Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Grey Gardens: The Wallpapers


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Grey Gardens is my home. It’s the only place where I feel completely like myself” -Big Edie to Jackie O. in HBO’s Grey Gardens

As I sat in front of my TV trying to take decent pictures (oh well) of HBO’s Grey Gardens on Monday, I was struck the most by the wallpapers. It’s funny; I was looking through images of this year’s Kip’s Bay Showhouse and somehow it seemed like the movie version of the Grey Gardens estate would have made a perfect showhouse. I wonder if they have ever considered using it as a theme (the 1930’s version of the home, obviously!). Back to the wallpapers. I would love to know where the set decorators found them. Check out the girly ribbon and butterfly pattern in Little Edie’s girlhood bedroom:

And this lovely Chinoiserie botanical in Big Edie’s room. I love the way they were not afraid to mix it with a slew of other prints, like the floral drapes and painted furniture:

Finally, my favorite one was in Little Edie’s room at The Barbizon. I could not seem to get a decent shot of this one, at least not one that does it justice, but here’s what I did get:

It’s a green botanical print, with a loose trellis pattern made up of tiny leaves and flowers, with different flowers featured in the middle of the trellis diamond shapes. It’s so sweet, yet still so interesting due to it’s geometry and the way the flowers are rendered. And check out that fabulous needlepoint chair on the right side – I would love to get my hands on that chair for my bedroom!

I have a few non-wallpaper shots I’d like to share as well. This is the foyer, according to Little Edie only a student of architecture could appreciate that carved banister. Those mouldings and the telephone tablescape are the cat’s meow (bad joke, I know). Also, the periwinkle walls are actually papered but it’s hard to see the subtle pattern in this shot:

This was the only shot I could get of that divine dining room. I did spy a set of chairs at my favorite store in Atlanta, Pieces, that are very similar:

Finally, this is the room that screamed “Showhouse!” to me at the highest volume. I mean that in a good way, as the Kip’s Bay Showhouse images always fascinate me. Chartreuse sofa, deep purple and gold fringed ottoman, layers and layers of pieces – phenomenal! This year Bunny Williams has created an Albert Hadley-inspired living room I wish I could see in person. I just flipped through and recycled all my magazines; I wish I could remember which one featured the 2009 house – does anyone know? 


Oh my gosh, P.S.! I just went over to check out Visual Vamp’s Grey Gardens posts and they put mine to shame. They are wonderful and she has fantastic images and great insight. Hop over here to check it all out. Thanks to Mrs. Blandings for the tip-off; Visual Vamp will now be a must-read for me!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. Mrs. Blandings says:

    April 21st, 2009 at 12:59 pm (#)

    I think your “tv” pictures turned out pretty well – I’m impressed!

  2. Krisse says:

    April 24th, 2009 at 7:07 am (#)

    I love the rooms. I love the wall papers.

  3. Boston Bachelorette Parties says:

    April 28th, 2009 at 6:53 am (#)

    Watching this movie, I could not take my eyes off the wallpaper. It was so beautiful. Sad to see how it turned out in the end.

  4. Emily says:

    January 27th, 2010 at 4:55 pm (#)

    Grey Gardens Set Designer Kalina Ivanov bought much of the wall paper used in the film from Secondhand Rose (www.secondhandrose.com).

    Check out her interview at Casa Sugar (http://www.casasugar.com/3087130)

  5. Lisa says:

    July 10th, 2012 at 3:09 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for posting this! I LOVED the wallpaper in Little Edie’s room and I have been looking for something similar. Yours was the only pic I could find! Thanks a bunch!

  6. Scott Kjeer says:

    July 13th, 2015 at 8:00 pm (#)

    Becky, I too, fell in love with the pale yellow wallpaper in the bedroom. At the Emmy awards, HBO actually used it as the background for the actors to stand in front of during post-awards interviews. Here is another picture of that gorgeous paper! If anyone knows the name/source of the bedroom paper, please let me know!
    AND ALSO HERE: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Grey+Gardens+Bedroom&view=detailv2&&&id=F9AEF55B40469E59AAB97B5E8E00173DFCF9C041&selectedIndex=0&ccid=BgYiZAW6&simid=608026791171719247&thid=JN.VlIGUPsIuXoVJjIqfxTtkA&ajaxhist=0

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