie is still popular today in period style homes so there are plenty of examples around and available from specialist suppliers such as Cole and Son.   Chinoiserie papers were first imported in the 18th century and towards the end of the Georgian era, simple block papers were introduced, featuring geometric patterns with squares and stripes.

Industrial advances meant that cottons and linens could be manufactured efficiently and cheaply, putting printed chintz and calico within everyone's reach. Sprigged, glazed cotton fabric was used for upholstery and curtains, bed hangings and loose covers. Toile de Jouy, originally from France, was especially popular, with its story displays on a monochrome of blue, purple, red or sepia on white. Modern variations are available from companies like Colefax and Fowler, Zoffany and Cole and Son.

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Saturday, 21 April 2012

French Style Furniture

Baroque French Bed £900.00
French Rococo Furniture

If you are a fan of French Style Furniture there are many sites on the web to explore.  I have visited a selection just to see what is out there and to compare prices according to your budget.

There are also many sites specialising in Vintage style home accessories selling items such as photo frames, wall plaques, lighting and basketware for every room in the home, a good site to visit for such accessories is or Melody Maison.

For quality furniture visit:

Good luck with your search.

Classical White Rococo Bed by Sweet Pea And Willow

Classical white Alexa
Carved double Armoire
Sweet Pea and Willow
Double door Armoire
Antique White & Silver
French Rococo Furniture  

Looking for French Style Chairs
'Louis' style Cream
Occasional Chair £239.95
Melody Maison

Grand Louis £129.99

Monday, 9 April 2012


A little Easter Weekend Project  

It has turned out to be the usual disastrous bank holiday weather and my thoughts have once again turned to DIY.  Time to try and complete some of those unfinished projects around the house.  Out came the heat gun, the paint  remover, wire wool and scrapers.  I put a few hours aside on each day to follow the process through to completion.  Firstly I removed the top layer of paint with the heat gun, this was then followed by covering the woodwork with a layer of paint remover and rubbing it into the grain with course wire wool to remove any       excess  paint.
Work in progress
This process requires a few attempts to remove as much of the white paint as possible though there will be some traces deep in the wood grain which cannot be removed.  These should cover with the stain.  I then took some white filler and added coffee to make it brown and filled in any gaps where the filler had come out.  When this was dry I used an electric sander and sandpaper to give a smooth finish for the stain to adhere to.  The final stage was to add a coat of coloured gloss varnish in "Antique Pine" to match with the woodwork in the rest of the house.