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:

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".

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cottage Style Ideas

The Cottage Style is cheerful, laid back and welcoming, cottage style feels like a giant hug.  In some ways cottage style is as much a frame of mind as it is comfy, casual and personal.  Cottage style is  perfect for the way we really live, ordinary treasures and blended families of furniture.  Cottages tend to be humble.  Furnishings invite us to flop down and prop up your feet.  Check out our Island Hills Shutter Credenza.   Sand Dune finish with Island Blue interior.  Louvered shutter doors with silver ring pulls.  Nine adjustable shelves.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Moroccan Style of Interiors

Moroccan style of interiors is some of the most unique and decorated furnishings in the world.  This is due to the large number of cultural influences that have come to shape Moroccan Decor throughout the centuries and also to the dedication and handiwork of hundreds of skilled artisans, whose determination is to create only the best and most traditional forms of Moroccan craftsmanship for you to enjoy in your home.  These  Moroccan Style Dining Chairs create that Moroccan feel.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Zentique - French Country European Furniture

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