October 20, 2015

Decoupage Trays

Decoupage—derived from the French word “decouper,” meaning, “to cut up”—is the art of decorating objects using paper cutouts, decorative details, and layers of lacquer and varnish. Its extraordinary evolution —from inexpensive home décor made by Chinese peasants during the 12th century to pastime for Europe’s female nobles during the 18th and 19th centuries—reveals the artistic value it’s acquired over time. Marie Antoinette, Madame de Pompadour, Queen Charlotte, and Queen Victoria were notable decoupeurs who fearlessly sliced up priceless paintings and artistically repurposed the fragments. 

My general rule for using decoupage in modern interiors is to steer away from large decoupaged objects and furniture and go for small accents, such as glass trays, paperweights, or boxes. Ben's Garden makes beautiful, sleek glass decoupage trays and paperweights that add just a touch of Victorian elegance. Nana would be proud.