Friday, September 25, 2015

Bringing The Outdoors In and Other Trends for 2016

Bloggers Note: It is hard to believe but 2016 is almost here. With the beginning of the year, arrives the new trends for Interior Design in any home and office. One of the perks of selling quality, artisan products is gorgeous reclaimed wood always stays on trend. Check out the fun, upcoming trends for 2016. From blog: 

Bringing the outdoor inside....inside trees:

Interior Design Trend No. 1: Bringing The Outdoors In

From decorating compact apartments with greenery to turning expansive backyards into glamping adventures, consumers are experimenting with how to bring nature into every aspect of their homes. HGTV’s David Bromstad explained that this means that consumers will be buying furniture they can use indoors and outdoors. In terms of interior decor, lifestyle expert Justina Blakeney shared that wall decor, accessories and small plant life inspired items are going to be hot. Wood accents, furniture, walls and other architectural features are the perfect match for this trend.

Interior Design Trend No. 2: Source Artisan Goods

From tassels and basketry to macrame and crochet, weaving is in. To embrace this trend, lifestyle expert Justina Blakeney advises consumers to be inspired by local finds. LG Studio artistic advisor Nate Berkus encourages shoppers to buy locally made and globally crafted goods. Berkus also states that consumers should not be afraid to mix vintage and artisanal items with mass produced goods. Consumers should not miss the opportunity to pair a Mongolian lambskin pouf and Moroccan rug next to a great wood accent piece.

Interior Design Trend No. 3: Minerals Are In

While polished geodes attached to lucite bases have been all the rage, minerals are going au natural now. Watch for bowls of pyrite on tables, big chunks of quartz used as display pieces and unpolished semi-precious stones turned into door pulls.

Interior Design No. 4: Tiles Are Going Geometric

Decorative backsplashes have gone strong for a long time. Designers are expecting to see consumers gravitating towards more geometric patterns that feature fluid movement. Cement and even wood are going to play a significant role in achieving this. Whether it is a backsplash, an intricately patterned floor or a countertop, fluid geometry is coming in strong.

Interior Design Trend No 5: Mix Metallics and Metals

The 1950s and 1970s are hot trends in fashion design collections right now, and it is no different in interiors. Midcentury Mod with brass, gold and metallic finishes are popular right now. Get ready to
embrace some retro bling.

Interior Design Trend No. 6: Make it Sustainable

From the foam in our couches to the the foundations that homes are laid on, Dwell president Michela Abrams noted that sustainability is at the heart of anything that is being manufactured today. Recycling, repurposing, reinventing and reusing are all things that consumers are beginning to consider when they make purchases today. Albany Woodworks' reclaimed wood is the answer for this sustainable trend.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hidden Gems: Cypress Trees in Unusual Places Pt 2

Bloggers Note: The search continues for Cypress Trees in places you would least expect. The first part of our blog brought us to a 52,000 year old Cypress forest on the ocean floor off the coast of Alabama. This week, we look at a couple places in the U.S. one would not expect to find naturally growing Cypress Trees. 

(Pictured Above) The Goose Pond Cypress Trees standing in the frozen wetlands. Image by blogger Steven Higgs

Goose Pond Cypress Slough, Southwest Indiana:
Where the Wabash River meets the Ohio River, people claim this area looks more like Louisiana than Indiana. The Goose Pond Cypress Slough is one of the farthest north areas you will find Cypress Trees naturally. The area is made up of old Sloughs, side channels from the Ohio River, that run about four miles along the river. During the winter months, visitors have been known to cross the ice to touch the trees, not something one can do in the deep South! To preserve this unusual area of Cypress Trees, Indiana dedicated this area as a State Nature Preserve in 1995.

(Pictured Above): Louisiana or Delaware? A scene from Trap Pond State Park in Delaware

Trap Pond State Park, Delaware:
Located in the largest surviving fragments of what was once an extensive wetland lies Trap Pond State Park near Laurel, Delaware. Trap Pond is the northernmost extensive natural stand of bald cypress on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. A dam was built in the 18th century in the original wetlands that covered a vast amount of the Sussex County during peak logging times. This dam created Trap Pond and a perfect swampland area for the remaining Cypress Trees to grow. The area was named a state park in 1951.
(Pictured Above) The Lone Cypress Tree is an enduring landmark of the famous 17 mile drive along the California coast.

The Lone Cypress Tree, California: Even though it is not a Bald Cypress Tree, a Cypress Tree on a rock by the ocean hardly seems like a typical place to find one. The Lone Cypress Tree is a famous tree located on Pebble Beach, CA and is even claimed to be one of the most photographed trees in the US. It is a Monterrey Cypress, a type of Cypress native only to Pebble Beach and Point Lobos in California. It is a beautiful landmark that is said to be 250+ years old and has withstood fires, storms and is currently held in place by cables. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Exploring the Architecture of New Orleans

New Orleans is a place of intrigue, mysteries, good food and amazing architecture. Stepping on to the streets of New Orleans is like stepping in to a different time. Depending on the neighborhood you are in, the old architecture of the city never ceases to amaze and inspire the locals and those visiting the city. We have already highlighted the shotgun style house in our previous blog "Delving Into The Origins of the New Orleans Shotgun Houses"  but there are so many more beautiful building types that deserve the spotlight just as much. Let's explore the Creole Cottage, American Townhouse, Creole Townhouse, Raised Center Villa and the Double Gallery House.

Architecture of New Orleans

(Picture Above) Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Walk to the streets of the French Quarter and chances are the majority of smaller homes you see are the Creole Cottages. These were primarily built between 1790-1850 and were concentrated in the original settlement of New Orleans, the French Quarter although during this time, they were the predominant style through the Gulf region. How can you tell if its a Creole Cottage? The building designs tells are the homes are single story, set at ground level with steeply pitched roof, symmetrical four-opening facade wall, set close to front property line, and made of stucco or wood exterior. Probably the most well-known creole cottage is Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, the oldest bar in New Orleans and possibly the U.S.

(Pictured Above) American Townhouse building style. Picture from

Another predominant building type in New Orleans is the American Townhouse. This style is mainly found in the Central Business District and the Lower Garden District. Built between the 1820-1850, the American Townhouse became a popular style during this time period since alot of cities were experiencing booms. Unlike the British Townhouse which denoted luxury and wealth, the American Townhouse was developed for its small footprint in order to maximize available area to build within a city. Find this style by its narrow three-story structure set near ground level, facade wall on property line, asymmetrical arrangement of facade openings, balcony on second floor. The exterior made of brick or stucco.

Stay tuned for part 2 of "Exploring the Architecture of New Orleans".