Brick walls and modern interiors – one would imagine that they would be at odds with one another. See pictures and instructions for finishing OSB flooring into a durable and attractive rustic flooring choice. Tips on athletic shoes and comfortable womens dress shoes, along with the best places to buy them. Rustic mantels are complimented by decor from natural elements giving a complete rustic design. We look at many aspects of the Victorian home as purely decorative but ignore the practicality of many Victorian interior design and home decorating elements. All of these complement the environmentally aware design and construction of period 19th century homes and are easily adaptable for use today.
The best of these were designed to allow air intake that radiated more heat into a room and to minimize smoke. Dampers regulated the escape of hot air and ornate cast iron grillwork in front of the fireplace opening (see photo on right) not only kept sparks at bay but held and radiated heat from the burning embers into the room. They were used in drafty castles to keep the heat from the fireplace in a room. Each side of the double sided panels would be made of a different fabric to complement the décor of the room or area the panel was facing.
If a room had more than one doorway, each would be hung with a portiére in different fabrics. Today, we know these as Draft Stoppers or Draft Dodgers and they come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and designs. Copper or brass bed warmers filled with hot coals from the fireplace and run between bedsheets will also create a toasty warm cocoon to retreat to at bedtime. And how you can maintain and maximize the energy saving features inherent in the design & construction of Victorian houses.
I am told that the home I live in is a Sears & Roebuck Kit House, 1906 featured design an’ built in 1907. Excellent trip in the past and also a reminder that, whatever the type of home we use to live in nowadays, we can adapt those tips in order for us to save on energy bill and decorate the home at once. I’m surprised that their fireplaces were basically covered although I know it’s because of the need to keep embers from escaping and probably lighting the entire room on fire. I must admit to being a big fan of Joan Baker’s designs: they are intricately detailed and show off beautifully engaging and warm scenes.
She also has some fabulous designs for hanging decorative glass window panels too. This plant has long been one of my favorites – I’m a big fan of bold and bright styles in particular and these never fail to introduce a huge sea of color into fields that might otherwise look dull and bare. You can then scan these images into a computer as a digital file (I make high resolution TIFF files from them) to use for other projects by printing some designs onto white or light colored cardstock.