Category Archives: Decorating Dictionary

Decorating Dictionary: Distressing

Distressing: is the process of intentionally blemishing or damaging a piece of furniture in order to give it an aged, weathered, or rustic appearance. During this refinishing technique items are often sanded, scraped, dimpled, bleached and stained, or treated with crackling paints and coats. Distressed furniture is popular element of the Shabby Chic interior style.   

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Decorating Dictionary: Anglepoise

Anglepoise: a balanced-arm lamp designed in 1932 by British designer George Carwardine. Carwardine, a design consultant specialising in vehicle suspension systems, saw an alternative use for springs and levers and created a mechanism with task lamps in mind. Carwardine teamed up with the Terry Spring Company to refine the Anglepoise lamp for the domestic market. Today Anglepoise is seen as a multi-product iconic British brand.

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Decorating Dictionary: Breakfront

Breakfront: a large piece of furniture, usually a bookcase or cabinet, where the centre section juts forward projecting past the flanking side sections. It is this stepped out piece that disrupts (or rather “breaks”) the straight line of the front of the cabinet – hence the name.

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