What’s our favorite word of the week? “Architexture,” as coined by blogger Pretty Organized Palace who used textured wallpaper to not only spruce up a mantle, but also fashion placemats, decorate file organizers and make over dingy lampshades.
And that’s not the only way bloggers are using this trending feature in home décor. We also love how Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcome used textured wallpaper to create faux boiserie in this entryway.
We, too, are caught in the craze! In a recent photo shoot by York Wallcoverings, designers showcased Drexel Heritage furniture in rooms that feature some of their limited-edition textured wallpaper. The reflection from our mirrored Miriam Console illuminates the fluted glass beading of this wallcovering.
C is for “component.” Believe it or not, every piece of furniture is not entirely unique. Designers’ work is often inspired by the designs of others, and one designer in particular has had the greatest influence of them all. It's no other than Mother Nature herself who often spurs our best ideas! Our third letter of the alphabet highlights three common “C” components of nature found in furniture design.
Camels are known for the fatty deposits on their backs known as “humps.” These humps have also inspired the “camel back” design first used in 18th century sofas and chairs, where the peak of the curve is centered on the back. Our Parlor Side Chair from our At Home in Belle Maison collection is an elegant example of how one of Asia’s native species has made its way into your living room!
Another natural component of furniture design is the “cabriole.” Taken from the Spanish word for “goat,” the cabriole style resembles the leg of an animal. The double curve turns in at the “knee” and flares out at the foot, just like the hooves of a goat, and was first used in 17th century design for table and chair legs. Our Parlor Side Chair is also the perfect example.
The Channel Back
Last but not least, we hoist our sails and cruise out into the channel to find this next nature-inspired design. The “channel back” refers to a backing with grooves or fluting as decoration, much like that of a seashell. This component is found in chair, and less commonly sofa, design, like our Abbott Chair from the Drexel Heritage Upholstery collection.
So whether you’re designing with flair or leaning on the simpler side, these staple furniture designs give a room natural balance…even if it does seem a bit odd to say you used a camel for inspiration!
Tweed is back, and it means business! This British heritage classic has made a comeback in the fashion world. Blogger Fashion Bible is a fan of this sophisticated look, and we love The Style Blogger’s take on the tweed three-piece suit. But it’s not just men’s (and women’s) fashion that has taken notice; tweed is also making a bold statement in home décor.
It’s time for a little show and tell here at Drexel Heritage. After revealing our new collection At Home in the Wine Country during High Point Market in October, a lot of you have been asking the same question – “What was that paint color on the walls in the showroom?”
If you had a chance to read our blog “Baby, It’s Gold Outside,” then you know that we love pairing up gold and gray. It comes as no surprise, then, that we chose Chelsea Gray, from Benjamin Moore’s Historic Color collection, as the wall color for this showroom. The golden hues in the chest and mirror look great against the gray and give the room a warm and inviting feel.
Stay tuned for more on our showroom paint color choices!