Wrought Iron design
Venice home wears its history well
By MARSHA FOTTLER
An important landmark home on West Venice Avenue that is linked to the history of the city of Venice is on the market for $2.5 million, and soon will pass out of the curatorship of owners Jennifer and Rick Loehrig.
The Loehrigs have been focused on the estate’s preservation for the last decade. But now, with their two daughters making college decisions, the couple — Dayton, Ohio transplants — plan to downsize to a waterfront home in Venice that’s perhaps more modern.
The Loehrigs were collectors of antique cars and furniture when they were looking for a home in 2002. They had vacationed in Florida and were ready for a bigger, permanent house with vintage character.
“I was poking around several neighborhoods when I saw this beautiful big place just two blocks from the beach and two blocks from downtown,” recalled Rich Loehrig. “I looked in the windows and immediately called Realtor Lueanne Wood,” a woman known in Venice for her expertise in vintage properties.
“She got us the house. Then we realized we needed to get rid of most of our Victorian antiques and start looking for 18th-century French and Italian ones, because that’s how the first owner of the house furnished it.”
The Loehrigs are only the third family to live in the house.
The 5,055-square-foot, two-story home, built with detached garage and servant quarters, was built in 1925 for the vice president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the group that brought city planner John Nolen to Venice to lay out the city and give it the charming character it retains today. But, by the time the executive’s manse was completed, bankruptcy intervened and the Florida land boom collapsed, taking the BLE’s investment with it. Soon, America would be sliding into the Great Depression.
The home sat vacant until the 1930s, when New Yorker Fitzhugh William Haensel and his wife moved in. He was a music critic and agent, and owned Haensel & Jones, a company that managed tours for musicians. The Haensels set the European decor style, taking their cues from the elegant architecture of the home, with its stone floors, multiple fireplaces, arched entrances and gracious outdoor courtyards for entertaining. Inside the many rooms were ornate fixtures, such as chandeliers, crystal scones and wrought-iron double doors leading into the formal dining room. The home was built to impress, and the Haensels understood their role as owners. They kept the house until 1969.
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Eco-friendly wallpapers for your home
by IPSHITA MITRA
Conservation of environment reads like a fashion statement these days or so it seems. We celebrate the Earth Hour one Saturday every year to let ourselves believe we have done our duty toward saving the planet. We definitely need to be a little more involved in the environment saving project.
Charity begins at home they say, so why not decorate our homes in a way that does not threaten but protect the ecological system from collapsing? By simply choosing the right fabric, non-toxic paints and other decor articles that are eco-friendly and encourage use of recycled materials, we can make a difference by going organic in home decor.
Interior designer Meenakshi Agrawal tells us how to design our homes while keeping our eco-consciousness intact. She gives out useful tips on selecting wooden furnishing, wallpapers, flooring and centrepieces for an overall classy home decor while promoting the mantra of going green as well. She talks to us about a unique eco-friendly wall decor concept, ‘DecorCoat’ that she with her partner has introduced in the market as a viable alternative to paints and wallpapers for home renovation.
There are diverse options when it comes to choosing wallpapers. Designs like classic retro prints, metallic geometrics, botanical prints and those that mimic the look of natural landscapes are among the popular trends this season, informs our expert. When asked how DecorCoat is different from and advantageous than ordinary wall decor methods, Meenakshi explains, “Normal wallpapers have VOC i.e. Volatile Organic Compounds. These are chemicals that we smell when wallpapers are applied; it adds to the indoor air pollution and directly affects our health. Organic wall decor on the other hand is low on VOC. These are made up of grass cloth and cotton fiber that do not have a negative impact on the environment. DecorCoat is a substitute of wallpapers made up of cotton cellulose, paper products, cotton thread and other recycled materials. This is later processed by techniques of Canadian technology.
In the choice of wood, Meenakshi recommends bamboo-based furniture. She explains, “Bamboo is not only an organic product, it is strong, firm and stays durable for years. Termite-free and suited to all kinds of climate/weather conditions; it is also easy on the pocket vis-a-vis other expensive options in wooden decor.” Wrought iron is another pick that adds elegance to an ordinary home setup. You do not need to hassle about chipping; fading or scratching with wrought iron furniture. It is competent in withstanding harsh weather changes.
Affordability issues are further solved when you decide to incorporate creative Paper Mache, cane-baskets and terracotta cushion covers stitched in heavy embroidery and thread work to your living space. Speaking about the sustainability of eco-friendly decor items, Meenakshi convinces, “The maintenance cost with eco-friendly options is far less than the initial cost put in by the client. The durability extends sometimes beyond four-five years.”
Synthetic products not only demand huge sum of money, the toxicity in them pollute the home’s atmosphere. Add green plants within the premise of your balcony, set up a small garden if you take to planting and you’ll see what blessing that is to the environment.
Eco-friendly wallpapers are extremely easy to maintain and safe for children too. Toxic fumes that arise from paints can have harmful affects. DecorCoat for instance is a three-dimensional textured decorative material for interior walls and form a protective layer as a base that is completely odourless. It is an integration of technology, aesthetics and natural properties product. These wallpapers are anti-mold and anti-fungal and therefore can easily stand the unpredictable monsoon months. With a touch of varnish, these wallpapers retain the polished finish and glaze for years.
Indital USA Announces Launch of New Interactive Website
Indital USA, an Italian wrought iron product manufacturer, specializing in iron handrail stair parts, announced today the launch of their newly crafted website at Indital.com. Aiming for optimal user experience, Indital.com offers a slew of interactive tools to assist with the planning and research of unique handrail designs. The Step One Designer acts as a visual aide that allows customers to seamlessly create and visualize their own design from the convenience of their computer screen before purchasing the parts. In an effort to ensure an optimal user experience, Indital USA also offers a streamlined and efficient checkout, live chat with customer service, and live UPS rates and freight shipping costs.
“The new site aims at being a revolutionary resource for those with a design or vision, to help them bring it to life with our help,” said Ryan Smith Marketing/eCommerce Manager at Indital USA. “We are confident in our product and are excited to see our customer’s projects become a reality with the help of Indital.com.”
Indital USA boasts an extensive inventory of wrought iron parts, including balusters, newels, rosettes, panels and forged artistic pieces, and has access to thousands of wrought iron parts, many of which contain patterns and designs not found anywhere else in the marketplace. Customers can search and shop this exclusive selection straight from the Indital.com. Also available for customers, a slew of additional resources, including video tutorials, literature and catalogs, to assist in the design and implementation of almost any stainless steel railing system.
The new site by Indital USA not only allows designers and architects the opportunity to visualize entire projects exclusively online before purchasing any parts, but also provides the knowledge and tools necessary to create unique iron handrail systems.
REmix Vintage shop boasts a unique and eclectic collection
By Sara Rebelo
REmix is a vintage clothing store that occupies the second floor of a retail building on Queen Street West. The wrought iron staircase that leads to an overwhelmingly packed flat, where scarves and shoes surround customers like overgrown ivy, is only the beginning of a unique shopping experience.
REmix boasts an impressive collection of exquisitely crafted vintage pieces, making it difficult to focus your attention on any individual piece for long. The store’s merchandise includes strappy Celine sandals, classic Alexander Wang bags, and even a studded, cheetah print UNIF motorcycle jacket. It’s an eclectic collection, but one that seems completely cohesive at the same time.
Although the designer pieces at REmix can be steeply priced, everything from the jeweled necklaces to the leather jackets have been individually selected by a discerning buyer. And for the fashion-savvy shopper, these items are quality pieces that are definitely worth splurging on.
Shaping up your home the shabby chic way
The vintage, cosy Parisian town look suits interiors regardless of their size which means it’s really versatile. It’s also easy to achieve on a budget. So, think wrought iron bed frames, floral, kitch prints, wooden venetian blinds and stripped floorboards, and you’re good to go!
Waxed, stripped wooden floorboards are perfect for this theme. If you’re in the process of redecorating and have been considering a carpet – don’t. Shabby chic is all about worn in wooden floor boards so rip up your carpet and you’ll instantly notice the difference.
If you want to try something a bit different, give your floorboards a white wash – don’t worry about ensuring that every crack is painted, it’s supposed to look rustic! Bear in mind though, if you’re going to use a whitewash for the floor, don’t use too much cream furnishing throughout the same room as white and cream will just clash.
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