Making a Scene

2013 March/April Edition

In love with wallpaper but think it’s not “now” anymore? Now hear this! Style is what YOU make it and if wallpaper is beautiful in your eyes, then your walls will be beautiful, too.  Just listen to your heart and to Laura Jan Walsh whose walls speak volumes about their past and their present.  


Laura Jane and Dan Walsh lovingly took on the task of propagating the provenance of one of Paducah’s landmark homes by accepting ownership of the last home of Jane and Louis Myer. The family not only found the home to be a breathtaking example of fine architecture and design, Laura Jane was also happy to accept it’s exquisitely papered walls in many of the home’s living spaces. “I love wallpaper and the paper on some of these walls is an art form—certainly worth caring for and honoring for years to come.  A house without wallpaper is like a woman without jewelry!”





The Cross Hall

This detailed paper that spans three walls and frames two doorways was commissioned for the house when it was built in 1992. The Zuber individual panes portray classic Renaissance scenes with old world charm.





The Powder Room

The proponents of paper in this graceful room showed a bit of whimsy by taking the ‘drop” of the border down onto the doorframe.





The Dining Room

The Gracey wallpaper in the Walsh’s dining room is Chinoiserie-inspired and hand painted.





The Jane Ellis Boudoir

For her daughter’s bathroom Laura Jane chose a new Thibaut wallpaper but with the same traditional details as that used in many of the downstairs rooms. This decidedly feminine design is the perfect backdrop for a fabulous mirror that has an international origin.





The Virginia Boudoir

In her daughter Virginia’s bathroom, Laura Jane went with a soft urn/floral design by Thibaut. The delicate peach tone of the paper matches the warm wall color in Virginia’s lovely bedroom.



The Guest Room

In the welcoming guest room, the bathroom paper boasts a bolder pattern and color, which serves as a perfect backdrop for a variety of gilded accents.


The Myer-Walsh house was designed by noted architect Louis Graeber of Jackson, Mississippi. The Myer’s interior designer was the highly respected southern gentleman, the former Jimmy Graham of Memphis, Tennessee.

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