A Most Fetching Design Friday: T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker

Today’s A Most Fetching Design Friday features impressive images from the design portfolios of T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker.












Striking images from design portfolios gifts the house and home enthusiast designs to admire and interiors by which to glean inspiration from.

interiors-T.S. Adams Studio, Architects

T.S. Adams Studio, Architects

Although many decor accessories and furnishings know no season, particular colors, textures, and patterns do in fact typify a particular season.  There’s something so fall about a wild turkey illustration, antique copper water cooler, and a rustic painted hoop back bench chair inspired by an 18th century Hickory original design.


1836 Antique Turkey Engraving – Meleagris Gallopavo 


Antique Copper Cooler


Theodore Alexander Rustic Hickory Chair

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T. S Adams Studio, Architects

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T. S. Adams Studio, Architects

Lighting fixtures are the jewelry of a space.

Delia 8-Light Foyer PendantDelia 8-Light Foyer Pendant

The Delia 8-Light foyer pendant in bronze and the Currey & Company Beesthorpe Lantern in golden Pyrite Bronze-finished wrought iron possess the qualities of well designed jewelry- fashionable, brilliant, and graceful.

Beesthorpe Lantern

Beesthorpe Lantern

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William T Baker & Associates-James Lockhart Photo


Great American Homes Volume III


William T. Baker – James Lockheart Photographer – Mandy Culpepper Interiors

Inspiration is everywhere, and the architecture of the Louisiana low-country serves the architectural detailing of this William T. Baker designed home.  Seeing as I have a strong affinity for Louisiana architecture and herringbone brick floors, this image immediately caught my eye and my heart.

Louisiana-home-William-T-Baker-AssociatesWilliam T. Baker – Louisiana Low Country

I hope you enjoyed today’s A Most Fetching Friday featuring a selection of impressive images from the design portfolios of T.S. Adams Studio, Architects and Residential Designer William T. Baker.

Enjoy your weekend!

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From Prefab to Post Fab: Customizing Bookcases Part 2

Prefab to post fab customizing bookcases enhancements for that custom built-in look as promised.

Yes, decoristas, you too can build, design and style a better mousetrap (bookcase).

Customizing a bookcase with moldings, panelings, trims and embellishments takes an average, plain and otherwise boring bookcase from prefab drab to post style fab.

decorative molding

Crown and trim moldings easily punctuate the custom look.

Most basic prefab 5-shelf bookcases are approximately 6′ tall, but not all ceiling heights are created equal.

Decorative furniture feet will take the bookcase to new heights.

furniture feetWaddell Bun Foot ||  Square Bun Foot   || Pumpkin Bun Pine Foot

The custom look is enhanced by adding for example by updating the back of the bookcase.

Beadboard paneling or beadboard pattern wallpaper take the look from common to custom.


The art of customizing bookcases is further enhanced by adding ornamental appliques and onlays.


Ornamental appliques and onlays applied to the front, side or back panels take the ordinary to the extraordinary.


Molding Installation and Applique and Onlay Application Recap:

The bookcase has an assembled height of 71.25 inches.

Decorative molding will have to be cut as it is usually sold in 8 ft lengths.

Measure the selected area of the bookcase where the molding will be placed.

Keep things as simple as you can by marking the area on the molding to be cut with a pencil.

Carefully make the cuts on the molding using a miter saw.

Sand each finished cut with sand paper to smooth edges.

For Top Crown:

Nail the crown molding into place at  the top and sides of the unit.

Fill the gaps with caulk and allow to dry for approximately 30 minutes before paint application.

For Appliques and Onlays:

Determine desired placement of applique or onlay.

Apply small beads of Liquid Nails Paneling and Molding Construction Adhesive or a preferred wood glue to the applique or onlay and put in place.

Small bead applications of adhesive or glue will help to prevent it from running out from under the sides when pressure is applied.

Apply pressure for a few minutes to ensure tight adhering.

dining-chair-pullArmac Martin

Decorative furniture hardware remains one of the most inexpensive and dramatic accent updates known to decoristas.

Inspiring design features are ripe for replication.

A strategically placed decorative pull(s) or door knocker on a front trim, side or back panel takes the piece to custom built-in statement piece status.


We’ll look at how to go from prefab drab to post style fab by creating polished style in the stacks in part 3 appropriately titled From Prefab to Post Fab: Customizing Prefabricated Bookcases Part 3.



Elegant Interior Design Anchors Of A Space

From one generation to another, classic good looks are timeless.

In design and decor, classic styles, color palettes, lines, and textures never go out of style- they simply become the elegant anchors of a space.


That doesn’t mean your decor should stand still in time.

This is where updating through accessories, upholstery, and curtains takes the lead.

A case in point is the 1800’s Victorian-style home of Josephine Aiken.

Inviting and cozy with a fun flavor was the idea, and the result packs a purple and red stunning punch.

Beautifully detailed in Southern Living, the homeowner selected the colors for two reasons- they are her favorites and are in two paintings she owns.

Favorite(s) items, mementos, and treasures make a perfect foundation to build upon.

The mix of traditional design elements along with vibrant, rich colors and textures effortlessly update a space.


Velvet and silk accessories in red and purple invitingly warm the room.

The result is visually unique, a true characteristic of the Victorian style.

Bold choices take the room by quiet storm, creating a fresh and unexpected statement.

painting over mantel

Going home again is not quite that literal for Ashley Stark.

As detailed in Elle Decor, her two-year search for the right apartment did indeed end at the beginning.

The landmark Rosario Candela building is the same building where she grew up.

Once again, the perfect foundation to build upon is in play.

All the beauty of the original doors, fireplaces, and floors remained intact.

Designers James Aman and John Meeks consulted and the result produced an interior space where inherited pieces and contemporary art blend in decor harmony.

ashley-starkAshley Stark

High drama with a modern aesthetic captures the rustic glamour of an old barn moved from Canada to Connecticut. New York-based architect Russell Groves updated all mechanical, electrical and data systems.

Featured in Style at Home, the structure was sound and left untouched. Bringing the inside to the modern standards to reflect the tastes of the homeowner’s lifestyle is a natural fit of like minds.

design anchors of a space

Contemporary seating , accessories, and art accentuates the wood ceiling and beams without distracting the focus of the decor.

A Shaker bed was ebonized in order to give more of  a modern edge to the space.

The lines of the storage cabinetry are sleek and open shelving done in ebony offers a modern functionality.

The Victorian home of India Knight inspires the lived in, loved in look. Souvenirs from world travels, modern fixtures, and eclectic color palettes reflect the personality of the home.


The living room is family central and the true Victorian features, gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows and heavy crown molding, are not lost.

India makes a bold and beautiful statement with her bathroom decor.

The larger than life blind is printed with an image of Marilyn Monroe.

Ideal Home

These examples show the fun, function, and funky side of unexpected decors in relation to the design bones of the home.

Interior decors, like wonders, never cease to amaze, and aren’t we glad they do!

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