Posts Tagged: Interior Design Hendersonville

Upodate – Appalachian Woodwrights

APP wood

Owner Dennis Woolard is passionate about his work making incredible doors .

Appalachian Woodwrights creates custom wood doors and millwork. From French Country to Mountain & Lake styles, from Traditional to Transitional style entry and interior doors,  “AppWood”, designs and builds custom doors and millwork using traditional construction methods with an attention to detail that meets the expectations of the most discerning designers, homeowners and their builders.






Hand carved door

European Elegance


Asheville Kitchen and Bath Show 2015


asheville kitchen and bath

Historic Downtown Hendersonville’s Designer Showcase


Update- English Library

Library update

For this English library look we used Decorators Supply for the gothic inspired tracery designs  on the ceiling.

To blend the faux finished tracery detail with the walnut cabinetry,  I decided to make the background lighter in color to allow the plaster detail to be more prominent.




The Sistine Chapel: An LED lighting system breathes new life into the work of Michelangelo

By Ingrid D. Rowland originally posted in  Architectural Lighting Nov/Dec 2014


A detail of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling after the lighting refurbishment and illuminated with the new custom LED lighting system.
Credit: Governatorato dello Stato Citta del Vaticano – Direzione dei Musei

Four hundred and fifty years ago, Michelangelo Buonarroti died at the age of 89, just after putting the finishing touches on two frescoes for the Pauline chapel in the Vatican, only a few doors away from another Vatican chapel where he had triumphed at the beginning of his career. Today, rather than celebrate the anniversary with an exhibition, the Vatican Museums , under director Antonio Paolucci, decided to honor the great artist in a different way: by installing new lighting and air conditioning systems for the Sistine Chapel , ensuring Michelangelo’s masterwork a long and healthy future.

After a massive campaign to clean and restore the Sistine frescoes that lasted from 1981 to 1994, Paolucci is adamant that the chapel should never undergo so drastic a treatment again. The paintings must be protected from future damage as aggressively as possible, which means minimizing exposure both to drastic changes of temperature and to pollutants. To bring about this novel celebration, the museums contacted the firms that had handled lighting and ventilation since the completion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling restoration in 1986: Osram and Carrier, respectively, who worked with the Vatican’s Department of Technical Services, under the guidance of Pier Carlo Cuscianna and Rafael García de la Serrana Villalobos with Roberto Mignucci, and in the Vatican Museums by the Conservator’s Office of Vittoria Cimino and the Diagnostic Library for Conservation and Restoration of Ulderico Santamaria with Fabio Morresi. Given the prestige of this assignment, these renovations have been presented to the Vatican (and to the world) as gifts.


A view of the Sistine Chapel. Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling, and the work took place from 1508 to 1512.
Credit: Governatorato dello Stato Citta del Vaticano – Direzione dei Musei

For hundreds of years, the chapel and its frescoes were lit by the 12 windows high on the walls and by an endless array of candles, whose smoke coated the delicately painted plaster with layer on layer of oily soot mingled with dust and other pollutants from the streets of Rome. After the restoration of the ceiling in 1986, these windows were permanently closed and fitted with special plastic screens to filter out incoming ultraviolet sunlight. Eight 150W high-intensity discharge metal halide lamps with quartz technology (HQI) spotlights and two 1,000W halogen projectors were installed on the outside of each of the windows. The pure primary colors of the 15th-century wall frescoes and the stunning pastels of Michelangelo’s ceiling were spellbinding even with this subdued level of illumination. At the same time, a new system for air filtration and partial air conditioning was installed.

The brilliant new colors of the Sistine Chapel and the continuing development of mass tourism in the years since the restoration began to present the Vatican Museums with a new challenge: what to do with the overwhelming number of visitors, each one a living source of carbon dioxide, moisture, and dust. Annual visitors before the 1980’s numbered about a million; immediately afterwards, that number had tripled. Today, more than six million people troop through the Sistine Chapel in any given year, sometimes at a rate of 20,000 in a single day. In addition, the chapel is where the College of Cardinals sits to elect a new pope, and has ever since the late 15th century. Paolucci does not see a constructive way to limit admission, so he resolved to concentrate his efforts as director on controlling the conditions within the chapel itself.

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Update: Hotlanta


We are almost complete construction of a condo in the St. Regis Hotel, Buckhead Atlanta. The details are amazing. English with a slight gothic feel. More photos as furnishings and window treatments get completed. For more information on the faux finish visit

                                                                    New construction breaking ground in October

The Cottages at Cove Park

Cheryl Smith Associates has partnered with Herrington Homes in the The Cliffs at Walnut Cove on an exciting, new construction project.  There are ten (10) homesites for purchase near the wellness center.  The Cottages at Cove Park offer home/lot packages with pre-selected interior designs created by Cheryl. Home owners are afforded the luxury of a newly constructed homes void of laboring over the home interior choices.  Cheryl offers a number of package options to suit client’s varying tastes.

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Project Update: French Chateau inspired home in Flat Rock

The French Chateau inspired home in Flat Rock is nearing completion.  The cabinetry, designed by Amanda James at Forest Millwork, is amazing. The granites selected at Mountain Marble, also in Asheville, are currently being installed.

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Kerf Door and Window Trim

My new project in the South West has exposed me to new terminology. Kerf door and window trim. I love the look and may bring it back to WNC.