Textiles are literally used every single day. The most obvious example is clothing, but there is also upholstery and window coverings just to name a few. This posting will cover the (chronological) history of textiles and dyes.
In the beginning, there were only natural products. The very first product that was woven was flax (from the flax plant). There are some discrepancies about the timing of this, but it’s safe to say somewhere between 5000- 8000 BC. Finely woven flax material was used as burial shrouds on the pharaohs of the ancient Egyptians.
Flax Plant (a)
Category: Design Inspiration
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, Natural Fibers
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It has come to my attention that with all of the new lighting options available it is confusing to many as to how to purchase a product. The US Federal Government had made it a requirement that all bulbs will have labels similar to this one so that consumers can select the correct lighting for them. This posting will decipher the confusing label for you.
New Lighting Label (a)
Today’s edition of Innovative Design Chatter is going to be for the visual oriented person (and who doesn’t like pictures?). It can be very overwhelming to do a kitchen remodel so I always tell people to begin with selecting the counter top. This is not a set in stone (get it? Stone? It’s funny!) method, but I have found that it really helps to begin with the counter top. The reasoning is that the counter surface is most likely going to be the star of your show. Granite is most commonly used in the kitchen, and as we know, granite can have radical variations (see Natural Stones: Part 1). Once the slab is selected, backsplash and flooring can easily follow by either pulling out colors from the slab, or complementing it with a neutral so the slab is not fighting for attention. I would like to take a second and mention that you should always, always, always select the slab in person and sign off on that exact slab.
Pretty Counter (a)
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, How To's
, Natural Stone
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, chiseled edge
, counter top edging
, demi bullnose
, selecting counter top
, waterfall edge
Last week I went over how to make sure that the products that you are purchasing are truly environmentally friendly. I also touched on some organizations that assign ratings to these products to ensure green-ability. This week will be continuation of these organizations.
An organization that we are all aware of is the Energy star program. Even if you don’t really know what it is, I’m sure that you’ve seen the logo around.
Energy Star Logo. Now do you recognize it? (A)
Have you ever noticed how many environmentally friendly or “green” products there are on the market? It is very prevalent in the design and construction industry, but also in everyday items as well. In the world that we live in, we are all very aware how much the human has (and still is) destroying the environment. I hate to break it to you, but not all of those products that claim to be green are actually good for the environment.
Claims to be biodegradable and less harmful to the environment. (A)
This week’s blog is inspired by one of my good friends. She is a working designer, and has a current project having to be in the Spanish colonial style. Since we really didn’t touch on the subject in school, I offered to do some extra research- and boy did I find information (maybe a little too much information)!
Spanish colonial revival (A)
This week I’ll be picking up from last week’s enthralling posting on the history of interior design. Stay tuned for the epic conclusion!
As you may remember we left off with the neoclassical style, where Pompeii had just been discovered. In the 19th century the industrial revolution happened, which leads us into the arts and crafts movement (see arts-and-crafts-movement) and art nouveau. These two styles combined are known as the aesthetic movement. Art nouveau, much like arts and crafts, was a movement that was a reaction to the industrial revolution. Art nouveau was brought about by a newer and younger generation of artists who were enthusiastic about their new way of life, given the latest technology, and embodied the fantasy, spirit, or mythological world for their works. Another notable aspect of art nouveau was the Gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art. Gesamtkunstwerk means (especially for interior design and architecture) that the artist (or designer) would work on every aspect of the project from the shell of the building, to the lighting, furniture and textiles. You see it, they did it!
Art Nouveau Entrance
Carrer Diputació, Barcelona (A)
During my thorough education in interior design I took a class that covered the history of interior design. For today’s posting, I thought it would be fun to go over a little history as it relates to interior design. Ready, set, go!
Interior design began a long, long time ago, back in the caves of the cavemen. The cavemen (and woman!) would create illustrations on the walls of their caves to document their history as well as to beautify and enhance their environment.
This week’s topic was inspired by a gal I work with who is actually making a conscious effort to implement proper Feng Shui into her home. The descriptions of her remodel got me to thinking that I don’t know very much on the subject, and thus the birth of this week’s topic. This posting is a brief over view as to what Feng Shui is about, but know that it is a very in depth subject. Feng Shui is so in depth that there are designers and architects who only work with Feng Shui. In addition there are literally thousands of books printed on the subject as well.
Feng Shui Bedroom (A)
As you know by now, I work in a stone and tile showroom so that’s pretty much what I deal with day in and day out. The best part of my job is helping people design their new space. Needless to say, I’ve seen a lot (if not all) of it done. So let’s go over some tile layouts, because having a 12″ x 12″ straight set is not acceptable when you can do so much more!
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