Monday, April 12, 2010

Playing with Light and Shadow

After our previous post on a dramatically decorated hall in the Spanish Palace of the Duchess of Alba I wanted to show how I adapted some of the same ideas into the hall of my own far less palatial abode.

While I’ve yet to attempt my own celestial ceiling mural I’ve managed to achieve a dramatic effect simply through light and shadow. The glass-front shelves under the elaborate antique tapestry, provides ample storage space for our online shop as well as a wonderful display opportunity.

Lighting is provided by a candlestick lamp and a lovely vintage Italian art pottery urn, which cast light through the large domed birdcage and a vintage pair of moose antlers surrounded a display of porcelain plates including one of heraldic design. A pair of gilt framed Victorian prints glimmer alongside rusting wrought iron wall sconces.

Clustered around the small boudoir lamp are antique books with a distressed antique marble bust, a large shell filled glass compote, and a beautifully crafted iron sword. The elegant urn light fixture is also surrounded by antique leather bound books as well as a pair of terracotta cherub candlesticks.

Photos and styling by KS&D.
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