This past week I went with a friend to the Hampton Designer Show House  and made it just under the wire before it closes (Sunday if you’re planning on going). I always love to visit a prominent show house because it’s fun to see what the big name designers are doing and what I can take inspiration from. As usual, I take lots of photos (with my iPhone of course) and then study them to see what design tips or trends I can pass on to you.

Here is one room I was definitely wowed by. The dining room, designed by the Mendleson Group, had the most impressive ceiling details and it’s like nothing I have seen before.

Mendelson Group: Linda Holt Photo

Mendelson Group: Linda Holt Photo

There are so many layers of textures and different materials that it took me awhile to take it all in. The outside perimeter of the ceiling is wallpapered with gray grass cloth, then there is dark gray paint between two thin pieces of white trim. Moving next toward the center is a layer of what looks like gravel. I assume it is some type of wallpaper because I saw one thin seam.

Ceiling detail: Linda Holt Photo

Ceiling detail: Linda Holt Photo

Then more white painted wood trim and at the very center is a gold leather octagon shaped medallion. I could not stop looking up. It was really spectacular and was the perfect stage for the ginkgo shaped gold chandelier hanging below.

Painted and wallpapered ceilings have been trending for awhile now but this elaborate treatment took the fifth wall to a whole other level. I thought it was spectacular and a perfect wow factor for the dining room of a five million dollar home. Yup, that’s right…it’s for sale for five million and it’s not even on the water.

What do you think?

Sad to say goodbye to Summer but looking forward to cooler temps and the beauty of Fall. Have a fabulous long weekend my US friends and please be safe!


Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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