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Malcolm’s Dining Room Reveal Is Here (You Have To See His DIY Non-Permanent Wallpaper Solution)

As I write this article, a team of movers packs up my house ahead of my new adventure in the UK. A bittersweet moment, to be sure… watching meaningful memories made over the last two years be packed into boxes and hauled out of my front door. Furniture is splayed across the house as the movers debate the packing puzzle that is my weird collection of things. Most walls are bare. Much of my personality has been removed. A vase of flowers in a corner catches warm sunlight streaming through a window—looking out the window as if it’s reflecting fondly on the memories made in this house.

Strangely enough, though, my dining room remains intact. The furniture in this space is being transferred in a different shipment later this week, so this room is the only one that looks vaguely “normal” amidst the pre-move chaos. This is the last room I designed in this house, so it feels satisfyingly poetic that it’s the last room to be emptied. The stillness of the dining room at this moment reflects the timelessness of my design intentions for it—vintage furniture, secondhand pieces, and classic patterns are suspended in time as if they were always meant to be here. I sit in a vintage Broyhill chair across from the dining room—proud of what I’ve accomplished but sad I won’t get to enjoy it beyond this week (until I return stateside in a few years, that is).

At any rate, I could wax poetic for ages, but you probably didn’t come here for my incessant rambling! You probablyyyyy came for the reveal of this space—which I enjoyed designing before my move—and I’m happy to oblige!

When I set out to redesign this room, I already knew my departure was forthcoming and that a renter would be taking over my house imminently. As such, I decided to make changes that weren’t tremendously labor intensive, collecting vintage items to use in the space (that I’d be able to either take with me or enjoy when I move back to the US), and making changes so the dining room feels well-incorporated with the rest of my house for a fully-realized design experience for my incoming renter. In addition, I was challenging myself to explore interesting and complex projects under a limited time constraint…with the added hurdle of avoiding any easily irreversible design decisions…in the middle of a life-changing move across the world. Am I a glutton for punishment? Perhapppssss. However, am I proud of what I’ve accomplished here? Absolutely.

QUICK CHANGES

I think the name of the game in this space is simplicity—from the singular paint color used in the space to the timeless appeal of the wainscoting applied throughout. I’ve always enjoyed custom millwork in a space. It adds a tailored touch to a room in a reasonably uncomplicated way (depending on how much detail there is), and it’s relatively easy to design and implement over a weekend. For my purposes in the dining room, I had pieces of trim cut down at a local hardware store, and used my miter saw to cut the corners of each piece to length to make eight boxes around the room of various sizes. I also installed a chair rail around the room to help ground the millwork. I used a nail gun to secure each piece into the wall, caulked the edges, primed the wood, and painted it all in the same, dusty gray tone.

Wall Paint Color

The paint color I used in this dining room is “Hazy Skies” by Benjamin Moore, and it has quickly become a favorite of mine. It has a green undertone that appears and disappears depending on the time of day, but its overall tonality feels neutral enough to play well with a wide variety of textures, styles, and patterns (all of which I’ve explored in this space). I’ve used a “pearl” finish on the wainscoting and below, and a “flat” finish on the upper portion of the walls.

Front Door Paint Color

On the door, I used “Black Magic” by Sherwin Williams, but the star of the show here is the DIY reeded glass treatment I’ve applied to its windows! 

I struggled to determine how to create privacy through the windows on this door. I didn’t like the blinds that were installed there previously, but they did provide some necessary privacy, and I certainly wanted to maintain that privacy for my renters. I’ve always loved the look of reeded glass, so I jumped online to see if I could find a quick and simple way to create that effect here. That search led me to these stickers on Amazon. They were super easy to install (and will be super easy to remove, whenever necessary), and add privacy without sacrificing style. 

Reeded Glass Window Film | Light Plates

Wallpaper | Vintage Chairs | Vintage Dining Table | Vintage Light Fixture

Let’s talk about this GORGEOUS wallpaper by William Morris and Rejuvenation! William Morris is a pretty renowned print and textile designer from the 1800s. He hailed from the UK, so it felt appropriate and meaningful to use one of his prints before my move across the pond. I love the line movement in this print. It’s quintessentially Victorian in style, but somehow still feels relevant amidst some of the more contemporary and modern aspects of this room.

From the moment I had the idea to use this wallpaper, I knew I wanted it to be BIG and carry a lot of visual weight, but I also knew that I didn’t want to apply something directly to the wall that might deter renters who don’t like wallpaper. To that end, I ordered a 4’x10’ piece of drywall from Lowe’s, painted it with an oil-based primer, and applied the wallpaper to it with wallpaper-specific adhesive just as I would’ve if it was going directly on the wall. It was pretty easy—largely in part because I was doing all of the work on the floor. Once the wallpaper adhesive was all set, I hoisted up the piece of drywall (it was very heavy) and positioned it atop brackets that I drilled directly into studs. And, voila! A relatively easy way to use wallpaper in a fairly non-permanent way.

The quality of this wallpaper is a 10 out of 10. The texture is soft to the touch, it has a beautiful sheen to it, and it was ridiculously easy to apply to the drywall after I watched a tutorial. The pattern brings a subtle energy to the room that is meaningful but not at all overbearing. The style of the print fits in well with the rest of the house, which is something that I strived to do heavily in this room.

INTENTIONAL DESIGN CONSISTENCY

Along with being intentional about the “quick changes”  I made in the dining room, I wanted to incorporate elements I’ve used throughout the rest of my house to create a thoroughly cohesive experience. I’ve used the same wall plates from Rejuvenation around the home, which is a fairly easy way to create that cohesion. Additionally, I painted the walls in the dining room similarly to how I painted them in the office by extending the paint to the baseboards, door/window trim, and crown molding throughout the space. 

Roman Shade | Curtains | Curtain Rod

Additionally, because I’ve used drapery on every other window in the house (mostly from Everhem), I wanted to follow suit in the dining room as well. I didn’t have the time or resources to have custom drapery created in this space, so I opted for off-the-shelf panels from CB2 and a black curtain rod from Target to adorn the window in this room. I also picked up a wooden shade from Lowe’s to finish out the window treatment for a more custom look. I’ve used the same wooden shade in an adjacent window in the kitchen to create some consistency. Ultimately, I decided to remove the curtain panels throughout the house before the renters arrive, since most of them are fairly expensive and I was a little nervous about someone ruining them… but I did leave the curtain rods installed so that anyone can easily hang their own drapery.

Lamp Shades

Another feature you’ll find throughout my home—as you’ve seen in my primary bedroom, bathroom, and office remodels—is brass lighting. The fixture I chose for the dining room is no different. Its metallic tone, linear form, and positioning in the space all work together to add a lightness to the room that balances out some of the heavier elements used lower in the room. I added little baby shades from Lowe’s to customize and soften the fixture a bit.

Flush Mount Fixture

I also switched out an old fixture in the kitchen with a new beaut from Rejuvenation, which speaks to some of the elements in the dining room in a way that helps create some design unity. I’ve loved using Rejuvenation as a lighting resource throughout my home (they also made an appearance in the office and the bathroom), but I’m really loving that the chandelier in the dining room is a secondhand find, along with all of the furniture in the room.

UTILIZING SECONDHAND FINDS

As I mentioned in my introductory article about this space, my vintage Broyhill chairs hold a soft spot in my heart. I lived in Brazil for a few years when I was a kid, and the lines of these chairs are so reminiscent of architecture and art in Brasilia (the nation’s capital). The Cathedral of Brasilia and Alvorada Palace are two architectural gems that embody the style these chairs were inspired by. I vividly remember seeing these buildings and having a curious fascination with them, but I couldn’t quite pinpoint the reason at the time. Now, I can understand that the energy of this style captures a youthfulness and novelty that we don’t often see in contemporary design. That’s likely because when this style was popular in the 1960s, it was inspired by the architecture of Brasilia…which was—at the time—a brand new city. It was all new, interesting, and exciting. There’s a lot to explore here about the novelty of trends and what they’re inspired by—and a question of whether or not anything has been new enough in today’s era to be globally inspirational—but I’ve talked about it enough, I think. Let’s move on! 

I reupholstered the Broyhill Brasilia chairs in a black fabric, which also helps to ground the space and create a “constant” in coordination with the color of the back door (Black Magic by Sherwin-Williams) and accessories I used throughout the space. In a weird way, I often think about old-school science fair projects when I’m creating a space (stick with me for a minute). For some reason, the idea of a “constant”—which most of us learned about in middle school science class—has always stuck with me. We learned that a “constant” is the part of a science experiment that doesn’t change. It allows us to implement “variables” that consequently allow us to test hypotheses and other scientific mumbo jumbo. For our purposes here…black is the constant, and varying wood tones and interesting patterns are the variables—all of which combine to create an interesting design experiment.

Ha. I really milked that metaphor for all its worth, didn’t I? 

Another aspect of this room I appreciate is the exploration of the various wood tones I’ve incorporated in the furniture pieces and how they speak to the color of the parquet flooring. The table is a light walnut, the chairs and mirror frame are a medium brown, and the secretary desk grounds the room with a deep, cool brown. The different tones create balance in the space in a slightly unconventional way. The conventional wisdom would be to use a similar tone of wood throughout the room, but the vintage of the various pieces of furniture and the intention behind utilizing three distinctly different colors brings a “designer” edge to the room that feels uniquely authentic. From my perspective, anyway. 🙂

Vintage Secretary Desk

At any rate, the secretary’s desk and the mirror above it (along with the chandelier above the table) were procured from Community Forklift, which is an architectural salvage warehouse close to DC (as a side note, Community Forklift is looking for a new location for its warehouse! If you live in the area and are able to spare a donation to help them with this major move, you can hit this link to support them.) This room has really been an exercise in using existing objects to create a uniquely collected space, and as a result, I think I’ve found a new love for collecting vintage furniture. 

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that some of the decor items pictured in these shots will be available for sale on my online shop soon! I’ll be selling collections of vintage and handmade goods—most of which will be coming from the UK—so keep an eye out over the next few months if you’re in the market for some one-of-a-kind objects. You can follow me on Instagram for updates on that front!

I was so happy to find this Paul McCobb dining table on Facebook Marketplace while I was finishing out this room. The finish of the table works tremendously well with the tone of my parquet floors, and the modernity of its form fits right in with the age of the Broyhill dining chairs. Synergy! 

…I think I’ve said “Synergy!” in every reveal article I’ve had here on Emily’s blog. I’m not mad at it.

I poured my heart into this room, and I’m hoping I’ve created something that inspires you to try something new in your home or inspires you to be more thoughtful and intentional about the design decisions you make for yourself. I’m a firm believer that our spaces should be reflective of our authentic selves and experiences, more so than a direct reflection of whichever trend is currently populating the Pinterest-sphere (even though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with using those tools to help us understand design and identify what we like and don’t like).

Incidentally, as Emily and her team post this article, I’ll be landing in the UK to start the next chapter of my life as a London resident for the next few years. However, I’ll still be showing up here on the blog as long as she lets me! You can expect some European inspiration, rental-friendly makeovers, and other inspiring design ideas the UK will be sure to reveal to me. And, I’ll be back in this house in a few years to redesign the kitchen with newfound insights and inspiration. If you’ve been following along with my home renovation journey here on Emily’s blog, what has been your favorite room? I have a soft spot for my bedroom makeover, but I’m curious to know what you think!

As they say across the pond… Cheers! See you soon!

*Design and Photos by Malcolm Simmons

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🥰 Rusty
1 month ago

Malcolm…. one word:
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

It’s wizardry.
And the candled soke swirling in the one photo, as you say goodbye (for now), is metaphoric mastery!

Cheers Big Ears (as we say in Australia).
Enjoy your next adventure. 🥰

🥰 Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

🙃candle smoke (obviously)

1 month ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Thanks for the kind words, Rusty!

Sara
1 month ago

Love the combination of woods! I find it very ”furniture catalogue-ish” when you have everything in a dining room in a set, much prefer this combo. And I hope this doesn’t come across as too rude, but you shouldn’t confuse William Morris / Arts&crafts with Victorian style. Rather the former challenged the later, or came along at least partly as a reaction to. So it’s true that they are overlapping timewise :). (Former design history student here 😉 ).

1 month ago
Reply to  Sara

Ah, thanks for the info! I’m always happy to be corrected! 🙂

Sarah
1 month ago

Wow. This is just so so gorgeous. I love the different wood tones together. I also like the wallpaper hack! Malcolm, you have such a nice writing voice (very instructional yet with personality). I absolutely love every space you have designed and shared with us so far. Best of luck with your move, and I can’t wait to hear more!

Juanita
1 month ago
Reply to  Sarah

Agreed, I learn so much from your posts and am entertained at the same time! Congrats on the move, please keep writing for this blog! (Maybe a thrifting/flea market finds post from London? An educational post on UK architectural styles? Posts on designing a temporary rental to minimize costs but still feel like home?) Keep it coming!!

1 month ago
Reply to  Juanita

These are all great ideas, Juanita!

1 month ago
Reply to  Sarah

Thank you, Sarah!

Christy
1 month ago

This is so beautiful

Sarah
1 month ago

I love this whole room so much- but especially the wallpaper hack! A question, though: what did you do with the edges? Did you wrap the wallpaper under like you’re wrapping a present? Cut it flush with the edge of the drywall? Really want to try this for myself!

mallory
1 month ago
Reply to  Sarah

Same question! Would love to try something similar. Thanks for the inspo – this room is (unsurprisingly) gorgeous!

Veronica
1 month ago
Reply to  mallory

I’m wondering this too! And how is this secured with just two brackets on the bottom? Is nothing holding it at the top? This is genius and the whole room is absolutely gorgeous!

1 month ago
Reply to  Veronica

Hey, Veronica! I wrapped the wallpaper around the back of the drywall and stapled it! I only used two brackets at the bottom, and it’s fairly stable. But for maximum safety, two brackets at the top would be best! I intended to do that myself (even bought the extra two), but didn’t get around to installing them before I had to move!

1 month ago
Reply to  Sarah

Hey, Sarah! Good question. I wrapped the edges of the wallpaper around the back of the drywall—so yes, just like a present. I stapled the loose edges to the back 🙂

Brenda
1 month ago

Amazing!! Stunning space!

1 month ago
Reply to  Brenda

Thanks, Brenda!

1 month ago

Such a deft hand and keen eye! Love the mix of wood tones, the warm and cool components. I intentionally don’t have black decor in my home at the moment, but all the heart eyes for your accents–swooning over the vase/florals. Best of luck to you on your new journey!!!

1 month ago

Thanks, Kimberly! 🙂

karen Weiss
1 month ago

Congrats. I’m still swooning over your bedroom. Cheers to a new adventure!!

1 month ago
Reply to  karen Weiss

Thanks, Karen! My bedroom is my favorite, too. 🙂

Alex
1 month ago

Love this space and your creative use of wallpaper. Question – did I miss the source for that amazing black vase on the dining room table? Thank you!

1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Thanks, Alex! Here is a link to the vase…
https://www.crateandbarrel.com/jimena-black-round-vase/s225084

Alex
1 month ago

Thank you!

Lisa
1 month ago

Malcolm, you should write a novel. Your descriptive prose is beautiful.

1 month ago
Reply to  Lisa

That’s very kind of you, Lisa! I enjoyed writing this article. 🙂

Erin
1 month ago

Adore your writing and your gorgeous design, Malcolm! Wishing you joy, safety, and wonderful adventures in the UK!

1 month ago
Reply to  Erin

Thanks, Erin!

Cynthia Gylov
1 month ago

All I have to say is what’s for dinner?! I’d sit at the table and never want to leave. Stunning simplicity that wraps its arms around you with such warmth. Beautiful, timeless, so very Malcolm! Love it!

1 month ago
Reply to  Cynthia Gylov

Thanks for your continued support, Cynthia!

Amy C
1 month ago

Beautiful! Best wishes in London. I’m sure you have lots of creative resources in London and would love to add Cockpit to the list. I had a lovely afternoon at their open studio event this summer! Amazing ceramacists, jewelers, textile artists etc.. https://cockpitstudios.org/

1 month ago
Reply to  Amy C

Oooooh, this looks like a great resource!

Elle
1 month ago

Lovely vintage pieces. I’m not sold on the wallpaper hack though, largely because it’s off-centre vertically and horizontally. I would have liked it better if it was the full size of the space above the moulding, and I also think 5mm mdf/ply would have been better than drywall (assuming drywall = plasterboard), and you could have screwed it directly to the wall studs without the brackets for a more seamless look. It is beautiful wallpaper though. I hope the UK is good to you and you find some cool houses to post up here!

