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Through The Window -Selections in Hardware for Your Windows

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I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn:
It never came a minute too soon
Nor brought too long a day.

                                               ~Thomas Hood

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Rectangular Georgian Roped Solid Brass Sash Pull (Polished Brass)

Windows are funny little things, or big things, depending upon construction and edifice. Most are functional, utilitarian in nature, serving a purpose and for the most part going unappreciated. Granted, occasionally we come upon a breathtaking stained glass window, a large landscape revealing plate glass wall, or a tiny adorable notion of an opening with rippled panes of glass. But, the usual window is a standard affair.

Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we aim to help you take your mundane window and dress it up a bit. The sash locks and pulls we offer provide you with the rich details needed to make your windows a striking feature in your home. We offer a variety of styles to match your period restoration or to enhance your contemporary construction. Take a look at these examples, then visit our website for even more. You’ll find the sash accessories to complete your windows with style and charm.

Eastlake Solid Brass Window Lock in Polished Brass.

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Art Deco Style Window Sash Lock in Japanned Style Finish

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Broken Leaf Solid Brass Sash Pull in Antique Brass Finish

He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

~William Shakespeare

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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

The Glamour of Art Deco

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Flappers, gangsters, speakeasies and skyscrapers all bring to mind the Roaring 20’s and the heyday of the Art Deco movement. Add a dash of Harlem Renaissance, the Jazz Age, and industrial growth, and the boom of the era is edified in the art, architecture and interior design of the day. Streamlined, sleek furniture, glamorous fixtures and detailed symmetrical finishes adorning everything from salt and pepper shakers to the Chrysler building are examples of this design movement. The prosperity of the day was signified in the luxurious attention to detail and travel to exotic locales was a theme visited in many of the motifs.

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French Art Deco Amber Slip Shade Wall Sconce

Furniture design followed suit, with sleek lines and geometric emphasis. Sophisticated materials such as black lacquer, chrome and glass gave furnishings a modern almost futuristic look that had not been seen before. Even the hardware on bureaus, side tables, and cabinetry reflected the desire to achieve an exciting blend of materials and craftsmanship as the future was embraced through art and design.

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Art Deco Style Door Pull & Plate in a Polished Brass Finish

Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we have embraced Art Deco as well, crafting an exciting selection of hardware reproductions to offer discerning customers. Whether your original Art Deco furniture needs replacement hardware or your decorating tastes turn to the style, you’ll find what you need at our website. Remember many of the items in our collections are available in an array of finishes. Let us help you achieve the glamour of Art Deco in your home today.

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Solid Brass Marquee Pull in a Polished Brass Finish

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May 6, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Ring My Bell

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For those of you who now have that cheesy disco tune stuck in your head, our apologies. But you’re thinking about bells and if you read last week’s post you may have already connected the dots. In continuing the spring quest to beautify your front entry, a new doorbell is one more feature to consider. Here at Look in the Attic & Co, we have many fine examples of doorbells and chimes to offer. 

One lovely example we offer is the solid brass Art Nouveau style doorbell in oil rubbed bronze finish. This bell is made for years of service and the quality is impeccable. Even the button itself is made of metal, not plastic. Each piece is hand cast and hand finished to maintain the highest level of detail. 

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4 1/4 Inch Art Nouveau Solid Brass Doorbell in Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish

While we offer many styles, here is one more for your consideration. In smaller entry ways where a petite doorbell fits to scale, this Lost Wax Cast Eastlake doorbell presents a 2 7/8 inch diameter with fine detailing. The lost wax casting process, sometimes known by the French name of cire perdue is an ancient practice that is still used for artwork today. Here it has been used to preserve the fine details of the original Eastlake doorbell components, while providing a product that will last for ages.

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2 7/8 Inch Diameter Lost Wax Cast Eastlake Doorbell in Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish

While we have only featured a few of our beautiful doorbells, rest assured we offer a wide variety to meet the needs of our customers. Additional bells in Traditional, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Victorian, Eastlake, and Craftsman styles are available. Visit our page at http://www.lookintheattic.com to find the bell that “rings your bell.”

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April 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Art Deco Push and Pull Door Plates

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     Art Deco is characterized by a linear, hard edge or angular composition, often with a vertical emphasis, and highlighted with stylized decoration (according to Blumenson). Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s  and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s, into the World War II era. The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film.

