An Ace Up My Sleeve :: Antoinette Poisson

It’s Tuesday. The day I troll social media for the interesting, intriguing and incredible. Today is without exception. I feel a little like the cat that swallowed the proverbial canary (and I’m a bird lover). As part of my nightly ritual, I don’t read books or magazines, but I sit propped up on my Frette pillows and look for that one amazing person, or thing that is going to be the subject of Tuesday’s “An Ace Up My Sleeve.” I’m a little excited about today, because the trio that make up the company of Antoinette Poisson ( are historic paper conservators, creators of “Domino Papers,” and designers. If fact, I was pleasantly surprised to see their designs pop up on a John Derian pillow. John Derian evidently scooped us all. Antoinette Poisson’s Instagram feed is a walk through the annals of time, and an education on ‘Domino Papers.” What are Domino Papers you ask? Well they are 14″x18″ papers that were originally used in the 18th century to line boxes, books, closets & hallways. A lost art until this trio of creative talent reinvented a craft that was all but lost in a world of mass production. Antoinette Poisson employs similar techniques to those used in the 1700’s to create reproductions of Domino’s with a unique interpretation that is at once captivating if not unarguably striking. (You’ll soon agree). The patterns are hand-painted or hand-stenciled, and each is a work of art whether it is gracing a wall or the fabric on a pillow. For the design obsessed we are always looking on the horizon for the uniquely talented. Antoinette Poisson, a trio of multi-talented graphic arts and former conservation students from Paris; Jean Baptiste Martin, Vincent Farelly and Julie Stordiau are truly a breath of fresh air. Purveyors of the past and artistic visionaries with a commitment to reviving the splendor of Domino’s. As with a few of my fellow designers I dream one day of living in a Pied-a-terre in Paris, and when I do I’ll be lining my hallway with the incredible work of Antoinette Poisson… until then I’ll be living in Atlanta, Georgia…dreaming the dream.

Based in Paris, I think the papers are destined for bigger things and it would be well-deserved. If my friend Anya, who speaks fluent French, didn’t live in a time zone that was three hours behind I would translate more of what has been written about them, but for now I think pictures speak more than a thousand words. With the designs being sold on pillows and papers through John Derian…I think that this is just the beginning…so let me introduce you to the “Ace Up My Sleeve.” The world of Antoinette Poisson…



The trio of Antoinette Poisson…


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A showroom displaying their wares from pillows to wallcoverings…


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The Domino papers covering books & boxes. If I could I would reinvent all my book covers in an array of stunning papers…


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Books and buttons in Antoinette Poisson designs…


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and pillows…


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An array of hand-colored and hand-stenciled papers…


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Each paper is a piece of art….


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Even though this is in miniature, this Maquette showcases the papers to perfection…


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Although, they have a line of paper they are also conservators and restorers. This room is one in which they restored the centuries old wallpaper…


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This hand-painted paper is also one that Antoinette Poisson restored to it’s former glory…


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A hallway in Paris lined with fabulous Antoinette Poisson papers…

I hope you enjoyed this installment of “An Ace Up My Sleeve” as much as I enjoyed not only discovering Antoinette Poisson (www.antoinettepoisson) but also sharing their fabulous work with my readers….

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Christmas At Callanwolde

If you are counting there are nine more hectic days until Christmas. If that’s not pressure enough add Christmas dinner and shopping for the entire family into a very short window. Yes, I am that person. The last minute shopper (the night before Christmas kind) and if possible I will order a complete dinner from a local organic market, throw a little flour on my face for visual effect, and once again I will look like the Christmas version of “Wonder Woman.” Who wants to shop when there are simply too many holiday activities to fill up my calender? It’s my favourite time of the year, and even if I have the family entourage in tow I’m going to see all the holiday homes which includes Callanwolde in the Druid Hills area of Atlanta. I believe in making the most of this “wonderful time of year.”

I’m obsessed with visiting holiday home tours, (which is a very good thing since I’m a design blogger). I want to see how the other half lives (and decorates), in this case the former home of the Charles Candler, son of Asa Candler-the inventor of Coca Cola. If you live in Atlanta then you have undoubtedly heard of the Candler family, if not rubbed elbows with a distant relative. This 1920’s mansion is resplendent in walnut paneling, stained glass windows, intricate mouldings and fireplace reliefs. It’s design nirvana.

When I lived “Intown,” I was a frequent visitor to  this 27,000 square foot mansion, and occasionally took art classes there. Any excuse to get inside (as if I need a reason) I walked over the sculptured lawns through the formal gardens and nature trails, and like most daydreamed that one day I would be the lucky inhabitant. Unfortunately, I’m just going to have to settle on infrequent visits. So yesterday, the family and I traveled to see Christmas at Callanwolde. The tour didn’t disappoint with rooms resplendent in holiday finery created by some very talented interior designers who graciously allowed me to take pictures. In an ideal world I would have the mansion all to myself, but…I’m not that famous yet. I was still able to get just enough Christmas design goodness on film to share…so come on in…



 The Music Room interior was designed by Lynne Coker from Birmingham. She scoured the U.S. for just the right pieces…and I loved the shades of deep corals in rich fabrics. Photo-Vicki Gladle Bolick


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The piano was draped in holiday style…


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All that glitters is gold…


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The mouldings are original to the mansion, as is the wall covering. I wasn’t able to capture the entire room because of crowds, but it was breath-taking.


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Topiaries and richly decorated presents in luxurious fabrics were the perfect backdrop in this century old mansion…


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Mohair pillows in rich tones….


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A detail from the fireplace relief…of course what fireplace wouldn’t be complete without a wing-back chair and a luxurious faux fur throw.


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Rich browns & teals were the perfect hues for this holiday room…


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A closer look at the original fireplace relief…


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“Tea time” underneath a canopy of fabric and twinkle lights…


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Cobalt blues, greys, creams against the walnut paneling. Stunning.


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The chairs were the perfect mix of modern fabrics with old world lines…


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A closer look at my favorite chairs. I loved the juxtaposition of new against old.


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A quiet corner in the library…


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A quiet reading nook…


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An upstairs room…decorated with just the words “Believe.” And I do.

I hope you enjoyed this holiday tour, and I want to give a huge round of applause to the Designers who did such an incredible job transforming Callanwolde into a such a stunning home over the holidays. It would have made the Candlers proud.

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My Holiday Home :: Legrand

If you follow my blog then, you know I’m a huge fan of Adorne by Legrand. In fact, I have been collaborating with them for several years. Over that time, we have switched over almost all of our switches and plates at Casa B., Which makes my designer friends very jealous. Not only do our switches and plates look beautiful but they take functionality to a whole new level. As a design blogger, I would say that if it’s cutting edge it’s going to find it’s way into our home. Or our design lab, as Mr. B. likes to call it. So fast forward to the holiday’s and I was asked to share some tips for getting my home ready for Christmas, including switching out a plate to a customizable option (all available through Legrand) Well…I wasn’t sure if I would have the time, but somehow I was able to come up with a little holiday cheer. Legrand truly is one of my favorite companies, and of course who doesn’t like to decorate for the holiday? So I started with my favorite wreath made by the loving hands of my mother year’s ago. It’s silver and gold (my favorite metals), both happen to be timeless. Since I love to draw (blame it on design school), I found some Kraft Paper, a Prismacolor Marker in Silver from my art box, and I came up with a holiday design loosely based on a snowflake. Another nod to my family history, I grew up in the great white north, and I consider myself to be an expert on all things related to the snowflake.

So I put together something old with something gold and with that in mind, one room is done with a few more to finish. Attaching my design was as simple as peeling off the adhesive coating, affixing it to the front of the plate and snapping the cover into place. Our galley is now complete, in anticipation of some holiday gatherings. I’m not very DIY, but I thought it was necessary to mention that anyone can make their own holiday switch plate…even your tiny elves.

My holiday style varies by room and changes yearly. More memories…more decorations. But, I do have some tips that I want to share all inspired by the customizable switch-plate by Legrand (…

Some “Ace Tips” for the holidays…

1) Come up with a color scheme. I’ve even used deep shades of lavender paired with gold, or cobalt blue and silver. Limey greens with red. I love unexpected combinations, and each room at Casa B. has it’s own colour pallette and theme. Of course, I’m partial to mixing metals, silver, gold and coppers.

2) Layer colours & texture. I love mixing natural elements with man-made, like shiny objects with organic. There are some realistic options available (faux) and if they are covered in glitter…they’ll look shiny and bright mixed with natures bounty. Mix pine cones with silver and red bulbs, or chestnuts and put them in favorite bowls throughout the house. I do this so I can use some of my great-grandmothers cut crystal bowls which are in the china cabinet for most of the year.

3) Vary heights. Use books and wrapped boxes as risers. If you are decorating a mantle mix high and low heights for impact all in similar tones. Spray paint is your friend, so always invest in can of silver and gold. I’ve even taken old books and sprayed the covers tied them together with a ribbon and I have a rich looking riser for candles or in a grouping.

4) Use meaningful pieces…as we get older there are more Christmas decorations that get passed down through the generations. Even if you don’t leave them out during the year Christmas is the perfect time to bring out the old.

5) Ribbon is your best friend over the holidays. It can be woven through branches on a tree, in a mantel display, or tied in bows and hung over mirrors. Wrap them around railings on a staircase, it’s a great alternative to garland…

There are many ways to add the perfect finishing touches, and one way is to customize a wall plate from Legrand ( and incorporate into your holiday home. I wanted to share just a little bit of holiday cheer from Casa B.


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