Thursday, 5 November 2009

Today I'm loving...

...the idea of faux exotic finishes on walls. I'm not sure I can think of anything more luxurious than being completely surrounded by tortoiseshell, ivory or horn. Don't you think? And the bonus is, there is absolutely no guilt attached!

A study decorated by the late Randall Ridless which was apparently inspired by Billy Baldwins library for Cole Porter. Looks like the perfect place to curl up with a pile of magazines and a cup of tea on a cold day!

Photographed by Simon Upton for the March 2005 issue of Elle Decor.

A bedroom by Miles Redd, with faux ivory (walls) and faux horn (cornices). Just stunning, and so clever.

Photographed by Thomas Loos for the July 2009 issue of House Beautiful.


Alicia said...

How luxe! A friend of mine has a project that will include a penshell library and all the doors will be wrapped in shagreen! I should show him these horn cornices:-)

mary said...

I love faux painted surfaces: lamps, tables, boxes, etc. But a large expanse stretches my taste buds a bit. (With the exception of antique Venetian faux marble) Nevertheless, these rooms are gorgeous. Thanks for the post and giving my brain a mini workout.

maison21 said...

tortoisehell wallpaper is one of my faves!

do we know the first room is faux finished, or a paper? either way, stunning!

Suzy said...

Hi Christian, I'm pretty sure the article said that it was a finish hand-applied. But yes, either way, stunning!