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.

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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.

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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.

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 11

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5 Ways to Add a Touch of Victorian Decor to Your Living Room

5 Ways to Add a Touch of Victorian Decor to Your Living Room

A little Victorian decor can give your home a dramatic and extravaggant look. Here's how to infuse your living room with Victorian style.

The Victorian period is remembered as one of the most opulent times in recent history.

Adding Victorian decor to a modern home is an excellent way to stand out from the crowd.
How though do you achieve that unique style using modern materials?
Here are five ways you can give a room or your entire home a Victorian makeover.

1. The Layered Look

Victorian style was all about excess. Heavy furniture dripping with gold, bold lamps, display cases, and all manner of oddments.
To achieve a modern Victorian design for your home, don't be afraid to layer. Combine dark wood furniture with opulent Persian rugs. Coffee and end tables should never be left open.
The Victorian home was proud to show off the wealth and grandeur it contained. Place clocks, elegant coasters, display pieces, and mementos liberally. This shouldn't interfere with the functionality of course, but other than that the sky's the limit.

2. Lighting

Light is one of the key elements of any home design. In a Victorian house interior, this is even more crucial.
Your light sources should be more than functional. Use tastefully decorated lamps placed in precise locations. Ceiling fixtures must act as a showcase of your personal style.
For the ultimate display of Victorian splendor, use an antique chandelier. Something positively dripping with elegant cut glass or crystal.
Natural lighting is just as important. Use a mix of well-placed windows for illumination with classic stained glass panels. There's nothing that reveals the old-world elegance and grandeur like the light of the sun playing through a multicolored stained glass panel.

3. Opulent Patterning

Victorian homes made heavy use of intricate patterns. Furniture, wallpaper, and carpeting were just a few of the most common examples of this.
In Victorian times the word on every lip was aspirational. The emerging middle class suddenly had the resources to decorate their homes in ways previously available only to the aristocracy.
Nowhere was this more apparent than in the detailed and highly sculpted patterns of their furnishings. Mix this into your home using a piece with an homage to the gothic revival, Tudor, or arts and crafts styles.

4. Wall Styling

Victorian style was all about the contrasting views. Use wallpaper or an interesting paint scheme to help your home stand out.
Victorian parlors were often covered with patterned wallpaper. Think of the repeating Fleur de Lis design on raised paper.
If you prefer paint, use bold color with white trim. An accent wall is another excellent way to add Victorian flair.

5. Integrate Modern and Victorian Decor

Sometimes it's the incongruity of styles that create the most striking visual tableau's. Combine modern amenities and features with Victorian style to put your own individual touch on a room.
A brand new computer sitting on a 19th century engraved desk. A flatscreen tv framed by victorian lamps on an elegant stand. All of these can give your home a touch of Victorian elegance without overpowering your personal style.

Don't Forget to Have Fun

Decorating your home should bring you joy! If you want to incorporate Victorian decor into it, make sure you enjoy the hunt for the perfect pieces.
To give your home an instant Victorian feel, check out some of these elegant stained glass panels.

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 10

A Salvager's Guide to Repairing and Restoring Stained Glass

A Salvager's Guide to Repairing and Restoring Stained Glass

Whether you are a thrift store junkie, or you've inherited an old home with stained glass, you're going to want to know how to go about restoring stained glass to it's original glory, and this guide will go over the basics of restoring stained glass.

You're at an estate sale and you notice two beautifully crafted stained glass window panes.

You're mesmerized. The rich history of stained glass is alluring for all salvagers and you are no exception.
When you get them home and start inspecting them you realize they need some work.
Restoring stained glass isn't something you know much about, so what do you do?
We're here to help you figure that out!

What to Look For

Stained Glass pieces are made from cut pieces of glass, lead or zinc cames (metal that holds the glass), a putty compound to secure the glass to the metal, and support bars to keep the glass from sagging.
Before deciding to restore or repair stained glass, always evaluate its condition.
If the glass rattles while you glide your hand over it, the putty needs replaced. This is an easy DIY project.
Check the cames to make sure they are wired to the support and in good condition. If you notice a bulge, broken glass, or frame/structure issues take it to a professional.

Assembling A Stained Glass Repair Kit

Replacing the putty is the easiest part of restoring stained glass for any owner.
You can go to almost any hardware store to get your materials:
  • glazing putty
  • linseed oil
  • liquid lamp black
  • precision knife
  • large paint brush
  • old rag
  • steel wool
The amount of putty materials depends on the size of the project you are doing.

