Looking Up

I have been to NYC more times than I can count (lucky, I know!). Still more often than not, I end up with a sun burn on my neck. Crazy, first because I should remember to use sun screen, and second, because I look like a tourist – at risk of all touristy pitfalls – but I digress.

I am always looking up in NYC to see the amazing architecture. The same is true in Interior spaces. The ceiling is often overlooked but a great opportunity to add a statement.

Here are some great options to consider:

  1.  Simply paint the ceilings


2.  Add wallpaper


3.  Apply Tin


4.  Add a coffered design

5.  Or add your own design


So basically, just when you thought you were finished decorating (btw you are never finished) “look up” the opportunities are endless!



Wallpaper – the Thin Line Between Love and Hate

When we moved into our home this lovely wallpaper was on the living room walls.  Initially I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not.  Seven years later I still can’t decide. I love the gilt flecks especially on a sunny day –  they seem to dance around the room.   I recognized the pattern it as a popular Arts an Crafts motif.  After doing a little research I discovered its official name is “Persis Wall”.  It was purchased from a company called “J.R. Burrows and Company in Rockland Massachusetts.  Here is its description:

“Persis Wall”: An anonymous English design representative of the Aesthetic Movement and early Arts & Crafts Movement. The figure appears as a random spray of eucalyptus leaves, interspersed with gilt blossoms that appear and fade across the wall. It is a particularly effective pattern on which to hang artwork, or in hallways and rooms with walls cut up by many doors and windows. The original was found under woodwork in the old shop of Burrows & Co. in Boston, and historic photographs show the same design in a villa near Sidney, Australia, where it had been installed around 1880. Offered in shades of sage green (the document colorway), terra cotta, pale gold on cream, and celadon green.

The preservationist in me loves how appropriate it is for my circa 1865 home.  However, here are the two things I really don’t love:

  1.  It absorbs the light and makes photographing this room really    difficult.

2.  Not every color works as far as upholstery and fabrics are concerned. I sometimes dream of a creamy white that would bounce the light around and not limit any choices.

I supose if it has lasted this long it most likely will stay until it starts to fade.  Then it will most likely be replaced with a beautiful and light bouncing white.

I would love to hear about your designing “love-hate relationships”.