Sometimes I think you are attracted to a design style because it is exactly what you want in your own home.
At other times the attraction is all about admiring from afar a look that for reasons to do with sanity or money you will never have at home.
I know I will never have a sliding glass wall etched with micro-organismes marins in my house, although the more I think about it the more I think it could work for a shower screen.
But I still love the way it works in this space. What a great way to separate the two areas. And it could have gone so badly wrong. The heavy wooden cross beam could have looked ridiculous. The carpet might not have worked with the blue lamp. And yet it all works. For me at least.
As an aside, etched glass is of course very Second Empire. I thought I would see if I could purchase some etched glass should I be so minded. The choices available in modern etched glass ranged from extremely ugly to quite tasteless to very kitch (to all those etched glass designers - I'm sorry - it's not you it's me).
Aren't they divine? They come in their original wooden door frames. I could see these as bathroom windows in the right house. They are acid etched glass featuring a classical warrior and Greek key with foliate medallion. Bid estimate is $150 to $300. You would need to arrange own shipping or be near or in Omaha Nebraska which is quite a long way away from me.
The very idea of a Coffee Palace is a bit thrilling and sensible at the same time. It is so foreign to our lives now but Coffee Palaces were very popular in Australia in the 19th century. They were temperance houses and meeting places and accomodation and fulfilled all kinds of other functions. They were an important part of many inner city lives.
The Federal Coffee Palace had 7 floors, an iron framed domed tower, dining, lounge, sitting, smoking, writing and billiard rooms and of course lots of etched glass. There were six 'accident proof' lifts, gaslights, electric service bells, and an ice-making plant in the basement to keep kitchen supplies fresh and cool the lemonade and ginger beer (from Museum Victoria's website).
I don't much like the Victorian interior style but these exteriors are really just amazing.(Top Image: Elle Decor)