Archive for September, 2013

Grasscloth Coaxes Rooms to Come Alive

September 19, 2013

My, I sure am hanging lots of grasscloth these days!

One of my favorite Houston interior designers, Pamela O’Brien, of Pamela Hope Designs, sent me a link to some comments about grasscloth. I liked this line: “The material is a great way to achieve a big block of color without being so monotone,” explained Ms. Lydon. “Walls painted that taupe-beige hue could seem dreary, but rendered in grasscloth they come alive.”

I agree! Here’s the link to the whole article:

And here’s a link to Pamela’s website.
Pamela’s rooms are classy, but with a homey, you-can-really-live-here feel, and she keeps clients’ budgets in mind. In fact, I am hanging grasscloth for one of her clients this week!

Preventing White Seams on Dark Paper

September 18, 2013

Digital ImageWallpaper expands when it absorbs moisture from the paste, and often then shrinks when it dries. This can leave a hair’s breadth gap at the seam, and if the wall / primer is white, it can be very noticeable.

Here I have added a line of dark brown paint along the seam line, underneath the wallpaper, to prevent white from showing.

This pattern is a Kelly Hoppen design, #30-379 by Graham & Brown, a nice-to-hang, textured non-woven wallpaper.

My Favorite “Find” at the Convention

September 17, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageOK, I’m back from the convention, and it’s time to start blogging again. There is a LOT to tell about the NGPP convention, but I HAVE to start with this:

At the Vendor’s Showcase Friday evening, there was a guy there, Bo Sullivan, introducing his company, which sells actual, authentic wallpaper from the 1800’s to the 1930’s. As I have mentioned previously, I am totally into the ’30’s & ’40’s, and love the patterns and colors from that era. I even purchased 1930’s wallpaper for my entry from Hannah’s Treasures (Rosie’s Vintage Wallpaper is another source). (Don’t ask when I’ll ever get around to putting it up!)

But the 1800’s papers shown by Mr. Sullivan of Bolling & Company were positively STUNNING. The colors are so intense and rich, the ink texture is almost velvety, and the combinations of color, the designs, are pure magic. I can’t believe they survived all this time, perfect and radiant.

I was thrilled and flattered when Bo told me to take some samples home. Just take a look – so brilliant, so perfect, so gorgeous.

There is very little stock of these 100+ year old papers, as you can imagine. Bo says there is rarely enough left to paper even a small powder room or entry. So he suggests that people use them as art, framing a piece and hanging it on the wall, for instance. There are other innovative ways to use small bits of very pretty wallpaper.

Here is the link, and please DO take a look! I hope I can send some business their way!

Wallpaper Hangers’ Convention This Week

September 12, 2013

I am off to Reno, for the annual convention of the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers (NGPP). Yes, we paperhangers have a convention every year – educational seminars, vendor show case, socializing, and much more.

Say, I am even giving a presentation – on blogging!

Paris Map Wall Mural – 7’x5′ One-Piece Mural

September 11, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThis mural was little tricky to hang, for several reasons. First of all, the homeowner wanted it to “float” in the middle of the wall, not abut any wall or ceiling. Second, while most murals come in panels or strips of standard size, this one came in one huge piece.

The wall was textured, so what you see in the 2nd photo is where I have carefully measured the size of the mural (not the paper it’s printed on, as the white border had to be trimmed off), plotted where it would hang in the center of the wall, and then skim floated just that area, to smooth the wall. Most wallpapers stretch when they get wet with paste, so I allowed for that, and left about a half inch around the outer edges unsmoothed, to ensure there would be no white showing beyond the mural’s edges.

I’m not very tall, so I was a little worried about managing the 7′ wide piece, but it ended up being fairly easy. There was some twisting and stretching, which would have been less if the mural had been in traditional sized strips or panels.

The homeowner is toying with the idea of having an artist paint a frame around the mural. This is the bedroom of a teen aged girl – who loves Paris! Besides the tufted headboard, there is a pair of mirrored bedside chests that will flank the bed. Pretty classy for a high school kid!

My Newest Toy – 6′ Magnesium Straight Edge

September 10, 2013

This just arrived in the mail today. It’s used when table-trimming the selvedge edge off of un-trimmed wallpaper, which are almost always the higher-end brands. The straight edge will also come in handy when trimming grasscloth, removing banged edges, or cutting a piece to fit into a corner.

The thick sides help keep your razor blade straight, which ensures a straight cut, and the magnesium won’t mar the paper, as aluminum or steel can.

The tricky part is cutting strips that are longer than 6,’ the length of the straight edge, because once you move the tool to cut the next 6,’ you have to be VERY careful to keep everything lined up and absolutely straight.

Wallpaper on a Hollow-Core Door for Instant Art / Impact

September 8, 2013

Digital ImageI saw this idea in the August 2013 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, and loved it. I couldn’t find it on their website, so – hey! – I took picture of the magazine page.

“Luan” doors are hollow doors with a plain flat surface on both sides. They’re light weight and cheap.

What this gal did was to cover two doors with a bright orange patterned wallpaper (prime first, please!). She attached attractive chains to the top, and hung the doors side-by-side from the ceiling.

Voilà! Instant wall-sized art, major impact of pattern and color. Against her white walls, the look is stunning.

Slipping Behind the Corner

September 8, 2013

Digital ImageThis strip of wallpaper is ending at the point where the wall meets the door molding. The molding doesn’t quite butt up with the wall, leaving a 1/8″ gap.

Instead of cutting the paper flush with the edge of the molding, what I like to do in this case is cut the paper a little wider, and slip the excess into that little gap between the molding and the wall. Then I use a smoothing tool or putty knife to press it firmly against the wall.

That leaves less chance for the paper to peel up, and it looks better from certain angles, because you don’t see a “dark hole” next to the molding.

September 7, 2013

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Today’s Install – Silver & Black Geometric

September 7, 2013

The first picture shows the remnants of the old paper coming down. Imagine this dark, boring wallpaper on all walls of this master bedroom.

The homeowners removed most of the wallpaper themselves. Three walls will be painted a complimentary color, and the wild silver and black geometric with strong vertical movement went on the wall behind the headboard.

It looked fantastic, as you can see!

This is a Candace Olson design by York Wallcoverings, and it’s the second time I have hung this pattern. (Both times purchased from Dorota at Southwestern Paint, (713) 520-6262.)