Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 18

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The 7 Most Famous Stained Glass Windows in the World

The 7 Most Famous Stained Glass Windows in the World

Need inspiration before investing in stained glass window panels? Check out this great list of the 7 most famous stained glass windows in the world.

Some of the first known stained glass windows date back as far as 686 AD. They were in Jarrow, England at St. Paul's Monastery. 

Stained-glass windows are most often found in monasteries, cathedrals, and mosques. The windows are intricate works of art used to depict Bible scenes and other stories.
If you're investing in a stained-glass window, find inspiration worldwide.
Check out this list of the 7 most famous stained glass windows from around the world.

1. Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, France

The windows of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris top almost every list of stained-glass windows. The chapel is in the Gothic style and construction began in the 1200s. 
The stained-glass windows are the most famous feature and some of the most beautiful in the world. The windows depict scenes from both the Old and New Testament of the Bible.
The chapel sustained damaged during the French Revolution. But almost two-thirds of the windows are the originals.

2. St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic

Atop a hill, the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral towers over Prague. Construction began on the cathedral in 1344. Prague buried many of its greatest rulers here. 
Inside, sun rays shine through the stained glass bathing the pews in colored light.
The reconstruction of the cathedral finished in 1929. In 1931 a new stained-glass window by Mucha was installed in the north nave. 

3. La Sagrada Familia

If you're heading to Barcelona, Spain, La Sagrada Familia is a must-see. The architect, Antoni Gaudi, was a master of Modernista architecture. La Sagrada Familia is a late 19th-century masterpiece. 
The stained-glass windows reflect the modern style and range in shape and color. 

4. Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Nicknamed Pink Mosque and Mosque of Colors because of its beautiful stained-glass windows. The sun's rays shine through the windows and light up the interior in a dazzling array of colors.
They built the mosque in the 1800s. Be sure and visit in the early morning for the full experience of kaleidoscopic color. 

5. Chartres Cathedral 

This beautiful cathedral is southwest of Paris in Chartres, France. The church is a beautiful example of French Gothic architecture.
The flying buttresses allowed for gigantic stained-glass windows. The church features a huge rose stained-glass window. It bathes the interior in deep, rich colors. The stained glass windows in the cathedral are from the 14th century. 
The scenes in the stained-glass windows depict legends of the saints. 

6. Palau de la Musica Catalana Skylight

This stained-glass skylight is a masterpiece in three dimensions. It symbolizes the sun and sky with stained-glass windows in arches. The windows line both sides of the main concert hall.
Shades of gold and blue glass adorn the inverted bell shape that hangs down into the hall.

7. The Chicago Cultural Center Domes

The Preston Bradley Hall features a 38-foot Tiffany glass dome. It's the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world. Artist J.A. Holtzer designed the dome. 
They finished the building in 1897. It the central library for Chicago before becoming the cultural center. 

A Beautiful Stained Glass Window

If you're investing in a beautiful stained-glass window, there's plenty of inspiration. Look around the world at cathedrals, churches, and mosques!
From France to Spain to the United States, stained glass-windows enjoy a long and storied history. 

Looking for more home decoration inspiration? Find more inspiration here. 

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 17

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Classy Glass: 9 Sophisticated Ways to Decorate with Stained Glass Panels

9 Sophisticated Ways to Decorate with Stained Glass Panels

Stained glass panels add a touch of sophistication to any living space. Class up your home décor with these 9 awesome ideas for decorating with stained glass.

No longer just a feature in old churches, today stained glass panels add a touch of sophistication to any living space. 

Why not add some class to your home décor with these 9 awesome ideas for decorating with stained glass.

1. External Door Panel

Of course, the first place to start with stained glass is the most traditional - your front door. Use your entrance to set the tone of your home, and what's in store.
For security purposes, the stained glass window panels in your front door will likely be fairly small, so bold colors and compact designs work well here.

2. Entrance Panels

Depending on your home, you may have 1, 2 or even 3 glass panels flanking your stained glass front door. Why not upgrade your décor and create a set by changing the plain glass to stained glass instead?

3. Internal Doors

Your internal doors are perfect for stained glass, and give you a whole host of options and color choices depending on the way you use your room. Think about the feel you want your room to have when choosing a stained glass design.

4. Above Internal Doors

The space above an internal door is a highly underrated yet effective way to draw light into a room. Adding panels above your internal doors brighten up a hallway, too, and add a stunning feature piece to your home.

5. Feature Wall

Stained glass panels make for an impressive feature wall in any room. If you have a beautiful garden or outside space, why not design your feature wall to frame that view, so you can enjoy the outdoors whatever the season.

