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A Warm Welcome

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     Your front door is the welcome you present to all who approach your home. Colorful, traditional, quirky or grand, your style speaks to the world and beckons visitors to enter. Have you taken the time lately to study the message your front door is sending?

After a long brutal winter, your front entry may be showing the effects of weather through rust, tarnish, fading paint or dead plants. With warmer temperatures and sunny days ahead, take time to evaluate your entryway so it shines this spring. Here at Look in the Attic & Company, we have everything you need to dress this area up and welcome your guests in style.

First consider the paint. If the color is fading, or you’re ready for a change, liven up your door with a fresh coat of paint to get this project underway. Many homes feature traditional colors for entry doors, but lately, more personalized and unique door colors seem to be a trend.

Once the paint is dry, continue the updates with new entryway hardware. This traditional oval single-door deadbolt entryway set in Oil Rubbed Bronze finish provides an old-world elegance to your entry and is simple to install.  We offer this complete set with tubular latch mechanisms, strike plates, complete knob sets, internal mechanisms, deadbolts and all mounting hardware. Everything you need for a successful installation is included.

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Traditional Oval Single-Door Deadbolt Entryway Set

Next, add new house numbers for easy recognition of your street address. This often overlooked detail is attractive and makes your house stand out. The house number shown is made in solid brass and measures 6 inches tall. This durable solid brass casting comes complete with the mounting hardware and is available in Polished Brass (Shown), Antique Brass, Weathered Flat Black and Oil Rubbed Bronze.

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6 Inch Tall Number 1 in Polished Brass

     In addition to those updates, consider adding a new kick plate as well.  Kick plates are a simple eye catching way to make your front entry stand out.  Our kick plates come in a variety of finishes and heights. Our smallest plate is a non-standard 5 inches tall, with a width that can range from 27 to 42 inches. Our largest plate is a substantial 10 inches in height and a width range of 28 to 42 inches. Finishes for the plates offered include Polished Brass, Antique Brass, Antique Nickel, Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze and more.

Lastly, complete your project with an elegant planter filled with colorful annuals. Look in the Attic & Company provides many choices for that finishing touch as well. We offer an assortment of planters in a variety of colors and styles to festoon your entryway in beautiful blooms. Below are just a few samples of our colorful planters.

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Porcelain Floral Planter – Measures 17 Inches Tall with an Antique Bronze Finish Metal Base.

     These featured improvements will declare a warm welcome to friends and neighbors. Let Look in the Attic & Company help with your front entry spring clean up for beautiful and lasting home improvements.

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Victorian Queen Anne Style in the United States

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     The Queen Anne style came over to the United States and began getting popular around 1880, not long after its popularity was booming in England.  Just like with some other things, the term Queen Anne style is loosely used.  Many of the same architectural elements seen in England are not the same seen here in the United States.

     In fact, the US version of the Queen Anne style is much more similar to the Craftsman style than its British counterpart.  While some of the features of these two design styles are similar, there are more differences.  The biggest similarities are the asymmetrical facades paired with overhanging eves, towers, and Dutch Gables.  Large wraparound porches often accentuate all of the above in classic Queen Anne Style.

     Some of the most decorative elements that are significant in this architectural style are not found on the outside of the home, but rather in the decorations and hardware that adorn the interior.  Door hinges, door knobs, cabinet hardware and much more are pieces that characterize the Queen Anne style perfectly, and may be similar or even identical to pieces found over in Great Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    The Craftsman/Queen Anne style can be found throughout the country, but perhaps the most famous example of this are the painted houses that line the streets of San Francisco.  They are the epitome of this style.

     If you want your home to portray the Queen Anne or Craftsman Victorian architectural styles, the best way to achieve this is from the inside out.  If your home already has some of the exterior elements, that is an added bonus.  Adding little touches throughout the interior are a great and affordable way to change the style of your home.

     When picturing a Queen Anne house, what most often comes to mind are “gingerbread”  houses. These  houses have lacy, delicate features like turned porch posts and ornamental spindles. Some interior uses of this style are demonstrated above.  This design is often called Eastlake, because it shares characteristics of the work by Charles Eastlake.

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June 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

The American Arts and Crafts Movement

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     The American Craftsman architectural style began in the very last part of the nineteenth century and encompasses all sorts of different aspects of architecture and decorating.  It really is more of an art form in itself.  It became especially popular during the 1930’s, and during that time really started to develop its style.

The American Craftsman style is an adaptation of the British Arts and Crafts style of architecture.  The British movement was started by William Morris in the 1860’s in response to the Industrial Revolution.  Morris felt that the results of the Industrial Revolution took away from what architecture really means.  Instead of relying on machines and mass production for everything, he felt that a personal touch and hand-made materials made all the difference.  The movement was also created in response to the overly-elaborate Victorian era that had just ended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American Craftsman movement first debuted at the 1897 Boston Exhibition.  Several of the best craftsman in the country got together and started their own American Arts and Crafts Exhibition in April of the same year.  This exhibit featured many of the country’s best writers, actors, painters, sculptors, architects, critics, and much more.  It became the first of many exhibitions to come and one of the biggest draws for anyone with any ties or interest in the Craftsman movement.

The exhibition also created another group just a few short months later.  The Society of Arts and Crafts debuted in June of 1897 and had twenty-one founding members.  The purpose of this group is to “develop and encourage higher standards in the handicrafts”, and put strong focus on the relationships between designers and artists and encouraged its members to produce only the highest quality of work.

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May 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Queen Anne Style in Australia

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The Queen Anne style in Australia was different than its counterparts in both England and the United States.  Just like the US version was closer to the Craftsman style, the Australian interpretation was a culmination of two other styles, the Federation style and the Edwardian style.

