Bring Lily Allen’s chinoiserie style into your home
I always admired Lily Allen's bold dress sense
Growing up, Lily Allen definitely influenced my teenage years. I always admired her confidence and sass, pairing dresses with trainers, and living life exactly as she wanted. It’s fair to say I thought of her as a bit of a pioneer, maybe even a leader.
Lily Allen has always been a style icon to me, making it totally cool to rock trainers and girly dresses - thanks Lily!
Scrolling though AD (aka Architectural Digest), I was so excited to come across Lily Allen and husband David Harbour's newly renovated Brooklyn town house. Not just because it’s great to catch up on her news, but also because she’s chosen the most amazing chinoiserie chic interior!
The celebrity couple worked with AD100 designer Billy Cotton and architect Ben Bischoff. It’s brilliant to see how bold she’s been in following her personal style and I love how she’s combined layers of vintage colour to create the most incredible maximalist home.
How to get a vintage chinoiserie look
The stunning scenic wallpaper was designed by world renowned Zuber and is a feast for the eyes, an exotic tropical paradise that is crafted by artisans using traditional hand printing methods.
If your budget does not stretch to high end handmade wallpapers, my range of affordable chinoiserie fabrics and wallpapers are a fantastic way to bring Lily’s style into your own home. Each design has been printed and manufactured in collaboration with Harlequin, and come ready to buy on a roll.
Her living room is a party of pattern, with swathes of pleated fabric adding a glamourous touch to full height windows. If you’re looking to get creative with something similar, my fabrics can be used for all sorts of bespoke blinds, from Roman to Balloon and my Lady Alford design in Sky/Magenta is a great way to get Lily’s vintage maximalist look.
Lady Alford sky blue, a great choice for roman blinds.
Lady Alford in sky blue is a bold choice for roman blinds and creates a maximalist window treatment. Purchase fabric by the metre/yard and have them made into curtains or blinds, I recommend the services of Jane Clayton.
When it comes to walls, nothing says classic chinoiserie quite like Florence in Sky/Meadow/Blossom. Inspired by the magic of ancient Chinese wallpapers, I originally painted this design on silk paper using traditional brushes. It’s just like a summer’s day, full of uplifting positivity and it works well in all sizes of room. I love how Lily teamed her scenic wallpaper with vivid pops of contrasting green paint, it does a brilliant job of building a cohesive colour palette.
Get the Lily Allen look with my Florence wall mural, ready to buy and install with ease.
Bathrooms to make you smile
Take a leaf out of Lily’s design brief and go bold with a highly decorative chinoiserie bathroom. If you’re looking to recreate her style, wallpapers like Lady Alford, with its bamboo stems and delicate anemone blooms, would’ve been used in female dressing and bedrooms during the 18th century, making this a timeless (and fun) choice.
Lily’s décor is packed with accessories, such as the selection of framed artworks just above her fireplace. Get the look with my botanical art prints (which come in sets of six) or my Chinoiserie gallery wall art print set to elevate even the smallest of spaces.
Try framing my affordable set of six botanical mini art prints to get a botanical gallery wall look!
Using chinoiserie as wall art
Lily has used chinoiserie art throughout her home to add detail and tie the scheme together. From sitting rooms to bedrooms and bathrooms, my botanical art sets are an easy way to display a stunning wall of picture perfect inspiration.
I can't get enough of this pink botanical bathroom created by the instagram legend Greg, aka Man With A Hammer. Greg used all six of my botanical art prints to finish his perfectly pink bathroom scheme.
My vintage inspired bird and flower art prints are the perfect addition to a maximalist interior and sit beautifully on top of even the boldest of wallpapers.
Bring the outdoors in with Golden Oriole, Leaf Bird and Embellished Flamingo art prints from my collection of limited edition art. Create a garden feel and hang in sets of three, four or six as the final finishing touch to a botanical paradise.
I hope this post has given you some inspiring ideas to help you on your way to creating a colourful maximalist home using bold pattern and vintage art!
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Hi Diane, I’m a huge fan of your work, it’s amazing how you work with these brushes. I would like to make a suggestion for your blog. How about making a post about books that inspire you for your research, for your work, what you have on your bookshelf???
Wow! Really beautifully done. Thank you for sharing Lily Allen’s beautiful new apartment with us, and the ways in which we can recreate the style with your wonderful wallpapers, fabrics and art.