French Art Deco Vanity

Art Deco is the term given to the decorative and architectural style from 1919-1939. 

Art Deco’s geometric designs, accompanied with playful ornamentation contrasted with the earlier organic forms of the Art Nouveau Movement.  Unlike modernist design, Art Deco was not overly concerned with issues of functionality or technology.  Art Deco was primarily a fashion oriented style.

Art Deco style was popular for hotels, theaters, restaurants, ocean liners and World’s Fair exhibits.  By the 1930s, Art Deco style in the United States was adapting to mass production rather than the luxurious products originally shown at the Paris exhibit Les Arts Decoratifs.

Walker Zanger’s Luxe Vanity recalls the 30’s Art Deco style with it’s rich Espresso finish and brushed-nickel accents.  This large single bowl vanity available in honed marble or white onyx will make a grand statement in your bathroom retreat.

56 3/4″ w x 24″ d starting at $5,600

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Kitchen Retrospective

House Beautiful is running a series called 30 Days of Kitchens on their website.

Here’s one from the 1960s that reminds me of the kitchen I grew up with.

We didn’t have a large enough kitchen for an island or separate ovens.  We had the hi-lo oven in black, harvest gold and eventually bisque.  Thinking back, it appears my mother was tough on ovens.

We had postform countertops and wallpaper with gold flecks in them which were most popular at the time.  The floor was vinyl and the kitchen phone had the extra long cord that was standard for any busy family.

I do think that HB missed the mark on some of the kitchens they featured or rather didn’t feature.

I always think of pickled maple when I think of an 80’s  style kitchen.

The appliances in this photo are newer but the wood edge countertop is spot-on.  Face-framed cabinets were still very popular as frameless cabinets had not yet taken over.

The non-flush cabinet ends were also typical.  It wasn’t until the 90s and the popularity of frameless cabinets did manufacturers start offering flush ends on framed cabinets.

In the 90’s Accoutrements became the buzzword in kitchen design.

People were running away from the 80’s contemporary design that was too cold and sterile.  Clients demanded ornamental moldings and carved onlays.

Kitchens were also becoming larger with taller ceilings.  Designers started mixing finishes and woods in kitchens

Terms such as unfitted and furniture-style became popular adjectives.

It will be interesting to see which kitchen styles will be remembered for this decade.  I’m sure exotic veneers will be featured.  I think we might also see kitchens with Asian influences featured.  What do you think will be remembered?

Best Use of Plastic Spoons

Upcycled lighting | Kitchann Style

This 22″ x 16″ chandelier is made from recycled plastic spoons by Studio Verissimo of Portugal.  Artisits Claudio Carduso and Telma Verissimo strive to make people smile with their creations.

From a distance the chandelier looks like it is made from Lucite.  Very luxurious for only $300 from Eekowire.

Place this in your eating area and you will have an instant conversation piece.

I’d like to see an extra long chadelier with more lights inside.

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Bazzeo by NY Loft not only boasts good looks and clean lines, it is Eco-friendly too.

The boxes are made from 1/4″ Paperstone with wood veneer, laminate or aluminum fronts in their NJ factory.  The manufacturing process employs energy saving techniques, recycling of scraps and low-VOC lacquers.


I’d worry a little about aluminum on lower cabinets scratching but I can’t deny it’s beautiful.