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Victorian Cup and Bin Pulls

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     Cup and Bin pulls are a great alternative to traditional drawer pulls and dresser hardware.  If you are tired of the annoying ‘knocking’ sound that often accompanies the opening or closing of a dresser drawer with a more traditional style of hardware, think about trying out this style instead.

decorative cup pull - finished in antique brass

     Cup and Bin pulls offer a more elegant and old-fashioned style of hardware decoration, and are ideal for any type of drawer, particularly those found on dressers and desks.  They are very simple and easy to install and can be a wonderful decorative element in any home.  All you need to replace any of these items is a simple screwdriver; we provide the screws and the pulls themselves.

A fine example of Victorian design work with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.

     You have your choice of several different designs.  Each design was carefully created by master craftsman.  While the items themselves are created in a mold, the molds themselves were delicately hand carved to ensure consistency, with every attention to detail carefully examined.  These pulls allow you to exhibit more detail than traditional swinging handles, and are much more durable.

It is easy to see how a well designed pull can breath new life into an otherwise drab piece of furniture.

     The decoration on the cup is very durable and easy to care for.  A simple swipe of a cloth gets rid of any dust, and depending on what finish you choose there is little more care necessary.  Swinging handles, while very common, are also very cheap.  They are rarely made of a solid metal, and the finish has a tendency to wear down over time.  While the decorative backplate of these designs holds up very well, the worn finish on the handles is very noticeable and cannot be easily replaced.  With cup pulls the design is made so well that it rarely wears down, and if it does it is very hard to notice.


Colonial Coat Hooks

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When you think of the colonial time period, many people will picture hand-crafted items, from tables and chairs to dressers and bed frames.  Tools were hand-forged out of cast iron, and the time and care it took to create these items can be seen in every strike of the hammer and anvil.

Cast iron is the metal of choice when it came to creating everything from door handles and furniture hardware to pots and pans and stoves and everything in between.  These were generally very simple designs, which still took hours to make despite the simplicity.  The metal would have to be constantly heated, cooled, and re-heated between strikes to ensure its strength and durability as well as to create just the right angles for everything.

Coat hooks were one thing created from cast iron that could be decorative, but nothing too elaborate.  Single hook designs were much more common than double hooks, and the backplate, or piece that attached to the wall, was often the decorative element.  Designs were usually just shapes, such as hearts, diamonds and spades, and would either be a solid piece or just an outline.

The strength of the hooks may seem to vary based on the thickness, but the fact of the matter is that these hooks were crafted so precisely that they can hold immense amounts of weight, even if it doesn’t seem that way.  There is one double hook option available, and it is very delicate in appearance but still quite strong.  If you are more interested in a hook that shows its strength while still being decorative, try one of the scroll hook designs.

The hooks vary in size, and can add the perfect touch of style and functionality to any home or business and will last for generations.  We include the necessary cast iron screws to securely attaché these to any wall.

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August 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Neoclasscial Architecture

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The Neoclassical architectural style came to be in the mid 18th century in Spain and Poland, and was heavily influenced by classical Greek architecture as well as by Italian architect Andrea Palladino.  Many of the details of the style can be compared to the Rococo style as well as the Late Baroque.  One of the biggest differences between the Neoclassical style and the classic Greek style is the Neoclassical focuses more on the walls, where the Greek prided themselves on their proficiency in chiaroscuro.  Some historians go even further to suggest that this style came about so that architects could embrace the sensitivity of ancient Rome combined with ancient Greek.

This architectural style was a worldwide phenomenon that occurred at more or less the same time throughout the globe, rather than eventually spreading to the United States and Europe.  Many people don’t see the distinction between the High Neoclassical style and the Late Baroque, as they tend to have the same terms associated with them but the High Neoclassical style tends to have more planar qualities than sculptured ones.  All aspects of the former are flatter depth-wise, especially the bas-reliefs.  Where these may be built directly into the wall in a Late Baroque sculpture, they were more often framed in panels, tablets, or friezes in a High Neoclassical one.

Buildings portraying this style can be found all over the globe but some are more popular than others.  The Old Museum in Berlin, one of Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s projects, Sir John Soane’s Bank of England in London are popular European examples.  There are two extremely famous ones in the United States as well; the White House and the Capitol, both in Washington, D.C.

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June 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

Richardsonian Romanesque Architecture and Interior Design Elements

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     Richardsonian Romanesque is a style of architecture that was named after Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson  Richardson became famous in the late 1800’s.  One of his most famous and popular works is the Trinity Church in Boston, which is now listed as a historical landmark, protecting it for generations to enjoy in the future.  Most of his pieces originated on the East coast, and Boston would become host to several of these buildings.   This architectural style combines aspects of French, Spanish, and Italian architecture, especially that from the 11th and 12th century.

