Bunny Mellon, the heiress and close friend of Jackie Kennedy, was known for her exquisite personal style and taste in decorating and gardening. She beautifully redesigned the White House Rose Garden for President Kennedy. In admiring photos of various homes and gardens that Bunny Mellon decorated or designed, I have noticed how much she favored the use of latticework both indoors and outdoors.
This is the Mellons’ Manhattan townhouse, where Bunny used lattice to adorn the courtyard walls:
A lattice gazebo in the Mellons’ New York garden:
Latticework dominates Bunny Mellon’s Manhattan garden room:
In the greenhouse of her Virginia estate, she used a painted lattice pattern on the walls:
Bunny Mellon used lattice in her decorating over 50 years ago, and such patterns and structures are still popular today.
Latticework, or, as it is often referred to, treillage, is something I have generally associated with outdoor spaces, but it is frequently used in interiors, as well. It has the ability to bring the feel of the outdoors inside, and it adds dimension and interest to a space. Inspired by Bunny Mellon’s work, I have collected for this post some examples of the use of latticework in modern interiors.
In the New Orleans sun room pictured in the next photograph, the lattice is painted robin’s egg blue and covers the ceiling and walls. In some spots, the lattice is backed by mirrors to reflect more light and greenery around the room:
Sara Ruffin Costello, in her New Orleans home, uses a trellis with Moorish arches over the doors:
The white lattice in this sunny seating area pops against the spring green paint:
Designer Danielle Rollins, below, uses a deep blue trellis to add a garden feel to her dining area:
The pattern of this trellis above the window is striking:
The lattice walls below add interest and texture to an addition outside Shelley Johnstone’s dining room:
This painted green lattice work in a home in the Bahamas is certainly a scene stealer:
If you aren’t ready to add actual latticework, you could always use wallpaper with the lattice motif, as Bunny Williams did in this Virginia dining room:
Schumacher’s imperial trellis pattern wallpaper adds a modern touch to this breakfast nook:
What do you think of using lattice inside?