Grandfather clocks

Grandfather Clocks or Grandmother Clocks: Make a Room Sing

07.11.08

Clocks have long been used in rooms around the world to serve a purpose and create a mood. Grandfather clocks have historically been the most notable of such clocks – expensive pieces that were once only able to be purchased by the wealthiest of homes. As time went on, however, grandfather clocks became more affordable and homes everywhere were making them a staple in their décor.

Today, grandfather clocks are affordable pieces that can be found online through comprehensive suppliers – suppliers that are dedicated to providing high quality pieces at competitive prices. Such grandfather clocks are able to stand on their own and make a statement in any room and in any home, regardless of their style. From traditional to contemporary, a home of any kind will be well served by the proper placement of a grandfather clock.

One of the things that make a grandfather clock so popular is its size – standing at least 6 feet tall, grandfather clocks have power and presence. This allows a grandfather clock to pack a real punch in terms of visual impact in a room. But what if you like the look of a grandfather clock but feel that its size is just a little too much for the room you have in mind? Enter the grandmother clock.

A grandmother clock is similarly styled clock to the traditional grandfather clock but in a smaller size. This decrease in size allows homeowners to place them in smaller spaces without worrying that it will take over the room. Rather, grandmother clocks – as well as grandfather clocks – can just as easily be a complementing accessory as they can a star attraction in any room.

Introduce Children to Grandfather Clocks

07.11.08

A child’s memory can last a lifetime; especially if that memory involves family or something that was special to the child. Some adults even have memories of being an infant – so impacted were they by a specific moment in their life. And often, even if we are not able to remember in detail a specific event, we can remember a tune, a smell, or an object of being familiar of our past. How many of us have walked into a room and gotten a whiff of something that was so close to our grandmother’s perfume that we are instantly whisked back in time? Or heard a tune on the radio that reminds us of our father and mother dancing at a particular event? The same can be said of objects that may have sat in our family homes.

I have a very particular memory of a piece of art that hung in my grandparents’ apartment in New York City. I was no older than three years old at the time but I can tell you every detail of that painting, where it hung in the room, and even how it made me feel.

Grandfather clocks often have that effect on adults, as they are familiar to them as something special from their childhoods. This is because grandfather clocks have been popular through the generations; you are just as likely to run into them in a home today as you would be in a home forty or even fifty years ago.

Perhaps this is the reason that so many people choose to place a grandfather clock in their home today – so that it can become a memory for their own children or grandchildren. Grandfather clocks can quickly take their place in a home and become an instant memory for kids – an object that reminds them of home and family!

Grandfather Clocks: Never Out of Style

07.07.08

So much of what passes for décor in the modern world are simply trendy styles that, while they are popular today, will just as quickly be considered passé. Such is the fine line that home decorators must acknowledge when setting out to outfit their home. Unless they have the money to change home design every couple of years it is best to go with something that is more classic in nature; traditional designs are hard pressed to ever go out of style.

To this end, it makes sense to choose more neutral paint tones that are likely to go with a variety of furniture styles, as well as choose classic furniture pieces that will always be in style regardless of the trends that come and go. Instead, the place where trendy style should be infused is in the smaller things; those that can be replaced easily and affordably whenever there is a new style to exhibit.

Beyond furniture, there are certain pieces that are also considered “classic” and able to maintain their integrity regardless of the time period in which they are being used and the trends popular at the time – including grandfather clocks.

Grandfather clocks – because they have been around so long, having first been designed in the late 1600s – are always going to have a classic appeal; which means they can be used in a variety of settings and never go about of style, regardless of the trends that may be displayed around them.

Luckily, grandfather clocks can be purchased through online resources where a variety of styles can be browsed through and purchased directly, courtesy of the Internet.

New Construction: New Grandfather Clock, Part I

06.27.08

Summer is here and for many people the warmer weather is the perfect time to make a move. And so, moving trucks are loaded, homes are purchased, and off we go to begin the renovation of another home in order to make it our own. For many of us, there is nothing quite as satisfying as taking a home that has all the potential in the world – but is quite lacking in present benefits – and with some paint, furniture, and a lot of elbow grease – turning into something not only different but really special.

For others, the idea of first having to move and then having to spend all that time renovating sounds like just about the worst thing they can think of to do. New construction holds vast appeal for many people like this, as it allows them to customize the home from the very beginning and make it their very own. There is a cost for this convenience but in the end the homeowner has a turnkey house and there is no money that needs to be spent on renovation.