6. Kitchen Windows

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and what better way to add warmth than giving it its own stained glass windows!
Stained glass in a kitchen allows for the colored light to dance along the surface of your kitchen units, and really bring the heart of your home to life.

7. Staircase Window Panel

The staircase in your home and the space it takes up is often fairly uninspiring and a little boring, if we're being honest.
Stained glass won't just add interest, but it'll draw the eye and make coming downstairs a joy, rather than a chore.

8. Stained Glass Ceiling

Another way to add elegance to your home is by installing a stained glass ceiling. The way to do this is to have it in a single-story part of your home, like a conservatory or extension.
A stained glass ceiling provides the beauty of color and light and will provide a wonderful talking point for your guests, too.

9. Shower Screen

Finally, what better way to set off your home than by installing a stained glass shower screen?
The panel won't just be beautiful, but it'll be functional, too, and give you something to admire while performing your daily ablutions.

Stained Glass Panels - Show Off Your Style

Stained glass panels make for a stunning display of elegance in any home. Used effectively, the beauty of stained glass can show off a room or draw the eye outside, all while being functional at the same time.
Any home can utilize the beauty and sophistication that stained glass brings. Why not contact us, and see how we can help you show off your stained glass style at home.

That's all for today...May sunshine fill your day!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 16


Can Stained Glass Windows Add Value to Your Home?

Can Stained Glass Windows Add Value to Your Home?

Are you looking for a beautiful addition to your home that can also add value to it? Here are a few reasons to consider stained glass windows.

So many homeowners watch home improvement shows, see how much value people get from their renovations, and decide it's a great investment. Did you know the wrong renovations can actually reduce your home's value, though?

You don't have to be one of those cases. The key is researching what projects will add value to your home and then complete them in the right way.
Sure, there are obvious improvements like new flooring or a more open concept. You can also go for a more original design feature like stained glass windows. Here's what you need to know about the value boost they can bring. 

How Can Stained Glass Windows Add Value to My Home?

Customizing your home's design can make your house feel more like your own, but it can add value to your house too. Stained glass windows offer both of those benefits.

Valuable Artwork

The obvious way stained glass windows bring value is because they carry a value of their own. Each assembled window is a work of art, whether you commission a custom one or buy a pre-assembled option.
Much like hanging a painting, your stained glass window has its own value and as part of your home, that value goes into your home's sale price.

Unique Detail

Have you every gotten shopping fatigue? You're looking for a particular item and after a while, all the options blend together in your mind.
That happens to house hunters too, and your home can fall through the cracks if it doesn't stand out to prospective buyers. By serving as a unique detail that sticks in a buyer's mind, a stained glass window can lead to a more successful sale.

Customized Charm

Most homeowners have a specific style or feel that they want to create in their home. Maybe you want an urban, trendy vibe or that of a cozy cottage.
While most people think of stained glass windows as an old world and traditional design feature, they have far more variety than that. You can use a stained glass window in any style you choose.
This gives you a more cohesive and immersive feel throughout your house. Buyers love being able to define a home in their minds, so this is a great way to add value to your house.

Getting Great Value from Your Stained Glass Windows

If you want to carry your personal style into your home while also gaining value from the house, stained glass windows can be the perfect way to do it.
The key is to identify the right design, invest in quality, and limit the windows to accents. If the entire house is full of stained glass windows, they could lose their appeal attention-grabbing features.

If you're ready to start looking for the perfect stained glass windows for your home, shop our stained glass windows to find the ideal fit for your home and your style.

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 15

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5 Great Ideas For Incorporating Stained Glass Lamps Into Your Decor

5 Great Ideas For Incorporating Stained Glass Lamps Into Your Decor

Do you want to start incorporating new lighting into your home? Here are some great ideas for how to work stained glass lamps into your decor.

Did you know stained glass has been used for thousands of years and dates back to the ancient Egyptians? It was later used in the 7th century on monastery windows and became more popular.  

Around the late 1800s, this concept was used to make the first stained glass lamps. Tiffany lamps, one of the most popular kinds, were all the rage around 1895.Â

In 2018, stained glass lamps are not common in most homes. Which is why it will set your home apart from the rest! Â

But how do you decorate a modern house with something that was popular over a century ago? Don't worry. In this guide, we'll give you five ideas for how to incorporate stained glass into your home decor.  

5 Ways to Use Stained Glass Lamps in Your Home

1. Library or reading corner. The soft lighting and beautiful colors can instantly make your reading space a lot cozier. Shelves full of old books and some dim lighting create the perfect place to relax and do some reading. This is a classic library look that will never stop looking good.

