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February 28, 2011

Falling for Fringe

Filed under: materials and finishes — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 5:06 pm

Something that I just learned recently is that fringe has been used for centuries. It first made an appearance in the early civilization of Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Historians have found through recovered pottery, sculpture and writing that fringe was applied to the garments of both men and women. It is believed that in its early usage there was no class distinction and that everyone wore fringe on their skirts and their shawls. As the civilization began to advance in textile technology, artisans were able to dye the fringe to create different color combinations and layer the fringe with different knot designs. Fringe design became so elaborate that individuals and families claimed different fringe designs as their emblem. On formal documents instead of using their family signature, the men would sometimes imprint their unique fringe design into the clay tablet as a signature.

Ever since then fringe has been a very popular decorative detailing for fashion and interiors. Fringe possibly made its biggest debut during the time on the old west when it was used in cowboy costume in leather. Fringe was also used frequently during the Classical Victorian era when the modesty of showing leg was even applied to the furnishings. They used fringe to cover the legs of chairs because the idea of an exposed leg was too risque. Now fringe can be seem just about anywhere. Next time you are looking for a little decorative addition to your interior think about finding a fringe design that is individualized enough to be your signature. Happy Monday.

February 25, 2011

Lonny Love

I had the most amazing week because this past Wednesday I had a photoshoot with Michelle Adams and Patrick Cline from Lonny for the new Trad Home online magazine. My team and I prepared for a shoot the we always do; lots of food, sturdy shoes, and a clear schedule because our photoshoots usually take 12-14 hours. Not to mention the craze of all kind of photographers and assistants running around, we are sure to pack the Advil. But to our surprise we met Michelle and Patrick over at the house where they proceeded to calmly organize a small collection of equipment. We were expecting more help but it was just them and they began to quickly go through the house and plan the appropriate shots. The shoot was calm organized and dare I say…fun? And it took a quarter of the time it usually does and they were such joys to work with.

As you know, Lonny is the hottest and best online magazine out there right now, hands down. The Lonny team has basically revolutionized the way we get our design information and has sparked many more teams to try and do the same. But there is no one like Lonny – just check out their most recent 200 page magazine full of fabulous interiors and the latest design trends. The fact that we know the people behind the magazine are just as quality as the magazine they produce is even more reason for us to say, WE LOVE LONNY! And we are so looking forward to working with them more in the future as Trad Home begins and and as Lonny continues to dominate. We would like to say thank you to the beautiful and talented Michelle and Patrick for all of their support. I can’t wait to see the photos!

February 24, 2011

Coffee with Jamie

Filed under: books,Uncategorized — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 12:43 am

Consequences – Penelope Lively

“Booker and Whitbread prize–winner Lively begins her 14th novel, a multigenerational love story, in a London park in 1935, ends it nearly 70 years later after covering several lifetimes of love and heartbreak. The story starts when Lorna Bradley and Matt Faraday meet in St. James Park; they are instantly drawn to one another despite her upper-crust upbringing and Matt’s “tradesman” profession. After their marriage, they settle in the country where Matt works as an engraver and Lorna fulfills her domestic role as a wife and mother to their daughter, Molly. It is an idyllic situation until Matt is drafted and sent to Egypt, where he is killed in action. Lorna and young Molly relocate to London, and Lorna works with Matt’s friend Lucas at his small printing press. Predictably, Lucas and Lorna marry, but she dies giving birth to Simon. The narrative diverges as grown-up Molly finds employment as a library assistant and has an affair with a wealthy man who fathers her child, Ruth. Grown and with children of her own, Ruth’s curiosity about her ancestors sends her on a journey that brings the novel full circle. Lively (A Stitch in Time; Moon Tiger) has crafted a fine novel: intricate, heartbreaking and redemptive.”

