AlfieDavies 's Entries

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  • 18 Jun 2018
    Like kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations have become a trend in modern homes. Clear-cut planning of the bathroom remodelling will ensure that you are satisfied with the end product, so take the time to make sure planning is done properly. There are several companies in southern suburbs of Cape Town that offer professional bathroom renovation services. Keeping the remodelling professional and within budget is not as easy as it appears to be, so below are some pointers from the experts at these renovation companies: (Information Credit – http://homedecorinteriors.co.za/services/bathroom-renovations) 1. Have a proper plan before starting: Working out a proper plan with a professional remodeler will assure that the budget you allotted for the renovation of your bathroom, the design and the timeline are all realistic. Sound planning will also prevent hidden costs and unnecessary, costly mistakes. 2. Maintain plumbing: Another reason to hire a professional is that they will show you how to make use of existing plumbing pipes. Relocating essential bathroom utilities like the toilet and the bathtub are daunting tasks, which can be best done by a specialist, saving you a lot of money. 2. Mirror frame-up: The renovation experts dress up the builder-grade mirror with a solid frame. This is done at a far lower price than installing a big hanging mirror. A frame is an essential component of bathroom renovation as it hides away any normal wear and tear. 3. Toilet installation: The right bathroom renovation company will look to save you money by saving your toilet. If the ceramic pan and cistern are still modern-looking and are in good condition, they are able to replace only the seat and lid. 4. Using proper budget items: The experts use large pieces of salvage wood as a shower curtain valance. Although it looks like an expensive buy, it actually serves as a focal point and can save a lot of your money. These salvage products are usually found in flea markets, antique stores and auctions. 5. Open shelves: Despite the fact that the bathroom is a small, private space, open shelving can make it seem more spacious. Open shelving lightens up the interior décor of your bathroom, adding style and function. 6. Count on countertops: For a more elegant finish inside your bathroom, the renovation experts can easily install granite countertops. Choosing a slab granite vanity as the focal point of your bathroom’s interior space will look good and keep your renovation project within budget. Choosing the right bathroom renovator who has the right skills and has your best interests at heart, will save you time and money, and bring about all the desired results.
    299 Posted by AlfieDavies
  • Like kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations have become a trend in modern homes. Clear-cut planning of the bathroom remodelling will ensure that you are satisfied with the end product, so take the time to make sure planning is done properly. There are several companies in southern suburbs of Cape Town that offer professional bathroom renovation services. Keeping the remodelling professional and within budget is not as easy as it appears to be, so below are some pointers from the experts at these renovation companies: (Information Credit – http://homedecorinteriors.co.za/services/bathroom-renovations) 1. Have a proper plan before starting: Working out a proper plan with a professional remodeler will assure that the budget you allotted for the renovation of your bathroom, the design and the timeline are all realistic. Sound planning will also prevent hidden costs and unnecessary, costly mistakes. 2. Maintain plumbing: Another reason to hire a professional is that they will show you how to make use of existing plumbing pipes. Relocating essential bathroom utilities like the toilet and the bathtub are daunting tasks, which can be best done by a specialist, saving you a lot of money. 2. Mirror frame-up: The renovation experts dress up the builder-grade mirror with a solid frame. This is done at a far lower price than installing a big hanging mirror. A frame is an essential component of bathroom renovation as it hides away any normal wear and tear. 3. Toilet installation: The right bathroom renovation company will look to save you money by saving your toilet. If the ceramic pan and cistern are still modern-looking and are in good condition, they are able to replace only the seat and lid. 4. Using proper budget items: The experts use large pieces of salvage wood as a shower curtain valance. Although it looks like an expensive buy, it actually serves as a focal point and can save a lot of your money. These salvage products are usually found in flea markets, antique stores and auctions. 5. Open shelves: Despite the fact that the bathroom is a small, private space, open shelving can make it seem more spacious. Open shelving lightens up the interior décor of your bathroom, adding style and function. 6. Count on countertops: For a more elegant finish inside your bathroom, the renovation experts can easily install granite countertops. Choosing a slab granite vanity as the focal point of your bathroom’s interior space will look good and keep your renovation project within budget. Choosing the right bathroom renovator who has the right skills and has your best interests at heart, will save you time and money, and bring about all the desired results.
