The term “Renaissance” actually means “rebirth.” It refers specifically to the rebirth of learning that began in Italy in the fourteenth century, spreading to the north, including England by the sixteenth century, and then ending in the mid-seventeenth century. This period was witness to an enormous renewal of interest in and study of classical antiquity.
Yet the Renaissance was also an age of new discoveries, both geographic (exploration of the New World) and intellectual. Each kind of discovery resulted in changes of tremendous import for Western civilization. In science Copernicus attempted to prove that the sun rather than the earth was at the center of the planetary system. In religion, Martin Luther challenged and ultimately caused the division of one of the major institutions that had united Europe throughout the Middle Ages–the Church. As a matter of fact, Renaissance thinkers often thought of themselves as ushering in the modern age, as distinct from the ancient and medieval eras.
Just as the Renaissance represented a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries, you too can introduce a renaissance into your home.
The new custom Renaissance collection from Kirsch features designer-inspired color palettes, exquisite textures and beautiful fabrics that reflect timeless fashion and sophisticated style. They have created a collection of decorative hardware with a modern upgrade and an old world look and feel. Royal etiquette and majestic wealth come to mind when selecting this hardware. Handcrafted wood and resin pieces in the 2 inch diameter really make a statement. Show everyone you know exactly how to dress a window with this beautiful Renaissance drapery hardware from Kirsch.
Kirsch also offers a broad variety of quality Decorative Wood Drapery Hardware in 1 3/8 Inch, 2 Inch, and 3 Inch diameters. The Wood Trends Collection offers finishes and styles to match just about any decor, and the contemporary Wood Trends Urban Comfort Collection provides a sleek, modern alternative. Seeking an elegant, classic look? Consider the beautiful designs and finishes in the Renaissance Collection.
True to the tradition, each piece of the Wood Trends collection is classically styled in rich colors to coordinate with other wood furnishings in the home. Kirsch has also given new life to a style from a period filled with stories of royal etiquette, majestic wealth and incredible artistry. Beautifully finished and adorned with handcrafted finial designs, the Wood Trends Renaissance Collection manifests views of supremacy.
Whatever your take on the rebirth of your windows, Kirsch will lead the way.
“……and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care……”
Christmas stockings hanging from a decorated mantel look festive; they make wonderful holiday decorations, especially when hung from a joyful mantelpiece. However, if you plan to load them with trinkets, you may find yourself facing the dilemma of how to hang the stockings so they don’t fall to the floor from all that weigh. At the same time, you want your mantel to stay comparatively unmarked by heavy hooks or considerable hangers.
Sometimes you just can’t, or don’t want to hammer any nails into your mantle. How in the world are the stockings going to be hung? What if you used just two stocking holders and suspended a standard curtain rod from them? It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Keep a look out for two heavy stocking holders that have a hook or loop large enough to slip a thin curtain rod through. Two should be enough, but use more if you need extra support. Now you can just keep adding stockings as your family grows without having to purchase more hangers.
If you have a rustic mantle, such as a distressed timber, a thin rod from Kirsch Drapery Hardware Buckingham Wooden Poles suspended from a few stocking holders should do the trick. Tie the stockings to the rod with ribbon staggering the length of ribbon to vary the heights of the stockings.
Another idea for hanging your stockings if you waited too long and now can’t find stocking holders is to purchase one package of those removable hooks and a cafe style curtain rod that is about the same length as your mantel. Hang three hooks from the underside of the mantle, one on each side and the third one in the middle. Hang your curtain rod from the hooks and slide your stockings over the rod.
No mantle, no problem. Try one of these ideas: hang stockings off of a curtain rod at the window. You can hang them high, or even suspend them to the middle of the window. Wreathes aren’t the only things you can hang from a door. Hang a stocking from tension rod between the door jambs? Add some lights and a bit of garland for an even more festive look.
Window valances are a stylish window treatment option, but it’s important to find one that fits your style. They are also a cost effective way to add interest to an otherwise plain and boring window. Valances come in an abundance of styles such as balloon valances, swag valances and box pleat valances. Adding a window valance as part of your window treatment opens up a wealth of opportunities for expressing your creativity. A valance can add elegance and sophistication to a window, or it can add whimsy and artistic flair to the entire room. You can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost of new and they will give your windows that custom-made look.
There are times when you just want to do something out of the ordinary when decorating a room. You can add a wooden valance to your window and paint it or enhance it in a most unusual way. One example would be to attach dried grass to it for an island themed room. Or, you could paint it in a unique manner. Adhering collectibles such as buttons, shells, or various other objects to the wooden valance would certainly personalize the valance.
Things you will need:
Curtain hardware from Kirsch Drapery Hardware
Measure the width of the window to determine how much fabric you will need. How long you want the valance to hang from the top? 10 inches is usually recommended. Add 2 inches at the top for the rod pocket and 1 inch to the bottom and sides for the hem. For a box pleated valance, you will need to add an additional 2 inches for each pleat.
Turn the top of the fabric under 1 1/2 inches and pin along the fold line. Sew along the folded edge to create a 1 1/2-inch rod pocket. Create a 1 inch hem at the bottom and sides. If you are adding trim to the bottom of the valance, now is the time to sew it on as well.
Use a power drill to hang the hardware for the rod. Kirsch’s LockSeam curtain rods are the strongest and most versatile rods on the market today. They are enclosed on the back side to provide added strength and durability by preventing sagging, twisting and bending with out exposed edges to snag the curtains. Lockseam curtain rods are available in single, double, extended and even triple curtain rod configurations.
The rod should be installed on the outside of the window frame for best results. Thread the rod through the pocket at the top of the valance and hang it on the window. Done!
Continental Window Fashions are the answer to your dreams when you are seeking to add beauty and elegance to their windows Kirsch Drapery Hardware and Accessories is among the finest in the industry and Continental Window Fashions is proud to present this collection of high quality drapery hardware to their loyal customers. With free shipping on orders of $100 or more and 9am – 5pm customer support, Monday- Friday, Continental Window Fashions strives to make your ordering process as simple as possible. Online ordering is available or you may call us toll free at 866-375-4500 to place your order over the phone.