Monthly Archives: August 2014

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The New Art – Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau, the international art movement and philosophy popular during the 1890s until the first world war, can be regarded as the inspiration for most modern architecture and design styles we see today.  What began as a rejection of the eclectic revival art forms of the 19th century, can be seen as a turning point in how we view, feel, and experience art and design.   This philosophy eventually led to the Arts and Crafts movement, but Art Nouveau differed in that it fully embraced the use of machines and new materials.  This was reflected in the use of exposed iron and large shapes of glass as well as the whiplash curves and motifs that are characteristic of the style.  Architects and Designers sought to harmonize the built environment with the natural environment; door frames and window moldings would curve and vine into flowers.  The famous Paris Metro entrance by Hector Guimard, uses lettering that mimics the qualities represented through the structure.

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Paris Metro Entrance by Hector Guimard

Art Nouveau was an all-encapsulating philosophy for modernist thinking.  The idea of creating something new, designing buildings, using new techniques and materials for the service of design.  The Art Nouveau movement perceived Architecture and Interior Design as an abstract principle inspired by environmental elements rather than an imitation of historical forms.

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Nouveau Door, Paris; Hotel Tassel by Victor Horta; Casa Batllo by Antoni Gaudi

Around the start of World War I, Architects and Designers began using a less costly, more streamlined, geometric style which eventually became Art Deco.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Nouveau

http://www.amazon.com/History-Interior-Design-John-Pile/dp/0470228881

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Organized Closet Checklist

Make it easier to get dressed quickly by following these few easy steps!

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  1. Edit your wardrobe:  The seasons are changing and now is a great time to decide what you wear most, least, or not at all.  Check on things that no longer fit.  Are there any tank tops or summer clothes that you didn’t wear this year?  Be ruthless; toss them out!
  2. Decide what to store:  We are moving into cooler weather; let that and frequency be your guide on what to keep in your closet, and what to store elsewhere.
  3. Organize your “hang-ups” by type and color:  A good place to start is with length and then color, when you have a system in place for where things go, outfits are easier to put together.                                    closet 2
  4. Set up zones:  Low hanging bars hold skirts and pants, while high bars can hold shirts and suits.  For dresses, an eye-level bar, and out of season items can go on high shelves.
  5. Choose the right hanger:  It’s amazing how your closet will look neater when you have one type of hanger – wood, wire, or plastic.
  6. Manage odds and ends:  Hang belts, ties, scarves, bags in plain sight and on hooks that can be attached to the inside of your closet door.  Or use containers, like matching baskets to manage these items.
  7. OMG Shoes!  Decide on a system for storing your shoes.  It could be a rack on the floor, see-through plastic boxes, or original boxes with photographs stapled to them to identify what’s inside.  Out-of-season shoes should be stowed elsewhere, and toss the ones you no longer wear!

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