1 month ago
Reply to  Elle

Great feedback! Thanks!

E E Deere
1 month ago

Malcolm, I hope safe travels and great adventures both wait for you. We will miss you here in the U.S., so I’m glad to hear about your blog, etc. This dining room is so wonderful. So peaceful and appealing, and so right for the space. I love your reasoning behind the artful result.

1 month ago
Reply to  E E Deere

Thank you!

Roberta Davis
1 month ago

I especially love your bedroom, too! But you really have an eye, Malcom. I love every space you’ve revealed to us and I definitely want to see more- now you have a whole new set of spaces to work on! And, I was not aware of the Brasilia connection but it is so cool! Bon voyage and best of luck in your new UK life!

1 month ago
Reply to  Roberta Davis

Thanks, Roberta!

Patricia
1 month ago

Other than wishing you’d painted the wallpaper panel brackets a muted shade to blend it, I got nothing but praise! Side note: I grew up with Brasilia dining room furniture. After my parents died and we were emptying the house, we couldn’t give it away. Mid-century mod love had not yet cycled in. Mom would be so proud to see your dining room.

1 month ago
Reply to  Patricia

Thanks, Patricia! I didn’t mind seeing the black brackets so much—but I get it!
Heartwarming story about your childhood and parents. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

Kimberly
1 month ago

The wallpaper hack is so smart! I love that. Useful in rental and/or temporary spaces of course but also if you cannot afford to wallpaper a whole room in the paper you love.

1 month ago
Reply to  Kimberly

Thanks, Kimberly! Glad you think so!

1 month ago

Malcolm, you are so talented! I just love the balance of masculine and feminine in your design. Best wishes in the UK!

1 month ago
Reply to  molly

Thanks, Molly!

Alexandre
1 month ago

Love the furniture picks. My favorite room of yours is the office!

1 month ago
Reply to  Alexandre

Thanks, Alexandre! The office is definitely special!

Kelly
1 month ago

Malcolm,
Love your home and design. Emily needs a Malcolm tab. I can’t wait to hear about your adventure abroad. I would look forward to reading about the process, etc. And, what you’ll sell.
I really like that you wallpapered for the one wall. I wonder if there is a lighter product I could use for this project. Maybe a lighter weight board or a kind of foam. I am picturing a foam product. The product would need to be stable enough to take the gorgeous wallpaper.
My son and I are going on a trip to England and Scotland next spring. I cannot wait to sneak into some shops. My son will be singing in his choir. Until then we will live through your experience.
Good luck to you.

Kj
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelly

There already IS a Malcolm tab! If you click Malcolm’s name/byline (under the post title), you will find all the posts by Malcolm. This works for any of the contributors on the blog. Here is Malcolm’s link: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/authors/malcolm-simmons.

Katie
1 month ago
Reply to  Kj

Similarly, I would love to see a tile for his home under the Projects tab. Every space he has shared has been a source of major inspiration!

1 month ago
Reply to  Kelly

Thank you for the kind words, Kelly! You could definitely use something lighter—I really just wanted to try it out with drywall to see if I could make it work!

Shannon
1 month ago

Malcolm, I could read your writing for hours and never tire of it. You have such a calming, intellectual, yet down to earth voice, and I love it! It reads as very grounded and mature but not stuffy.

I also love what you have done in your place. You lean more traditional than me, but in your case I would live here in a heartbeat!

Best of luck to you in the UK!

1 month ago
Reply to  Shannon

Shannon, that’s so sweet! Thank you so much!

Mara P
1 month ago

What a beautiful space! Obsessed with the William Morris wallpaper! When you’re in the UK if you have lunch at the V&A you can see his wallpapers used in their ‘dining room cafeteria experience’- (its actually kind of amazing). Hope you have safe travels and look forward to your future writing on this blog. Love your style and your storytelling through words and design.

DeniseGK
1 month ago
Reply to  Mara P

I recently saw the V&A, including the cafeteria, on a YouTube video from a “walker” – people who just walk around their city with a stabilized camera rig and let you enjoy the scenery and people watching. The V&A was so cool, and that cafeteria… we need a different word for it bc it does not go with cafeteria connotations! I, too, think Malcolm would get so much pleasure and energy out of the whole museum. My SIL goes to London every 3 years and always sets aside a half day for the V&A.

