Wednesday, 12 June 2013

UK Handmade's Summer 2013 Showcase feature!

Oh, did I tell you about my Summer Showcase feature in UK handmade, one of my unique handmade Ankara lampshades made it. I think this would be a perfect gift for Father's Day, would go well in a man cave / home office / bedroom me thinks! The possibilities are endless. Here is the link to the Summer showcase

and here's a closer look at my fab Blue Chevron African Wax Print Lampshade ......

Did you know that there is a matching pillow available too ......

For more wonderful handmade gifts, here's the link to my Etsy Shop new items added on a regular basis. Will be making notice / pin boards, fabric  bookmarks and other home decor items soon. :-)

And I also have a sale on at the moment, all info on the flyer below.
Happy shopping my fellow readers!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The Thomas Chippendale Factor ~ Happy 295th birthday Sir!

Oh how I so love classic periodic furniture. I mean the ones that take us back in time. And never go out of fashion

And today is a very significant day as we mark Thomas Chippendale's life!

Thomas Chippendale's 295th Birthday
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And I so love Google's Doodle. Trust them to come up trumps. All well-known Chippendale furniture pieces 'doodly' represented here!

He was a very famous 18th century English cabinet maker as well as a furniture designer. And he's from Yorkshire, just like me :-) I wrote a piece about him for one of Interior Design Diploma assignments which is reproduced below
 "He was well known for making furniture that was more functional thus concentrating on strength over appearance. Quite famous for his cabriole legs with the carved claw and ball foot that were popular on his chairs and dining tables He loved using acanthus leaf as carved designs and pierced urn shaped splats on chairs. His style commonly featured elaborate lines and embellishments

Chippendale published a book called “the Gentlemans’ and Cabinet-Makers’ Director”. This served like an advertising journal for tradesmen.
He also had a Chinese style, sometimes called Chinoiserie which featured pagodas, bamboo turnings, claw-and-ball feet, intricate latticework and lacquering. Then finally, he had a Gothic influenced style that contained pointed arches, quatrefoils and fret-worked legs.Chippendale was best known for his desks and secretaries and he was the first to design the Pembroke table which had a drop-leaf design with an oblong or rectangular fixed centrepiece which contained a drawer underneath.Thomas Chippendale loved using Rococo, Chinese and Gothic influences and representing this in his furniture by including motifs like shells, rocks, foliage, flowers  and C scrolls..  His was a master carver with designs typically being made of His later works had French-Chinese and Gothic influences
And now I share some of his most beautifully designed furniture ......

Lovely Jappened Chippendale wardrobe in Green and Gold at Nostell Priory.

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A couple of "Chippendale" armchairs 

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Now this I adore. Rococo inspired Chippendale mirror adorned with flowers, birds, leaves and bulrushes.
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This lovely corner cabinet with chinoiserie detailing, I believe, was made for the actor David Garrick 1768  - 1778. 

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}My take on Thomas Chippendale ~ His furniture pieces are classics, their value has appreciated a lot over time and I wouldn't mind owning a piece of history one day!~