Interior Design certainly is an art form and when I say Beyond Interior Design – The Art of the Room is in my humble opinion a room which is unto itself a work of art. It will usually have one of more of these ingredients:
- Embody classical elements
- Represent the work of skilled artisans and craftsmen
- Demonstrate creativity in the use of materials
- Regardless of personal design preferences be recognized for its contribution to interior design
- Include the decorative arts
Iksel Decorative Arts – All of their work is amazing!
The furnishings are not contributing to the artistry of the room in this example.
Petworth House Marble Room
Gianni Agnelli Bedroom
Alberto Pinto – Palais Marrakech
This room has all the ingredients.
Hotel Particulier in Paris
The Hotel again. Love the color palette and wall decor. Particularly the running ornament rather than a chair rail.
Hotel Particulier NY
The Gilt Room at Tredegar House, Newport, South Wales
Francoise Joseph Graf Paris Apartment
Dries Van Noten, Lier, Belgium
Farewell Downton Abbey. After 6 fabulous seasons Downton Abbey is coming to a close. Those of us who have loved every minute of it are wondering what can take its place. Hopefully Julian Fellowes is working on his next masterpiece. In my blog on the The Classical Drawing Today I showcased images of the beautiful damask drawing room in Highclere Castle. Part of Downton Abbey’s allure is Highclere Castle, the primary filming location for the series. George Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and his family live in part of the house while the rest is used for the series and tourism. In 2009, the castle was in dire need of major repair, with only the ground and first floors remaining usable. Water damage had caused stonework to crumble and ceilings to collapse; at least 50 rooms were uninhabitable. According to Lord and Lady Carnarvon the dramatic increase in the number of paying visitors has allowed them to begin the major repairs estimated around £12-£18 million. The family attributes this increase in interest to the on-site filming of Downton Abbey. The family now live in Highclere during the winter months, but return to a cottage in the summer, when the castle is open to the public. So here are a collection of images of Downton Abbey/Highclere Castle followed by some amazing Best Dressed Walls. Frankly a truly great room has to include fabulous walls at the least.
Highclere Front Door is a wonderful inspiration to add rosettes to a paneled door.
Saloon Detail – Spanish wall coverings made from embossed leather, circa 1680.
Best Dressed Walls – One of my favorite categories. This collection of images are terrific. Enjoy.
Versailles Best Dressed Walls
Love this child’s room. Best Dressed Walls that can last for years.
I was saving this one for future post Best Dressed Tile Rooms, so you may see it again.
I love this panel.