Art Noveau Inspired Kitchens?

midnightgirlMarch 27, 2011

I am enamoured by ideagirl2's thread on Art Deco and Mission. I love the discussions here on this and the beautiful links. I am wondering if anyone has links/pics to any art noveau inspired pictures. I loved the link to the rooms at http://cjhurley.com/interiors/our-showroom/ Since ideagirl is going for art deco/arts & crafts, I am wondering if anyone else knows someone who went with getting an art noveau feel?

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marthavila

Sorry I don't have any kitchen photos to share with you. However, here's a very basic article linked below on what makes a design art nouveau-inspired and how that differs from art deco. I'm sharing it especially where, like the author, I found I was a confused myself as to some of the key differences in those styles. For example, I've since learned that my Edwardian era house (1909) has more art nouveau- influenced design in the mantel decorations, floor patterns, original tiling, door knobs, etc., however many of the accessories, fixtures and pieces of furniture left behind by the POs, and claimed by me, are definitely more deco era.

HTH

Here is a link that might be useful: Art Nouveau Style

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 2:31PM
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ideagirl2

I don't, but the spelling of it is "art nouveau"--not noveau but nouveau. I mention that just so that you can have better luck googling it or looking for inspiration pieces on eBay or wherever.

I love art nouveau but have never seen a kitchen in that style, probably because when art nouveau was in vogue, kitchens were very different than they are today (in households wealthy enough to have art nouveau decor, the kitchens were probably very basic and staffed by servants--not a room the owners of the house would use). And art nouveau woodwork is so complicated, compared to (for example) Mission, that it would be very expensive to reproduce today. More so than Victorian woodwork, because it was very organic and asymmetrical--hand carved, in other words, not done on a lathe or punched out as readymade gingerbread.

If someone has pictures, though, I can't wait to see 'em!

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 2:31PM
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palimpsest

I think as a true historical artifact, you will find very little in the way of Art Nouveau kitchens. One reason that the A-N movement was relatively short-lived as an architectural form is because it was very expensive to craft. The other is that at that time the kitchen, particularly in individuals houses designed for a client, the kitchen was considered a utilitarian space used more by the help than the homeowners.

That said, a company in England has a line of cabinetry inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (although some of it just looks contemporary to me).

Here is a link that might be useful: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Kitchen Collection.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 2:37PM
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midnightgirl

Thanks for pointing out the typo. I do know better, fat fingers I guess.

I agree palimpseset that the cabinets in the mackintosh kitchen just look contemporary and that is as far from nouveau as it gets and perhaps true nouveau would be a tad overwhelming with all the flowing lines etc...which is why I feel 'inspired' rather than 'true' Nouveau is what I'm hoping to see.

My own idea with my kitchen is just pull in some of the Nouveau style in the tilework by using Mucha Fruit as a backsplash. At this point, that was the extent of what I'd do, except to add the little colonial feet to my cabinets to make them look old/victorian.

I have seen some fabulous single nouveau tile work on ebay but I'm not sure how to incorporate various tiles into my backsplash with the mucha one and not look haphazard. I am also thinking an open shelf could also display a few pieces of Nouveau. I have all my boxes closed right now.
This room, although not a kitchen is one of the most fabulous examples of Art Nouveau I have seen! The carving in the woodwork amazing!

The tile work at the top, seems to incorporate a single mosaic, but also wood work in a swirl pattern. I wonder if you could find some sort of swirl work tiles that could be used to incorporate a swirl like look in the tiles? Flowy and Nouveau?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:06PM
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midnightgirl

Does anyone know of sources for tiles with flowy beautiful flowers that could be incorporated into a backsplash? Something that picks up the inspiration of the vine/flowers in the woodwork above but in tile?

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:08PM
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leela4

You might try Duquella tile in Portland:

http://www.tiledecorative.com/

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:22PM
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palimpsest

Yes, Tile Source has a line of Art Nouveau Alphonse Mucha tiles as well as a Mackintosh Set, An Art Deco Set, and relief and tube-lined floral tiles.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tile Source

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:26PM
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pinch_me

I know I have seen some wonderful flower tiles; some were for fireplaces but I can't get my brain to remember which computer I saved the site on. OR which folder! I've seen them. Don't despair, I will find them.

