Things I Love

[caption id="attachment_7779" align="aligncenter" width="195"]rowley company rowley company[/caption] Are you familiar with lambrequins?  Pronounced lam-breh-kinz.  They are a more traditional window treatment that has been around since the medieval times, where they were used around windows as a pretty way to keep out drafts.  As with all classic design elements, the popularity of lambrequins has ebbed and flowed, but they are popping up more and more in recent years. So what is a lambrequin?  It is similar to a cornice, but it has sides that continue to the sill or even the floor. For example, these window treatments feature cornices; [caption id="attachment_7772" align="aligncenter" width="645"]david hicks david hicks[/caption] whereas, these windows are dressed with lamberquins. [caption id="attachment_7774" align="aligncenter" width="645"]miles redd via elle decor miles redd via elle decor[/caption] When lambrequins were first being used, they were typically painted or stenciled wood, or covered in wallpaper.  It wasn't until around the Victorian Era that they became more elaborate and covered in fabric.  The photo below is circa 1850 from the book "Upholstery in America & Europe from the Seventeenth Century to World War I".

[caption id="attachment_7750" align="aligncenter" width="614"]walker zanger walker zanger[/caption] I've been working on a little board to show all of you our plans for the Master Bathroom redo.  (and in case you are wondering, it is still gutted, nothing is really happening yet, and we are still sharing the tiny bathroom : )  )  Everything is ordered, and now it is basically a waiting game and prayers that no other pipes will get jackhammered, and it won't rain on the first floor again. Oy. We actually don't need a ton of tile for this bathroom, as we are not going put tile on the walls like before.  And in case you have forgotten, here it is before.  (previous owner's photo)   Gotta love pink and blue tile and original 1921 bathrooms!  There are things I am saving from this vintage beauty, like the opaline knobs and pulls and the giant built-in mirror, but I will go more into the actual design plan later.  Today we're talking about tile. I've been staring at tile, lots and lots of tile.  Thinking about it and staring at this room imagining all of the different ways it could be.  I needed tile for the shower, and that is pretty much it.  And we only need 100 square feet (that includes waste), so I could splurge a little if I wanted to.  Plus tile is a pretty permanent fixture, it's not something I can change a few years from now, so I wanted it to be awesome.  I was thinking period-appropriate, fresh & modern, and classic all at the same time. As Catherine Lowe would say, "grown sexy". I'm actually kidding, I have no idea what that even means. My favorite go-to place for tile is Bottega Design Gallery.  They have a vast selection, the prices are good, and the customer service is great.  I also purchased the charcoal herringbone tile from Bottega that is in my Addition.  It was at Bottega that I stumbled upon Walker Zanger's Studio Moderne collection. [caption id="attachment_7744" align="aligncenter" width="415"]walker zanger walker zanger[/caption] Have you ever had a locket?  I think I had one as a child, but I haven't had one in my adulthood.  The origin of the locket has been lost, though some think the concept may have started in the medieval times when people wore special things in trinket boxes near the skin.  The Victorian Age, however, is when the locket began mounting in popularity. Vbs1 Initially, people during the Victorian times used lockets to remember a loved one, with a lock of hair or a handpainted portrait of the deceased enclosed inside.  The paintings eventually turned to photographs as they became more popular and attainable, and people began giving lockets as reminders of those who love each other.  The lovestruck couple would have a photo on either side of the locket, oftentimes facing each other. [caption id="attachment_7708" align="aligncenter" width="240"]ruby lane ruby lane[/caption] Lockets remained a classic piece of jewelry, but popularity waned until the 1940's when WWII sweetheart jewelry became the fashion.  These lockets were sold everywhere, even the post office! [caption id="attachment_7706" align="aligncenter" width="500"] the vintage bazaar[/caption] And of course, this may be the most famous locket ever.  That Miss Hannigan and her shenanigans... [caption id="attachment_7709" align="aligncenter" width="500"] avon[/caption] Today, the locket is still a source of sentimentality, and it will remain so.  Keeping our loved ones near our hearts will always be in style.  The locket has come a long way from its Victorian styling, and there are some really great options out there!  I have rounded them up for you in one place, and with Love Day quickly approaching, maybe you could drop a hint to your significant other! Here are my favorite modern day lockets... When I first saw this old phonograph cabinet at an estate sale, I was immediately attracted to the dentil molding and the fretwork.  It was in two pieces, the top cabinet portion, and the bottom drawer piece.  I paid around $80 for it, and I distinctly remember I needed a good amount of help getting it to the car.  It is solid wood and weighed a ton! I thought I still had the "before" photo on my phone, but when it took a swim in the toilet last year, I lost a bunch of images.  But you can get the idea in the photo below.  It was a dark wood with black hinges, and it was pretty scratched up. We needed something in the bedroom to hold my husband's folded items, so I knew it would be perfect in there!  The previous owner of this cabinet had the phonograph removed and added four drawers inside the doors.  Storage galore!  When I took it to my lacquer guy for its shiny new exterior, I decided I wanted the inside to be lacquered also. I chose a pretty, creamy white for the outside, and a cool aqua blue on the inside.