Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Great Walls....A Give Away

This photo is in the front of the book and captured me immediately. Designer Tim Wheaton took a simplified version of flowering vines borrowed  from Chinoiserie wallpaper in Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm and made it modern by  repeating pattern in this Park Avenue apartment.
Photo by Tim Street-Porter

I was recently asked by the gracious souls at Rizzoli if a new book by Florence de Dampierre would be something I might like to review. Would I !?! You may all know Florence de Dampierre from her books, Chairs: A History or French Chic: The Art of Decorating Houses. Not only would I absolutely want to include her newest gorgeous book in my resource library to reference for future design projects, I would just like to flip through page after page for general inspiration. The title you may be asking?

Book Cover Photo by Pieter Estersohn
Florence de Dampierre treats us to a journey around the world from the past to the present to show us how we human beings have decorated the walls in our homes. The book is broken down into sections each describing the various types of wall ornamentation used throughout the centuries. She begins with a section on Tapestries, and then continues with the four main parts titled: Mural, Wood Panel, Stencil, and Wallpaper.   
This room by designer Peter Dunham is in his own sitting room....and in my "favorite rooms" file. The use of a tapestry on the wall has been made fresh when put together with the red painted desk and blue glass lamp. The colors draw out the faded colors in the tapestry.
Photo by Tim Street-Porter 
In the section on Murals, we are brought through the Middle Ages and Renaissance... the Fresco Technique is described, as well as Tempura. Oil painting on walls is introduced in the 15th century, and we are treated to wall murals of the Baroque period. Rococo, Neoclassic, Romantic periods are all discussed and illustrated with gorgeous full page photos.

Seventeenth century frescoes adorn the loggia of the Villa Torrigiani outside Lucca. One could wile away the hours here sipping wine and gazing up at the glory.
Photo by Pieter Estersohn 
While we are on the topic of photos, Tim Street-Porter and Pieter Estersohn were instrumental in providing the principal photography. Need I say more? Just in case .... these photographers are regular contributors to numerous shelter magazines such as Elle Decor and AD. Tim Street-Porter has authored and provided the photos for multiple design and architecture books including the Rooms to Inspire series from Rizzoli. 

Le Corbusier painted this modern mural in a friend's Long Island farmhouse.The value of this house must have shot through the roof.
Photo by Pieter Estersohn
Back to the murals....not only are we shown the gorgeous classics from antiquity, but there is modern artistry as well. Twentieth century murals became popular not only in homes but in public spaces as well. Many are represented in Walls.

The next section is titled "Wood Panels". And again we travel though history seeing how paneled walls have evolved through time. In this section you find elaborate paneled libraries, simple American Colonial wood paneling, brilliantly painted fireplace mantels, and subtle wall moldings.

Painted landscapes on wood paneling at Sandemar Manor in Sweden. c. 1680. The colors! Pearl grey and that blue with a touch of green...wonderful.
Photo by Ingalill Snitt
Florence covers faux marble painting, Boiseries and the specific Blanc de Roi: white painted Boiseries. She takes us through rooms of lacquer panels from Chinoiserie to Art Deco. There are gilt leather panels first introduced in the 17th century Islamic world. There is Fretwork, Cutwork and Lattice. There is Wainscoting, Tongue-and-Groove, and Beadboard. But perhaps one of my favorite examples of paneling is this mirrored room with bamboo molding by Howard Brodsky:
Photo by Pieter Estersohn
I had to show you a bit of whimsical faux paneling as well:

This "room" is actually a backdrop for Suzanne Rheinstein's  store Hollyhock and was painted by French painter Paulin Paris.
Photo byTim Street-Porter

The next section of the book is all about stencils. We are not talking about the stencils from the eighties, all flowers and bunnies. We are talking about Egyptian stencils, stencils in La Villa Kerylos in France, stencils by Robert Adams at Osterley Park, from Neoclassic to American Colonial, stencils by Tiffany and Frederic Edwin Church in the Persian style....the list goes on. Her are but a few examples:
The design shop, Mitu, has taken advantage of the existing 1800's mural in this residence in San Miguel, Mexico. I am always captivated when I see such a successful contrast of old and new.
Photo by Tim Street-Porter
Mary McFadden's NYC apartment....gorgeous stenciling by Joseph Shoskovitch.
Photo by Pieter Estersohn
Perhaps my favorite photo in the book....although how can I really pin it down? Martyn Lawrence-Bullard decorated this room with a Moroccan stencil pattern inspired by a fabric.
Photo by Tim Street-Porter
The last section is all about wallpaper. Apparently, wallpaper dates back to the times of the Egyptians, papyrus lining the tombs as far back as 2500 B.C.  But the Chinese are to be credited with what we typically know as wallpaper (200 B.C.). Florence takes us through the ages and through the geography of different papers, from floral to flocked, from Chinese to European, botanicals and is  here in all it's glory.

