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March 1, 2011

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Cornices

by rebecca elisabeth design
While interior designers are often thought of for furnishings, we also select finishes for both the interiors and exteriors of our client’s residences. While in Europe, I took hundreds of photos of exterior finishes to show my clients accurate representations of Italian and French finishes. I use these photos as inspiration to help my clients specify for their homes.  Any of these gorgeous cornices, and other finishes in my Photo Diary series, are great examples of finishes that can be specified for new or remodeled homes.

Pronunciation: \ˈkȯr-nəs, -nish\

Function: noun
Definition: The cornice is the uppermost section of moldings along the top of a wall or just below a roof.


February 21, 2011

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Modernist Architecture

by rebecca elisabeth design
Main Entry: mod·ern·ist architecture
Pronunciation: \ˈmä-dər-ˌnist\ \ˈär-kə-ˌtek-chər\
Function: noun
Definition: Modernist architecture emphasizes function. It attempts to provide for specific needs rather than imitate nature. The roots of Modernism may be found in the work of Berthold Luberkin (1901-1990), a Russian architect who settled in London and founded a group called Tecton. The Tecton architects believed in applying scientific, analytical methods to design. Their stark buildings ran counter to expectations and often seemed to defy gravity.

Modernist architecture can express a number of stylistic ideas, including Structuralism, Formalism, Bauhaus; The International Style, Desert Modernism, Mid-Century Modern, Brutalism and Minimalism.

Modernist architecture has these features:

  • Little or no ornamentation
  • Factory-made parts
  • Man-made materials such as metal and concrete
  • Emphasis on function
  • Rebellion against traditional styles


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February 21, 2011

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Architectural Embellishments of Europe

by rebecca elisabeth design
Main Entry:  em·bel·lish·ment
Pronunciation:  \em-bel-lish-mənt\
Function: adjective
Definition: To make beautiful with ornamentation, to heighten the attractiveness of by adding decorative or fanciful details
February 21, 2011

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Balustrades

by rebecca elisabeth design
Main Entry: bal·us·trade
Pronunciation: \ˈba-lə-ˌstrād\
Function: noun
Definition: A balustrade is a row of repeating balusters – small posts that support the upper rail of a railing. Staircases and porches often have balustrades.
February 1, 2011

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Arches of Lugano

by rebecca elisabeth design
Arches are a striking design element in any architecture style. Whether supported by Doric, Ionic,  or Corinthian columns in traditional or ‘Glam’ settings, or built as an opening into a wall in Tuscan interiors, or as dramatically elongated room separators in Craftsman architecture,  they add a graceful focal point and can create rhythm in a space through repetition. Below are some stunning exterior examples I saw during my travels to Lugano.
Main Entry: arch
Pronunciation: \ˈärch\
Function: noun
Definition: typically curved structural member spanning an opening and serving as a support (as for the wall or other weight above the opening)
November 30, 2010

Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Vaulted Ceilings

by rebecca elisabeth design
Ceiling treatments are plentiful in Europe but America tends to overlook ceilings as a design element in a room.  Whether ornate or simple, ceilings should be used to create drama in a room. Cove lighting for contemporary design or applied molding for traditional settings are just two examples of what you can do to your ceilings to make an interior more interesting.  In my trip to Europe I couldn’t get enough of the gorgeous ceiling treatments, below are some examples of vaulted ceilings in Rome.
Main Entry: vault
Pronunciation: \ˈvȯlt\
Function: noun
Definition: An arched structure of masonry usually forming a ceiling or roof. Common vault shapes are: dome, barrel vault, groin vaults, rib vault, and fan vault.
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