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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Jan 292015
 

Pantone has selected Marsala the Color of the Year 2015.

pantone marsala

Much like the  wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue with its rich red-brown roots emanates a sophisticated feel. It is hearty, yet  universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.  Love the fireplace.

Marsala Color of the year 2015

Because of the broad appeal of this rich color palette Beaux-Artes has added Marsala to our product finishes.

Beaux-Artes Marsala Finish

 

Ethan Allen’s new furniture collection features Marsala along with French Grey, Powder Pink and Sky Blue.  All great with the richness of Marsala.  Check out my blog Heavenly Home Designs which has lots of great pictures of rooms in this color palette along with other trends toward natural elements,  which I focus on petrified wood,  and the use of metallics particularly brass and copper.  I love this color palette for classical interiors.  Marsala is a rich deep red and looks great for the entire room or just as an accent color.

Ethan Allen Marsala

Marsala color walls

marsala walls

marsala color palette

marsala walls

marsala color palette

marsala color palette

marsala color palette

marsala color palette

marsala walls

marsala walls

marsala walls

marsala walls

marsala walls

marsala drapery

marsala color palette

marsala wall paper

marsala walls

marsala bedding

marsala chinoserie

marsala drapery

marsala hallway

marsala fabric

marsala door

marsala bedding

marsala accents

 

marsala exterior

marsala accent wall

marsala color palette

marsala color palette

marsala trim

Love this lincrusta wallpaper.  Would also look great in Benjamin Moore Maple Leaf and an aging glaze.

marsala

marsala paint chips

marsala nail color

Marsala interior

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marsala with dark gray

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marsala color furnishings

 

Love all these deep rich hues of red brown.  Beaux-Artes has several finishes to choose from that will work with any of these colors.

Beaux-Artes finishes

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Jan 232015
 

The influence of Grey and Beige “Greige” is very prevalent in Leslie Sinclair’s new book “Segreto Style”.  There are innumerable mixtures of gray and beige,  greige,  with soft pastel shades that Leslie and her team of talented artists use to transform interiors using plaster, paint, glazes, metal leaf and the artistry which has made them a premier finish design firm.   Here is my review of Leslie’s first book, Segreto Secrets of Finishing Beautiful Interiors.  

There are 39 amazing residences shown in Segreto Style showcasing the work of a team of very talented interior designers, architects, builders, craftspeople and artists.  The focus of my review and the images Leslie provided me for this blog is to talk about the finishes.  The walls, ceiling and trim are the major players in the success of the spaces.  There are some great before and after pictures which demonstrate the power of the color palette and finishes like this study.  I love the effect the addition of wall panels added to the room.  Many of the homes use reclaimed wood.  The beams and the great finish add a lot to the character of this space.   As I read the book I knew my impression of the power of the finishes would be the subject of my blog.

Segreto Style before and after

This kitchen is another great before and after. Cabinet refinishing and plaster have really transformed this space.

segreto style

More beautiful cabinet refinishing with artistry to the panels.  Love the pewter countertop.  The finishes tie everything together.

segreto style

 

Wonderful mural is perfect with the reclaimed doors from Chateau Dominque and antique chests from Carl Moore Antiques.

segreto style

Perfect touch of artistry on the hood in this kitchen as well as handsome palette for the island and kitchen cabinets.

segreto style

Painted mural on gold leaf.

segreto style

 

Terrific plaster ceiling with just the right touch of gold.  Plaster moldings from American Masonry Supply.  Railing designed by Sheila Lyon Interiors Inc. and fabricated by Metal Railing of American, Inc.

segreto style

Love the faux finish on these iron closet doors which were converted into wine cellars.

segreto style

Love the cabinet finish.

segreto style

This French-style paneling and molding started with raw wood, textured primer was applied for an aged look and glazed to bring out the details, silver leafed and and stained to tone the bright silver to champagne.  The plaster was applied to walls and ceiling.

segreto style

This is just a peak at the beautiful work in Segreto Style.  One of my favorite homes is a renovation started in 2007 of a French Chateau designed in the 1930s by architect, John F. Staub.  The designer Kara Childress along with a great team is doing a spectacular job.  Purchasing items from around the world such as a chandelier that once belonged to Napoleon III and  restored sixteenth-century ceiling panels that originally hung in a villa new Parma, Italy.

Leslie Sinclair and her talented staff of artists.

Leslie Sinclair

segreto-style-staff

More greige color palettes for inspiration.

greige colors

So soft and pretty with beautiful door panels.

greige nursery

Greige compliments just about any color.

greige with lavender

greige color paletee with teal

greige color palette

greige with gold

greige with teal

Wonderful with powder blue.

greige with powder blue

greige color palette

greige with pink

greige color palette

greige color palette

greige color palette

beaux-artes Florentine Recessed Light Trim

Beaux-Artes Florentine Recessed Light Trim would look great in this greige kitchen as well.

greige color palette

monochromatic color palette

The color of ornament.

color of plaster

greige color palette

 

Greige with gold

monochromatic living room

 

 

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