     Richardson’s style became so popular and unique in the United States that it influenced several architects as far away as Finland.  In fact, its popularity in the United States inspired many people who would go on to become great architects.  Perhaps one of the most famous of these people inspired by him is Frank Lloyd Wright. Other famous Richardson buildings include the American Museum of Natural History’s original 77th Street structure, First Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI on Woodward Avenue, and the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane in New York State.

     This style is generally considered too elaborate for many homes, but was an extremely popular choice for churches, museums, and other government buildings.  In fact, one of the other most famous buildings in the Richardsonian style is the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane in upstate New York.

     Common characteristics of Richardson Romanesque include;  heavy, rusticated stone materials, semi-circular arches, deeply recessed windows, towers with cone shaped roofs (very castle-like), and low broad arches over arcades and doorways. Most Romanesque buildings are masonry, although there are a fair few wood and shingle Romanesque style buildings.

     Richardsonian architecture doesn’t really follow any particular style, and tends to borrow elements from several different ones instead.  No two buildings are alike, and although they may share similar elements are more like buildings built in two completely different styles.   Richardson’s style can be seen all over the United States, especially in major cities.  His buildings were commissioned by many local and state governments to make a statement as well as provide an eye-catching and functional building for many to enjoy over decades, even centuries.

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June 20, 2011 at 9:04 am

Jeffersonian Architecture

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     There is only one United States president to date that was so beloved by his people and such a prominent figure in the construction of his own home that he had an architectural style named after him.  President Thomas Jefferson was given this honor after being extremely involved in designing several different architectural phenomenon.

     The Jeffersonian style is one like no other, though it falls somewhere between the Neo-classical and Neo-Palladianism styles.  The Jeffersonian style never spread overseas like many other styles, and was limited to a few different areas of the U.S., but it made its impact nonetheless.  While several places became famous due to their architect and the purpose behind them, there are dozens more private homes that few people pay any attention to.


     Perhaps the most famous example of this style is President Jefferson’s own personal home, named Monticello.  Monticello is located just outside of Charlottesville, VA, and has become a national landmark.  President Jefferson requested that he be buried on the property, an unusual request at the time (and today), but it was upheld anyway.  He also played a part in getting the Greek Revival Architectural style to gain popularity.

     Thomas Jefferson didn’t have any formal training in architecture or design, like many people originally thought, but his enthusiasm and natural ability made up for it.  He also came up with the design for the educational establishment he helped found, the University of Virginia, as well as that of his home-away-from-home, Poplar Forest.  The only example of Jeffersonian architecture that was built outside of the United States is the Grand Auditorium at Tsinghua Universtiy in Beijing, China.  Many Protestant churches throughout the East coast also exhibit the Jeffersonian style.

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June 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Dutch Colonial and Colonial Revival

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The Dutch Colonial architectural style is an 18th century style of architecture.  Homes built in this style can be recognized by their gambrel rooftops and eaves along the length of the home.  A gambrel roof is a symmetrical rooftop that has slopes on either side.  If you still can’t picture what this looks like, think of the top of a barn; that is a gambrel roof.   Many of the Dutch gambrels add a little flare, a slightly upturned edge to add a little more distinction between the two.  Most Dutch Colonial Revival homes were built of wood, brick, or stone (or, occasionally a combination), with a shingle gambrel roof. In using a gambrel roof, the Dutch has realized they could have an almost complete second story, without inciting the tax that came with a two-story home.

When Dutch settlers came to North America and started establishing themselves in the community, they brought their architectural style with them.  Many homes in New York, Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey are based on Dutch Colonial architecture. Neighborhoods  have dozens of different Dutch Colonials among their numbers, especially the primarily Dutch ones.  In other parts of the world, primarily Germany, the Dutch Colonial style is characterized more by the use of brick and stone and their “V” shaped roofs rather than the gambrel ones.  Some of these same characteristics can be seen in the older neighborhoods of New York, which was originally found by the Dutch.  Some historians believe that these styles were not inspired by settlers from the Netherlands, but rather German settlers, though either claim could be true.

Homes built in the 1900’s and beyond are generally referred to as Dutch Colonial Revivals, inspired by the homes of the Dutch settlers.  The states that make up New England are full of this style of home, and can be found all over the coast of Maine and Massachusetts.  Perhaps the most famous of all Dutch Colonial and Dutch Colonial Revival homes  is located at 112 Ocean Avenue.  This home was not built as a famous landmark, but would later become known as the location of the Amityville Horror.

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May 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm