Quartrefoil Creatives!

by Katie on June 26, 2011

I know, I’ve been a bad blogger! It’s just I’ve had so much going on! After graduating 8 years ago  from college with my BA in Interior Design, I took a job as a design consultant with a large home builder.  Over the years I’ve worked as a consultant for three different high-end builders. I’ve been very blessed to have had a successful career in an industry that has been volatile with the economy and plagued by layoffs.  But over past few years, I’ve come to feel creatively stifled. So after much deliberation, I decided to resign! I’ve taken a job as a sales rep with a large granite and stone distrubutor. I’m so excited about my carreer change and look forward to dedicating more time to interior design, my blog and A Creative Interior!

 This week  I’ve been Crazy Over Quatrefoil!

According to Wikipedia the quatrefoil enjoyed its peak popularity during the Gothic Revival and Renaissance but can still be seen today in countless churches and cathedrals. It’s most commonly found as tracery, mainly in Gothic architecture, where a quatrefoil can often be seen at the top of a Gothic arch, sometimes with stained glass on the interior. Designers are using quartrefoils, trefoils and painted arches on everything from chandeliers, to mirrors and beds. And why not? Gothic style has lightened up considerably over the years.   

While milling around at one of my favotie haunts, Home Goods, I came across these cool quartrefoil, hurricane-style candleholders. I immediately bought one for our powder bath.

Here they are a little closer up. The Elysee Pierced Jar ($14.99 at Home Goods).


 This amazing bedroom by designer Thom Filica uses a quatrefoil headboard to bring a graphic element space.

Source: Decorpad.com

Super cute burlap quartrefoil pillow from Clayton Gray Home. It’s available in many different colors. (Spa Blue $165.00)

 Source: www.claytongrayhome.com

 Amazing space by designer Jennifer Dyer. Absolute Perfection!

Source: Jennifer Dyer

Very cool headboard from Horchow, one of my favorite stores…

Source: Horchow.com via www.thedecorologist.com

Check out this beautiful handmade bowl from www.baradeneartshow.co.nz

What a glamorous side chair!

Source: www.housebeautiful.com

To-die-for quatrefoil-shaped pool at Megan Mullally’s Hollywood home as featured in Elle Decor.

Although this space is a little too cluttered for my personal taste, I dig the quartrefoil tile backsplash. I also really like the pendant fixture!

I would love to have this door handle on our front door!  What a stylish and classy touch.

Source: Rockymountainhome.com via TZD Designs  

Elegant and stunning display of antiques!

Source: Decor Pad

 Great space! Cool vintage-style and awesome wallpaper.

Source: Decor Pad   

Very elegant floor lamp and ceiling-mount fixture.

 Source: Designstyle.com

Please stay tuned for more! Thanks for reading!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Alejandra June 27, 2011 at 11:17 am



Katie June 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm



kristie@thedecorologist June 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

i love quartrefoil, too! i found a great quartrefoil mirror with a black frame for a client recently at Lowe’s and was so proud of myself – i’ve seen similar ones for tons more money.


Katie June 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Yes, some of those mirrors are SUPER expensive! I recently saw those mirrors at Lowes too! They are very cool! I thought about painting the frame for a bathroom project I am working on!!


double glazingdoors July 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Fantastic work!


Raemona July 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Hi! Yes, I’m going crazy for quatrefoil and arabesque patterns too! I am building a house, and seeking either shaped tile. I love the tile in that kitchen image. Do you have any idea where they got those tiles? If not, could you tell me where you got the image?



Lori T. May 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Love all the quartrefoil images . . not to mention this website. Thanks so much!


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