Canyon Road, Living Room1.4.14
Installation photos of custom interior doors with antique carved panels, miniature corbels created from antique corbels and a custom coffee table inset with antique ironwork
In this post we continue our tour of a great property in Santa Fe, which we were lucky enough to photograph with Eric Swanson, this past fall. As I said in the previous blog post, I have featured a number of these clients’ pieces in earlier entries. The coffee table and corbels we will see in this installation entry appeared in a post called, “Some of the Latest & Greatest”, from August of 2012. Their pieces, whether doors, architectural details or furniture are consistently intriguing. Even now I am tracking several great pieces they brought in for modification. Expect them to appear in future posts!
Today we will explore the living room, which is to the left when one goes through the front entry featured in our last post. The doors have four panels, fitted with glass panes and accented with antique carved panels. The two central panels are doors, with the outside panels being fixed. The door is fitted into a fabulous carved surround, that again is inset with antique carved fragments. That is one of Eric’s shots above. It is pretty easy to tell his photos from mine and Doug’s (the contractor), but I will try to point out which ones are his.
And then you can see them on the left in the photo below, in the finish shop, awaiting glass and hardware (don’t forget that you should be able to click on the photos to see them in greater detail).
And below, installed, and in action (Eric’s photos).
If I might digress for a moment, as I was gathering the images for this post I started thinking about the little things – the details. When looking at older architecture and construction, whether European, or even pre-war American, it is the details one notices. Crown moulding, decorative ceilings, carved banisters, stair risers and newell posts, columns, corbels, door and window surrounds, built-in cabinets and shelving, window seats, little nooks and nichos…all of these details are what makes older architecture so interesting and different from today’s construction. It is not about necessities. I wouldn’t be able to come up with a percentage, but know that the majority of doors in America are set into simple jambs. Does one need a door surround? No. Does a door surround look more finished and make a room look pleasing and more interesting? I would have to say, a big Yes!
Here are the doors as they were photographed on the loading dock.
After looking at the photo of the doors set into the surround, when I look back at the photo of the doors without the surround, they look incomplete and kind of bare. And then here are the doors and surround installed:
Here is one of my shots of the surround – that would be a good one to click on – I just love that detail.
It is obvious that a lot of thought went into this remodel, and these details make a smaller residence feel grand and luxurious.
We continue to look at these special details with our next La Puerta Originals element in the living room – the ceiling corbels. Since I already wrote about them in “Some of the Latest & Greatest”, I will be brief, and just say that they are details cut from larger antique corbels. As you can see with this detail shot, it is the scroll in the antique corbel below it.
The smaller corbels were pieced together and then given an antique white finish.
After they were completed, they were further modified with additional carving on the back. Below we have the additional carving in progress on Memo’s table.
And then we have them installed:
Our final detail in this post is the coffee table. As I covered it in that previous post, I will just say that I love this table: the antique grillwork that is set into the table has a great abstract nature pattern, and the hand-rubbed finish on the wood was matched to the patina of the metal. Yum, yum, yum. I will end this post with a detail shot I took after it came out of the finish shot, and then Eric’s install shot. I hope to see you next time for more of the tour!