Image courtesy of BunnyWilliams.com
For Christmas this year, Santa brought me a copy of A House By The Sea, by Bunny Williams. Her beautiful home in the Domincan Republic is all Bunny Williams. Every detail screams her style and I would expect no less. As I turned the pages and read her commentary, I started thinking that sometimes more really is more.
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Now, I’m not suggesting that every room in every home should be filled with pattern. In fact, I often think that less is more. But in certain spaces – dining rooms, kids’ rooms, and powder rooms come to mind – creating a lush, ornate space can make the room feel very special. And, one great way to make a room feel special is with amazing wallpaper.
Image courtesy of Lynn Chalk
And, sometimes even a more subtle pattern is a showstopper when applied in an unexpected way. The ceiling in the image above is a perfect example.
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There is no doubt that the gold (or maybe platinum) standard for wallpaper is de Gournay. But, if your money-printing machine is broken, there are other more attainable amazing wallpapers out there. Here are a few of our favorites.
Madame de Pompadour
Birds & Butterflies
The three papers above are by F.Schumacher and are classic and beautiful. What is great about the top two options is that they come in multiple color ways. And, I love the Birds & Butterflies print. It has been around for a while but I think it is truly timeless.
For a more modern take on a classic look, I love the Hygge & West wallpapers. All three of the papers above feel classic but on further examination are quite playful. And, the Mermaids and Peonies prints come in a number of other color choices.
Over the last five to ten years, design (especially on the west coast) as become more and more about clean lines and negative space. But, I have a feeling that we may see the tide start to turn. I do not think we will abandon our love of white or our quest for serenity, however, I do think we will start to see some more ornate decor in certain spaces. If I am right, I think wallpaper is a great way to achieve that look.