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The Gatsby Glamour

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17 Inch Art Deco Close to Ceiling Light with Polished Chrome Finish and Pink Champagne Glass

Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we anxiously awaited the movie release of the Art Deco Classic, The Great Gatsby. Perhaps you anticipated the film from the literary standpoint of a great American classic novel, but we couldn’t wait for the cinematic release, which promised to be a lush portrayal of the glamour and glitz of the Art Deco Age. And we are here to say, we were not disappointed!

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17 Inch Art Deco Close to Ceiling Light with Polished Chrome Finish and Green Deco Glass

Lighting was a key element in setting the mood and style of the movie. At Look in the Attic & Company, our Art Deco lighting is an accurate reflection of the elegance and craftsmanship of the time period. Our featured Art Deco light is a 17 Inch Close to Ceiling Light, in a circa 1936 style, hand crafted from zinc using the Lost Wax casting method. The light comes with seven Pink Champagne stained glass panels, is made from solid brass construction and weighs approximately 12.5 pounds.  Each chandelier has seven custom made stained glass panels with color choices including Shadeless, White Opalescent, Pink Champagne (shown), Tan Swirl and Deco Green.

There were so many beautiful details in the movie, watching it once was not enough. No matter how many times you watch, we hope you feel inspired to bring a little Art Deco glamour into your home.

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17 Inch Art Deco Close to Ceiling Light with Polished Chrome Finish and White Opalescent Glass

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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

Empire Style of Architecture

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    The Empire style of architecture is often added on to the end of the Neoclassicism period with a lot of people.  This style took place in the late 19th century and unlike many other styles that focused on the exterior elements of a building, the Empire style was more about furniture, decorative, and visual arts.  The architecture itself still had a part in what makes the style so unique, but on a much smaller scale than with some of the other Neoclassical styles.  In the United States, the Second Empire style usually combined a rectangular tower, or similar element, with a steep, but short, mansard roof; the roof being the most noteworthy link to the style’s French roots. Prior to the construction of The Pentagon during the 1940s, the Second Empire-style Ohio State Asylum for the Insane in Columbus, Ohio was reported to be the largest building under one roof in the U.S., though the title may actually belong to Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital.

     The style adopted its name from the first French emperor Napoleon I, and is known as the French Empire style there, but is also known by several different names throughout the United States and Europe.  For instance, many people refer to it as the Regency style in Europe, the Biedermeier style in Germany, and the Federal style in the United States.  While each area put their own general touches and flourishes to make it their own based on their culture, it is all generally the same exact style. The United States was particularly taken by this movement, and continued utilizing it to grace many of its metropolitan buildings long after the European countries had ceased.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior elements, such as those pictured above, may also share characteristics with the French Imperial style.

     The style was first influenced, like many other aspects of art, by the ancient Romans.  So much, in fact, that two French architects designed one of the most famous landmarks in France after another very famous one in Rome, Italy.  No, not the Eiffel Tower; the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (pictured below).  When it comes to decorating the homes built in this style the materials preference is generally richer woods, such as mahogany and ebony. Many of these materials were only available in certain parts of the world, making it necessary to have them imported, which made them more expensive.  Bronze gilding was also extremely popular.

The Arc De Triomphe du Carrousel may be the world's most well known example of French Empire Architecture.

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May 31, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Victorian Interior Design

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Victorian architecture is a name given to a very broad spectrum of different architectural styles that occurred during the middle and late nineteenth century.  Like many other things during this time, they were named after the reigning queen, Queen Victoria, a custom developed by the British and French people of the time period.

The period of the Victorian era encompasses a total of eleven different architectural styles that occurred during this period, each with their own distinctive styles and design elements.  There were several different architectural styles that came to be during this time period that didn’t necessarily have elements that fit in this style, because they started during this same period they tend to be lumped into the same category.

The decorative style associated with this architectural style had many distinctive elements that represented it.  Just like different countries influenced the architecture, they also had a heavy influence on what the interior looked like.  The Middle East and China were two of the biggest influences of interior design.  They also helped to establish several of the sub cultures associated with this time period.

