Thursday, February 7, 2013

Move Over Karen Blixen

Even though Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesenwas not British, the movie Out of Africa, caught my attention to a style of decorating commonly called British Colonial. I fell in love and am still in love with that style.


Karen Blixen Courtesy of Keith Miller


At its largest, the British Empire covered approximately one-quarter of the world.  It truly was the empire on which the sun never set.  

As British subjects were sent around the world to the colonies to govern, do business, and protect the home country’s interests, they brought with them the traditional decor from home that they intermingled with local materials and styles to adapt them to suit the needs of the climate. 

They produced a unique and beautiful blended colonial style.  


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One of my favorite furniture pieces in this style is the cane inset chair or chaise. These are totally drool-worthy.


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Nadya's Chaise


Champaign desks owned and used by officiers were also very popular  They are portable, that is the the legs and other parts folded up compactly so they could be moved from camp to camp. They are another favorite, even though I don't own one.


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Do you own any British Colonial furniture? 
What do think about the style?

Comments welcome!


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