2. Game room or man cave. Similar to the library, a man cave does not need to have a ton of bright lights. All you need is some mood lighting or enough light to see what you are doing. A stained glass hanging lamp over a pool table is a timeless look. A small lamp on a table next to your favorite sports memorabilia is another classic look. 
A standing lamp in the corner will give enough light to the room will spreading those stained glass colors across the walls for a cozy retreat.

3. Highlight other antiques. A great way to decorate with a stained glass lamp is to put it on a small desk or table with some other older items. If you have any older pottery, picture frames, candles or other objects the lamp is a great way to bring them all together in a cozy little collectibles nook.

4. Focus on the lamp. Even if you don't have any antiques or anything that would match the decor, don't worry about it. Something as elegant as a stained glass lamp doesn't require any help. Just display the lamp out in the open or on a desk or table that puts it in the spotlight. This focal point of the room will definitely be a conversation piece when people come to visit!.

5. Let there be light. You actually don't need any interior design experience to decorate with stained glass lamps. Just put the lamp in any room along with your regular lamps and the extra pop of color creates some comfortable mood lighting.

Start Decorating with Stained Glass Lamps 

As you can see, a stained glass lamp is easy to incorporate into your home decor. Anywhere that it can add a bit of light and color will look good.Â

If you want to buy stained glass lamps, then there are many options available. Just decide where you want to put it and then choose something with the size and colors you want, or contact us if you want help deciding what would work best for your house.

That's all for today, may sunshine fill your day!!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 14

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5 Reasons to Consider Stained Glass Windows For Homes

5 Reasons to Consider Stained Glass Windows For Homes

Stained glass isn't just for churches. Here are some great reasons you should consider stained glass windows for your home.

Keyword(s): stained glass windows for homes

Are you considering stained glass windows for your home?
Stained glass windows are popular in churches but they can also make a beautiful addition to your home. They were popular in the Victorian Era because of their unique style and are still very popular today throughout the United States.
But how will stained windows make your home different?
Read on to learn 5 reasons to consider stained glass windows for homes!

1. Make a Statement

Stained glass windows make your home stand out in a unique way.
That's because they make a statement about your home design. Each window tells its own story, which makes them a talking point for you and your guests.
Visitors will be drawn to the colorful designs and be curious about what made you pick those over other options. Since each window tells its own story, this makes them a talking point for you and your guests.

2. Artwork on Windows

Stained glass is much more interesting than the windows found in an average home or office.
That's because they are often designed by artisans that bring your ideas to life. This makes your windows a piece of artwork and a great way for you and your family to personally express yourselves.
Stained glass is also full of colors, which can help them the centerpiece of your home's artwork. This allows you to forego purchasing other expensive pieces of art to accent your home.

3. Extra Privacy With Natural Light

Stained glass for windows gives your home extra privacy while also not sacrificing natural light.
With standard windows, there is no color which allows someone to see through them clearly. This can create safety and privacy concerns for you and your family.
Because of this, homeowners with standard windows often buy window treatments like blinds, shutters, or curtains.
Besides being expensive, these window treatments also prevent natural light from entering your home unless they are open.
Stained glass has enough color to block visibility while also being naturally translucent.

4. Increase Your Home Value

You can increase your home value by adding stained glass windows.
According to the Independent, you can add between 5 and 15 percent of value in your home by installing stained glass windows.
But, how?
Stained glass windows are built to withstand the test of time. This allows them to maintain the integrity of your home.
They also give your home period authenticity because they are indicative of the era when they were installed.

5. Be Creative

Your home is a reflection of you and your family's personality. Stained glass is a creative way to express yourself while also thinking outside the box.
For example, you can choose stained glass windows that are based on themes for each room in your home.
This way, no window in your home will be exactly the same.

Wrapping Up: The Best Stained Glass Windows For Homes

Stained glass windows for homes are a fun way to express your style and make your home different.

That is all for now...may sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 13

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5 Stunning Ways to Style Your Home With Stained Glass

5 Stunning Ways to Style Your Home With Stained Glass

Are you looking for a great way to add color to your home? Here are some incredible ways you can style your home using stained glass.

Every great home design has a creative mix of colors throughout the house. Whether you're going for a modern look or an art deco space, the right use of color is crucial.

You don't want to end up with a home design that falls flat because there isn't enough color to liven it up. On the other hand, you risk going over the top and missing the mark if the colors you pick out clash.
Luckily, there are tons of tricks to help you find a happy balance - and one of them is the use of stained glass. If you've never thought of hanging stained glass in your home, you need to seriously consider it.
Here are 5 ways you can style this beautiful piece of interior design.

