Sunday, April 18, 2010

{a family crest for a family room}

I have a minor obsession with family crests, so when I watched the last episode of Sarah’s House I instantly fell in love with the beautiful time-worn crest Sarah and Tommy placed atop the fireplace in the gorgeous living room (Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen last weeks episode you can watch it first by clicking here):

There is something perfectly intriguing and glamorous about the classic shape of a family crest, sort of similar to a monogram. I think if you look around you’ll notice family crests everywhere in the world of interior design, and in the world of fashion! Here's a look inside fashion royal, Laudomia Pucci’s estate just outside of Florence. It's filled with precious family heirlooms, like a family crest hanging in the main living room!

I just had to include another view of the main living room:

Speaking of fashion, how ‘bout family crests as jewelry?

I always thought it would be neat to place a sort of vintage-y looking personal family crest on pillows for the living room or bedroom:

Here are some examples using a coat of arms on a floor pillow or a rug:


I don’t think my family has a family crest, but my husband’s does and I am hoping to get my hands on a copy of it! There are probably endless creative things you could do using a family crest, any neat ideas you have seen out there?


Lisa Goulet said...

They are intriguing aren't they! I believe I have one on my mother's side from Scotland I'll have to look into that. I think they would be great on the back of a dining room chair instead of a monogram.

thelennoxx said...

great post, I love when people point out things I haven't even noticed before. The crests are beautiful, especially the one above the fireplace.

DesignTies said...

I'm seeing more and more things like this, too. Monograms are also popular. Fun, hey? Maybe I'll find a way to incorporate this... once I can decorate in my ever-in-reno-mode home!!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I never thought of decorating with a crest! I think my husband's family may have one too! I am intrigued! I love monograms as well. We have inherited heirloom silver from my husband's grandma that are elegantly monogrammed.
I love your monogram on your profile. Great idea - I may have to copy!
Did you design your blog layout or have someone do it? Just love the simply elegance. I want to spruce up mine somehow but have no idea where to begin!

Marcus Design said...

Lisa, I agree, on the back of a dining chair would be really chic!

Thanks Victoria for sending me a photo of a dining room chair with a crest motif on it!!

Barbara, I love monograms as well, everything looks more expensive with a monogram on it! I just added the monogram as my profile pic, and so far I have done all of the design on my blog layout (many many hours of fiddling). Thanks for your kind words, if you need any help please ask, if I know how to do it I would love to be helpful!

Vanessa said...

Unique and I guess it doesn't matter that the crest isn't your own family crest but an antique one that you found. Kind of like when I want to buy old photos from the early 1900's, like a rowing team, of people I don't know but just love the history.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful blog, great ideas very sophisticated and extremely talented I can go on for ever. I am truly inspired, good job Nancy.

DesignTies said...

Interesting post :-) The crest in Sarah's bedroom is cool -- and I LOVE the mantel!!

My great-grandfather was next in line to be the Duke of Shrewsbury, so I guess the Shrewsbury coat of arms would be our family crest. Although his family disowned him when he either married a bar wench or a maid, depending on who's telling the story ;-) So maybe the coat of arms doesn't apply anymore!!


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