Here is a link that might be useful: look at this site

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:27PM
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pinch_me

I did a google using "iris fireplace tile" and got this. It's close to what I thought I remembered.

Here is a link that might be useful: Or this one??

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:30PM
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honorbiltkit

Homes and apartments by Horta in Brussels and Gaudi in Barcelona still exist, but I am not sure that it is possible to see inside them. In any case, ideagirl is probably correct in thinking that the people with money for art nouveau homes and interiors did not spend time in their kitchens or worry much about their designs.
I think the closest non-billionaires might come is with craftsman cabinets (although one range of the Macintosh line palimsest linked to has curved corners to go with a basic craftsman style), and smashing tubelined tiles. There are inexpensive reproductions of these tiles, but the ones I have found have peculiar colors. I cannot believe that someone isn't also making more up-market and fetching reproductions.

Period tiles are available on ebay, with one seller from Uruquay having particularly complete sets, but you might have to commission the field tiles in which to display them.

[If you would be content with a dining room, ebay has an imposing Guimard set for only $100k.]

For other ideas, you might also look at the illustrations of Mackintosh tea rooms in Glasgow, which at least have tables and chairs, and maybe some cabinetry.

Cheers.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:31PM
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marthavila

Again, I'm not exactly spot on, but close enough, I think. Turns out finding art nouveau tile has been one of my mini-projects for the day! In my case, I'm looking for off white raised pattern tile (often referred to as tube line) in a "wedding cake" style to replace that which will surely get destroyed in my bathroom reno (assuming I ever get to it.) Although I didn't find exactly what I was looking for, I did find these other art nouveau-inspired tiles that might be of interest to you:
http://www.tile-heaven.co.uk/1001-art-noo-cd.htm

Also, check out the link below. Especially the triptych offerings. Sigh

Here is a link that might be useful: Art Nouveau Tile Porn

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:46PM
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ideagirl2

OMG $100k for a dining set!!! I went to look--here's the link--and it's not even that amazing. It's nice, but not $100k nice. I love the Paris metro stations Guimard designed, but this dining set just doesn't seem extraordinary to me in any way. So, whew! I don't have to regret not having $100k to spare on a dining set... :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: Guimard dining set on eBay

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 3:57PM
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ideagirl2

That room you posted, by the way, is astonishing.

Here's a link to an entire French art nouveau bakery interior and partial exterior (front doors). The mirror above it is AMAZING. All this can be yours for only $85,000! Hahaha.

And here's a really cool looking chest with a mirror--the price is REALLY LOW--under $1000!--considering how cool it is:

http://cgi.ebay.com/French-Art-Nouveau-Dresser-Original-Tile-/150583287046?pt=Antiques_Furniture&hash=item230f769d06

I would be all over that if we had any need for such an item.

Here is a link that might be useful: French art nouveau bakery interior on eBay

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 4:09PM
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marthavila

Not to hijack this thread, but I really need to thank you, Pal, for that link to Tile Source. What a great source they are, indeed! As I said, I've been trying to find a match for my original relief trim tiles in my bathroom, shown here:

While Tile Source doesn't have an exact match on page, their Mucha repro (above the mirror) on pg.29 and the "Adelaide" trim tiles on pg. 56 come closer than anything else I've been able to find thus far. Thanks much (and Mucha)!:-)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 4:58PM
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marcolo

There's an Art Nouveau cabinet door (one only, unfortunately) on ebay now for $100. I think I'd start with some architectural salvage--a small cabinet, spare doors, or whatever--and then look for items to flow with it.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 6:43PM
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ideagirl2

Marcolo, will you QUIT making me run over to eBay and waste time looking at things I can't afford??! :-)

Here's an art nouveau credenza, for some cabinet-related inspiration:

Here is a link that might be useful: Art Nouveau Credenza on eBay

    Bookmark   March 27, 2011 at 8:09PM
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gwgin

Check out Enkeboll Designs, a manufacturer of architectural accent pieces, at http://www.enkeboll.com. Go to Collections & select Art Nouveau. You might be able to apply some of the onlays to a flat panel. They also offer legs, etc. I think the key would be, to be somewhat restrained, since it would be quite easy to go over the top into kitsch.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 12:11PM
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writersblock

What pretty tile, marthavila!

