OK, so the The Palace of Versailles Hall of Mirrors isn’t a “small space” in the least, but it was one of the first architectural projects to feature new technology in mirror making. Built from 1678–1684, this great hallway incorporates seventeen mirror-clad arches that reflect the seventeen arcaded windows. Each arch contains twenty-one mirrors that were created by the Venetian Republic, who, at the time controlled the mirror monopoly. Mirrors were among the most expensive items sold during the 17th century. Thanks to Justus von Liebig and his advance in the modern techniques of silver-glass mirror making in 1835, we now have perfected the chemical process of coating a glass surface with metallic silver, which is the most widely known mirror making process used today. Life and design would be drastically different if it weren’t for mirrors, and here are just a few reasons why.
Painted Ceilings – The 5th Wall
I think it is safe to say that most ceilings are ignored when redecorating is in progress. Most people toil over what color to paint the walls, or which wall should be the accent and what color that accent should be. In the end, the walls are covered in a fresh coat of paint and the ceiling remains… white. As an interior designer, I too have left most ceilings white for one reason or another, but every so often I run across the right situation and a courageous client who allows their ceiling to join in the fun. I have recently completed a residential project (above) that included a living room that was the perfect candidate for a dark painted ceiling. Although the client absolutely loves it now, it wasn’t an easy sell. In fact, most people wouldn’t want to deviate away from the white ceiling. It is not because they didn’t have the ceiling heights or imagination to go for it, but rather they are simply accustomed to the norm and never considered the ceiling as “The 5th Wall.” Let’s explore.
Decorating Kids Rooms
There is no better time to begin organizing and implementing fun new decor in your kids bedrooms. Changing up their space can give them a renewed sense of personal style and inspire a summer full of imagination and creativity. Whether you spring for a major overhaul, or only need something as simple as a wall decal, take a look into their bedrooms and try to involve them in deciding on fresh new bedroom ideas for 2010. For those of you in need of updated baby nursery ideas, there has never been a better time to find inspiration, products and resources. For the modern family, there are amazing new furniture and accessory companies that cater to contemporary and modern styles.