Thursday, December 27, 2012

What is the Appeal of Hand-Painted Furniture?



When you browse through the Elegant Finds for Your Home inventory, you will find that one of our greatest features is that many of our pieces are hand-painted. So what is it about this type of furniture that leaps out and catches the attention of people like yourself? Well if we had to guess, we’d say it had a little something to do with the character these pieces add to a room.

Hand-painted furniture not only brings a certain uniqueness to any room, but it gives the owner a sense that this one piece was custom designed to fit their energy and personality. So many homes are filled with the same plain-looking furniture, and while that is all well and good, there’s nothing special about it.

To invest in a piece of hand-painted furniture doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your classic sense of style though. Many pieces (especially in our collection) are highlighted with simple touches that accent even the most elegant of homes – such as the oval drop leaf table with a beautifully hand-painted border. However, if you are seeking a piece that makes a bold statement, we’ve got plenty of those as well – this colorful three drawer chest is one of our favorites!

No matter your own personal style, even the simplest of hand-painted furniture works to enhance the aesthetics of a home. Due to the fact that it isn’t just another plain piece, all eyes will instantly be drawn to it, whether it’s a grand dining table or a small corner table, that little pop of individuality will bring any room to life!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Be Better than the Earthquake Table


Right around the time that we start to feel the holiday season creep around the corner is about the time we should start thinking about our home furniture. Now that might sound a little confusing but think about it – if you’re the one who is constantly being elected to host each season’s big event, you should really consider filling your home with furniture that you can be proud of.

With the Thanksgiving feast coming up and Christmas dinner with the family following quickly in its wake, stop and ask yourself what your guests will be dining on this year. Are you planning to pull the fold-up, plastic tables out of storage like last year and the year before that? We thought so. Take it from someone who has spent many a holiday meal at one of those tables, it’s no fun.

With wobbly, unstable legs for support, whenever someone cuts into their turkey, everyone else is subjected to a momentary earthquake. Be better than the earthquake table. Choose something with a little more support this year – and much more style!

Elegant Finds for Your Home carries a wonderful selection of dining tables, such as those that you’ll find in the Zentique collection. Check out the Leeds Dining Table, made with an oak and elm finish and shipped over from India. With a length of ninety-eight inches, this piece would be perfect for a big holiday dinner with family and friends! Then pick up something like Zentique’s Huston Table for a more stylish twist on your classic kids’ table. They’ll be thrilled to sit at a table that is just as fancy as the “grown up table” instead of that earthquake table again!

You’ve already been chosen to host this year’s events so why not accept the challenge with style and grace? Order a beautiful vintage inspired dining room table for the holidays!

Friday, October 12, 2012

2013 Home Décor Predictions


Just as there are predictions for upcoming sports seasons and fashion seasons, the world of home décor has predictions on up-and-coming trends. For those of you who are always looking for ways to keep up with the latest and greatest, Pantone has a few predictions for 2013 that will have you filling up your shopping cart here at Elegant Finds For Your Home.

First of all, what is Pantone? For those of you who are unfamiliar, Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color, known to set the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer. This year, they have predicted that neutrals will make a major comeback during 2013.

Transform your home with warm, easy and classic neutral tones this year as certain colors take on new roles. For example, Pantone emphasizes that leathery browns will become more important as a basic, light blues and navy take center stage and the color olive becomes bolder. It’s becoming more and more apparent that 2013 will be the year of sophistication for the home décor world.

As your browse through our inventory at Elegant Finds For Your Home, you’ll find that many of our pieces fit this description perfectly. Take a look at what we have to offer in our French Vintage and Zentique collections for starters and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect focal point for your new 2013 décor!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Indulgent or Indispendable


A dressing table adds a touch of romance and glamor to any woman’s bedroom. These pieces of furniture are coming back into fashion as women seek more elegance in their lives. Akiko Busch, in her book "Geography of Home" refers to a dressing table as "a place to indulge one's fancies and compose one's soul."   Dressing tables originated in 18th century France. They were called ‘toilette’ or ‘toilet tables’ because women used to wrap their cosmetic items in a small, square linen cloth (the toilette) before they put them in a chest.

Décor de Provence: More Inspiration from Provence!



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Friday, September 28, 2012

Castles Crowns and Cottages: Hallelujah


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Europeon Country Twist


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Willow Decor: Thibaut’s Furniture Launch at High Point & Giveawa...



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Willow Decor: Re-working My Home– From Conservatory to Library



Willow Decor: Re-working My Home– From Conservatory to Library: You have all followed the décor of my Conservatory. My wonderful framed intaglios, (Dave hanging them just right), my crystal and mercury gl...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bradshaw Kirchofer Cottage Furniture


Bradshaw Kirchofer Home Furnishings is a manufacturer of painted cottage style furnishings. The collection of furniture is designed to look as though it has been around for years. Distressed, worn, antiqued. Bradshaw only uses solid wood,... from the bottom of every drawer, to the back slats on all pieces. No veneers, particleboard, fiberboard (MDF), or plywood is ever used. Never. While new, all pieces have a warm, rich, weathered feel, reflecting usage over time. All of the furnishings are hand painted, hand distressed and hand finished. The standard finishes include a wide variety of natural stained, and painted finishes.

Made by hand in the U.S.A. with solid wood and lead free paints. Furniture requires no assembly.

Customized to achieve the look you desire, mixing & matching paint finishes, knob details and extras to create the perfect piece for your home.

