How do we create our beautiful and unique Chinoiserie Wallpapers?

A bit of information on how we create our hand painted Chinoiserie wallpapers. So many people have asked us how we create these beautiful wallpapers and we are happy to share some of the aspects of how it’s done.

After a time of research and creative contemplation, we put up white paper the same size as our panels onto our studio walls. Usually 20 panels, each 3′ (91cm) wide are used for each design. This allows for 60 lineal feet to encompass a typical room space without repeat of the design. Next the design is drawn full scale in our studio on white paper with pencil. Refinements are made until the design is completed.

The full size pattern is drawn in the studio

The full size pattern is drawn in the studio

 

Roses full scale

The pattern is laid upon a table and the transparent raw silk is placed over it.

Next the design is sketched onto silk which has been prepared with a special technique that allows the design to show through the transparent silk.

Sketching the design onto silk

Sketching the design onto silk

Then the design is painted into the line drawing sketch.

Painting of the design

Painting of the design

Preparing the mounting process

Preparing to mount the silk onto paper. This is done within a frame.

Preparing to mount the silk onto paper. This is done within a frame.

Mounting the silk onto paper.

Mounting the silk onto paper.

Mounting the silk onto paper.

Our artists busy in the studio.

Patience is essential with production of our  hand painted silk wallpapers.

Patience is essential with production of our hand painted silk wallpapers.

The end results in fabulous chinoiserie wallpapers that are timeless in elegance and a luxurious in detail. Such beautiful works of art.

We’d like to take you on a short journey to China with this animated video of the Procession of the 87 Immortals.  It gets a bit redundant but a few seconds watching is interesting. The music is soothing and the sojourn will immerse you in Chinese Culture.

Click on the image to play.

Enjoy!


Favorite Designer Series – Part 2: Renzo Mongiardino – Master of Decorative Painting

Renzo in his Study

Renzo in his Study

When we talk about the designer who had all “THE projects, it’s not easy to think of Renzo Mongiardino, because he was not very well known outside of his limited world of highest-end clients and colleagues. Some knew him as the greatest designer of the twentieth century. That’s debatable, but he truly did some marvelous work, however seldom seen by most, simply because of the rarified atmosphere in which he performed his magic.   He was referred to as a designer’s designer, master of illusion and creator of special effects without compare.  I think he was the best decorative painter ever. (although much of the work was done by his craftsmen)

Completed Bedroom

Completed Bedroom

Bedroom Interior Rendering

Bedroom Interior Rendering

By creating atmosphere instead of authenticity, he conjured theatrical backdrops for the most discriminating clientele.  When talking about “THE” projects, we mean those for which he had the opportunity to use murals, faux finishes and a multitude of decorative painting tricks to bring to reality the most complex and exquisite rooms imaginable. A commission of the sort he landed would make any contemporary decorative painter more than green with envy. These kinds of projects just don’t exist any more.  I’d like to hear about them if they do.

 

Renaissance Master of Style

Renaissance Master of Style

Beautiful Ceiling

Beautiful Ceiling

Whether for aristocrats such as Baron Guy de Rothschild or fashion icon Gianni Versace, a house by Renzo Mongiardino was a realization of imagination without comparison.  To have his craft performed in one’s interior was not only a testament to the client’s taste but also a gift to us who would eventually be exposed to his work through such books as Renzo Mongiardino: Renaissance Master of Style, or Roomscapes, The Decorative Architecture of Renzo Mongiardino.  Talk about favorite coffee table books! These will draw you into a rare world of the best decoration ever created. I highly recommend that you see these books for yourself and judge his quality.  Isn’t it wonderful?

Lovely painted walls

Lovely painted walls

Paneling, murals, marble, ceilings, mosaics, intarsia and any number of special effects were carefully thought out and first sketched as interior elevations that when completed, were still only a matter of paints and brushes.  How this man could envision and employ the artist’s hands to bring to fruition these masterpieces of painted décor will long be a topic of amazement.  With just talent, paint and brushes this man changed surfaces better than anyone known into true masterpieces of the craft. He should be recognized as the standard to which any “faux artist” should aspire. There won’t even be a runner up in this contest. He was truly the best.

