Scene Stealer

I spent a delightful Saturday afternoon trolling the halls of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with my pal/studio mate/photog Sarah Winchester (see pictures here from our visit). I had not been in years and I was SO inspired by the new Art of America’s wing, particularly this room in which gorgeous scenic wallpaper and light blue trim work was displayed.

Detail shot of the amazing trim work! Perfect for a beach house, no?

A crappy cell phone shot from my Blackberry showing a bit more of the room.

I am really loving the concept of scenic wallpaper mixed with modern furniture right now! It’s like a giant work of art on your wall that creates SO much drama I squeal every time I see a room using it in a fresh and new way.

Could not love this Michael Smith bedroom more!

Martha has this scenic paper in one of her homes.

More Michael Smith perfection.

Tom Scheerer used a nautical paper in a seaside home.

DeGournay makes MAGNIFICENT hand-painted scenic wallpapers.

Here’s a room idea incorporating some modern pieces with glamorous ones utilizing a gorgeous scenic wallpaper.


  1. SO lovely- I love the drama that it adds to a space- and the dining room that you prepared is awesome- so inspiring! I really love the mirrored buffet!
    I “attempted” to paint a chinoisserie-style mural scene in my front entryway recently- I still have to do the trim and paint the door- but I think it adds a lot of elegant drama to our home!
    If you have a second you can check it out at the bottom of this post

  2. Spectacular. It adds so much life to any room and it gets rid of the need to hang pictures on walls. How is the lifespan of this wallpaper? Will it fade quickly or peel easily?

  3. The one in Martha Stewart’s house is actual a painted mural, not wallpaper. It was done by artist Eric Beare and it is gorgeous!

  4. They really are show stoppers…a completely ancient concept but throw in some new and modern accessories and *BAM*. Perfection. LOVE IT!

  5. where is the table from in your room idea? I am desperate for a new dining room table. Couldn’t find the link. Thanks!

  6. I believe the first bedroom with the gorgeous metal four post bed is actually David Netto. It has been published several times over the years and I have ripped it out for my files every time. I love that room and precisely because, as you mentioned, the wallpaper is mixed with very modern furniture. I think the room is classic David Netto. I love his interiors.

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