The problem with new construction then becomes filling the space; as new construction homes are generally a blank slate to which we must then add color to match our own decorative taste. Adding the right color, furniture, art, and accessories to this palette can be challenging to say the least. But by choosing some really great color families, some beautiful pieces of furniture, and some really special accessories we can begin the process of making this new house a home. It’s not necessary to go all out right in the beginning as you will certainly need some time to live in the house and really see and feel what it will need. Instead, just choosing some few special items you can begin to set the stage for dramatic décor. Grandfather clocks can be one of the most perfect items to include in this beginning stage of design.

In the next post, we’ll discuss how grandfather clocks can work wonders in new construction homes.

Grandfather Clocks Live Up to Their History

06.25.08

Clocks themselves are one of the first human inventions; an invention that has obviously stood the test of time and since evolved to reflect the changing technology as well as the needs of consumers. Grandfather clocks – one of the variations of this invention – were first created in late 1600s, a product of an English clockmaker’s creation of pendulum technology. The first grandfather clocks were created using painstaking detail and the highest quality materials. These materials – along with the time intensity needed to create the grandfather clock – drove the price; and early grandfather clocks were typically created only for public locations.

When grandfather clocks first came to America, they were still used mostly in public arenas; their use in private homes was limited because of price. In fact, only the wealthiest of Americans could afford to have a grandfather clock in their home.

Today, grandfather clocks are certainly much more affordable. High end manufacturers such as Howard Miller and Kieninger continue to create the high quality grandfather clocks that have earned the industry’s reputation through the generations. But these suppliers use high end materials and create unique pieces that are still affordable for the average American home. Balancing this quality with affordability is the challenge of the modern grandfather clock manufacturer. But by making sure that these spectacular pieces are affordable, clock manufacturers can ensure that the average household has access to these time honored pieces.

Connecting these manufacturers with their customers are high end online suppliers. Such suppliers offer great prices, phenomenal selection and the opportunity for all consumers to have access to the clocks they love.

Grandfather Clocks Set the Stage in Sophisticated Gatherings

06.21.08

Entertaining has always been one of the exciting parts of homeownership; we light candles, set tables, and prepare food and cocktails in the hopes of creating a special gathering that our guests will remember. This is the challenge of every host and a challenge that is met with great joy for those who truly love to entertain.

Of course, a large part of a sophisticated gathering is the décor of the environment in which guests are gathering. Homeowners, therefore, put a lot of attention into their home décor – not only to make themselves and their families as comfortable as possible, but also to create an environment that is warm and welcoming to guests.

To this end, a family room or living room – where guests are likely to congregate – will often receive the most attention from homeowners; outfitting the room with furniture, wall art, and a host of accessories that most reflect their personality and style.

Grandfather clocks were once a special item to have in a home; mostly because the handcraftsmanship associated with creating a grandfather clock resulted in high prices that most average homeowners couldn’t afford. Today, while most of us are able to afford the grandfather clock of our choosing, they are still considered special items to have in a home; those pieces that will likely become family heirlooms that are passed from generation to generation.

But for now, grandfather clocks are able to create an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere that will allow family and friends to gather comfortably.

Grandfather Clocks Help Define Décor

06.19.08

As homeowners we are always looking for ways spice up our décor and provide a finished look that adds to the home overall. Of course, there are those essentials that help us pull it all together and one such element is a grandfather clock – a piece that has long stood in homes through the generations and continues to be a popular fixture even in modern homes.

The modern grandfather clock is able to balance the elegance of yesteryear with the technology of today; a combination that provides those that have taken on the project of decorating a space a versatility that they would not ordinarily have. Grandfather clocks placed in specific rooms can serve particular purposes. A grandfather clock in a dining room can serve as a melodic backdrop for diners and a conversation piece for family and friends that have gathered; a grandfather clock in a living room speaks to the formality often reserved for such a space although the grandfather clocks sold today allow consumers to think outside the box a bit; grandfather clocks in a family room can be more casual in design and can serve the purpose of adding warmth and personality to a room.

There is no set style that is quintessential grandfather clock; at least not in the modern world. Today, grandfather clocks come in all designs – from traditional and contemporary to antique inspired. In decorating a room it is up to the designer to choose the style they want to pursue; a grandfather clock can add enormously to the overall design or actually define the design around which other choices will be made.

