Vous vous êtes déjà demandé pourquoi votre plafond ressemble aux voûtes d'une cathédrale gothique ? Ou bien pourquoi le bâtiment où vous travaillez est si différent des autres ? L' ABC des Styles vous invite à explorer les différents styles de l'architecture et de la décoration intérieures, depuis l'Antiquité jusqu'aux années quarante. Des châteaux et palaces de l'aristocratie française aux églises monastiques dominicaines du Moyen Âge, partez en voyage à travers l'Histoire ! Souvent, les bouleversements politiques impliquent des transformations dans les styles artistiques. En Europe, plusieurs styles ont tiré leur nom d'un souverain ou d'une période historique ("style Louis XIV", "style Régence"). Jusqu'à la fin du xixe siècle, c'est généralement la royauté qui dictait la mode en matière de styles, ce qui constituait alors un signe de pouvoir.
Ever wondered why your ceiling is shaped like the arches in a gothic cathedral? Or why your offi ce building looks so different from its neighboring counterparts? The ABC of Style invites you to explore the many different architectural and decorative interior styles from their ancient origins to the 1940s. Take a journey
through history to see how the French aristocracy styled their palaces and castles to the simple designs of the Dominican monastic churches during the middle ages.
Often, political changes implicate a stylistic transformation. Thus, the different European styles were frequently named after a sovereign or a historical period (Renaissance style, Medieval style). Until the end of the nineteenth century, the stylistic mutations of the time were generally based on the tastes of the royalty. Stylistic expression was, therefore, an affirmation of power.
Walking the ocean front near their property, Keeghan and Will find a bottle containing a portrait of a royal family dated in the 19th century. This inspires an ongoing dream. Princess Natasha grew up knowing her parents wanted another boy, not a daughter. Raised in a sheltered environment, her only friends were her brothers and Nanny. An innocent swim brings a chance encounter, where she discovers a different life exists beyond the walls of the castle. Underprivileged children become her salvation and she dreams of a better life, a normal life. Conflicted, Natasha must risking hurting her family to help them. Told the story is important to her, Keeghan is determined to learn why it dominates her subconscious.
Convinced her dream is based on something historic, modern day couple William and Keeghan fly to Kassima to search through university archives. With hopes that the orphanage still exists, seeing the building would make the trip perfect. Keegan's dream continues. Hope and Stewart move into the orphanage. Having read the diary, Hope desperately wants the world to evolve according to her dreams. Mother Nature rears her ugly side, leaving Hope powerless as the people she loves put their lives in jeopardy. Will her family survive? Digging deep, she must find an inner strength. She risks her own life, ignoring her doctor's warning, attempting to have a family. Is there a future for the Donovans?
The future of the Venderkemp orphanage is still in question. Only one family member is interested in carrying on the family business. Does that soft spoken, introvert have the emotional strength needed to manage the orphanage? Another tragedy and a difficult decision pulls the family together, tightening the family bond. Hope faces internal battles as conflicting values spin against her hopes and dreams.
Prince Samir A'Del Sharif is a sexy, sarcastic, bad boy and more trouble than ultraconservative Delilah Jordan has ever known When she was a child, Delilah Jordan's Nadiarian father signed a marriage contract from his deathbed to ensure his daughter's future. Her outraged American mother whisks her back to the states and never says a word. Years later she discovers that the contract was never dissolved. Shocked, but sure her husband will not want to be married either she set out for Nadiar to end her inconvenient marriage. She doesn't count on her attraction to her husband. Prince Samir A'Del Sharif is also stunned to discover that the marriage is still valid. The last thing the cynical playboy wants is a wife-- even if she is a sensual beauty. Honor bound by a promise made to her hero-father, he cannot give her the quiet divorce she seeks. If she convinces her family to allow him out of the arrangement he will grant her request. But after waiting twenty years for the return of her granddaughter the matriarch of the family will never agree to anything that takes Delilah away from them again.
With oil wells springing up like weeds and the Bedouins getting restless, what's a modern Nadiarian prince to do? Before he can deal with domestic issues Prince Yousef A'del Sharif must deal with the arrival if his college sweetheart, Honor McPherson. Their passionate affair lasted through his year of graduate school at Harvard. But when it came time to return to the oil-rich nation, Honor wasn't ready to follow. He took her reluctance for rejection and they parted ways. One year later Honor hesitantly touches down in Nadiar to be with her ailing father, who works for the royal family. And she has reason to be nervous. Yousef left her with more than a broken heart. She has his son. Yousef is livid and wants revenge. But to insure his parental rights with the child, he must instead convince her to marry him by any means necessary. But can he win over her heart when he played on her deepest fears to make her stay?
London 1776 Dominic Blake, Earl of Vale, is a young man of privilege and breeding whose world is turned upside-down by Jack, a beautiful young girl in boys' clothing whom he finds sheltering on his doorstep after fleeing an attack by her abusive brother. Despite leaving his protection, Jack is once more destined to enter Dominic's life when, injured in a horse race, Dominic is forced to rusticate to his father's estate and again meets Jack in her boyish guise. In turn, she becomes his pupil and his love and despite danger and misunderstandings, this is the story of their unconventional and delightful courtship.
THE ROYAL PRINCE OF TOUZAR BELIEVES EVERY WOMAN HAS A PRICE. Prince Hamid Khalid is not looking for love. Since coming of age he has watched a carnival-like parade of women vie for his attention. But they are more interested in his title and bank account than his sardonic personality. UNTIL HE MEETS A WOMAN WHO CAN'T BE BOUGHT. Amanda Wilkes, abuse survivor and hard-core feminist isn't looking for love either. Especially not with a sexy chauvinist like the prince. Opening an international community center under his direction in the exotic Middle Eastern country, however is a job of a lifetime. While working in close proximity an attraction develops. The two decide to share a purely physical, unemotional, relationship. The affair works well until the unthinkable happened.
With seven older brothers, Rashid Mansour Khalid, black sheep of the ruling family of Touzar will never ascend to the throne. Just as well because the former mercenary has no interest in a royal life. After four years in Afghanistan, he moves to Boston and provides private security to diplomats. His new client-- the king of neighboring Nadiar. Assignment-- provide security for Princess Mona. The catch-- don't let her know she is being protected while she attends graduate school in Boston. Mona A'Del Sharif led a sheltered existence. She wants to finish her education in The States while having a typical American experience; sharing an apartment with roommates and working a part-time job. However, she isn't looking for romance, especially from a sexy alpha-male like Rashid. He insists that because they share similar cultures that he will watch over her. When a romantic relationship develops, Mona battles with her conscience. She knows what is expected of her as a Nadiarian princess and it does not include losing her heart and soul to a working class man. Falling for the client wasn't part of Rashid's plan either. But will she be relieved or shattered when she learns he hasn't been honest about who and what he is?