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The History and Lasting Beauty of the Chandelier

07 Apr 2016 › Posted by Schweitzer Linen

Coming from an aficionado of all things beautiful, the Chandelier rates highest as the finishing touch in the well-appointed home. Chandeliers are associated with domestic elegance, wealth and beauty, thanks to scene decorators for glamorous Hollywood movies. Lavish cut-crystal chandeliers hanging from elegant dining room ceilings have come a long way from their humble beginnings.

The derivation of the English word Chandelier, dating from 1736, comes from the French Chandelle (candle). The Latin derivation is from the word Candelabrum.

The first chandeliers were designed as a humble wood cross with a spike on each end supporting candles made of animal fat. These were suspended from ceilings of 15th century medieval abbeys and churches, as they offered a more effective form of lighting.  Later this simple cross design was adapted to variations of a many-candled crowned ring, embellished with long curving arms of ormolu (metal castings).  If you look at Schweitzer Linen’s Chandelier 8 shown below, you can see the graceful branch-like shapes of the cast Bronze ormolu arms, reminiscent of the metalworking style developed during this period.

Chandelier-8_3884

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Buckingham Palace

30 Dec 2014 › Posted by Schweitzer Linen

Belgian Suite

The chief reception room of the Belgian Suite on the ground floor of the front garden where President Obama and his wife Michelle will reside during their State visit – Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is world renowned as the official London Residence of Britain’s royal family. With 775 rooms including 52 royal and guest bedrooms and 78 bathrooms, we have long wondered how this home was decorated! Of course today it is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch – the Palace is also a venue for Royal ceremonies and events. But it was once a home, a place of residence with real people living in it.
After researching we found lovely pictures showing furnishings and decorations of priceless works and antique furniture. This English home has an original sense of style and all things proper. Full of historic relics we can appreciate the architecture and décor.
The rooms are glorious and large and each one with its own personality. We were thrilled to once again come across rooms featuring pieces of furniture reminiscent to those we purchased for the purpose of using during our catalog photo shoot. Each scene we create eludes elegance and class – we have to set the tone for our beautiful sheets – and now we’ll show you how to achieve the look of the royal palace!

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Antique furniture – Your Palatial Home

21 Oct 2014 › Posted by Schweitzerlinen

Schweitzer Linen for years has used antique furniture and works of art as inspiration for our wonderful designs for embroideries and prints. Also during our yearly photography sessions we use antiques to create our sets. Thus we have developed a wonderful collection of genuine antiques.

We have an extensive collection available to our customers that is sure to be a welcomed addition to your interior decoration. Over the next couple of blogs we will feature pictures from famous palaces and castles from around the world highlighting the décor. You will be amazed at how easily you can transform your own home into one fit for a king.

In September we were traveling along the Côte d’Azur and we toured the famous Princes Palace of Monaco and many rooms featured pieces of antique furniture similar to what we have purchased. Each room was more breathtaking than the next and now we can help you achieve a similar look. Each piece we are showcasing here can easily be incorporated into your home and tie beautifully with the Schweitzer Linen bedding.

Princess Palace Blue Salon

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