Meghan Bailey, who specializes in textured finishes, achieved a vibrant metallic effect by dripping layers of paint ranging from cobalt to slate gray on canvas. A spray of water over the canvas overlaps the blue paints to look like aged metal. The canvas was then fitted and applied to the walls, at which point muralist Susan Harter painted the figurative design.


"Many of the chinoiserie wallpapers are bold in color," says Bob Brown. "This one struck me because of its quiet, chic butter yellow."

A restrained tapered-leg oval dining table was partnered with curvaceous klismos chairs with seats upholstered in aqua blue silk. Descending from the ceiling directly above the oval table, a bowl-shaped crystal-and-silver chandelier gives the room sparkle, like a piece of good jewelry. Instead of a conventional painting or bull’s-eye mirror over the mantel, Michael hung a doughnut-shaped mirror based on an ancient Chinese design. It sports a distressed silver-leaf frame.

The canvas sheets on which Susan Harter created her murals were removed when the showhouse was dismantled.

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Showhouse Showcase: Wallscapes

Top-notch wall treatmeants take a room from expected to exceptional

Written by Krissa Rossbund
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Bruce Buck

North Shore Jewish Community Center Showhouse
Swampscott, Massachusetts

Though frequently the setting for special occasions, a dining room can become stodgy with its predictable formality—making it the perfect subject for fresh design ideas. The following three showhouse rooms have been finished with top-notch wall treatments—hand-painted wallpaper, earthy, neutral landscapes, and contrasting silhouettes—that take them from expected to exceptional.


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