Elegant Living Magazine Presents Home & Style: The American Federal Period



the federal style of decorating is born at the colonial period in American history reaching its highest popularity in the early 1800s only the wealthiest sector of early Americans could afford to build and furnish their homes in this formal style originally it was as much a political statement supporting the new Federalist style of government as it was a design aesthetic Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello is a perfect example of the look as is the White House the house we're visiting today is located in the upscale los angeles community of cheviot hills the owner is a lawyer with an affinity for the Constitution and our founding fathers so he converted a ranch-style home from the 1970s into a federal paradise Federalist style is luxurious yet understated so the exterior is plain reflecting the Puritan sensibility prevalent in the early American colonies Dental blocks are a hallmark of federal style in the back of the house you can see the large windows which reach almost from floor to ceiling the neoclassical columns with vertical fluting are found on many federal period homes inside the entryway is painted in federal blue with a welcoming pineapple symbol carved into the top of the mirror the crown molding has multiple layers with a canvas leaf on top and dental below the curtain cornices in the bedroom are decorated with bass relief Garland's and swags furniture of the federal period had graceful lines and simple elegant shapes it was often made of mahogany or cherry wood sofas had low backs long seats and clean edges the rich gold and deep red damask upholstery of this couch reflects the federal color palette and also its classic medallion and bumblebee motifs it is an example of classical Baltimore painted and gilt furniture the original made by the Finley brothers is in the museum of fine arts boston the Finley brothers made furniture for James and Dolly Madison's oval drawing room in the White House you can see the painted back splat on this chair with neoclassical curves typical of the era the dining table is a Duncan Phyfe reproduction that pays tribute to the Democratic symbol of a round table the edges are rounded in an elegant scallop shape this bow front side board has oval shaped brass poles and inlaid mahogany drawers here is a reproduction of Jefferson's octagonal filing table from his study in Monticello he called it his rent table the carpet is an example of a broadloom Wilton we've done by Stoddard only the wealthiest colonial homeowners could afford to cover their wood floors curtains in the federal period were formal drapes made of silk or velvet with plenty of tassels other federal decorating touches that can adorn any home include patriotic sculptures like this bronze eagle and busts of our founding fathers and early presidents made of bronze this Lincoln sculpture was crafted by the artist Robert Berks this home is a loving salute to our early American history and the style enjoyed by a patriotic upper-class during America's formative years

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  • EatWriteFilmTV

    April 13, 2019

    Glad you like it! We enjoyed it making it.

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  • Rory Eriksen

    April 13, 2019

    This is very interesting! I really enjoyed watching it!

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