Monday, July 23, 2012

Design Trend: Peeling Bedroom Walls


It seems that peeling bedroom walls are huge right now!

According to Anthropolgie, I'm right on trend. 

Let's see what other inspiration they can provide.



The caved-in ceiling look.  There's a DIY project I could tackle.

The tousled covers.  No problem.  I'm a master at that.


A little vintage wallpaper with an old wedding dress adds a little romance.



And look at the masterful editing. 

Not a single Gustavian nightstand, gourd lamp or ikat window treatment cluttering up the space!




No ceiling fixture.  Just a hole.  The bling is left to the viewer's imagination.
Genius.

Apparently you can even place the bed right in front of the bathroom door now!
I never would have come up with that idea on my own.

Anthropologie:  Thanks for the inspiration!  

I thought I was going to have to start from scratch on the bedroom
but it seems I'm almost done!  ;)

68 comments:

  1. hhhmmmm....I like to look but not live. Reminds me of 2nd Hand Lions. It was cool, but kind of darkish. But in general I love Anthropologie

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  2. Is it decor, or is it just decay? Keep going on the bedroom walls, Steve!

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  3. "Not a single Gustavian nightstand, gourd lamp or ikat window treatment cluttering up the space!"

    I love you.

    P.S. I've always been a fan of genteel decay.

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  4. shabby is still alive and well. Who knew?

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  5. Apparently the hardest part is knowing when to stop... I've been going on FAR too long.

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  6. Who knew?! And to think, all these people are destroying these homes with things like new paint and repairing the floors! Nonsense! ;-)

    Tim

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  7. I needed a good laugh...all the way through I'm smirking and then that last one..."apparently you can even place the bed right in front of the bathroom door!!" So funny! My old house has walls that are in really good shape..I'm shocked...so I guess at least according to Anthro...I'm not following the trend, but I do feel like I'm side stepping to get into the closet...the bathroom...the kitchen...but no actual blocking the door like they've done so artistically here!

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  8. Nice!! You should write their captions and catalogs, Steve! ;-) Too bad those beautiful rooms are crumbling....very sad.

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  9. I look at those images and can't help but imagine peeling paint landing on me in the middle of the night. Not a good feeling, i wouldn't think. Come on, already, we're all dying to see the bedroom! With or without the decay...

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  10. Hell...peeling paint boy...Invite the cameras in. Ya might even be able to make a buck, eh?


    YOU are SO ahead of the curve!

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  11. I love "decay-ration" all I could come up with was "corrode a la mode".
    I think you are being sarcastic but this medium leaves that up to the reader to interpret.
    I love the bed blocking the door! So collegiate.

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  12. These are hidi, aren't they? Did they bandy about the term WabiSabi? Soo on trend. Meanwhile, John Derian's Ptown house has a similar chippiness about it. Though I love him, I can't get behind the look.

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  13. I grew up in NYC- and if
    "Decay-ration" ( ♥ that wordage btw) is all the rage now, then the entire borough of the Bronx is the chicest place on the planet.

    I HATE the peeling paint look.
    It smacks of emperor's new clothes to me. I'm not a chippy/shabby kinda chic either. I don't mind patina/age that is authentic, but faux old is tacky IMHO.

    Redoing a wonky room is like having a baby-the labor is always worth it after the fact, lol.

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  14. Decayration. I love that! I guess I've really overdone it in my living room now. Rats. My bedroom looks right on target though.

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  15. You are funny Steve! I love this look...minimally and if it's authentic. Rotted and a hole in the ceiling is where I stop though!

    Keep plugging along!

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  16. I owned a house, ten years ago, much in this same shape! Should have kept it! lol

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  17. Too funny--I love your editing comment. Just hope it's not lead paint peeling off of those walls.

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  18. In the early 1970s, my husband and I lived in a circa 1924 apartment building in Hyde Park, a neighborhood of Tampa, Florida.

    1003 South Dakota Avenue under construction:
    http://digital.hcplc.org/burgert/archive15/14292.jpg

    One night we were awakened by a thunderous crash.

    A good portion of the hall ceiling had smashed to the floor - plaster, lathing strips and all, leaving a huge hole.

    There had been no telltale signs from below that the ceiling was in jeopardy.

    Thank goodness this happened in the hall and not somewhere else - such as directly over the bed.

    I love a house in dereliction but when I see exposed ceiling lath, I think of that night many years ago.

    KO

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  19. Love this post and also all the great comments. Such a funny/witty crowd.
    I agree with Carol. I immediately thought of paint chips falling on me and in my mouth during the night.
    Yeah, lead poisoning...that's all I need.

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  20. i heard the housing market had crashed in the US, but didn't know all the cool kids were living in real old mansions...

    a very strange campaign. definitely trying too hard...

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  21. Dang, and I spent 5 months repairing the original plaster with all it's cracks and pealing paint in my house when I moved in. I should have just waited for my cues from Anthro. However, that chippy plaster/paint thing is going on in my dining room after twenty two years. Now I'm gonna leave it, for a while anyway.

    Bridgemor

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  22. I'm with Carol about paint flakes landing in my face--but maybe with a canopy bed?

    Am just thrilled to know that unmade beds are high style!

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  23. This is too funny! It's taking deconstructionism to a whole new level. Now we just need to furnish these rooms with all the deconstructed pieces from Restoration Hardware and we can all feel like we are the last members of a crumbling nobility! I didn't see this movie but apparently in The King's Speech there is a crumbling room (plaster and wall paper I believe) that is gorgeous and supposedly set off this trend. I am in the middle of replastering my LR walls (I'll probably still be in the middle of doing it in 6 months) so I'm right there with ya...

