Saturday, November 4, 2017

Decorating Under Glass With Cloches And Domes

I am a bit late in publishing a blog post about decorating with glass cloches and domes. There have been so many others I just stayed away from this topic even though I loved vignettes that feature them. However, I recently received a beautiful gift from a lovely friend in France that has been the inspiration for this post about displaying treasured items under glass cloches.

 Imagine my delight when, upon opening the package, I discovered a gift wrapped in a delicate handkerchief and all tied up with a burgundy ribbon. Inside was an exquisite lace and hand beaded baby's cap. The note enclosed stated she had found it in an attic sale in Provence and determined it to be from the 18th century. Needless to say this will be a treasured item for the remainder of my life and hopefully a family heirloom for generations. I decided nothing would be lovelier than to display it, along with handkerchief and note, in a glass cloche. Daniele, again I say thank you for your thoughtfulness. I hope you enjoy the blog post.

My vignette with dome and French baby's cap gifted from my friend Daniele.

Even in this close-up it is hard to see the green and blue beading and gold bead star on top. The lace and ribbon are so delicate. I am still looking for the perfect unique base.

I prefer vignettes that are old world and antique in nature so this post will spotlight cloches used in this manner. Bringing cloches and domes inside for display purposes is nothing new. However if you like them you can't really get enough so I am adding my blog post images to the many others out there that pertain to this topic.

In 1623 the glass cloche was introduced and this brilliant invention took the gardening world by storm. The French immediately adopted the cloche, and 9th-century French market gardeners placed cloches over plants in spring and fall to act as portable miniature greenhouses to protect against inclement weather. English and Dutch gardeners soon followed their French counterparts.
Cloche is French for bell thus the term "bell jar"  was often used for these eye-catching bell shaped glass domes. Today we tend to lump all styles of glass domes into the the same category even though they are not bell shaped.

Originally protecting delicate plants the cloche has been brought inside our homes and are now protecting a wide variety of objects that we hold dear and want to display in vignettes for all to see. If you haven't tried using one in your decor yet maybe this will ignite creative juices for making a cloche or dome display of your own.

Even though these are glass domes I am going to refer to them as cloches too since they are now accepted as cloches. The cloche is considered a mainstay of faded French decorating.They’re incredibly versatile and elevate almost whatever you display, from books.......

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Eventually the French brought cloches and domes indoors to protect their treasured items. A trend developed and  the globe de mariée (marriage globe) became extremely popular.

Traditionally this decorated cloche/dome was given to a bride and groom to commemorate their wedding day. ( Stay tuned for a blog post all about these fantastical creations.)

Victorians loved glass cloches and domes. Collecting was a major part of Victorian life and their collections often contained “curiosities” such as zoological, botanical, geological, or archaeological finds. In the Victorian home everything from butterflies to human body parts could find their way under a glass cloche or dome.

Entire Victorian rooms were filled with cloches, domes, glass cases and collections.

Today we are revisiting the Victorian era trend of displaying oddities as well as memorabilia and collected treasures. And like them, we have realized that the glass cloche is the perfect display piece.

Putting a glass dome over something instantly elevates it to a treasured piece of art. Cloches were originally only used by the wealthy because glass was expensive.

Timeless and elegant, shades of white look especially pretty in a glass cloche.

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A cloche or dome is a favorite way of calling attention to groupings of small treasures.

This is my favorite use of a cloche, a simple display of a few old world treasures. If you are trying to create an authentic French Provincial or French Nordic interior be sure to search for pieces of French brocante.

It is the elegant shape of a glass cloche that makes it a perfect display piece that also doubles as a work of art suitable for any tablescape.

A close-up of the glass cloche in the interior above. Something about a display in a cloche or glass dome allows you to magically capture a moment in time. 

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Antique books always display well in a cloche. Coral is a nice addition......... is a crown or laurel.

A glass cloche or dome always looks stunning when used in a creamy white and French gray vignette.

They are equally beautiful in a more classically French interior where there is normally a bit more color. The cloche can stand alone or be stunning in groups. 

They really shine when used in front of ornate French mirrors!!

I love using a cloche or dome for display because you get alot of bang for the buck. They add visual interest to your space while allowing the eye to see through to your treasures.

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An urn makes a fabulous base for a cloche. Be creative and look for something other than the usual base.

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Plants always look stunning under a cloche. After all this was the original purpose for them.

A nature themed cloche is always pretty mixed in with plants and weathered containers of flowering bulbs.

When decorating a French style home you simply can't go wrong with crystal, weathered wood, and a cloche or two.

Try your hand at creating a cloche or dome display. Whether you showcase one item or fill the cloche with beaucoup treasures, you will enjoy this lovely addition to your decor.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Oh! Those Tiffany Colored Kitchens

Color has made it's way back into the kitchen and Tiffany blue is one of the front runners. Whether you saturate or accent with it the Tiffany colored kitchen is both calming and invigorating, glamorous and country chic. However it's strongest point is that it is ever so inviting.

Tiffany Blue is the colloquial name for the light medium robin egg blue color associated with Tiffany & Co., the New York City jewelry company that marketed itself as an arbiter of taste and style, created by Charles Tiffany and John Young in 1837. The iconic color, chosen because of the popularity of turquoise gemstones in the 19th century, was used on the cover of Tiffany's Blue Book, first published in 1845.....and the rest is history.

From sleek and contemporary to rustic farmhouse you can create all kinds of fabulous different looks for your kitchen redo with Tiffany blue and some designer knowhow. I have gathered some images with great ideas for incorporating this lovely invigorating color into your kitchen.

Tiffany blue kitchens started gaining popularity a few years back and are still trendy. If you are thinking about refreshing your kitchen there are a number of ways to incorporate this iconic color into your space.

A continuing trend for the kitchen is the use of white cabinets with a colored island. Tiffany blue is a lovely color choice for your island work space. This kitchens white plank ceiling and cabinetry are the factors that make the space feel so open. The Tiffany colored island creates a delicate contrast and the metal pulls on the cabinets and drawers add shine to the room.

I love everything about this gorgeous kitchen. The Tiffany color looks great with gray and silver so the Tiffany colored tile backspash, chair cushions and the silver art nouveau chairs are perfection. Touches of orange complete the look.

This images shows how you can't get too much of a good thing. This kitchen is tastefully saturated in Tiffany blue. To maintain continuity Designer Thomas Britt even brought the color into the adjacent white Chinoiserie inspired dining room. He also cleverly used a Tiffany style light fixture. 
Tiffany colored cabinets and the warm glow of copper create a beautiful kitchen space. Whether you install a copper farm sink or simply display some copper cookware this is a combo that will work well for you.

I think using a Tiffany light is a great idea for the Tiffany colored kitchen. It would look beautiful in the kitchen below.

This Tiffany colored kitchen is a lovely balance of cool and warm tones. Again copper is a great accent choice as are other shades of orange and rust.
If you are looking for a kitchen that is retro with a touch of fun and you are not afraid to step out of the appliance box, you might consider some of the Tiffany colored appliances that are available. Northstar ranges are manufactured in North America and are a source for retro appliances.
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Or go for the French look with a La Cornue range.
White Shaker cabinets adorned with brass pulls paired with white quartz countertops and pale gray tiled backsplash give this kitchen an instant fresh feel. The retro style chairs in Tiffany blue really add sophistication and style. Perfect if all you are looking for is a bit of the color for updating your kitchen.
The Tiffany color can bring a modern appeal to even an old world style kitchen.
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I love the Tiffany colored kitchen door!!
A Tiffany colored island and colorful accessories layer on a vintage look in this pretty farmhouse style kitchen.
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There is no shortage for Tiffany colored kitchen accessories so if a small amount of the color is all you want it will be easy for you to create your desired look.
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The images above represent the true Tiffany color. However there is a softer version of this color that looks equally fresh and exciting when used in the Tiffany kitchen. Below you will see just how lovely this color choice can be.

Not quite blue yet not really aqua the lighter version of the Tiffany colored kitchen is absolutely stunning. This shade, like it's stronger cousin, also weds wonderfully to copper.
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I prefer the lighter shade of Tiffany especially when choosing it for a farmhouse style kitchen.
I also think a creamy white is pretty in a kitchen that is painted in a light shade of Tiffany blue. It softens things up a bit and makes it warmer.
A kitchen island is comparable to a great piece of furniture. So why not give it a splash of color and pale Tiffany blue is a wonderful choice. It really helps to liven up white cabinetry.
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This Tiffany colored kitchen features another current trend, the black stainless steel appliance. Tiffany shades work well with gray, silver, and black so the black quartz countertops are perfection. 
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Range in lighter Tiffany blue is calming and uplifting.
The Tiffany color has always represented femininity and luxury. If you have something of an obsession for this color you’ll absolutely love a kitchen with some form of Tiffany blue accent. It will give your kitchen a timeless and elegant look.
This pretty kitchen features a vaulted wood ceiling, skylights, and mercury glass dome pendants that illuminate a Tiffany blue island. This softer side of Tiffany is also captured in the tile backsplash.
Do you dare to dream boldly in color? This kitchen is saturated in the lighter side of Tiffany blue and is case in point that color doesn't have to only take a supporting can star.
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Painting the kitchen cabinets is the fastest way to a completely transform the space and can create a cohesive look. The perfect paint color can make the project a stylish success. Here the Tiffany color is paired with yellow walls and gray and white marble for a fresh look.
Despite what you've been told, your ceiling doesn't have to be white.Create a dramatic effect by painting it Tiffany blue. Added sparkle comes from the silver penny round tiles as the backsplash.This kitchen resembles a Tiffany jewel and exudes glamour.

I know this color is not for everyone's taste. But if you are up to taking design risks in the kitchen these pictures prove that bold choices can pay off and result in kitchens that are packed with personality. And after all our homes should be just that OUR HOMES without worrying whether we are making the right investment choice. Decorate for yourselves and make your house a home!!!

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