Dec 302014

New Ravenna Mosaic Tile Company,  who I have blogged about here,  has introduced a fabulous  new collection,  Aurora,  that features glass gold leaf mosaics.  The creative force,  Sara Baldwin’s inspiration for this collection was from her travels;  including St. Petersburg and I am sure the Hermitage, because it was also our inspiration for our clients foyer.  The floor New Ravenna has designed for our project is similar to Josephine.



gold leaf mosaic tile

Here is a sample New Ravenna made for my client’s Foyer.

New Ravenna gold leaf mosaic tile sample

Our inspiration room from the Hermitage

My client loved the use of gold leaf on the walls with white ornamentation with a soft aging glaze.


Hermitage inspiration for Beaux-Artes Foyer



New Ravenna’s gold leaf glass mosaics are the epitome of mosaic artistry and a definite trend alert for fabulous embellishments for the home as predicted by Vogue.


picture of cosmique mosaic floor

gold glass wall mosaic

Cosmique glass mosaic



This is so fabulous.  Laser cut design.

Joie gold leaf glass mosaic tile


Margot glass mosaic tile

Reve Jewel Wall

Gold Leaf on Glass, Agate and Quartz

reve jewel glass mosaic on the wall

reve jewel  gold leaf and quartz


Gold Glass and Stone hand cut mosaic floor

black stone, gold glass hand cut mosaic

Embroidery and  Lace

I love the dress fabric  Aerin is wearing in this fragrance ad.  Can you see this used as a  window treatment.  Beautiful color palette.


Found a wonderful fabric that resembles Aerin’s dress at English Home.

embroidered window fabric

They have fabulous embroidered fabrics which can be purchased as pillows, bedding, window panels, table runners, etc.

embroidered sheer window panel fabric

embroidered pillow from English Home

embroidered pillow and embroidered sheer window fabric

embroidered pillows

embroidered sheer used as a bed canopy

embroidered sheer window panel

Very dramatic combination.  Would look great with the Soleil

black with gold embroidery bed spread


Gold Glass and Stone hand cut mosaic floor


This design would be wonderful with one of my favorite mosaic designs from New Ravenna

Victoria design embroidered pillows and window treatment

Marabel Stone Mosaic

Beaux-Artes’ recessed chandeliers are a unique embellishment for standard recessed lighting.  They have several new styles including semi-precious stones.  This Victorian recessed light trim in white  has a chain of opalite with light aqua quartz and opalite teardrops.


recessed light trim with semi precious stones

Tuscany style recessed light trim in Bone embellished with Pyrite, Labradorite and Swarovski Antique Green crystal.

tuscany recessed light trim embellished with semi-precious stones

Victorian 4″ recessed light trim in white with multiple clear crystal swags and 1-1/2″ U drop crystals.recessed light trim embellished with clear crystalRecessed lighting was never meant to be decorative.  However, it has become ‘standard’ in all of our homes today.  So why not make it an attractive light source.  Beaux-Artes classical solution for standard recessed lighting offers custom options to create the perfect accent to any decor.  This 6″ Victorian recessed light trim in a bone finish  has Swarovski antique green french style crystals to compliment the panel murals.

victorian style recessed light trim with crystals

victorian recessed light trim with custom crystals

Large ornament is another great embellishment.  Use it as a focal point like this fabulous headboard.

large ornament headboard

One large swag.

swag ornament

Decorators Supply Empire Plaster Swag 42″ x 18-1/2″  $276.13

Plaster Swag Ornament

This Empire Swag is perfect for a 36″ door header 31″ x 14-1/2″  $162.25

Plaster Swag Ornament

Plaques, Shields, Panels and Reliefs are a great way to use a large piece of ornament.

Relief ornament panel

I think this relief would fill the space better over the doors.  It is 78″ x 19″  $576

plaster relief ornament


Old English panel 36-1/2″ H x 26-1/2″ W $326.63

Plaster Panel

A winning combination ornament and mirror.

ornament and mirror

The perfect embellishment to end this blog on embellishments.  Ornament, Mirror and crystals. Love it.

Mirror with ornament and crystals


















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










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Oct 072014

Lots of choices when deciding what to do with your windows.  If you are not constrained by a need for privacy, making it beautiful is at the top of my list with dressing the window itself and the space around the window.  Here are some great examples of dressing windows using cornices, valances, swags.upholstered cornice

I love this design featuring a place for some outrageously gorgeous tassels.

drawing cornice side panels

This is a great combination with the shades, drapery and trim.


tie backs

Not sure about two different patterns on the drapery panels.  The cornice and fringe is fabulous.


Well if you can have this who needs fabric?



Or this….




original (2)

This fabric is gorgeous.  Shiny and billowy.



window seat

Sea Island Georgia_David Guilmet Design


53d8ea8369e59a0bd91e7a7f2b56eab1 drapery treatments

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