Faux bois

Faux bois, which is French for “false wood”, is a style of decorative patterning that creates the effect of wood grain on a variety of materials. The craft has its roots in the Renaissance with trompe-l’oeil painting. In eighteenth and nineteenth century France, wood grain patterns were incorporated into concrete and painted on walls to give the look of natural wood paneling.

This rustic chic treatment is perfectly at home in the today’s interior. It’s a great way to add the warmth of the nature-inspired texture to any setting, as lamps, tables, benches or even wall decor.

Currey & Company 8000-0009 - Arboria Floor Lamp

Currey & Company 8000-0009 – Crafted with classic faux bois technique, the Arboria Floor Lamp features a black and textured concrete finish that looks remarkably like the bark of a tree. The lamp’s branches reach up to the light and an Oatmeal Linen shade with coordinating finial.

Cyan Design 04692 - Faux Bois Side Table

Cyan Design 04692 – The Faux Bois Side Table’s iron framework is sculpted in the manner of the French with the appearance of tree branches and has a granite top. Traditional craftsmanship brought into the 21st century, this beautiful table is an exquisite example of an enduring legacy.

Currey & Company 2009 - Elwynn Bench

Currey & Company 2009 – A captivating faux bois bench appears to be a rooted, sprouting tree, growing up from the ground. This heavy concrete bench makes a fantastic edition to a garden or other outdoor/indoor space.

Studio A 7.90572 - Forest Panel-Bronze/Brass

Studio A 7.90572 – A new additional in wall décor, the Forest Panels exhibit an abstract faux bois pattern in various brass and bronze finishes. The MDF substrate is wrapped entirely in brass sheet which has been hand-embossed with the forest pattern. Next, the panel is given an oiled bronze finish and the faux bois relief is rubbed to expose the golden brass underneath.

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Embracing Nature

In the late 19th Century, architect Antoni Gaudi was deeply influenced by the atmosphere of forests for the interior of his masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia Cathedral interior. Barcelona, Spain

Gaudi’s stunning buildings in Barcelona, Spain, remain a legacy to his life-long belief that we need look no further than nature to see construction at its supreme. The most ambitious of his works is the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Gaudi took over design in 1883 and the building is due to be finished in 2026, 100 years after his death.

The cathedral’s awesome interior is inspired by the idea of a forest that invites prayer. Tree-like columns branch off near the roof for support, and in-between skylights contain green and gold glass to reflect light. Enhancing the feeling of standing on a forest floor and Gaudi’s plan to create a contemplative atmosphere are large colored glass windows letting in dappled sunlight.

A century or so later, Currey & Company is even incorporating living matter into its designs. They are embracing the unity of opposites with functional pieces inspired by organic forms found in nature.

Sacred gingko leaves, serene lily pads and blooming calla lilies are just a few of the natural shapes their lighting, furniture and accent pieces have been designed to emulate. Crafted from metal, wood and ceramic, these designs never wilt but stand the test of time.

Gin Kyo Chandelier & Bohlend Cabinet

Currey & Company 9000-0133 – Ten ginko leaves created for Currey by a master sculptor adorn the ring of the Gin Kyo Chandelier. The piece’s 10 lights come to life behind these natural accents and gleam off of its Dark Contemporary Gold Leaf finish.

Currey & Company 3000-0021 – A true work of art with many functions, the Bohlend Cabinet not only features an interior storage drawer with felt liner, teak veneer surfaces and adjustable tempered glass shelves, but an antiqued mirror back panel and an LED touch light with three-way setting. Its eye-catching design of hand-cut ginko leaf marquetry is made of mappa veneer and is perfectly contrasted by the solid teak construction and solid brass hardware.

Currey & Company 6000-0067 - Calla Lily Table Lamp

Currey & Company 6000-0067 – Calla Lily Table Lamp

Pretty as a picture! Intricate hand-formed ceramic flower petals create a feminine lamp chic enough to handle any style room from vintage to modern. The fantastic texture of the crafted flower base contrasts with the soft silk shade in eggshell and the Antique Brushed Brass hardware gives it a warm finishing touch.

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Oppose Internet Sales Tax

We have a new US President and many new members of Congress. Tax policy is high on the agenda. Proponents of Internet sales tax will hit the ground running. Now is the time to add your voice to the debate and tell them NOT to pass an unnecessary and harmful Internet sales tax.

Doing so is easy – just click here, complete the simple form, and a letter will be sent to your members of Congress on your behalf. It takes 15 seconds.

Please Send a Letter Now!

Today, the Internet helps many small businesses such as ours compete, but taxing us like multibillion dollar retailers is only going to stifle growth. Many Internet sales tax schemes will also give tax collectors unprecedented authority to impose costly audits and unnecessary litigation on out-of-state small businesses.

