these walls can talk

(image: pauline de rothschild in her paris apartment bedroom, decorated in 18th century chinoiserie wallpaper)

hello mes amis! it’s 8pm and i’m about to have dinner and hope you’re winding down too, or at least refueling for the night shift if you’re anything like me  :)

i got some great news today and couldn’t help but spill it right away. for the architectural digest show in march, gracie studio is going to collaborate with tpa and showcase their handmade wallpaper on our walls! i’ve known mike gracie for years and have always wanted to do something special and now the stars have aligned! i  spent the last hour scouring the internet for images that feature their legendary wallpaper so we can sketch out the plan in detail tomorrow. there are so many options when it comes to this old school technique that i was first thinking  yellow and liz loved the tangerine. then mike suggested silvery metallic with cream and my heart melted!

below are some of their many designs:

gracie wallpaper in elle decor

tory burch’s entry via elle decor

traditional home

gracie studio is a new york institution. it’s been  a family owned business for generations that’s treasured and taken very seriously.  you can read about their colorful history and family passion here: and patricia gray did a great interview with mike here.

i just love the history! below are some of gracie’s metallics.  it’s amazing how many homes they’ve touched in a century. may be cliche but well, everything old is new again. it’s a timeless look and a real indulgence to live with such exquisite hand painted paper. it’s versatile too cause  you can use it on a large or small scale.  for instance, between windows, you can always frame a panel and take with you if you move.

here: Thad Hayes had Gracie repaint the original 1930’s wallpaper. via

everyone looks good in it, and it makes a great backdrop for a photo shoot!

maggie rizer

anna sui/w magazine

nylon magazine

gracie’s work is intense and infinite! i’m really looking forward to getting creative with mike and we’ll have a lot discuss tomorrow when we put it all together. i’ll keep you posted, but better yet, come to the show! ok, time to change gears and eat something yummy. more soon!

February 10, 2011. Decorating, Design, Gracie Studios Wallpaper, New York.


  1. A Gift Wrapped Life replied:

    I remember Gracie wallcoverings from my designer days when hunting at the MDC. This is a great pairing with your talent Claudia. Have fun with this! XO


  2. wanda replied:

    I love the wallpaper….espcially in bedrooms …or dining rooms..


  3. Splendid Sass replied:

    This is fabulous news. Nothing is more beautiful than Gracie wallpaper.
    Can’t wait to hear more.


  4. themorselblog replied:

    I have been craving this very look in my own bathroom or dining room…the elegance of these walls is just about intoxicating. I usually have a favorite, but not this time they’re all beautiful.


  5. Judith replied:

    Oh Claudia! This is wonderful and beautiful!!! I can’t wait to see what you dream up forthe show!Myheart is already pitter pattering! Wishing you well and hope you can get to sleep earlier today, lol!!!



    Hi Ill take the first one please its fabulous fay xxx


  7. Beadboard UpCountry replied:

    OOh! I am glad you are the one choosing!!!!!I love the first one, the seafoad in the round room, the orange and all those silvermetallic colors…..And the second image…..Like I said glad you’re picking this one….Love their paper!Maryanne xo


  8. Maja replied:

    like in wonderland…just beautiful


  9. TimbarikaDoll replied:

    Aahhh…exquisite, I love that kind of wallpaper, how wonderful it would be to open the door and step into a romm like those!! Glad you’re picking, I’d have a hard time!! Good luck!! Have a great day!! xx


  10. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    Fantastic . I love so much handmade wallpaper


  11. Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio replied:

    Excellent match-up. I can’t think of a better vibe for them than TPA!

    May everything run smoothly on the project.



    Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio


  12. maureen replied:

    love, love, love, chinoiserie wallpapers and fabrics, and really, anything chinoiserie…
    beautiful images..


  13. Dad replied:

    So happy you and Gracie got together for the show and hopefully, for future collaboration. Beautiful and evocative walls, just your thing! Look forward to seeing your booth at the show. BTW, like your recent use of Times font.


  14. Slavica replied:

    wallpaper, fabrics, textures of various materials…so many possibilities! we recently met with an interior fashion designer at the Maison O’bjet trade show in Paris that was out of this world!!! I’m planning on featuring her on my blog (and possibly future web mag., and web boutique).
    let me know what you think of my blog when you have a moment. I’m new to blogging! -Slavica


  15. christie repasy replied:

    Hi Claudia, what beautiful hand-painted wallpaper! Your blog is always so informative, you seem to always be unveiling some hidden treasure I have never seen before. Thanks for stopping by my blog to send me your sweet thoughts! XO Christie


  16. Lee Ann at The French Maids Place replied:

    Wow, Claudia! What a perfect match up, the two of you! I have been coveting their papers for a long time now, and especially love the pretty sheen they seem to radiate. I can imagine your booth with a pretty Gracie paper with little floating feathers…very boudoir and dreamy!
    Best of luck with the show. Always love to see what your come up with!
    –Lee Ann


  17. jade replied:

    I love Pauline de Rothschild! Did you ever read the book “The Power of Style”; wonderful book with profiles of amazing women of style. Also, did you ever see the profile in Architectural Digest of Anna Sui’s all red, Vreeland-inspired apartment?



  18. Renée Finberg replied:

    i could live completely surrounded by chinoiserie paper.
    i will never tire of it.

    it is like living in a jeweled forest.

    xx :0


  19. clarice replied:

    Just beautiful, thank you for posting the first photo, that is just what I needed for my Wren book!! Clarice


  20. Sarah @ Maison Boheme replied:

    Good lord – what a gorgeous post. I love all this wallpaper! xo


  21. Evita replied:

    I love all these images, but WOW that chandelier decorated to look like a tree!


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