Commonly attributed to French and Victorian architecture, the mansard roof serves many functions to both residential and city buildings. It rose to popularity for a second time during Haussmann's renovation of paris in the mid 19th century. The mansard roof offers many advantages including maximizing attic space and offering a beautiful architecturally decorative element.
05 September, 2011
Toile du jouy is one of the most aesthetically pleasing patterns to view in my opinion. Complex and intricate, I often find myself lost in the detailed scenes of anything with a toile print. Originating in France during the 18th century, it has been popular in design ever since. Today, one can find toile du jouy in almost any color and on just about anything from bedding to dinnerware.
Throughout the centuries, the home has seen many room’s come and go. Historically, rooms often had one sole purpose and homes were comprised of many smaller rooms because of this. Rooms for receiving guests, enjoying music, and entertaining guests after dinning are just a few examples of rooms that one may have found in homes of the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, it seems as if many of these rooms have joined together as the "open floor plan" has become more and more popular. The drawing room is a room in which one may have used to "withdrawal" and experience a few moments of privacy. It was also known for entertaining guests after a meal. I personally don't care for homes with open floor plans. Here are a few examples of beautifully decorated sitting and drawing rooms.
Terrariums have seemed to become quite popular as of late. They are so beautiful to look at and quite simple to create. Upon some quick research, I learned they were also quite popular during the Victorian era when people were constantly looking for things to impress their guests as they entertained. The possibilities really are endless, as these enclosed habitats can range in size and plant variations. Terrariums need little maintenance and can make a beautiful statement in any home.
In my opinion, one of the best ways to create a luxurious and grand feeling in any room is through wall paneling and moulding. When many people think of wall panels they immediately remember the thin sheets of wood nailed to the walls in the basements of their 1970's Midwest ramblers. However, a much more beautiful and intricate way of using wall panels has been used for centuries. Mastered by the French, here are a few beautiful examples of fine French style wall paneling and plasterwork.