Archive for January, 2012

Some fantastic new mirror additions…

Friday, January 27th, 2012
Antique French Silver Mirror

Antique French Silver Mirror

The addition of new items at Homes Direct 365 continues to increase this week, as we expand upon our decorative mirror sections and fill them out with some truly stunning ornate antique French mirrors. Perfect for giving a bit of brightness to a room, or create an illusion of more space in a small bedroom, or establish a theme with a decorative mirror as your focal piece.

The options are vast with our mirrors as we offer all types from cheval to overmantle, many of which can be hung both landscape and portrait. An indepth history for those that enjoy the stories and detail behind the evolution of the mirror was recently posted on our blog and can be read here. We definitely recommend checking out the mirror sections for those new additions and stay tuned as more shall be added in the upcoming days.

We also have an exciting announcement this week to make about our continued growth and expansion, and we are proud to make you aware we now sell select items on Amazon.co.uk. A great way for new customers to be exposed to the breath taking qualities possessed by hand crafted furniture that many of you have been enjoying for awhile. Lots more exciting developments are currently in the works!

New Items Added To The Victorian Collection…

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Victorian CollectionThis week one of our most popular ranges of furniture the Victorian Collection has had 4 fantastic new additions, really increasing the options for each individual to style their bedroom in a unique way. We’ve added a single 3 ft Victorian bed to the sizing options available, a beautiful cheval mirror that would truly bring a room to life with its large mirror, a 2 door hanging wardrobe similar to the existing 2 door wardrobe but with no drawers to allow for much more hanging space, and finally a 4 drawer chest increasing the size availability of Victorian chests.

Every aspect is hand carved with great skill from a combination of Fir Pine and MDF, and finished in a distressed ivory paint. The sentiments evoked with these new pieces and as a whole as part of the full bedroom set are of romance and elegance, greatly uplifting to your spirit each day. It’s these reasons the Victorian Collection is the favourite of many, and we are pleased to announce these further additions. Stay tuned as we continue to expand our collections each week!

Brand New Chandeliers at Homes Direct 365

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Chandeliers

It’s been a busy week of new additions here at Homes Direct 365, with many fantastic and elegant new chandeliers in all shapes, colours and sizes being added into the mix. There’s still plenty more to come as well, with lots more new items on their way. We will keep you updated as those come in, but for now we recommend taking a browse through all of the new chandeliers, many of which would add a breath taking focus piece to any hallway, dining room, bedroom…the possibilities are endless and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Originally found mainly in medieval churches, abbeys and monasteries the origins of chandeliers can be traced back to the 16th Century. They were more decorative than functional as they were only lit on special occasions and very expensive, exclusive for awhile only to the rich. Thankfully this isn’t so much the case nowadays, as materials and skilled craftsmen become much more widely available.

Towards the end of the 16th century more experimental and ornate decoration was used, dressing them with rock crystals, a transparent form of quartz. By the end of the 17th century it was the norm for chandeliers to be decorated with polished glass trimmings and the shapes were becoming more regular. Some of these shapes are still in use today, and feature prominently in some of the chandeliers we have added to the website this week.

Chandeliers are a great feature to your home with a wonderful and rich history, please do take a look through what we have to offer you and stay tuned for a lot more!

Rochelle Wiseman

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Rochelle Wiseman of The Saturday’s recently ordered some of our furniture to give her place that antique French feeling, and was so impressed by the furniture she posted some great positive remarks on her Twitter page. We wanted to share that with you here on our blog as proof our quality is of the highest standard, and as a thank you to Rochelle for posting some kind words about us:

Rochelle Wiseman

Rochelle Wiseman

Mirror, Mirror: A Reflection On The History Of Mirrored Furniture

Friday, January 13th, 2012
Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored Furniture

According to the Christian teachings vanity is considered to be an example of pride, one of the seven deadly sins. An excessive belief in one’s attractiveness to others, vanity makes sense to us nowadays to be a negative, an act of sin that should be corrected. After all nobody enjoys a boaster or selfishness or people projecting their selves to be on a higher horse than others, but vanity was not always perceived with such narcissistic undertones. Before the 14th Century it simply represented futility; a lack of importance or purpose. This seems to speak to the true root of vanity, the truth that everybody wants to feel important, feel like they have a purpose and feel like they look attractive.

Presenting yourself as attractive to gain attention from a partner is a fundamental element to our species, to our survival to continue populating. In nature the male Bowerbird builds elaborate structures out of feathers and twigs, the male frog sings, the peacock displays a large colourful tail, all with the aim to attract a mate. It’s inbuilt within the genetic fabric of us, to let it consume you would result in sin according to Christianity, but to deny vanity completely would go against our nature. As humans in an image conscious society the mirror becomes our essential tool.

It’s conceivable that for thousands of years long before the actual invention of a mirror our ancestors would have been gazing at their reflections in still pools of water, but to pin point the existence of an actual mirror we go back 2,400 years where it is believed the first mirror-makers lived near the city of Sidon in Syria. Glass itself was invented in neighbouring Lebanon so it makes sense the mirror would be nearby. Through a process of blowing a thin sphere of glass into a bubble and pouring hot lead into the bulb of the glass, once cooled it would coat the inside of the glass which could then be broken into pieces. These pieces were much clearer than polished copper or bronze, and the new technology would spread rapidly throughout the Roman Empire. Useful of course for their self-admiration, but also the beginning of mirrors appearing in design as they would start to utilize it to create magical amulets.

Once embraced by the Roman’s the mirror would take its next step forward between the 12th and 17th Century. As they altered the making process slightly to give the mirror a thin metal backing it would give it much more freedom to be further incorporated into objects and as furniture. Observing and acknowledging change can be a beautiful process. From pools of water to broken shards of glass to the immense mirrored furniture and structures we know today, gradual but staggering change and evolution over time. The ability to observe is one of the great gifts of a mirror, to visually see your own change and appearance at its best and worst. From your intrigue and innocence as a child to the eventual wrinkled eyes that have seen it all, it’s all reflected back at you.

Mirrored Dressing Table

Mirrored Dressing Table

Venice would be one of the first locations where successfully experimenting with mirrored furniture pieces would take place, so much so that to this day Venetian furniture is still one of the most popular. Their creativity and ingenuity would produce fantastic pieces encompassing floral etching and unique patterns all heavily influenced by the art-deco movement. Venice at this time became the Mecca of mirrored furniture but gradually over the following centuries many left, taking their ideas with them to France and England and the rest of Europe.

By the 19th Century cheaper techniques in mirror production led to a great proliferation in their use. No longer limited to being incorporated in just furniture and wardrobes extensive use began to take place in grand decorative schemes and public places. With this a new benefit to the mirror and reflective surface would unfold, a creation of space. The ability to create an illusion that there is more is one of the key subtle features we discover with mirrors in design.

With all the inventions that we take for granted today based around the use of mirrors; microscopes, telescopes, cars, iPhone’s, HDTV’s… all of it came from that initial intrigue in our reflection. Pursuing our vanity and our natural desire to look our best and see how we appear, to follow that basic impulse too far would I agree be a path to sin. The mirror however is one of the few hopeful examples of human’s ability as a collective to progress from the initial basic instinct, move past it and see the greater bigger picture of discovery, curiosity and reflection.