Jan 242013

It is fun to look at homes from the past and today.  They reveal so much about the people who live in them and the times in which they lived. My list of trends to watch for in 2013 combine classicism with technology,  the imagination and the creativity of today’s artists, designers, artisans and craftsmen.

Stone Is In

Donatella Versace’s new boutique in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood was created in collaboration with London architect Jamie Fobert, who combines clean, contemporary lines with old-world artisanal touches.  The mosaic-tile floor was inspired by Roman basilicas.


“It’s a celebration of the house’s love for both ancient and modern,” Versace says of the space.  Laser cutting technology enables the creation of complex flooring options today.

Love this fabulous design from Country Floors.

Artistic Tile has a beautiful selection of stone.

Predict you will be seeing a lot of white marble.

Artistic Tile installation.

With the increased desire for environmentally friendly alternatives, stone and the look of stone surfaces is a winner.

Lighting using natural crystals and shells.  Corbett Lighting was recognized with one of the industry’s most prestigious honors, the 23rd annual ARTS Award – again.  Nominations are made once a year in advance by an independent panel of judges and awards are determined by votes from independent retailers, manufacturers and designers, sales representatives and other industry professionals.  Here is one of my favorites.  The Dolcetti with mixed shells and crystals.



Classical design embraces details.  Details such as perfectly placed and selected ornamentation.  When adding ornamentation,  less can be more if the scale, proportion, placement and style of the embellishment is appropriate to the architecture.

Old details can provide lots of character and it’s easy with today’s faux finishing products to create aged details and walls.

A great lighting detail is adding our Beaux-Artes recessed chandelier to your recessed lighting.

Walls Are In

Where the decoration is the wall.

Love the Beaux-Artes wall panels to achieve classical symmetry.  The panels are sold as a kit which includes the ornamental corners and 16′ of molding.  They come in 27 finishes, are easy to install.  $199 for a kit.  Use them alone or with wallcovering,  a faux finish or canvas.  Beaux-Artes’ Georgian wall panel with Georgian Canvas Panel.

 I took this design from a historical wall panel.  It looks great just in shades of grey.  Which brings me to my next trend grisaille.  An elegant addition to a monochromatic color scheme.  And is great with accent colors.

Grisaille Walls and Accessories

Zuber Wallpaper

Suzanne Rheinstein grisaille from her book At Home.

 Stone Angels Wallpaper

Tara Shaw grisaille chair

Upholstered Beds

Loving this wingback headboard. This is Bethany Frankel’s bedroom as shown in February/March Traditional Home.

The Company Store headboard.   A beautiful backdrop of wall panels for the wingback headboard.








 January 24, 2013  Posted by at 4:57 pm Classically Speaking, Interior Design, Wall Treatments  Add comments

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