Since its very beginnings when it was first used by ancient civilizations to create jewelry and pottery, stained glass has remained extremely popular over the years. However, as an art form, it has evolved greatly. No longer are stained glass windows solely designed for use in religious architecture.
Now stained glass is extremely common in apartment buildings and single family homes, especially those in the Houston area. Just take a drive through the areas of Boulevard Oaks or Houston Heights and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about. And one of the most popular places residents like to put stained glass in their Houston home is their entryway.
Will Mackintosh Inspired Stained Glass Work With The Design Of Your Houston Home?
Mackintosh stained glass has been re-emerging in the 21st century and it is no mystery as to why– it is fabulous! At Houston Stained Glass Houston we are getting more questions each day about this trendsetting Scottish artisan and whether his designs will work with homes in Houston. Most people have heard the name Charles Rennie Mackintosh but are aware exactly what his style looks like and the sheer breadth of his work. His is an art form that could arguably be called the hallmark of an entire generation. So our answer, when people ask us if Mackintosh style stained glass is right for their home is a resounding yes! Not only because Mackintosh’s designs were so lovely but because there is simply so much of it to pull inspiration from! has so much work to pull from. Read below to better understand Mackintosh’s body of work
The Luxurious Look Of Mackintosh Stained Glass
As a designer Charles Mackintosh was prolific. Part of what draws people to his work is the supreme minimalism that characterizes it. Stained glass windows inspired by his work often include clean lines, bold pops of color surrounded by clear geometric panes and natural motifs.
The Mackintosh rose is by far his crowning achievement. Beautiful, elegant and floral, without ever coming across flowery, it is a stunning motif achieved with very few lines superbly placed. Look at the example below to see it’s genius!
Mackintosh Style Stained Glass For Your Houston Home
You can probably see the universal appeal of Mackintosh stained glass just by the pictures above. His body of work is still stunning and somehow as relevant today as it was over 100 years ago. Having this style of stained glass in your home will add modern beauty but still a sense of nostalgia to your interior design. At Houston Stained Glass we specialize in vintage styles of stained glass-like Mackintosh and are highly skilled at bringing older styles to life in modern homes and would love to do so for you.
Watch the video below to see more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh:
When looking for custom stained glass like this or any style, contact us for more information and to schedule a design consultation.
Stained glass may seem like an easy medium to take care of– many Houston property owners assume that they’re low maintenance requirements are similar to other windows and glass products. Stained glass actually requires unique, specialized care that differs from other windows and glass panels. Providing the proper care can actually promote longer lifespan in addition to keeping it in wonderful condition. Properly cared for stained glass can really increase property value and improve curb appeal, continue inspiring congregations, attract new customers, and much more. Continue Reading
You likely have heard the term mid-century modern because it seems to be all the rage these days. That is understandable because it is a pretty fantastic home style. What you may not realize is this design style and many others were inspired, in large part by a designer called Frank Lloyd Wright. He was a talented and prolific architect/designer who is widely recognized as the grandfather of many different interiors and architectural styles that are still revered and as relevant today as they were when he lived–in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much acclaim is given to the Prairie Style which basically was a philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright invented and had a passion for. Today it is still one of the most popular stained glass styles on the market, and for good reason–it is lovely. Read below to find out why.
What Is Prairie Style Stained Glass?
When you think about something as simple as the prairie, you probably imagine endless fields and crisp horizon lines stretching on for miles and miles unabated. This type of expanse filled full of light and openness is precisely what Wright wanted to convey in his architecture and stained glass. Dramatic horizontal lines that zig-zagged meticulously without intrusion into the inside or outside world are hallmarks of Wright’s work. He was intensely interested in how light entered a room and considered it, as well as the glass, an integral part of the design of a house. He was obsessed with the integrity of the materials he used, from stone to wood to glass and everything in between. This meant he did not want to try and hide or change the glass but rather allow the glass to exist as itself in the chosen environment. Similarly, he wanted everything he designed in the Prairie Style to harmonize with a natural setting–not interfere.
The results, as you can see, were amazing.
His work was ahead of its time and considered modern in the 19th and 20th centuries, but somehow had echoes of a simpler, more natural time. It ended up that it was just as at home in the natural world as it was in an urban setting, yet still, the echoes of nature were unmistakable. His use of colors was limited but bold and he had a penchant towards mixing pops of color with mostly clear glass. His intersecting lines allowed his prairie style work to be both outstanding but still at peace the natural world all around. Frank Lloyd Wright was definitely ahead of his time but the sheer uniqueness and breadth of his work, lead us to believe no matter what era he lived in he would still be a pioneer of his day.
Watch the video below for more information on Prairie style stained glass:
Houston Stained Glass For All Your Prairie Style Stained Glass Needs
At Houston Stained Glass we greatly respect the genius that is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style. We create glass in this style for our customers to honor him and to keep the legacy of artistic perfection alive today. If you are interested in a prairie style stained glass window for your Houston home, contact us today for more information and to schedule a design consultation with one of our Prairie Style experts.
