Too Much of a Good Thing 4-27-13

 

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The Industrial Revolution

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With the Industrial Revolution came mass production. This included items like furniture and accessories, which gave homeowners greater choices than they’d had before and with all that came more choices in decorating. The interior of homes started to change, as did the homes themselves.

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The Beginning of the Interior Design Industry


There was a sharp contrast between the upper and middle class homes. A middle class home was usually very utilitarian, whereas an upper class home was typically decorated in the Victorian style where opulence, romance, and a sense of worldliness reigned. Once furniture, accessories, and textiles began to be massed produced, department stores appeared and started selling these items to the general public. What did the upper class do? They created a new niche; the interior designer. Elsie de Wolfe is generally considered to be the first person with that title. Many a rich New Yorker hired her to paint their dark walls white, and hang lots of colorful floral pictures. Thus started the practice of custom designing a living space.

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Where Have I Seen That Before?

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The Industrial Revolution was a turning point in our history and provided conveniences and goods for those who otherwise could not afford them; however, you can get too much of a good thing. Mass-produce everything and everybody starts looking alike; the same clothes, the same cars, and even the same houses, so it’s easy to feel a sense of loss of individuality. Watch any of the “how the rich live” TV shows and you will see a lot of custom designing going on.

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You Don’t Have to Be Upper Class or Rich

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Take a drive through a newly built development. You might notice that there are only a handful of floor plans. Only the exterior colors have been changed. The good news is that you do not have to be upper class to build a custom home but you can look like it! While Stanbrooke offers some base floor plans, they are merely starting points and can be custom designed to fit your taste and lifestyle. To find out how to get started, visit our FAQs page.

 

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