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Who says a candlestick has to be a stick. The wax like puddle of Liquid Silver designed by Sono Mocci from Italy looks more like the after effects of a romantic evening. The "Liquid Silver" candle contains a removable fuel tank and a wick that simply feeds into the oil for hours of soothing candle light. The flat design of this slick little gem adds even more ambiance as the flame reflects against the shiny surface
Recover, renew, reupholster! Bergamo designer textiles and fabrics are ready to change your impression of that sofa or chair you have been fighting to keep, you know the one where the fabric is shot but the rest is still good. Or you may be planning a ground up interior design project and really want to make a dramatic visual statement that only serious attention to detail will fulfill. Bergamo understands and has collaborated with top designers like Lori Weitzner, Ulf Moritz, and Dominique Kieffer who have designed entirely different fabric concept all of which are stunning. Here are a few of the Bergamo designer fabrics from their Rubelli and Sancho collections. I hope you get inspired!! -via LOVE IT!!!!!
Looks so peaceful !!!!!! OK, so this is not realistic, however, you can create the same mood in your home!!
Sounds of the wind a rhythmic repetition of motion can create a mood of
sensuous relaxation that becomes hypnotic. This mood can be created in
your home by soft musical beats or the swing of a grandfather clock's
pendulum or gentle breezes from a ceiling fan. The repetition of a
sound or action time after time, such as a heartbeat or waves on the
shore, creates feelings of reassurance and serenity. Predictable
rhythms of sound and movement are comforting; an animal sitting in your
lap or the deep breathing of someone sleeping allows a calming
background against the days anxieties. Rhythm is the basis of
meditation techniques, quietly stilling the mind's stresses like
rocking a child to sleep. If you have difficulty sleeping, place a
softly ticking clock beside your bed. Concentrate on the the rhythm of
your breathing and let them harmoniously take you away to a peaceful
Throughout the day, magical moments occur that have the power to relax
and refresh the spirit. Irene Suchocki has captured that very feeling
of harmony in nature with the piece she has titled so eloquently,
"Hanging Garden". Time seems suspended in her art. Whether you seek
sanctuary from a square foot garden in the city, or in a flower filled
bowery in the country, to be in contact with plants in any form such as
art brought into your home creates a meditative mood. In these lines
from a poem by the English poet Dorothy Gurny, the calming, spiritual
effect of the garden is evoked. The kiss of the sun for pardon./The
song of the birds for mirth,/One is nearer God's heart in a
garden./Than anywhere else on earth."
A collection is not, for example, a set of dishes that you
buy in a box at WalMart or Bloomingdale’s. You may have a very fine set
of dishes, but they are not a collection. If you were a "West Wing"
fan, you may remember Michael Douglas in his role as the President of
the United States call the West Wing China Collection the "dish room."
Well, the "dishes" in that example are a "collection.
If you have a
fabulous set of Wedgewood China displayed in your china closet, it is
still not a collection. The operative word here is "set." "Collection"
is just what it implies--you have carefully or not so carefully
collected similar objects from various places at various times. They
don’t necessarily have to be of great value. They may not even be
beautiful. They may only have some significance to you. Two objects are
not a collection. In other words, a vintage salt and pepper set on the
back of a range does not make a collection. Three, four or a half dozen
salt and pepper sets displayed on a shelf could be the beginning of a
collection. A half dozen no name purses hung on a hall tree is not a
collection. Three or more Judith Lieber purses sitting almost anywhere
is a collection.
When does a collection become clutter? In
interior design,clutter is when you have too many disparate objects or
things spread about so little or no surface has been untouched,
regardless of their beauty, value or significance to you. Clutter is
when you get comments from friends, family, and acquaintances such as,
"You have some interesting things," in that quizzical manner that
implies they don’t know what to make of it all. Or, "Your house looks
lived in." In other words, you haven’t had time to pick up the mess.
Clutter makes it difficult to distinguish trash from treasure.
several like objects together allows the eye to rest and the collection
to be appreciated. When it gets so crowded people are making a game of
counting them, something has gone awry. Objects need to be
well-displayed and have some relationship one to the other. For
instance, a kitchen with old iron pots to antique silver spoons can
make a series of great collections in the same room because their
relationship is they are kitchen utensils.
A good rule of thumb
is "less is more." Stash away some of your collections and swap them
out when you find yourself walking past what once was a coveted
treasure and now goes all but noticed. It makes your collection even
more important and surprising. It will, also, spruce up your space and
visitors will think you have redecorated. I particularly love oriental
art, yet I am very selective, and again less can be more.