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Last year I had the pleasure of partnering with the brilliant cabinetmaker, Owain Harris of O.H.Harris Cabinetmaker on a very unique project.  Owain’s clients had a 1966 Caravel 17′ Airstream trailer that they wanted to renovate.  The goal was to create a cozy space for reading, writing, and guest sleeping quarters for their summer home.  My contribution to the project involved space planning, material selections, and lighting research, all while keeping an eye on the desired Mid-Century vibe. 

The Airstream trailer was hip when it first hit the road decades ago, and it is still “as sturdy and modern as ever.”  What a pleasure it has been!

Style Wise

When it comes to Art Deco, the word GLAMOUR says it all.   A middle ground for modernism, Art Deco was geometric, streamlined, super sleek and sexy. This style occurred during the financial boom of the 20s-30s, but was short lived because of WWII.  Examples of Art Deco architecture include the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, and hotels in NYC as well as Miami.  

Characteristics of Art Deco include:  rounded silhouettes, glossy exotic woods, sunbursts, chevrons, zigzags, shiny metals, mirrored furniture, bling, bling, and more bling.  Think Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Think flapper girls.  Think King Kong.  Think the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz.    

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Style Wise

Moving right along…  Art Nouveau.  Considered Avant Garde for it’s time, this style is an exaggerated expression of lines in nature.  Nothing slow, straight, or simple here!  Art Nouveau is intricately detailed with curling tendrils, stylized flowers, dragonflies, butterflies, peacocks, and women with flowing hair.  The whiplash lines common to this style remind me of wildflowers dancing in the wind.  Art Nouveau became especially popular in decorative arts such as metalwork, glass, jewelry, etc.

I love the complexity of this style, in moderation.  Creating an entire room or house might feel too much like living in Rivendell (Lord of the Rings).  What do you think?

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Next up,  Arts and Crafts.  One of my absolute favorites, this style developed in response to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century.  At a time where machines were quickly replacing talented artisans with inferior products, the Craftsman Movement was about celebrating traditional skills and creativity as well as emphasizing the natural qualities of materials.  Important names to note during this period are William Morris, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Gustav Stickley.

Qualities to describe the Arts and Crafts style: earthy color palette, natural materials and finishes (wood, stone, slate, leather), built in’s (cabinetry, shelves, benches), stained glass, dark/rustic hardware, beefy/tapered columns, handcrafted textiles and ceramics, and an overall emphasis on nature.

Honest to goodness, I love this style.  Arts and Crafts is classic, a great balance of not-too masculine or feminine, it’s architectural, and I love the emphasis on nature.  See for yourself.    

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Style Wise

Another popular style is Shabby Chic.  The keyword here is WHITE. Characteristics of Shabby Chic  include slipcovered furniture, vintage items such as linens, accessories, and furnishings, distressed pieces, as well as floral and toile fabrics.  Although this style is often thought of as more casual, I would have a hard time letting down my guard with so much white.  In a nutshell, I’d describe Shabby Chic as feminine, light, and airy.  

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