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 12:30PM
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steff_1

You could go with with a cafe inspired look from Vienna, Paris or eastern European cities where the movement was popular.

Thonet chairs are still made and affordable. Adding some framed prints, lighting and accessories from the era would give you the look. Woodwork in an Art Nouveau cafe is dark with curved details, there are lots of mirrors and etched glass panels. The floors are tile with borders, white with red and black or green. Floors generally look more Art Deco or Victorian.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 1:13PM
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johnnyl53

You can also pick up some Nouveau inspired elements in your hardware such as these cup pulls from Schaub's French Farm collection. we got these plus knobs that matched:

Also go a cast iron Italian style cafe table base for a 30" granite top to go in our very small eat in area. We are going to cover a wall with some photos to being in a french and bistro/cafe ambiance and this topic reminded me that I've always liked Art Nouveau poster art so gotta add in something along those lines.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 3:45PM
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marthavila

I love those pulls, Johnny135! I almost strongly agree with your suggestion re the French bistro/cafe ambiance. That's because I did exactly that in my kitchen. Bought a wonderful cast iron table base from an architectural salvage vendor and had a 30" marble table top made for it. Added in cafe chairs and cafe curtains and, and adjustable hanging pendant and, of course, the vintage poster (although a bit older than art nouveau era) and . . . voila! There's a bistro in my kitchen! :-)

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 4:06PM
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steff_1

Those pulls are cafe perfect, Johnny135.

MV - Your kitchen definitely popped into mind when I was describing the above on how to get the Art Nouveau look in a kitchen. So glad you saw this. Maybe you could post some pictures to help out? Hehehehe....just a hint.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 7:02PM
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writersblock

Here's a real art nouveau kitchen (or as close as there really is to such a thing) in Paris (the house is now a museum). You can scroll around 360 degrees to see it all:

Here is a link that might be useful: Nissim de Camondo kitchen

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 1:20AM
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ideagirl2

Ohhhh my god oh my god. Neat kitchen--I love the ceiling tile!--but the story of that family is utterly tragic. Nissim de Camondo was killed in World War I, so his father gave the mansion he would have inherited to France to be used as a museum. That's what you're looking at in the photo; that's his kitchen. Twenty-odd years later the entire family was deported to the concentration camps and most if not all of them died. Their remaining possessions--a vast array of truly splendid artworks and antiques--were stolen by the Nazis. Some were later recovered due in part to amazing perilous work done by a French resistance agent, Rose Valland.

I just read about them in a fantastic novel, Pictures at an Exhibition (link below). It is fictionalized and some names are changed, but that family and Rose Valland is who it's based on.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pictures at an Exhibition

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:33AM
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writersblock

Yes, you can read the basic story if you click on the the green link LA FAMILLE DE CAMODO on the left side of the page. (If you don't read French, google translate isn't having its finest hour with this site, unfortunately.)

The last line sums it up: "La famille de Camondo est desormais eteinte." A very tragic story.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 12:15PM
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ideagirl2

Aaaagh. Eteinte. That is, "extinguished." They were snuffed out. How terrible.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 12:37PM
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marthavila

Shucks, Writersblock, I can't access that kitchen link you posted! But, thanks for the nice words about my bathroom tile. And, Steff, you have me laughing here. I'm trying so hard to keep from uploading what I think might be relevant photos of my kitchen on various threads, that is until my "big reveal". Soon come, I tell you. Soon come. lol

Anyone know whatever happened to Midnightgirl? Has the OP abandoned us?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 12:57PM
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writersblock

>I can't access that kitchen link you posted!

