Imperfect Lovely, Weathered Walls & Déshabillé Beauty celebrates inspiring wabi sabi wonder and transports our souls to atmospheric calm. What is it about undressed (déshabillé) walls that enchant lovers of Old World style? Maybe they charm because romantics are wired for stories. Peeling, timeworn, decaying finishes most certainly have a tale to tell in whispers.
These walls show their age without apology, without fuss. They continue to do their work as shelter even as they transcend the ordinary with sensual texture and interesting layers.
You may recognize many of my favorite inspiring images of weathered walls in their natural state from Chateau de Gudanes…which now offers a book we can buy HERE!
Inspiring Quotes With a Déshabillé Backdrop
I couldn’t resist creating a few quotes to pin in the spirit of beautiful things which have fallen apart.
When the Wall Finish Only Appears to Be Ancient!
Lovely Tumbledown Wisdom
Old World Style Distressed Walls
Getting the Look
Domingue Finishes (who partnered with master Eddy Dankers) creates beautiful lime wash, plaster, mineral paint, and architectural finishes for walls I want to touch and spend time with. The firm uses terms like ‘nuanced,’ ‘purity,’ and ‘natural dignity’ to describe their vision and passion for such timeless finishes, and the work glows with luminosity.
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I adore looking at the weathered imperfect walls for the stories they can tell.
What were they in their original state? How many layers of paint or paper are showing their last vestiges of their former, and most likely, glorious life? How many times of undesired rain came through the roof or an open window, leaving its mark for generations to see….someday? How many times did champagne, opened to celebrate a lovely occasion, accidentally spray out onto the walls as family and friends laughed and rejoiced?
Oh the stories the walls tell to those of us who have come beyond the walls beginnings! But would I want to live in an entire home with walls that are more than just peeling paint, cracking plaster, hiding damage underneath yet to be discovered? Alas no.
For me these walls are a living museum to be enjoyed for their stories, their history, and yes, even the quiet way the walls may be saying “Why did you leave me to the elements of time, to decay and fall? Keep part of me visible to all eyes, for what I can show you, what I may tell you. But restore me, please. I was once new and beautiful and lovely, the height of fashion!”
Gorgeous reflections, Connie. I especially like the reference to bubbly making its mark and baptizing beautiful weathered walls. I’m curious about them too, but I am longing for pristine new plaster walls! xox
Yes, new plaster walls are quite a beautiful sight to behold. Though installing drywall is easier and faster, the charm of “craftsmanship” will never equal that of a plasterer who knows the craft well, after years and years of application.
I like the method the Giannettis used for Patina Farm – a thin coat of plaster over drywall. It’s the only plastering I have done personally!
These walls are stunning works of art! They impart an old world feeling even when they’re brand new, a plaster like, long time ago quality that I love.
Truly! I would love to take a million photos of walls like these! 🙂