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  24. This is art, amazing, mysterious, beautiful, I love it. ART

    http://marinainblue.blogspot.com.es

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  25. Vintage wallpaper and an old wedding dress...hmmm...welcome home Miss Havisham! I do love that first room though.
    am

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  26. With our leaky ceiling in the bedroom, we would fit right in! We have peeling paint because of it, though it doesn't look nearly as artsy as Anthropologie's images.

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  27. I'm so laughing...our stairwell ceiling is doing that because of humidity. I thought I was going to have to shove the husband up a ladder to fix it. Turns out the weather is making us in vogue!

    XX
    Debra~

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  28. Brilliant !!!

    It seems you and I frequent some of the same places (Rockport, Darby Road, Clark Gallery)

    Make your soup recipe again last night. I change it up a little bit, but it is my new favorite.

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  29. Fantasy and romance... too bad they don't always jive with pragmatism. Scraped, but sealed, walls are one thing I would like to live with; holes in the ceiling where lath is exposed are a whole different story. Crumbling plaster falling on me while I sleep might just ruin my day. I am really drawn to this look, however.

    Steve, you are right on trend, no matter what. Making people laugh is always trendy! Nicely done!

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  30. They do know how to make it look pretty! I don't think I could live with it for long though. Although I do think I might have a few water spots on the ceiling upstairs. Maybe I'll stop complaining. Beds in front of windows have never bothered me. I think of cool breezes (if I lived where cool breezes existed) coming in through an open window as I lay in bed reading or daydreaming. sigh...

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  31. I notice that all thses bedrooms include big quilts or covers. Obviously it's just too darn cold to get up and do whaat must be done. If this is truly chic, though, my bathroom is much more in style than my bedroom!

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  32. I don't know. I feel like I can hear the rats right thru the pictures. They have beautiful goods sometimes but these backgrounds are a little too "homeless squatter" for me.

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  33. Ha! You've heard of "heroin chic" - meet "crackhouse chic". I don't think so.

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  34. "Decayration"- try selling that to the appraiser!

    Awesome post! Thanks!

    Karla in CA.

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  35. That's just crap. Makes my skin crawl to look at that kind of mess. You don't need inspiration like that. Ann

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  36. Ummmm...I don't think so. My old apartment looks a little rough, but this is ridiculous.

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  37. "Decay-ration"--brilliant! Just looking at these photos kinda gives me the creeps. I can imagine waking in the morning covered in drifts of paint flakes. Doesn't seem like good Feng Shui to me!

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  38. Steve, thank you for your Anthropologie commentary and lesson in not taking oneself too seriously. And, "seriously," life laced with humor and honesty provides all the comforts of home.
    Thanks, You are a delight.
    Linda

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  39. You may have gone too far...don;t you actually have a lamp or two?

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  40. I love old houses....can just imagine what those places would look like if brought back to their glory. But, as is....that's sad and depressing.

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  41. All girls are gone and I was feeling a bit down until reading both your blog and the hilarious comments! Too funny.

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  42. hysterical steve!

    hmmmm
    anthro; decay
    RH; deconstruction

    is this a snapshot of "deconomy?" sorry.......not as good as decay-ration, LOVE that!

    debra

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  43. I've been obsessed with peeling wallpaper since The King's Speech. I've been wanting to do a wall like that, but no clients are willing to take the plunge!! I'm waiting for the right project. Of course, Anthro would beat me to it!

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  44. Reminds me of an apartment I had in college. I did not know I was a trend-setter! Can't see the roaches in the pictures, however. Where there is deferred maintenance, ya know.

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  45. I'm just going to squeeze this in at the bottom of the page.....I did this last year in my kitchen, remember?

    Anthro, so last year.

    xo Jane

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  46. I laughed all the way through and experienced more than a little deja vu from when I first bought my old house with plaster walls and ceilings and peeling wallpaper. Totally agree with Carol@House&Home; could not get a good night's sleep under those peeling ceiings. Funny captions, Steve!

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  47. this is good steve. i hope you keep working on the walls though.:)

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  48. This was great fun! Thanks for the laughs!!

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  49. I lived in a historic house one summer which we nicknamed "Peeling Ceilings". Not in a good way. Of course, it was also haunted.

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  50. You're so funny! I think a better source of inspiration is "The Well-Worn Interior" by Robin Forster & Tim Whittacker. It features many patinated surfaces but ones that look more stable than the Anthropologie shoot. Have fun with your plastering!

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  51. Anthro-World.

    Nice place to visit. Wouldn't want to live there.

    :-)

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  52. LOL! I could add my living room ceiling to this blog...

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  53. Too funny - thanks for making me laugh! I am a student of design and I consider myself very open minded, and I like just about everything. But this is shabby chic I can't get behind. When they shot these, did they just drive around old neighborhoods looking for houses with a big red "X" tacked to the front door?

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  54. oh, you're the best. too funny...

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  55. Great captions! Thanks for permission to tackle my house a little slower now. Of course the last room waiting to be done is my bedroom, where the low angled ceiling above the knee wall is held up by drawing paper & blue painters tape. No falling lead paint shards for now. It will be an inside job this winter.

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  56. Haha!! I love your take on this 'look' !!

    Though, it's not much to look at!!

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  57. I love the look but couldn't live with it. Unless it was an old Paris apartment then I'm in.

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  58. This is like Restoration Hardware not finishing their furniture. I feel like I'm living in The Emperor's New Clothes.

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  59. Those rooms would provide me with hours of entertainment...just sitting there peeling it off. Satisfaction..
    It's the little things.

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