Restoring Stained Glass

After laying out the panes on a flat surface and creating the new putty mix, it's time to get started.
1. Remove the old putty
Using the precision knife, clean out the old putty and brush it away.
2. Brush on the putty mixture
Putty should be the consistency of molasses, stiff but spreadable. Brush it over the entire surface.
Push the brush into grooves of the cames. Using a wooden stick, gently press the putty into the edges.
Let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
3. Clean away the excess putty
Once 15-20 minutes has gone by wipe away the excess with a rag going from the middle and pushing towards the edges.
Once the excess is gone let it dry for a couple more hours.
Finish cleaning with steel wool and wipe away with soft water.
4. Repeat on the other side
Repeat this process on the other side of the panel for more stabilization.

How to Clean Stained Glass

Once a piece is restored or repaired keep up with proper cleaning.
  • Start with only soft or deionized water
  • Use non-ionic detergent or soaps
  • Never use household cleaners
Unpainted glass may yellow or have a film-- acetone, mineral spirits or isopropyl alcohol will work best. Always clean with soap and rinse with water after.
Cleaning painted glass requires more care-- especially if the paint is chipping-- using cotton swabs is best. Only ever use soap and water.

Learning More About Stained Glass

Using these techniques will prolong the life of any stained glass piece you own!
If you're interested in learning more about restoring stained glass or finding new pieces to add to your home, contact us here.

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 9

The Best of the World's Most Famous Stained Glass Windows

The Best of the World's Most Famous Stained Glass Windows

If you love stained glass windows as much as you do, then you're going to love this collection of some of the most famous stained glass windows from all over the world. Is your favorite installation on our list? Check out the article and see!

Stained glass windows are among some of the most beautiful man-made items to look upon. The level of craftsmanship and the amount of time and effort that goes into making them only add to the grandeur.

If you feel this way every time you check out stained glass, you are certainly not alone.
However, you know that not all glass is created equal, and that some hold more value than others - even to the point of being famous.
Where are these famously stained glass windows, you ask? We wanted to know, too - and put together a small list of some of the world's most famous stained windows ever created.

The Most Well-known Stained Glass Windows Ever Created

Here are just a few of the most marvelous stained windows in existence today. Check out the list and see what you think.


The Saint-Chapelle of Paris has some of the finest and longest standing examples of stained glass done right.
Labeled "The jewel of the Rayonnant Gothic period", the Sainte-Chapelle was built in the 13th century under the rule of King Louis IX. It was initially intended to house valuables and precious relics but became a relic itself in its design.
It holds a collection of 15 windows measuring almost 50 feet high. Each of the windows depicts a scene from the Bible in bright, gem-like colors and an impressive attention to detail.

The Skylight at the Palau de la Musica Catalana

The Skylight is located in Barcelona, Spain, and is truly a unique work of art and a rare example of telling a story through staining and shape.
It was originally intended to represent the sun and the sky (hence the name) and they did this not only through the staining but also through sculpting, creating a bulbous three-dimensional masterpiece.
The stains themselves depict an array of colors, starting from blue at the very top of the ceiling and flowing down into a yellow-red hue as they reach the tip of the bulb. The

King's College Chapel

There are few places where you will find such a beautiful selection of narrative windows as you would at King's College Chapel.
This chapel was erected during the 15th and 16th centuries at the University of Cambridge's King's College, and boasts many marvels such as numerous sculptures and a painting by Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens.
However, the narrative windows steal the limelight. Some of the panes depict scenes from the Gospels, while others depict scenes of royalty. All scenes are delivered in vibrant colors for the word to enjoy.

Share in the Beauty of Stained Windows

Think you've seen all of the best stained glass windows the world has to offer? Well, think again.
Our site is the place to go to learn all about stained windows. We know what it takes to create the various intricate patterns and where to spot the finest examples of work - and we bring the facts straight to you.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 8

Stained Glass Maintenance: How to Clean Stained Glass

How to Clean Stained Glass

When it comes to stained glass maintenance, you need to be gentle. Here's how to clean stained glass and what cleaning products you'll need.

Stained, or colored, glass has been around as early as 686 BCE. But how do you clean this 2,700-year-old work of art? If you've got it--old or new--in your home or office, knowing how to clean stained glass can help keep it let in more light while ensuring it stays in tip-top shape.

