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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Go Fish :: Wallpaper

So the war of the wallpaper continues, and I want something fishy in Project:: Master-bath. Unfortunately, the only place Mr. B. wants to see fish is on his plate- southern fried, poached or smoked. Which is a huge problem. I dream of seeing fish swimming around our bathroom walls “aquarium style.” When did my obsession begin with fish wallpaper? Well it all began a few years ago at the Kips Bay Showhouse, the study had the most delicious wall-covering from Cole & Sons, and although all the rooms were stunning, I don’t think anyone in the group of bloggers I was touring with that wasn’t positively infatuated with the Fornasetti paper . It was bold and dramatic, and that’s just what I’m craving at this point in my life. Sadly, it may come down to a flip of a coin or serious negotiation. Mr. B. can watch football for the rest of the year (and I won’t say a word) if he agrees to the wallpaper of my dreams. Afterward, I plan on spending a lot of time in the bath soaking away the hours (and floating gloating in the sweet smells of victory) in my new standalone Kohler tub. The tub is fabulous, in fact my plumber said it was one of the “finest” he’s ever seen- further validating my decision. I can only pat myself on the back for making a choice, Kohler gets the credit for creating beauty in my bathroom. Project: : Master bath is moving forward once again and so is my motivation to get fish wallpaper.

Why am I in such a hurry? We have a Christmas Party coming up, and it’s possible that there could be about 50 people inside Casa B.- you can follow our home improvements on Instagram under #projectbigbash. A party is just what I need to force Mr. B. into action. He will be as busy as a “Christmas Elf” painting the back of the bookcases, striping my office, installing new lighting, putting up crown moulding (only one room) and hanging some pictures. The latter of which I could actually do myself, but I have been banned from attaching/hanging anything onto the wall. It has a lot to do with a small mirror and the fact that I put it up using Velcro. In my defense, it was only supposed to be a temporary fix (it looked fabulous in the pictures). A lesson learned.

Hopefully I win the ongoing battle for a no-holds barred wallpaper, otherwise it’s going to be very quiet at Casa B., minus the sounds of football…


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The room designed by Jack Levy at Kips Bay Show-house. This is the room that started my aquatic obsession. It was simply breath-taking in person…


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My favorite wallpaper in another colorway.


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This would be a very close second…


 Koromo Eclipse Wallpaper

This is bold and dramatic…and perfect for a powder room.



Stylized Koi fish abound…



“Coral” is a more traditional take on aquatic life…


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I’m positively infatuated with this wallpaper, sadly it’s not in the budget (yet). If you haven’t visited the website for de Gournay you must, it’s falls somewhere between a historical wallpaper archive and a virtual candy store for connoisseurs of fine wall-coverings…

I’ll keep you updated on the final decision and of course we’ll be doing “The Big Reveal” before the end of the year…

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The Details :: Moldings & Millwork

It was one of those weeks…I broke my iPhone, our cleaning lady shattered my favorite mirror (that was part of a wall grouping perfected over the years), Mr. B. and the Fashionista baked cookies (I’m trying to get in a pair of jeans from last year, and count the cookies as a very bad thing), and George Clooney got married (even if you don’t think you care lets face it you do). Luckily it’s Monday, and I like to think I’m starting off with a clean slate. So let’s go back to last week, I had a company ask to photograph one room in our home, using some of their products (which are drop dead & fabulous) causing a chain reaction of panic. Because, it’s not finished yet. The room functions as everything except it’s intended purpose which is a guest room. So yesterday I sat on the bed (okay laid on it and took a nap), and contemplated what I could do to make it just a little better. For one thing, I dislike white crown molding, but we have it throughout the house. It’s a safe choice, but in a year of living dangerously, I want something with more impact. When I was working with clients, I had a lot of fun with mouldings. Sometimes I had them painted the same color as the walls (even if they were Indigo Blue and I still dream about that particular room), once had them painted with a Chevron pattern for a young girls room, and on another occasion had the mouldings gilded to match one of the predominant colors in the wallpaper. So then I wondered, what to do with the stark white molding in the guest room? Who came up with the rule that moldings always had to be white? Because in my design book, they don’t. Well I still haven’t decided what to do as dawn breaks on Monday, but while I was sitting on the deck at Casa B. yesterday watching geese land on Greens Pond, I looked at all the possibilities on my iPad Mini (what’s a new iPhone without a coordinating iPad?). In fact, I was shamed into the purchase when the salesperson loudly announced that I had one of the first ones ever made, and made a snarky comment about whether or not it was internet compatible. So I bought a new one, and I’ll say it’s pretty cute with a sassy pink and coral cover.

While I was surfing the net with my new “Mini,” I didn’t quite find what I was looking for, but I did find enough proof to show Mr. B. that people (other than me) actually paint their crown mouldings a different color, and that it wasn’t another of my schemes to pull him away from the TV and football. Yes, unless a large section of the population does it, he won’t budge. I am sadly lacking in the DIY department, including painting anything (including millwork), so I am sadly at his mercy. I thought I would share some pictures that I thought were great examples on how to make your crown mouldings just a little more interesting..






Paint it all with the same hue of paint, and change it up with different sheen’s, it makes for a bold choice.


 Designer/ Phoebe Howard

I am positively obsessed with black mouldings, and Atlanta’s own Phoebe Howard does it so well.


Designer/ Kelly Werstler

Contrasting patterns all made cohesive by using similar colour tones. Of course, black crown mouldings…


An eclectic interior benefits from contrasting mouldings…



I love blue, can you tell? The crown moulding in this boy’s uses a contrasting blue crown moulding to actuate the colour palette.



This hallway is defined by black lines, and the black crown moulding gives the illusion of  lower ceilings serving to make this space a little less austere.

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A little grey, a little glam…


 Designer/ Vicki Gladle Bolick

From a dining room I did for a former client…the wallpaper is from, and is called Celestial Dragon. The mouldings were handpainted a gilt finish.  The client was all about high drama…

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