An Old World Feel in Your Living Space

Do you watch shows like “Downton Abbey” or travel to Europe and yearn for that Old World feel in your living space? When most people think of the Old World, they hark back to the 17th to 19th Centuries, when parlours and great rooms were quite different from the living rooms of today. Here are six tips for creating an Old World atmosphere in your home, using carefully selected antique furniture and a few key facts about days past.

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Look at getting a wooden floor

If you are opting for an olde world style, that carpet just has to go. Wooden and stone floors are far more in keeping with the style, and these can then be softened with the addition of rugs. The best, and most stylish form of flooring, and one that is highly desirable in even the modernist of homes, is parquet flooring, that stunning tongue and groove style that has an highly stylised, antique look. For an authentic feel go for a walnut oak design, or something that has been brushed and oiled and has those inimitable chevrons.

There Were No Sofas Just chairs

During the same time period discussed above, there were also no sofas like you know them today. The sofa was just being invented in various iterations, and any seating for more than one person was in the form of a love seat or chaise

Instead, groups of chairs were the primary form of seating. In trying to create an Old World style for your home, consider adding antique chairs around your hearth. They’ll add interest and flexibility to your furniture arrangement, as well as a touch of verisimilitude.

Your antique chairs don’t have to match each other (in fact, it’s more authentic if no more than two are the same); they just need to match the overall decor of your home. Whether you go for Spanish-style tooled leather with studs and wooden carved frames or more delicate brocade Louis XV seating, they’ll look more Old World than anything you find on the market today.

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Furniture Was Multifunctional

In all but the grandest of homes, tables in centuries past were not designated for just one purpose. The same table where dinner was served might have been used as a writing desk or place to prepare food, depending on which room it was in and the home’s layout.

Trunks were used for storage, but they also served as side tables, as the occasional table and coffee table as they are known today were, like the sofa, still being invented. Ottomans doubled as footstools and serving spaces for trays of tea or snacks.

When creating an Old World look to your home, try to capture that philosophy of furniture having multiple purposes. It makes it more fun to find alternative uses for your antique pieces, and it will actually help you with some of your storage needs.

There Was No Built-in Storage

Speaking of storage, historic homes had no built-in closets and had few, if any, built-in cabinets or bookshelves. These elements were all freestanding, which made for more interesting and changeable room arrangements.

If you’re looking for an Old World feel, think about using antique armoires, highboys and hutches to take the place of built-in storage or to complement the storage you already have. These pieces are a great way to tuck modern appliances like TVs and stereos out of the way and make for a more old-fashioned look.

Lighting Was Softer

Before the advent of electricity, homes used gas lamps or candlelight. For a truly Old World appearance to your living space, do away with harsh overhead lighting and bright bulbs. Replace them with table and floor lamps with soft incandescent bulbs or sconces and chandeliers that hold real candles. Your lighting will be softer and more flattering and will work better with the antique furniture in the room.

Giving your living space an Old World atmosphere can be fun and exciting as you comb antique shops and auctions for the perfect finds. Once you make over one room in this cozy, charming style, you’ll want to do your entire house!

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Spring Resolutions For Your Home, Lifestyle and Health

Am I the only person who thinks that making resolutions in the new year is a complete waste of time? By that, I don’t mean that resolutions per se are the issue, just that January is the wrong time to be making them. Think about it, it is cold, dark, we have that feeling of malaise that comes straight after the fun and excitement of Christmas, and then we expect that we will be able to comply with our new, self-inflicted rules that make us try to give up alcohol, chocolate, cigarettes, or try to help us get fit by joining a gym or starting a new exercise regime. No wonder so many of us give up within a couple of weeks!

I think Spring is a much better time to try to start some new regimes and basically get our life and home in order. The sun is shining, the days are longer, and we are in a much better frame of mind than we were when we had just finished with turkey and tinsel. If you are looking to turn your so-so life into a wonderful life, then now is just the right time to make a start.

