A Connecticut Home Filled with Color and Charm

I love beautiful, hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper. It can feel completely traditional or refreshingly modern depending upon the coloration and techniques used. It truly is one of my favorite design elements, so it’s no surprise that last year, when I spotted a photo designer Ashley Whittaker shared of this beautiful deGournay paper going up around this fireplace on Instagram, I filed it away in my memory. As such, I was especially delighted to see the completed room on the cover of the March issue of House Beautiful. Isn’t it lovely?

Ashley designed this house as a weekend home for her clients who live in New York and spend relaxing weekends in Connecticut in this colorful and charming home. Because the living room is essentially the first thing guests see upon entering the house, there needed to be a really show-stopping moment which is how the gorgeous Chinoiserie wallpaper came into play. The various colors in the paper served as the impetus for the color palette in both the living room and the adjacent library, where peacock blue acts as a unifying thread. While the living room is hands-down my favorite room in this house, you’ll see that every space is filled with joyful color and exuberant pattern play. Which room is your favorite?

{Photography by Read McKendree for House Beautiful}

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