Named after the coastal town of Eden, NSW, this decorative screen design features a starfish-like floral pattern with a high privacy and sunlight block-out rating. Though this modern design could suit many interior decorating styles, we've indulged here in the blissful, light and airy coastal delights that its beautiful namesake inspires.
First, one of the best installation projects that I have here to show you is 'Eden' in gold-painted compressed hardwood installed at a Metricon display home. The pool here lined the back wall along the street, so 'Eden' was installed to give the pool area much needed high-level privacy.
Unfortunately, there are not enough high-res images of this design to show you more installation examples; an issue that will be the case again in the future as I feature more and more of the lesser-known screen designs QAQ can make--which is exactly why I am creating these posts to give these hidden gems more 'screen time'!
So, let's move on to the coastal decorating style and products that 'Eden's' namesake inspires:
Coast decorating is one of the easiest grasp as it involves just a few very consistent elements:
All the photos above are from the same house featured on beachblissliving.com, and it is a perfect example of tasteful coastal decor. I stress tasteful because we have all seen this style abused to death in beach cafes and cheap beach hotels that clutter every surface with kitschy, tacky, nautical clutter! Don't over do this style with that variety store garbage. Please. It's better to make your own beautiful DIY decor with found objects from the beach than to buy or use stuff that evokes a factory in China more than it does the serenity of the sea. I have gathered a few examples here for you:
With its clean, and orderly quilt-style pattern, and subtle ecclesiastical, classic aesthetic, our 'Washington' decorative screen design is aptly named, and inspires an early American, colonial interior decorating style. It is also a highly versatile design, however, and looks just as fabulous in modern settings as in the installation projects we share here among colonial style inspiration.
This charming pattern nimbly rests between classical folk and stylishly modern. It has a 60% block-out rating, making it the ideal choice for a very light scattering of sunshine if used as a shade as in the photograph above, or as a privacy partition in the one below.
'Washington' was the choice design of this year's House Rules contestants Danielle and Ben, who painted it bright red and installed it as a side partition on the patio of their backyard reveal.
Though this design looks fabulous in these modern settings, if it were to be styled around its more classical aspects I imagine it would suit an Early American colonial interior decorating style extremely well. It could be used as a shade cover on the outside of upper floor windows, as a foyer partition, stair and balcony banister, or for something simple such as a wall hanging over a bed. Here are some good examples of the early American colonial style:
It's a clean, uncluttered aesthetic that features functional, versatile furniture with a natural or rustic finish in a plain or classical style. It is composed with natural colors with warm undertones of black or brown.
Pewter, brass, and tin metal decorative objects are a common element, as are handmade textiles like hooked rugs, needlepoint pillows, knit blankets, and crocheted doilies. If you like this style, here are some rustic colonial products I found online that are available now:
Oriental gardens have an allure of peace, tranquility, meditation, and mystery because they are specifically composed to create such. What are the elements used to create this atmosphere in an oriental garden, and how can they be copied in our own backyard?
Following on my last post on QAQ's 'Bamboo' decorative screen feature, I wanted to take a look at oriental style gardens--specifically, Chinese style gardens, leaving the Japanese style garden for another day--because there are specific differences that make each give a different sort of feeling when you walk through them. Chinese gardens are a little more bold and colorful; a bit more ornate; whereas Japanese gardens are more restrained, less ornamental, and more conducive to Zen meditation.
There are three main elements of a Chinese garden that have representational meanings to encourage a meditational stroll:
Japanese gardens have these elements but express them differently: typically, Chinese gardens will be centered with a large, ornate building as a focal point while buildings are less important in a Japanese landscape, and may even be hidden from the garden path views. Stones are larger in a Chinese garden, and again, serve as focal points. A larger variety of plants and flowers are used in a Chinese garden, and in a less tightly manicured fashion than in a Japanese garden. However, there are many more similarities than differences between the two styles, as both incorporate these key elements:
The plants and trees specific to a Chinese style garden are:
The easiest to grow--and for that reason the most common--of these beauties are the magnolias and wisteria.
Now, as we are a decorative screen company, I can't help but suggest beautiful garden screens to evoke the Orient in your garden or home, so I've curated what I consider the most oriental of all QAQ's screen designs...
To see a Chinese garden in Australia, visit the Sydney Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbor which is a superb and beautiful example of a traditional Chinese garden.
Hope you have enjoyed this little foray into Chinese gardens. Please leave a comment if you have, and if you can suggest where any other Chinese gardens may be within Australia!
Decorative screens and panels featuring QAQ's 'Bamboo' design inspire the tranquility of nature and the exoticism of the Orient, with its long history of using bamboo in stunningly beautiful building construction and design. This design is most popular as a garden screen in compressed hardwood or corten with those who are after evoking a Chinese or Japanese style garden, a topic I will cover in the post to follow after today's screen feature: the 'Bamboo' design. For now, let's look at a few of the installation projects featuring this simple, yet elegant design, then at the design inspiration and things made with bamboo, one of the most versatile and beautiful natural construction materials on the planet.
This patio is given an Oriental touch with the simple installation of compressed hardwood 'Bamboo' panels along the center patio fence area.
An even simpler installation of a single compressed hardwood panel behind an Oriental style structure creates an elegant decorative focal point in this patio area.
Here, corten panels with the 'Bamboo' design are installed along an existing fence to raise the level of privacy in a backyard.
Now, for just a few pics showing the magnificence of bamboo construction (all to be found with detailed descriptions and links on the 'Bamboo' QAQ Pinterest Board for those curious):
Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world, and it is also one of the strongest, with a higher ability to withstand heavy loading than that of wood, brick, or concrete. This makes it an ideal building material for sustainability. Keeping this in mind, there is more to admire about bamboo than it's iconic vertical verdure. Here are just a few of the millions of nifty products made in or inspired by the very bountiful bamboo plant: