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.
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………
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 .
Target the Entrances with grand ornamentation.
Love this plaster piece from Decorators Supply to transform a door header 54-3/4″ x 12″ x 1-7/8″
Joy and Plenty in the details
Beaux-Artes Empire escutcheon
The master of Joy in the Details, Howard Slatkin’s NY apartment see blog all about him.
Embellish Architectural features
Think fringe, embroidery, ruffles
Gold Mother of Pearl
Kelly Wearstler Closet various metallic leaf.
Beaux-Artes Arabesque Panels on Gold Leaf