“Bottega Veneta opens its first home furnishings boutique and spotlights its commitment to craft in an exquisite 18th-century Milanese palazzo.” I get really excited when I see great design that embraces classical beauty. Granted it helps if you are in an 18th Century Milanese Palazzo, but it is a trend toward a classical perspective in home furnishings even if the furnishings themselves are very contemporary. The extremely fabulous best dressed walls in the Milan boutique make any furniture in the space look terrific. A perfect reason to focus some attention on the decoration of the walls of the space.
“The goal for the new space, consistent with the brand’s philosophy in general, was to respect its past while adapting it for contemporary sensibilities.”
RH, previously known as Restoration Hardware’s, latest catalogue, RH Interiors, offers furnishings and accessories which CEO Gary Friedman explains their inspiration in Picasso’s words “The Meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” They have traveled the world to find beautiful design created by the passion of the artisans who contribute to their collection. The artisans creating the most inspiring products on the planet. For many of the artisans their inspiration came from the best of the past. He goes on to say, “Like Picasso, we have found our gift, curating and integrating the pieces, people and ideas we love into a collection that represents our own unique and authentic point of view. We, too, hope to create a body of work that will leave a legacy and live on in the homes of our families and those we have inspired.”
The catalogue cover shows their unique and authentic point of view with their furnishings and accessories set in a room with classical panels on the walls and doors. A beautiful combination of classical with today’s sensibilities; the softest most comfortable sofa in the world, The Cloud designed by Timothy Oulton, Antiques Dealer/Designer, England. Also love the large mirror.
The Cloud available in 175 fabrics and 65 leathers.
They have a wonderful collection of mirrors. This new Louis Philippe Gilt Mirror is 55″ x 116″H x 55″W for $1595.
Another favorite of mine is their Entablature Mirror 64″W x 6″D x 106″H on sale from $2,795
Love their English rolled arm sofa, the Barclay starts at $2,460.
Their Wall Decor offers collections of framed engravings and botanicals which would be further enhanced with Beaux-Arts’ authentic point of view to add panels to the walls and frame the collection of framed pictures.
18th C English Armorial Engravings $139-$179
Hand-pressed Botanicals on linen $149
Beaux-Arts Georgian Wall Panel Set $199 available in over twenty finishes. Each set comes with 16′ of trim. Additional trim is available. The frames of the above collections have narrow moldings which will look perfect with the wall panel molding.
It is our point of view that framed pictures on walls with panels looks better.
I like this look of framing all the botanicals with one large frame. The mirror is perfect.
As nice as these are I would still prefer them in panels.
I see lots of classical backdrops used in Fashion. This fabulous large panel was used by Louis Vuitton.
I would love to know what home they used for this fashion shoot.
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
Love the fillet detail surrounding the fireplace.
My favorite television show is Downton Abbey and many scenes are set in Highclere’s fabulous 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.
Alnwick 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.
Newby Hall Drawing Room designed by Sir Christopher Wren and interiors by Robert Adam. Fabulous Tapestries!
Alpthorpe South Drawing Room
Goodwood House Yellow Drawing Room
Old Mill House
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.