Art Deco – Influences and Furniture, and a Resource

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Art Deco (c.1908 to 1935)


Art Deco began in Europe, particularly Paris, in the early years of the 20th century, but didn’t really take hold until after World War I.  As the world let its hair down after the hell of WW1, Deco truly reigned until the outbreak of World War II. This particular era of decorative arts seems more nostalgic than most. Perhaps because it yielded such creativity, or maybe because it is reflective of a time where so many things happened on the historical time line.  A sampling of this active time in history: the Empire State Building “scraped the sky”, assembly lines were created, Edison invented the first talking films, Lindbergh forever changed aviation with the first solo flight across the Atlantic, Penicillin was discovered, Pluto was discovered, Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered, the “unsinkable” Titanic fatefully set sail, jazz was born, the Charleston and the Tango were the rage, Cubism was the hip art style and Picasso was leading the way. It was the era of Prohibition, Fascism, Darwinism, Surrealism, the Great Depression and gangsters. Certainly not dull. How did all of this translate into the decorative arts of the time? 
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French Furniture: Three Desks, Three Styles and a Decorative Arts Glossary

DO YOU KNOW YOUR FRENCH ANTIQUE DESK STYLES?

French Desks on www.CourtneyPrice.comToday we are going to have a little decorative arts refresher on French Furniture. I thought a history lesson might be more fun and more memorable if we stick to one type of furniture… just to drive home the style differences and history that influenced their design. So today is “desk day”- we will compare three styles- Regency, Louis XV and Louis XVI desks/bureau plats….which come from three consecutive periods of french decorative history.  Many people find it very confusing to distinguish between the Louis styles, (and if you are a designer, that would be a major faux pas) which is nothing that a good story with visuals can’t cure. The broader context of each of these decorative styles will serve as a decorative arts glossary of terms used. Plan on some juicy backstories, decorative elements, creations and characteristics of each time … and a little gossip about the players/shenanigans of each era… nobody ever said French history was boring. [Read more…]

What to See and Where to Eat in San Francisco – a Traveler’s Guide to a Beautiful San Francisco Experience

San Francisco Travel Guide- What to See, where to eat. www.CourtneyPrice.com

San Francisco is such an unusual city, full of unique architecture, fabulous food, unreal antiques and art, and stunning views. Because of the previous posts I have done reviewing several San Francisco restaurants, I have received requests for more on what to do when in The Golden Gate City.  SO… I assembled a guide (the one that I wished for when I visited) to provide and overview and specifics to help plan a visit:

Iconic San Francisco photo-worthy views

famous historical landmarks

San Fran historical tidbits (San Francisco history is juicy)

beautiful areas of the city worth exploring

insider tips on some great places to shop, especially if you are into design or antiques

amazing restaurants (pack your appetite)

 If you are a foodie, take notes and prepare to plan ahead with reservations… these suggestions are seriously good.  Head over to Huffington Post Travel to Explore San Francisco in photographic detail~ and if I missed any of your favorite places, please be sure to mention them in the comment section.

Hotel Silver

Hotel Silver Coffee Service on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Hotel Silver adds understated elegance, the possibility of a good story, depending on how you found yours.  The best way to find hotel silver is to simply be aware and on the lookout for it. You would be surprised by the timing or  places where it might appear. Antique stores and estate sales are obvious bets, but when you least expect it, you will start seeing it if you are on the lookout.  I was once in New York, staying at the Plaza Hotel during it’s final week before construction was to start to convert part of it to condo. Talk about the right place at the right time, it was a jackpot for hotel everything, being sold for pennies on the dollar, with MY last initial on it. Pure luck. I have been collecting it over the years and absolutely love my mismatched collection in the works. A surprising treasure trove of hotel silver is [Read more…]

Mix it UP

French Chair on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Mixing styles requires confidence and skill. Take for example this historical and regional Mix up- BAM! Quite a success. I love how well this works in a design sense. Today I am going to share some design inspiration from designers who know how to keep spaces interesting…. [Read more…]

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