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In the midst of our 24″ snow fall last Friday and Saturday, I spent time going thru our older Design Idea Books. I’ve realized that Pinterest is a perfect place to “store” all these images. My plan is to scan and post the pages of our Idea Books on our Pinterest site. I came across this set of pictures and posted them on our site. They are of a country estate in Normandy. I like them for their unpretentiousness. Yet the feeling conveyed is if sophistication and grace.

Foyer Detail.

 

Salon.

 

Paneling details.

 

Breakfast Room.

Wouldn’t you love having breakfast here every morning?

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Favorite Foto Friday

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Today I’m posting an old favorite of mine. It is of what appears to be a breakfast room in an old estate in the French countryside. I turn to this image when I get caught up in trying to detail a room “just so” and when I become concerned that the details I am developing for a room are beginning to work too hard. This photo always reminds me that good proportions, simplicity and grace are the keys to designing a room with good bones.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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One of the things Sally and I have become really good at these past few years is helping clients turn homes they have purchased with generic architectural detailing into homes with character and style. During my recent quest for inspirational classical details as I work with a current client, I turned to the work of William Lawrence Bottomely, an American architect whose work can be found from the streets of New York City to the rolling hills and mountains of Virginia. (And according to several of my classically trained architect friends, even here in New England.) One image I came across has stuck in my mind. It is of a foyer done by Bottomley in the 1920′s in a home known as Blue Ridge Farm. Recently restored to it’s former grandeur, the foyer is stunning.

Have you ever seen a foyer like this? With a free standing column and double arches?

I wish I could see a floor plan! Don’t you? Do you wonder what it looks like standing at the front door looking toward the stair?

Once I got past the column, other details jumped out at me. The raised panels on the front door. How they relate to the leaded glass in the side lights. The not quite black column and wall base and top trim piece of the chair rail. The light fixtures, so delicate, in their supporting role to the rest of the space – yet so very important.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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