Beautiful Places to Put Prairie Stained Glass in Your Austin Home

Posted May 2nd, 2019 by Martin Faith
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Prairie stained glass is a great way to add a touch of color and class to your Austin home. And it can be installed in almost any window frame. With so much flexibility, many homeowners find it tough to decide where to install stained glass in the first place. Here are a few simple suggestions to keep in mind when picking the perfect windows.

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Examining Frank Lloyd Wright’s Contribution to Stained Glass Creation

Posted April 9th, 2019 by Martin Faith

The Beautiful Design Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright

The name Frank Lloyd Wright may not immediately bring to mind visions of stunning stained glass windows. But, do not be fooled–Frank Lloyd Wright was a prolific stained glass artist and furthermore, one of the most influential designers in American history. Although primarily known for his architectural work and as the father of the “Mid-century Modern” his stunning designs spanned mediums from furniture design to graphics arts and yes–even stained glass.

Frank Lloyd Wright The Stained Glass Artist

As a designer, Frank Lloyd Wright’s career lasted an admirable 70 years. A lengthy time which allowed him to not only make his mark on American design forever but also create myriad of amazing stained glass that is as relevant today, as it was back in the early to the mid 20th century. In fact, he designed well over 4,000 leaded glass windows and doors–primarily for the buildings he designed.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stained Glass Style

Wright created stained glass for nearly every feature in a building that you can imagine–doors, skylights, backlit ceiling panels, table lamps, and wall sconces as well as for windows. Probably what drove the uniqueness and beauty of Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass windows was that he didn’t think of these windows as traditional stained or leaded glass. Rather Wright thought about them and often referred to them as “light screens” — more akin to Japanese shoji screens than a leaded glass window. As such, he almost always arranged his windows in bands. Unlike other stained glass before Wright’s time, his designs relied heavily on the zinc-or copper-plated came configuration, while all others used lead. This type of caming allowed him to use geometric abstractions of natural elements such as plants, trees, flowers and more. He also heavily used a playful but elegant mix of solid-colored, iridescent and clear glass and sometimes a hallmark style of gold leaf sandwiched between two thin pieces of clear glass. By setting some pieces of his stained glass at an angle he greatly enhanced the reflective qualities of the glass pieces in his windows–when light strikes them, different colors can appear depending on the time of day. It was this creativity and attention to light that truly set his windows apart and made him a master of his time and through this day.

At Scottish, we make lovely stained glass in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, paying attention to the clean lines and refraction of light. If you want to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass windows for your Fort Collins home, contact us today for a free design consultation!

Frank Lloyd Wright inspired stained glass is a perfect addition to Austin’s many prairie style homes!

Posted September 10th, 2017 by Martin Faith

Did you know that many of the craftsman homes in Austin are actually inspired by the works of a famous 20th century architect? Many of these homes are fashioned in what’s referred to as the “prairie style” a design created by the famous artist Frank Lloyd Wright. Among other things, Frank Lloyd Wright was an artist and stained glass designer. In Austin, a city known for its richness in culture and devotion to the art’s, Frank Lloyd Wright’s work continues to live on in the many prairie style craftsman homes located throughout the city.

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Scottish Stained Glass For Your Home’s Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Stained Glass

Posted August 23rd, 2017 by Martin Faith

Frank Lloyd Wright Style Stained Glass For Your Home

The design styles in architecture come and go. There have been so many it is almost impossible to keep up with them and while some were pretty awful there are a number of iconic styles that will remain forever in style and one of those is the work of Frank Llyod Wright. This master designer is the quintessential mid-century modern architect and designer and his creations still adorn some of the most remarkable buildings today. Likewise, his style is emulated throughout homes in America more than 100 years later. Frankly, we can ‘t get enough of this bygone design sense that greatly influenced the mid-century modern era or the designer that defined a generation of style. It is, for this reason, we offer Frank Llyod Wright style stained glass to our customers looking either for a good starting place or come in knowing they are looking for something in the “modern prairie style”.

What Does Frank Lloyd Wright Style Look Like In Stained Glass?

Describing a “style” can be a challenge. However, in the case of Frank Lloyd Wright inspired stained glass, it is pretty simple– clean, geometric, lines with marvelous uses of color.  See below:

However to hear it from the genius himself:

” … The windows usually are provided with characteristic straight line patterns absolutely in the flat and usually severe. The nature of the glass is taken into account in these designs as is also the metal bar used in their construction, and most of them are treated as metal ‘grilles’ with glass inserted forming a simple rhythmic arrangement of straight lines and squares made as cunning as possible so long as the result is quiet…”

The Frank Llyod Wright Inspired Stained Glass Experts

If you are looking for the perfect accent for your home and are as inspired as we are by the works of the master Frank Lloyd Wright, contact us today for a free, on-site consultation and allow your home to be graced with a piece of design history! Just like there is no more a master of the Modern Prairie Style than Frank Llyod Wright–there is no better company to recreate a Wright inspired stained glass window than Scottish Stained Glass.