Many of our clients and potential customers ask us, “What is Scottish Stained Glass?” and wonder how it differs from other stained glass methods available in today’s market. Houston Stained Glass, presented by Scottish Stained Glass, is proud of our renowned custom stained glass process and proprietary techniques that are true only to Scottish Stained Glass. Continue Reading
Houston Stained Glass is proud to have helped so many in our community by restoring their treasured stained glass pieces. Antique stained glass can contain a lot of monetary and sentimental value, making restoration a vital process. We’ve completed hundreds of commercial and residential restoration projects, and would love to help you get started on your Houston home’s stained glass restoration.
Fully Restore Stained Glass to its Original Beauty by Contacting Experienced Professionals
Our renowned restoration process has taken the nation by storm, helping communities all over the United States with their stained glass preservation. Stained glass typically starts to deteriorate around the 75 – 100 year mark, showing disintegration factors, warped glass, and more. With our proper restoration process, Houston homeowners can actually get another 100 years add to their stained glass’ life until it’s ready for its next restoration. All of our happy clients are stunned after we’ve completed restoration due to the luminous, fresh new look their stained glass features. Our team of local stained glass artisans are happy give back to the community, preserving these stained glass panels for generations to come.
Contact a Stained Glass Designer Who is an Expert in Repair and Restoration
We’ve completed over 70,000 custom stained glass pieces, repairs, and restorations. Our extensive experience allows us to determine if your stained glass qualifies for repair, restoration, or replacement. We understand all the different processes used in the past for stained glass creation, and are well-equipped to repair or restore any piece from any time period. Restoration is definitely one of our strong suits– our portfolio showcases that skill and we’re always happy to conduct an on-site assessment of whatever stained glass you may have in question.
For more information regarding residential stained glass repair in your Houston home or for a free consultation, please give us a call: (832) 548-4955
Many churches consider stained glass window repair or restoration at one time or another in the church history. As we have found one of the most common hesitations is worrying about the length of time it will take to make said repairs. While we would like to tell you that all repairs are easy and done in as little as one day–there are some repairs that take much, much longer. To find out about how long repairs for various issues on your Houston church’s stained glass window will take–read below.
Stained Glass Cleaning Time Frame
For the most part, stained glass cleaning can take as little as a day for most small to medium churches. Large Cathedrals or churches with very tall windows may take a bit longer because of difficulty in reaching the windows.
Minor Repairs To Broken Stained Glass Pieces Timeframe
Smaller repairs such as replacing a few isolated pieces of broken glass can be done rather quickly by a trained professional. This work, typically called a “drop-in,” “stop-in,” or “open-lead” repair, simple means soldering the joint and replace small pieces of broken glass. Zinc caming can take longer, folding it back to repair or replace the old glass, and resoldering the joints.
Replacement Stained Glass Timeframe
Replacement glass that exactly or closely matches the original piece can be very difficult to find, costly to make and requires more time to complete. This is because when we replicate glass there are so many glass colors and textures produced, often times with “secret” formulas, it sometimes requires numerous iterations to get it right.
Structural Repairs On Stained Glass Timeframe
This includes things like windows that have detached from the saddle bars and begun to sag, bulge, and bow, In this case, we must first remove the glass piece by piece and then repair or rebuild the entire frame structure, then repair the glass and re-install it. This takes the longest time–sometimes up to a year! But is well worth it for both monetary and sentimental value of your Houston church’s stained glass windows.
Check this video out for more information:
To get the best idea about how long your Houston church’s stained glass repair or restoration will take, contact us for a free, on-site estimate of time and cost.
Houston residents agree that it is always a great time to invest more into their homes, increase curb appeal, and find a way to make their home stand out. Have you been looking for a quick, starter home renovation project to get your feet wet? Have you considered stained glass but are ensure of proper placement? Here are our top five favorite places to install stained glass in any Houston home! We hope to inspire your next home renovation!
Among Houston’s consistently changing residential landscape, there are still many traditional Victorian homes and Craftsman style bungalows. Even in some of the more urbanized communities in Houston, there are still touches of eclectic architecture. The traditional look of floral stained glass is a great addition to any Houston home!
Design Process of Floral Stained Glass in Your Houston Home
Our portfolio features hundreds of traditional floral stained glass, mostly custom pieces that are really a unique collection of their own. Our signature morning glories have become quite popular for their vivid colors yet simple and elegant design. Some other regional favorites are our Columbines and Indian Paintbrushes. For our Scottish clients, Thistles and the Glasgow rose have been custom incorporated as well. Why not embrace that Texas heritage and custom design Bluebonnets to really show your Houston pride?
With endless color, design, and texture options, our experienced team of local glass artisans can help you piece together the perfect floral stained glass additions for your Houston home!
Benefits of Floral Stained Glass in Your Houston Home
Along with the beautiful, elegant look floral stained glass offers, it can double in functionality with a wonderful privacy factor. If privacy is an issue you’d like to address with your custom stained glass, our stained glass experts can help you pick out the right glass to block out all unwanted views from outside your home. Depending on the placement of your floral stained glass in your Houston home, privacy can definitely be a significant factor in your design process.
Another factor to think about when designing your floral stained glass is if you’d like to block out some of that harsh Texas sunlight or you’d like to let that beautiful, natural sunlight into your Houston home. Our stained glass experts can definitely tailor your floral stained glass to do either.
Did you know that Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass can make a beautiful addition to Houston’s craftsman homes? Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass, also referred to prairie stained glass, first found its origin in craftsman homes. Prairie style stained glass was one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most important contributions to modern art and architecture and even remains high in popularity today.