Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Art or Interior Decor Horror?

Halloween is just a few days away, and what I am about to show you is certainly appropriate for the occasion. This month, two of my favorite bloggers - Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda and Albertina at Mimosa Lane - featured the incredibly talented decorator, Philip Gorrivan. I am a huge fan of his work. One of my favorite examples from his portfolio is this gorgeous Victorian town home, located in Toronto, Canada.... I'm sure you have seen it before, but do you know what happened to all of that fabulous yellow Clarence House "The Vase" wallpaper in the formal living room? I have actually been having nightmares about it ever since stumbling upon its fate via Peppermint Bliss while stalking researching David Hicks' The Vase (one of my all-time favorite patterns).

First, let's take a look at what the living room looked like before, in all of its former glory....

Gorgeous!! Absolute perfection in every way, n'est pas?! Now let's take a look at the "art installation" the home owner selected to replace The Vase wallpaper...


Aaaaacckkkk!!!! Scary, right? Now I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and art is subject to interpretation, but I seriously cannot even begin to imagine covering all of that gorgeous and pricey wallpaper with THIS... Click here to see a video interview Canada House and Home conducted with the homeowner, where she discusses the "art" and gives a tour of the otherwise gorgeous home... It is truly worth watching. You can also see more of this home via HGTV.

On a more positive note, let's take a look at more of the gorgeous (and unmarred) rooms in this home, as featured in Philip Gorrivan's portfolio...

Note the Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper peaking out from the powder room... Swoon!!

The dining room is incredible! It took twelve coats of paint that had to be completely hand sanded in between coats, and three coats of gloss and a car buffer to achieve this smooth-as-glass lacquer finish. 
I'm crazy about this "Island Ikat" fabric and wallpaper by Quadrille... the same Mary McDonald used earlier this year to refresh her kitchen!

I absolutely love this house... especially in its former state. Do you think the living room art installation is frightful or delightful? Please weigh in!


  1. Yikes!! There definitely is such a thing as "too busy"...and this is it! Love the rest of the spaces though! :)

  2. Oh the dove grey sofa and brass table made me sigh with want.

  3. I think it's really cool. For about one day, or a photo shoot. I like it, but I couldn't live with it, nor would I ever choose it. But, that's what I like so much about home tours, we get to see how others live. I did spy some great wallpaper in a bathroom. :)

  4. I wonder how Phillip Gorrivan would feel about this?
    Seems like everything else in the room is too traditional for the new "crazy paper". A modern sparsely furnished look may work better.

  5. Oh boy! I would love that on a hug canvas to stick over a sofa but to have every inch of the wall covered in that graphic art is jarring!! I loved the pop of citrus and pattern before... oh well to each his own!!
    Thanks for the update!

  6. I really thought it was a joke, but it really did happen. So sad to me, too. That is why once you sell a home you should never look back.

  7. Oh Andrea ... I am stunned ... but hopefully the new owners are very happy!! I am clinging to the past however, wish they had kept the "before!" That orange dining room ... oh my ... LOVE! xo

  8. Why would you get rid of that beautiful yellow wallpaper?! Fools I tell you!

  9. What the what? I am all for pushing the envelope, but I cannot get on board with the new look. Weird.

  10. No way!!! I had no idea that happened!! Blasphemy!! I'm in such shock Andrea....I will have nightmares tonight. I did love it before...so good right! Thanks for the shout out!! xx

  11. Yikes, Scary Movie Part XXXX. Tragic, in an effort to push the envelope I think in my humble opinion somebody tried too hard... I love edgy & do believe in causing some conversation but seriously this is not attractive or in the least bit a living room to relax in. I am sure this is the type of comment the designer loves in order to justify this mess of a room....

  12. OMG, if she loved that scary paper, it would have been more effective as a large framed piece of art and not the whole room! yikes. LOVED the Vase wallpaper.
    xo Nancy

  13. It's like a horrible nightmare you just can't wake up from.


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