Extreme Beauty – More From Whitehall
Well here he is, Henry Morrison Flagler, the man responsible for bringing the railroad from New York to Miami, surrounded by an incredible over mantle design in his library in Whitehall. One of the super rich Industrialists of the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was rooted in industrialization and saw the greatest period of economic growth the world has ever seen. Railroad mileage tripled between 1860-1880 and tripled again by 1920. The wealth of the period is highlighted by the American Upper Class opulence, but also the use of American philanthropy (referred to by Andrew Carnegie as the “Gospel of Wealth”) that used private money to endow thousands of colleges, hospitals, museums, academies, schools, opera houses, public libraries, symphony orchestras and charities. The term I am giving it is Extreme Beauty. Everywhere you look artists, artisans, carpenters, PEOPLE have worked to create extremely beautiful places. We took over 700 pictures filled with inspiration for today’s classically inspired interiors. We may not be able to create at the same scale, but with the advantages we have of technology and materials I believe we are equal to the task of creating extreme beauty today and will be running competitions on the blog for you to judge.
Still in the Library – the lighting and ceilings in Whitehall are fabulous. The library a perfect combination of warm mahogany paneling up to about 6′ with aubergine damask above and gold leaf embellished ornamentation.
I recognized much of the ornament, so it is available to us today. Creating an ornamentation design most of the ornament is grouped by type of ornament. The below design is a combination of a shell with a vertical design.
Some vertical designs from Decorators Supply
Suggestion for creating a faux gold leaf: Ronan Real Gold with a raw umber aging glaze.
Next room on our tour the Music Room. Inspiration from this room was the paneling below the chair rail. This can definitely be easily recreated. Most homes have standard carpenter style panels already. Beaux-Artes offers a classical panel that is quite similar. This would be the easy to install, pre-finished solution for the larger panel. The smaller panel would require a central feature at the top and bottom of the panel.
Love this door!! Our panels work great on doors also.
Don’t know the artist for this sculpture, but I am always amazed when a sculptor achieves the look and feel of translucent fabric.
Much more to come.