Archive for October, 2013

Pretty Paper for a Baby Girl’s Room

October 31, 2013

Digital ImageThis pretty scalloped border went on top of a pink and white checked wallpaper.

The paper is precious, but I really think that the chandelier makes the room!

This wallpaper is by York, pattern # IT 7419

A Paperhanger’s Dream Bathroom

October 30, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageThat would be one without the fixtures! No sink to cut around and no toilet to try to slip the wallpaper behind.

Wallpaper as Art

October 28, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageSometimes a painting in a frame will do. But sometimes a little more drama is called for – I love this new book by Seabrook, the “Atmosphere, Carl Robinson 4” collection.

Old rusty gears, bicycle spokes, bold swaths of color, peeling paint, typewriter keys, a worn fender from a ’40’s Chevy, even a phone booth from jolly old England. The images engulf the wall, and the manufacturer provides coordinating sidewall paper to fill in the space.

One of my customers is using the yellow/red/blue tumbling bubbles pattern, and I can’t wait to get my hands on that paper!

Dorota at Southwestern Paint sells this wallpaper. (713) 520-6262

Same Dance, Different Partner

October 27, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageToday, I put the same Thibaut wallpaper pattern as yesterday, but in a different color, in the adjoining sink room of this Hollywood bath, which is used by the college-aged daughter.

As you can see, I dress for the holidays. 🙂

Before & After – Light Hearted Geometric Trellis

October 26, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageI hung the butterflies in 2001, when the homeowners first bought their home in Bellaire. It suited the young girl using this bathroom.

Well, the girl is in high school now, and something a little more sophisticated was called for. The geometric print really lights up the room. This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut.

Incidentally, the original wallpaper held up perfectly all these years, and when I stripped it off, it came off easily and with absolutely no damage to the walls. 🙂

MisMatch – Not the Wallpaper… My Outfit!

October 25, 2013

Digital ImageHoh boy! Somehow, this morning I grabbed socks from two different pairs. Not only different colors, but different heights.

Oh well. Once you leave the house, there’s not much you can do about it. The wallpaper still went up beautifully, and the homeowner was well pleased.

P.S.: My legs look MUCH better in real life. 🙂

Wallpaper as Art

October 25, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThese homeowners in the Houston Heights have been wanting to add art to their home, but after buying a few prints and oil paintings, they wanted something different and more dramatic. They came upon these designs by Carl Robinson for Seabrook Wallpaper (a really, really cool book – please see my previous post, or do a Search on the web), and chose this colorful, wall-filling, mind-impacting powerhouse.

The second photo shows the wall before, then two shots of in-progress, then the final outcome. The photos or murals don’t always fill the entire wall, so the manufacturer offers companion papers that will fill the rest of the space on your wall … in this case, it’s the grey striated paper in photos #4 & #5. You can see how it runs along the left side of the wall, and in the last photo, it runs along the bottom.

The last photo shows the finished wall, unfortunately, in fading light. It was stunning, and when the husband came home, he kept walking into the room, and spent a long time standing in front of the color-splashed wall.

Most men hardly even notice new decorating in their homes, so here is proof that this dramatic wall treatment really packs a punch!

Beautiful, Earthy Cork Wallpaper

October 24, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageHere is an accent wall in a breakfast room, done with a cork wallpaper finished in a matt grey-white with some vertical brown coloration, with light silver accents in the background. The result is warm and earthy, yet fresh and sophisticated.

I have hung other cork papers in a silver metallic color, or with silver and gold. Those colors have a little more sizzle. This homeowner considered those colorways, but decided that a more subdued color would suit her home better. I definitely agree – this came out absolutely stunning.

This is a Candice Olson design.

Forest-y Wallpaper in a Powder Room

October 23, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageHere’s another woodsy-looking wallpaper, and it’s just delicious! The color is iridescent blue on a chocolate charcoal matt black background.

The powder room was originally harsh white, tall, cramped, and boxy, and totally uninteresting.

The wallpaper added depth, dimension, character, warmth, and a little mystique, along with perfectly complimenting the brown tile behind the commode.

The white line along the top of the backsplash is caulk, and will turn clear when it dries. I do this to prevent splashed water from wicking up under the paper, which could cause curling.

This is pattern EH61003 by Designer Wallpapers. It was sold by Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. Be sure to call first and make an appointment before heading over. (713) 52-6262

Lost in Translation

October 22, 2013

Digital ImageThis shimmery wallpaper went on the top 2/3 of a dining room in the Memorial area of Houston, and then again in the entry. The two rooms face one another, and using the same paper in both is a common treatment.

The wife thought it looks like space aliens; the husband says they look like tribal masks. In the dining room, I put the aliens at the top of the wall; in the entry, I repositioned it so the tribal mask was at the top.

This wallpaper is by Graham & Brown.