07 September 2011

Bottom feeding

Remember the dreadful wallpaper borders of the '80s and '90s along the tops of walls?  Maybe you are not as old as I and have no recollection whatsoever.  Lucky you.  I confess, I was a border owner but only one room one time. 
Now on to the anti border...
This article, interview and photo-set at Style Saloniste really intrigued me. The photos are a chinoiserie dream!
The decorative art of Michael Dute is some of the finest in the world but it is the fretwork along the bottom of the walls that really piqued my interest. 
Perhaps it is that I have too much to hang on the wall that keeps me from a massive mural like this but along the base of the walls I could do fabulous things. 
I went to Stencil-library and found a few borders that would do the trick.
This fretwork pattern is far and away my favorite.
This one is perhaps a bit to lacy and feminine for my taste but still would make an extraordinary addition to a wall.
I can envision this one with furniture that I do not own and it is perfection just not for me, maybe.
I think this would be a fabulous way to add interest to a room in a spot that the eye normally discounts during the initial once over. 
It is like adding architecture without an obvious and literal faux treatment.
Have you stenciled anything lately?


  1. I've been trying to comment all day. I'm having a lot of issues commenting on blogs the past week or so.

    Anyhoo, I love this idea. It would cool coordinate with a pattern or color difference on the bottom of a drape too. The Greet Key variation is my favorite.

  2. I've done wallpapers borders exactly 3 times. Twice for kids, does that make it less shameful?! :) This is a great and elegant way to reconsider them, what a beautiful image!