It's no secret that One King's Lane is a fantastic online shopping venue for both new and vintage home furnishings and accessories, but did you know about OKL's Home Décor Resource pages?The Home Décor Resource provides overviews of periods and furniture styles, and then categorizes styles by century. Each section contains an illuminating historical summary of the time and its politics, and includes photographic examples of the style being discussed. I assumed my chairs were French so spent a little time exploring the period 1700 to 1800 and It wasn't long before I found a chair similar to mine in the chapter entitled Directoire.
The Home Décor Resource provides a very clear and concise outline of the history of furniture and it's myriad styles from the ancient to the present day. Perhaps you have a favorite piece you would like to know more about? This is a great place to do your research.
I was curious about this pair of fruitwood chairs I recently bought from a Rhode Island antiques store. In the gloom of the dark shop (that was packed to the rafters) I spotted one the chairs, covered in an old, tattered silk, and asked the elderly owner it might be one of a pair. The mate was unearthed and I giddily left, no questioned asked. Cleaned up and reupholstered in Schumacher's 'Iona Linen Plain' in Oatmeal, they are stunning but I wanted to know more about the specifics of the style.
The carved details of the chairs - the palm leaves, scrolls, reeding and rosettes are characteristic of the Directoire style.
I upholstered the chairs in a plain linen because I didn't want anything to distract from the beautiful frames. However, I did embellish one chair with this small pillow made with a piece of embroidered linen.
My grandmother saved everything and this piece of embroidery, dating to 1890, was originally part of a tablecloth belonging to her great-uncle. By the the time it came to me (the fifth generation) the tablecloth was ready to be retired. The motto 'Gaudeo' means 'Rejoice.' I love it.