As I mentioned previously, some designers were faced with the task of keeping certain room elements at the 2011 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. None was more daunting than the dining room with walls clad in hand-painted wallpaper which was a gift to the owner of the house from the sister of Madame Mao. Interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth did such a great job designing around the wallpaper that you think it was part of the original design. He created special wall hangings to soften the space and played off the neutral tones to create a serene oasis. Sometimes, an unwanted design element ends up making a room.
Matthew Patrick Smyth
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic