Whimsical vs. Childish Decor

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Whimsical and childish walk a fine line, but when a designer finds that balance–I’m charmed. Master seamstress and wallpaper designer Claire Coles‘  signature-move is to cut, layer and stitch vintage papers together to create pattern. The texture and 3-D effect really make her scenes pop and stick in the mind. Her latest wallpaper, Collages with its dancing ponies and blooming flowers is like a little girl’s fantasy land (or maybe mine) but the patina of the antique papers against a simple circular pattern somehow pass it off as sophisticated.

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Claire Coles’ papers are all made to order and start at $800 for a three-meter roll. Expensive, but gorgeous.