Stained Glass For The Modern Age

Posted May 9th, 2017 by Martin Faith

Stained Glass Windows As Art

When most people think of stained glass they likely immediately associated it with churches–and they wouldn’t be amiss. Probably the next most popular applications in the mind of the general public are the victorian or craftsman era of design. In fact, many people who own a home built in one of those periods have antique stained glass somewhere in their house already. This is because during those eras designers like Frank Lloyd Wright made the connection between home decor and stained glass and happily the “new” tradition continues in decor today. At Scottish Stained Glass we are happy to carry on the work of a design genius such as Frank Lloyd Wright and others who so heavily influenced the stained glass we see on homes today.

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Transom Window By Scottish Stained Glass

Practical Reasons For Stained Glass

While stained glass is without a doubt a stunning work of art is often called a “practical art”, as it’s an extremely versatile medium and can be customized to suit nearly any design style or taste.  In the modern era we live in, it can be used in almost any room in the in a house (bathroom, kitchen, living room, entryway) and used functionally as a room divider or fireplace screen. It is a true workhorse, functioning as both art and as a practical solution for privacy issues.
Some additional reasons why you might consider installing stained glass:
• Stained glass is a beautiful privacy option– especially useful for spaces like bathrooms or bedrooms.
• Stained glass can block an unattractive view like a vacant lot or a close neighbor
• Stained glass can express your personal tastes and act as a centerpiece for a design overhaul.
No matter where you put a stained glass window, you are sure to enjoy the elegance it provides. In fact, like most of our customers, you will probably find reasons to fall in love with it all over again day in and day out.

If you live in Colorado and are considering a stained glass window to brighten your decor, contact Scottish Stained glass today and let’s get going an heirloom quality piece of glass for you and your family to enjoy for generations to come!

 

A Hidden Piece Of Architectural History in Kansas City

Posted January 11th, 2017 by Martin Faith

Frank Llyod Wright’s Kansas City Masterpiece

At Scottish Stained glass, works of art, stained glass or otherwise, are what inspire us day to day. Take for instance a historical gem hidden deep in one of our largest market cities: Kansas City. Lying low amid a bustling single family home neighborhood is an unassuming but spectacular church building on the corner of 46th street and Main. While the beauty and individuality of the church are evident upon first glance, the very famous architect of this unassuming chapel may not be. When in fact, The Community Christian Church building, in the heart of the Kansas suburbs, was designed by no other than Frank Lloyd Wright himself. The congregation of the church has been around since the 1890’s, but after the destruction of their building by fire, in 1939, the design and construction of this new church building, under the direction of Frank Lloyd Wright, went underway in 1940. His mission “to build the church of the future”, was realized in 1942.

The hallmark design style of the Frank Lloyd Wright is still very evident today. A geometric interior roof paneling and a stylized hallway gate whisper of Frank’s touch.

While the geometric exterior and bold auditorium seats speak more loudly in the distinct design voice of the great American architect.

Although there is no stained glass on the original structure, one can find a lovely piece of Frank Lloyd style stained glass sitting unpretentiously on the square add-on building protruding from the Hexagon section. These windows, although not designed by Wright himself, do justice to his exquisite style. With so much history by such a famous designer, this quiet church will be forever an icon for Frank Lloyd Wright admirers worldwide and a must visit for any true fan of his work.

Kansas City’s Stained Glass Experts

As stained glass artists, it’s treasures like, a community church with stunning details tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood, that keep us motivated. We work hard on our customer’s stained glass, large or small to make them beautiful for the sake of beauty–much like the master himself. We emulate the Frank Lloyd Wright style and have a deep appreciation for simple beauty, as did he. If you are looking for a stained glass window and like the Frank Lloyd Wright style, contact us today. We will do a free consultation and get you on your way to having a little piece of classic beauty in your home or church.

5 Great Prairie Stained Glass Applications for Your Kansas City Home

Posted September 6th, 2016 by Martin Faith

Due to its connection with several homes built in the area by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, prairie style stained glass is extremely popular in Kansas City homes. The artistic appearance of prairie stained glass is appealing to those seeking to add a bit of modern or contemporary flare to their home. Its incredibly unique design often features symmetrical patterns, geometric shapes, and bright, warm colors. When placed in exactly the right spot, it has the ability to selectively allow sunlight to enter the room and can highlight specific architectural features of your home.