     The Art Deco style has become quite popular in home décor due to its versatility and uniqueness.  The style typically features clean lines and geometric patterns, usually carved into the metal so as to add contrast, or embossed on the surface to help it stand out.   There are several different methods used to create such designs, though creating a mold and pouring molten metal is a popular method, and can be fairly fast to do.  It is especially popular when making pairs of door plates, ensuring that the two pieces will match exactly.

It easy to see the similarities between art deco architecture and art deco interior design. We nick named this plate "The Chrysler".

 

 

     Etching a design into the piece is generally done when a pattern is placed on the solid metal and an acid, or other chemical compound, is used to eat away at the exposed metal.  The result is a design embedded into the metal.  It is not uncommon to have color differences in the metals, allowing the pattern to stand out a little more.  This is especially the case in the push plates featured in bronze and copper.

A brilliant example of the intricate detail that goes into art deco design elements.

 

     Our pieces are available in many different finishes and metals, making it easy to find just the right one for your home or particular room you are decorating.  Art Deco is an especially nice style for decorating, since it is extremely versatile and can match any current décor.  If you prefer your décor to stand out and make a statement, consider perhaps one of the more extravagantly decorated plates.  You can also choose plates in a metal that contrast with the rest of the décor or the color of the doors they are applied to.  Polished brass pieces look brilliant on a white door, and copper pieces on a dark colored wood add just enough color difference to be noticeable.

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August 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

Art Deco

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The Art Deco style began in the 1920’s in Paris, France, and quickly spread around the globe.   This is one of those artistic styles that influenced every aspect of art, from interior design and cabinet hardware to prints and architecture and everywhere in between.  The term ‘Art Deco’ didn’t get assigned to the design elements until nearly forty years after its introduction to the world in the 1960’s.

Art Deco Door Hardware

Art Deco Door Hardware

Some of the main characteristics of the Art Deco style are the use of lines and shapes to create movement and evoke emotion in everyday things.  They add an architectural and design element all the while being very structural and necessary to a piece, building, or work of art.  The sunburst design is probably the most iconic of all of the design elements tied into this movement, and can be seen in nearly every item created with this theme in mind.

Art Deco Lighting

Art Deco Lighting

They weren’t limited to buildings and works of art though.   Sunbursts were found on everyday objects like radios and clocks, to the grilles of cars and shoes, to more extravagant places like Radio City Music Hall and the spire of the Chrysler Building, which is a perfect example of the architectural aspect, and one of the most iconic.

Art Deco Home Hardware

Art Deco Home Hardware

The simple shapes and clean lines that epitomized this style are seen all over the world, and it was easy for many artists and architects to combine influences from their countries and cultures to create their own version of the Art Deco movement.  The simplicity behind it all also helped to inspire many pieces of hardware and metalwork that is found in homes today.  There is a large variety of pieces to choose from, and the finishes in which they are produced are relevant only to match the rest of the home’s designs.

Art Deco buildings, homes and offices are a prime example of a major World Architecture movement. The details – door, window and cabinet hardware, are still manufactured and can be found today – to help put back what was once lost. We suggest that you check Art Deco Hardware or LookInTheAttic – they both have great and fantastic items for both Commercial and Residential applications.

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April 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

Just A Handle

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Here is another piece from the same gentleman that sent us the pineapple eating turtle drawer pull back.  This part, as you can see from the picture, is just the swinging handle part, along with the two pins necessary to hold it in place.  I know what many of you might be thinking, but no, this is not the missing piece for the turtle.

Take a really good look at it.  This piece is probably about twenty or so years older than turtle, and may even be made of a different metal.  We can’t say for sure quite yet; it’s still really dirty and needs a lot of cleaning done to it before we can make any declaration about it.  We can definitely say that it seems to be missing a piece, but that may not be the case.

While drawer pulls have always been somewhat necessary, they have not always been as decorative as they are today.  It’s commonplace nowadays to have a removable backplate that has a swinging handle, but this is a relatively new decoration, all things considering.

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Handles for drawers started off as just that; simply a handle, like the one we are featuring now.  There was no real need for any sort of decoration, and most people couldn’t afford them when they were available.  They were too fancy and far too expensive for most homes.  Another reason is many people made their own furniture, or bartered for goods with others to get what they needed.  This was especially true in farm towns, and villages far from the big cities.

It just wasn’t practical to use valuable for metalsmiths to use their talent to create something so decorative while knowing nobody could afford it.  They had two options; move to a big city and try to sell them there, or stick to what would and could sell and be happy with what you had.

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April 12, 2011 at 10:10 am