Shipping Factory Fresh Grandfather Clocks Overseas by Common Carrier

06.15.08

On shipping a boxed grandfather clock with a freight common carrier, from our experience, the biggest 3 potential problems to prevent are (a) the box-container falling, or (b) pressure-weight being put on-to the box-container from any side, especially above, or (c) the clock not being in an upright position, or on its “back” as a less good secondary alternative (but potential benefits too – see below).

From a positioning standpoint, the best practice in to make certain that the grandfather clocks stands upright during the entire trip, and doesn’t move OR have any pressure applied from any side. If it can’t be shipped standing up, then it can be shipped with the clock’s back facing down (any other than these 2 positions – upright, or on its “back” – would very likely damage the clock). If the clock is on its back, they need to again be careful not to apply weight on top of it or to its side’s, or to let it move around.

For added safety, you-they could always crate it, recognizing that is not inexpensive. They-you might also want to put it on a pallet (using one of 2 positions mentioned above – upright or on its back – ONLY), but that also would add cost.

While 1-800-4CLOCKS is pleased to provide this type of potentially useful advice, PLEASE USE THIS ADVICE AT YOUR OWN RISK.  When packing or shipping individual grandfather clocks, there is always some risk.  We welcome feedback and wil gladly add any additional comments that are helpful or constructive.
They should also have experience in this area, as well as the Shipper they use, so we would also make certain to follow their guidelines and rules and suggestions, and to the extent they might conflict, feel free to ask us our opinion so you can decide what’s best.

Feel free to forward this information to your shipping company if you think it would be helpful. Let us know if they do not agree and or have any additional suggestions on how to most safely ship a grandfather clock.

Fill a Room with a Grandfather Clock

06.13.08

Whether you are working with a small room or a large room, the effort to design a room effectively – to make the best use of the space you have been provided – is the challenge for every homeowner. If you include too many pieces in the room it quickly becomes cluttered, include too little and it looks sparse and unfinished; such is the reason that room design is often left to the professionals.

When it comes to appropriately filling a room, however, the introduction of a grandfather clock is a great way to add scale to any sized room. And by including a piece that delivers a significant return on the investment, homeowners will easily feel that they got their money’s worth with a purchase of a grandfather clock.

Grandfather clocks have always had the reputation for being high style and the ultimate in elegance. Generations ago, the purchase of a grandfather clock was a very big deal indeed; they were considered luxury items and not every household was able to afford them.

Today, while grandfather clocks are much more affordable for the average homeowner, they still hold the vast appeal that they always did; they are one piece of furniture that is always able to “fill” a room with its presence. The height of a grandfather clock alone is more than enough to add drama and scale to any room regardless of its size. With smaller rooms, a grandfather clock acts as a decorative palette without overwhelming an already tight space with clutter; with larger rooms, a grandfather clock offers a focal point, drawing visitors’ eye and adding boundaries to a room.

Grandfather Clocks: Big Things Come in Big Packages

06.13.08

Our society is in such a trend towards downsizing and simplifying that our stuff just seems to get smaller and smaller. Those design elements that used be big and bold are now minimalistic – a direct response, no doubt, to the fragile state of the economy and our desire to reel in our extraneous expenditures. But there are still those pieces that while bigger – are still better; and grandfather clocks are one of them.

Grandfather clocks are known as much for their size as anything else; typically standing at least six feet tall, grandfather clocks are the focal point of any room in which they stand. But their height is only a portion of why grandfather clocks have such a presence about them; they are the regal soldiers of the clock world and wherever we place them in our homes they make a definite statement.

Consumers that are interested in infusing their home with sophistication and elegance – and melody if they desire a clock that chimes in the hour – can search out grandfather clocks that fit their style and their budget through online clock suppliers.

High end clock retailers – such as 1-800-4CLOCKS – will match any buyer with the grandfather clock of their dreams. In the market for a traditional grandfather clock that reminds you of the clock that your grandparents once owned? How about a contemporary grandfather clock that is more in line with your modern sensibilities? Better yet, perhaps an interesting and unusual grandfather clock – one that is made from non-traditional materials and will be as much of a talking piece as it will a functional clock and design element? Through online clock suppliers, grandfather clocks of all kinds can be found to suit any taste.

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