What happens when you try, marthavila?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 1:01PM
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writersblock

Oh, maybe it's because the 360 pano is flash. Here's a link to the plain text pages for the kitchen:

Here is a link that might be useful: non-flash version

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 1:07PM
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marthavila

Well, it says I need a plugin. However, when I click the link for a plugin -- none appears! Or, it takes me directly to the site (in French) and then asks for me to sign in. :-(

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 1:07PM
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marthavila

Well, hot damn and take my breath away, why don'tcha? I don't know whether to thank you, Writersblock, or to reach for the smelling salts!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 1:14PM
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plllog

Mission Tile West also has a large selection of Art Nouveau tiles.

My kitchen is current and unique, but there are Art Nouveau touches throughout, mostly in brass. So...has anyone seen an Art Nouveau switchplate for decora switches (the big rectangles)?

Midnightgirl, that room is fabulous!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 4:39PM
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writersblock

Hi, pillog. It's pretty surprising how difficult it tis to find decora switchplates in all sorts of styles.

Have you seen this?

http://habitatter.com/art-noveau-border-switch-plate-copper-5-rocker-p-20511.html

Although to me it looks more arts and crafts than nouveau.

Or there's this one, but only for a single switch:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Single-Rocker-Switch-Plate-Art-Nouveau-01-/370262241895#ht_1499wt_907

Or this one is available for a single rocker, too:

http://www.switchhits.com/switchplates_artnouveautulip_light_switch_plates_covers.html

or this one, which is brass and available in several sizes, but won't let me link it.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 6:00PM
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plllog

Bless you, Writersblock! I haven't seen any of them. I need a double, more's the pity, since the middle one might be perfect. I'm not a big period hound, so would even take Deco, but it has to be something that looks good with the white plastic. One of the switches is decora and the other is a fancy slide dimmer with pushbutton and LED. The quality of the latter is too good to switch it out for a toggle with dimmer, or I'd just do that. Sigh. I don't know that it wouldn't be uglier with a pretty plate--that's probably why they don't make a lot of decora plates to begin with--but it would be nice to have a choice!

I once played a Art Nouveau computer game... It was only a moderately good game, but the interiors were exquisite!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 7:05PM
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plllog

P.S., to see the museum kitchen in the wireframe app you just need Quicktime, which you can download from Apple. It's worth it just to see the ceiling! (Well, okay, it's simple tilework, but you know I love tile...)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 7:07PM
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Circus Peanut

P1llog, ever see these?

Here is a link that might be useful: house of antique hardware cover plates

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 7:46PM
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plllog

Peanut!!! I've seen the Deco one, or something similar, but not in the right configuration. The top one looks about perfect!

So I'm not even sorry for hijacking the thread! I'm going to go check them out. :)

Many thanks!!!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 9:08PM
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writersblock

Hey, circuspeanut, how did you do that? The top one is the one in my last link but I kept getting the flash controls when I right-clicked it so I couldn't do a direct link. How did you get it to work?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 9:22PM
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Circus Peanut

Oh, I'm shamelessly promiscuous with hardware, I'm afraid. I got lots where that came from. Check out (I'll link each image to its source):

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 9:29PM
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plllog

Oh, throb!!! I'm glad I didn't pull the trigger yet! Such riches!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 9:32PM
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Circus Peanut

hi writersblock,
I used a web developer extension to check the source code/CSS files for the background image URL. Embarrassing geekery, I'm afraid.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 9:33PM
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marthavila

Ok. You guys have me going now! So, here's a tough assignment for you switchplate mavens: anyone have a source for an art nouveau/art deco switchplate that can accommodate 4 rockers?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 9:42PM
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marcolo

I click "View Source" then search for the img src code. Then I go blind and run to the optometrist.

OMG OMG OMG, look at those switchplates! Look at that paper towel holder!!!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 9:53PM
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writersblock

Marthavila, I think some of those house of antique hardware ones come that large.