    Jun 18, 2018 299
  • 10 Oct 2017
    What people learn during their childhood makes a lasting impression in their minds and creates a platform for their future education. This is why it is important to ensure that a child retains the knowledge gained in childhood. To this end, the traditional method of teaching children orally,or even by using a blackboard, is not always the most effective way to grab and hold someone’s attention.   The main objective of educational videos for kids is to provide them stimulus that immediately attracts and holds their interest so they can enjoy the process of learning enough to assimilate the knowledge instead of having to memorize it mechanically. According to child experts, visual learning andvisualizingstudy materials goes a long way in developing cognitive ability and increasing the retention rate.   Many educational institutions around the world these days use interesting educational videos for preschool students. Some of the advantages that videos provide in learning facilitation are discussed below:   1. Improving cognitive thinking and problem solving skills: The use of moving images along withsound creates a direct interaction between the subject matter and the children. As a result, students can relate better to the material, and interpret the key concepts on their own. This capacity to think independently enhances their cognitive abilities and, consequently, their problem solving skills.   2. Flexibility:In traditional teaching methods, children sometimes face difficulties in coping with the teacher’s speed. Videos are much more flexible in that aspect, as you can pause, re-watch, and fast-forward them as per requirement. Also, videos provide the opportunity forchild-material engagement as the children can ask about questions about the video.   3. Developing listening and observation skills: Videos are all about listening and observing. So using them as a tool for education automatically increases the power of observation alongside the listening skills of the children. Improved listening skills lead to better communication skills. The students also become aware of the appropriate pronunciation of different words, which they cannot do so easily from reading alone.   4. Taking advantage of supporting tools: Educational videos can often be used in conjunction with various supporting tools like work sheets, exercises, or even homework. This can apply to math, English, science, and most other subject areas.  In the case of history, a video clip of a renowned historical character or the picture of an ancient battlefield along with the corresponding dates help children develop their memory and eventually, to retain important facts.   5. Step by step demonstration: Educational videos usually cover the subject matter in fragments rather than in large chunks, so that the child does not have to assimilate everything all at once. This step by step demo is extremely helpful in promoting understanding by breaking the matter down into logical parts.   Videos provide an enhanced learning experience for the child, and judging from how fast technology is evolving, educational videos have definitelybecome an integral part of the learning process.
    285 Posted by AlfieDavies
  • What people learn during their childhood makes a lasting impression in their minds and creates a platform for their future education. This is why it is important to ensure that a child retains the knowledge gained in childhood. To this end, the traditional method of teaching children orally,or even by using a blackboard, is not always the most effective way to grab and hold someone’s attention.   The main objective of educational videos for kids is to provide them stimulus that immediately attracts and holds their interest so they can enjoy the process of learning enough to assimilate the knowledge instead of having to memorize it mechanically. According to child experts, visual learning andvisualizingstudy materials goes a long way in developing cognitive ability and increasing the retention rate.   Many educational institutions around the world these days use interesting educational videos for preschool students. Some of the advantages that videos provide in learning facilitation are discussed below:   1. Improving cognitive thinking and problem solving skills: The use of moving images along withsound creates a direct interaction between the subject matter and the children. As a result, students can relate better to the material, and interpret the key concepts on their own. This capacity to think independently enhances their cognitive abilities and, consequently, their problem solving skills.   2. Flexibility:In traditional teaching methods, children sometimes face difficulties in coping with the teacher’s speed. Videos are much more flexible in that aspect, as you can pause, re-watch, and fast-forward them as per requirement. Also, videos provide the opportunity forchild-material engagement as the children can ask about questions about the video.   3. Developing listening and observation skills: Videos are all about listening and observing. So using them as a tool for education automatically increases the power of observation alongside the listening skills of the children. Improved listening skills lead to better communication skills. The students also become aware of the appropriate pronunciation of different words, which they cannot do so easily from reading alone.   4. Taking advantage of supporting tools: Educational videos can often be used in conjunction with various supporting tools like work sheets, exercises, or even homework. This can apply to math, English, science, and most other subject areas.  In the case of history, a video clip of a renowned historical character or the picture of an ancient battlefield along with the corresponding dates help children develop their memory and eventually, to retain important facts.   5. Step by step demonstration: Educational videos usually cover the subject matter in fragments rather than in large chunks, so that the child does not have to assimilate everything all at once. This step by step demo is extremely helpful in promoting understanding by breaking the matter down into logical parts.   Videos provide an enhanced learning experience for the child, and judging from how fast technology is evolving, educational videos have definitelybecome an integral part of the learning process.
