Across the Colour Spectrum: Decorating in White

Our next stop on the decorating colour spectrum is white.  Before we get started, it is worth defining what 'white' actually is as there is a debate as to whether white is a colour or not.  According to the additive colour theory white is, technically, a colour as it is the blending of all colours … Continue reading Across the Colour Spectrum: Decorating in White

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A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

Today's subject is the esteemed Scottish artist Patrick Nasmyth.  Nasmyth was born in January 1786 to a family of painters.  His father, Alexander Nasmyth, specialised in landscape paintings.  Nasmyth was one of eleven children, several of whom also became painters.  Nasmyth had two strokes of bad luck in his early years.  While preparing to go … Continue reading A Family Tradition: The Art of Patrick Nasmyth

The Art of the Fold: A History of Decorative Screens in the Interior

Several months ago we looked at Chinese lacquer screens and their history.  Today we will focus on the broader history of screens and how they became a popular and fashionable item in Georgian England and Continental Europe.  The painting entitled The New Song by Jan Josef Horemans depicts an interior scene with a group of men … Continue reading The Art of the Fold: A History of Decorative Screens in the Interior

Designer Spotlight: Katharine Pooley

Our next designer spotlight is one of London's own: Katharine Pooley.  The award winning designer runs an impressive design studio in Knightsbridge.  Having lived all over the world (Vietnam, Singapore, and Bahrain to name a few), Katharine's style is sophisticated, elegant, and reflects her worldly background. Today we are highlighting her stunning renovation and design … Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Katharine Pooley

The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Imbrication

Our next stop on the alphabet of the decorative arts is imbrication.  Although this word may be unfamiliar now, you will soon start spotting this decorative feature everywhere.  Imbrication is decorative style featuring overlapping patterns, such as tiles on a roof or scales.  The word comes from the Latin imbricare 'to cover with tiles.'   The style first … Continue reading The ABCs of the Decorative Arts: Imbrication

A Most Curious Natural Art: The History of Shellwork

Shellwork pieces first appeared in the 17th century on boxes and caskets of the late Stuart period with decoration of rolled paper, and by the 18th century shellwork had become a popular craft often carried out by women.   Shellwork represented the growing fascination with discoveries of the natural world which fueled the Age of Enlightenment.  … Continue reading A Most Curious Natural Art: The History of Shellwork