Just Wing It

Just Wing It

by Cara McBroom The Wingback Chair: When one imagines a wingback chair, (let’s be honest) we typically think of a tall, austere and formal-looking traditional chair with wings, possibly sitting in a men’s study or a castle, or that formal sitting room in your grandma’s house that you were never supposed to actually use!  I say, we are not giving this chair enough credit for the strides it has made since way back in the 17th century! “Back in the day”, this chair was created to serve a distinct purpose.  The side wings and tall back helped protect a person from chilling drafts.  You could place a couple of wing chairs near a fireplace, and the wings would envelope the heat around you like a warm, cozy cloak…and if you so happen to fall asleep, the structure of the chair helped “prop” you up!  On the other side of the coin, the chair’s wings could also protect a lady’s delicate skin from an overly-hot fireplace.   It is highly common to see a pair of wing chairs flanking a fireplace in many floor plans. The first wing chair was a rather stiff, straight-lined piece of furniture, that “cloistered the sitter in a kind of opulent coffin.”[1]  This shape changed in the late 1600’s when Charles II was crowned king of England, Scotland and Ireland. “When Charles II came to power, thereby ushering in the Restoration—a period freed from the Puritans’ censorious moral beliefs toward sex and self-indulgence—…the female form was once again adored and joyfully distorted.” [2]  Hence, the more curvaceous styles we are used to imagining when we think...
Vintage Industrial Design

Vintage Industrial Design

by Karen Kerns We are seeing along the Emerald Coast more and more design requests to create an interior which incorporates vintage industrial touches. Industrial… in a home… YES! If done the correct way with bringing in light colors and clean lines it can create an environment of rustic elegance. A big factor as to why this look has taken off is because clients are never a fan of walking into another persons home and seeing the same pieces they have. More often than not these vintage selections have history or a story behind them making them a conversation piece as well. We can’t forget the most important reason we love this style and that is how healthy it is for the environment! When creating this type of design you will see the use of distressed woods and industrial inspired fixtures and furnishings. Natural iron finishes are often used on shelving and furniture legs or supports. Take a look at these examples… Light fixture selections with this design style are often ones with exposed or caged bulbs. Clear blown glass is a favorite because each one is slightly different creating its own uniqueness. Wood finishes on cabinetry and furnishing are left unstained and in their natural shape creating a very organic...