Furnishings

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.

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family room

 

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Oct 222013
 

Thirty years ago I had a black living room.   At the time, it was quite a statement, so much so that I had to paint everything before the house would sell.  Everyone loved it but couldn’t picture their furnishings in it.  Here is an wonderful collection of basic black today.

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Black is dramatic and elegant when paired with white.

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Classic!

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Sep 122013
 

I love this new category.  It will be fun to explore and pick the classics to share with you  in the Arts, Design, Architecture, and Beauty.  These classic furniture pieces work in any decor.  They add style, sophistication and classical beauty.

19th Century French Settee, Loveseat, Sofa

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The iconic Bergere

“Other than baguettes, berets, and Brigitte Bardot, few things are more classically French than bergères. Popularized in Louis XV–era salons, these cushy armchairs survived the revolution, adapting easily to the changing fashions of the Directoire and Empire periods. Today they remain as in vogue as ever. And for good reason—with their plush upholstery and regal frames, bergères blend comfort and style seamlessly.”  Elle Decor

What sets them apart from other stately seats are their characteristic closed arms, loose seat cushions, and exposed-wood frames.

“Bergères were really designed for palaces,” notes interior architect Beata Galdi. Still, she finds their elegant form fits into even the most contemporary rooms, whether grouped in a formal seating area or standing alone in a bedroom. “Excellent design is timeless,” Galdi says.

Louis XVI

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Club Chair

Sargent Architectural Photography

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This is a recliner from LazyBoy

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Timeless English Leather Chesterfield
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A favorite classic of mine.   Had my first kiss with my life partner and business partner next to a Morgan+4 he was rebuilding, which he still has.

Morgan Roadster

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Morgan +8

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