Victorian homes were very orderly, yet still very elaborately decorated.  Homes were very clearly divided into rooms, each with their own purpose.  No room, no matter how seldom used, was left undecorated, as this was seen as a sign of poor taste.  Homes, like today, were considered reflections of the people who live in them.  Walls and ceilings were painted to represent their purpose, and it was not uncommon to find plaster walls with carved designs in them.  Wallpaper generally had very large prints, usually in primary colors and incorporating neutrals.  Furniture, on the other hand, was not very dominant or exclusive to the time; the main focus was on all of the other elements in the room.

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May 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Victorian Queen Anne Style Architecture

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Queen Anne Architecture and Hardware

The Victorian architectural style can be broken down into several different subcategories, with the Queen Anne style being one of the most famous and popular ones in Great Britain.  While the style gets its name from none other than the monarch herself, the Queen Anne style of architecture varies depending on which part of the world you are in.   Britain, the United States and Australia all have their own version of this architectural design, as they were all influenced by the the time frame they were introduced, as well as by other cultural aspects in the area.

Queen Anne Style (Victorian)

Queen Anne Style (Victorian)

The Queen Anne style originated in Great Britain in the 1870’s at the height of the Industrial Revolution in Europe.  With all of the advancements going on, it made it much easier and more cost effective to create elaborate elements to adorn homes and buildings creating this style. Height is an important aspect of this style of Architecture – often with dramatic peaks and long extensions reaching far into the heavens.

Another Example of Queen Anne

Another Example of Queen Anne

Some typical features of this Queen Anne  architectural style include sweeping staircases leading to carved stone doorframes, stone cornerstones, triangular pediments with dormers, and box-like floor plans.  These design elements can be seen on buildings all over Great Britain like Severalls Hospital in Colchester and County Hall in Wakefield. Rounded and curved turret style corners of these homes often made them asymetric – a departure from most aspects of English architecture.

Queen Anne - Red & White Colors

Queen Anne - Red & White Colors

They also have the tendency to use warmer colors and soft finishes.  It’s not unusual to see terracotta panels, white woodwork, asymmetrical fronts and the like to help soften up an otherwise hard finish.  The Queen Anne style is just a part of Victorian architecture that is a culmination of different architectural styles, and it is easy to pick out the Tudor elements, and you can easily see how the misnamed Old English style in the United States was influenced by it.

More 'Modern' Queen Anne

More 'Modern' Queen Anne

All of these elements come together in various pieces of hardware throughout the homes and buildings to help tie everything together and add the perfect finishing touch. The hardware used inside and outside of these pieces of history often provide an insight into what was to come – French Empire to Art Deco to Modernism.

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May 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

Ranch Style Architecture

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First developed in California during the late 1920’s, ranch style homes were one of the most popular styles in the United States from the 1940’s to the 1970’s. The ranch style home is reflective of the relaxed Western architectural style. Homes built during this period were typically one story and featured asymmetrical front facades. Although individual homes varied by location and need, most ranch style homes featured attached garages and picture windows.

The interior of most ranch style houses typically is a 2 by 2 or 2 by 4 room layout. In most cases the living room, family room, dining area and kitchens blend together without severe room division. These homes were built to meet the demand of an increasingly growing population (especially in the West). Many suburban neighborhoods are comprised completely of the relatively simple and unadorned houses and are designed to meet the needs of families.

Vassar Glass Dorrknob Set (Brushed Nickel Finish)

The basis of the one story design has roots in Spanish colonial architecture used heavily in from the 17th to the 19th century. These homes also featured one story designs built to meet the need of the inhabitants without extra rooms or unnecessary features and decoration. Architects believed that ranch homes designs should be based on three key features: livability (open floor plans), flexibility (using rooms as needed for whatever purpose the inhabitants choose) and an unpretentious design (simple and casual feel).

Green Square Glass Knob

Although ranch homes declined in popularity because designs were becoming increasingly bland due to cost cutting measures there has been renewed interest in this style recently. The simple design and affordability makes ranch style homes attractive to young couples or families as “starter” homes. Criticism of the design focuses on the lack of individuality in the design.

Ranch style homes offer provide homeowners with the opportunity to decorate in almost any style they choose without being restricted to “period specific” pieces. From Victorian style hardware to contemporary designs these homes allow for an eclectic mix of design styles. LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide selection of home hardware from cabinet knobs to doorknob sets to window hardware. Update older or damaged hardware with glass, solid brass, pewter or iron to reflect your unique personality and decorating taste. The ranch home is a wonderful opportunity to introduce new and exciting patterns all over the house or create a common theme throughout every room.

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December 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm