Malcolm’s Dining Room Reveal Is Here (You Have To See His DIY Non-Permanent Wallpaper Solution)

As I write this text, a workforce of movers packs up my home forward of my new journey within the UK. A bittersweet second, to make sure… watching significant reminiscences made over the past two years be packed into containers and hauled out of my entrance door. Furnishings is splayed throughout the home because the movers debate the packing puzzle that’s my bizarre assortment of issues. Most partitions are naked. A lot of my character has been eliminated. A vase of flowers in a nook catches heat daylight streaming by a window—searching the window as if it’s reflecting fondly on the reminiscences made on this home.

Unusually sufficient, although, my eating room stays intact. The furnishings on this area is being transferred in a unique cargo later this week, so this room is the one one that appears vaguely “regular” amidst the pre-move chaos. That is the final room I designed on this home, so it feels satisfyingly poetic that it’s the final room to be emptied. The stillness of the eating room at this second displays the timelessness of my design intentions for it—classic furnishings, secondhand items, and basic patterns are suspended in time as in the event that they have been all the time meant to be right here. I sit in a classic Broyhill chair throughout from the eating room—happy with what I’ve completed however unhappy I gained’t get to take pleasure in it past this week (till I return stateside in just a few years, that’s).

At any price, I might wax poetic for ages, however you most likely didn’t come right here for my incessant rambling! You probablyyyyy got here for the reveal of this area—which I loved designing earlier than my transfer—and I’m completely happy to oblige!

After I got down to redesign this room, I already knew my departure was forthcoming and {that a} renter can be taking on my home imminently. As such, I made a decision to make adjustments that weren’t tremendously labor intensive, gathering classic gadgets to make use of within the area (that I’d be capable of both take with me or take pleasure in after I transfer again to the US), and making adjustments so the eating room feels well-incorporated with the remainder of my home for a fully-realized design expertise for my incoming renter. As well as, I used to be difficult myself to discover fascinating and sophisticated tasks beneath a restricted time constraint…with the added hurdle of avoiding any simply irreversible design choices…in the course of a life-changing transfer the world over. Am I a glutton for punishment? Perhapppssss. Nevertheless, am I happy with what I’ve completed right here? Completely.


I believe the secret on this area is simplicity—from the singular paint shade used within the area to the timeless enchantment of the wainscoting utilized all through. I’ve all the time loved customized millwork in an area. It provides a tailor-made contact to a room in a fairly uncomplicated manner (relying on how a lot element there’s), and it’s comparatively straightforward to design and implement over a weekend. For my functions within the eating room, I had items of trim lower down at a neighborhood ironmongery store, and used my miter noticed to chop the corners of every piece to size to make eight containers across the room of varied sizes. I additionally put in a chair rail across the room to assist floor the millwork. I used a nail gun to safe every bit into the wall, caulked the sides, primed the wooden, and painted all of it in the identical, dusty grey tone.

Wall Paint Coloration

The paint shade I used on this eating room is “Hazy Skies” by Benjamin Moore, and it has rapidly turn out to be a favourite of mine. It has a inexperienced undertone that seems and disappears relying on the time of day, however its general tonality feels impartial sufficient to play nicely with all kinds of textures, kinds, and patterns (all of which I’ve explored on this area). I’ve used a “pearl” end on the wainscoting and under, and a “flat” end on the higher portion of the partitions.

Entrance Door Paint Coloration

On the door, I used “Black Magic” by Sherwin Williams, however the star of the present right here is the DIY reeded glass remedy I’ve utilized to its home windows! 

I struggled to find out the way to create privateness by the home windows on this door. I didn’t just like the blinds that have been put in there beforehand, however they did present some vital privateness, and I actually needed to keep up that privateness for my renters. I’ve all the time liked the look of reeded glass, so I jumped on-line to see if I might discover a fast and easy option to create that impact right here. That search led me to those stickers on Amazon. They have been tremendous straightforward to put in (and shall be tremendous straightforward to take away, every time vital), and add privateness with out sacrificing model. 

Reeded Glass Window Movie | Gentle Plates

Wallpaper | Classic Chairs | Classic Eating Desk | Classic Gentle Fixture

Let’s discuss this GORGEOUS wallpaper by William Morris and Rejuvenation! William Morris is a reasonably famend print and textile designer from the 1800s. He hailed from the UK, so it felt applicable and significant to make use of one among his prints earlier than my transfer throughout the pond. I really like the road motion on this print. It’s quintessentially Victorian in model, however in some way nonetheless feels related amidst among the extra up to date and fashionable elements of this room.

From the second I had the concept to make use of this wallpaper, I knew I needed it to be BIG and carry a whole lot of visible weight, however I additionally knew that I didn’t need to apply one thing on to the wall that may deter renters who don’t like wallpaper. To that finish, I ordered a 4’x10’ piece of drywall from Lowe’s, painted it with an oil-based primer, and utilized the wallpaper to it with wallpaper-specific adhesive simply as I’d’ve if it was going instantly on the wall. It was fairly straightforward—largely partially as a result of I used to be doing the entire work on the ground. As soon as the wallpaper adhesive was all set, I hoisted up the piece of drywall (it was very heavy) and positioned it atop brackets that I drilled instantly into studs. And, voila! A comparatively straightforward manner to make use of wallpaper in a reasonably non-permanent manner.

The standard of this wallpaper is a ten out of 10. The feel is delicate to the contact, it has a wonderful sheen to it, and it was ridiculously straightforward to use to the drywall after I watched a tutorial. The sample brings a refined vitality to the room that’s significant however under no circumstances overbearing. The model of the print matches in nicely with the remainder of the home, which is one thing that I strived to do closely on this room.


Together with being intentional concerning the “fast adjustments”  I made within the eating room, I needed to include components I’ve used all through the remainder of my home to create a completely cohesive expertise. I’ve used the identical wall plates from Rejuvenation across the dwelling, which is a reasonably straightforward option to create that cohesion. Moreover, I painted the partitions within the eating room equally to how I painted them within the workplace by extending the paint to the baseboards, door/window trim, and crown molding all through the area. 

Roman Shade | Curtains | Curtain Rod

Moreover, as a result of I’ve used material on each different window in the home (largely from Everhem), I needed to observe swimsuit within the eating room as nicely. I didn’t have the time or assets to have customized material created on this area, so I opted for off-the-shelf panels from CB2 and a black curtain rod from Goal to adorn the window on this room. I additionally picked up a wood shade from Lowe’s to complete out the window remedy for a extra customized look. I’ve used the identical wood shade in an adjoining window within the kitchen to create some consistency. Finally, I made a decision to take away the curtain panels all through the home earlier than the renters arrive, since most of them are pretty costly and I used to be a bit nervous about somebody ruining them… however I did go away the curtain rods put in in order that anybody can simply dangle their very own material.

Lamp Shades

One other function you’ll discover all through my dwelling—as you’ve seen in my main bed room, lavatory, and workplace remodels—is brass lighting. The fixture I selected for the eating room isn’t any completely different. Its metallic tone, linear kind, and positioning within the area all work collectively so as to add a lightness to the room that balances out among the heavier components used decrease within the room. I added little child shades from Lowe’s to customise and soften the fixture a bit.

Flush Mount Fixture

I additionally switched out an outdated fixture within the kitchen with a brand new beaut from Rejuvenation, which speaks to among the components within the eating room in a manner that helps create some design unity. I’ve liked utilizing Rejuvenation as a lighting useful resource all through my dwelling (additionally they made an look within the workplace and the lavatory), however I’m actually loving that the chandelier within the eating room is a secondhand discover, together with the entire furnishings within the room.


As I discussed in my introductory article about this area, my classic Broyhill chairs maintain a delicate spot in my coronary heart. I lived in Brazil for just a few years after I was a child, and the strains of those chairs are so paying homage to structure and artwork in Brasilia (the nation’s capital). The Cathedral of Brasilia and Alvorada Palace are two architectural gems that embody the model these chairs have been impressed by. I vividly keep in mind seeing these buildings and having a curious fascination with them, however I couldn’t fairly pinpoint the rationale on the time. Now, I can perceive that the vitality of this model captures a youthfulness and novelty that we don’t usually see in up to date design. That’s doubtless as a result of when this model was fashionable within the Sixties, it was impressed by the structure of Brasilia…which was—on the time—a model new metropolis. It was all new, fascinating, and thrilling. There’s loads to discover right here concerning the novelty of tendencies and what they’re impressed by—and a query of whether or not or not something has been new sufficient in at the moment’s period to be globally inspirational—however I’ve talked about it sufficient, I believe. Let’s transfer on! 

I reupholstered the Broyhill Brasilia chairs in a black cloth, which additionally helps to floor the area and create a “fixed” in coordination with the colour of the again door (Black Magic by Sherwin-Williams) and equipment I used all through the area. In a bizarre manner, I usually take into consideration old-school science honest tasks after I’m creating an area (stick to me for a minute). For some cause, the concept of a “fixed”—which most of us realized about in center college science class—has all the time caught with me. We realized {that a} “fixed” is the a part of a science experiment that doesn’t change. It permits us to implement “variables” that consequently permit us to check hypotheses and different scientific mumbo jumbo. For our functions right here…black is the fixed, and ranging wooden tones and fascinating patterns are the variables—all of which mix to create an fascinating design experiment.

Ha. I actually milked that metaphor for all its price, didn’t I? 

One other side of this room I admire is the exploration of the varied wooden tones I’ve integrated within the furnishings items and the way they converse to the colour of the parquet flooring. The desk is a lightweight walnut, the chairs and mirror body are a medium brown, and the secretary desk grounds the room with a deep, cool brown. The completely different tones create stability within the area in a barely unconventional manner. The traditional knowledge can be to make use of the same tone of wooden all through the room, however the classic of the varied items of furnishings and the intention behind using three distinctly completely different colours brings a “designer” edge to the room that feels uniquely genuine. From my perspective, anyway. 🙂

Classic Secretary Desk

At any price, the secretary’s desk and the mirror above it (together with the chandelier above the desk) have been procured from Neighborhood Forklift, which is an architectural salvage warehouse near DC (as a aspect notice, Neighborhood Forklift is on the lookout for a brand new location for its warehouse! In case you reside within the space and are capable of spare a donation to assist them with this main transfer, you’ll be able to hit this hyperlink to assist them.) This room has actually been an train in utilizing current objects to create a uniquely collected area, and because of this, I believe I’ve discovered a brand new love for gathering classic furnishings. 

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that among the decor gadgets pictured in these photographs shall be out there on the market on my on-line store quickly! I’ll be promoting collections of classic and handmade items—most of which shall be coming from the UK—so preserve an eye fixed out over the following few months in case you’re available in the market for some one-of-a-kind objects. You’ll be able to observe me on Instagram for updates on that entrance!

I used to be so completely happy to seek out this Paul McCobb eating desk on Fb Market whereas I used to be ending out this room. The end of the desk works tremendously nicely with the tone of my parquet flooring, and the modernity of its kind matches proper in with the age of the Broyhill eating chairs. Synergy! 

…I believe I’ve mentioned “Synergy!” in each reveal article I’ve had right here on Emily’s weblog. I’m not mad at it.

I poured my coronary heart into this room, and I’m hoping I’ve created one thing that evokes you to strive one thing new in your house or evokes you to be extra considerate and intentional concerning the design choices you make for your self. I’m a agency believer that our areas needs to be reflective of our genuine selves and experiences, extra so than a direct reflection of whichever pattern is presently populating the Pinterest-sphere (although there’s completely nothing incorrect with utilizing these instruments to assist us perceive design and determine what we like and don’t like).

By the way, as Emily and her workforce submit this text, I’ll be touchdown within the UK to start out the following chapter of my life as a London resident for the following few years. Nevertheless, I’ll nonetheless be exhibiting up right here on the weblog so long as she lets me! You’ll be able to count on some European inspiration, rental-friendly makeovers, and different inspiring design concepts the UK will be sure you disclose to me. And, I’ll be again on this home in just a few years to revamp the kitchen with newfound insights and inspiration. In case you’ve been following together with my dwelling renovation journey right here on Emily’s weblog, what has been your favourite room? I’ve a delicate spot for my bed room makeover, however I’m curious to know what you suppose!

As they are saying throughout the pond… Cheers! See you quickly!

*Design and Images by Malcolm Simmons

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