After several years of looking, we have finally found the wallpaper for the front and back rooms on our parlor floor, and everything else has fallen into place. Now that we know the plan for every room, we’ve been ordering fabric samples, curtains, rugs, light fixtures and furniture. We had wanted to avoid the cliche of William Morris wallpaper in a Victorian house, and sampled dozens of papers from a variety of sources both new and historic (we even visited the D&D Building!) but only the Morris papers worked with our interiors. In fact, they seem to have been custom designed for our rooms, matching our dark woodwork, faux painted mantles, and the original paint on the picture railings perfectly — even the former occupant’s wallpaper from the middle of the last century. It’s uncanny. In the living room, we are using William Morris’ Blackthorn wallpaper, pictured above. In the bedroom, we are going with Morris’ Lily Leaf, a diminutive leaf pattern that echoes the view out back. Click through to see more photos.
Honeycombe in Gold and Thistle, from Sanderson, above.
For modern relief, we’re going with a new paper in the back hall, Azul Wallpaper by Ana Montiel, that is very much a product of the Aesthetic Movement of our time. The contrast of the leafy green paper in the bedroom will be visible through the hall door, above.
The dark green in Morris’ Lily Leaf matches our mantel and picture railing, above and below.
In the garden floor hall, a delicate wildflower pattern from Carter & Co., below