Advice on Creating Classical Interiors by Period Furniture Blogger Meranda Snyder
Meranda Snyder, fellow blogger and painter shows a common passion for classical interiors. She is based out of Seattle, Washington, and writes for several blogs including Regency Furniture, Empire Furniture and Painted Furniture Online. These days she says she has retired her painting brush for blogging, although she is still an avid faux painter in her spare time. Her blogs are a great resource for finding special pieces and learning how to refinish and restore a great find.
To create a classical interior there are three things to keep in mind:
Over the last several years I have really enjoyed studying painted furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries. For myself I really enjoy Louis XVI furniture, and the paint finishes that go along with that style. Instead of painting with any old color, I enjoy the process of finding authentic paint colors. I have hand mixed my own paint in the past, and from that, I tend to gain a wider appreciation for nailing down the right color for a particular time period. I really love the primitive Peasant Swedish looks, but couldn’t do without the sophistication of richer furniture during that time. I have upholstered my own furniture in the past, and it is a skill that I am building on. I find they are pieces of art all on their own.
Q: Melanie – Tell me some of the books beside your bed:
A: Meranda – My Bible – This book will always be my number one, as it is living, and reaches across time into what ultimately matters.
Neoclassicism in the north – Swedish Furniture and interiors 1770-1850 by Hakan Groth – This book is rich with information.
Colonial Style – Creating Classic Colonial Interiors by Treena Crochet – This book is filled with accurate paint colors which intrigues me, because I love paint.
Colors for Your Every Mood – Leatrice Eiseman – This book is one that won’t be sold or given away. I have used it as a reference and will continue to reference in the future.
Q: Melanie – What are some things you would like to learn someday?
1. I would really love to learn how to make puffed pastries.
2. I would love to learn how to properly cut molding to create classical walls.
3. How to get my IPOD to download radio programs.
4. How to make Sushi.
Q: Melanie What are some things that you are working on this week?
How to properly make double welting cord for upholstery – I am sure this requires a special foot. I have a braided gold chair that I am working on.
It has been fun getting to know Meranda. I am very impressed with the content on her blogs. They are a great source for period furniture and information on creating your own restored pieces. I hope you check them out for yourself.
Here is a link of my interview for Meranda’s Blog: TheEmpireFurniture.com
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