Sunday, August 14, 2022

History : Renaissance


Along with the other arts, the Italian Renaissance of the fourteenth and fifteenth century marked a rebirth in design, often inspired by the Greco-Roman tradition. A similar explosion of design, and renaissance of culture in general occurred in Northern Europe, starting in the fifteenth century.

Read more, here.

LOCATION:
395 E. Monte Vista Avenue
Suite A
Vacaville, CA 95688

CONTACT:
707-449-6385

STORE HOURS:
Monday – Saturday
10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday
10:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Nate & Jeremiah Give A Modern Beach Barn Style To A Dysfunctional Space ...


Lauren and George need to have their house ready before their second child is born. Can Nate and Jeremiah transform their house in time?

LOCATION
395 E. Monte Vista Avenue
Suite A
Vacaville, CA 95688

CONTACT
707-449-6385

Monday, August 8, 2022

History : Middle Ages


In contrast to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, there is comparatively little evidence of furniture from the 5th to the 15th century. Very few extant pieces survive, and evidence in literature is also scarce. It is likely that the style of furniture prevalent in late antiquity persisted throughout the middle ages. For example, a throne similar to that of Zeus is depicted in a sixth-century diptych, while the Bayeux tapestry shows Edward the Confessor and Harold seated on seats similar to the Roman sella curulis. The furniture of the Middle Ages was usually heavy, oak, and ornamented with carved designs.

The Hellenistic influence upon Byzantine furniture can be seen through the use of acanthus leaves, palmettes, bay and olive leaves as ornaments. Oriental influences manifest through rosettes, arabesques and the geometric stylisation of certain vegetal motifs. Christianity brings symbols in Byzantine ornamentation: the pigeon, fishes, the lamb and vines. The furniture from Byzantine houses and palaces was usually luxurious, highly decorated and finely ornamented. Stone, marble, metal, wood and ivory are used. Surfaces and ornaments are gilded, painted plychrome, plated with sheets of gold, emailed in bright colors, and covered in precious stones. The variety of Byzantine furniture is pretty big: tables with square, rectangle or round top, sumptuous decorated, made of wood sometimes inlaid, with bronze, ivory or silver ornaments; chairs with high backs and with wool blankets or animal furs, with coloured pillows, and then banks and stools; wardrobes were used only for storing books; cloths and valuable objects were kept in chests, with iron locks; the form of beds imitated the Roman ones, but have different designs of legs.

The main ornament of Gothic furniture and all applied arts is the ogive. The geometric rosette accompanies the ogive many times, having a big variety of forms. Architectural elements are used at furniture, at the beginning with purely decorative reasons, but later as structure elements. Besides the ogive, the main ornaments are: acanthus leaves, ivy, oak leaves, haulms, clovers, fleurs-de-lis, knights with shields, heads with crowns and characters from the Bible. Chests are the main type of Gothic furniture used by the majority of the population. Usually, the locks and escutcheon of chests have also an ornamental scope, being finely made.

Read more, here.

LOCATION:
395 E. Monte Vista Avenue
Suite A
Vacaville, CA 95688

CONTACT:
707-449-6385

STORE HOURS:
Monday – Saturday
10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday
10:00am to 5:00pm

Friday, August 5, 2022

History : Antiquity

Ancient furniture has been excavated from the 8th-century BCE Phrygian tumulus, the Midas Mound, in Gordion, Turkey. Pieces found here include tables and inlaid serving stands. There are also surviving works from the 9th-8th-century BCE Assyrian palace of Nimrud. The earliest surviving carpet, the Pazyryk Carpet was discovered in a frozen tomb in Siberia and has been dated between the 6th and 3rd century BCE.

Read more, here.

LOCATION:
395 E. Monte Vista Avenue
Suite A
Vacaville, CA 95688

CONTACT:
707-449-6385

STORE HOURS:
Monday – Saturday
10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday
10:00am to 5:00pm

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Design Stories: A Designer's Own Home | HGTV


How does a designer design for themselves? Connie Vernich of Vernich Interiors explains how she brought her own style into her space.

LOCATION
395 E. Monte Vista Avenue
Suite A
Vacaville, CA 95688

CONTACT
707-449-6385