In this guide, we'll take you through everything you need to know, from materials to process. Keep reading to learn how to clean stained windows.

Materials For Cleaning Stained Glass

You definitely want to avoid anything abrasive, acidic, or basic when cleaning stained glass windows. Using such materials runs the risk of etching or scratching the glass, or worse. Keep reading to learn how to clean stained glass windows with the right materials.
Instead, you'll want a soft cloth--like microfiber. While you're collecting materials, get two so you can use one wet and one dry. The best way to keep stained glass clean is to dust occasionally with the dry cloth, but we're going to discuss when you actually need to wash your stained glass.
Get some towels too. You're also going to need a large bowl to wet and rinse one of the cleaning cloths. Cotton swabs are also useful.
You'll need some distilled water. If the glass is really dirty, you might consider getting some cleaner--but make sure the cleanser meets these requirements:
  • No vinegar
  • No ammonia
  • Non-abrasive
  • Neutral pH (in the 6.5 to 7.5 range)
Don't use anything stronger on your stained glass. If you can't get it clean with these materials, you'll need to contact a professional restorer.

How To Clean Stained Glass

Now that you know what you'll need, let's get into the actual process to clean your stained glass without damaging it. The process is simple, but depending on the complexity of your window(s), it can take some time.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

We won't go through the list of supplies again--see above. But you want to ensure you have everything ready to go. Once you put liquid on the glass, it will streak if you don't clean it right away.

Step 2: Protect The Sill(s)

Place towels on the window sill(s) to keep them from getting wet. If you skip this step, you'll just end up with more messes to clean.

Step 3: Prepare The Wet Cloth

Fill the bowl with the cleaning solution of your choice or distilled water, or a mixture of water and cleanser. Dip one of the microfiber cloths in the water and wring it out until it's just damp.

Step 4: Wash

Starting from the top down, clean the glass panes. Rinse the microfiber cloth every now and then to keep it clean. You can use a cotton swab for hard to reach spots.
Dry each section of glass with the dry microfiber cloth before washing the next section.

How to Clean Stain Glass: Bonus Tips & Conclusion

If your glass is streaked after you clean it, you can use calcium carbonate, or whiting powder, to remove the streaks. If the lead has turned white and powdery, clean with a soft cloth while wearing gloves and a face mask.
Because lead is poisonous, throw away the cloth, mask, and gloves when you're finished. There isn't a known safe level of exposure to lead.
If you have additional questions about how to clean stained glass, drop us a comment below.

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 7

How to Install Stained Glass Window Inserts

How to Install Stained Glass Window Inserts

Did you recently buy stained glass window inserts? If you have a pre-made window frame, you can easily install stained glass inserts. Here's your guide.

Congratulations on your beautiful new stained glass window inserts! Stained glass can add new light, privacy, and value to your home. Once you get it in place, that is.

Know how to properly install your new stained glass piece? If you have a pre-made window frame, you can easily install your new art. Let us walk you through the process to avoid injury or frustration.
Keep reading to learn more.

Adding Stained Glass to Existing Windows

Keep the insulating properties of your modern windows by installing your new stained glass insert on the inside of the window. This also protects your stained glass and lead from weathering and deterioration.
Achieve the look you want without replacing the entire window. When you sell your home, you need not leave your stained glass window inserts behind. You can simply remove the stained glass panels and move them to your new home. The additional layer of glass and air gap creates a double pane window. This insulates far better than a window alone.
Bonding tape ensures that no dust or dirt can get between the clear pane of glass and your new handmade piece of art. This method does assume that your windows are currently in good shape. If the glass is cracked, pitted, chipped or loose, make repairs first.

Stained Glass Window Inserts In Vulnerable Areas

If you are having stained glass installed in a bathroom, kitchen or similar place with very moist air, protect your artwork. Make sure the stained glass panel is between the existing outer glass window and another clear glass pane. Moisture is highly corrosive to the lead in the panel.
The glass sandwich is then framed into place and surrounded with matching trim and a bead of caulk. A simple coat of paint and the installation is watertight, professional and beautiful.
Similarly, stained glass panels can be very fragile compared to solid safety glass. Protect the security of your home by insisting the stained glass transoms and side lights are break-resistant triple layers.

Installation Steps

Taking chances with your new stained glass art is not recommended. If your home is new construction or a permit renovation, safety glass may be required. For example, in a door or shower, your stained glass insert must be sandwiched between layers of safety glass.

