“You know you’re really nobody in LA unless you live in a house with a really big door.” — Steve Martin, LA Story
I don’t want to think about what my peeling, drafty door with broken hardware says to the world about me :) On the other end of the spectrum is this gilded Chinoiserie door from hotelier and writer Maryam Montigue, which stopped me in my tracks. Maryam commissioned Melanie Royals to create a modello for the entry to one of the pavilions in her hotel in Marrakesh. A modello is a decorative masking pattern — think “luxury stencil.” According to Maryam, modellos are well worth the cost, and I’m inclined to believe her based on these results. It was a beautifully dramatic door to begin with, but the gold Chinoiserie takes it to a whole new level. Great work, Maryam! — Kate
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Read more about Maryam’s gilded door after the jump!
Time: about one day
Cost: $450 for the custom modello design, $20 for paint
Basic Steps: The Modello patterns are applied the same way as vinyl decals (similar material) and are not very difficult, but extra sets of hands for a project that size are recommended. Once the Modello is up, you simply fill in with paint (either stencil brush or roller) and remove the pattern. The best part is that Melanie’s making stencils of it soon — just in case you want a little Chinoiserie in your home, too! — Maryam