There is something about a well-decorated ceiling that has always captivated me. On my 5th Grade trip to Washington D.C., I remember snapping an entire roll of film when we were touring The Capitol Building. The famous fresco-painted ceiling was the most beautiful thing my 10-year-old eyes had ever seen and I didn’t want to forget a centimeter of it. I had a similar experience a few years ago in Spain. My dear friend, Lisa, and I were walking through La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and I was truly awed by the way the light played on the arched walls, through the beautiful stained glass. My digital camera’s memory was quickly filled with pictures of the ceiling, because, again, I couldn’t bear the thought of forgetting one inch.
A week or so ago, Chris and I were having dinner at a local pub, Mortimer’s, which has great sandwiches, beer, and wine. I couldn’t stop looking up at the ceiling, despite the wonderful company, delicious wine and scrumptious ham and cheese panini. It was just too pretty!
An artfully decorated ceiling just gives a room a different air. Michelangelo knew it when he painted the Sistine Chapel. Ceiling frescos have been around for centuries, and tile has also seemed to make its own place in historical homes and buildings. To me, it just seems more like art than décor. A well-tiled ceiling brings back a certain nostalgia of a different time, and can even give a room an Old World kind of feel.
Since then, I have done a little daydreaming about someday tiling a ceiling in my home. I came across Wishihadthat.com , which has most definitely lived up to its name. The tiles they advertise are beautiful and some have a etheral quality that would certainly step any room up to the next level. Unfortunately, they are way out of my budget, but a girl can dream, right?
Here are 3 of my favorites, and pictures of the ceilings mentioned in this post. The Capitol and Mortimer’s pictures were borrowed from http://www.luxuryexperiences.com and yelp.com, respectively. The picture of La Sagrada Familia is mine.
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Mortimer’s Pub, Charlotte
… It got COOOLD in Charlotte! Stews were brewed, fires built, sweaters worn, and mugs of warm liquids became endearing again.
A while ago, I mentioned finding a sewing machine and table that needed some love. This is how my Sunday was devoted, as I slaved away. It was extremely time-consuming, and I didn’t get it all finished in one day. More work will go into it this week… pictures of the finished product coming soon!
Picture of my “work station”:
Also, in between paint coats, I started reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I am not very far into it yet (as you can see by my tracker on Goodreads!), but am loving it so far. The movie was great. How could it be bad when the cast includes John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, and most importantly (honey) The Lady Chablis? It’s a great story, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
I found this at a yard sale a while ago and thought it was so pretty that I just couldn’t bring myself to leave without it! I originally thought the PS Co stood for Poole Silver Company, but further research has shown that it was actually crafted by the Prill Silver Company in New York. It looks like it could be vintage but I am not sure about that… anyone have any guesses?
Tell me about your vintage treasures and how you found them!
Until next time,
Follow any interior decoraters’ blog these days and at some point one is bound to see a bold, retro design wallpaper. I reposted a link to The Decorista’s blog a while back that featured toile.
Although there are plenty of other projects that need to be finished first around the house, I sometimes look up wallpaper for the office. A single wall papered with a great, eye-catching bold print and a nice complimentary color of paint is what I have envisioned. The picture I’ve posted is from Select Wallpaper. This wallpaper is the Helsinki pattern by British designers Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. I am now a huge fan of theirs after looking them up. I love the chartreuse and charcoal colors, and how well they compliment the brown leather. Especially since this is the color of most of the furniture that will go in that room! The geometric patterns on this grab your eye but still have a clean look that isn’t too busy. Would be great for a wall behind a desk, since that is the real power seat anyway, and adds a little bit of character to an otherwise plain room.
I’ve been told that this is SAJ25 Pattern but can’t figure out exactly what the construction of the piece itself is meant for. Can’t find anything like it online, either.
List of guesses:
- a vase
- a gravy boat
- a sugar bowl (sans lid)
- toothbrush holder
So now I’m posing the question out into the void of the World Wide Web in hopes that someone will know.
UPDATED 7/18/2011 with much better pictures.
*UPDATE* Mystery solved! Found out that this is a vintage standing pocket vase!