The priority should be to protect small businesses using the Internet – they are the backbone of the US economy. Congress should help small businesses grow, not use new taxes to drive them off the Internet. Please oppose any efforts to pass Internet sales tax legislation that harms small, Internet-enabled businesses.

Thank you in advance for your support!

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2017 Goals

Many people start the new year with a few resolutions. Over the holidays is a great time to set goals, but acting on them is what really counts. This year, I’d like to challenge you to consider some steps towards the goal of improving the livability of your home.

Imagine how much better our day to day lives would be if we could address even one of the of following areas:

The Kitchen Is King

A “modern/updated kitchen” tops the wishlist of most homeowners. You don’t need to rip your kitchen down to the studs; a smaller investment can have serious impact. For as little as $5,000, you should be able to add a new suite of appliances, as well as a new countertop and flooring, resulting in a fresh, coordinated look. Applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls or cabinets, and updating the hardware, can also breath new life into the space.

What is the trend for 2017?
Stainless Steel – Though it has been around for decades, this appliance finish conveys clean, contemporary design, so it will signal “updated” to guests of your home. For the latest spin on stainless, look for new versions of black stainless steel from KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung, each with a softer, less reflective finish but the same cachet as the original.

Quartz Countertops – Engineered from stone chips, resins, and pigments, quartz has started to challenge granite and marble as the go-to material in higher-end kitchens. It shrugs off heat, scratches, cuts, and stains, and it requires none of the upkeep of comparably priced natural stones. Expect to spend $40 to $100 per square foot, installed.

Buff up the Bath

Next to the kitchen, bathrooms are often the most important rooms to update. They, too, can be improved without a lot of cash. Even simple things like a new toilet seat and a pedestal sink are pretty easy for homeowners to install, and they make a big difference in the look of the bath.

We also suggest replacing an old, discolored bathroom floor with easy-to-apply vinyl tiles or a small piece of sheet vinyl. You may not even need to take up the old floor. You can install the new floor right over the old one.

If your tub and shower are looking dingy, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles. A more complete cover-up some folks opt for is a prefabricated tub and shower surround. These one-piece units may require professional installation but can still be cheaper than paying to re-tile walls and refinish a worn tub.

Knock Knock

First impressions are important, especially when it comes to your house. Interestingly enough, your front door is likely to influence how visitors view the rest of your house far more than the siding, roofing, windows, or any other single element can. A handsome, well-designed entrance also does more to welcome friends and family than a manicured lawn. The irony is that most front entryways are boring portals that merely let people in and out.

Add a pop of color – ditch the dull paint and choose a bright, fun color that will make your front entry door warm and inviting. Do you have a flimsy little door knob? If so, spring for some nice hardware on the front door such as a substantial-looking handle-and-lock set. A brass door knocker and kick plate also signals to visitors that this is a solid home.

Carpet Diem

Look underfoot. Carpeting is another detail that can quickly update a home and make it look cleaner. A professional carpet cleaning is an inexpensive investment, especially if your rugs are in good shape and are neutral colors. If your carpet is showing serious wear, cover it with inexpensive, strategically placed area rugs.

Put on a Coat

Paint keeps your home looking its best while also defending its surfaces from wear, tear, and the elements. However, you don’t need to blow thousands having every square inch repainted. Instead, focus on high-traffic areas, including the kitchen and bathrooms. Give the trim a fresh coat of paint in your family room. If the back door is covered in scratch marks from the dog, fix that. Attack the areas that will give you the most bang for your buck.

So happy holidays. Take the rest of the year off and enjoy spending time with friends and family; but roll up your sleeves and get to work on one of these projects early next year!

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How Much Wattage Required?

Need to determine how much total wattage your light fixtures need to output to adequately illuminate your room? Here is an easy way to calculate how much light you need for a given space.

First, calculate the square footage of the room by multiplying its width x length. For example, if your room is 14′ x 16′

14′ x 16′ = 224 square feet

To determine the necessary wattage to light the room for general use, multiply the square footage by a factor of 1.5

224 x 1.5 = 336 watts

To ensure the room is properly lit, make sure the combined wattage output by all your lamps, chandeliers, sconces, and any other lighting equals at least 336 watts.

Beckmore Lantern

Currey & Company 9748 – A delightful 4 light lantern comes with seeded glass panels that give it a special appeal. The wrought iron framework is finished in old iron. The hand finishing process used on this fixture lends an air of depth and richness not achieved by less time-consuming methods.

For example, the 4 light Beckmore Lantern using 60 watt bulbs would provide 240 watts of lighting for the room. Add a couple Beckmore Wall Sconces and they would contribute an additional 60W ea. of lighting. This would bring the total to 360 watts for the room, thereby eclipsing the minimum 336 watts required.

For task lighting for a kitchen or home office, multiply the square footage by 2.5 to determine your wattage needs.

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