Vanessa Carlton’s “Coven” Wallpaper Is a Perfect Fit in Her Bathroom

published Jun 6, 2022
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After moving into her 1800s-era Rhode Island home in April of 2021, Vanessa Carlton’s dream home is finally finished. Architectural Digest paid Carlton a visit to get the skinny on her design choices, and everything is just so good — from the moody washed-out black rooms and her daughter’s pink palace to the light-washed kitchen and fantastic wallpaper choices, including one that features a coven of witches.

Both Carlton and her designer Kate Hamilton Gray shared photos from the AD shoot, and the first one Gray posted was a pic from inside Carlton’s dressing room — yes, dressing room — where her tub resides alongside the Maison C “Coven” wallpaper.

After being unable to figure out a way to include a tub in the primary bathroom, Gray suggested taking a page from the Georgian era and placing it in the dressing room, instead.

And the wallpaper is actually a vestige of Carlton’s former life in Nashville. She had the same print on the walls of her Nashville bathroom, so Gray ordered the exact same print for this space.

Coven is one of the brand’s most popular prints. It’s simple, a little spooky, and yet seems to fit in every aesthetic from bathrooms to bedrooms to nurseries.

And Coven is just one of many brilliant wallpapers Carlton and Gray put into the home. House of Hackney’s Dinosauria wallpaper (the first paper Carlton picked before even buying the home) went into her daughter Sidney’s bathroom. A classical beige Cole & Son design was installed in the guest room. And House of Hackney’s Trematonia Onyx wallpaper is in the eclectic powder room.

The wallpapers helped shape the historic home into the perfect backdrop for Carlton’s family life.

“One of the most beautiful things about a house like this is that you can make it so warm and comfortable and cozy,” Carlton told AD. “And that…is, for me, the magic.”