Project Spotlight: Peabody Essex Museum Floorcloth

Last Spring, The Peabody Essex Museum contacted me about creating a floorcloth for The Ropes Mansion in Salem, MA. The Ropes Mansion is an old historic home they had acquired, and they were in the middle of a complete rehab.

During the many phases of the renovation, I toured the home to observe the mansion's many details and gather my inspiration for the floorcloth. So much detail and high end craftsmanship went into this home, from handmade French wallpapers to endless attention to details such as trim, fixtures and hardware. What a thrill and honor to be a part of this restoration! It was on this visit that we determined the actual size the floorcloth and took some color chips to utilize in the actual design, which was still to be determined.

While visiting many area museums, the curator was enticed by an old historic tile and dot design with aged yellow marbling. These elements were the most challenging to create. The actual outside border area of the floorcloth incorporated the traditional Greek Key. I utilized the color chips taken from the historic Hermitage Leaf border wallpaper that surrounds the dining room where the floorcloth will be placed. We created a small sample of the design for approval and then began production.

The floorcloth took about a month to make. After much obsessing over perfecting the details, the floorcloth was delivered on site ahead of schedule with a little time to spare!

The Peabody Essex Museum project was a great achievement and I look forward to the next big project.


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