Queen Anne Architecture in Australia

Queen Anne Architecture in Australia

The Federation style, which occurred during the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s was actually a major movement that included twelve subcultures, one of which was the Federation Queen Anne.  Just like the American version, the Australian one also utilized many Tudor inspired elements.  One of the biggest differences in these styles is where the English style loved the look of wrought iron, the Australian preferred the classical look of elaborate fretwork.  One place the wrought iron was hard to be replaced is on the various pieces of hardware inside the house.

Queen Anne Architecture in Australia

Queen Anne Architecture in Australia

The first building on the continent to display the Queen Anne style was Caerleon in New South Wales.  While it was designed and built by a popular Australian architect, there were many design elements that we redesigned by an English architect.  Since there was so much work designed and built by both men, there is still controversy as to who should get more credit.

Architecture, like many other elements of art can be interpreted differently by different people.  For example, two different Australian architects each built a house around 1888 in what they believed to be the perfect portrayal of the style, but both had their own distinct features.  One of designers was much more influenced with the Tudor style than the other.

This style spread far and wide across the continent, and its beauty remains on display today.  Many of the design elements that are characteristic of the Australian Queen Anne style can be found not only on the exterior of the home, but also on the inside. When renovating an original Queen Anne style building or residence – be sure to use authentic style components. While difficult to find originals, there are very high quality ‘new’ old pieces made today. Check online at ArtDecoHardware.com or other sites for vintage style hardware for homes and commercial building.s

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April 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Finding Craftsman Style Hardware for Your Home

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If a home renovation project is in your near future, you may want to take a close look at the different options available to you. If you live in a house of a particular style you may wish to restore it to its natural appearance. When it comes to replacing door hardware, it can be difficult to find the original pieces still intact. Even when you are able to find them, they are often quite costly. You may be willing to pay the high prices and if so, there is certainly nothing wrong with that but there are options.

Craftsman Switch Plate

Craftsman Switch Plate

Many of the hardware styles of previous eras have remained so popular they are now reproduced. Craftsman Hardware is among these and may be more easily accessible than you think.

Craftsman Mail Slot

Craftsman Mail Slot

Craftsman style hardware possesses specific elements of design that set it apart from almost all other architectural styles. These pieces were hand-made and contained some natural flaws that have become their trademark in terms of appearance. The focus on these qualities emphasized these imperfections and helped make them quite popular. While earlier Victorian hardware was prized for its ornate qualities and near perfections, this style of hardware featured rough finishes and textured patterns all using materials that included hand crafted metal and wood work.

Craftsman Porcelain Doorknob Set

Craftsman Porcelain Doorknob Set

Craftsman style homes can still be seen in America today and are focused on a more efficient design instead of sheer beauty. This is because the families who originally inhabited them were middle class. Here servants would not have been necessary or even affordable and these homes would not have possessed the exquisite qualities of other styles of previous eras.
               

Craftsman style hardware can be used in a number of areas throughout the home. Door hardware is among its uses and includes a wide variety of door knobs for any room in the home as well as the doors leading to the outside of the residence. This hardware is functional in design while lacking ornate details. It can, however, be an elegant and beautiful addition to any home with patterns that will show unique textures not available on other styles.

Antique Brass Craftsman Set

Antique Brass Craftsman Set

Whether you are renovating your home or just want to add an interesting touch that will set your home apart from the others in your neighborhood, Craftsman style hardware will provide you with many choices. These pieces are easy to come by and will give your home a new look while accentuating and older style that remains unforgotten even today. See LookInTheAttic & Company for a wide variety of Craftsman and Mission style hardware.

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June 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Arts & Crafts Architectural Style – Elements of Simplicity in Design

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Arts & Crafts Style Drawer Pull

Arts & Crafts Style Drawer Pull

The Arts & Crafts architectural movement (sometimes referred to as Craftsman or Mission) is based on the principle of using simple forms and natural materials. It was pioneered in the 1880’s by several English designers and was used in everything from exterior architectural forms to interior decorating. The Arts & Crafts movements was in some ways a reaction to the industrialization that was occurring in the United States at that time and a desire to maintain the skilled craftsman while optimizing the use of a machine for dull and repetitive tasks.

Arts & Crafts style homes have several trademark features that include rustic exteriors and elongated vertical patterns. Some of these designs have intentionally rough finishes or edges to feel more rustic and handmade. This movement was especially popular in America when it came to reinventing the middle class home (making beautiful homes that were also affordable). This style was reflected in everything from the furniture to the hardware in the home. Arts & Crafts style home hardware is typically found in cast or forged iron and features very simple, usually square or rectangular, patterns.

Arts & Crafts Doorbell

Arts & Crafts Doorbell


Creating an arts & crafts style theme in your home is relatively simple and can be introduced in a variety of ways. Your front door can let visitors know what to expect inside with a beautiful Arts & Crafts style doorbell and matching deadbolt. Use a rustic style entryway set and doorknocker to complete the look. Replace older and worn lighting with mission style lights and replace your switch plates with coordinating patterns to create a common theme. Arts & craft style cabinet knobs and pulls are available in several patterns and you do not need to use the same design in every room to have a beautiful theme throughout your house. Consult with an interior decorator or other design expert for suggestions on how to further enhance the arts and crafts theme.

When using the Arts & Crafts movement you can be sure you are creating a unique and beautiful design for your home. Arts & Crafts style hardware is a simple and elegant addition that will accent without overpowering the rooms in your house. LookInTheAttic & Company offers a wide variety of Arts & Crafts style hardware and they offer free design assistance and help.

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November 9, 2009 at 6:43 pm