Welcome back, dear readers! Today, we’ll continue exploring Blairsden: the Mansion in May for 2014. Today our tour takes us into the main hall of this architecturally significant Beaux-Arts gem.
Gacek Design Group is responsible for the decoration of this space, with its carved French limestone, elaborate symmetrical details and grand archways. Richard Gacek chose to place an emphasis on the pastoral setting of this amazing, legendary estate.
First, let me just say that this Main hall is QUITE large. It’s actually several spaces, in a long cross hall with 14-foot ceilings having elaborate plaster moldings and pilasters. Mr. Gacek transformed the space into a restful open-air woodland, where you can be reminded of nature’s beauty with light neutral and metallic fabrics. Moody gray and silver tones, dreamy cloud-like whites, and soft metallic fabrics are used to give movement and life the space.
The many different fabrics in Mr. Gacek’s area are from both Robert Allen Fabric and Maxwell Fabrics. They are all just beautiful and there is such variety–at the entrances to each seating area are tall sheer portiere’s, and each alcove has draperies at the French doors, plus the tall columnar pillars at the base of the stairwell. I’ve included some detail images below.
This beautiful photograph shows the expansiveness of the Main Hall and all it’s various spaces. Mr. Gacek did an amazing job of furnishing and softening this expansive area!
You can find more information about this designer at gacekdesign.com or by visiting his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GacekDesignGroup
Thank you for joining me today on my tour of the Main Hall from Blairsden. You can find out more about the 2014 Mansion in May by visiting their website, where there’s lots more information about the designers and even a video, plus an interactive map with before photographs of all the rooms. http://www.mansioninmay.org/
Please take the time to leave me a comment about the spaces featured in this week’s blog–did you love the stone work and the naturalistic feel? Stay tuned for much more about the rooms in Blairsden: The Mansion in May. Until then, please tell everyone you know about Kristine Robinson’s Blog, I need all the friends I can get!