Dissecting the Details: Philip Mitchell

Hello lovely LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design here, and I’m excited to bring you another Dissecting the Details today. I’m a sucker for beautiful millwork & moldings. There is simply nothing that elevates a design more than these kinds of custom details. I’m sharing 4 key ways that the fabulous Canadian designer Philip Mitchell utilizes millwork in his spaces. Let’s dissect:

We can tend to be timid when it comes to placing artwork on top of a panelled wall, for fear of hiding or distracting from the millwork itself. But in Philip’s work, he makes it clear that piling on the artwork greatly enhances the design! I love that he even chooses several frames that are wider than the panels themselves.
Whether built to perfectly blend in with the surrounding wall panelling, or chosen to stand out like a custom furnishing, the cabinetry in these spaces lend an air of sophistication and really serve to enhance the millwork.
Millwork doesn’t have to be all white! Deep hues and jewel tones really emphasize every little detail.
I think you will agree with me when I say it’s all about the fluting, grid panelling, and dentil molding, how magnificent! I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” – Charles Eames
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  1. These are nice pictures! Great point about the darker colors too — somehow we do tend to forget about that and most of the moulding is white now, but your pictures show how dramatic they could be in the darker tones.

  2. Greetings: Thank you, Nancy, for the many inspiring examples of moldings and millwork. I particularly love the framed tiny drawing/image with the gigantic mat above the fireplace! A very clever way to fill in that space. Paloma: I am a big fan of your blog and work. Thank you for all the inspiration. ~sbc