Few pieces of furniture are as timeless and versatile at providing extra storage, service space, and display surface as the buffet (or sideboard). Regardless of what you call it, this wonderful piece of furniture can make a great addition to any room and offer the perfect opportunity for self-expression.
You can use this piece of furniture in virtually any way you wish. Some are tall and somewhat narrow (perfect for smaller spaces), others are quite long, but all offer not only extra storage space, but space for you to display seasonal items, plants, art work, candles, photos, or anything else your heart desires. In the drawers or shelving the buffet has to offer, you have a place to store whatever it is you need to store. You can use this space for things you use often and want at your fingertips, or for items less used. A truly excellent piece of furniture for any home!
Jute is one of the most popular materials for natural fiber rugs because it’s both beautiful and wonderfully soft to walk on. It is made with fibers from the jute plant, which is found in Asia. Because this type of fiber is known for being durable, it’s used in burlap fabric, ropes, and rugs of all shapes and sizes. Jute fibers come from the plan’s stalk, not its leaves. For this reason, the material is wonderfully soft, so much so that it almost resembles wool. Kids and pets can play on it without irritating their soft skin. Also, unlike other natural fibers, jute won’t scratch a hardwood floor. You can use rug pads with a jute rug, but they would truly be just to prevent slippage since they are not necessary to protect existing hardwood, linoleum, or vinyl floors. Jute rugs are easy to maintain. They just require regular vacuuming, and the blotting of any spills relatively quickly to avoid staining.
Coffee tables are such a common fixture of modern interiors today, that it’s hard to imagine life without them. It’s seldom that you’ll find a resident or commercial building anywhere in the world that doesn’t contain a coffee table of some sort, be it an office, company break room, living room, and lobby or waiting room. They are even used on terraces, patios, and decks.
The name “coffee table” actually explains it’s origin. In 1683, the Austrians defeated the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Vienna, and the retreating army left behind sacks of what were thought to be “strange” green beans. They were coffee beans, and with so many of them, the inquisitive Viennese were curious and anxious to try some themselves. Thus, the first coffee houses in Europe were opened in the Austrian capital to sell this new and fashionable beverage. Coffee houses were proliferating and thriving as a place for the bourgeois and the enlightened to gather together and discuss politics and philosophy. These patrons needed a place to place their cup down between sips, and the coffee table was born.
Man has attempted to harness the power of flame to provide heat and light since the discovery of fire, and wall sconces were one of the main ways in which they did this. Sconces would be placed on the walls with appropriate spacing to bring light, and sometimes warmth, to a room. You’ll find them everywhere if you visit some of the castles in England, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, as they were the main source of lighting. Sconces may well be the oldest type of lighting fixture in existence. And they have remained popular ever since their first use.
Today, in addition to adding different levels of light to a room, sconces have become a focal point that can flank fireplaces, mirrors, and artwork. They provide lighting and ambiance, and in the case of the sconces featured here, provide a stunning and dramatic focal point to a room. No longer a necessity or just an afterthought, sconces today are often where an interior designer starts, using the sconce as the focal point in a room and building out the rest of the design from there.