Veneshe Master Venetian Plastering and Bella Pintura Architectural Design Studio are pleased to present their "Artful Entryway" as part of the 2012 Princeton Designer House.
The designer house entrance has been transformed using natural, imported Venetian plasters from Italy, and features detailed plaster decoration, gold leafing, and lime plaster Sgraffito portraits.
Visitors to the show house are wowed by unexpected glamour, and the way Veneshe and Bella Pintura use old world Italian plaster artistry, natural materials and high tech lighting, to connect the home's architectural nostalgia with modern design elements.
Lori Blomstrom & Holly Fields-Scott
The highlight of the design space is the ceiling, plastered in Stucco Milano, a gold Venetian plaster that glows like a candle-lit jewel, illuminated by hidden, low voltage indirect lighting built into a narrow cove molding. Warm light washes over the entire ceiling, drawing attention to its artistry.
A custom-designed paisley modello, borrows from the rhythmic floral patterns employed by Art Nouveau artists. Graceful swirls created using the same creamy plaster and stone finishes that are used on the walls and archways, were further embellished with gold leafing that pops the details.
Our Venetian plaster portfolio is organized into galleries based on the particular Italian plaster and finish used in the project. You can find more scenes from our designer house entry in our Italian plaster gallery.
The Princeton Junior League chose Priory Court as its venue for the 2012 Designer Show House, a biennial event that brings together artists and designers from Northern New Jersey and Bucks County Pennsylvania, selected to transform the property over the course of a month into a showcase for their talents and ability to harmonize with the original architecture and each other. Priory Court, as named by its original architect and owner Albert Hopkins, is a fascinating study of ancient and modern.
Constructed in 1933 to evoke the feel of a gothic castle, Hopkins’ goal was to create a home that looked much different than every other house of that time. To do this, he installed painted cinderblock walls inside the home, and used slabs of limestone for the exterior. Moldings and other details were created with cast stone, a concrete he made to look natural by adding gravel to each mold before pouring the concrete. To offset the stark interior walls, he added plaster cast detailing on the ceilings and hand planed wood doors.