    Oct 10, 2017 285
  • 30 Jan 2017
    On a cold winter night, there is nothing better than gathering in front of a fire with friends and family, and sipping wine and watching the flames. And this is perfect for a cold winter night in Peterborough. On a chilly day, the scent of burning wood and the warmth from a fireplace can add a cozy ambience to your home. Fireplaces are great gathering spots, where you can talk or watch television together. In Peterborough, temperatures can be quite chilly at times. And this is when fireplaces come into play. Fireplace types in Peterborough are available in a variety of choices. Here, in this article, different types of fireplaces are described that will help you to select the right fireplace for your home. Information courtesy: The Original Flame.   1. Wood burning It is quite challenging to stoke a wood-burning fireplace on a regular basis. For some homeowners, it is a dream come true to own one. The dwindling logs, the occasional shooting sparks and the flames – all these sensory images have a sort of pastoral charm. Wood burning fireplaces have a high aesthetic appeal and are easy on the eye. You will get a number of options available in this category. You just have to choose the one that suits your home the best.   2. Pellet stove A pellet stove is quite similar to an old-fashioned fireplace. Flames flicker strong through the glass. The pellets are a renewable source of energy, when they are in dried form. Compared to a wood burning fireplace, this stove requires much lower maintenance. And this can be a good alternative to wood burning fireplaces. If you pack them with 50 pounds of pellets, then it can run for 24 to 48 hours. You can even clean this stove by keeping pans at the bottom of the stove.  Compared to other fireplaces, this stove provides more warmth.   3. Gas fireplaces When it comes to fireplaces, gas fireplaces are the first choice for many homeowners. Because of its nominal installation efforts and direct heating capabilities, this fireplace is popular among people. With the touch of a button, you can make a gas fireplace warm instantly. And you don’t require wood logs to feed the flames. In this fireplace, no chimney is required, as venting takes place through a PVC pipe in the wall. Also, there is another benefit that you will get by installing a gas fireplace in your home. They give you the flexibility to locate it where it fits best.   4. Electric fireplaces This fireplace is the most cost effective option to install. You can choose to turn the heating function off or on, still maintaining a good warm and cozy fireplace-like ambience. Live, burning flames are not actually produced by this fireplace. This makes it all the more durable. You can even move this from one room to another, whenever required. As no wood or gas is used to give it a push, the heat that is produced by this fireplace is not much. This makes it perfect for restaurants, hotels and other commercial settings. You don’t have to worry about toxic fumes. Also, this type of fireplace is the only fireplace that is mobile and can be carried from one place to another.   Along with providing a great gathering place for friends and family, fireplaces make a room look beautiful. This makes it all the more important for you to choose the right fireplace design for your home. While selecting a fireplace, keep in mind the heating functionality of the fireplace along with the overall beauty of the fireplace in the room.
