My girlfriend and I are moving in together and have chosen a new harbourfront condo. We are both super excited to be starting a new chapter in our lives! Now that we are in our mid-twenties and settled in our careers, we feel that it’s time to say goodbye to our cheap student furniture and start fresh. The problem is, we don’t know how to furnish and decorate our new home to be both masculine and feminine. Can you give us some ideas to make a home in which we both feel comfortable (and grown up!)?
- Dan R., Toronto.
The ‘key’ motif (formally referred to as the ‘fret’) is a continuous, linear and geometric pattern. Although its application is found across diverse cultures and over several millennia, we most commonly associate it with the architecture and ornamentation of ancient Greece.
The Greek variation is thought to have been inspired by the breaking waves on the Aegean shores; it depicts a fluidity and consistency of movement suggested by the waves as they endlessly roll back upon themselves. The ‘Greek Key’ was frequently carved into the impressive friezes of building facades and painted on delicate vases and urns.