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Lessons of the Past Important to the Future

November 2, 2015

Part of what I love about practicing Interior Design are the resources that are at our fingertips. Years of archived artistic details still exist and are used again by design houses producing wallpaper, fabrics and furnishings. Referencing the past reminds us today of the importance to be surrounded by artistic details.

Looking back in time, these important decorative details incorporated in public spaces and homes were not lost on budgetary sheets, evaluating cost of necessary structural components versus add-ons of decorative elements – they were integral with each project. Even the simplest of structures showed the basic desires of human creativity at work, making them special in their day and serve as reminders now. Not lost are the fabricators of woodwork, metalwork, lighting, and yes, even wallpaper and fabrics in these historic projects. Seeing them today reinforces that artistic details are important in the design of interior spaces, and what we are doing now helps to ensure that this tradition lives on.

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This past summer I visited my Grandmother’s church in Truro Massachusetts. It was a community center back when it was constructed serving as a meeting house, a Congregational Church and sitting high on the hill even served as a beacon to passing ships. It is largely unchanged, and a recent renovation that is being done carefully to restore it to it’s original condition celebrates it’s uniqueness and important design features that are being retained. You can see the Paul Revere bell is a treasured element, the original handmade pews in the balcony remain as they were, and my favorite – the geometric wallpaper was researched and remade so that the same wallpaper could be replaced in areas that needed repairs. As an interior designer, I love that the visual details that were important then to craftsmen and people using the church are celebrated today, and brought back to life.

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We are using a similar design strategy in a current project at The Davis Community in Porter’s Neck NC. Celebrating the history of Champ Davis, an entrepreneur who donated part of his wealth to establish a center where people could be well cared for as they age, we are going back in time to incorporate decorative details that would have been present in his life time, into the campus of his legacy. We do this so that residents and visitors today can know what a special and giving person established this community, and that this care and compassion lives on by the administration and Board of the facility today in effort to provide the best care and surroundings to the people who will live there.

Here are some of the resources we will be drawing from during this process:

Anaglypta Wallpaper

Anaglypta Wallpaper


Thibaut Archives still used by Designers Today

Thibaut Archives still used by Designers Today

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