    307 Posted by AlfieDavies
  • On a cold winter night, there is nothing better than gathering in front of a fire with friends and family, and sipping wine and watching the flames. And this is perfect for a cold winter night in Peterborough. On a chilly day, the scent of burning wood and the warmth from a fireplace can add a cozy ambience to your home. Fireplaces are great gathering spots, where you can talk or watch television together. In Peterborough, temperatures can be quite chilly at times. And this is when fireplaces come into play. Fireplace types in Peterborough are available in a variety of choices. Here, in this article, different types of fireplaces are described that will help you to select the right fireplace for your home. Information courtesy: The Original Flame.   1. Wood burning It is quite challenging to stoke a wood-burning fireplace on a regular basis. For some homeowners, it is a dream come true to own one. The dwindling logs, the occasional shooting sparks and the flames – all these sensory images have a sort of pastoral charm. Wood burning fireplaces have a high aesthetic appeal and are easy on the eye. You will get a number of options available in this category. You just have to choose the one that suits your home the best.   2. Pellet stove A pellet stove is quite similar to an old-fashioned fireplace. Flames flicker strong through the glass. The pellets are a renewable source of energy, when they are in dried form. Compared to a wood burning fireplace, this stove requires much lower maintenance. And this can be a good alternative to wood burning fireplaces. If you pack them with 50 pounds of pellets, then it can run for 24 to 48 hours. You can even clean this stove by keeping pans at the bottom of the stove.  Compared to other fireplaces, this stove provides more warmth.   3. Gas fireplaces When it comes to fireplaces, gas fireplaces are the first choice for many homeowners. Because of its nominal installation efforts and direct heating capabilities, this fireplace is popular among people. With the touch of a button, you can make a gas fireplace warm instantly. And you don’t require wood logs to feed the flames. In this fireplace, no chimney is required, as venting takes place through a PVC pipe in the wall. Also, there is another benefit that you will get by installing a gas fireplace in your home. They give you the flexibility to locate it where it fits best.   4. Electric fireplaces This fireplace is the most cost effective option to install. You can choose to turn the heating function off or on, still maintaining a good warm and cozy fireplace-like ambience. Live, burning flames are not actually produced by this fireplace. This makes it all the more durable. You can even move this from one room to another, whenever required. As no wood or gas is used to give it a push, the heat that is produced by this fireplace is not much. This makes it perfect for restaurants, hotels and other commercial settings. You don’t have to worry about toxic fumes. Also, this type of fireplace is the only fireplace that is mobile and can be carried from one place to another.   Along with providing a great gathering place for friends and family, fireplaces make a room look beautiful. This makes it all the more important for you to choose the right fireplace design for your home. While selecting a fireplace, keep in mind the heating functionality of the fireplace along with the overall beauty of the fireplace in the room.
    Jan 30, 2017 307
  • 17 Feb 2016
    Pest control is vital to all walks of life. Whether on account of personal health, for agriculture or for industry, getting rid of pests is an absolute necessity. A ‘pest’ is popularly defined as various species of animals (usually insects) which do considerable harm to or pollute our surroundings. Creatures such as flies, fleas, mice, locusts, cockroaches come under the ambit of ‘pest’. Exterminating them is a pre-requisite for maintaining a healthy life and a healthier economy. Pest control appeared first in human societies back in the Neolithic Revolution era, when large numbers of human races began to switch to an agricultural way of life from the traditional pastoralism. With settling down and growing crops for subsistence, the need for saving their plants and produce came up. Against seed-eating birds, mice which gnawed into the roots, locusts which destroyed crops---man needed something to shield his livelihood with. Thus he invented techniques such as crop