Friday, November 22, 2013

The Home Décor Resource at One's King's Lane

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 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 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 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.


To locate the Home Design Resource on One King's Lane, visit the Sitemap at the bottom of the home page and select History of Furniture.

25 comments:

  1. I love this post...thanks so much for sharing. Hope all is well.

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  2. What a gorgeous chair! I love that embroidered piece and to think of how old it is...wow! Yes I was just made aware of this resource too...good to know and a great tool.

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  3. Dear Phyllis, this chair is wonderful! I agree and love everything about it. Using the monogrammed piece for a pillow is perfect! Rejoice!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  4. Just beautiful!!!! What a gorgeous chair!

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful chairs! What a find; and with the pillow, they are perfect.
    And, btw, your photos are stunning too!

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  6. This is stunning Phyllis! Beautiful photography and I am DYING over the embroidered linen!!! How fabulous is that pillow?! Xx, K

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  7. Gorgeous chair! I am so excited about this new resource as well as I am working on a piece for them too. This is exciting and I can't wait to see it take off! Isn't it fun to find a real treasure in place stacked to the rafters!? I love it when that happens! I love the pillow with the special monogram on it!

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  8. I am a huge fan of OKL but I was unaware of this resource. I cannot wait to go and check it out as I am researching a chair myself. Thank you for sharing.

    I love the pillow with the linen, how wonderful to have a piece of your family history after 5 generations.

    Enjoy your weekend, Elizabeth

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  9. Phyllis,
    What a great resource. I've always been interested in style and period identification of furniture. I think it adds such interest to a piece. Thanks for providing this information.
    Karen

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  10. Oh what a great resource - thanks for telling us! I love the chair and the pillow - both exquisite. What a find, that chair. Wow!

    Sadly OKL does not ship to Canada. All I can do is drool over the daily emails...

    xo Terri

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  11. I only recently learned of the OKL resource. It's very cool. Love the chair, love the monogram. Would love to know this antique store filled to the rafters.

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  12. I never knew about the resource aspect of OKL, I will have to take a look. So glad you found those beautiful chairs, and linen is a perfect choice based on their origin and time period. And how wonderful to have such a lovely piece of embroidery passed down through the generations!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    xo Kat

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  13. OMG that chair is beautiful! I love the wood with the linen.

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  14. The chair is gorgeous and what a great idea for pieces of antique linen...the pillow looks so pretty!

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  15. I am floored your chair is gorgeous with all its detail. I never knew OKL had a resource tab...I will be flagging this post for future use on that site. Thank you!

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  16. I love your magpies eye Phyllis, well spotted and upholstered so beautifully. The detailing is exquisite!
    Paul x

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  17. A very handsome pair of chairs! I love mixing fruitwood pieces with painted ones. Thanks for sharing OKL's resource page. xLoi

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  18. what a fantastic score phyllis!
    was not aware of the OKL resource pages, thank you for the scoop
    a lovely thanksgiving to you
    debra

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  19. Hello really a good home decorating ideas and nice home furnishing products are used, thanks for the post and keep updating us with more collections.

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  20. Your Directoire is beautiful Phyllis! Love the lines and the details. I hope you all have a warm safe and happy Thanksgiving. xo Nancy

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  21. The chairs are so gorgeous! Gorgeous! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  22. You have it all looking so beautiful. Those chairs and that family crest turned into that pillow speaks volumes in its soft tones, would love to see the, in the mix of your room.

    Keep inspiring your beauty.

    Xx
    Doré

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  23. I simply love the chair. It is really gorgeous. And it looks so comfortable too especially with the addition of a beautiful pillow. But is that chair could be considered vintage already?
    WallTapestry.com

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  24. Loved all the stuff very much. Thanks for sharing. One of the best home furnishing products.

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  25. Beautiful! Just finding your blog from My Notting Hill - putting you on my must read list! :)

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