Custom Wrought Iron Art (14)
“But I need my Tableaux® for my party, why can’t you have it here?”
The pleading can get a little testy. Does this sound familiar to you? Hopefully not, but we hear this refrain many times a day between now and the end of the year.
We love Tableaux too, and not just because we are the leading provider of the elegant faux wrought iron material. We know how popular the old world iron designs are, especially during the holiday season with emphasis on tradition. The graceful curves and curls hark to an age of fine craftsmanship, forged iron beauty and metallic might. Tableaux faux iron window, door, or cabinet inserts are a hit any time of year, but especially during the holiday season.
Enjoy this photo designer Kathy Machir sent us to inspire you to have Tableaux in your holiday plans this year.
Happy endings to order resolution don’t get any better than this. When there is a miscommunication about an order, we really do make every attempt to understand what happened and how to rectify it quickly.
While we at Faux Iron do not expect a Thank You for our work (other than a normal passing courtesy) , I have to tell you we were all blown away when this card arrived from Linda in the mail. Big smiles all around here! But wait, there’s more….after I called Linda to tell her the impact her card had on us all, guess what I received today? Yup, a postcard Thanking Me for Thanking Her! I guess you can’t have too many smiles and warm feelings these days!! I found out you too can send out cards by going to www.sendoutcards.com/ROIKO.
We love this story supplied by Naperville, IL designer Maria O’Connor. It is actually the first Tableaux® soffit installation we’ve seen – another original application idea! And then there’s the crate…
“My install was quite the success, thanks to an awesome carpenter & Faux Iron. The template Dave (my installer) supplied to you all was absolutely perfect. And thanks to his carpenter mind - he anticipated having to get it up to the soffit, so he brought his jacks. Then he decided to take apart the crate and use the long pieces of wood so that we all could get it up to the soffit and then crank the jack lever to keep it in place.
My heart was beating a thousand miles a minute - it was such a long piece. As a matter of fact, it did not fit in my SUV (about 2.5 feet stuck out of my car) - so Dave had to come and attach it to the roof of his truck. A lesson learned: "never throw out the crate your Tableaux comes in until after a successful install" - so glad the garbage man didn't take it...needless to say, I didn't - thank goodness. The client was absolutely thrilled and happy with the result.
Once again, thank you very much to all. It looks fabulous!”
I see a whole new possibility – just what do you do with your Tableaux packing crates? While they may be destined for the land fill, I wonder what creative uses you’ve invented for those sturdy boxes? Is anyone using them for art projects??? Don’t hold back, let us know!
Sun and surf are proving to be a good match for TableauxEX®, the Tableaux name for exterior usage. It is always good to hear success stories about faux wrought iron design solutions, though this application provided by Bermuda designer Jill Henneberger is especially interesting.
One of the questions we get most frequently asked is, how does Tableaux stand up to extreme weather conditions? Product specs don’t give nearly as clear a picture as does an actual application photo.
So take in the elegant photo Jill provided of her pineapple design TableauxEX, she specified for a residence on the island nation of Bermuda.
Jill shares with us, “This Tableaux was used for the main gate of our clients’ vacation home and will greet many guests and family members. The pineapple, although never grown for commerce in Bermuda, is a symbol of hospitality…which is a most appropriate motif for this home and the welcoming nature of its owners. Beyond the visual impact of the design, the non-metal construction of the product was the main factor for choosing faux iron. Bermuda has very high humidity and the home is located right on the ocean, subject to salt air and the occasional rogue wave.”
What a relief to enjoy the beauty of wrought iron design without the need to worry about rusting!
Learn more about Jill at http://bydesign.bm.
We’re always so pleased to received totally unsolicited outpourings of appreciation from our dealers and in this case, it was the customer of Elite dealer, Paul Brown of Ironstone Imports who shared his installation photo with Paul. Richard Evans contacted Ironstone to fabricate a design in our faux wrought iron medium with a design he provided.
We love a challenge and the opportunity to do customized work, so Richard’s drawing of the design he wanted was most welcome. While we often create custom designs from fabric swatches, wallpaper, hand-drawn squiggles, and a variety of other source materials, having a definite design to translate into the faux iron medium made this project easy.
The Moroccan feel to this Tableaux faux wrought iron grille melds well with tile design – surely an intention the customer had in mind. The photo reminded me of the many tile, wrought iron and stucco interiors I saw in Marrakesh, Morocco this year. Thanks for sharing this with us, Richard!
To order your Tableaux through an online dealer, contact Paul at www.ironstoneimports.com.
Use this heaven-inspired ceiling medallion idea in your home! Faux finish skies or other artwork take on rich dimensionality with our customized iron art. Check out our creative faux finish partners at IDAL (International Decorative Artisans League) at www.decorativeartisans.org. Talented IDAL artists are experts at creating skies, gilded motifs, and stencils to enhance Tableaux® wrought iron designs.
I couldn’t resist passing along this photo of faux painting and with a wrought iron ceiling medallion. It shows the perfect marriage of faux finishing arts with Tableaux®. This domed ceiling is part of the Gaylord Palms Conference Center is Kissimmee, Florida where wrought iron is used extensively throughout the adjoining hotel public areas. As I passed by each decorative wrought iron embellishment within the Gaylord, I knew that if Tableaux® faux iron was known and available at the time the complex was built, lighter weight and cost effective Tableaux® would certainly have been chosen over wrought iron.
Unleash your imagination a little or a lot. Tableaux® is at your command!
This stunning arch is #422 Cosenza design, an Italian-styled floral pattern. The ornate elegance of this design speaks for itself, or maybe it woofs. Who knows, but this little guy is obviously enjoying his upgraded digs.
To find out how your own windows, arches, transoms or sidelights would look with faux wrought iron Tableaux®, contact a Retailer on our site or if you are in the design trade, find out how to register with us. In the meantime, surround yourself with romance of the season.
Check out this central Texas homeowner’s use of Tableaux® faux wrought iron by clicking on the video. Tableaux® brackets in ever-popular #039 Firenze design embellish post corners on the pergola breaking up the stark straight line construction. An innovative installation of Tableaux® between two metal bars create a stable trellis sturdy enough for vines to meander around. Notice that the faux iron does not touch the ground.
One of my most enjoyable experiences is seeing Tableaux® installed in peoples' homes! My eye is trained to spot wrought iron design on homes, doctor's offices, restaurants, etc. By now I can spot Tableaux® a mile away. You can imagine the treat is was to visit with homeowner, Vicki Newton to see her Tableaux® displayed throughout her garden and in unexpected places on her walls. What is particularly interesting is her creative use of Tableaux® to dramatize her old privacy fence.
Her Tableaux® installations provide a trellis for vines to meander around as well as heighten the screening effect of the fence. The Tableaux® I have photographed here is Standard material, meaning that it is not the exterior grade we sell for outdoor usage. This Tableaux® has stood up to Texas intense sun and windstorms for over 3 years. Even her little tabletop Tableaux® has maintained its strength and straightness! Tableaux® Exterior is a great product for high humidity conditions and constant contact with watery weather. Thanks, Vicki for letting us come out to photograph your beautiful backyard garden sanctuary!
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