There are many required necessities for my ideal home. Notice how I said “ideal” instead of “realistic.” While I enjoy high-rise city living, I have a vivid vision of my perfect house. White painted brick, black high-gloss front door, potted boxwoods galore, green velvet sofa, Calacatta marble in a white kitchen, and….Gracie wallpaper.
I wish I could pinpoint when I was first graced by Gracie, I am only sure I knew of it’s existence by name around the beginning of college. There is something so special about Gracie’s hand-painted chinoiserie, floral, and landscape designs and the way they dress up the most beautiful dining rooms, bedrooms, powder rooms, and entries. Gracie wallpaper is timelessly used in spaces both traditional and trendy. While nothing beats a room covered in Gracie from floor to ceiling, wallpaper panels are also a smart way to keep your favorite Gracie custom pattern from house to house, space to space. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
Here are some gorgeous rooms that are full of amazing Gracie.
While Gracie is used in many different rooms of the house, I see it most commonly used in dining rooms. Who wouldn’t want to eat with gorgeous hand-painted wallpaper surrounding you?! It is also very versatile for seasonal meals. Let me know how your summer luncheon goes in your red dining room…. Designed by Thad Hayes via The Paris Apartment
Let’s take a moment to admire the floors, as well as the shades of green and white. Then, let’s applaud them for being smart enough to put that gorgeous Gracie on a screen. Screens are really effective and luxurious, especially for scaling down big walls or large spaces. My family has always loved them. Photo source: Luxe Source
The original dining room in the fabulous home of Mark D. Sikes. To see the updated version, pick up the July-August issue of Veranda. Oh, and pick up at least two copies- it is THAT good of an issue! Between the blue and white porcelain and the blue and white Gracie, I couldn’t love this room more (I may even like it better than the redo..there, I said it!). Photo source: Lonny Magazine
This wonderful green Gracie adds the right amount of color to this neutral dining room. Definitely a more modern room, but the Gracie blends perfectly. Photo source: Pinterest
Many people use neutral paint to let colors, like the lavender in the chairs and the hint of blue and white curtains, pop. This Gracie allows the colors to shine, without sacrificing the interest of the walls. Photo source: The Little Book of Secrets
I adore this Gracie shade of green. The color has a layered feel, almost like the paint you find in Italy. A bold choice for a bedroom, but the green and white contrast is so classically fresh. Designed by Mario Buatta, featured in Architectural Digest.
This entry by David Easton reminds me of a more country-club like version Blair Waldorf’s NYC apartment (Gossip Girl anyone?). Here, Gracie wallpaper is used on a large scale. I love the terra cotta potted flowers on the entry table.
The more modern light fixture and sleek interiors compliment this delicate Gracie used in the transitional nook in the Chicago Dream House. Photo source: Pinterest
Laundry is a necessity of life, so why not do it in a room that makes you feel happy and inspired. I love wallpaper in small spaces. Photo and design in the 2009 DC Design House
I was fortunate enough to be at the grand opening of this condo at the Ritz Carlton Dallas designed by Laura Hunt. It really is incredible inside! While I love the gray scaled Gracie, I especially admired the gray and white striped entry. Photo source: The Glam Pad
As I mentioned earlier, Gracie panels are so incredibly smart to use in the home, especially if you are highly mobile in you career or have a tendency to house hop. This beautiful seating area designed by Sherrill Canet is featured in New York Cottages and Gardens.
I am pretty positive this room would highly encourage wearing loungewear all day and reading magazines in bed until noon. It is so tranquil and relaxing, it would be impossible to feel stressed at the end and beginning of each day. Note- they just used the Gracie on one wall. Sometimes, that is all you need for wallpaper! Photo source: VT Interiors
Blue and white Gracie with blue and white lamps. A dreamy entry. PS notice how everyone has those baskets under their tables -look at Mark D. Sikes dining room side table above. I wonder where I can find one?!? Photo source: Luxe Source
Okay, I’ll admit it…I have seen this dining room about a hundred times and just now discovered it wasn’t actually a trellis on the walls of this breakfast room (I am assuming this room is used for breakfast..it just feels like it should be). Regardless of my now inadequate design eye, this is in fact a custom Gracie wallpaper. Bravo, Gracie…you fooled me! Design by the always remarkable Bunny Williams featured in Architectural Digest.
Last, but certainly not least, one of my favorite dining rooms designed by Barry Williams in a private Dallas residence. Timeless, stunning, and perfect in every way. Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood.