Cast foam may be lighter and cheaper, but nothing matches the crisp detail of real plaster ornament. And nobody is better at producing it than Decorators Supply. This 123-year-old company, owned by the third generation of the same family, has a library of approximately 400 richly detailed patterns for cornices, crown moldings, ceiling medallions, rosettes, and more. And while the designs are deeply rooted in the past, the operation is strictly 21st century, with an excellent website, five catalogs, and top-notch shipping and handling.
Chicago, Illinois; 773-847-6300; decoratorssupply.com