Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tired of Treillage? Say It Isn't So!

While it is seems to have been all the rage of late, trelliage has been used for centuries, including early Europe (Italy and France), as well as the Far East (China and Japan). The earliest example I found of trelliage in the United States was via Elsie de Wolfe's book, The House in Good Taste, 1913. She planned the Trellis Room (above) and included this photo in her chapter devoted to Trelliage. Some of my favorite text, "you can wave it and create all sorts of ephemeral constructions that will last your time and pleasure. You may give your trellis any poetic shape your vision may take."

The use of trelliage has certainly expanded from the actual architectural elements or structures in a room to a style of design.

While there likely have been hundreds of posts on trelliage, I'm hoping you don't mind one more. I have fallen hard for trelliage as for me, it's like bringing part of the garden indoors.

I am sure most of you have seen Chloe Sevigny's hallway with the now infamous Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis. But have you seen this room, designed by Lynne Scalo?

Perhaps that is a bit too much trellis for you.

What about the trellis just gracing the walls, as in this home, spotted on a home tour from a Blogger. Note: I cannot for the life of me find the source of this picture, so if you know, please tell me so I may give appropriate credit!

Southern Accents had a lovely feature on Trelliage, illustrating accent pieces.

Numerous other examples abound in curtains, such as these found via DecorPad (and the late Design Smack)...

to Slipper Chairs, from Tonic Home.

Don't overlook other trelliage-inspired items either like this console table, also from Tonic Home,

Treillage Console - World's Away

or this treillage mirror, available from Layla Grace or The Well Appointed House,

or take the indoors back out with Frontgate's trellis patio furniture.

So if you, like me, are still enamored with trelliage, take heart that it is not just a recent design fad. And, if it is the fabric you must have, just keep in mind that there are many options from which to choose!



  1. I hope this trend is NEVER over. I love it! And imperial trellis is one of my favorite patterns. The blinds in the decorpad pic are fantastic - I'd like to try that at home.

  2. I could probably get by with a smaller dose of the Lynne Scalo bedroom. I think I'm going to have nightmares about it.

  3. I love the timeless appeal to the trelliage. Gorgeous inspiration and I love that chandelier!

  4. Wonderful post and blog. Just found you. this has inspired me to make some lampshades using trelliage.
    I have some vintage wallpaper that will work just fine.

  5. Ahh, that crystal light fixture- I must have it!

  6. Great article on trelliage. I never tire of it.
    We did a 2 stain design on the risers of a staircase in a similar design that the console table has.
    Thanks for the visit.

  7. i really like the idea of it framed and displayed as art work.

  8. I NEVER tire of treillage! The stuff is just beautiful, any way you cut it. Great post, Emmie!

  9. I love, love, love this post! I immediately thought about a tea house in London - perhaps the Orangerie at Kensington Palace? That is awash in trellis.

    The Niermann Weeks lamp has been on my 'list' for several years now. I don't tend to buy trendy (although, of course, I am subconsciously influenced by what I see around me - mora clocks are the perfect example), but I like that you pointed out how this is something perceived as a trend that is actually classic. Given that I have had my eye on the NW lamp for a couple of years now, I might go ahead and get it!

    I just added you to my blog list, did not realize you weren't there.

  10. I feel like this trend is over for some..but for me, aaah, it's just beginning. I'm obsessed with your blog post. The framing of the fabric is GENIUS and I'd love to have that arrangement in my house. Great post!

  11. I still love it!
    happy 4th to you too!!


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