Decorating Dictionary - Define Parquet

Decorating Dictionary: Parquet

What is the definition of a Parquet Flooring or Parquetry?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Parquet or Parquetry and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Parquet for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Parquet or Parquetry: (from the French meaning “small compartment”) is a floor finish composed of wooden blocks or strips arranged in a decorative geometric pattern. Parquetry can occasionally feature a mix of different timbers or inlays of other materials such as marble, tile or stone. The most popular parquet flooring pattern is said to be herringbone.

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Want “eye popping, jaw dropping, camera ready” interior decor? Then speak to Marica & Rose from @designmonarchy #XWHB pic.twitter.com/o9GNjekUVH

— Xtraordinary Women (@XOrdinaryWomen) September 7, 2017

Rose and I had such a blast at the Xtraordinary Women network meeting in Somerset West yesterday.

We had the pleasure of listening to guest speaker Dr Renate Rebello explain the world of genetics and the part it plays in our behaviour. Dr Renate briefly chatted about the behaviour of the entrepreneur (risk-taking, extended communication, flexibility, etc.), as well as that of the client (impulsivity, compulsiveness, susceptibility, etc).

A special thanks to Sarka Svoboda for the shout-out and for capturing such a gorgeous picture of the Design Monarchy team!Read More »

6 Industrial Chic Bedside Pedestals | via The Design Tabloid

6 Industrial Chic Bedside Pedestals for Your Home

by Marica Fick

Finding the right bedside pedestal for your bedroom can be quite a difficult task. I have experienced this firsthand. I have been on the hunt trying to source a suitable bedside table for our guest bedroom which we are in the process of revamping.

There are so many factors to consider – most of which comes down to functionality and personal preference. Are you strapped for space and need something slimline or can your available space allow for a bigger bedside unit? Do you prefer a bedside table with storage? If so drawer(s), door, or pigeonhole basket? Then there is table top space – do you have the space for a decent bedside reading light while leaving enough room to plop down your book, phone and other bedside necessities?Read More »

Pinterest Picks - Beautiful Bathrooms

Pinterest Picks: Beautiful Bathrooms

Rose and I could not wait to get right onto the next instalment of our Pinterest Picks blog series. For those keeping track, this is our fourth Pinterest Picks post, having previously selected our favourite bedrooms, nooks & niches, and workspaces.

Just to remind you what this series is all about: we are in essence playing a little game of “I wish“, as in “I wish I had that interior” – be it lounge, bedroom, kitchen or anything in between. After spending some time perusing our various Pinterest boards, we each select our favourite interior image – the space we most desire to have as our own. We then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and if there is anything we would like to change.

Naturally, we ended up choosing two “runner-up” interiors… because deciding on just one room is just too difficult!

This time around we decided to select our favourite images for our “Bathrooms” Pinterest board. The board is a collection of Design Monarchy‘s favourite and most beautiful bathroom finds – from quirky guest loo’s to masterful en-suites…

Without further ado, here are our top 3 nominations for the loveliest, most desirable bathrooms…Read More »

Decorating Quick Tip - Under bed Drawer Storage

Quick Tip #51: Under Bed Drawer Storage

I recently stumbled upon some pretty clever and quirky DIY ideas on things to do with old dresser drawers. Of course I immediately thought about turning all these interesting and playful ideas into another Decor Quick Tip miniseries….

#51  Need a bit of extra storage in the bedroom? A great and rarely-used space to stow some additional items is under the bed. Repurpose old or unwanted dresser drawers or crates to create a clever and quirky under the bed roll-out storage bin. Simply give your drawer a bright lick of paint (or leave it natural or distressed if that is your chosen style) and choose a pretty knob or handle if your drawer does not already have one. Finally, attach four castors to the bottom of your drawer in order for it to slide easily from under the bed. Now you have a tuck-away storage unit – perfect for linen, shoes, or toys.Read More »

Define Jacobean Fabric Pattern

Decorating Dictionary: Jacobean Fabric

What is the definition of a Jacobean Fabric Pattern or Jacobean Floral?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Jacobean Fabric or Jacobean Floral and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Jacobean Fabric Pattern for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Jacobean Fabric Pattern: refers to English floral textile design prevalent during the reign of James 1 in the early 17th century and is often associated with crewel embroidery. The pattern, which features strong Eastern (Indian) influences, was inspired by the ancient “Tree of Life” motif. This fabric pattern frequently features winding branches, fruit, birds, and large, highly-detailed, exotic flowers and leaves in rich colours. It is these stylised flowers that give Jacobean fabric its whimsical almost fantasy-like appeal.

P.S. If you want to learn more about the history of Jacobean textile design, here is an interesting student research paper on the subject: “Jacobean Textile Design: Surviving (and Thriving) Through the Test of Time

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