Walls

The Best of Decorative Treatments

By Florence De Dampierre; Tim Street-Porter (Photographer); Pieter Estersohn (Photographer)
Rizzoli International Publications, Hardcover, 9780847835942, 224pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2011

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Description

From acclaimed French interior designer and decorative arts historian Florence de Dampierre comes an inspiring collection of the best decorative wall treatments. Throughout history, there has been a desire to express the esprit of a period by decorating the walls of our homes. From Italianate murals in Renaissance villas and the whimsical painted panels of the Musée Carnavalet, to English Arts and Crafts wallpaper and Frederic Church’s stenciled homestead Olana, noted connoisseur de Dampierre shows how decorating walls can transform an interior space to dramatic effect that harmoniously creates a rich, sophisticated look.Walls covers a sampling of premier decorative wall designs from around the world that have evolved over the centuries, including fresco, wood paneling, stenciling, and wallpaper. De Dampierre has chosen the best examples that have proven to be the most inspirational and relevant for today’s home interior design. Sidebars will cover such topics as lacquering; chair moldings, pediments, and cornices; borders and friezes; hand-painted linen and cotton hangings; tooled leather, and toile. Each chapter will end with such practical advice as mixing pigments, application tips, maintenance, and restoration. Beautifully photographed, the book offers innumerable wall treatment ideas that can be seamlessly integrated with furnishings of modern interiors to create an original ambience.




About the Author
Decorator and furniture historian Florence de Dampierre is the author of several books, including "The Best Painted Furniture", as well as numerous articles on period furniture. She lives in Litchfield, CT.Annie Kelly is a well-known decorator and journalist who has been featured in such publications as Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Vogue Living, and The World of Interiors. She is the author of Casa Mexicana Style and Rooms to Inspire: Decorating with America's Best Designers. Kelly and her husband, Tim Street-Porter, live and work in Los Angeles and Connecticut. Tim-Street-Porter is an award-winning architectural photographer, whose books include Los Angeles.



Praise For Walls

“Trompe I'oeil wood inlay, Pompeian frescoes, chinoiserie wallpaper—the rich examples in Walls: The Best of Decorative Treatments span from the historic (Olana’s fanciful stencilwork) to the contemporary (a toile de Jouy bedroom by Jean-Louis Deniot).” ~Elle Decor

“…a photographic guide to the best decorative coverings and treatments.” ~Architectural Digest

“While the text is really very interesting, I think that what truly makes this book a keeper are the beautiful photos by Tim Street-Porter, Pieter Estersohn, and other photographers. There are images of historical rooms with all kinds of stunning wall treatments (think Caramoor, Beauport, and Schonbrunn) as well as contemporary work by the likes of de Dampierre, Annie Kelly, and Alberto Pinto.” ~Peak of Chic
 
“Interior designer De Dampierre tracks wall treatments over five centuries and the transformative impact of the most common of canvases.” ~Traditional Home
 
“Florence de Dampierre’s aptly names new book Walls takes the reader on a pictorial tour of some of the most exquisite walls throughout history that you have ever seen.” ~Style of Design

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