Home Improvements

Home improvements, particularly those on a grander scale, are much better when started in the Summer. Think about it – you want a room painted, but will need the windows open to help with drying – do you really want to do this in January? I can ask a similar question about pretty much any building work, and it certainly applies if your building work is outside. If you want to improve the structural look of your home, the internet is a great source to help you find the skilled people you need, to be able to read recent testimonials, and look around for the most competitive prices.

Home improvements do not have mean large jobs though, Spring is also the perfect time to sort the garden so you will be able to enjoy the sunshine in a beautiful, blooming environment. Gardening doesn’t have to cost a fortune these days, Poundland is a treasure trove of planters and garden accessories that are both useful and attractive and will certainly improve the look of your garden for a very minimal budget.

Your Life and Career

Spring is a good time to take a good look at those choices that you may have been putting off. Are you happy with your job and career, or is now the time to make a change? If you are thinking of going back into education, or training for a different career, now is the time to start to inquire about courses that you may choose to take in September.

If you have been having issues at work, Spring is the time to get brave and try to resolve those issues. You spend a long time in the work place, far too long to be unhappy, so take advice from conciliatory agencies or an intermediary.

If you are currently working for yourself, Spring is a good time to get your filing and accounts in order and to improve on any systems you already have in place. If you are spring cleaning your home and life, then there is no space for lots of bits of paperwork being left all over your home.

Your Health and Fitness

Winter is a difficult time for us fitness wise. We comfort eat in front of the TV (especially when facing the ‘Beast from the East’ twice in less than a month) and try to avoid going out, especially when it is cold and dark and we are at the end of a long day. This seems to be especially true for women, who join the gym with high hopes after Christmas, and then seem to permanently leave that gym bag hidden away in a cupboard.

But Spring means light nights, and the chance to really enjoy getting out and about at the end of a day stuck inside. Fitness doesn’t have to mean the gym, or a run, it can mean a lovely walk after dinner, a bike ride before it goes dark, a swim in your local pool, even a kickabout with the kids in the park.

We can eat healthier too. Ditch that chocolate for some fruit, or a lovely fruit jelly. Maybe add salads rather than chips to your meals – this seems to be so much easier in warmer weather. Also, maybe eat al fresco when possible, and leave the social media in the house – you will eat slower, and therefore not only enjoy your food, but will eat less and avoid the indigestion that comes from eating at speed on the run.

What are you doing to change your lifestyle this Spring?

 

 

Interiors Focus: Wall Art

A home with lots of bare walls is a home without a soul.  Images added to your walls show your personality, your style and tell something about your life. You can purchase attractive prints from pretty much anywhere these days, but, in my opinion, the most attractive form of wall art are prints and canvases that are produced using your own photographs, making you the creator and controller of your own art.

Photo Canvas Prints are a big story in home decor these days, especially as, with the advent of smart phones and digital cameras, we no longer need to invest in lots of high range, technical photography equipment in order to create high quality prints. Anyone can be a photographer, and can then render their print onto canvas, creating both a beautiful picture and an unforgettable memory.

My-Picture.co.uk is a fabulous company who produce high quality photo canvas prints at very competitive prices. Their canvas prints are a combination of first-rate canvas fabric and an HP latex ink rendition of your photo stretched over a hand-crafted wooden frame. All you need to do is upload your photograph,  select your format including size and the thickness of your canvas prints. Their canvases are then stretched so your image extends to the sides of the canvas, creating a stunning effect that will stand out on any wall in your home.

The colours are vibrant, and the service is very easy to use. The canvases are strong and sturdy (you can choose from 2cm and 4cms) and you can also add a framework as a further feature. If you want to display your canvas on your wall, you can also add an easel back stand, this would be perfect for smaller canvas pictures.

Canvases are the perfect way to display your most treasured photographs, from your wedding, your new baby, a family shot or a special occasion. They are also brilliant if you are an amateur photographer and want to treasure your favourite shot and they can also work well if you have created a formal shot with a professional style backdrop. Because they are usually dispatched within 24 hours, they make a great gift idea that shows real thought and consideration.

 

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