A lovely atmospheric mural

A lovely atmospheric mural

Wonderful painted decoration by Renzo

Wonderful painted decoration by Renzo

Highly recommended reading.

Highly recommended reading.

Roomscapes

Fabulous Chinoiserie Dining Room

Fabulous Chinoiserie Dining Room

A favorite room of mine by Renzo.

A favorite room of mine by Renzo.

 


Georgian Home Revisited: Custom Decorative Panels

Revisiting Woodham Lodge

We were honored to work on the restoration of a sitting room in a 270 year old Georgian home in Essex, England a few years ago and here we’ll be showing how we put the room together. We wanted to stay true to its Georgian roots but introduce custom decorative panels that would also feel modern enough to be comfortable for the young family.

Woodham Lodge, Sussex, England

Woodham Lodge, Essex, England

Starting by researching Georgian ornament, we then created panels that would fit the room perfectly.  We divided each wall area into equal parts that would uniformly hold panels of various sizes.  We used the Muses as the theme to fit within ovals surrounded by decorative ornament and even used 23 karat gold leaf accents. For this customer, we really went all out.

Finishing the panels by hand

Finishing the panels by hand

The Muse theme at Woodham Lodge in England

The Muse theme at Woodham Lodge in England

 

Panels of various sizes

Installing England

The decorative panels were then installed at the site according to the plan we created.

Installing the panels

Installing the panels

The final result was both classical and freshly modern. We thoroughly enjoyed working on this outstanding project.

Woodham Lodge Sitting Room

Woodham Lodge Sitting Room

Whether your theme is classical, transitional or modern, research and a love for the project goes a long way to creating a great look for hand painted panels. We love the balance of Georgian design.  What’s your favorite theme?


Favorite Designer Series: David Easton

Here we’ll be bragging about our favorite designers and why we love them.  (Because we think alike!)

David Easton. www.davideastoninc.com

Great Reads. David Easton

One of our favorite designers is David Easton.  He’s used Chinoiserie and other decorative mural type work in many of his projects with splendid results.

Here in a magazine article, Nordic Nuances, he shows the Gustavian influence of a wall treatment originally used in Sweden at Drottningholm Palace.  We had previously chosen this same design for our pattern “Halsing” which pays tribute to this simply elegant design.  By coincidence, David also used it.

Nordic Nuances/David Easton

This article appeared in September 2011 issue of VERANDA magazine

And our version…….

Halsing

In the following room shot of one of David’s projects, an excellent use of trellis pattern adorns the walls.

David Easton:Treillage

And our version……..

Passiflora Vignette

Interior design by Lynn Warren, Stedman House, Roanoke, Virginia

Interior design by Lynn Warren, Stedman House, Roanoke, Virginia

In this room at the Kluge estate in Virginia, really wonderful Chinoiserie panels make this room a standout.  We haven’t had an opportunity to do such an exotic room but hope a future client will envision this type of treatment that we could supply for them.  We’re just waiting for the commission!

Fabulous Interior by David Easton

Fabulous Interior by David Easton

Thanks David!

Follow our Favorite Designer Series as we venture through the lives and works of some of the world’s greatest interior designers.   Do you have any favorite designers who use hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper mural type decoration?  Share your faves with us and improve the world!


Paul Montgomery Studio at Chelsea Harbour, London

If you’re ever in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London, do stop in and say hello to Andrew Gilbert.

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Working with Paul Montgomery is simple! the end look is timeless beauty. An easy guide to a personilised and customised for the perfect wallcovering. To view the latest collection as described bellow please visit the Henry Bertrand Showroom in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. if you cannot visit the Harbour and want to see the range please email us and telephone us on 020 7349 1477.

Be inspired collection

Paul Montgomery custom wallpapers have been enhancing the finest interiors the world over for decades. Visit their website inspiration page or the Henry Bertrand Showroom in London for a showcase of their beautiful collection and a hint of the possibilities that await. From formal dining room to powder room, you will find inspiration suitable for any setting.

