Saturday, August 5, 2017

Antebellum inspiration

Kentucky designer, Lisa Farmer, writes on her wonderful blog,

Who hasn't fallen under the spell of the Southern Antebellum home? This elegant style is actually named for a time period, not a design. The word "Antebellum" comes from the Latin "before war" and this architecture is named for the 30 to 40 years before the American civil war from 1820 to 1860. 
Styles of architecture and interiors were varied.

Wikipedia has a similar description for the word:

You might describe a plantation, an antique dress, or other artifacts of that historical period as antebellum. Officially, the word antebellum can describe the time just before any war, but it's usually used in reference to the Civil war. It comes from the Latin phrase ante bellum, literally "before the war." 
 The details in these houses are fascinating to me. While I have toured several of these stunning homes, it would be a delight to have a private visit to study all the details of the trim, the fabrics, lighting, flooring, wall treatments, window treatments, hardware, door and window styles and furnishings. Instead, we studied scores of photos to pick and choose favorite elements to use in our home.

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 Note the patina of the incredibly beautiful wood on the floors, the muted area rug, mahogany-like stained furnishings and banister, plus the stunning trim work in the hallway and door. The transom window above the door helps to open the space, giving it more light.

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 The charming, raised front porch with a brick facade that matches the home, shutters, and dormers windows were an inspiration.
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 Twin chimneys add to the grandeur of this home.

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 Although this is a favorite space, we did not have murals painted in our home. We did however, use similar door trim and chandeliers in our foyer.

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The keystone on the arched trim, the flooring, and Queen Anne furnishing create a welcome, yet elegant space.

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