Step 1

Examine your existing glass for cracks, chips or missing putty. Repair if needed. Clean the window inside and out. Neutralize the pH.

Step 2

Use a high-quality glass bonding tape to seal the stained glass window to the clear pane of glass.

Step 3

If a triple window in called for, bond another layer of clear safety glass on the inside of the stained glass. Frame the insert with matching trim. Seal with caulk and add finish painting.

Final Thoughts

The beauty of stained glass in your home requires proper installation. Add stained glass inserts to the laundry, entry, kitchen, and bath or more light, privacy, and value.
Proper installation protects the beauty of your new stained glass window inserts for many years to come.
Questions about installation? Contact us today!

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 6

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The 6 Best Stained Glass Designs to Beautify Your Home

The 6 Best Stained Glass Designs to Beautify Your Home

Using stained glass designs in your home can take your indoor decor to the next level. Check out these six beautiful ideas to get started.

Adding new windows to your home brings one of the highest returns on investment at nearly 85%. Even if you live with your new windows for years, you could end up getting 85% of the value back when you go to sell your home.

If you want to make your home more beautiful and add a little value, go one step further and consider some interesting stained glass designs.
Here are 6 design styles you should consider for your home.

1. Geometric

One of the most frequent styles of stained glass you'll find anywhere will have geometric patterns. Squares inside of squares or diamonds inside of diamonds is a common style of stained glass that looks beautiful in any home.
When you're working with a stained glass artist, they will likely have different drawings and patterns from previous projects. Choosing from a geometric pattern that they've worked with before will allow you to be sure you get something great and that it's done on schedule.

2. Landscape

Simple landscapes look lovely when interpreted in stained glass. A stained glass landscape can be reflective of the landscape you're in, or in a city home, be a beacon of calm that reminds you of another environment.
The great thing about stained glass is that a simple landscape doesn't necessarily have to be rendered realistically. Landscapes in stained glass can essentialize color in a way that gets right to the point of the feeling you're trying to invoke.

3. Figurative

Stained glass with simple figures or a stained glass portrait can be a lovely way to show tribute to someone you love or evoke a certain emotion. Stained glass figures in churches have been making people feel something for centuries. You could show the same respect for a loved one or an important figure in your life through stained glass.
If you're a religious person, this could be the opportunity to pay respect to your favorite saint. A stained glass window could be made in tribute of any religion at all, from the east to the west.

4. Mosaic

A simple mosaic pattern would work well in a home that had a contemporary style. Small squares of many different colors could be arranged symmetrically into rows that bring a colorful beam of light into your home.
A mosaic is a great way to engage a large window that gets lots of natural light or to fill a piece of interior molding the separates a space.

5. Modernist

Take a page out of a Frank Lloyd Wright book and add some modernist design to your home. Using muted colors, simple curves and symmetrical pattern, you can give your home a cool vintage style.
You could copy one of the many famous Wright designs or use his work as an inspiration to make your own unique window.

6. Floral

Floral patterns are a bright and whimsical way to design a stained glass window. While they may have had their heyday in the 60s and 70s, they're making a serious comeback.

Stained Glass Designs Bring All Kinds of Value

When you add stained glass designs to home, you bring more than just more financial value. You add a sense of warmth and calm that anyone can feel when they walk through the door. Make your home warm and creative with stained glass.
Contact us today for more tips on how to beautify your home!

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 5

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8 Tips for Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp for Your Space

8 Tips for Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp for Your Space

Choosing the right kind of lamp depends on a lot of factors like the room its in and how high you need it to be. Check out these helpful tips to make the right selection.

Lighting can be surprisingly important in the feel and atmosphere of any room.

Depending on how you want your house to feel, you need to decide on the height, color, brightness, and placement of lamps and lighting in your rooms. It can often seem easier to just go to a thrift shop and pick out a lamp that works.
It is actually very easy and affordable to hand pick a new lamp for any space. It just requires that you do some research and plan accordingly for installation. Even a light that needs to be installed can be taken care of with little to no effort.
You might not have a kind of lamp in mind if you're having difficulty deciding on lighting for your space. If you're in that position, here are 8 tips for choosing the right kind of lamp for your space.

Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp

1. Identify Lamp Position

The first thing that you want to do is determine where you are going to put a lamp. The typical locations are in corners and near end tables, next to couches, or just outside of doorways.
You may have luck trying alternative positions. Try and put a test lamp in any spot where an outlet can reach it. By doing this you open yourself up to think outside of the box.

