Diana Krieg got the idea for her first major home decorating project from Michelangelo. “When I saw what he did for the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, I had to try it myself,” says Krieg, whose day job is to create unique and whimsical sachets that are sold in gift stores nationwide. But since she’s not Michelangelo, she modified the technique: Instead of painting scenes on her dining-room ceiling, she cut out vines, flowers, and butterflies from wrapping paper and glued them in place. Her reward: a lovely overhead mural — and an exciting new outlet for her talents.
Six years later, Krieg still hasn’t put away the scissors and glue gun. Sponge-painted clouds hover in the master bedroom; decoupage birds loll above a bathroom’s wainscoting; ribbons, fabrics, and silk flowers adorn everything from windows to lampshades. “I’ll try anything that occurs to me,” says the artist, who has even written on walls when she was so inspired. True to her improvisational style, Krieg adds, “If I don’t like the effect and can’t remove it, I’ll just hang a picture over it.”
A shelf of fresh flowers — and wallpaper printed with rich-looking fruits — thrives in the light of the window. In autumn, Krieg replaces the flowers with colorful gourds.
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Easy to make and no fuss to maintain, Krieg’s window treatments border on brilliant. Cut from vintage fabric, the triangles required no sewing: Krieg used double-sided tape to hang them and secured the tassels with pins.
Sweet master suite
“I think of my garden as another room,” says Krieg, who installed French doors in her bedroom to bring the outdoors inside. Even when the doors are closed, the clouds she painted on the vaulted ceiling make her feel like she’s out in the open air.
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