biedermeier beginnings

Biedermeier. You hear the word a lot in design, but what does it really mean? 

The word Biedermeier refers to a set of trends that came about during the early to mid 1800s in Europe. The word is commonly used to describe the style of that time period. 
History 
During that era in Europe, industry was growing rapidly and allowed for an upper middle class to be created. This created a new audience for art and design. This time period was also right after the Napoleonic wars ended, which created a much more stable environment for many. This new peaceful feeling prompted people to create a comfortable home for their families, which sparked a desire for beautiful interior design. 
Style
Biedermeier furniture was made for the middle class, by the middle class. There are a few specific qualities that make something truly Biedermeier.

  • It is very simple and elegant. The furniture was made with clean lines. It’s not ornate like some styles from surrounding time periods. The style is more about function and comfort than complexity.
  • The grain of the wood is always highlighted. Walnut was a popular choice due to its decorative grain. Similarly, cherry and pear wood were often used as well.
  • Flat planes were celebrated and a key to Biedermeier pieces.

We have many Biedermeier pieces here at Blue Print. Take a look at some here and stop by the store for more!
 
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July 27, 2016

love for lucite

about the trend 

A love for lucite originated in the 1930s, when the material was first developed. Although lucite is the well-known name for the transparent durable material, lucite is actually a brand name for this type of acrylic resin. 
why we love it 
Lucite brings a chic element to a room. It’s a quick way to add some glam! The clean lines and lightweight feel make it easy to love. It’s not hard to clean, either. All you need is hot, soapy water and a soft cloth. 
where it fits best 
It fits well anywhere! It’s the perfect addition to any piece. It really ups the ante on a pair of chairs or a bench. It’s not only great in furniture, but also in lighting and chandeliers.
Some of our favorite lucite pieces are below. They are all available at blue print!
 
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July 12, 2016

before & after

 

Looking to liven up your built-ins, but don’t know how to do it? Adding books, frames, and accessories can always help bring variety and dimension to your shelves. There is also one simple change you may not have thought of that can make a huge difference. Wallpaper!

We just updated some of our shelving at Blue Print, and we are in love. Check out some before and after photos to see what a difference a little wallpaper can make.

Who knew a few rolls of wallpaper could go such a long way!

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July 5, 2016

red, white and blue print

 

 

We’ve got red, white and blue on the brain! The store is filled with red glass, white linen boxes and of course, all things BLUE! Happy 4th of July friends!

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June 30, 2016

artist spotlight: rachel doniger

 

 

Meet Rachel Doniger! Rachel, Welcome to Blue Print! She creates incredible paper reliefs that investigate the graphic potential of white paper. Rachel lives and works in Denver, Colorado. She spends much of her time outdoors observing the natural landscapes that influence her work. More about her and her below!

 

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What or who inspired you to become an artist?

My journey as an artist has been a journey of discovery of the nature of materials and form. Louis Kahn, an absolutely brilliant architect, used to tell his students to look to materials for inspiration. “You say to a brick ‘what do you want’ and the brick says ‘I want to be an arch.’” This is how I approach my work with paper. Everything about my artwork relies on paper’s material qualities. Paper, rather than being a backdrop to another media, is the thing itself.

When did you first start working with paper?

I started working with paper in architecture school because it offered an easy way to test ideas. I’d go into the studio thinking, “I don’t know what to do.” I’d reach for a sheet of paper and my knife and start manipulating it, and I’d see an idea emerge. I’m interested in art as a process because this approach moves me in directions I can’t anticipate.

How has your practice changed over time?

The idea of field has become central to my work. As the viewer’s glance moves from one shape to the next, they see not only a crescendo from low to high, but also the relationship between the two. In this way, the classic opposing relationship of figure and ground (think of a human portrait drawn against a white backdrop) is turned on its head. Figure is no longer an object read against a field, but an effect emerging from the field itself. This focus has prompted me to work at increasingly larger scales. Even when I make a smaller piece, I imagine it as a section of a larger whole.

Can you tell me a little more about the process of creating a relief? 

I work in a studio in my home. I have a wall easel equipped with a cutting mat that I use for large pieces and a flat cutting table for smaller work. All of the work is made with gloved hands to avoid transferring oils from my skin to the paper.

Conventional art making starts with an idea that the artist gradually refines until the end when attention is given to the most important details. I approach art making from the opposite direction. Starting at the detail level, I make a series of small cuts and folds. As the details continue to build, the form reveals itself.

What jobs have you done, other than being an artist?

I think creativity, however one chooses to express it- through art, architecture, music or design- is the same thing. I’m working as an artist now, but I’ve also worked as an architect and have taught undergraduate architectural design. These experiences are all part of the work I’m doing now.

Name something you love. Why?

Every summer I take my two daughters, now ages six and eight, on a road trip. I look forward to these trips because they give me uninterrupted time with my girls, but also because I love seeing the world through their eyes.  A shift in perspective always leads to new discoveries.

 

Stop by Blue Print to see her amazing work!

June 28, 2016

gifts going to the chapel

 

summer wedding season is here! a lot of weddings means a lot of gifts! shop beyond the registry and stop by blue print for a unique gift for the bride and groom. they’ll be happy that you did!

let us do the work and help you find something special for the next wedding or shower that you’re attending this summer! some great gifts are listed below, but we have plenty more at the store all ready to go to the chapel!

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  • cheesy cutting board – $45
  • gold leaf tray – $133
  • gold feather tray – $110
  • blue shagreen box – $295
  • white linen box – $225
  • bubble candles – $35 each
  • ring or cuff link boxes – $80 each
  • frames – $190 & $330
June 7, 2016

windows gone glam

lately, we’ve got our eyes on the most glamorous drapery rods.  acrylic rods with brass {or polished nickel} drapery hardware is fresh way to give traditional decor a modern edge.  in other words — it’s a big time bump up!  clear acrylic keeps things simple and clean without all the twirly-swirly-whirly options that saturate the hardware market.  drapery hardware can be tedious {ring counts, bracket counts, and final counts…oh my!} and most often, can be an oversight.  dressing up your windows is worth the extra effort.  do yourself a favor and do your research because the good stuff comes with a price tag.  acrylic comes at a premium and brass is a luxury.  there are great resources out there, so give it a google!

photo credits from our parent firms collins interiors & jenkins interiors.

 

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May 31, 2016

for our fathers

 

 

Don’t know what to get the man that already has everything? We have the perfect Fathers Day gifts for him at Blue Print! Your father, your husband, your grandfather – we have something for each and every father in your life. A few of our favorites are below, but if you don’t see the perfect gift, stop by the store. We will be happy to help and box up the best gift!

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  • Texas Cuff Links – $350
  • Antique Boxes – Varies by box, $300/$560 shown
  • Baseball Player Prints by Print Bogart – $50 each
  • Leather Tray – $125
  • Desk Accessories: Brass Jars & Snail Letter Opener – $120 each
  • Texas Food Bible: $30
  • Bar Cart Supplies: $165
  • Box Games: Brain Teasers & Brain Freeze $15, Dominoes $20, Poker Set $65
May 26, 2016

hit the floor {lamp}

 

bend them, angle them and contort them.  when space is tight, a table lamp is not an option, and you still need illuminating light, don’t underestimate the power of a floor lamp.  we use them frequently when we need an interesting {often sculptural} detail in a room.   floor lamps are a great source of additional ambient lighting that give us all an opportunity to add a bit of character {and visual height} to a room.

bonus tip: often times floor lamps are free-floating in a room, next to a chair, far from the electrical source. don’t let that stop you!  we highly suggest having a professional cut a small hole in your area rug and send that cord right over to the closest outlet. it’s no big thing and helps conceal the cord long term — we promise! 

all floor lamps below are available at the shop.  call us for details!

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May 17, 2016

graduation goodies

 

Needing a gift idea for your soon to be graduate and not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered! We have hundreds of items in the store that would be perfect for a graduate, but here are a just a few ideas to get you started!

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Details on gift above:

– O ring keychains: $55 each

– texas necklace: $220

– texas cufflinks: $350

– small candles: $30 each

– shagreen box: $295

– stone jar: $140, $160

– beveled frames: $70

– lindsay cowell pillows: $275

– globe box: $298

– herringbone throw: $236

– bracelets: $6

 

call the store at 214-954-9511 for more details or questions!

 

happy graduation, friends!!

May 14, 2016

Thank you for stopping into the Blue Print blog!

Five friends with a shared love for interior design brought Blue Print to life. Blue Print is a home design store specializing in antiques, custom furnishings, original artwork, contemporary lighting, and accessories.

On the Blue Print blog you’ll always find the very best design tips & tricks, our favorite artists and finds as well as the very latest around-the-shop news.

Our hope is that you can sit down and take a dreamy visual vacation here on our blog – maybe even learn a little something while you are at it. Happy clicking!

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