Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday Nook


Today's nook is a beautiful stairwell I found via Chris Martin and Co builders.

The panelling is glorious. Would you call it wainscoting if it encompasses the ceiling too? Or does it become a coffered ceiling? Wainscoting historically did cover floor to ceiling, to insulate stone buildings ..... and it was only in the 18th century that wainscot panelling became a style of panelling applied to the lower part of a wall... below the dado rail and above the skirting board. I've heard that this lower wainscoting was not just decorative to start off with...  being used to cover the lower part of the walls in homes with poor damp proofing. Nowadays, it's purely decorative.


See why I am obsessed with this architectural style?! Obsessed, I tell you. Someone actually labelled my love of this New England, Hampton's, French inspired, architectural style as a 'fetish' (Wiki: 'the attribution of religious or mystical qualities to inanimate objects'). Yep, that just about describes it!

Happy Monday!
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16 comments:

  1. Beautiful.....but, you know A-M, you've got two chances of finding a builder who gives a damn about creating such features:-)

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    1. Ah yes! I know about those two chances! xx

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  2. Even though I lust after such beautiful detailing , I'd hate to have to dust right to the ceiling!On a previous build I spoke to the builder about wainscoting in the entry. Of course it was all cost prohibitive.It's only board for goodness sake, what can be so difficult?

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  3. I so love panelling this stair case is stunning :)

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  4. Is this available as panels in Australia?
    xx

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    1. Not as standard stock, in that quality. There are companies that do really basic plain panels and VJ's. This detailed? ...you would have to get them custom made. xx

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  5. The big crystal ball on the staircase. Loving that!

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  6. This is soooo you mate! You're going to NYC & The Hamptons - how did I miss that?? Too much work makes Millie a dull girl.
    M xx

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  7. WOW!!! A-M truly amazing! it would be breathtaking to see a home like this in all it's beautiful glory...again WOW!!! Have a beautiful week xx

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  8. A-M, do you watch 'Beeny's Restoration Nightmare'? So fabulous what Sarah Beeny and her husband are doing to Rise Hall!

    Once again, beautiful images for us to start the week. :-)

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  9. You will have to speak to Greet at http://belgianpearls.blogspot.com.au I'm sure they could sent it to Brisbane!!!!!! Of course all custom made but what the heck they are beautiful!!!

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  10. The detail is incredible!
    How much are you going to enjoy the Hamptons? I'm very excited for you (and us - with all the images/stories I am hoping you'll share!) x

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  11. Yes A-M, I can look at this sort of stuff all day.
    The thought and detail, the Architect, Interior Designer and builder had to go to get get this all right is mind boggling. Only wish we could see this type of comitment to detail in Australia.
    The quote "God is in the detail" is so true.
    Amazing.
    Thanks for the post.
    warm wishes,
    Daryl
    x

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  12. That timber paneling is amazing.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx