Greta’s New Room: Grasscloth VS. Stencils. It’s on.

Before signing off for the weekend on Friday, I left you with the official inspiration picture (found here) for Greta’s big-girl room.  It’s actually Gossip Girl’s, Serena’s room at Columbia and from the moment I laid eyes  on (and fell in love with) it when Blair surprised her bff with the room–I’ve been putting together Greta’s mood board.

The Pinterest board for Greta’s big-girl-room is currently private (that new feature is so nice for so many reasons, right?!) while I iron details out before revealing all of our plans right here. While Serena’s room is a great inspiration, we won’t be copying every detail.  Some things like the molding and trimwork, and green accent furniture we can’t–Greta’s room is teeny. And other things like floor lamps or wall sconces just aren’t practical for Greta right now–we unplug her light bulbs every night so she doesn’t get up and turn them off and on all night.  On the other hand, there are other things that we can’t wait to add to the design–like built-ins on either side of the windows–eee!

One of the last things I am trying to decide is what to do about the accent wall behind Greta’s will-be-headboard.  In our inspiration photo, the wall is covered in a warm grasscloth wallpaper that I love! Love. Love. I have never installed wallpaper before, so the idea is intimidating–but doable.  We rarely do things we have done before around here.  And then I started eyeing stencils and wondering, Would these be a good option, too?


When I mentioned the idea of possibly doing a stencil on one wall in Greta’s room, Chris said, “I’m going to go ahead and say, ‘no’.” Which he had every right to do, because less than a week after I stenciled our hallway, I painted over it.  But this is completely different.  Haha.  These three (the roses, pin cushion protea, and art nouveau) are my top contenders but they have a hard battle to fight against the grasscloth wallpaper–that I haven’t even mentioned to Chris yet.  I’m worried the word “wallpaper” might freak him out.

Does it freak you out?  While stencils feel safer, would they look as good?  Weigh in.  I need you!



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