Interior Design

Oct 302014
 

I love to blog about how fashion and interior design parallel each other and predict trends in our life styles.    So I was really excited with the below excerpt from Point of View in the November 2014 issue of Vogue.

“What’s your FANCY?

Fashion continues its maximalist trend this month, with embellishments everywhere, silhouettes that are the reverse of skimpy, and a general sense of JOY AND PLENTY in the details.  The equation is really pretty simple:  Instead of narrow, GO WIDE.  Instead of plain, GO FANCY.  Instead of less, GO MORE.

The daytime mood is expressed with a certain CASUAL INSOUCIANCE.  Think fringe, folk embroidery, ruffles or poet sleeves, stripes like licorice candies, a FISTFULL OF RINGS, and a wristful of bangles…….””After dark, the embellishments turn richer and MORE OPULENT:  burnished gold beading, warm gold sequins…in a word, GOLD.

There is, admittedly, a DOLLOP OF HEDONISM in all this lavishness, all this decoration.  Don’t fight it–embrace it like an unexpected (but frankly, well-deserved) compliment.”

Classical Addiction Version for the Interior Design Point of View

Go Maximalist with embellishments everywhere………

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grand living space with ornamentation

Or targeted Embellishments like this fabulous niche.  Notice the industrial heating and air conditioning grilles.  Beaux-Artes Louis XIV grille would be a handsome replacement .

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Target the Entrances with grand ornamentation.

Door Header with ornamentation

Love this plaster piece from Decorators Supply to transform a door header 54-3/4″ x 12″ x 1-7/8″

Decorators Supply Louis XVI Plaster Ornament

 

Joy and Plenty in the details

fabulous walls and ceiling

door ornamentation

door hardware

door lever

Beaux-Artes Empire escutcheon

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The master of  Joy in the Details, Howard Slatkin’s NY apartment see blog all about him.

Howard Slatkin dining room

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Go Fancy

sitting alcove

Gorgeous headboard and damask wall

Embellish Architectural features

embellished architectural feature

 

Go More

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painted ceiling

painted ceiling

custom closets

Think fringe, embroidery, ruffles

window treatment with fringe

chair fringe

 

sofa with fringe

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beaded tassel

gold and window details

bedding with ruffles

aqua chandelier and window treatment

embroidery

embroidered illows

embroidered fabric

great window fabric

GOLD

gold color palette

gold mosaic

Gold Mother of Pearl

gold shell

Kelly Wearstler Closet various metallic leaf.

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Kelley Wearstler gold dressing roomBeaux-Artes Arabesque Panels on Gold Leaf

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 October 30, 2014  Posted by at 4:31 pm Ceilings, Interior Design, It's A Classic, Wall Treatments, Windows No Responses »
Oct 072014
 

Lots of choices when deciding what to do with your windows.  If you are not constrained by a need for privacy, making it beautiful is at the top of my list with dressing the window itself and the space around the window.  Here are some great examples of dressing windows using cornices, valances, swags.upholstered cornice

I love this design featuring a place for some outrageously gorgeous tassels.

drawing cornice side panels

This is a great combination with the shades, drapery and trim.

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tie backs

Not sure about two different patterns on the drapery panels.  The cornice and fringe is fabulous.

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Well if you can have this who needs fabric?

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Or this….

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This fabric is gorgeous.  Shiny and billowy.

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window seat

Sea Island Georgia_David Guilmet Design

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 October 7, 2014  Posted by at 1:57 pm Interior Design, Windows No Responses »
Sep 222014
 

Rizzoli has just published a new book  Americans in Paris on the Ecole des Beaux Arts which was responsible for the beautiful architecture of our young country that we refer to as the Gilded Age .   This book presents a comprehensive overview of the seminal early work of a century of American architects who studied at the famous school before going on to design and build many of the nation’s most important buildings and monuments.

Book cover

“The first American to be accepted to the École, in 1846, Richard Morris Hunt (the brain behind the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal and the fabled Breakers estate in Newport, Rhode Island) led a line of students that included Guy Lowell (architect of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts), Julia Morgan (the school’s first woman and the designer of Hearst Castle), Charles McKim (of legendary firm McKim, Mead & White, whose creations include New York’s original Penn Station and the Morgan Library), and John Russell Pope (best known for the Jefferson Memorial and the National Archives in Washington).”

George Howe Post Office rendering

Here are some of those important buildings along with a collection of mansions from the Gilded Age.

The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island

The Breakers Exterior

The Breakers interior

breakers interior

The Breakers Dining Room

Boston Museum of Fine Art

Boston Museum of Fine Art exterior

Boston Museum of Fine Art interior

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Museum of Fine Art interior gallery

Hearst Castle

HEarst Castle

Hearst Castle Entrance

Hearst Castle Tower

Hearst Castle

An iconic pool.

Hearst Castle Pool

Today’s icon Lady Gaga chose the Hearst Castle indoor pool for her video location.

Lady Gaga Hearst Castle Indoor Pool

Love that we have such magnificent places combining architecture, decorative arts and sculpture.

Hearst Castle Roman Indoor Pool

Hearst Castle Great Room

Morgan Library

Morgan Library Rencering

Morgan Library Exterior

Great sculpture.

Morgan Library Lions

Morgan Library

Morgan Library

Morgan Library Ceiling

Morgan Library Ceiling

Morgan Library

 

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 September 22, 2014  Posted by at 5:41 pm Architecture, Art, Artisan and Craftsman, Interior Design No Responses »