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Significant Embellishments are the details that make a space fabulous. I am so excited to offer this triple giveaway of amazing embellishments with a combined value of $1,000. This blog has never been about giveaways so I am thrilled to offer it to my greatly appreciated readers.
We choose our surroundings, our settings, the stage against which we live our lives, detail by detail. Classical design embraces embellishments with artistry from the time when artisans and masters of crafts practiced skills to create timeless works of art. One such company is Atelier Textiles. A European designer and maker of luxurious soft furnishings and hand-embellished fabrics for some of the world’s most beautiful residential and commercial interiors, TV, film sets and super yachts. It incorporated English Home in September 2015 and is the exclusive supplier of their unique sheer curtain panels and dramatic home furnishing designs. I wrote this blog about English Home in 2013 as they furnished embellishments for two of my favorite shows; Downton Abbey and the Tudors. This UK company of skilled artisan machinists create beautiful and intricate special embroidery effects. Continuing thousands of years of inspirational tradition, these techniques are passed down from generation to generation.
Best Dressed Windows and Beds by Atelier Textiles
With fabric this magnificent the windows are dressed to perfection.
Regina Collection – Ivory Silk Gold Taffeta appliques on Velvet Curtain Panels
Constance Terracotta Collection – Red Crushed Velvet Panels with Bright Gold Taffeta Appliques and Champagne Net Sheer Panel Fabric with Bright gold taffeta and Terracotta rayon velvet.
Florence Collection – Claret Velvet Panels with Gold Taffeta Appliques. Their collections include standard and custom size curtain panels and sheer panels, decorative cushions, bedding and throws.
Florence Collection Bedding and Cushions
Anouska Hempel – Cole Park – Florence Cushions
Atelier offers their distinctive pieces on linen, cotton, silk, velvet and net in a choice of over 30 beautiful base (or ground) fabrics.
Devon Collection on Cotton Muslin
Chatsworth on Sky Blue Linen with Ivory Taffeta Applique. Love this. Using linen changes the look dramatically.
Chatsworth Sheer Panel
Whitehall in Taupe Velvet
Atelier can create custom color combinations and sizes that larger textile houses cannot. They also offer design services for coordinating pelmets and other accessories. Link for their 2016 Brochure.
Aetelier Textiles is offering a pair of velvet cushion covers valued at $280 for our giveaway.
Wallace Antique Velvet Cushions in Terracotta 20″ x 20″
Change is a constant. Nothing is stagnant. That is what is so great about classics, whether it is fabulous embroidered soft goods or incorporating ornament into your home. Classics evolve in the setting they are in. They have the ability to exist easily in any setting, embellishing a contemporary or classic setting.
Our second fabulous giveaway is offered by A French Cartouche in exterior Resin valued at $316.88. It is a perfect significant embellishment for a door header, inside or out. It measures 36″ x 24″ x 3″ relief. Not to limit your creativity since it would look beautiful in many applications. Here is some inspiration on the header application. .
French Cartouche R27057
Here the ornament has been glued directly to the wall with no additional mouldings. The Cartouche would be perfect used in this manner. Paint the cartouche before installation if the wall does not need to be painted. Otherwise, install the resin ornament and then paint it and the surrounding wall.
This design is a double door but the ornament has been glued directly to the wall and a small moulding frames the entire doorway. The ornament is the same color as the walls and probably has a glaze which shows off the beautiful carving.
The cartouche can be glued to the wall over the door with adhesive caulk and then frame the door and header with molding.
This exterior entrance ornament was done by Beaux-Arts. It is also made by Decorators Supply.
Another application is using the ornament as a fireplace focal point.
Our third fabulous giveaway is offered by Beaux-Arts Classic Products, a $300 Decorative Grille(s) Gift Certificate.
Decorative grilles are significant embellishments which totally transform unattractive louvered heating and air conditioning vent covers and more. Beaux-Arts describes their products as decorative solutions for modern intrusions. Since everyone has different grille sizes and needs, the $300 gift certificate can be applied to the purchase any of their beautiful decorative grilles; including filter grilles, supply grilles, speaker grilles or foundation grilles. They are cast from an industrial quality urethane resin, which faithfully reproduces the hand carved detail of their historic originals. In addition, urethane resin is impervious to water and can be used in damp or wet locations, such as a decorative cover for your bathroom exhaust fan, or in and around an indoor swimming pool. All the grilles are available in 14 finishes developed by Beaux-Arts to infuse metallic powders into the front surface of the mold prior to casting, resulting in a cold-fused metallic plated surface, which is virtually maintenance free. Pre-drilled screw-holes and all necessary hardware are provided to make installation easy.
Shown here is a Louis XIV style decorative grille 14″ x 24″. The grilles are for wall and ceiling applications.
This Louis XIV decorative grille is perfect for this painted ceiling.
Arts and Crafts Style Decorative Grille 20″ x 24″ in Dark Bronze Finish. The Arts and Crafts Style decorative grilles are available in 70 different sizes.
