Jul. 28

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Linenfold

by Lynn Byrne

Linenfold panelling

If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates

LINENFOLD

An ornamental motif representing the vertical folds of linen.  Typically seen as carved wood paneling  first appearing in Gothic architecture and furniture in northern Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries.  Linenfold wood carving originated in Flanders, a principal location for the linen industry in the 15th century.  The motif continued in England through the 17th century and was found in Jacobean furniture.  Today, the term linenfold can be used whenever a material other than a textile is rendered to represent fabric.

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Jul. 25

 

ART RULES: My Room of the Week

by Lynn Byrne

interior design by Raji RM

When I pick my room of the week, I choose one where the art makes the space.

In this room by Raji RM & Associates for the 2012 Kips Bay Showhouse, designer Raji Radhakrishnan  snapped a photograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of a painting by  Romanticist artist  Pierre-Paul Prud’hon entitled   ‘Andromache and Astyanax.‘    Raji then had her digital photograph blown up to create this stunning wall mural.  The original painting was done in 1819 in France.  You can see more of the room here and on the Raji RM website.

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Jul. 23

 

Surprisingly Affordable Chic

by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

 

 

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Interior design by Elsa Soyars. Photography by Lynn Byrne

Elsa Soyars‘ master bath at the Hampton Designer Showhouse was jaw-dropping chic.  That rug!!  So when I spotted a stylish horse box accessory, I thought it had to be Hermes (and, thus, very, very expensive).

I was delighted to discover that the charming container comes from Jonathan Adler and costs only $98.  Now that isn’t pennies, but it is surely more attainable than Hermes.  Plus there are several attractive designs available–the rectangular boxes are a bit more costly at $148.

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Jul. 22

 

Are You Missing Something?

by Lynn Byrne

instagram-collage

I have seen quite a number of quotes advising you to put your desires and goals out to the universe and they just might come back to you.  I know it worked for my dear friend Jennifer .

Jennifer took this approach when she said publicly that one of her biggest goals was to participate in a designer show house. Sure enough immediately after her speaking engagement, she was asked to design a room for last year’s Ronald McDonald Show House in the NYC metro area.

So what’s my goal?  I want to be a freelance writer.  Don’t worry.  I will never give up Decor Arts Now.  I love my blog and all of the wonderful friends and experiences I have had because of it.   But I most certainly want to expand my writing for others.

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Jul. 21

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Quatrefoil and Barbed Quatrefoil

by Lynn Byrne

Doges palace, vEnice

The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), Venice, Italy

If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms”–Socrates

QUATREFOIL :  (Rhymes with “baby oil’)

A popular ornamental motif found in architecture, decorative arts and fashion , the quatrefoil consists of four, partially overlapping, symmetrical circles of the same diameter.  In Latin, the root of the word means four leaves.

BARBED QUATREFOIL:

A related shape, the “Barbed Quatrefoil”  is a quatrefoil notched at the angles with an inscribed square.  The earliest example of a barbed quatrefoil appeared in 1260 on Notre Dame in Paris.

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