For the past year I’ve been clipping out lush photos of plants, flowers and other objects to the end of inexpensively framing magazine pages for a picture wall. One of my original inspirations was boho walls and specifically, the hallway of an English dower house [top], home to a famous 20th century gardener and photographer, Valerie Finnis, and her art-collector husband Sir David Scott. Extremely quirky and cluttered, the pages were simply pasted on the wall, slightly overlapping, just below the original servants’ bells.
Equally eccentric are the paint-decorated floral boho walls that simply absorb the effect of horizontal wood paneling and play to an unused doorway stuffed with a large mirror and adorned with smaller ones, too. One thing I never understand – but frequently see – is a chandelier over a bathtub as I always imagine dust bunnies drifting down into the bubbles or an even worse disaster scenario. Yet the hand-painted garden effect makes this the quintessential cottage-y bath.
A more formalized hodge-podge wall was created for the atelier of rising fashion star Jason Wu as a backdrop for his prized rough-hewn wood table (where he worked on Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown). The solution was a boutique Elizabeth Dow wallpaper which depicts pages from the famously salmon-colored New York Observer newspaper. More sophisticated than actual newsprint and certainly tidier, wallcovering offers yet another approach to highly individualized, artsy walls that speak for themselves.
(Source: WOI, prue ruscoe via desiretoinspire, ElleDecor)
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