Wall Treatments

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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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………

ornamentation painted

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 .

niche embellished

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

empire escutcheon

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

Howard Slatkin dining room




Go Fancy

sitting alcove

Gorgeous headboard and damask wall

Embellish Architectural features

embellished architectural feature


Go More


painted ceiling

painted ceiling

custom closets

Think fringe, embroidery, ruffles

window treatment with fringe

chair fringe


sofa with fringe


beaded tassel

gold and window details

bedding with ruffles

aqua chandelier and window treatment


embroidered illows

embroidered fabric

great window fabric


gold color palette

gold mosaic

Gold Mother of Pearl

gold shell

Kelly Wearstler Closet various metallic leaf.


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










 October 30, 2014  Posted by at 4:31 pm Ceilings, Interior Design, It's A Classic, Wall Treatments, Windows No Responses »
Sep 022014

My last Blog on Best Dressed Walls focused on period walls. Ever since I have had an eye out for beautiful walls created for today’s classical lifestyle.  I would love to credit this magnificent work.  If anyone knows please send it to me.

wall mural

Timothy Corrigan

Tented room with colorful fabric

classical library designed by timothy corrigan

Classical walls have so many possibilities.  Using molding to create a grid, panels and symmetrical designs are the beginning of turning the modern intrusion,  drywall, into beautiful walls.  

Mr. Corrigan used mirrors with a lovely patina, great moulding in this elegant hallway.

patina mirror paneled hallway

This is so special.

fretwork panels

Vintage Best Dressed Walls – Villa Perosa, The Chinese Gallery, Architectural Digest September 2014

Chinese Gallery - Villar Perosa

Majolica Plaques ornament the walls of the Dining Room in the Villar Perosa Estate

majolica plaques ornament dining room walls

painted panels

coffered effect on the walls

Plain drywall with a lovely collection of framed images.  I would go further and add panels which I would then organize the collection in.

drywall with framed prints

panels with artwork

wall grid with panel moulding


Alidad Embossed leather





Venice Luxury Hotel, Gritti Palace

Gritti Palace Panels

Gritti Palace Panels

gritti palace paneled guest room

Love the color palette.

Gritti Palace wall panels

The Gritti Palace used very similar styles for the panels in the guest rooms with different color palettes.

Gritti Palace

wall panels and mirror

wall panels with lovely faux finish

blue and white porcelain