Archive for January, 2011
If you live in a big city you don’t have to subscribe to the popular minimalist, contemporary style that so many people adopt. It is not only acceptable, but easily achievable to bring a little country or traditional style into any space. You want to start with a traditional color palette. Think blues, greens, sunshine yellows, and deep reds. You’ll also want to carefully decorate the minimal space you have with traditional accessories.
I always recommend cherry grandfather clocks to incorporate traditional style into a modern space. First off, a grandfather clock is a piece substantial enough to tie a room together, especially with a rich cherry stain. The height of most grandfather clocks is a little over six feet which draws the eye upward, adding dimension to the room. Look for a grandfather clock with great details in the trim and on the clock face. It’s the small details that will really make the piece pop.
My grandfather is a difficult man to shop for. Though he has many hobbies, he doesn’t wait for birthdays or holidays to receive gifts related to his pursuits; he just goes out and purchases what strikes his fancy. I can’t say that I blame him. After all, he worked hard the majority of his life and deserves to enjoy his retirement.
This year I staged a real gift giving coup. One of my grandfather’s hobbies is building and repairing clocks. I bought him two Made in Germany cuckoo clocks: one that needed restoring and the other in good working order. He was absolutely delighted with the gift. The working one will be the clock he studies in order to puzzle out how to restore the other.