Thanks for the explanation, Circuspeanut. The ones in your last post are amazing.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 10:01PM
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Circus Peanut

Oh, Martha, that's almost no challenge at all. ;-)

This one comes in 4-rocker style, just not pictured:

And Plllog, here's a Deco one for you:

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 10:10PM
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marthavila

OMG, Peanut. I just found this on your site!: http://houseofantiquehardware.com/Art-Nouveau-Quad-GFI

This is starting to become a dangerous place to hangout.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 10:16PM
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steff_1

I see I've popped in to a switchplate party and you've found some really great ones too.

That museum kitchen is amazing, wow, thanks for the link!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 10:36PM
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midnightgirl

That kitchen is lovely, thank you for the posts and I have never seen such lovely switchplate covers!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:07PM
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plllog

Writersblock, I'm so sorry! I totally missed your text link because I was so overcome by the beauty of the ones you embedded!!

You all are so great!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:23PM
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plllog

So...do you think I could make the copper one with the vines go verdigris without looking too even?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:29PM
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marcolo

They're resin embedded with metal. Sorta the Silestone of copper. So, no genuine verdigris for you. Paint, maybe.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:31PM
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writersblock

Oh, no problem, pillog. BTW, I think you're right that the wireframe is a QuickTime VR, but on the iPad it just throws up the missing plug-in icon. Odd that apple didn't include that codec.

OMG, I just found the paper towel holders marcolo was talking about! And they're totally on-topic for an Art Nouveau kitchen, too. This is a dangerous place.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:35PM
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plllog

Is that what "cold cast" means? Well, pooh!!! Thanks, Marcolo. That does explain a lot. They're awfully detailed to be the real thing for that price but I thought they might have a real copper surface or something. Maybe I'll just go for the resin looking resin one, which might be a better color anyway even if it's a more conventional piece.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 12:11AM
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Circus Peanut

P1llog, if you want verdigris on something non-metallic, I can recommend Gilder's Paste:

Or something called Rub & Buff, which is similar. Any art supply store.

Yeah, I included that cream-colored one in case you find the white plastic switch too jarring with the darker metals.

But if you really want to go all out, you can get the decora rockers, slide dimmers etc in various colors, including metallic finishes like antiqued brass.

Here is a link that might be useful: gilder's paste

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 8:02AM
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Circus Peanut

P1llog, if you want verdigris on something non-metallic, I can recommend Gilder's Paste:

Or something called Rub & Buff, which is similar. Any art supply store.

Yeah, I included that cream-colored one in case you find the white plastic switch too jarring with the darker metals.

But if you really want to go all out, you can get the decora rockers, slide dimmers etc in various colors, including metallic finishes like antiqued brass.

Here is a link that might be useful: gilder's paste

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 8:03AM
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plllog

Thanks so much, Peanut! I'll keep the gilder's paste in mind. I've used a similar product but not on anything so fine.

In a welter of Art Nouveau ecstasy last night, I almost bought that lighter one in the sage, but went and looked and made sure. Sigh. The problem isn't so much the whiteness of the switches. Unfortunately, my dimmer switch doesn't come in pretty colors. There are six, and the slider comes in fewer. At the point of changing, since this is on u/c in the BP, I could get toggles with a dimmer and whatever pretty plate I wanted. But I realized when I looked that it's better with the white plate than it would be with something pretty.

So then I had flirtations with Marcolo's paper towel holders on the same sight, but I could have Michael Aram for half the price and probably superior durability, even though nowhere near the same flights of fancy.

Yes. It's true. I can sometimes get bogged down by practicality and thrift. Sigh.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 2:23PM
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sabjimata

Speaking of hardware, check out the macintosh pulls over at Horton brasses. They are quite nice.I would post a link but still trying to figure out this iPad.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 2:59PM
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writersblock

>I would post a link but still trying to figure out this iPad.

Tap in the URL someplace away from the reload/delete icon and you'll get a little popup. Tap Select All, then Copy, then tap where you want to paste it (may need to hold your finger down a second or two) and choose Paste.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 3:18PM
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midnightgirl

I was at the KD today and saw a book by this company Pratt & Larson who has absolutely stunning tilework!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pratt and Larson

    Bookmark   April 2, 2011 at 6:24PM
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