1 month ago
Reply to  DeniseGK

I’m definitely going!

1 month ago
Reply to  Mara P

This sounds AWESOME and I’ll definitely be visiting. Thanks for the tip, Mara!

Deborah
1 month ago

Your dining room turned out so lovely and restful with your choice of colors, furnishings and accessories, and I love how the Broyhill chairs inject a bit of energy into your mise-en-scene, they are gorgeous! 🙂 The photo with the label “Flush mount fixture” has such beautiful light and combined with your design brings to mind the light in Vermeer paintings. I did find the flowers jarring in the photos, somehow they didn’t mesh with the air you created – the vase though is perfectly chosen!
So well done and still my favorite is your bedroom with a close second your bathroom!
Best wishes on your UK and European adventures Malcom, and looking forward to your future posts! 🙂

lja
1 month ago
Reply to  Deborah

funny, the flowers were one of my favorite parts!

1 month ago
Reply to  Deborah

Thanks, Deborah! High marks!

jane
1 month ago

I love Malcolm’s style so much. I would LOVE to see how Malcolm designs a much larger space. As a renter I obviously appreciate the normal-size-space designs, but from an art/creativity perspective I feel like the simplicity and richness of his aesthetic would lend itself to being unbelievably striking in a big space. If anyone knows of anything Malcolm has done like this yet already, pls link me!! Anyways I guess I’m just trying to manifest this for future Malcolm designs. Great post! Bon voyage!

1 month ago
Reply to  jane

Hey, Jane! Thanks for the kind words. I’d love to design a larger space!! I haven’t designed anything bigger than my primary bedroom, but one day, it’ll happen!

Lynn W
1 month ago

So excited for you and your new adventure!!
The dining room is lovely…I wish I had that chandelier 💜. I’ve used the window film multiple times in different houses. Solves the privacy issue and let’s the light in!!!
Cheers and safe travels 🥂. I’m hoping we get updates from you!!

Catherine
1 month ago
Reply to  Lynn W
1 month ago
Reply to  Catherine

Haha, that’s exactly the light I have!

1 month ago
Reply to  Lynn W

Thanks, Lynn!!

Gabrielle
1 month ago

Malcolm I think you are so creative, so rare to see great DIY, this is awesome wallpaper on drywall. Freakin amazing! Thanks for sharing!

DPW
1 month ago

Love your humble & grounded writing – goes perfectly w/ your design style! The dining rm is so calming – the wallpaper hack & reeded glass hacks are just so good. So thrilled you said yes to a move across the pond!

1 month ago
Reply to  DPW

Thanks! I’m excited for the change of scenery!

Paula
1 month ago

Can’t wait to see what you do with your new space in the UK, Malcolm!

Peggy
1 month ago

I love your wallpaper application! Great idea!
Good luck to you!

1 month ago
Reply to  Peggy

Thank you, Peggy!

Hilary
1 month ago

Gorgeous and inspirational and relatable, as always! I hope we’ll see more of your work from across the pond!

1 month ago
Reply to  Hilary

Thanks, Hilary! I’ll certainly have work to share with you!

MKP
1 month ago

I can’t even handle how beautiful this is. I bet I’ve made that exact same comment about some of your other reveals. I absolutely adore what you do and I could not begin to pick a favorite room of yours. You are so SO talented and I love that your rooms look classic but also unlike anything else I see. Also, the DIY is appreciated. I don’t mind that this blog has turned into more high end aspirational design (its my favorite blog after all), but it sure is a fun treat to see some really GOOD diy. The wallpaper idea is brilliant and I am absolutely going to steal it! And then I will be appreciating you every time I see the same execution in my house! Bon voyage and enjoy your time abroad!

1 month ago
Reply to  MKP

Wow, such kind words!! Thank you so much! 🙂

Ash
1 month ago

Hey Malcolm! Love this room! I just moved back to SoCA after spending a year living in London. We were living in Walthamstow (Awesomestow) where the William Morris Gallery is in Lloyd Park. You’ve got to check it out! I spent a lot of time there – it’s so inspirational, as is London overall. I hope you love your time there as much as I did mine. All best to you!

1 month ago
Reply to  Ash

I’ll definitely check it out! Thanks, Ash!

