via Robin Bell Interiors
via Megan Winters Design
If you were an avid reader of Domino before the great publication elimination of the late 2000s, then you instantly recognize the first picture in this post. It's the home of designer Ashley Whittaker with her hallway decked out in Rose Cumming's Zebrine wallpaper. This image has been engraved in my brain- as well as a few other ladies', I'm sure- ever since it was first published in 2007. When you still obsess over it nearly seven years later, then you know you really love something.
The Zebrine paper is no doubt a busy print but it's also a classic. Cumming's unexpected twist on the zebra print by replacing black with navy feels thoroughly modern today even though this paper is by no means new. I find that I'm most attracted to its use in small doses, such as in a hallway or powder room, and also in a larger room's small slices, as Megan Winters Design used it above the wainscoting in the last photo.
I finally met this lively pattern in person on Friday after a sample arrived at my doorstep. Now my hopes have lifted way way up...
Does it belong in my funky little hallway? It's an odd shaped room with diagonal walls, chair rail moulding on three of four walls (why??) and an exposed brick chimney. Can I make this fabulous paper work in such a funky space?
What's your vote? Put this filly to pasture or go for a horse of a different color?
For the time being, I've got to put this issue on the back burner. It's time to paint the kitchen...finally...hooray!
More on all of these to follow...