The Details :: Molding And Millwork

We are already in the throes of a new year, and I’m working in my new office. It went through a few transformations, one of which had to do with the walls. When it’s completely finished I’ll share pictures of the place which inspires me to write everyday. I needed a quiet place where I could actually get work done rather than sitting in the breakfast room staring out over our pond. The view is incredible…but I’m trying out a new concept called “time management.” So when I’m not blogging and traveling I’ll be home at Casa B. eating Bon-Bon’s, and letting the prose flow (or the champagne) in the confines of my dream office. This year I have a lot to be thankful for both personally and professionally, and I’m so happy to share it all with my followers, you all truly inspire me to continue doing what I love.

So while this little Blogger is going off to market this week (Atlanta), I am also finishing up Project :: Master-bath…we decided to do a ceiling treatment. Why wouldn’t I find a way to keep Mr. B. busy on weekends? Bringing my design visions to life should be a priority (he reads the blog so I thought I would remind him). Plus he gets the bragging rights. Of course, Kohler is the shining star of our bath with strong supporting roles by Taylor Burke Home, ALLMODERN, Cole & Sons (yup…Fornesetti in Aquario is sitting in a lock box at the bank). Okay, that’s not entirely true, but it’s absolutely under lock and key at Casa B., (at $300. per roll I am not allowing anyone to even breath on it). Yes, I love it that much. In fact, Mr. B. had to pry it from my arms the first few nights after it was delivered…seriously obsessed.

So what to do about the ceiling in the Masterbath? Well…I have some ideas and inspiration. Mouldings & millwork are something that I think are absolute “must haves” in a room, otherwise it’s like wearing a pair of Louboutin’s without the red sole.  Plus we are in the year 2015, where it is all about the details. Having been in numerous showhomes and private homes across the country, I have seen some truly remarkable examples of craftsmanship and detail. I can’t share all the pictures so here are just a few…

One of my goals this year is to incorporate more personally photographed work into the blog and share the inspiration regardless if the lighting, angles or shots aren’t perfect.

2015 is going to be my favorite year, the year of architectural detail, and that makes me very, very happy…



The ceiling panels with the rosette detail.



The moulding detail on the walls…



I love the non-traditional baseboards and caps…



Using linear mouldings on the wall to emphasize the ceiling height and add architectural detail.. 



Simple linear frame window casing…(and that view).



The doors are fabulous, as all doors should be.



This ceiling treatment is going to be the inspiration for our master bathroom…


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A favorite ceiling treatment in our home, designed on a napkin in a restaurant and brought to life by an amazing craftsman. The boards run in opposing directions within a triangle meeting in a hexagon shape under the chandelier canopy.

Now that we are back from a brief vacation, expect much more design inspiration from all over the world…

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As always,


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


Designer/ Lynne Coker-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

The piano was draped in holiday style…


 Designer/ Lynne Coker-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

All that glitters is gold…


 Designer/ Lynne Coker

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.


 Designer/Lynne Coker-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

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


 Designer/Ann Wisnewski-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

Mohair pillows in rich tones….


 Designer/Ann Wisnewski-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

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.


 Designer/ Ann Wisnewski-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

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


 Designer/Ann Wisnewski- Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

A closer look at the original fireplace relief…


 Designer/ Nate Nardi-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

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


 Designer/ Robin LaMonte-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

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


Designer/Robin LaMonte-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

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


 Designer/ Robin LaMonte-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

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


Designer/Robin LaMonte-Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

A quiet corner in the library…


Designer/Robin LaMonte-Photo/Vicki Gladle Bolick

A quiet reading nook…


Photo/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

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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Until next time…


An Ace Up My Sleeve :: Ludovica & Roberto Palomba

I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I love modern design. Unfortunately, I have found myself conforming to societal pressures of liking certain genres of design that leave me feeling as if I have sold out. As a former designer and someone who in a past life traveled in rarefied circles, I have learned to appreciate and savor most styles of design. Occasionally, I find myself sitting in a quiet corner of our house immersing myself in books and images of design that inspires me.

A couple whose work simply challenges my imagination is that of legendary Architects & Designers Ludovica & Roberto Palomba. They are people I follow on a daily basis, and when they followed me on Instagram one day (out of the blue), it was simply one of the greatest days of my humble existence. They are cultured, talented intellectuals who transform objects and interiors into breath-taking works of art. Whether they are planning architectural or design exhibits across the globe or lending art direction to such brands as Bosa, Flaminia or Iris & Schiffini they have a combined talent which spans across global design. They are architects, designers and modern day visionaries. Ludovica & Roberto are also “The Ace Up My Sleeve,” today. Even if you aren’t a fan of modern design, you will soon agree that there is great beauty in their designs and artistic set creations. It seemed almost disrespectful to write with my usual dry humour, so I left out the project and home life updates; I simply couldn’t mention the mundane in the same breath as these incredible talents. They work and live in Milan, and reside in the 17th-century oil mill in Salento, which is a minimalist’s dream. Soaring ceilings and stark white walls provide a dramatic backdrop to sleek furnishings and their unique brand of style.

I hope you take the time to simply savor these images, and appreciate the incredible designs of this powerhouse couple…


 Photo/ Francesco Bolis

The home of the Palomba’s…


 Photo/ Franceso Bolis

 Modern design highlights the 17th century architecture in the Palomba’s residence.


 Photos/ Franceso Bolis

The incredible architecture and furnishings blend together seamlessly.


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A restaurant design….


Photo @palombaserafina

Roberto Palomba for Swan, design by Palomba Serafina.


 Photo @palombaserafina

The “Bruce” sofa designed by Ludovica.


Photo @palombaserafina

This street design is by Ludovica and the outdoor furniture by Roberto Palomba for Driade. I simply love the juxtaposition of the centuries old building and the modern design of the furnishings.


via @palombaserafina

Design by Lud0vica Palomba for Ceramica S’Antagostino…

I hope you enjoyed just a taste of the incredible world of the Palomba’s and for more of their daily life and creations you can follow them on Instagram @palombaserafina.

As always,