HOUSE: Newburgh

In the dressing room.



The dressing room as always been a little bit neglected. It feels empty, it needs life. I have a bit of buyer’s remorse over the glass doors on the wardrobes, but I think doing something dramatic and happy on the opposite wall will help. Wallpaper, perhaps?

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  • Reply lottie February 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    oh but you have such lovely light in there. it does look good already.

  • Reply Aimee February 12, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    it’s pretty! our walk in closet could use an overhaul…

    i love the idea of wallpaper to spruce up the wall. 🙂

  • Reply Tara February 12, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Dear Ms. doorsixteen,

    I feel compelled to drop you a line and tell you how much I adore the little snippets you share with the world via your blog. It’s like sitting down to a little pause in my life where I can just decompress, if only for a moment.

    I have three daughters that demand most of me, but I reserve bits and pieces and happily, one of those bits is filled with pictures of your beautiful sense of style and design. Our tastes our very much aligned. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone even when it sometimes feels like it when meeting yet another Mama who grooves to the beat of ruffled floral shams and toilet lid rug thingies.

    With gracious thanks for a job well done,
    Tara N.
    Up here in snowy Canada

  • Reply Laurel February 12, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Wallpaper or a wall decal would be good, especially in some warm colors I think. Or a grassy green, that could be fun. I daydream about having a dressing room sometimes…

  • Reply Jo February 13, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Love your blog, so fresh & airy, much like your spaces. I bought some lovely, minimalist decals from that did wonders in our bath; they’re soaring birds in shades of gray. They also have minimalist branches & what-not…no glue, they just cling like magic & can be reused, repositioned.

  • Reply lesley February 13, 2008 at 9:10 am

    if you’re missing that lived-in look I could move in for a while and throw clothes all over the floor.

    but seriously: wallpaper might be fun. or a happy-colored wall.

  • Reply modernemama February 13, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I was going to say either decals on the glass doors
    or etch them

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 13, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Tara, I can assure you that I will never be posting photos of ruffled floral shams or toilet lid cozies! 😉

    Wow, so much decal-love! I’m not a decal person, personally. I prefer the permanence of wallpaper, or even just painting patterns directly on the wall.

    This weekend I need to check and see if I have enough left over of the Orla Kiely wallpaper I used in the vestibule to do one wall in the dressing room.

  • Reply Jaimie February 13, 2008 at 10:52 am

    I can picture some of the Ferm Living wallpaper in here (didn’t you order some samples from them?) Some of the dramatic leaf or branch patterns could be really striking in here.

  • Reply patricia February 13, 2008 at 11:41 am

    your sense of design, decor and style is impeccable…i am always blown away by it…orla kiely wallpaper sounds like it just may be the thing, but then again i find it peaceful and complete as is…

  • Reply erin February 13, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    I was just wondering if you tried switching the wardrobes to the other side of the wall? It looks like there is more width there and then the might integrate more fully into the room

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 13, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Oh, I know it looks that way in the photo, Erin, but moving the wardrobes to the other side of the room would block the entryway. It’s a difficult room. I am plagued by doors and windows — even this tiny 5×10 room has THREE doorways and a window!

  • Reply Janelle Grace February 13, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Lovely space but it does feel a little bare. Wallpaper might help. (Or like the other comment, throw some clothes around.)

  • Reply erin February 13, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    yikes 3 door! I was wondering if you had seen this wall art stuff at all I think it is kind of a cool options – I originally saw it on Alex the Girl’s Hygge House site 🙂

  • Reply kelly February 13, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    i’m way anti-decal, so i vote for something bold from ferm living or nama rococo. they both offer such beautiful papers.

  • Reply Anna at D16 February 14, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Oh, how I wish I could afford an entire wall of Nama Rococo wallpaper, Kelly. Really. Sigh. I ordered a bunch of samples from Ferm a while back (good memory, Jaimie!), but none of them turned out to be what I’d hoped for when I initially saw them online.

    But yeah, I don’t do the decal thing. Not for me.

    I have a bunch of the Orla Kiely wallpaper from my vestibule left over, maybe it’s enough for that wall. I’m just procrastinating having to do the necessary math to find out!

  • Reply monique February 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    what about finding beautiful fabric that you like and using that as wallpaper? i find that fabric can often be a less expensive option with no shortage of patterns to choose from.

  • Reply joanna goddard February 14, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    these are all great ideas….also, i love the curtain fabric and how it lets in lovely light, but if you put a bolder fabric there, it might add a bit of pop? xo

  • Reply elizabeth February 14, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    A nice rice paper with swirly fibers (Art supply store) glued onto those somewhat cold looking glass to keep it light, but to soften the whole effect. That’s what I would do. Low cost, pretty, nice.

  • Reply jennifer in sf February 14, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    maybe you should use the other orla keily wallpaper in there? the stem pattern.
    or perhaps i only think that because i’m considering putting it in my closet/dressing room.

  • Reply liz February 17, 2008 at 8:20 am

    I remember an apartment in Domino where they had, I think, the same wardrobes as yours and they turned the glass around in them so that the matte side was showing, rather than the shiny side. If you’re unhappy with the doors, maybe that would help? I don’t know how much of a pain it would be to turn them around though.

  • Reply Donna February 17, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    I have the same closet doors from IKEA and I just put really funky gift wraping paper behind the glass…it looks great…gives it a different edge…and it can be changed with my moods…which is often…I hope this inspires….

  • Reply Lotte February 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Super nice lamp…Got 2 of them in my livingroom…:D

  • Reply cassandra February 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    i LOVE that you used the diamond fabric (from ikea right?) in the dressing room. i’ve been dying to have an excuse to buy it but no were girly enough to put it…

    love your blog!

  • Reply HM January 14, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Isn’t that a Pax (from Ikea)? If it is, you can switch the doors to something else when you get tired of them.

  • Reply Lisa February 9, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Wow – is that Grandma’s little radio on the table??? I have another one of the radios she used to listen to . . . while she whistled and tapped her fingers. XO

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