Monday’s Masterpiece – I stand corrected

I wrote a post a few weeks ago on the design legend that is Michelle Nussbaumer, and was delighted when she got in touch to give me a little more background on the projects of hers that I was looking at.

I haven’t had a chance to update the post yet, as I’ve been rushing around on two continents and getting engaged (!), so I thought this morning I’d follow up with a few more piccies and details.

I found an image of the leopard print stairway that Michelle mentions, courtesy of Denton RC.  And I cannot stop staring at it!!  Especially paired with dramatic deer bust at the top of the stairs, this print is BLOWING MY MIND!!!

I wrongly assumed that the hallway wallcovering was a wallpaper, whereas in fact Michelle sourced wooden trellis from a garden store, painted it black and stuck it up on the wall.  Why not?!  Looks great.

Couple of other fab images from the property – I’m loving this riot of colour!

And this dramatic black fitted bookcase is making me weak at the knees, especially combined with the multiple African accents.  

And here is the lady herself – love her outfit!

This ‘Ice Bedroom’ is from the Donald Trump showhouse in New York in 2005.  I am slightly obsessing over the metallic bedside tables and the faux fur blankets…

And this image is from another showhouse, this time in Texas.  The mineral lamps and black lacquer side tables are from Michelle’s Ceylon et Cie collection, and she found the antique daybed in Paris.

And the wallpaper is by Sherle Wagner, ‘Chinoiserie in Black’:

Michelle has also just been featured in Veranda, giving interior design tips and décor ideas – here are some of the best!

1. Create drama in your entrance foyer

I could not agree more!  She recommends using an unexpected element to up the wow factor, such as large scale items, a dramatic colour, an oversize piece of modern art, patterned flooring or wallpaper on the ceiling. 

2. Turn your bedroom into a refuge, by including plenty of luxurious fabrics (cashmeres, velvets, faux furs) and keeping to one peaceful colour in varying hues.

3. Use an unusual wall treatment or paint the trim and mouldings a dramatic colour. 

4. Don’t be afraid of bucking trends and creating your own.  Michelle uses the example of this Christmas tree painted white and decorated with a collection of buttons and cameos, or using traditional toile fabric for a small accent, such as napkins.

5. Use symmetry to draw the eye to details and define spaces.  Buying items in pairs really works wonders – love how this vignette creates a focus around this ruddy gorgeous peacock mirror:

6. Use a colour scheme or similar items together in a tablescape – tell a story using items you collect, such as Murano glass or mercury glass vases, mix and match place settings, and keep flowers at a low height and in multiple vases. 

Don’t know about you but I’m feeling inspired to go try out these ideas today – thanks Michelle!


  1. Sarah Covington says:

    Elly – that last pic of the table decoration is gorgeous and I already have hessian mats so am clearly wondering – can any of the blue vases, glasses or napkins be bought in the UK??????

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