If you love plaster walls, you’re in for SERIOUS EYE CANDY in LOVELYLAND today! But please. Don’t for a minute think I have expertise about this Old World design element. I’m a trained psychotherapist, not an architectural plaster master! As a designfreak, I do know this: once you have lived with plaster or worked with the medium, in all likelihood, you’ll be hooked.
It is of the earth. Ethereal. Sculptural. Timelessly and impossibly elegant.
Even though Venetian plaster has been around for centuries, it’s interesting how it fell from favor for decades. The other day, Houston-based Chateau Domingue got in touch to enlighten me about the launch of Domingue Architectural Finishes… what they are offering is destined to make interior designers and lovers of European elegance deliriously happy. And of course, my friend and author Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Finishes knows her way around lovely finishes as her firm has even begun fabricating plaster countertops! I frequently post about Patina Farm, so you may recall how Steve and Brooke Giannetti applied a thin coat of plaster over drywall in their Ojai modern farmhouse.
Because it’s a natural material, there’s a depth and warmth plaster exudes which nurtures the soul. Does that ring overly dramatic? I don’t care. It does.
Our first home, a 1920’s bungalow near Chicago, had fabulous plaster walls, and we were these young naive kids who just had no true appreciation for them or a clue as to how to live with them. In some rooms, there were 6 layers of wallpaper over the plaster. What I wouldn’t give now to partially strip them and leave the walls in an excavated, blissfully déshabillé state! (The plaster walls that weren’t papered were wildly imperfect, beautiful, and full of wonky imperfect character…so many sweet memories were made within them before a Mcmansion replaced it when we moved away.
Enough reminscing…onward with plaster beauty. Meet me at the finish line and let me know your thoughts about this design element.
Did you enjoy this trip to plaster heaven?
Peace to you right where you are.