rotation, companion cropping, selective-breeding of pest-resistant varieties etc. And by the 3rd Millennium BCE, he had come up with the chemical fertiliser. As industrialisation spread through the 18th and 19th centuries, chemical pesticides began to be produced on a much wider scale. In recent times, we have seen a number of innovations, experimentations and re-thinking done in this arena. Concerns about the long-term toxic effect of agricultural chemical pesticides, Governments and farmers have turned to more eco-friendly means of pest control management. Some of these are: BIOLOGICAL PEST CONTROL: Use of microbial or live animals to control pests such as mosquitoes. The soil bacterium species Bt. israelensis infects the digestive systems of mosquito larvae, and kills them. Fish such as tilapia and carp feed on mosquito eggs and larvae.  Use of pet cats by farmers to devour and control pests such as rats and mice has been there since the beginning of civilisation. MECHANICAL PEST CONTROL: Use of netting over the crop can help to prevent winged pests from descending on it. Putting polythene or collar-like structures around the roots prevent larvae from eating the soil nutrients or roots. Use of carnivorous plants or insect and mice traps, also goes a long way in keeping them from ravaging crops. Immersing of plant parts in hot water to kill off mites and bacteria is also practised in many parts. SOLARISATION OR SOLAR PEST CONTROL: Cover up soils or substrates with transparent polythene for weeks on end during summer. This heats up the soil temperature so much that many harmful microbes and insect larvae are killed. This also helps to considerably disinfect the soil. BREEDING GROUND ELIMINATION: It’s common knowledge by now that preventing the accumulation of fresh water in soil cracks, the breeding of mosquitoes can be prevented. Also the scattering around of garbage and waste with no proper means of disposing, provides ample scope for cockroach, rat and fly infestation. Thus it is an absolute necessity for all communities to have a proper garbage drop-off, collection and disposal system. Also the municipalities of all cities must make sure that roads are not pot-holed. Similarly, sewers should not be left open or uncovered. It’s not for nothing that they say “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Use of LED spectrums is also known to stop the breeding of certain insects. FIELD BURNING, BAIT POISONING ETC.: This is mainly used on caterpillars that infest mulberry leaves, groundnuts and other crops. Caterpillars are polyphagous creatures, and every female butterfly lays about 1200 eggs, which hatch within four to five days, immediately after which the young creatures start feeding. Once grown up, caterpillars ravage the crop of a single field within a week, leaving behind only stems. The most effective means to control them are: Deep-ploughing of fields just before monsoon season to expose the pupae and kill them with sunlight; making bonfires on the field bunds at night to destroy larvae en masse or use of poisoning by larva pesticides. Apart from caterpillars, field burning is also used to kill off rodents or insects.    Apart from agriculture and agricultural commerce, pest control management systems play a huge part in urbane private lifestyles as well. In order to keep our homes safe from flies, mosquitoes and cockroaches, we frequently order large cans of Hit and Baygon to spray-kill cockroaches and rats, and buy coils and insect-repellent aroma dispensers to keep out mosquitoes. Apart from these home measures, we also employ professional exterminator teams from time to time to hunt down and expel pests. For commercial enterprises, these teams design elaborate pest-ridding schemes, and devise and experiment with ways to implement and maintain them. Emergencies are well-attended to, and most of these units are very effective as well. Still, self-help is the best help when it comes to staying clean, healthy and safe.
    492 Posted by AlfieDavies