1. On the Front Door

Lots of vintage doors already come with stained glass on them, and there's really no need to change that. You may want to clean the glass a bit or swap out some of the colors, but it would be a huge mistake to change the entire design of such a door.
If you have a modern front door with window panels or a more basic setup, it's easy to incorporate stained glass. You can also put stained glass around the door if there are small windows in the entryway.

2. In the Kitchen

The next place that stained glass would look absolutely beautiful is the kitchen. All you need is a small touch to transform the look and feel of the room.
Imagine putting a border of stained glass around the kitchen window, or by covering one the window panels entirely if you have a lot of windows in the room. There are all kinds of possibilities in this part of the house. Don't be afraid to play with different ideas until you're sure of the best choice.

3. To Brighten the Bathroom

Another space that could benefit from a touch of stained glass is the bathroom.
Whether you have a large master bathroom or a small guest bath, stained glass can create more comfort and beauty in this space. It can make a tiny half-bath look a lot bigger and it makes a big bathroom feel more welcoming, too.

4. On the Ceiling

Here's an interesting thought: if you have a sunroom with a glass ceiling or a few skylights somewhere in the house, you have a great canvas to incorporate stained glass onto.
This isn't to say you have to completely cover the glass on your ceiling. But, a nice border on the ceiling of the sunroom or a stained glass design on a skylight would be a nice touch. These are stunning upgrades that really make a statement.

5. As Wall Decor

If you can't find any openings or windows to place your stained glass, consider framing a piece of stained glass. It sounds a little silly at first, but it looks amazing once you actually do it.
All you need to do is find a place on your walls that needs a bit of color. You could hang a set of stained glass in the living room or put it in the entryway among family pictures and loving quotes.
Wherever you hang it, though, it's sure to be a lovely addition to your home.

Find the Perfect Stained Glass for Your Home

You still have to find the ideal piece of art once you figure out where you'd like to put your stained glass. This is a process of its own. There are all kinds of stained glass designs to choose from, and the right one can be difficult to choose.
It is out there, though. You just have to find it!
You can start your search by taking a moment to explore the stained glass we offer.

That is all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 12

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What's it Worth? 7 Signs Your Stained Glass Pieces are Valuable

What's it Worth? 7 Signs Your Stained Glass Pieces are Valuable

So you found some stained glass pieces and you're wondering what they're worth. Start with these signs of valuable stained glass pieces.

Keyword(s): stained glass pieces

To a lot of people, stained glass might just look like junk. It may seem like it has no value at all.
You know that this is not always true. Stained glass pieces can offer a lot of value and in the right hands, can be worth a lot of money.
How can you know if the stained glass you have can earn you some extra cash?
There are some simple tips that you will be able to follow in order to determine the value of your stained glass.

1. What's the Condition?

The first thing to look at when you want to find out how much your stained glass is worth is the condition the pieces are in. If the pieces are scratched or chipped, they are going to be worth much less money than if they are in mint condition.

2. Are These Stained Glass Pieces Rare?

Pieces that are made by artists that only have a few items out there or are well-known and unique are much more desirable to the general public.
When people want a certain type of stained glass, they are willing to give up more of their money.

3. How Do They Look?

This kind of relates to the condition of the stained glass, but it also relates to the way that it looks. Does it look pretty? Does it have an unsettling pattern?
A lot of the popular pieces that are more beautiful and aesthetically appealing will cost and be worth more. People want things that look nice!

4. Are The Pieces Genuine?

Is your glass the real deal or is your glass a copycat?
Glass that can be shown to come from a specific artist, time period or style may be more valuable. If the glass pieces are just fake stained glass, they likely are not going to be worth as much overall.

5. What Kind of Glass Is It?

This may not seem important, but it really does matter the type of glass the pieces are made from. This can help to determine the time period and can affect the overall value in this way.
For instance, if the glass is opalescent, which means there is more than one color, this will show that it had to have been created after 1880. Obviously, pieces that can be dated as being older are going to be worth more since they are more unique.

6. Can You Determine the Style?

The style of the stained glass can also help to show what year it may have been made. In addition to this, the style will appeal to specific buyers more than others if someone is collecting stained glass from a certain style, such as art deco or primitive styles.

7. How Old Is It?

This has been mentioned, but if there is solid proof that the stained glass can be dated to a certain point in time, you will have a much easier time selling it and getting your money's worth as well.

Tell Me The Value!

People like to purchase things that are unique, expensive, and specific, which is why these factors are so important if you want to determine the value of any stained glass you may come across.
There are a lot of stained glass pieces out there, both real and fake, so it is crucial that you pay close attention to what you are buying or trying to sell. No one likes to be tricked and having the necessary knowledge to prevent that is always a wise decision.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about stained glass, windows, and lamps that you can use to spruce up the look of your home.

That's all for now...may sunshine fill your day!