The First Draft - Rediscovering the Beauty in Historical Architectural Detail

"All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!" - T.E. Lawrence

As in writing, so in design, do we often rely on that first moment of inspiration (the first draft). Therefore, it is most important to look back at the history of an element before trying to recreate it. We can only build upon what was already laid before us, knowing that change is unnecessary when something great already exists. In other words, look back before looking forward, design from past to present and know that the most beautiful details are perhaps waiting to be rediscovered...they were there in the first conception.

Be inspired.

Uniquely yours,



Images via: Chateau Domingue
Founded in 2002, the flourishing Chateau Domingue has become one of the premier importers of reclaimed and aged architectural elements and monumental antiques in the United States. Proprietor Ruth Gay traverses "roads less traveled" throughout Europe several times a year, unearthing beautiful finds from ages past. Her love of European history and architecture has made her a visionary in the industry.