  • Pest control is vital to all walks of life. Whether on account of personal health, for agriculture or for industry, getting rid of pests is an absolute necessity. A ‘pest’ is popularly defined as various species of animals (usually insects) which do considerable harm to or pollute our surroundings. Creatures such as flies, fleas, mice, locusts, cockroaches come under the ambit of ‘pest’. Exterminating them is a pre-requisite for maintaining a healthy life and a healthier economy. Pest control appeared first in human societies back in the Neolithic Revolution era, when large numbers of human races began to switch to an agricultural way of life from the traditional pastoralism. With settling down and growing crops for subsistence, the need for saving their plants and produce came up. Against seed-eating birds, mice which gnawed into the roots, locusts which destroyed crops---man needed something to shield his livelihood with. Thus he invented techniques such as crop rotation, companion cropping, selective-breeding of pest-resistant varieties etc. And by the 3rd Millennium BCE, he had come up with the chemical fertiliser. As industrialisation spread through the 18th and 19th centuries, chemical pesticides began to be produced on a much wider scale. In recent times, we have seen a number of innovations, experimentations and re-thinking done in this arena. Concerns about the long-term toxic effect of agricultural chemical pesticides, Governments and farmers have turned to more eco-friendly means of pest control management. Some of these are: BIOLOGICAL PEST CONTROL: Use of microbial or live animals to control pests such as mosquitoes. The soil bacterium species Bt. israelensis infects the digestive systems of mosquito larvae, and kills them. Fish such as tilapia and carp feed on mosquito eggs and larvae.  Use of pet cats by farmers to devour and control pests such as rats and mice has been there since the beginning of civilisation. MECHANICAL PEST CONTROL: Use of netting over the crop can help to prevent winged pests from descending on it. Putting polythene or collar-like structures around the roots prevent larvae from eating the soil nutrients or roots. Use of carnivorous plants or insect and mice traps, also goes a long way in keeping them from ravaging crops. Immersing of plant parts in hot water to kill off mites and bacteria is also practised in many parts. SOLARISATION OR SOLAR PEST CONTROL: Cover up soils or substrates with transparent polythene for weeks on end during summer. This heats up the soil temperature so much that many harmful microbes and insect larvae are killed. This also helps to considerably disinfect the soil. BREEDING GROUND ELIMINATION: It’s common knowledge by now that preventing the accumulation of fresh water in soil cracks, the breeding of mosquitoes can be prevented. Also the scattering around of garbage and waste with no proper means of disposing, provides ample scope for cockroach, rat and fly infestation. Thus it is an absolute necessity for all communities to have a proper garbage drop-off, collection and disposal system. Also the municipalities of all cities must make sure that roads are not pot-holed. Similarly, sewers should not be left open or uncovered. It’s not for nothing that they say “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”. Use of LED spectrums is also known to stop the breeding of certain insects. FIELD BURNING, BAIT POISONING ETC.: This is mainly used on caterpillars that infest mulberry leaves, groundnuts and other crops. Caterpillars are polyphagous creatures, and every female butterfly lays about 1200 eggs, which hatch within four to five days, immediately after which the young creatures start feeding. Once grown up, caterpillars ravage the crop of a single field within a week, leaving behind only stems. The most effective means to control them are: Deep-ploughing of fields just before monsoon season to expose the pupae and kill them with sunlight; making bonfires on the field bunds at night to destroy larvae en masse or use of poisoning by larva pesticides. Apart from caterpillars, field burning is also used to kill off rodents or insects.    Apart from agriculture and agricultural commerce, pest control management systems play a huge part in urbane private lifestyles as well. In order to keep our homes safe from flies, mosquitoes and cockroaches, we frequently order large cans of Hit and Baygon to spray-kill cockroaches and rats, and buy coils and insect-repellent aroma dispensers to keep out mosquitoes. Apart from these home measures, we also employ professional exterminator teams from time to time to hunt down and expel pests. For commercial enterprises, these teams design elaborate pest-ridding schemes, and devise and experiment with ways to implement and maintain them. Emergencies are well-attended to, and most of these units are very effective as well. Still, self-help is the best help when it comes to staying clean, healthy and safe.