Then choose a design

Whether you look through the wonderful online catalogue, visit the Henry bertrand showroom to look through the portfolios or purchase your own catalogue of the designs, you will see one of the most remarkable collections of designs for classical wallcoverings.

European Panoramic

Collection

American Panoramic

Collection

Decorative Panneaux

Collection

After selecting a Design, choose or

adapt the panels as you require

Having selected a design from our collection, one should refer to or request a design layout (tear-off). Most designs are comprised of 20 different panels which create a non-repeating mural of 60 feet in length. Some designs have 10 panels before repeating, and some only 3. Paul Montgomery can also create more panel designs, at additional cost, to continue your selected mural beyond our standard panel configuration. Panels may be ordered in any sequence, either starting at panel number 1, or another starting point, moving left to right in sequence (e.g. you need 5 panels, select 1-5 or 3 through 8, etc.) They also offer bespoke, custom design for an additional cost.  The Henry Bertrand showroom has the design sheets available so you can take them away and consider at your leisure or with your client.

Select a paper

Select a group type and color. Our silk grounds are available in a standard range of colors to meet most requirements. Silks may also have additional special effects such as antiquing, metallic and pearl glazes or metal leaf papers. We also offer custom painted ground colors on a variety of smooth or textured papers, and hand pieced papers. Strikingly beautiful results may be achieved by combining design, colors and ground types in new ways, which are limited only by your imagination.

Select an elevation (how high is the room?)

We offer panels in standard heights, but as all panels are hand painted to order and not stocked, the heights can easily be adjusted to meet the room’s wall height requirements. Each panel is 36″ (91 cm) wide after trimming by installer. Standard panel sizes range from

4′ (1.22m) high designs painted onto 6′ (1.83m) high ground paper, to 10′ (3.05m) designs painted on 12′ (3.66m) high panels. Taller panels are also available.

Simply add the total wall lengths and divide by 36″ (91 cm) to determine quantity of panels required. For portions equaling less than a full panels width, order a full panel.

To see how to start planning your room, click here to view Diagrams.

Get a Sample

For a nominal fee, samples (size 2′ x 3′) (61cm x 91cm)

of standard or custom coloured designs can be ordered which will represent the colouring and scale of the full design. For custom colouring based on your requirements, strike-off samples are necessary and changed per sample. We request that your custom sample be returned to us for color control during full order production in our studio. There is no credit allowance for samples. Samples are usually delivered within about 2-3 weeks from ordering.

Get a 2-d Room Diagram

For a nominal fee based on complexity of project, Paul Montgomery studio will create a black and white room diagram. A certain number of revisions are allowed before incurring additional cost. There is no credit allowance for room diagrams. Room diagrams are usually delivered within 3 weeks of request.

Place an Order

Specify design name, panel size, number of panels required, ground color and type, panel sequence numbers and custom painted color requirements.  Pricing is based on design type, ground paper type, special effects and panel sizes.  Standard painted colors of flowers, trees, leaves, etc. vary for each design and are created specifically to compliment the silk ground colors. Minimum order is 1 panel.  Panels may be ordered in standard sizes and colors or customized to meet your requirements.  For custom colouring of grounds and designs, and adjusting the panel heights or configuration, please provide all pertinent information including your colour references and room dimensions.  We will assist you in determining the pricing and panels required.  A deposit of 50% is required to initiate your order, with the balance payment due prior to shipping.

Delivery

Standard orders require 8 – 10 weeks for delivery. Custom orders may require up to 15 weeks for delivery. Rush orders are accepted at an additional 25% up charge of the total order. All quoted delivery dates are approximate and Paul Montgomery Studio cannot be held liable for delays in delivery due to circumstances beyond our control. Standard shipping by standard Courier service unless otherwise requested by customer for an additional cost.

 For more information, please call 020 7349 1477 or visit Monday to Friday 9 AM – 5.30 PM  


New Custom Chinoiserie in Romania

We have been commissioned by our Romanian friend Florina Moraru of Moir Design in Bucharest (www.moir.ro) to produce our chinoiserie “Greta” in pastel colors for a very special dining room. This fabulous design was conceived in collaboration with Mrs. Adina Duica.  Together they have created an excellent inspiration and color board for this project, which we’re happy to share here.  This is the way to do an inspiration board!