- Publishers Weekly

Gould’s Book of Fish – Richard Flanagan

“Flanagan (The Sound of One Hand Clapping) has written a Tasmanian version of Rimbaud’s Season in Hell, a mesmerizing portrait of human abjection and sometimes elation set in a 19th-century Down Under penal colony. A small-time forger of antiques in contemporary Tasmania finds a mysterious illustrated manuscript that recounts in harrowing detail the rise and fall of a convict state on Sarah Island, off the Tasmanian coast, in the 1830s. The text is penned by William Gould, a forger and thief (and an actual 19th-century convict) shipped from England to a Tasmanian prison run as a private kingdom by the Commandant, a lunatic tyrant in a gold mask rumored to have been a convict himself. The prison world consists of a lower caste of convicts tormented with lengthy floggings, vile food and various mechanical torture devices by a small number of officers and officials. Gould finagles his way into the good graces of the island surgeon, Tobias Achilles Lempriere, a fat fanatic of natural science, who has Gould paint scientific illustrations of fish, with the goal of publishing the definitive ichthyological work on Sarah Island species. In Gould’s hands, however, the taxonomy of fish becomes his testimony to the bizarre perversion of Europe’s technology and art wrought by the Commandant’s mad ambitions. Civilization, in this inverted world, creates moral wilderness; science creates lies. Carefully crafted and allusive, this blazing portrait of Australia’s colonial past will surely spread Flanagan’s reputation among American readers”

- Publisher’s Weekly

Hunting Midnight – Richard Zimler

“Acts of cruelty and bigotry and a shocking betrayal propel thiscolorful if overstuffed historical novel by Zimler (The Last Kabbalistof Lisbon), set in 18th- and 19th-century Portugal. John Zarco Stewartis the son of a Scotsman and, through his mother, is descended fromconverted Jews called Marranos who have kept their identity a secretsince the Spanish Inquisition. John grows up in the city of Portounaware of his true heritage until a necromancer curses him when he isnine. In the same year, his best friend drowns before his eyes, and heis only comforted when his father returns from a trip to Africa with aBushman called Midnight, a healer and freed slave who teaches Johnmany things as he grows into manhood. But Midnight, too, meets aviolent end, and when John is 16, Napoleon’s armies invade Portugaland John’s father is killed defending Porto. Years after the war, Johndiscovers that his father, who he believed was a hero, had committedan unthinkable act of treachery. In attempting to atone for hisfather’s misdeed, John travels from Portugal to England thenantebellum America. Zimler packs his tale with exotic detail,describing Porto’s bird markets, plantation life in South Carolina andthe lives of Jews in hiding. Though his prose style is somewhat stiffas he attempts to echo 1800s speech patterns (” `Close your goddamnedsnout and run, you little mole!’ “) and many of the events in thestory are melodramatic, the narrative has a vintage flavor thatbecomes absorbing.”

- Publishers Weekly

Elizabeth Costello – J.M.Coetzee

“Even more uncompromising than usual, this latest novel by Coetzee (his first since 1999′s Booker Prize-winning Disgrace) blurs the bounds of fiction and nonfiction while furthering the author’s exploration of urgent moral and aesthetic questions. Elizabeth Costello, a fictional aging Australian novelist who gained fame for a Ulysses-inspired novel in the 1960s, reveals the workings of her still-formidable mind in a series of formal addresses she either attends or delivers herself (an award acceptance speech, a lecture on a cruise ship, a graduation speech). This ingenious structure allows Coetzee to circle around his protagonist, revealing her preoccupations and contradictions her relationships with her son, John, an academic, and her sister, Blanche, a missionary in Africa; her deep, almost fanatical concern with animal rights; her conflicted views on reason and realism; her grapplings with the human problems of sex and spirituality. The specters of the Holocaust and colonialism, of Greek mythology and Christian morality, and of Franz Kafka and the absurd haunt the novel, as Coetzee deftly weaves the intense contemplation of abstractions with the everyday life of an all-too-human body and mind. The struggle for self-expression comes to a wrenching climax when Elizabeth faces a final reckoning and finds herself at a loss for words. This is a novel of weighty ideas, concerned with what it means to be human and with the difficult and seductive task of making meaning. It is a resounding achievement by Coetzee and one that will linger with the reader long after its reverberating conclusion.”