1 month ago

How perfect!! The choice of wallpaper, the wood tones, and all the settings are just perfect.
All the best for the next gorgeous chapter in the UK. Expecting more from you Malcolm.

Elizabeth
1 month ago

Malcolm, your posts are the best! Another great reveal. I love everything about this room, and thanks for walking us through the wallpaper hack. EHD team, please keep featuring Malcolm and his work, he’s one of my favorite outside contributors here!

1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Thank you, Elizabeth! I’m not planning to go anywhere! 🙂

Dee
1 month ago

This is making me re-think my whole stance on rugs under the dining table—the room looks absolutely perfect and complete without one!!

1 month ago
Reply to  Dee

Haha, I went back and forth on a rug but decided ultimately that it wasn’t necessary in this room. Glad you like it!

Nicolle
1 month ago

Malcolm, you are a treasure! beautiful room as always.

Just wanted to say that I have that same desk— inherited from my grandmother and dragged around for the last 20 years so it’s a little rougher than yours. But it’s perfect and its style has always “fit” in every room.

1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolle

That’s so special, Nicolle! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

This is so beautiful. So many small changes that I had up to a very dramatic change. Loved all the background information about the Brasilia chairs. When I used to sell vintage furniture, I saw the set of those dressers and I loved them. It’s nice to hear the background story of that design line. I also love the dining room table and the secretary!

“Add up”, not “I had up”
“Sold”, not “saw”
Talk to text 🤦🏽‍♀️

1 month ago

Thank you for the kind words, and for reading the piece!

Meredith
1 month ago

Sir, I come for your writing as much as for your gorgeous designs! They’re both lovely and warm and thoughtful. Oooooh, but this room is a good one.

1 month ago
Reply to  Meredith

Aw, thanks, Meredith! That means a lot. 🙂

Marla Herbig
1 month ago

Once again, Malcolm has provided great reading, elegant design, and some new ideas. Such a beautiful, unique outcome, while mindfully collecting, rather than purchasing furniture all at once. A treat, as usual. Malcolm, you might enjoy checking out Sascal Studio in London – they post some interesting and creative ideas. Bon Voyage!

Christen Coco Guzman
1 month ago

Beautiful work! Can you tell me where the faux tree and planter are from? Thanks!

1 month ago

Thanks!! The tree is from Target from a couple years ago. The planter is from World Market, but I don’t think they sell it anymore, unfortunately!!

Victoria
1 month ago

Welcome to London!
I love those chairs and the wallpaper idea is great.

I’ll second the suggestions of the William Morris Museum in Walthamstow (the Victoria line on the tube is nearby). The V&A is fantastic and you could spend a whole week there. I’m a member and I love it. There are so many museums and the permanent collections are all free to visit.
I’m assuming you already have Liberty on your list, the Geffrye Museum is interior design through the ages. Many of the restaurants in central London are also in lovely buildings. Try Bob Bob Ricard for a treat (££££), because the ‘press for champagne’ buttons are fun!

1 month ago
Reply to  Victoria

These are such good suggestions!! Thank you so much!

Michelle
1 month ago

Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing the process and final look with us. Lots of inspiration!

1 month ago
Reply to  Michelle

Oh course! Thank you for reading 🙂

Emily
1 month ago

The wallpaper hack is a great idea, but seeing a frame around it out of trim painted the same color as the walls would really make it 10/10. it looks a bit unfinished as is. Love seeing the thought and detail put into this room – thank you for sharing!

1 month ago
Reply to  Emily

Thanks for the feedback, Emily!

Nicolettte
1 month ago

Wallpapering just a panel of drywall.. GENIUS I say. Also, the reeded window sticker is exactly what I’ve been meaning to look for but too lazy to actually do it, so thank you!

1 month ago
Reply to  Nicolettte

Thank YOU!

1 month ago

Oh wow Malcolm, first I’m hearing of your move across the pond! As an American who moved to London 3.5 years ago, you’re gonna LOVE the architectural detail in the buildings here. (Granted, I’ve not yet gotten to live anywhere with character, but I at least get to soak it up while I’m out and about.) What part of the UK are you heading to? Give me a shout (@askvirginia on Twitter/Insta) if you need a friendly American design nerd to buy you a London drink and listen with empathy while you complain about some of the baffling differences, haha.

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