Arts and Crafts Filter Grille in Nickel
Industrial Filter grille Before
Decorative Arts and Crafts Filter Grille in Dark Bronze
12″ Speaker Grille $99.
Industrial Ceiling Speakers
Decorative Ceiling Speakers
Foundation Crawl Space Vent Cover in Louis XIV style $199. Shown in Rubbed Bronze.
Industrial Crawl Space Cover
Arts and Crafts Decorative Foundation Crawl Space Cover
There is really nothing on the market like this decorative solution for unattractive foundation grilles. It comes with a plug for cold weather and a screen for ventilation in the summer.
The Giveaway Details
You can participate in all three giveaways, or focus on your favorite. For each giveaway you have up to 3 ways to win. So if you choose all 3 giveaways you have 9 chances to win. However, you can only win one prize. So if you happen to be so lucky as to win 2 of the giveaways we will contact you for your preference.
Atelier Textiles Wallace Cushion Covers Giveaway
- Visit Atelier Textiles by clicking here, take a look at their collections and return to the blog and comment on a favorite item or two.
- For a second chance to win, visit Atelier Textiles on Houzz and leave a comment.
- Third chance to win, Like them on Facebook by clicking here.
Decorators Supply Exterior/Interior French Cartouche Giveaway
- Visit Decorators Supply by clicking here, check out whatever is of interest and return to the blog and comment on a favorite item or two.
- Second chance, visit Decorators Supply on Houzz and leave a comment.
- Third chance, Like them on Facebook by clicking here.
Beaux-Arts Classic Products Grille Gift Certificate Giveaway
- Visit Beaux-Arts Classic Products Decorative Grilles Collection here, and return to the blog and comment on the grille(s) you would like for the giveaway.
- Second chance, Like this Blog post on Facebook.
- Third chance, Visit Pinterest Board Great Products for the Home here, and Like or Pin a Product
In all cases to qualify you must do Step 1 of the giveaway(s) you are interested in. The deadline for comments is Wednesday, May 25th at 6:00 pm EST . The winners will be annouced May 26th.
Molding, or moulding is a strip of material with various profiles used to cover transitions between surfaces or for decoration. It is traditionally made from solid milled wood, plaster, plastic or reformed wood.
“When commencing study of the classical elements, it is logical to begin with moldings. Moldings are the smallest physical units — the atoms, as it were — of classical architecture, and so are easier to understand at first than the larger, more complex members formed from their combination. Starting with moldings is also convenient because they crystallize in minute form nearly all the ideas that define classicism itself.” Donald M. Rattner is a practicing architect and Director of The Institute for the Study of Classical Architecture (ISCA) at the Real Estate Institute of New York University.
The first lesson to be drawn from moldings is that those who work in the classical manner inherit a pre-established vocabulary and grammar. With moldings, that standard alphabet is generally considered to consist of 14 varieties.
Analysis of shape is one way to classify moldings. On the most elemental level, we first distinguish between STRAIGHT and CURVED moldings.
Classical moldings, with few exceptions, are additive; that is, they usually project out from a given plane. The origins of moldings are subject to debate. Like all elements of classicism, however, it is clear that moldings perform both pragmatic and aesthetic functions.
A base molding, for example, does more than just conceal a joint; first, it serves as a visual foot to the weight of the wall that rises above it; second, it modulates the transition between the vertical and horizontal planes of wall and floor; third, it punctuates the bottom of a wall to signal it has come to an end.
The baseboard, together with the chair rail and cornice, serves the additional purpose of creating architecturally significant DIVISIONS OF SURFACE. In turn, the size and scale of these and other moldings indicate SCALE, which can be loosely defined as the relationship between the human and architectural dimension.
Moldings can help establish HIERARCHY by calling attention to prominent elements in a room, such as doors, windows, fireplace openings, and other apertures.
The impulse in classical design is to frame things, to break down a surface into regularized compartments, as reflected in paneling. There, moldings help mediate the shift from one plane to another by lining the edges of the panel. And, of course, moldings furnish surfaces for ornamental embellishment.
Let’s look at some of the issues that can guide the design of moldings for interiors.
TYPE & SPECIMEN: First, we must distinguish between a general TYPE of molding and the potentially infinite number of individual SPECIMENS of a molding type that can be created by the designer.
White River Molding has a wonderful selection of moldings and a gallery of inspiring installations using compound molding designs.
ALTERNATION & CONTRAST: Moldings are rarely used singly; most often they are combined in a series. When using them in combination, there are several strategies available to enhance visual effect, resolve architectural problems, and avoid poor design. For instance, one way to decide which moldings to use in a sequence is to seek out profiles that produce ALTERNATION and CONTRAST. The contrast may be between straight and curved. Or, the alternation could be between convex and concave profiles, e.g., a TORUS, followed by a SCOTIA, followed by another TORUS — curve and counter-curve (center). We might even get contrast from the play of large and small: large CYMA RECTA, small CYMA REVERSA, etc.
Crown Molding Combinations
Door and Header Molding Combinations