Rundale Palace was the location for the BBC miniseries War & Peace, starring Lilly James from Downton Abbey.
A client who loves the Baroque style wanted me to see the Throne Room/Gilded Room wall panels.
The panels are an amazing example of Scagliola. See my blog The Art of Scagliola Today. In addition to the scagliola panels, my client is interested in large ornament for her Great Room. The ornament is fabulous.
Rundale is considered the Versailles of the Baltic. The land was purchased in 1735 by Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron for a summer residence. The Baroque palace was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Construction began in 1736, but proceeded slowly because part of the materials and resources were transferred to the construction of Jelgava Palace, a project which was more important for the duke.
Jelgava Palace or Mitava Palace is the largest Baroque-style palace in the Baltic states.
Today, Rundale Palace is one of the major tourist destinations in Latvia. It is also used for the accommodation of notable guests, such as the leaders of foreign nations. The palace and the surrounding gardens are now a museum.
The miniseries is so well done. Eight episodes in incredible rooms with gorgeous period costumes. Another wonderful room is White Hall.
White Hall underwent a 10 year renovation.
I found these great closeups of the plaster work.
So beautiful. The artistry is amazing. I am ready to visit. And there is more…..
Riga is the capital of Latvia. It is famous for some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
Latvia is home to the widest waterfall in Europe: Ventas Rumba, at 110 m (360 ft) wide, though only 2 m high.
Riga is the birthplace of the Christmas tree (500 years ago).
More beautiful rooms from Rundale Palace.
Scagiola panels and large hand painted ornament.
Ceiling Medallion in a Premium Finish.
Rundale Entrance Stairway
Really love this hand painted garland. Subtle and elegant.
The ornament in this room is very unique.
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Significant Embellishments are the details that make a space fabulous. I am so excited to offer this triple giveaway of amazing embellishments with a combined value of $1,000. This blog has never been about giveaways so I am thrilled to offer it to my greatly appreciated readers.
We choose our surroundings, our settings, the stage against which we live our lives, detail by detail. Classical design embraces embellishments with artistry from the time when artisans and masters of crafts practiced skills to create timeless works of art. One such company is Atelier Textiles. A European designer and maker of luxurious soft furnishings and hand-embellished fabrics for some of the world’s most beautiful residential and commercial interiors, TV, film sets and super yachts. It incorporated English Home in September 2015 and is the exclusive supplier of their unique sheer curtain panels and dramatic home furnishing designs. I wrote this blog about English Home in 2013 as they furnished embellishments for two of my favorite shows; Downton Abbey and the Tudors. This UK company of skilled artisan machinists create beautiful and intricate special embroidery effects. Continuing thousands of years of inspirational tradition, these techniques are passed down from generation to generation.
Best Dressed Windows and Beds by Atelier Textiles
With fabric this magnificent the windows are dressed to perfection.
Regina Collection – Ivory Silk Gold Taffeta appliques on Velvet Curtain Panels
Constance Terracotta Collection – Red Crushed Velvet Panels with Bright Gold Taffeta Appliques and Champagne Net Sheer Panel Fabric with Bright gold taffeta and Terracotta rayon velvet.
Florence Collection – Claret Velvet Panels with Gold Taffeta Appliques. Their collections include standard and custom size curtain panels and sheer panels, decorative cushions, bedding and throws.
Florence Collection Bedding and Cushions
Anouska Hempel – Cole Park – Florence Cushions
Atelier offers their distinctive pieces on linen, cotton, silk, velvet and net in a choice of over 30 beautiful base (or ground) fabrics.
Devon Collection on Cotton Muslin
Chatsworth on Sky Blue Linen with Ivory Taffeta Applique. Love this. Using linen changes the look dramatically.
Chatsworth Sheer Panel
Whitehall in Taupe Velvet
Atelier can create custom color combinations and sizes that larger textile houses cannot. They also offer design services for coordinating pelmets and other accessories. Link for their 2016 Brochure.
Aetelier Textiles is offering a pair of velvet cushion covers valued at $280 for our giveaway.
Wallace Antique Velvet Cushions in Terracotta 20″ x 20″
Change is a constant. Nothing is stagnant. That is what is so great about classics, whether it is fabulous embroidered soft goods or incorporating ornament into your home. Classics evolve in the setting they are in. They have the ability to exist easily in any setting, embellishing a contemporary or classic setting.
Our second fabulous giveaway is offered by A French Cartouche in exterior Resin valued at $316.88. It is a perfect significant embellishment for a door header, inside or out. It measures 36″ x 24″ x 3″ relief. Not to limit your creativity since it would look beautiful in many applications. Here is some inspiration on the header application. .
French Cartouche R27057
Here the ornament has been glued directly to the wall with no additional mouldings. The Cartouche would be perfect used in this manner. Paint the cartouche before installation if the wall does not need to be painted. Otherwise, install the resin ornament and then paint it and the surrounding wall.
This design is a double door but the ornament has been glued directly to the wall and a small moulding frames the entire doorway. The ornament is the same color as the walls and probably has a glaze which shows off the beautiful carving.
The cartouche can be glued to the wall over the door with adhesive caulk and then frame the door and header with molding.
This exterior entrance ornament was done by Beaux-Arts. It is also made by Decorators Supply.
Another application is using the ornament as a fireplace focal point.
Our third fabulous giveaway is offered by Beaux-Arts Classic Products, a $300 Decorative Grille(s) Gift Certificate.
Decorative grilles are significant embellishments which totally transform unattractive louvered heating and air conditioning vent covers and more. Beaux-Arts describes their products as decorative solutions for modern intrusions. Since everyone has different grille sizes and needs, the $300 gift certificate can be applied to the purchase any of their beautiful decorative grilles; including filter grilles, supply grilles, speaker grilles or foundation grilles. They are cast from an industrial quality urethane resin, which faithfully reproduces the hand carved detail of their historic originals. In addition, urethane resin is impervious to water and can be used in damp or wet locations, such as a decorative cover for your bathroom exhaust fan, or in and around an indoor swimming pool. All the grilles are available in 14 finishes developed by Beaux-Arts to infuse metallic powders into the front surface of the mold prior to casting, resulting in a cold-fused metallic plated surface, which is virtually maintenance free. Pre-drilled screw-holes and all necessary hardware are provided to make installation easy.
Shown here is a Louis XIV style decorative grille 14″ x 24″. The grilles are for wall and ceiling applications.
This Louis XIV decorative grille is perfect for this painted ceiling.
Arts and Crafts Style Decorative Grille 20″ x 24″ in Dark Bronze Finish. The Arts and Crafts Style decorative grilles are available in 70 different sizes.
Arts and Crafts Filter Grille in Nickel
Industrial Filter grille Before
Decorative Arts and Crafts Filter Grille in Dark Bronze
12″ Speaker Grille $99.
Industrial Ceiling Speakers
Decorative Ceiling Speakers
Foundation Crawl Space Vent Cover in Louis XIV style $199. Shown in Rubbed Bronze.
Industrial Crawl Space Cover
Arts and Crafts Decorative Foundation Crawl Space Cover
There is really nothing on the market like this decorative solution for unattractive foundation grilles. It comes with a plug for cold weather and a screen for ventilation in the summer.
The Giveaway Details
You can participate in all three giveaways, or focus on your favorite. For each giveaway you have up to 3 ways to win. So if you choose all 3 giveaways you have 9 chances to win. However, you can only win one prize. So if you happen to be so lucky as to win 2 of the giveaways we will contact you for your preference.
Atelier Textiles Wallace Cushion Covers Giveaway
- Visit Atelier Textiles by clicking here, take a look at their collections and return to the blog and comment on a favorite item or two.
- For a second chance to win, visit Atelier Textiles on Houzz and leave a comment.
- Third chance to win, Like them on Facebook by clicking here.
Decorators Supply Exterior/Interior French Cartouche Giveaway
- Visit Decorators Supply by clicking here, check out whatever is of interest and return to the blog and comment on a favorite item or two.
- Second chance, visit Decorators Supply on Houzz and leave a comment.
- Third chance, Like them on Facebook by clicking here.
Beaux-Arts Classic Products Grille Gift Certificate Giveaway
- Visit Beaux-Arts Classic Products Decorative Grilles Collection here, and return to the blog and comment on the grille(s) you would like for the giveaway.
- Second chance, Like this Blog post on Facebook.
- Third chance, Visit Pinterest Board Great Products for the Home here, and Like or Pin a Product
In all cases to qualify you must do Step 1 of the giveaway(s) you are interested in. The deadline for comments is Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm EST . The winners will be annouced May 26th.