Experienced and knowledgeable to get the job done right. Proudly serving the Building Community since 1973, Fashion Glass & Mirror, specializes in custom shower enclosures, framed mirrors and leaded glass. The company installs and warranty their product for one year. Fashion Glass & Mirror has locations in all four major market areas of Texas. Dallas - Fort Worth, Houston, Austin & San Antonio to serve your needs.
The ASID Austin Design Community held its 27th Annual Design Excellence Awards ceremony on November 7, at Abel's on the Lake. Austin's premiere design community joined in to celebrate creativity, innovation, and achievement in interior design. The evening’s festivities began with a fajita bar, cocktails, and a photo booth.
Designers viewed and experienced new products from 22 vendors including, Dorado Stone Distributors, Anchor Ventana, Cosentino, Legen Lighting, BMC, Crossville Tile & Stone, Daltile, Decorum Architectural Stone, High Tech Flooring and Design, Kravet/Lee Jofa, Stockton Hicks Laffey, Stone SOlutions, Travis Tile, Kingwood Fine Cabinetry, Architectural Tile & Stone, Austin Stone Works, Exteriors Designer Showroom, Sherle Wagner Intl, Sunsational Solutions, Texas Sun & Shade, and Tufenkian Artisan Carpets.
Slocum Street Style 2012 was once again a great success. Yesterday evening, Slocum Street brimmed with design enthusiasts and curious others strolling along leisurely from showroom to showroom in the twilight of the evening. Each showroom was full of the bustle of lively conversation.
The spread at McGannon Showrooms
They helped soothe the growl of people’s stomachs by serving light bites and drinks. Also featured in each showroom were individual raffle prizes for people in attendance. For those with bigger appetites, there were food trucks located on a few street corners filled with the smells of mouth-watering food.
The Kitchen Source had chefs from Subzero whip up some scrumptious tex mex finger foods for guests.
Susan King, Glasshouse, shares some of the many ways to utlize glass in ways you may have never thought of:
At Glasshouse, we have had a lot of fun experimenting with our clear textured glasses and colored glasses. We can silver the back for a mirrored affect and can also antique the silver for an aged affect.
It’s great on a piece of furniture or a ceiling for example. We have also painted the back of the clear glass with metallic paints to achieve a gold leaf, platinum or copper affect. This can be beautiful when the glass has a sandblasted design in it also.
New Braunfels Downtown Design District is excited to announce their first ever downtown design stroll! It will be held Thursday, September 20, and the third Thursday of every month from 5 - 9 p.m.; so don't despair if you can't make it to this one. All seven shops will be open later hours for these events and each will have their own separate events and happenings. This downtown design stroll is not only a premiere event, it marks the grand opening of Adele Kerr & Company's showroom!
Rookwood Pottery has a unique and colorful history. Started in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols, it was the first US manufacturing company to be owned by a woman. Maria's family was one of the wealthiest in Cincinnati, OH, which gave her more freedom to study fine arts and the means to start her own company. The international art community believed American pottery and art in general during this time to be inferior. Maria set out to prove otherwise. To the surprise of almost everyone, Rookwood Pottery took the Grand Prize at the 1889 Paris Exposition launching the American Art Pottery Movement.
Rookwood quickly became a household name among the wealthy. Everyone who was anyone had at least one Rookwood piece in their home. Museums started requesting pieces for their permanant collections and Rookwood began appearing on the shelves of high-end retailers across the United States.
With the help of talented technicians, chemists, and artists Rookwood developed many new techniques in pottery. They developed an airbrush that allowed the artists to gradually layer colors giving Rookwood a very unique appearance. They also worked tirelessly to develop new glazes and glaze processes.
In 1902, Rookwood stepped into the world of architecture with their Architectural Faience Department. The department quickly grew to include fireplaces, mantels, fountains, and plaques. Rookwood tile graces many early 20th century homes and public buildings all over the country. The peak of production for the architectural line came in the 1920's, but the Great Depression would change everything.
Chihuly Exhibit - Dallas Arboretum
Photo by Bill Hurst
Glass, in its plethora of uses, is something that has allured people for centuries upon centuries. Our eyes are captivated by its visual beauty, its tactile appeal, its wondrous ability to capture and refract light in a thousand breathtakingly subtle ways. As with many art mediums, new and innovative techniques are being developed and employed for using glass to create art of unparalled beauty and distinction, while the old tried and true techniques are being refined and adapted for the same purpose.
Across the country, glass sculptures and other glass art forms are becoming the hot décor item with homeowners and design professionals, as the current display of internationally celebrated artist Dale Chihuly’s glass sculpture exhibit at the award-winning, 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and other similar glass art exhibits across the country clearly demonstrate. His collection demonstrates that glass art "works" organically in both outdoor and indoor environments.
Martha Stewart shares her top 50 kitchen tips. How many did you discover for the first time? You may be surprised.