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Posted by Anthony Joseph Real Estate LLC on 6/12/2019

To impress guests, your décor needs to be outside the box in a tasteful way. If you’re tired of getting the same polite applause and want to drop your visitors’ jaws (metaphorically), conventional patterns and colors won’t do. Read on if you’re a little short on ideas and need something to reawaken the creative you. 

Hang eye-catching pendant lights

Interior design aficionados often say that a home’s look and feel can be made or broken by choice of lighting. Pendant lamps exude an air of light fixture sophistication besides being a great talking point. Pick fixtures with a quirky design that grab visual focus and give your flat a rustic charm. 

Consider an open plan interior design

For foyers, strong impacts are created by open plan designs, as suggested by multiple leading interior designers. This gives the home an appearance of being spacious and airy, especially to smaller spaces.

Add some shine

You can add shine through the use of decorative pieces created using stainless steel or brass, bronze furniture or crystalline accessories. Metallic glows, and glassy glints sprinkle pizzazz to any room; your guests are guaranteed to be floored.

Decorate using large plants

Plants are good for the environment but even better for your décor. Whether inside or outside, they have a soothing, relaxing effect on both the eye and the soul. Dotted with large potted plants in strategic places, your home will become a green haven that guests will never want to leave. This is a clever design concept that will do little damage to your wallet.

Art displays as conversation pieces

A home’s color palette can be significantly enhanced using art installations. They run the range in prices, so choose what fits your budget best. Aim for pieces that speak to your heart, pieces that will keep your home on every visitor’s lips, even those without a cultured eye. 

Pick inspirational colors

Speaking of art, did you know that color schemes can make or break a room’s feel and look? Aesthetically appealing color patterns improve the mood in any setting and add verve to your home. If you wish to relax the minds of the home’s inhabitants and guests, go for neutral colors like soft brown and ash gray. If you would rather stun them, paint your walls solid green and contrast them with retro orange furniture. 

Keep an eye out for the themes, colors, and types of accessories used next time you watch your favorite TV series.




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Posted by Anthony Joseph Real Estate LLC on 1/17/2019


 

If Downton Abbey or Pride and Prejudice speak to your inner self, add a little Victorian charm to your décor with well-placed picks of porcelain. If farmhouse style is more your thing, vintage ceramic ware can bring your design to life.

In housewares, ceramics and porcelain span the gambit from lanterns, pitchers, and vases to delicate teacups, figurines, ornaments, and even knobs and pulls. Deciding where to add your special touches is the first step. But once you know where you want it, you need to find it.

Vintage shops, antique stores, and flea markets offer a lot of choices, but not all of it is antique. And if it is vintage, it might not prove hand-painted. It might be transferware or otherwise mass-produced. So, know what it should look like before you go antiquing.

What is transferware?

Historically, as a means of mass-producing ceramic or porcelain pieces, manufacturers would create an engraving on a copper plate. The inked engraving transferred onto paper and then the paper applied to the un-kilned clay object—anything from fine bone china to earthenware—allowed the clay to absorb the ink and create the design. Then, with the paper removed, glazing and firing developed the final piece with design intact. Developed in Staffordshire, England in the mid-1700s, the area became widely known for mass-produced wares destined to grace the tables of the burgeoning middle class. In the 1820s and 1830s, many designs became popular in the United States. 

While not as valuable as hand-painted pieces, transferware is highly collectible and sought after by dealers. Modern reproductions of transferware use a different, printed technique to recreate the look of the original, but they are not indeed transferware since they use different methods to imprint the designs.

To distinguish transferware from hand-painted pieces, scrutinize the edges. If the pattern runs off the side, it's likely to be transferware. Hand-painted designs flow with the shape of the dish.

Is it porcelain?

Porcelain is translucent. That means that light shines through it. So, use your cell phone’s flashlight feature to see if the beam comes through. If you can’t see a glow from the other side, it most likely is earthenware or stoneware ceramics. 

Check for stamps, initials, signatures, and other identifying marks. Often, vintage ceramics from the Eighteenth century or older showed stamped marks while newer porcelain or ceramic ware have printed or impressed marks.

Should I buy it?

No matter what the provenance, if you like the piece and it brings you joy, display it with pride.




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