It's almost Valentine's Day, and I have got a brand new love. Well two, actually.
They are tall and gorgeous, and they're both hanging in my dining room right at this very moment.
Did you see them? My chinoiserie wallpaper panels. They complete me.
I have long had a crush on the hand-painted silk wallpaper in Aerin Lauder's dressing room...
and in this dining room designed by Elizabeth Dinkel…
An entire room in this exquisite paper is out of my league. But, a couple of panels, framed as art, would give me the look for less and fill my empty dining room walls.
I did some research and discovered Griffin & Wong. They offer 25 chinoiserie designs, hand painted on a variety of silk wallpaper backgrounds.
Douglas at Griffin & Wong worked with me to find just the right match. I chose two of their Du Paqier panels in a soft aqua background. I was emailed a picture of the paintings in progress to determine if I wanted more color intensity. The panels typically run from floor to ceiling, but they made mine to accommodate the space above my wainscoting.
When the panels arrived at my door, I was a bit nervous. What if the picture online didn't look the same in person?
I was pleasantly surprised to see they were even more beautiful and vibrant in person!
The panels came rolled up, so I had to figure out how best to hang them. I went to Lowe's and had some hardboard cut to size.
I then had my wallpaper installer apply the paper to the boards. I had thought I could DIY that part, but I didn't trust myself to not mess it up!
Once the paper was mounted to the boards and dried, I had them framed in an antique gold bamboo frame. I didn't use glass for two reasons. One, I wanted to save money. And two, I was hanging the boards on top of grass cloth wallpaper. I didn't want to hang anything too heavy that would require more than one small nail hole.
I really love how the new art fills up the dining room walls and completes the look of the space. I find myself spending more time in there, just so I can admire them.
I guess you could say we're still in the honeymoon stage, but I hope this love lasts forever :)
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