Mother’s Day on old postcards
Shabby chic is an interior design style which is very popular nowadays. It can be relatively easily realized in any home.
A shabby chic interior is feminine, light and has a little bit warn effect, despite of this, still elegant. Dominant colors are white, grey, powder blue, pink, crème, light green and beige. Furnishing is made of wood, chairs are upholstered comfortably soft, or even wicker braided. Basically it has French style characteristics. Although the overall effect is rural, yet it fits well even in an aristocratic environment. The double doored large wardrobe, the Bergére armchair and the great variety of fabrics provide the luxurious, but still muted feeling. Feels like if we spend our holiday in our country castle.
We can produce the furnishing ourselves for this style. Let’s paint the old furnitures purchased at a flea market with off-white and generate the antique feeling using some umbra brown. Another method, if the paint is burnished back at the edges, at the handles and at the bottom of the legs. This simulates the worn effect gained by the heavy years of usage. At accessories, avoid using strong colors. Flower bouquet is always an important decoration element. It can be placed in practically anything, like a watering can, a jar or old cookie box. Select pastel coloured flowers, which fit to the rural atmosphere, like lavender, roses, tulip or wild flowers. Prefer natural materials at fabrics, like cotton or linen. Use patterned material or plain weaved ones occasionally with toile pattern using only two colors. Use them brevely, combine several hues of a given color. For metallic accessories, silver or gold color is the best choice.
If you like shabby chic, but don’t know how to start, ask help from an interior designer.
Attending formal meals may cause a problem for many. The summary below could be useful also if only the home dinners with friends wanted to be made more glamorous:
The tablecloth should be plain or tone-on-tone patterned as far as possible, expediently white or cream, in starched and ironed condition. This provides neutral base to the table set and the served food also. It should be overhanging about 30 cm from the edge of the table, this way the legs of the guest can go underneath. If a table runner is placed, the color of the napkins should be matched with it. If not, the napkins should be made of the fabric of the tablecloth or at least in the same color but made of fabric is a must. This should be placed in the middle of the plate or on the left of the forks.
The so-called service plate has to wait the guests when taking seats. The plates containing various dishes are placed on this, which are taken off after every dish. Even the service plate is taken off before the dessert. If there is a pattern, coat of arms or other decoration on the plate, it should always be on the top of it opposite to the guest.
All the cutleries for using are pre-placed around the service plate. Using order: from outside to inside. Knifes are put on the right side of the plate (appetizer, salad, main dish) with their edges towards the plate, and the soup spoon. Forks are placed on the left side, in the same order. The dessert fork is put above the plate with its handle on the left, and the dessert spoon above this with its handle on the right. The bread plate is on the left side of the plate with the butter knife on it.
Glasses are put on the right side of the plate, above the knives. Maximum four glasses can be here, in a rectangular order or in a row in decreasing sizes to the right. These are glasses for water, red vine, white vine and aperitif. The set can be changed of course depending on the served drinks. Glass for champagne is not pre-placed.
The seating card is put above the dessert cutleries, the salt and pepper cellars are placed above the forks. The table centerpiece should be chosen according to the free visibility of the opposite guests above or under it, so the discussion is not disturbed by it. The needed space for comfortable eating is about 60 cm per person, this has to be considered when laying the table.
Ask for help of a style-advisor for formal and classy entertaining preparations.
The philosophy of Feng Shui based interior design is to establish the balance between the individual and the environment. Its essence is the harmony of energies and objects, the elements and styles. Much more complex and more serious interior design trend than generally considered.
When it comes to Feng Shui, most of the people associate colorful mandalas, choking smoke and Buddha statues, nevertheless, this knowledge is known to look back on a long history. Feng Shui is independent to location and style. These energies work the same way in a minimal or a baroque interior, in Japan or Hungary also. Basically, there are two different aspects of an apartment or house:
Considering the rooms as separate units is the essence of space management, since Jin or Jang characteristics, colors, forms, materials and motifs are assigned to each of them. This is the primer method of harmonizing the environment.
Using the Bagua map, the home is considered as one unit. The total floor area is divided into nine equal parts, where all sub-units has its own characteristics based on the map. In this later case, orientation has an important role. The given areas should be intensified or weakened, deficits should be fulfilled depending on the required result.
Whichever we choose, we have to keep in mind: the theory is general, but the methods and tools used may have different meanings in different cultures or even countries. E.g.: dolphin as motif has a different meaning in a region, where such animals really live in the wild, from another region, where they are not organic part of the environment.
When applying Feng Shui, we have to be careful with the relation of objects used, spaces and the people living in them, so ask help from an interior designer who hase massive bases in the area.