As with most elements of home decor, choosing the proper Oriental or Persian area rug can be a difficult task. You just will know it when you see it! Most area rug purchase are made that way and your choice of rugs can easily help you define your home decor theme.
Area rugs come in various styles, such as; bright primary colors or muted earth tones, busy patterns or simple designs, you'll find an Oriental or Persian area rug that does exactly what you want.
Oriental and Persian area rugs have common patterns found in; traditional floral or curvilinear, arabesque motifs, palmettes, vines, flowers, vases, arches and gardens. There will be a medallion with spandrels and borders, or an open field with borders. Tribal rugs are often plain, or have some traditional geometric design.
You will also find some which are directional rugs, like prayer mats, or with an illustration, like a painting.
The great thing about Oriental and Persian area rugs is that they look natural in almost every room of the house. The most usual places to find them are the living room, dining room and master bedroom. We have countless stories of clients who begin by buying for their main rooms, and then just cannot stop! Rugs in foyers, family rooms and studies, runners in corridors and on steps, and smaller mats in bathrooms are just a start. Then, after they fill their homes, they do their offices!
Since handmade area rugs are proven to be superior to machine-made carpeting, they last longer even in high traffic areas such as corridors and elevators.
There are no rules that state where to place a particular style or pattern of rug, although carpets that have an open field are usually preferred in situations where a dining or coffee table would sit right over the medallion. In these rugs most of the visual interest is in the borders.
The color scheme of an area rug is usually the most important factor in choosing where to place it. The colors of the rug need not be exactly the same as the curtains or upholstery, they should just echo them in some manner, and be in the same range of primaries or earth tones. For example, if your drapes are rust, your rug does not have to be rust. But small accents of that color would complement the drapes.
The most important thing to remember is that there are no rules, other than that you should be pleased with the look and quality of the area rug you choose.
Shopping guide to where to buy Italian charm bracelets on the Internet and at jewelry stores, different styles and designs, and how to choose.
The charm has been around in varying formats for centuries. Whether carried in the pocket, around the neck or on the wrist, the charm makes for a definite statement. Making that statement has numerous possibilities and the Italian charm is just one of the latest ways to let people know what you believe, who you are, and what you are passionate about.
THE LOOK AND FEEL OF AN ITALIAN CHARM
Italian charms will come in all kinds of "looks" and that is what makes them so great to collect. You can change them up according to whatever mood you are in by building your own Italian charm bracelet. An interchangeable charm bracelet allows for a new look to be added to your wardrobe by the minute. Italian charms are not the typical dangling, shapely charm of the past. No, Italian charms are anything but dangly or shapely, they are flat and create a flat link that can pop on and off a stretchy bracelet of your choosing. Do you see the possibilities here?
Yes they are the latest trend and you will see young and old alike sporting their own personal creations. How could they not be popular with the endless choices available? Adding charms is as easy as locating one to pop on your bracelet. Building them to make a personal statement about your family, your hobbies, your pet(s), your favorite sport, holiday destination, art or music is as quick as locating the charms on the web or in your local jewelry store, or in your jewelry box and popping it right on your bracelet. Italian charm bracelets are just plain fun.
WHERE TO START?
Look for quality when shopping for your charms. Don't be fooled by the cheaper quality charm made to look like the Italian charms. Italian charms are made with high quality, hypoallergenic stainless steel bases. The charms themselves are usually 18k gold and are soldered to the link base. Cheaper quality charms might not have the stainless steel in the base and are definitely made with gold plate and not 18k gold.
Sizing is as easy as small, medium, or large. A small sized Italian bracelet will have 17 charm links. A medium will have 18 charm links per bracelet and a large sized bracelet will have 19 links. Of course you can size them anyway you see fit making them smaller than 17 charms and larger than 19 charms. Most women will have wrist sizes that fall into the small, medium, or large category.
Choosing a brand may seem like a concern. Fear not, the major Italian charm makers all use a standard size to create their charms, which makes them interchangeable with any bracelet. The cheaper charms may not interchange well so beware if you get caught up in their particular brands. They may not work on your Italian bracelets but who would want a cheaper quality product to begin with, right?
BUILDING A CHARM WARDROBE
Pricing that charm bracelet is as easy as pricing individual charms. An Italian made charm will start its pricing at around $15 and top out at about $50. Enamel charms will price at around $18 and stones at about $22 each. Most jewelers offer specials on a starter bracelet if you buy multiple charms at one time.
Need some ideas on what Italian charms to purchase first? The top sellers start with hearts, mom, and the American flag. If that does not work for you or the person the gift bracelet is for then move on to the other possibilities. Explore a hobby, a favorite historical era, or even a favorite stone and you are on your way to creating your first Italian charm bracelet masterpiece. A meaningful message or keepsake is another flexible choice for this bracelet. If you are going to give this bracelet as a gift check and see what the receiver already has. You may be able to top off an existing bracelet with a pricey charm that the owner may have never considered.
Self-expression and diversity is what fashion is all about and Italian charm bracelets fit the bill.
Find out about the many handbag styles, which ones best fit certain body types, and how designer labels play a part in selecting your favorite handbag.
Women love handbags just as much as they love diamonds. With new styles entering the marketplace every season, how can one decide? Are you a label lover - Chanel, Gucci, Prada or are you a classic - Tod's or YSL? Or is plain Jane luxurious leather more your style? Find out about the many handbag styles, which one would best fit your body type and how status plays the part of selecting your favorite handbag.
Every season designers come out with an array of different classic styles from hobo's to totes, to shoulder bags to clutches. As far as status is concerned, you don't need to wear a complete logo handbag to look like your bag cost lots of money. Great leather, good topstitching and quality workmanship play a big role in quality handbags, designer brand or not. But which one works for you, your lifestyle and your body?
Totes: A tote bag is usually in the shape of a square and is roomy enough for any women to carry everything she needs for the day. It's great for a casual day to get you from work to the gym. Tote bags can come in different sizes. Note: If you are small and petite, go for a smaller sized tote that will look proportionate to your body size. Hobo Bags: Hobo's are oversized bags where you can practically carry everything but the kitchen sink. The look is large and slouchy and can look incredibly fashionable and can go with every occasion (except of course the cocktail event). Note: Size does matter. It can look a little odd on an extremely petite body frame, since it is so oversized. Look for a slightly smaller size if you're tiny. Classic Handbags: This bag is your basic everyday handbag. The classic shape, smaller size, the long or short shoulder strap in the everyday color ? black, beige or brown is perfect for anyone. It could be a designer logo bag or a basic leather bag, either way you have a win/win situation. Note: Any body type would look great with this type of handbag. Clutches: Who doesn't love a classic clutch? Women love to get dressed up and this strapless type of handbag really does the trick. Whether you're looking for a vintage clutch from the 50's or a new designer clutch, looking for one with details is key. Note: If you're curvaceous a tiny clutch may not be for you - go for a medium sized one. If you're tiny a larger clutch may not off set your proportions, a smaller clutch would look great on you. Dressy Backpacks: These are great to give your weekend look a dressier vibe. And, if you choose a sleek backpack such as a Louis Vuitton, you take the chic look to a whole new level. The best part is your hands are free, so shopping is not a problem. Note: Backpacks look great on any body type. Messenger Bags: Messenger bags are great to take to the office for men or women. They are sleek, chic and swing right over the shoulder. These bags are large enough to carry all of your needs for the day and take you right into evening. Note: These look great on any body type as well.
Now that you know about all of the fabulous styles of handbags, get shopping.
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