Friday’s Photo: You HAVE to see this ceiling.

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!


7 Responses to Friday’s Photo: You HAVE to see this ceiling.
  1. Max Reply

    Beautiful photo as usual, Linda. And yes, I agree, the ceiling is different and spectacular , but I feel that it dominates the whole room, which may well have been the goal. It is as if the furniture is not to scale compared to the ceiling. I wonder if a more solid based table would’ve been a better choice? Or something a bit more substantial….. Just speculating…. I’m not a Designer 😊

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Interesting thoughts Max. The ceiling did dominant the room for sure but like you say, it was probably the intention. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Kristie Barnett Reply

    Now THAT’S an interesting ceiling! Looks as though the light fixture is growing out of its middle, like a tree root or a vine. Thanks for sharing – have a lovely weekend!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kristie, it really was spectacular. Have a great weekend as well!

  3. Angela Taylor Reply

    Wow! That light fixture is amazing! I think I might get a crick in my neck from looking up at it constantly, just kidding! I agree with Max about the furniture not really being the best choice with that dramatic ceiling but so fun to see. Thanks for sharing Linda:)

  4. Hannah Reply

    He is in my top 5 favorite designers. I loved his Kip’s Bay room. It was my absolute favorite that year.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      I have lived him Hannah ever since that show room kitchen he did with the wallpapered checked ceiling.

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