- Publishers Weekly

February 23, 2011

Beautiful Hallways

Filed under: Hallways — Tags: , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 3:53 pm

There seems to be many spaces in a home that people neglect or forget about. In someof my previous posts I have tried to address some of the those spaces and today I have one more fore you; the hallway. Unless you are in a studio apartment then you most likely have a hall of some kind, even if it is small. No matter its size, the hallway is still a place to get adventurous with design and create something beautiful. Since there isn’t a lot of space in a hallway there are really one options you have; treating the wall surface. That still leaves many options for design like resurfacing with paint or paper, creating some kind built in, or applying something to the surface like a picture or sconce. If you have the room, built ins can be very beautiful and functional – especially if you are in a small space. It seems that people are always looking for storage and just the same way you keep your linen closet in the hallway, why not add an entire wall of storage that will enhance the beauty of the space. Sometimes people can fit in benches which look especially nice if there happens to be a window in the hallway. A built in bookcase is also a lovely addition to the hallway. If doing a built in isn’t an option consider resurfacing your wall with new paint or paper. You can even make the space look more architectural by applying some crown moulding form home depot – its simple and inexpensive. After you resurface the wall consider adding some finish details. For some reason the hallway has become the place for hiding framed pictures from all of the family reunions they have had since the 70′s. Listen, if you wouldn’t put the picture in the living room for all the world to see, then do you think it makes your cousin who comes one a year feel better to see the picture discretely positioned in the hallway on the way to the bathroom? Um, no. If you are trying to hide a picture in the hallway do everyone a favor and get rid of it, it won’t hurt anyone’s feelings. Replace it with some beautiful art. You walk through the hallway everyday, why not display something beautiful? You can also add some sconces or faux pilasters – get creative.

February 18, 2011

The Craft of Kilim

Filed under: Art and Accesories,Rugs and carpet — Tags: , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 7:45 am

I have recently become more and more interested with Orientalism and the style Boho chic. It it very popular right now if you have seen the top fashion lines for spring. Many familiar interior designers and architects are also bringing the influence of Morocco and India into their work. The style is characterized by the use of natural materials and the integration of complex motifs and detailing. With that being said, I wanted to talk today about Kilim carpets and Rugs.

The name is Kilim is Turkish and “and comes from the Persian gelim ‘to spread roughly’, which is probably of Mongolian origin.” The construction of a Kilim is want makes them unique because their extremely delicate. They do not have a pile to protect the warp and weft and therefore are very rare because such few originals have remained over time.

I am not an expert with the technical terms if weaving, so I am going to let wiki do the talking: “Kilims are produced by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands of the weave to produce a flat surface with no pile. Most kilim weaves are “weft-facing”, i.e., the horizontal weft strands are pulled tightly downward so that they hide the vertical warp strands. When the end of a color boundary is reached, the weft yarn is wound back from the boundary point. Thus, if the boundary of a field is a straight vertical line, a vertical slit forms between the two different color areas where they meet. For this reason, most kilims can be classed as “slit woven” textiles. The slits are beloved by collectors, as they produce very sharp-etched designs, emphasizing the geometry of the weave. Weaving strategies for avoiding slit formation, such as interlocking, produce a more blurred design image. The weft strands, which carry the visible design and color, are almost always wool, whereas the hidden warp strands can be either wool or cotton. The warp strands are only visible at the ends, where they emerge as the fringe. This fringe is usually tied in bunches, to ensure against loosening or unraveling of the weave.”

These rugs typically have a lighter coloration then those rugs that your see coming out of the east. The motif design is often geometric and almost tribal looking with a simple motif woven in around the border. It used to be that collectors prized pile carpets as opposed to Kilims but recently Kilims have become more desirable and can be very pricey. Of course like everything, if you want a Kilim imitation rug for cheap there are always places to find them. A kilim rug is definitely a unique alternative to the overused oriental rug. Consider purchasing one from your breakfast room or study.

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