Inspirations and How To Get The Look

Sep 162014

I just love this look.  Classical wall panels with comfortable upholstered headboard and furnishings.  The walls need nothing else.  They look elegant , have artistry and establish symmetry.  The wall panels are available from Decorators Supply.

decorators supply wall panels

The panel center ornamentation #9894   24″ x 19-3/4″  $367

panel center ornamentation

Love large ornamentation that is beautifully carved as a center feature framed with  large multiple wall panels with decorative corners.

wall panels with ornamentation

Create your own panel design.  Here are some great centers from Decorators Supply and a Link to our Blog about Decorators Supply and Composition Ornament.

#27057  French Cartouche 36″ x 24″ x 3″ $301.79.  Available in Resin.

French Cartouche

#11628  8-1/4″ x 23-1/2″ $138.48.  Composition ornament.

urn #5538 Empire 28″ x 29″ x 1/2″ Relief $442.84.

empire ornament

Trend Alert  Look for lots of inspiration from fashion and design during the 1930’s, ’40s, and  ’50s; particularly the work of George Stacey.  He was a master of blending the old with the cutting edge.

George Stacey

Fireplace Surround

Fireplace surround

George Stacey designed for Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner, Babe Paley, Diana Vreeland and Frances Cheney.  Check out  Maureen Footer’s book,  George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic.

George Stacey

Ava Gardner

Diana Vreeland

Living Room by George Stacey

Babe Paley

Diana VreelandThat American Chic Style included glimmering satin banquettes; pale, painted neoclassical antiques; and bold-hued walls.  Check out today’s chic style setters using pale painted neoclassical antiques, shimmering metallics, yummy pastels and jewel tones.

satin banquettes

pastel chair

painted chest





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Pastel Pink for fashions and interiors.

pastel pink coat

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1930s Bed Design



Another great book; Veranda A Passion for Living: Houses of Style and Inspiration.

A Passion For Living Houses of Style and Inspiration

Blush handbags

Kate Spade

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Mar 312014

Designing with ornamentation seems to be a lost art, but we at Beaux-Artes believe there is a revival occurring.  Some of the most beautiful published rooms have architectural details and ornamentation.  Rooms that are beautiful without any furnishings.



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A trend we see is adding ornamentation to the ‘room’.  To transform a fireplace by adding ornamentation.



To transform large expanses of drywall with wall panels.

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To create one of a kind doors.



A client has asked me to create a door design which will be used on her bedroom doors.  It has been an interesting design process which I thought would benefit our readers.  When we began, our design inspiration was this gorgeous door.  I researched ornament possibilities on the Decorators Supply website.  Note the relief of the ornament on this door.  By the time I did a number of designs my client realized she wanted heavy ornament.


The website has pictures for most of their ornament which can be saved and used to layout your ornamentation design.  You do not need CAD software to create a scaled design layout.  For a quick idea how the ornament will look in your design,  Publisher has easy tools to create a scaled drawing.

Step 1.  Do a scaled drawing of the door in Publisher.   I use a scale of 1/16″ = 1″.   I am using the dimensions of the door closed to determine my ornamentation design since the door opens into the room.  I have added very simple molding around my door design which I will add ornament to.  The ceiling is 8′; but there is a 12″ crown molding which leaves me with 3-1/2″ over the door for my door header ornamentation.  I am also putting rosettes on the blocks.

Door-Publisher Drawing

This picture shows the door header with the old paneled door still in place.  The ornamentation will be added to a new flat panel door.  Rebecca is gold leafing the crown molding and door molding.  The small header over the door is also being gilded.


Step 2.  Draw in the basic size of your door design.  My inspiration picture requires a border of running ornament around a 2-panel design.  I have not found the ornament which appears in the inspiration but I thought this ornament would work for the repeating S-curve that is in the outer border.  It also gives me a small rosette to cover the ends.

Decorators Supply 890F – 8-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ You can crop, rotate and copy the image in Publisher.  890f

Instead of a running floral design I chose this running ornament 2928F.  This ornament was not online so I scanned it and used Publisher to remove the dark background.


Here is a screen shot of the ornament showing the scaled ornament in the upper left corner using the 1/16″=1″ scale.


During the research and development of this design it became clear that the time involved in applying all of this individual composition ornament to six doors was going to be labor intensive and the design just wasn’t developing into a great design.  So, I began researching other design possibilities.

This Design is based on using most  of the inside panel of Decorators Supply Wall Panel 9894.


My client did not want a shell as the center feature so I used this beautiful floral center 11627.  Now I had to figure out a C curve that would compliment the curve of the inner panel.  My client also wants a different feature on each door to represent whose room it is.



This single panel design did not have enough beautiful ornament and the molding for the panel was not interesting enough.  Here is my design for a two panel door.  We decided the corners on the top panel with S curves to form an arch would be a good design.  For this design I chose this beautiful Rococo Rose corner 9804.


The Center 11564 for the bottom panel




This design lacks beauty on the bottom of the panels.  Here is yet another design adding corners to the bottom of the panels.  With each design I record the ornament style, size and cost with a picture of the ornament.

Rococo Corners 9800




This design is still not there.  The next design I am going to work on will be a 3-panel layout with heavy molding.




May 202013

Using antiques is a green activity in my book.  Finding treasures and using them as is or refinishing,  giving them new life.








I love beautiful boxes.  This is a lovely collection.  My everyday cosmetics would fit beautifully in the large one.



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This inspires me to get out my son’s uniform and see if I would want it displayed.  It is quite wonderful in this room.






Lots of white.  Loving the white spaces that people are creating.


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If you want to see more white interiors,  check out my other blog post on White Interiors – Clean-Perfect-Neutral.