A Perfect Inspiration Board!

A Perfect Inspiration Board!

Our Greta design is a fantasy Chinoiserie effect somewhat inspired by Pillement. It’s whimsical and controversial as it takes liberty with the design and creates a wholly inventive image. Very unique and entertaining!

A pretty color for this chinoiserie design!

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Here is our design Greta adjusted to the palette Florina’s looking for, and the floor plan of the Dining Room.

This will be a nice accent wall.

This will be a nice accent wall.

 

We’ll keep you updated on progress with this custom chinoiserie in Romania and hope to have interior shots once finished.  Sometimes it’s not possible to get final room shots, but we try.

 

What inspirations excite you? Maybe we could help realize them for you?  Give us a call or send us an email!


All about Paris. New friends and good food.

We had a very successful show at Maison & Objet in Paris in January and made many new friends from around the world, even Kazahkstan!.  We had interest from many diverse locations and are already quoting projects for such far away locations as Krasnodar Russia, Doha Qatar and Hong Kong.

The weather was awful but the food was great!  We stayed again at the apartment in the village of Bailly-Romainvilliers, a short drive outside of Paris.

Paris apartment in the countryside.

Paris apartment in the countryside.

 

We visited our favorite pastry shop where we picked up fresh croissants for breakfast. Macaroons are our favorites. I’m partial to my Croque Monsieur, however.  Dinners at the local Pakistani restaurant were spicy and hot!

Les Macarons are the most wonderful creation ever!

Les Macarons are the most wonderful creation ever!

 

Days were long but the excitement and energy at the show kept us going for the 10 hours on the floor.  Tens of thousands of interior design trade individuals from every corner of the world filled the halls.  We had many of those visitors stop by our booth to see our wallpapers and there was never a dull moment.  

New friends at Maison & Objet, Paris, 2014

New friends at Maison & Objet, Paris, 2014

Back in the studio we are busy designing new murals (more to come on that) and fulfilling orders.  Kew Garden seems to be our most popular design that we offer.  It’s elegant design and balanced scale is beautiful either in my favorite Aegean Blue color or in the famous charcoal and cream color way, first used by Mary MacDonald at Greystone  Mansion in Beverly Hills a few years ago.  There really is no “right” way to do Chinoiserie wallpapers these days.  Any colors will work just fine.  We even showed a tangerine and white version at the show this year. (Above)

Lovely Kew in Aegean Blue. Thanks to Mary Follin, Nashville.

Lovely Kew in Aegean Blue. Thanks to Mary Follin, Nashville.

 

Style is what you make it.  Yes, the Paris show was great, but inspiration can be found everywhere. There are no rules and virtually anything will work if it is done with grace within the correct context.  So what’s your latest style inspiration?


Paris Trade Show in 2 Weeks!

See us at Maison et Objet

See us at Maison et Objet

Paul Montgomery will be in Paris at the World’s premier interior trade show, Maison et Objet. We will be exhibiting our collections of hand painted Chinoiseries and Panoramics. Our display will showcase 5 of our newest designs, beautifully painted in bold and fresh colors. We will be there to answer any questions you might bring, and we’ll send you home with samples, booklets, and information to inspire your next project.

The trade show will begin on January 24, and finish on the 28th. Our stand location is Hall 7, A132 – B131.

The show will be brilliant.


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Paul Montgomery Studio!

In the thick of the Holiday season, we’ve decided to give away a special prize. Just “Like” our Facebook page to be entered into the drawing. We will select a winner at the turn of the New Year! Click the photo above or Here to go to our Facebook Page.

Don’t miss your chance to win this special Christmas Gift.


Glamorous Bedroom at Nancy Corzine New York

The Nancy Corzine showroom at the D & D Building in New York now boasts an installation of our Beauvais design hand painted wallpaper mural. The pearlized silk ground and the colors are perfect for Nancy’s furniture and textiles. The lighting is sublime and the whole room just looks so comfortable and elegant.  Stop by and see the setting for yourself. It’s truly dreamy!NY NC BedroomNY NC 1 NY NC 9