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Wallpaper and Weddings in Georgetown (DC)

Dumbarton House Front Parlor

Several times a year I get the opportunity to work in historic houses. Many of these houses, to support themselves, are used for private events like weddings. Here is a room I wallpapered at Dumbarton House in Georgetown (DC). The Front Parlor has an English-style wallpaper treatment. If you’re a Dolly Madison or a Jane Austen fan, this is a perfect setting for weddings. The video to the right is actually me working in the Front Parlor. The photo above shows you the final results.

The wallpaper is from Adelphi Wallpaper and was commissioned especially for Dumbarton from historic patterns. The use of the borders is really interesting because it helps make the trim elements stand out – fireplace, woodwork. All the colors used to make the inks are from natural pigments which creates a warmth and lightness in the room. American domestic interior at it’s best.

4 comments… add one
  • Corinne Kaas January 24, 2013, 11:36 am

    Great job and what a wonderful opportunity for you! Loved the video by the way…Will be traveling to that neighbor hood next weekend.. is it open to the public?

  • Judi January 25, 2013, 4:26 pm

    What is the reason for not banding the right side of the door?

    • Patrick January 26, 2013, 12:42 am

      The border goes all around the door trim. The photo does not show it because a corner of the fireplace wall blocks this detail in this photo. The video shows it . Just pause the video to see how it is done .
      Thanks for the comment.

  • Given Campbell January 28, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Dumbarton was in our family for years before the Warrens donated it through the estate. It’s wonderful to see it so cared for and loved by others. The wallpaper looks great, thanks for sharing.

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