Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Details Details Details

When designing a room for yourself or for a client.  You must be  keenly aware of what is going to make the room beautiful. Yes... fabrics and colors and the layering of textures, all add to it's success.  What really draws people  into a room and makes them want to stay there awhile..... are the details! Like this photo, the craved detail of gold gilt and the worn bole showing through.  Always look at a piece of furniture and it's function. Then  look at it as a piece of art and how  emotionally drawn to it you are going to be, day in and day out.
I simply love looking at beautiful tie backs. They are so easy to find and add so much character to any drape. Especially when you have a window that is in a prominent area in your home. The Chelsea Flea market in NYC, Don Scott's Antique show in Atlanta and of course the Paris Flea Market are some of the best places to find them.
This is the capital and bonnet detail on the Juliet bed in our master bedroom. What glorious attention to detail. Incredible art and all done by hand. The craftsmanship and detail on the trim is just spectacular. This is the attention to detail that makes someone want to just stay in a room and study everything.
I adore lamps made from antique  iron fragments and antique architectural  terracotta fragments. Even more wonderful are the handmade shades. Mind you, they are expensive, but you will enjoy them more and more with each passing day. Next time you go antiquing, look at fragments and think how you could make a stand for them and electrify into a beautiful lamp. I am going to start posting more DIY and  how to do things and take you through the steps to make a lamp. Let me know of other things that you would enjoy doing yourself. I might be able to shed some light on it.


  1. I love your idea of showing DYI projects. Like you I like using fragments for lamps and have made many lamps for our home. I made a pair of lamps from 16th century balusters with repouss√© fronts, while a tad short I love them. I can’t wait to read some of your ideas.

  2. Can you point me in the direction of the handmade shades? That example is stunning.

  3. I think another thing that is important is how everything is placed in a room. If the room feels bare then the person will feel sad. The room needs enough stuff to feel alive but not enough stuff to make it feel stuffed. It's a balance.

    -Zane of ontario honey