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CERAMIC is a general term that describes any article made of natural clay, mixed in various formulas with water and sometimes organic materials, shaped, decorated, usually glazed, and hardened by heat.
The composition of the clays used, type of additives, firing temperature and duration determine the quality and the hardness of the end product. Because these variables can be widely adjusted, there are many different types of ceramic.
Therefore ceramic is a broad category that includes pottery, earthenware, terracotta, stoneware, porcelain, fine china, bone china, paper clay, etc. as subcategories.
PORCELAIN is a white clay body used in making functional and non-functional pieces. Basically, the chemical composition of porcelain is a combination of clay, kaolin (a primary clay known for its translucency), feldspar, silica and quartz, but other materials may be added.
It is traditionally fired at high fire temperatures above 1260°C (2300°F). As with stoneware, the body vitrifies during firing, so the surface will be nonabsorbent. The surface is generally very smooth, even when unglazed, and the fineness of the clay used allows for intricate fine details.
The most significant identifying factor for porcelain is its translucence. Porcelain after firing becomes very white and translucent, allowing light to show through it. All other ceramics are opaque and do not transmit light.
Another identifying factor is the sound. If you strike a porcelain object lightly, it will ring with a clear bell-like sound.
Porcelain is a highly durable and hard material.
Chinese Porcelain is beautiful in a white kitchen, living room, or dining room. You can purchase inexpensive replicas or become a collector of authentic antiques. You can learn about Antique Chinese and Japanese Porcelain by visiting the website www.Gotheborg.com by Jan Erik Nilsson.
See authentic antique tea canisters and a Tung Chi Vase pictured below.
Source: Casual Home Furnishings
It is risky to purchase furniture online. Those professional pictures can be deceiving. It can be done though if you take some precautions. Choose a reputable company that carries the style of furniture you prefer and has a proven customer service track record and guaranteed satisfaction. After reading the company's history, check out the company with the Better Business Bureau to determine if they have any complaints against them.
Next measure the space where you are placing the piece of furniture. Use painter's tape to position the piece in the chosen location. Also, make sure your purchase will fit through your doorway and/or hallway. Read customer reviews. Request fabric swatches or visit a store that carries your fabric choices to be sure the piece matches your other décor.
Make sure the website where you are shopping is secure (https://). Compare prices with a few internet or store retailers. Watch for sales or call the company directly asking about discounts. Furniture sales commonly occur in February and August. Examine the return policy. What is the time frame for returning? Do they require the furniture to be shipped back in the original packaging? Is there a restocking fee? Will you receive a full refund?
Check out the store's tax policies. States differ in their percentage of sales tax from 0% to 10%.
Shipping costs vary from store to store. Do they have store pick-up available? What are the delivery options: front door delivery, inside delivery, or white glove delivery?
If you do your homework, make some phone calls, and do some comparisons, I am sure you can have a successful experience.
P.S. You may want to send for some furniture catalogs for some inspiration. Here is a list of some furniture/home furnishing companies that mail free catalogs to potential customers: Ballard Designs, Bryland Home Furnishings, Country Door, Crate & Barrel, Frontgate, IKEA, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, West Elm, and Wayfair.
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Even if you only have a small space, the convenience of your own coffee bar cannot be underestimated.
I love this Ikat shade used in this kitchen. It compliments the bold pattern in the floor. The blending of white, gray, and yellow give the kitchen a lively look. Source of picture: Caroline Picard and Lauren Smith.
Ikat fabrics are defined as those made using an Indonesian decorative technique in which warp or weft threads, or both, are tie-dyed before weaving. You can find Ikat designs in rugs, shades, fabric, clothing, etc.
Use a lint roller to dust lampshades and headboards. Quick and easy. Thanks to Home Talk for this housekeeping hint.
Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.