2. Pick a Height

Not all lamps need to be at couch-level. You have a lot of different height options with your lamps. Again, do your best to think outside of the box. If a lamp would go exceptionally well above your couch, consider placing an electrical outlet in a spot where a chord would reach.
Another great way to extend the position of your lamp is to use a well-hidden extension chord.

3. Choose a Shade

A lamp shade can adjust the hue and brightness of the light entering your space. Pick something that goes with the theme of the room, and don't just settle for the shade that comes with the base of the lamp.
There are a lot of abstract lamp shades that can be a great addition to your room. If you're having trouble selecting a good shade, try out something that fits with the color scheme of your furniture.

4. Decide on a Size

Lamps vary in size and weight. You can choose a tiny bedside lamp, or invest in a large lamp that can serve as a work of art. It really depends on the placement and function of your lamp.
If you're planning on placing a light near the entrance of your home, you might want to consider a larger lamp. If you're decorating a bedroom, you might find that a smaller light will do.

5. Bulbs

Bulbs, like shades, can come in a variety of sizes and colors. Some things to consider are color, type, longevity, and wattage.

6. Talk to Your Friends

Your friends and family have likely gone through the trouble of deciding on a lamp. Invite them over, get their opinion, and even try to go shopping for shades and bases with them.

7. Select a Lamp Base

There is a wide world of lamp bases out there, so it might be useful to refer to a home decor magazine or Pinterest for ideas. In any case, you'll want something that is expressive and fits with the feel of your room.

8. Consult a Home Decorator

If you're dealing with a highly refined, eclectic living room, your lamp might be of the utmost importance. It can be very useful to consult a home decorator in these situations.

Start Searching Now

You never know when your dream lamp will get taken off the market. Search around online to identify different parts that might work for you.
If you're experiencing difficulty doing this, you can always look out for websites that give advice on home decor and lamp specifications.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 4



Totally Awesome Room Decor Ideas You Should Try Now

Totally Awesome Room Decor Ideas You Should Try Now

Dull and drab can turn into lively and fab with these room decor ideas that you can incorporate into any room of your choice today!

Did you know you can improve your mood and productivity simply by adding indoor plants to your home?

The way your home looks impacts you more than you may realize. In fact, even the colors of the walls and furniture in your room affect your thoughts and behavior.
Redecorating is a fun-filled activity that allows you to express your creativity and bring your ideas to life. But now you have even more reasons to do it.
Looking to freshen up your living space by doing some redecorating of your own? Read on for 4 room decor ideas you can't afford to miss!

Navy Blue Walls

Blue is a relaxing color that elicits calmness and creativity. But navy blue, in particular, is the perfect color choice if you want to make any room look larger than it is.
To complement the navy blue walls, try incorporating mustard yellow curtains and pillows. You can also hang a mirror to make the room feel even more spacious.

Stained Glass Lamps

There's no easier way to inject color into any room than by setting a stained glass lamp on the table.
One of the best aspects of stained glass is its versatility. Designs vary substantially, from animal themes to geometrical shapes.
You can also use a stained glass lamp to create a focal point in a room that desperately needs one. They immediately attract eyes to them as soon as guests enter.
If you're attempting to add more personality to a room by creating a layered lighting effect, stained glass lamps can help you achieve that as well.

Floating Shelves

If you want to decorate your wall and save space at the same time, floating shelves have you covered.
To bring life to your room, you can fill the shelves up with small plants, photos, books, and vases.
However, floating shelves aren't just for the living room. They work well to prevent clutter in an office, and they can provide easy access to cooking utensils in the kitchen. You can even use one in place of a nightstand in your bedroom.

Indoor Hanging Baskets

Maybe you want to add houseplants to your home decor but lack the floor space to do so. Hanging houseplants are one of the best room decor ideas for this situation.
You can make a lively canopy above your dinner table with them. If you have an empty corner in a room, you can fill it with a hanging houseplant too.
There are a few houseplants that are particularly well-suited for indoor hanging baskets. These include String of Pearls, Queen's Tears, Devil's Ivy, and Satin Pothos.

Final Thoughts on Room Decor Ideas

On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors. A significant chunk of that is in our own homes, so we might as well spruce them up to our liking.
Since new decor trends are always emerging, it's a good idea to redecorate every couple years or so. This prevents the style of your home from becoming outdated.
What are some of the best room decor ideas you've come across? Do any of the ones in this article stand out to you? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 3



6 Unique Home Deco Ideas & Tips

6 Unique Home Deco Ideas & Tips

Have your home match your quirky personality or just stand out amongst your friends as having the coolest home of all time with these ideas and tips!

Everyone wants their home to sing with personality, but it can seem overwhelming trying figure out where to start when working with a limited budget.

Breathing new life into your home deco can often be a simple matter of thinking outside the box and placing your focus more on creativity than your wallet.
Believe it or not, it's easy to make a little go a long way.

Home Deco Ideas for Inspiration

Have your home match your quirky personality, or just stand out amongst your friends as having the coolest home of all time with these ideas and tips!

1. Add Layers

When you think about layers in decorating, just use the same principles as you would in fashion. Something casual like jeans and a T-shirt can be easily spiced up with the perfect scarf. Apply the same thinking to home deco.
Use layers and color with pillows or a great throw. Rugs on the floor with different patterns add a cool vibe that your friends will envy.

2. Embrace Your Whimsical Side

Don't be afraid to let your whimsical side shine!
Why not consider using vintage wallpaper? This is especially great in a child's bedroom. It will give it an awesome throwback vibe that will make it a marvelous space for them to begin to dream as they drift off to sleep.

3. Use Vintage

Vintage is hotter than ever. Gorgeous pieces that have been rescued and repurposed can transport you back in time.
From turn-of-the-century chairs, mid-century modern dishes, flea market lamps to Depression-era flatware and coffee's a potential goldmine for turning your home into a deco wonder!

4. Add Storage

Don't be afraid to match odd pieces together around the dining room, which have the side benefit of providing added storage. Display cases with glass is a great way to show-off gorgeous vintage dishes.
Focusing on color is a way to tie it all together so that various styles form a seamless look that's pleasing on a number of levels.

5. Mash-up Styles

There's a real liberation in not limiting the look of a room or even an entire house to a single design scheme.
Pairing styles like rustic and Asian can turn a stale room into a delight for the eyes. Dip your toe into this decorating technique and you might soon find yourself mashing-up styles in every room!

6. Start at the Front Door

Setting the tone of your home at your front door makes a statement for the rest of the house.
Paint the front door a bold color like red, yellow, or orange. This is both fun and welcoming. Adding this splash of color projects joy and warmth to those who enter your home.

Achieve a Fresh Look on a Budget

It's fun to shake things up every once in a while and give your home a new, fresh look. This doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Adding life and vibrancy to any room is more about flexing your creative muscle than it is spending thousands of dollars on new decor.
Just remember to have fun and let your personality shine!

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 2



8 Shabby Chic Living Room Ideas

8 Shabby Chic Living Room Ideas

Create a beautiful and unique space that you and your family will love spending time in with these shabby chic living room decoration ideas!

Do you need some shabby chic living room ideas?

The style first became a thing in London during the 1960s. The bohemian hippies of the time furnished their places with used furniture and art that happened to look pretty stylish.
Shabby chic fell by the wayside in the 1970s. It made a vicious comeback in the 1980s, thanks to Rachel Ashwell, who first opened up her Shabby Chic store in 1989. She slowly built an empire based off of the idea that good design can look lived in, be stylish, and affordable at the same time.
If you want to know how you can apply these design ideas to your living room, keep reading for the top 8 shabby chic ideas.

1. It's OK to Add Color

Shabby chic is defined by white. White walls, white furniture, white everything. You can add to this white look by adding accents of color. Your walls could have some color and the furniture can be white. Pastels are the top accent colors.

2. Upcycled Furniture

To get the top furniture, you'll have to know where the best vintage finds are. Garage sales, estate sales, vintage stores, and salvage stores are great places to start.

3. Be Patient

Creating a shabby chic living room can mean hunting down the perfect pieces at garage and estate sales. It takes time to find the right fit and look for your space. If you want to create an incredible space, it's time that's well spent.

4. Add a Little Bit of Modern

Shabby chic living rooms do lend themselves to a vintage style, but you can add touches of modern to create a timeless balance. Incorporating metal or iron tables can give a modern, industrial look against the backdrop of vintage style.

5. Make Your Small Living Room Work

A small living room can be great for shabby chic decorating. You can take advantage of white or grey walls to add colorful accents and layer different textiles and finishes. Top it off with natural light and vintage furniture, and you have a bright living room.

