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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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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Decorating Dictionary - Distressing

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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