Wallpapering the Butler’s Pantry

I want to let you in on a little secret. Earlier this year, I gave myself a deadline of June 30 (first half of 2015) to finish up the major decorating projects in this house. By major, I mean things like painting, wallpapering, key pieces of furniture, lighting, etc. I kept this to myself because I wasn’t entirely confident I could pull it off and then I’d have a lot of splainin’ to do! But I actually think it might happen(!) so let me start filling you in on what’s been going on, starting with the butler’s pantry.

The color of the butler's pantry was inspired in part by the Veuve Clicquot orange.
The color of the butler’s pantry was inspired in part by the Veuve Clicquot orange.

I have had the hardest time deciding on what to do with the walls in there! As you know the cabinets are now painted orange. For a minute I thought I’d paint the walls as well but I think I knew all along that wallpaper would be better. So I looked at hundreds of patterns and just about every color combination imaginable with orange. But nothing felt right when I took into account how it ties in with the kitchen and dining room which it connects. (The dining room also got a makeover recently which I will tell you about soon.) What I finally concluded was that I need to go either gold and white or orange and white.

I’m still mulling over the gold and white options but here are the three orange and white ones I like best. My criteria were that it had to be orange on white (not white on orange), a true orange (not coral) and with no other colors. This may sound simple enough but other than some trellis patterns there aren’t many that fit the bill.

First up is People from Harlequin…..


I find this one interesting because it looks abstract from afar but up close you see that they’re silhouettes of people. It’s kind of fun.


Then there’s good old Tanzania from Thibaut…..


I’ve always loved this pattern (you know I love leopard anything) but I feel like I’ve seen it too much over the past couple of years so that has kept me from jumping all over it. But on the other hand, I haven’t seen it used in the orange colorway which is why I haven’t nixed the idea altogether either.

Finally, the one I’m leaning toward the most is Vivienne’s Lace from Cole and Son…..


It’s whimsical and fun and feels really fresh to me even though it came out quite a few years ago. It also happens to be designed by Vivienne Westwood who is one of my fashion icons so that kind of feels like a sign. The only example I could find in orange was this…..


But here’s a better look at it (though it’s in gray)…..


So if I go with orange and white, I’m pretty sure this will be the one but let me know if you have any other suggestions!

Once the butler’s pantry is done, the first floor of the house will be finished!!! Now that will be an occasion to pop some Veuve Clicquot if ever there was one! (If you’re wondering about the lighting situation on the first floor, I’ve finalized it all and could not be happier about it! I’ll share that with you in my next post.)

(Photos: 1.Veuve Clicquot 2-5.As linked 6.Houzz 7.Pinterest)

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11 thoughts on “Wallpapering the Butler’s Pantry

  1. Loving the lace. But of course, being a demanding redhead, am curious about the gold and white options too. 😉

  2. I’m loving the lace, but anything YOU choose will be amazing! I love your style and the passionate life you live. God bless.

  3. The Westwood one is lovely and airy (more white backing I mean) so it might wear best in time in terms of not getting tired of it, I do love the Harlequin people though, so fun!

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