    Feb 17, 2016 492
  • 17 Feb 2016
    France, as most folks with a cultural bent of mind would agree, is the cultural capital of Europe, or pretty much the whole world. Much like its schools of art, sculpture and literature, its furniture too carried that distinctly French style of exquisiteness. It has two distinct divisions: This kind of furniture made especially for the city bourgeoisie and Royal Court (especially during the time of Louis was centred in the metropolitan area of Paris), and the other styles were more regionalised or Provincial. In this article, we’re going to take a look at how the Royal Style of French furniture changed or evolved with time. The Baroque style (Louis XIV) The famous post-Renaissance ‘Baroque style’ of French furniture found form and expression under the aegis of Emperor Louis XIV. The characteristics of Baroque style were imposing, courtly, grand and massive. Some of the prominent features of this style were: small, round and oval tables and curved feet. The beds were designed with the main intention of supporting ornately illustrated draperies. The design called "lit a la duchesse" appeared during this time period. Carved and inlaid panels were frequently seen on wardrobes and cabinets. The Rococo style: (Louis XV) The period from 1715-1774 is most commonly known as the ‘Rococo’ period. Under the influence of Madame de Pompadour, the light-hearted and intricate motifs on furniture made an appearance. Contrary to the Baroque style which promoted heavy and formal appearances, the Rococo presented itself as something informal and fun. This was emphasised in its penchant for asymmetry. The style of this period was best expressed in voyeuse chair and the berger en gondola. From a signifier of status, furniture now became a symbol of hospitality and comfort. People now began to prefer reclining in their chairs rather than sit in an upright, erect fashion.   Neoclassical: (Louis XVI) This stage of evolution took place during the reign of the last monarch of the Ancien Regime. Popularly known as the neo-classical period, this period sees the return of the symmetrical designs in French Court and bourgeois furniture. Marking a convergence of Classical Greek and Roman styles, it features geometric solid shapes (cubes, rectangles, cylinders) and its interiors generally display bright colours and good lighting.   The Golden Age and French Country Furniture The 18th century is generally celebrated by historians and the general populace as the ‘Golden Age’ of France. This is a time when furniture featuring in the courts of Paris and Versailles became the leaders in style and form. Eventually, from the courts and elite circles, this style filtered down to the middle-class. In this type of furniture, the cake is taken by a remarkable design, a combination of a table and a sarcophagus-shaped chest executed in marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass, a technique which is popularly known as Boulle work. French country decor is casual, inviting and generally wears a cordial look. It is characterised by: low-gloss and dark colour wood, cabriole legs and simple scalloped carving.
    353 Posted by AlfieDavies
  • France, as most folks with a cultural bent of mind would agree, is the cultural capital of Europe, or pretty much the whole world. Much like its schools of art, sculpture and literature, its furniture too carried that distinctly French style of exquisiteness. It has two distinct divisions: This kind of furniture made especially for the city bourgeoisie and Royal Court (especially during the time of Louis was centred in the metropolitan area of Paris), and the other styles were more regionalised or Provincial. In this article, we’re going to take a look at how the Royal Style of French furniture changed or evolved with time. The Baroque style (Louis XIV) The famous post-Renaissance ‘Baroque style’ of French furniture found form and expression under the aegis of Emperor Louis XIV. The characteristics of Baroque style were imposing, courtly, grand and massive. Some of the prominent features of this style were: small, round and oval tables and curved feet. The beds were designed with the main intention of supporting ornately illustrated draperies. The design called "lit a la duchesse" appeared during this time period. Carved and inlaid panels were frequently seen on wardrobes and cabinets. The Rococo style: (Louis XV) The period from 1715-1774 is most commonly known as the ‘Rococo’ period. Under the influence of Madame de Pompadour, the light-hearted and intricate motifs on furniture made an appearance. Contrary to the Baroque style which promoted heavy and formal appearances, the Rococo presented itself as something informal and fun. This was emphasised in its penchant for asymmetry. The style of this period was best expressed in voyeuse chair and the berger en gondola. From a signifier of status, furniture now became a symbol of hospitality and comfort. People now began to prefer reclining in their chairs rather than sit in an upright, erect fashion.   Neoclassical: (Louis XVI) This stage of evolution took place during the reign of the last monarch of the Ancien Regime. Popularly known as the neo-classical period, this period sees the return of the symmetrical designs in French Court and bourgeois furniture. Marking a convergence of Classical Greek and Roman styles, it features geometric solid shapes (cubes, rectangles, cylinders) and its interiors generally display bright colours and good lighting.   The Golden Age and French Country Furniture The 18th century is generally celebrated by historians and the general populace as the ‘Golden Age’ of France. This is a time when furniture featuring in the courts of Paris and Versailles became the leaders in style and form. Eventually, from the courts and elite circles, this style filtered down to the middle-class. In this type of furniture, the cake is taken by a remarkable design, a combination of a table and a sarcophagus-shaped chest executed in marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass, a technique which is popularly known as Boulle work. French country decor is casual, inviting and generally wears a cordial look. It is characterised by: low-gloss and dark colour wood, cabriole legs and simple scalloped carving.
    Feb 17, 2016 353