Friday, September 14, 2012

French Country Swedish Furniture


An organic new trend… Wood furniture that’s without a stitch of paint or stain, and barely a lick of wax or sealer! This look is popping up in every category from the most classic French traditional styles, to ultra modern and everything in between. The trend goes hand in hand with the green movement, and is an ex-pression of a reverence for the beauty of the natural world.

Zentique is French Country European styling with a rustic edge. Zentique uses washed out woods, recycled metals, and unique creative designs. Zentique is innovative with their furniture and home decor creating both comfortable lived in and industrial, modern and traditional looks. French Country Swedish in nature with rich, coastal textures, the company offers super classic pieces with antique finishes and unexpected materials.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Little Bit of Character


The great part about decorating your home is the freedom you have to add a little bit of your own personality to the décor. If you’re one of those people that has an elegant sense of taste but also likes to add a little bit of fun and uniqueness to the mix, then our Whimsical Affairs line is for you.

Each sample for this line from Elegant Finds for Your Home is a beautiful piece of Hand Painted Furniture, created through the use of many different painting techniques. With an array of colors, patterns, designs and more, no two pieces of furniture from the Whimsical Affairs line is exactly alike. Feel free to browse through our inventory and find the chest or table that speaks to you!

Though each one of these pieces is beautiful, we were at Elegant Finds for Your Home would advise against decorating an entire room with this particular type of furniture. One single piece of Whimsical Hand Painted Furniture is a fantastic way to infuse color and character into a room. We assure you that that this one chosen piece will be enough to pull the room together the way you had envisioned and will act as a great conversation piece for any room you choose to work within! So take a look and place your order today!

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Art of Vintage Reproduction


One style in particular that we see becoming more and more popular as time goes by is the Shabby Chic look. This is very apparent not only in the fashion world, but in the furniture world as well as we see increased interest in Vintage Reproductions. Here at Elegant Finds For Your Home, we specialize in this area and our Artisans meticulously set to work designing, engineering and manufacturing the perfect vintage-inspired furniture for your home.

Once the furniture is built, we take on the role of hand-painting and distressing the piece to give it that aged feel. The benefit of this practice is the fact that you get to bring home a quality piece of furniture, made using modern materials and techniques, while still getting that great, vintage look that you love.

A lot of people – possibly you yourself – may be under the impression that wood is the only material that can be distressed. However, this is entirely untrue. Surfaces such as metal, glass and concrete are also able to be constructed with vintage appeal. Take for example the pictured Metal Door Printer’s Chest. While its body is solid wood, its drawers/door fronts have a faux rusted finish, giving it that aged look. With years of skill behind them, there is little that our Artisans cannot do when manufacturing these inspired Vintage Reproductions. 

For more on this piece and others like it, browse through our inventory and discover what Elegant Finds For Your Home has for you!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

GuildMaster Gothic Artifacts Collection


Hand-tooled natural finished metal, styled after Gothic architecture.  Natural Aged Stain .

Monday, August 6, 2012

Moroccan Inspired Furnishings



Moroccan inspired furnishings and accessories provide a way to furnish in a rich, colorful and exotic way. It is one of the styles that are part of the trend towards a more  eclectic and ethnic inspired home, one that is inspired by faraway places and even faraway times.  This Caravan Hall Chest shows off the intricate details.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Vagabond Display Cabinet

This Vagabond Blue Display Cabinet is accented with multifarious Vagabond color palette on drawers and trim.  Vagabond Green interior.  Vagabond Blue metal basae.  Finished pendant pulls.   View at:   http://store.elegantfindsforyourhome.com/displaycabinet.html

Monday, July 30, 2012

Hand-Painted Furniture History

Hand-painted furniture in America had its origins in folk art from each of the countries whose people eventually populated the New World. Because those practicing the art form were self-taught, the paintings were quite primitive or what is also often called naive. Today we find this style charming and provincial. Because of the lack of formal art training, stencils became a popular way for these painters to get the design symmetrical. Flowing swirls and less intricate designs were usually done freehand.

With the Colonies' freedom from England through the signing of the Declaration of Independence, paintings often displayed patriotic themes and became a singular expression of America's feedom. Through the industrial revolution in the mid 1800's and the advent of mass-produced items, this art form lost some of its luster, but found a renewal in the Arts and Craft movement of the 20th century when decorative painting on furniture and accessories again flourished.

The above Rabbit chest can be seen at:  http://store.elegantfindsforyourhome.com/52-5860.html

Sunday, July 29, 2012

French Style Furniture - Chaise Lounge


The chaise lounge is one of the few pieces of French furniture that can be situated in any room and not look out of place. It can be a beautiful, and extravagant, addition to a master bedroom, or is equally as happy residing in a family living room, where it provides not just extra seating but also the perfect place to relax with your feet up. Many of us have actually owned an adaptation of the chaise lounge without even knowing.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Italian Country Furniture


Our French Vintage Furniture is handmade, hand carved, hand finished using "Old World" techniques.  This Italian Country Dining Table features a metal stretcher and hand painted worn scroll pattern artwork. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Patina, Inc. Furniture - "Hand Painted in Italy"


Patina’s hand-crafted, hand-painted furniture captures the elegant style of 18th century Italian and French decorative arts.The graceful lines and richly aged finish of each piece is fashioned by a team of talented artisans in northern Italy. 

 

Baby and Kids-Children Furniture



Newport Cottages manufactures and distributes a high end line of baby and kids-children furniture for Elegant Finds.  Newport Cottages takes great satisfaction in guarenteeing that their pieces are manufactured locally in Southern California, using select hardwoods.  They offer 23 different finishes to choose from.   "Each piece can be anybody's personality".  The above picture is the "Hampton Bead Head Crib".