December 11, 2013
This cute wallpaper went in the powder room of a slightly contemporary home in the Memorial area of Houston. Usually, people keep the door to their powder room closed, so when a guest opens the door to step in – POW! What a riot of color and fun pattern!
This is by Clarke & Clarke, a British company, on a non-woven substrate, and is called Dahlia.
It was purchased through Dorota at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet at Wakeforest (713) 520-6262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Always call and make an appointment before heading over.
December 10, 2013
This family had the most friendly cats. I enjoyed the company.
December 8, 2013
This classic trellis pattern has been around for years. It’s hard to see from the photos, but the trellis appears to be made from bamboo.
Many of the trendy graphics and textures that I’m hanging right now will go out of style in a few years. A classic wallpaper pattern like this will endure for decades.
The pattern is by Thibaut Designs, # 839-T-1671, and was installed in the Heights area home of Houston interior designer Weezie Johnston.
December 7, 2013
I hung this pretty nautical-themed wallpaper in a guest bathroom in the Heights today.
The pattern is called Bowline, and is from the Boathouse collection by Thibaut Designs, pattern # T-3932
December 6, 2013
This morning, I was able to park directly in front of the client’s front door. The bad news is that there is one of Houston’s infamous ditches in the street. Yes, in this day and age, Houston, now the third largest city in the nation, has many, many streets, and even entire neighborhoods, that do not have curbs and gutters, but deep ditches to collect rain water.
It’s hard to tell from these photos, but this ditch is at least 3′ deep, and very steep on either side, plus it’s full of lush St. Augustine grass, which is slippery and sink-into-y. There was water in the culvert a few feet away, but luckily no water in the ditch. However, tomorrow it’s predicted to rain, and then there WILL be water in the ditch.
I made many trips up and down those steep slippery sloped sides of the ditch. I could have gone around and stayed on pavement, but it was much farther that way, so it was a toss-up between inconvenience or inconvenience. I opted for inconvenience.
The other thing is, the parking strip was very narrow, so there was not adequate space for me to put my feet beside my van, and it was even worse while trying to find equipment and pull things out of the vehicle. I did a lot of sliding into that danged ditzy ditch!
December 5, 2013
Many wallpaper murals go up in eight-panel formation (four across the top and four across the bottom). I kept forgetting to take photos as I moved from the center out to the sides, but finally got a shot before the last panel went in.
Then, of course, you see the finished mural – a golf course on the side of the sea! This went on an accent wall in a home office.
These murals are printed on an atypical paper, and come with special powdered cellulose paste, which must be mixed with water. I use an immersion blender to get a good, smooth, non-lumpy mix.
December 4, 2013
The manufacturer secured the rolls of paper with green “frog tape.” Removing the tape also removed some of the backing of the wallpaper. And yes, that can show when the paper is on the wall.
Blue painter’s tape would remove easily and cleanly. And some brands, like Thibaut, use bands of paper secured with removeable adhesive, like on Post A Notes, so no adhesive ever touches the wallpaper.
This paper is by Scalamandre.
December 3, 2013
My new kitten is old enough to spay, so I visited the vet today for the preliminary exam. A client came into the office to pick her dog. She noticed my Wallpaper Lady van in the parking lot, and looked at me and asked, “Are you the Wallpaper Lady? You papered my house years ago.”
She sold the house recently, and is moving to Katy. I was very happy to hear that the wallpaper is still in perfect condition!
Added the next day: Coincidentally enough, I ran into that veterinarian today, at Home Depot. It never ceases to be a small world!
December 2, 2013
This wallpaper colorway is very dark, almost black. Since paper shrinks a little when it dries, there is always the potential for a little of the white paper backing to show.
To minimize this, this manufacturer took the extra step of printing on a darker material, so, if the seams do show, you’ll see dark grey, instead of white.
This very cool pattern is by Designer Wallpapers, #EH62003. It was bought from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet west of Kirby, email@example.com. Always make an appointment before heading over.
November 30, 2013
A quote from their blog: “I’m going to give you the basics of how I install wallpaper,,, and the number 1 thing I do is find someone (other than my husband) to install it with! We work together on almost every project, but wallpaper is one of those things that’s just better for our marriage if I find someone else to do it with.”
Here’s the link to their wonderful blog, all about decorating on skinnnny budget, East Coast Creative. You’ll find some wallpapering projects there, too. http://eastcoastcreativeblog.com/