Crockery is an excellent way to showcase your design style through practical additions to your home. Everyone needs plates and cups, but why buy generic brands from a box store when you purchase pieces with a history and design all their own? Purchasing antique crockery for decorating your table and home can be a fun and challenging experience.
There are so many time periods from which to choose, each with their own distinctive style. To help in your antique crockery choice, two vastly different styles are highlighted below: Red Wing pottery and Wedgwood china.
The real purpose of a picture frame is to focus and protect pictures. Antique picture frames are precursors to wholesale products in acrylic or metal. Antique picture frames have a history dating to the 2nd century B.C., with the finding of borders around Etruscan cave paintings. The frames were primarily used for isolating and safeguarding particular paintings.
The first antique picture frame was the carved wooden frame found in the Middle Ages, when frames were usually made by painter himself. It was during the Renaissance that frame making gained prominence. Professional frame makers came into the forefront and antique picture frames reflected the furniture style, from ornate to gilded or rococo. Generally in wood or metal, antique picture frames add a touch of glamour to surroundings, and at the same time enhance a picture.
A window shutter is a covering made of vertical stiles and horizontal rails. It is used to control the amount of sunlight, to provide privacy, to protect against weather elements, and to enhance the aesthetics of a building. It refers to both interior shutters and exterior shutters. Interior shutters, as their name suggests, are shutters used inside the home or building. They have hinges on either side of the window and swing inwards to let light enter. Exterior shutters are used outside the structure and also have hinges to either side of the window, but they swing outwards.
Shutters have been used since the time of Henry VIII and reign of Elizabeth I in the 1500s. Most homes in Tudor, England had shutters that were originally designed to protect windows on the outside and were built for the interior of the home.