OUR INTERIOR IS THE
THIS YEAR, WE LET GO!
THE DECOR IS BECOMING INFORMAL…
WE DO WHAT WE WANT.
TRY RISKY ASSOCIATIONS.
BUT STAY FREE!
Mixte futuristic touches with the old ones. The decoration plays with the art, unique pieces, a touch of madness, a mix of surprising things. The originality, dissent stand out. We now takes care of all the corners of the house (bathroom, laundry etc.). Using recycled or reconstituted and industrial materials, strengthens. The furniture also become adapted, compact, convertible, flexible and lightweight. This is «versatile» furniture. They can overlap, be carried easily (ideal for small apartments). There are more economical. They become air while playing transparency : Glass, Plexiglas, polycarbonate. The white (many white) joins the glass, metal and miror. It also been associated with pastel shades, the «soft pop» brings the imagination, good humor, desire for peace and joy. Blue is everywhere, from pale blue to violet! A very remarkable entry on 80’s neon ! Reasons «ethnic chic» for a vitamined atmosphere. Trend timeless classic for lovers of the old mixed with the contemporary is a great value !
WE FIND THESE TOPICS IN THE TISSUES!
Tissues blistered, curtains, printed, pastels. Of brilliant colors, flashy ,colors of nature, warm colors.Tissue side «shiny», «wet» raffia, linens braided braiding. Giant drawings give a lot of energy to this 2012 season. Of air curtains from white to any color pastels. Side heritage «grandmother» linen reference to the past where we will find the ticking damask and still relevant and reassure us.
THE LAMPS ARE ALSO NEW LIFE IN LIGHTNESS.
There are glass structures associated with working light, enchanting accents of paper and silk.
THE CARPETS AREN’T LEFT IN THEIR METAMORPHOSIS.
Place carpets with leather, laser cutting is in shades of powder is very assertive in tone.Change in white, beige and strong colors.
ANOTHER TREND, PRESENT IN ALL SALONS, NATURE!
Trendy «green» especially with the green walls to clean inside. They adapt to all surfaces and have a significant interest in decorative!
- THE CHRISTMAS CRIB
Christmas is coming soon with its share of enchanting decorations for the house. Let’s go back to basics!
After the French revolution, churches were closed, but in the Provence the “santouns” figures were born allowing every home to celebrate Christmas. In 1803 was created the Santon Fair in Marseille that still exists today! Without forgetting the Italian plaster santon Nativity figures, we will limit ourselves to the hand decorated French clay santons.
The Nativity shed is the main piece where Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus can be seen. In a Provencal crib you can find santons bringing presents and others representing the different Provencal trades of the time. They are in fact still wearing their traditional costumes. They are popular trades such as: fisherman, fishmonger, water-carrier, lumberjack, miller, baker, grinder, shepherd, etc.
You also always have the priest and of course the man in black with his knife. Historically, this character is supposed to have come to commit a misdeed, but will repent and go away to spread the word.
We mustn’t either forget the “ravi”, the inevitable simpleton.
- Animals are there too. The ox and the donkey are warming the new-born child. A great many lambs are here to offer one of their own. Shepherds in fact arrive first as they are the ones spreading the word. As for the miller’s donkey, it carries the flour. In some cribs, you can also find some poultry.
Angels also are important santon figures. They are Baby Jesus’s messenger. They will usually be hanged above the shed. They can be one of two kinds:
And finally come the three wise men, with Melchior (with a turban on his head), wise man Moor Gaspard, a native of India (often represented kneeling) and Balthazar, the white wise man. They are bringing gifts of gold, incense and myrrh to the child. They can be accompanied by camels as they come from afar. They will only be placed in the crib on January 6th, the day of Epiphany.
It’s always a pleasure for children to prepare the crib, place the santon figures and above all, on December 25th, lay Baby Jesus in his crib!
Screens were born in China. Initially, they were fixed pieces of furniture but they very soon became folding screens. They were basically meant to protect their users from the cold and other people’s gaze.
Japan and Korea started using them during the 8th century. English travellers brought them back to Europe in the 15th century, soon followed by the French and the Dutch.
Catherine de Rambouillet started the fashion for screens in the 17th century. They then enter inside homes. In the 18th century, they started matching wall covering (embossed leather tapestries) and seats.
In the time of Napoleon III painters like Bonnard painted actual pictures on them. In the 20th century, Man Ray, Utrillo or Eileen Gray gave them a strictly decorative role. Currently screens are making a strong comeback! In all sizes, all kinds of material and with completely different purposes.
Don’t hesitate to use and abuse them !