Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Have an Ingenious Alternative to Wallpaper

No, it's not Taylor Swift's scarf.

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It's the perfect rustic-yet-refined wrapping paper, the optimal sketchpad, and it'll work as a tablecloth in a pinch: Is there anything craft paper can't do? Well, until now, we'd never seen it used as wallpaper. But in the Brooklyn home Maggie Gyllenhaal s with husband Peter Sarsgaard—spotlit this week in AD—the actress turned to the ever-versatile (and blessedly affordable) material as a wallcovering, where it adds just the right warm touch to the couple's book-filled living room.

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@mgyllenhaal used craft paper as wallpaper in her living room. Never seen that before. #gievesanderson

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Photographer Gieves Anderson pointed out the clever hack on his Instagram account this morning, quipping "never seen that before," with a photo of Maggie and Peter's low-slung sofa in front of a telltale tan wall.

The organic quality of the craft paper lends a soft texture to the room, whose full bookshelves and assorted armchairs already ooze coziness. Plus, the casual feel of $20-per-roll paper is a nice juxtaposition with Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard's impressive art collection and the historic grandeur of the home's original crown molding—even celebrities, it seems, can get behind a high/low mix.

Want to get the look in your own home? Good news: It's not too complicated. Since craft paper is fairly thick, it can be applied to (clean, dry) walls with normal wallpaper paste, though several online sources agree it's best to water the paste down until it's a consistency somewhere between of out-of-the-jar paste and liquid. Get crafting!

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