At Wisteria, we’re continually inspired by simple and extraordinary pieces. A traditional French balcony—more commonly known as a Juliet Balcony—was the inspiration for our Juliet Console.
With a connotation of love, these architectural structures were deemed Juliet balconies after Shakespeare’s tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet. Typically, these balconies are featured on a multi-story building, and are designed to frame the bottom of windows or door openings—acting as a visual and physical barrier. More often than not, these balconies only slightly extend from the wall, giving a false impression of a functional balcony—though some are.
Inspired by their rich and romantic history, our Style Director, Mary Jane, created this exquisite console. Featuring shapely, art deco-style lines and a polished marble top, this piece won’t go unnoticed. Stylish and stately, our Juliet Console makes a great foundation piece. We see it in a foyer or living room, showcasing our Jade Vase and one of our Small French Paintings
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When it comes to styling an étagère (or anything for that matter) there are no rules, only suggestions. However, there are a few style tips that we’d like to share on how to style our Elegant Étagère.
Keep it Simple
First things first—when styling an étagère, keep it light and airy. Too many visuals or bulky objects can muddle its presence in a space, taking away from the aesthetic value.
The Right Scheme
Use colors and patterns that will complement each other. The neutral tone and texture of our Roman Bowl or Lil’ Elephant Statue visually complements the stark white hue and smoothness of our Beijing Vase Collection. It’s important when using neutrals to add a few pieces of color to make the space pop. Incorporating our Gilt Branch Sculpture is a great piece to highlight the hand-applied gold leaf finish of our étagère.
Layering is Everything
When deciding on what to showcase with your étagère, it’s important to keep in mind how each piece will fit. Layering objects with various heights throughout the series of stages is key. Whether it’s layering our Small French Paintings alongside our Blue and White Pottery or using a stack of books as a riser, varying heights (with the right pieces) caters to a very curated look.
One definition of style is: a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed. An in-house design, we’d say this sums up our take on étagère.
Gustavian style has greatly influenced Wisteria over the years when developing and designing our products.
The history of Gustavian style began in the 18th century, after the future king of Sweden, Gustav III, returned from an extended visit to Versailles. Intrigued by the Neoclassical style he was introduced to, the young monarch sought to recreate it. Initially intended to hold a place in only royal palaces, Gustavian style soon gained popularity with the common citizen. This type of style began evolving, and though palaces tended to be rich with gilded furniture, countryside homes generally featured painted or white-washed furniture. The light hues of these pieces provided a reflective quality that many desired during the long winters. Though Gustavian style has continued to evolve, considered by some as an interpretation of Louis XV and Louis XVI-style furniture, it remains as timeless and versatile as ever.
Andrew’s sister, Leslie, has the original inspiration—a 19th-century antique—for our Swedish Cupboard in her home. When Leslie unveiled the cupboard she bought during a trip to the south of France, we knew we had to recreate it. Clean, elegant lines frame this cupboard, bringing Swedish style and simple sophistication to any room. Designed in-house, this hand-carved mango wood piece features a hand-painted finish with plenty of room to showcase and store antique china (or any favorite pieces!).
Appreciating beauty is something we here at Wisteria pride ourselves on—especially in the craftsmanship of our products.
Our Moorish Chest is the epitome of beautiful craftsmanship. A design brought from North Africa to the Indian subcontinent by 16th-century Mughal princes, this chest is adorned with thousands of pieces of camel bone.
Handmade, each piece of bone is intricately cut and inlaid by hand on a hand-carved mango wood frame. A simple design with a striking pattern is the result of many hours of craftsmanship. The meticulous process of crafting this chest—down to the slightest detail—reminds us that handcrafting furniture (or anything for that matter) may be antiquated, but it’s not a lost art.
This chest is a great way to infuse handcrafted, textured pieces into your décor. Make modern exotic by blending contemporary accents alongside this worldly piece. (Hint: Our Lucent Accent Chair and Bullet Glass Table Lamp will help complete the look!)
See all colors of our Moorish Chest and other handcrafted products online.
Sebastian Münster is perhaps one of the most important and famous mapmakers of the mid-16th century. Münster, a German cartographer, was best known for his map-masterpiece, Cosmographia. Cosmographia is known as the earliest German depiction of the world. This piece is thought to have played a major part in the revival of geographic thought in 16th-century Europe, and our London Map Wall Art showcases its historic value.
Münster was the first cartographer to make separate maps for each continent that was known at the time—America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Cosmographia quickly became successful, and over the next 100 years it passed through 24 editions. This success was partially due to the fascinating nature in which Cosmographia was created—carved by hand on woodblocks.
Our replica highlights a portion of Comosgraphia—a visual of 16th-century London. Enriched with color and intricate details, each portion of our map is encased in a frame made of reclaimed wood from old European buildings circa the 19th century. With our abundance of technological devices today, it’s easy to forget the origin of something we now take for granted. Map your way through history with our London Map Wall Art (now on sale!).