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Add a Touch of Glass to your Home

Are you contemplating a kitchen remodel or building a custom home? Do you feel as if your current space is dull, boring or lacks pizazz? Consider incorporating a touch of glass within the design of your home. You will find that this simple addition can give an existing space new life, break up the monotony of solid surfaces and highlight pieces of art. _D8E4815_web Decorative glass has been an integral part of our interior spaces since medieval times. Shapes, colors, and textures have told stories, given our living space character, and shown personality. Italian stained glass windows were often round in shape and told religious stories in pictures. They also allowed light to come into the dark, cold churches and cathedrals. We still see stained glass being used today to add color and light to spaces.

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Italian stained-glass windows, like this one from the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence tell religious stories in pictures- courtesy of www.wondermondo.com)

Seeded glass was used in Colonial times. The glass takes its name from the tiny bubbles within it that look like seeds. The glass tends to look wavy and often hand-crafted. Today, as we tend towards re-using old materials to create a “vintage” look, we see replicas of this seeded glass and similar textures in many interior applications.
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This kitchen, courtesy of waypointlivingspaces.com, shows seeded glass separated by mullions to create a cozy, country cottage kitchen ambiance. The glass cabinetry breaks up the line of solid cabinets, giving a visual break along a long wall of cabinetry. Seeded glass creates tiny bubbles in the glass, distorting the objects inside ever so slightly.

During the arts and crafts era, Frank Lloyd Wright had a huge influence on the glass market. It was during this time that we started seeing what is known as “art glass”. Many of Wright’s pieces are a combination of both leaded and stained glass, shown in windows, doorways, furniture pieces, light fixtures and art.
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The above photo shows a doorwall in the famous Frank Lloyd Wright “Robie House” demonstrates Wright’s use of stained glass that he utilized throughout many of his projects. Photo from www.chicagodetours.com by Tim Long.

You can consider giving old glass new life by utilizing vintage materials as this homeowner did below for their powder room entry door. This Meadowlark client added both decorative appeal to their powder room and back door hallway by simply utilizing old materials.
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A stained glass window was inserted into an existing door, allowing light to shine through when closed. At the same time, it doubled up as an art form, adding color and personality.

Check out your local antique stores and flea markets for these types of pieces. You never know, there may be old glass hanging out in a garage or attic from a previous homeowner! Use your imagination. The sky is the limit.
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Hanging decorative glass as a piece of art is a gorgeous finishing touch to add to your home. It can reflect the styles and tastes of the homeowner, re-introduce a family heirloom in a new form, or add a splash of color.

Leaded glass is another popular “vintage” look in older and historic homes. Leaded glass can come in many designs and configurations, both pre-manufactured, or completely custom for your home. Shown below are four completely different styles of leaded glass.
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Photos courtesy of www.waypointlivingspaces.com

Here at Meadowlark, many of our projects incorporate custom cabinetry. This allows us to add special touches like custom sized antique glass pieces that are family heirlooms, or 2-sided glass cabinetry cabinets shown in the picture below. The double glass-sided wall cabinet blends well with the large window next to it, while showcasing important pieces for the homeowner.
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The two-sided wall cabinet allows the decorative objects inside to be seen from the front and side, while creating a look of translucency for the space.

A built-in furniture piece, such as these in a Meadowlark client’s home, showcase beautiful glass and china pieces. In what felt like a small dining area, storage was added in an effort to avoid crowding the space. The addition of clear glass accomplished this. Have you ever contemplated highlighting a photo, framed art, or glass piece? Clear glass cabinetry protects your possessions but allows them to be showcased. Lighting can be added on the interior or exterior to accent. _D802819_web Love the look of the vintage glass but it doesn’t seem to fit in your contemporary home style? Geometric patterns look gorgeous with clean lines! Ribbed or fluted glass, grid glass, frosted or clear glass are all great options for contemporary spaces.
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Grid glass allows translucency of objects, but with the interest of a texture. A very popular look for a contemporary glass cabinetry option.

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The gorgeous look of this frosted glass helps to keep a light, airy ambiance with the wood stained cabinetry.

Whether you are utilizing glass within newly designed custom cabinetry, or adding decorative stained glass accents to doors or windows, glass can refresh and revitalize a space!

By Melanie Grabarkiewicz

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