Natural Wood Decorating

Decorating a home with mirrors is a simple but effective way of home decoration. You can choose mirrors of different shapes. These mirrors are framed in artistically designed frames crafted with different materials such as wood, metal, etc. You can choose the one that best matches your décor. Furniture made of natural wood is making its way into our homes This is because it has a rustic appeal. Fortunately, there are mirror frames designed using it which can match our décor. If you appreciate the look of natural wood there are different choices of wood available to you. Some of the popular ones are Pine, Aspen, Oak and Maple for your furniture. In order to have a common theme, you can have furniture made of the same type of wood throughout your home. After you have the required furniture you can then start decorating your home using different decorative items. You could decorate your walls with mirrors with natural wood frames to complement your décor. These frames are available in s…

Murano: glass in the Venetian Lagoon

I recently returned from a week spent in Venice. While we're all familiar with the pretty lagoon  and palazzo pictures of the city (I took many, I'll share in a later post!) we may not all be as knowledgeable about nearby Murano.
Murano, like Venice, is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, slightly less than a mile north of Venice. Of course the island is known primarily for its glass making.  In 1291 Venice forced all of its famed glassmakers to relocate to remote Murano for fear of fire from their furnaces.
Unlike tourist ridden Venice Murano still feels real; one comes across scenes of laundry hanging out to dry and the school children running amok once school let out.
While dating back to Roman times the island was heavily built up in the 15th century by Venetians who treated the area as a resort. I suspect the building above may date from this time.
The picturesque canals are filled with modern motorboats unlike nearby Venice; these are active canals!