Botanical Illustrations make an early form of wallpaper at the Carolus Linnacus's Swedish estate. We have seen this imitated often over the years for good reason.
Photo by Ingalill Snitt 

Lat but not least, I want to mention that at the end of each section in the book, there is a page (pages) of helpful hints and tips for the application of all of these wall treatments. A big thank you to Florence for that. I think many of us like to experiment ourselves or at least know a thing or two when discussing a desired application with craftspeople

I am in the process of having a dining room mural painted for a client, and I can tall you this book is an immeasurably helpful source of ideas. If you are interested in the decorative arts, history, or just need a little inspiration, I can say this book will keep you intrigued for ages.

And the best part?

I am so happy to be partnering once again with Rizzoli to let one of you lucky readers in on the adventure of 

Walls: The Best of Decorative Treatments
Florence de Dampierre 

Rizzoli will be giving away this beautiful book to one lucky winner. Here are the rules:

1) If you are not already, become a follower of katiedid 
2) Hop on over to the Rizzoli website and let me know what other design books are catching your eye...I always like to hear about a new design book!!
3) Provide your email. That means an email where we can correspond so I can get your mailing address. Without this, we don't know where to send the book...and that would be a complete shame.

The give away will run until Monday, March 21st at 5:00 PM California time. I will pick a winner at random
and announce on the next day.  



Callie Grayson said...

how exciting!
I have her French Chic book and love it.

I can't pick just one....
I would love to have the following in my library: Parisian Interiors: bold, Elegant, Refined by Barbara Y Rene Stoeltie
Axel Vervoordt: Wabi Inspirations
England's Hideaways by Meg Nolan van Reesema
French Seaside Style by Sebastien Siraudeau
Litchfield style By Annie Kelly

Just to name a few on my list!

Splendid Sass said...

Great giveaway, Katie! Yes I am a follower.
I would love to have the Axel Vervoordt and the Alberto Pinto Book. I already had Pinto's tabletop book on my list.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

What a gorgeous book!! Great giveaway Katie!

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

I would love to add this book to my library! Gorgeous images in this post too.


quintessence said...

Oh Katie - I am dying for this book!!! I love everything Rizzoli does but right now I think I'd vote for Parisian Interiors and I'm dying for the Gertrude Jekyll book that comes out in May.

elizgonz said...

What a great giveaway! I would love any of the design books, particularly Downtown Chic and Compact Houses. Thanks!

mary said...

I have to echo "quintessence" and I need to add that I am drooling over the images that you posted, I can only imagine what my response will be to the real, entire book. Thank you immensely. Mary

deb said...

I think I would pick....
Houses: Modern Natural/Natural Modern

Are we heading back to Waldon Pond?

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

Hi Katie,
I've become an official follower even though I've been reading your blog for awhile. I love Kelly Hoppen's work and look forward to her Rizzoli book coming out soon. Great giveaway! This book looks amazing! Le Corbusier's!

Twosinks said...

A hard choice, but I think I would have to choose The Home Within Us.

Kaity said...

Listed under Children's Books is, A Prayer In Spring with text Robert Frost. This looks to be a gem as does your give away!


Momma Peach @ Yankee and Peach said...

A great giveaway! (and I'm a follower too!)" If I had to choose, I think both Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden", Written by Judith B. Tankard or the Uli Weber photography book would be my picks!

Thanks for another beautiful post!

Momma Peach @ Yankee and Peach said...

And for a DESIGN choice, I would say that the England's Hideaways by Meg Nolan van Reesema caught my eye!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh lovely giveaway -i would love to add this to my library. Rizoli publishes ALL of the best design books -if I had to pick one to purchase -i would say it was the new 'parisian interiors'....or 'great estates'....or 'the tropical modern house'....the list goes on!

eddieross said...

I hope you are doing well. I love your beautiful post and excited for the give away.
Have a wonderful Thursday!

Donna in Potomac said...

I'm enticed by the book, and would like that wall on the cover, please!
As an art and interior design lover, the book catching my eye would be, The Art of the Interior by Richard Gillette.

Vickie H. said...

