Feb 172015

The Drawing Room Cover

The inspiration for this post is The Drawing Room  English Country House Decoration by Jeremy Musson which is filled with beautiful drawing rooms and text about each of the featured homes.  I particularly enjoyed the discussion of the origins of the drawing room which is the defining space of the English country house.  It is a grand space with the finest decoration and furnishings and as the name implies was used for drawing, reading, cards, music, singing and entertaining.  It was the social center of the country house.  The Drawing Room was paired with the dining room usually found on either side of a hall forming the symmetry of the country house on a classical model.  The dining room was entirely dedicated to formal meals, with the drawing room as the place for receiving visitors, conversation, entertainment, and the serving of tea and coffee following a meal.

Kedleston Hall Drawing Room

kedleston Hall Drawing Room fireplace

Kedleston Hall Fireplace

Kedleston Hall door detail

Kedleston Hall sofa detail

Love the fillet detail surrounding the fireplace.

Kedleston Hall fireplace detail

My favorite television show is Downton Abbey and many scenes are set in Highclere’s fabulous Drawing Room.

Downton Abbey Drawing Room

We are using the design of the doors in the drawing room as inspiration for a client’s boudoir which has five doors.

Downton Abbey Drawing Room

Downton Abbey drawing room

highclere drawing room

Alnwick Castle Drawing Room

Alnick Castle Drawing Room



These grand Drawing Rooms use damask wallcovering.  Beaux-Artes has taken the hassel out of finding a beautiful damask in just the right color palette for your room.  Our hand painted damask panels can be ordered in a custom palette created for your decor.  It is meant to be used in conjunction with our architectural wall panel kits.  The damask is hand painted on canvas which is applied to the wall as you would wallpaper.  The background can be metallic, pearlescent,  faux silk or a solid color with the damask pattern options in metallic, pearlescent, aged or whatever combination compliments your room.  These damask canvas panels coordinate with the finishes of our architectural wall panels; Antique Gold, Old Wood Gold, Gold Stone and Stone.

Beaux-Artes Damask Canvas

Newby Hall Drawing Room designed by Sir Christopher Wren and interiors by Robert Adam.  Fabulous Tapestries!

Newby Hall Drawing Room

Newby Hall Drawing Room

Alpthorpe South Drawing Room

Althorp South Drawing Room

Goodwood House Yellow Drawing Room

Goodwood House Yellow Drawing

Old Mill House

Old Mill

 Our life style is much different today, but our combination kitchen and family room or living room are the spaces which we devote to entertaining and showcasing our finest furnishings, artwork and accessories.  Here are some great examples of our finest spaces.

family room

family room


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Nov 212013

Winner of Fifth Avenue Style by Howard Slatkin is Lisa McMillen.  Lisa please email me your mailing address.  You are going to love this book, congratulations.

The focus for this post is on antique and stone fireplaces as our inspiration.  Decorative artists and today’s wonderful faux products make it possible to get the look without the price tag of the real thing.






Tartaruga – Love the simplicity and the wonderful cartouche.




Daryl Carter


This is so fabulous.


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Totally over the top, Villa Stibbert, Florence

Villa Stibbert Dining Room




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Nov 192013

Even though we are having 60 degree temperatures, fireplace weather is just around the corner.  I have an amazing collection of great fireplaces.  Too many for one blog post.  Whatever the season a fireplace is a focal point for the room and all of these images have outstanding fireplaces.  Whatever your decor I am sure you will find plenty of inspiration.

This one is very unusual with the over mantle built out the same depth as the fireplace.  Love the cornice on the top.


For a less formal fireplace this design has interesting proportions.


Decorators Supply has a wonderful fireplace piece very similar to this.

#27092 Flemish Plaster Shield 35-1/2″ x 12-5/8″ $223.37


Simple panel above a gorgeous fireplace.  Effective use of wall color with the furnishings.



The mirror, fireplace screen and candelabras really make this fireplace stunning.




The Fireplace and Mirror combination offers endless possibilities.



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Paris Apartment Thomas Pheasant


Maurice Fatio

If you have a plain fireplace, adding swags is a great addition.


This is a fireplace and cabinet makeover we did using composition ornament.


More swags.




I love the fireplace but the over mantle treatment doesn’t work for me.



8. bill blass new preston ct

7. champeau and wilde paris

3. studio ko paris

Lonny Hotel

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Champagne and Wilde, Paris

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Benjamin Dhong

Living Room



In my next post I will continue great fireplace inspirations Part 2 with stone and antiques that have some great ideas for adding ornament and faux finishes to existing fireplaces.  In the meantime, Thursday, November 21st is the last day to qualify for my book giveaway of Howard Slatkin’s wonderful Fifth Avenue Style.  Here is a link to comment and like it.












 November 19, 2013  Posted by at 7:37 am Fireplaces, Interior Design Tagged with:  7 Responses »