Blake Lively’s “Antique Grandma” Manicure Is Surprisingly Chic

Where do you get your manicure inspiration from? While autumn finds many of us feeling drawn to seasonal shades of oxblood, deep red, and berry, top nail artists get ideas not just from nature, but art, music, fashion, and architecture, too. Blake Lively, meanwhile gets her personal inspo from… wallpaper. 


Posting a photograph of a fresh manicure on her Instagram Stories, Lively showed off oval-shaped nails bearing mustard, maroon, pink, and green floral nail art, which the actor dubbed “antique grandma wallpaper”. Thanking celebrity nail stylist, Elle Gerstein, for the new design, it may have all the hallmarks of old, ’70s-style brocade wallpaper, but it sure looks good on Lively. Call them granny nails, effortlessly elevated for 2022. 

In the post, Lively tagged House of Hackney, a British interiors, fashion and lifestyle brand that is known for its patterned prints, which suggests that the pair were inspired by one of the brand’s wallpapers. While there are myriad different styles on the House of Hackney website, Vogue believes it’s likely to be the Aurora Wallpaper in Chartreuse, which pays homage to chinoiserie and features a similar color palette.

All this goes to say, next time you hit the nail salon or see your favorite technician, make like Blake Lively and think outside of the box.

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