Climbing the Walls

You can’t, you know, decorate in isolation.  This room this and that room that.  So as I piece together the living room and plan the dining room, the downstairs hall and family room must be considered.  The image, top, in the May issue of  House Beautiful, caused one of the tumblers to fall into place offering up the answer for the hall.  “Trellis.  Of course.”

Then, while visiting the Kips Bay Showhouse, I lingered long in this room.  Captivated by the paper, delighted by the furniture.  When my dining partner said, “What was your favorite room?” I replied, “Those mirrors!”

A classic room with unnoticeably unconventional choices, I adored Richard Mishaan’s use of Philip Jeffries embroidered grass cloth for the walls.  Trellis.

Which reminded me of Little Augury’s project.  Trellis.  With an edge.

Then, while pulling out Influential Interiors to see if it was right for a friend, I was reminded of this image using Colefax Trellis.

And then this.  But my first leg of the hunt (on-line or in the showroom) has not been a success.  (Try searching “trellis wallpaper:” A bazillion images of Imperial Trellis pop up.)  By this time I was planning on two or three samples taped to the hall wall.  Nada.  
I could paint it.  But then there’s the math.  You know I hate math.
Images from top, House Beautiful, May, 2011, design by Meg Braff; photography Thibault Jeanson.  Paper, Sea Island Trellis by Brunschwig & Fils; New York Times, design by Richard Mishaan, photography Trevor Tondro.  Paper, Philip Jeffries; via Little Augury; Influential Interiors; photography James Merrell; Farrow and Ball: The Art of Color; photography, Edward Addeo.
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14 thoughts on “Climbing the Walls

  1. I've done that search, even adding "Chinese" and a few other qualifiers and…nothing. I still dream about the silver asian lattice paper from a Sulgrave condo featured in an issue of Spaces a few years ago.

  2. Can not beat the trellis in any mode. I need to update my pictures of this project, but the mirror that goes there from madegoods has been discontinued-very disappointing. love your living room too much!

  3. Patricia what if you make or find a trellis stencil? I think it is an excellent idea for the hallway.

    Art by Karena

  4. I like the trellis wall paper idea–timeless. Don't despair, the object of your desire will show up. Who was the designer of the Kipps Bay living room? The red accents, the perfect mid-century pull-up chairs combined with those amazing mirrors is brilliant.

  5. Ah yes, I was just looking at Quadrille and China Seas this very morning, thinking Trellis myself. It must be in the collective consciousness, or we're just uber now. I hope you've avoided the tornados, Mrs. B.
    xoxo Pink

  6. A trellis paper is a classic and always makes me feel I am bringing in a little garden feel to the design. It would make a great dining room or breakfast room.

  7. Hi Patricia,
    There is actual trellis at Lauren Alexandra in Brookside. It comes in white. I can't remember the size of each section. Wouldn't that be beautiful mounted over a painted wall?
    I was thinking of doing it below a chair rail in my house.

  8. I know of several lovely trellis wallpapers – but I if I know them, then I'm sure you do as well. The Cole Georgian rope comes to mind but perhaps that's too delicate. I'm sure you'll find something fabulous!!

  9. i am so incredibly happy that paper is back!!

    i adore a richly painted room but…
    a fabulously papered room is almost worth dying for!!


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