6. Be Bold with Accents

If you're going for an all-white look, you can add bold accents with the furniture you choose. For example, you can add a deep cherry coffee table that can make the room pop.

7. Keep the Design Simple

When you're designing the shabby chic living room, you may be tempted to fill it with furniture, tchotchkes, and other things. Don't do it. Remember, you want the space to be functional and stylish. You want the space to have a nice flow and be easy to maintain.

8. Follow Your Sense of Style

Your sense of style should dictate the design of the room. A shabby chic living room can be contemporary, vintage, all white, feminine, bold, or bright. It's completely up to you.

The Perfect Shabby Chic Living Room

Making a shabby chic living room perfect is a continuous process that requires time and patience. You'll need the time to refurbish pieces and make them your own. You're also going to need the patience to find that perfect piece of furniture for your living room.
It can be addictive and a lot of fun. It's rewarding to sit in your living room and enjoy the space after all of the hard work you've put into it.
For more great home design ideas, check out our blog.

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Fascinating and fundamental Part 1


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7 Chic Kids Room Ideas

Have the best of both worlds and maintain a beautifully designed home while creating a space your children will love with these kids room ideas!

Let's face it: kids don't give much thought to interior design. But you do. How do you make a bedroom chic, yet still fun for your messy little monsters?

Not to worry; we have the answers. Use these chic kids room ideas for room decor that everyone will enjoy.

Let Your Kids Help Pick the Color Pallet

It's their room, after all. Make it their favorite color.
If you are the creative type, let them pick their favorite colors, then come up with a harmonious color scheme to match. Let all the kid's room decor match this scheme, including sheets and bedding, curtains and valances, lamps, even wall paint.
It also helps to have a theme. Use a theme based on a setting, like jungle or fairy tale, or a character/TV show. But be careful: young children quickly outgrow what they like.
Try to pick a theme they won't outgrow for a while or else you'll have to redecorate in a year. Good examples: girls will probably always like princesses and unicorns and boys will probably always like Batman and LEGOs.
Or, to make it way easier for yourself, let your child pick out their favorite room set. Then, buy all the items that match the set, or add other decor that matches the same theme and color scheme.

Choose Soft or Fluffy Fabrics

Kids are much less tolerant of uncomfortable things than adults are. Make sure bedding, plush decor and other fabrics in your child's room are soft and pleasant to the touch.
Try to make sure you have at least some plush decorations. The best ones are big, furry throw pillows--children love them. Though, if your child has a lot of allergies, you may want to avoid plush decor.

Choose a Furniture Finish That Compliments Your Child

In addition to complimenting the room theme, you want your child's furniture finish to compliment your child's personality. Pale or white furniture has a more carefree, whimsical feel while darker furniture sets a more serious tone.

Everything Should be Easily Washable

Kids are messy. As much as you can, try to only choose decorations that are easy to wash. Never buy kid's decor that must be dry-cleaned.

Incorporate Lots of Storage

This will also help with keeping the room clean. Incorporate lots of storage into your child's room decorating ideas.
Obviously, you'll want one or more dressers and possibly bookshelves. But also, get a bed and/or sofa with drawers underneath. Or get a nightstand that's a cabinet.
Add lots of shelves on the walls. This is a great way to be creative and functional with your children's bedroom decoration.

Get a Rug

The floor is your child's main play area. Make it as soft and as fun as the rest of their room.
They will be more comfortable sitting or laying on a soft, cushiony rug or floor mat instead of shallow carpet. And you can get one that's really fun for their age.
A puzzle mat with numbers and letters is great for young kids. Or get a rug that looks like a city as a backdrop for playing with toys.
Rugs are especially important for a toddler's room. Tummy time is necessary for a toddler's development. Give them a tummy time surface that's stimulating the eyes and the touch.
As with the rest of your kid's decor, make sure to get a rug that is easily washable.

Include Meaningful Decorations

Remind your child what's important with personally meaningful decorations that match their room theme. Get matching frames for family photos or a matching pinboard for your child's artwork and awards.

How Will You Use These Kids Room Ideas?

These kids room ideas will make your children's rooms enjoyable for them and for you. How will you use them?

Check our blog regularly for more home decoration ideas.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Famous and Fascinating Stained Glass Windows through the years Part 15, 10 of the Greatest Stained Glass Windows

Hello Every Stained Glass Lover out there!