Hard as it is, I have to go with Parisian Interiors. I would LOVE to win this giveaway! This book is delicious on every single page!
Thank you for hosting!

kelleyp said...

follow you thru my personal email. always enjoy your posts.
love all art and design books but would adore this book. so much eye candy. also loving the Billy Baldwin book i saw on the Rizolli website.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

This looks right up my street.
The other Rizzoli book that caught my eye was the one on Gertrude Jeykll and the Country House Gardens.
And, of course I'm a follower!!
Thanks for a great giveaway, Katie!

Mirra said...

After snow and rain the spring is almost here and I would love to get some inspiration from "The Romantic Herb Garden". Great giveaway. Thank you,

LJ said...

I like the looks of the Richard Gillette interior design book, or something about landscaping. That's next on our list as soon as the weather cooperates somewhat.

lauraebier (at) gmail (dot) com

emcSquared said...

This is a wonderful giveaway! Thank you! I would love to add Great Estates: The Lifestyles and Homes of American Magnates to my library.

em9499 at gmail dot com

Claudia Juestel said...

What a stunning book, a must have for my library!

Rizzoli never disappoints. I have a number in my library, including Michael Smith, Santa Barbara Living, Billy Baldwin, The World of Madeleine Castaing, Alberto Pinto Orientalism, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy.... On my wish list: Alberto Pinto Today, Axel Vervoordt and Parisian Interiors.



Speechless said...

I never win anything, but this time I'm praying I do! The book Home Within Us looks quite intriguing and special. Thanks for the opportunity to be in a raffle!

Michelle said...

goodness...who doesn't love a great Rizzoli book? I like the Hotel Books, they are beautiful on the coffee table...I have the Asia's a pretty green cover (I tend to ditch the covers...I know...bad me...they are always in the way! lol

Pick me...pick me!!!


Carmen Benoit said...

First off, have to say that I LOVE your blog and frequent it regularly for inspiration. Love connecting with other creative spirits! I am a muralist and decorative painter in Scottsdale AZ and MUST have this book in my arsenal! I can be found at
I am just drooling right now over these pictures. Rizzoli is such a valuable source - personally I have the Tricia Guilds color book and the artists series on various artists. Winning this book would just be such a valuable addition to the studio archives and would bring inspiration for many murals to come. Thank you for your consideration...
Carmen Benoit

Alisse said...

Love this giveaway! Love your blog. Love your enthusiasm.
The Tropical Modern House is a new favorite. I am in the luxury swimming pool business - this book focuses on gorgeous outdoor rooms, "green" features (eco-friendly) and houses with open-air spaces, courtyards, patios. A must read for anyone interested in Tropical Modernism. I also have Santa Barbara Living, as I live 30 min North in Wine Country and build pools and outdoor hardscapes all over SB County.

Kel said...

I love books and design books especially. The idea of murals...these toned down, juiced up, visions in peoples minds excite me! I would love to be so creative...having ideas or beautiful images to look at gets my wheels turning.

Another book I like is the One Hundred one beautiful small coastal towns of America. I would like to think I could make it an adventure to try to go and see a bucket list.

other-option said...

I'm a follower. The Beaches: 100 Ultimate Escapes book looks great.
- Danielle
other-option AT hotmail DOT com

Jane Schott said...

Anything from Rizzoli is the ultimate. I love the wall treatments in this beautiful book. Terrific giveaway!

Jenny Slingerland said...

This book is amazing! I'd love to have it! ;)

I like Cottages on the Coast: Fair Harbors and Secret Shores from the Rizzoli website, although all look lovely.

Fingers crossed!

Whits said...

Parisian Interiors, Suzanne Kasler, Downtown Chic and Mary McDonald are on my list!

Kristine said...

The Beaches, 100 Ultimate Escapes looks good to me!

Brooke said...

Beautiful Book! Thanks for such a fun giveaway! :)

Mathew said...

All the furnitures really as a great royal look. The Big mirror with two chairs and a table has that all. Really great piece of work, each and every design has a bit or more of traditional as well as royal look. Beautiful work katie!
universal mirrors

Anonymous said...

So excited...I never win anything. Certainly I could squeeze one more lovely book onto my coffee table! I'm especially smitten with a book on French interiors titled Well Worn. Croxxing my fingers that you pull my name...Thanks, Kim

Anonymous said...

So excited...I never win anything. Certainly I could squeeze one more lovely book onto my coffee table! I'm especially smitten with a book on French interiors titled Well Worn. Croxxing my fingers that you pull my name...Thanks, Kim

Milan said...

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