Once upon a time not so very long ago, there was a cheery kingdom where royalty and serfs alike brought endless bouquets of colorful flowers into their homes and cast them in every direction — all over the walls, the upholstery, the fabrics — even the ceilings! These brave design folk were not put off by minimalists’ opprobrium. And in fact, it was these pattern-mongers — not the less-is-morers — who were lauded far and wide for decking their halls in the latest fashion. “Don’t forget the sixth wall,” the decorating wizards and sages declared. And so it was. Wallpaper everywhere! Thanks to reader Bob, who was the first with this time capsule tip.
UPDATE SEPT 21: Trixi tipped us to the estate sale coming up this weekend, more photos o’ the stuff inside here >> Estate sale.
And there are a number of things to learn from this beautifully-maintained 1960, single-owner time capsule house –>> for sale in Golden Valley, Minnesota, listed by Josh Sprague of Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty.
Lessons such as: using color harmony when you’re going bold… the lift of lacquer… and heck to the yeah: Why not wallpaper the ceiling or — better yet — canopy it in chintz ala the sunroom in the first photo above!
I do not know my interior design history enough to know who to credit for this layered look. I am reminded of these very famous rooms, which were done in 1957 by Billy Baldwin. Sister Parrish loved her chintz pinch pleats with matchy matchy upholstery nearby, too, as I recall. This whole idea goes way back.
From the property listing:
- Price: $674,900
- Square footage: 3,827
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 4
- Year built: 1960
400 Westwood Dr S in Golden Valley, MN 55416 is a sprawling mid-century split level home with an open floor plan and original elements of this home that make it stand apart from the crowd! The home sits perched atop a dramatic half-acre lot, within walking distance to North Tyrol Park, and the spectacular woods and trails of Wirth Park. Lovely three-season porch and entertainment area open up to the private backyard with small water feature/babbling pond. Huge kitchen, informal dining room, formal dining room, and two family rooms with fireplaces deliver wonderful main floor spaces. Private Master Suite with bath, and two additional bedrooms and baths above grade. Lower level features an additional family room with fireplace, bedroom, bath, and laundry room, plus additional lower level den and office.
- Read more about this house’s history in this story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune published today (alas, link now gone). Thanks to reader Erik for pointing this story out! Glad to see the home is getting good exposure — we hope it helps connect with an appreciative buyer!
Kate counted at least 11 rooms in this home that have unapologetically bold wallpaper that sets scene for each room’s design.
But go through these photos carefully and you will see that the wallpapers (and room colors in general) were chosen to be within a narrow range. The colors used in this house are mostly similar shades of blues, greens and yellows, all settled with bright white. This creates a harmony throughout the house that is much less jarring than if many colors had been used.
- In choosing the 18 vintage wallpaper patterns for my office walls patchwork, I also worked to keep the colors within a controlled range.
Above: The fun starts in the entryway with a crisp green wallpaper pattern and matching curtain on the door…
Again, while this wallpaper pattern is dark, the room has plenty of white to balance it out, and the two windows and pair of table lamps help make the space feel bright and inviting. Lacquering antique furniture was a “thing” during this period, as well.
Above: Another favorite. We love the combination of the all-over-fresh feeling floral wallpaper and the bright yellow vanity and other yellow decor. It just feels so clean — perfect for a bathroom. Again — doesn’t this house seem amazingly well maintained?! What a happy house!
- Mega thanks / credit to Josh Sprague.
- See all listing information for this delicious home here.