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Prairie style stained glass makes a beautiful addition to any home and can serve as a captivating focal point for your guests. When your visitors enter your home, they will instantly be drawn to its vivid colors and sophisticated design. For this reason, the designers at Scottish Stained Glass thoroughly enjoy creating custom prairie style stained glass artwork that is elegant and unique. And because we love the style so much, we’ve put together this list of our five favorite prairie stained glass applications for Kansas City homes.

1. Prairie Stained Glass for Private Entryways


Your entryway is the first impression that guests have of your home. Installing a unique prairie stained glass piece in your door or sidelights can create a gorgeous design for your front room or foyer and provide you with a bit of privacy from the outside world.

2. Prairie Stained Glass for Kitchens and Cabinets


Due to long-established traditions, many people tend to spend a large amount of time with their family and guests in their kitchen. If you enjoy throwing parties or entertaining, prairie style stained glass can give your kitchen the extra touch of liveliness and color it needs to make it the perfect place for hosting special events.

3. Prairie Stained Glass in Bathroom Windows


Because many appliances are often white or stainless steel, bathrooms are typically one of the rooms in a house that can benefit from a bit of added color. Prairie style stained glass offers the perfect solution for adding elegance and color to bathrooms while protecting your privacy.

4. Decorative Hallway Prairie Stained Glass


Decorating a hallway or stairway can sometimes be a tricky task and may create a desire for variation from the typical arrangement of picture frames and paintings. Adding prairie stained glass in these areas can be a fun and creative way to enhance the interior design of your home.

5. Transom Prairie Stained Glass


Stained glass transoms are a beautiful way to let natural light enter your home and also add height and depth to your rooms. We just love the way that prairie stained glass allows the sunlight to brighten up a room.

Custom Prairie Stained Glass for Your Kansas City Home

Has looking at all this prairie stained glass in Kansas City got you feeling inspired? Call Scottish Stained Glass today to get a custom stained glass piece for your home!

Celtic Stained Glass Door

Posted February 10th, 2014 by Martin Faith

At Scottish Stained Glass, we are proud to create windows that mirror our own heritage, like this beautiful Celtic stained glass door. Celtic knots go back centuries and have been found within many cultures, but they are most often associated with Scottish and Irish heritage. This particular piece is a beautiful example of how the Celtic style can translate into a home.

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Celtic, Deco, Floral or Prairie Style Stained Glass… How Do You Choose?

Posted March 12th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Not to mention Aspen, contemporary, Art Nouveau, traditional, and many many other types. What are we referring to? All the different styles you have to choose from when you decide to add some Scottish Stained Glass windows or doors to your home.

So how do you choose?

Well, if you’ve already got a style in mind, it’s easy. If not, your home’s era and architecture might inform your decision.

Stained Glass Choices for Victorian or Older Homes

Perhaps your home is Victorian. If so, a traditional style like a floral or Celtic pattern would suit it perfectly. Or one of the stunning designs influenced by the famed Scottish watercolorist and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. (If you are not familiar with Mackintosh’s work, click here and prepare to be delighted by vibrant color and striking patterns.) You might even want to purchase antique stained glass panels, instead of having new ones created.

Perhaps you have decorated your home with Deco touches. One of our Deco stained glass window designs would be a delightful complement. You could choose colors to match your décor, contrast with it, or even no color at all – the choice guaranteed to match any interior forever.

Stained Glass Choices for Modern Homes

Perhaps your home is modern and minimalist? Our signature Aspen collection (after all, Scottish Stained Glass was founded in Denver, land of the spectacular Rockies and its endless forests of Aspen trees) might be the perfect match. Or a Prairie Style inspired geometric design might be the perfect fit.

However, for most homes these days, there are a wide variety of stained glass styles that would suit. So that brings us again back to our original question, how do you choose?

This is where our custom design process enters the picture. Regardless of how many styles we have to choose from, each piece of stained glass we make is custom made to order, and hand built by one of our specially trained artisans.

A member of our expert stained glass design team will visit you at your home, free of charge, bearing inspiration in the form of many photos of different designs, patterns, styles and types of glass. If you have an idea in mind, she might sketch it out freehand on graph paper, till it looks like what you want. If not, our designers will work with you, making suggestions as to what would work best in your home.

Colored glass or clear? Pastels or jewel tones? Textured glass or smooth? An delicate, intricate pattern or a big, bold one?

All of these things will change the look and feel of your finished piece, and along with that the look and feel of the room you install it in, of course. (Some of them will change the price too, namely whether you choose an intricate pattern with dozens of pieces or a simpler design with bigger shapes.)

Please don’t let the amount of choices daunt you in the slightest. After all, our more than 15,000 previous customers didn’t, why should you? Contact our design team today for an estimate, to answer any questions or to get the ball rolling.

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