Archive for March, 2012
This past summer my fiancé and I visited a friend of ours in Colorado. He’s a bachelor and his home overwhelmingly reflects his single status. By that I mean he has little art on the walls and very little furniture. He joked that other than a bed, a place to eat, and a desk for his computer he didn’t need much else. Plus, he didn’t want to put in the time or effort to make it homey.
Always the busybody/den mother, I told him that if he gave me free reign I would happily add some nice touches. He said have at it – he didn’t mind his place being decorated so long as he didn’t have to do the work. While he and my fiancé went out to do some sport fishing, I took the liberty of going through his belongings for pieces to go on the walls. I made some surprisingly nice finds, including a Black Forest cuckoo clock and some posters that I had framed at a local store. There was more I wanted to accomplish, but hanging those few pieces on the walls was a good start that even my friend agreed made an impact.
Since its founding in 1988, River City Clocks has become the largest importer of Black Forest cuckoo clocks to North America. The St. Louis, Missouri based company imports clocks from other areas of Europe as well. Price wise, River City cuckoo clocks run the gamut from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It’s all dependent on the intricacy of design and materials used in construction.
Though River City cuckoo clocks come in a variety of styles, including some whimsical novelty clocks, my favorites are still the traditional German Black Forest style clocks. One day and eight day clocks just have a certain authenticity to them that I admire. The traditional German weather house clocks, with their men and women figures that pop out on the hour, are also quite charming.