I have put together a group of 10 beautiful stained glass pieces adopted by the BBC piece adapted by  Jason Farago, enjoy!

Augsburg Cathedral, late 11th Century
The practice of staining glass for decorative purposes dates to ancient Rome, but the oldest examples in situ are from this Romanesque church in Augsburg, Germany, in the heart of Bavaria. Portraits of Moses, Daniel and other biblical figures gaze down from the south clerestory – the prophets stand rock-solid in their hats and robes, ringed by marbled borders that have grown more elegant with age. (Hans Bernhard (Schnobby)/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0)

Christ of Wissembourg, late 11th Century
Stained-glass windows served as a ‘poor man’s Bible’ in the Middle Ages, allowing believers who could not read Latin to learn the story of the Gospels. This portrait of Christ, now in a museum in Strasbourg, France, is believed to have come from a Benedictine abbey in the north of Alsace, where its somber expression and harsh frontal gaze would have had a terrific force. (Cancre/Head of Christ from Wissembourg/Wikipedia)

Chartres Cathedral, early 13th Century
Demand for stained glass reached its height in the late Middle Ages. The cathedral at Chartres, France, features sturdy flying buttresses that allowed for huge windows, including the glorious rose window detailing the birth of Christ. The density of the compositions bathes the interior of the cathedral in a deep, colorful glow. (Eusebius/Rosace Nord/Wikipedia)

Sainte-Chapelle, mid-13th Century
To modern viewers stained-glass windows may seem purely decorative, but in the Middle Ages they illustrated not only biblical narratives but also local history and political authority. The 15 tall windows of Sainte-Chapelle, on Paris’s central Ile de la Cité, depict tales from the Old and New Testaments – and also holy relics being brought to Paris by King Louis IX – now known as Saint Louis. (Michael D Hill Jr/Sainte Chapel Stained glass Interior/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0)

York Minster, 15th Century
One of the greatest of all European cathedrals, this Gothic masterpiece of northern England incorporates a giant east-facing window that is the largest expanse of stained glass anywhere before the modern era. Designed by John Thornton (the first named artist in British history), it features at its heart an intense depiction of the coming apocalypse. It’s currently undergoing repairs. (Asterion/York Minster West Window/Wikipedia/CC BY 2.5)

King Arthur and Sir Lancelot, 1862
Stained glass went into decline during the Renaissance, when the techniques we now call “Gothic” came to be seen as naive if not barbarous. It wasn’t until the 19th Century that artists began to look afresh at the medium. William Morris, an innovative designer and a radical socialist, executed not only religious scenes but secular commissions like King Arthur and Sir Lancelot for the Gothic Revival buildings of the day. (William Morris/King Arthur and Sir Lancelot/Wikipedia)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained-glass window, 1912
America’s first great architect believed in the total unity of the design of a home, and that included not only the building and the furnishings but the windows as well. Directly inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of Morris and others, Wright’s Prairie style sought to create an organic, seamless architecture through abstract glass compositions. (Frank Lloyd Wright/Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona/

Brown Memorial Church, 1915
Louis Comfort Tiffany’s career spanned nearly every medium in the decorative arts, from jewelry design to pottery – but it was stained glass where he made his deepest impact. By blending colours while the glass was still molten, his studio could produce milky or opalescent effects. It permitted greater pictorial sophistication than ever before, and defined the look of the American elite for a generation. (James G Howes, July 26, 2007/Annunciation to the Shepherds/Wikipedia)

Vence Chapel, 1949-51
Amid the stark white expanses of the small Dominican chapel, Henri Matisse’s three sets of stained-glass windows are ablaze with the colours of the south of France: sunny yellow, deep green and a bright Mediterranean blue. While the palette has some liturgical significance (blue is the colour of Mary, yellow stands for the light of God), Matisse opts for abstract compositions; he lets the solid panes of coloured glass do the ecclesiastical heavy lifting. (Hemis/Alamy)

Grossmünster Zürich, 2006–2009
The slippery polymath of postwar German art, currently subject of an outstanding retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, spent years designing new windows for Zurich’s thousand-year-old cathedral, which was stripped of its ornaments during the Reformation. While five of the windows depict biblical scenes, the most breathtaking are Polke’s abstract compositions made of thinly sliced agate, which break up the church’s solid walls with pools of light. (Ikono TV)

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