Gorgeous Wall Coverings and Patterns Pop in this Queen Anne Home

A Queen Anne Craftsman veers bold with an elegant mix of motifs
Lauren Mang  |   July 2014   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
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When designer Beth Dotolo, co-owner of Ballard firm Pulp Design Studios, known for its richly layered and sophisticated style, proposed that most of the walls—and some ceilings, too—inside Geoff and Audrey Kozu’s stately Queen Anne abode be festooned with patterned wall coverings, the couple didn’t bat an eye. “They were fearless—a designer’s dream,” Dotolo says. “They weren’t afraid of color or pattern, and we got to do things that we don’t normally get to do.”

So up went the Schumacher in the dining room and the Osborne & Little on the entryway ceiling. A blue-and-gold Vivienne Westwood print—a wall covering chosen to coordinate with the homeowners’ existing, intricately patterned ivory armoire—wrapped the master bedroom from top to toe. Within the powder room, Dotolo opted for a playful puffer fish motif from Bainbridge Island wallpaper design company Abnormals Anonymous.  “It takes a lot of practice and a keen eye to combine all these patterns,” Dotolo says. “You have to pay attention to scale and pair [patterns] of different sizes so that they’re not clashing.”

The designer mixed in even more pattern—stripes, swirls, zigzags—via furniture and accessories in the homeowners’ choice colors of blue, turquoise and white. A sleek three-drawer console table added a pinch of texture to the master bedroom with its overlapping metallic scales and circular gold pulls. (Dotolo had posted an Instagram of this furniture find while at the design trade show High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina. Her clients saw the post and immediately slated it for their space.) Above: Designer Beth Dotolo (left), co-owner of Pulp Design Studios (Ballard, 5308 Ballard Avenue NW, Suite 9; 206.701.9795; pulpdesignstudios.com) and online-only shop Pulp Home (pulphome.com) in the Vivienne Westwood wallpaper-clad master bedroom.

“We used a lot of architectural and geometric patterns without being superwhimsical,” Dotolo says. “And why not just go for it with wall coverings? They’re something that you can play with and easily change later.”

Left: A claw-footed Oly Studio chaise was custom upholstered in a durable indoor/outdoor fabric from Perennials and features magnetic bolsters for extra functionality (all furniture and fabric available through Pulp Design Studios)

The Annika chandelier from Oly Studio illuminates the dining room

Dotolo completely customized two Bernhardt wingback chairs in a striped fabric from Kravet on the back and a durable vinyl from Majilite on the front.

A school of puffer fish cover the powder room walls, courtesy of Bainbridge Island-based wallpaper design company Abnormals Anonymous (abnormalsanonymous.com).