Archive for December, 2013

Torn Cork Wallpaper

December 17, 2013

Digital ImageThe backing used for cork and grasscloth might be a little more fragile than that used for many wallpapers. And once it gets pasted, it gets softer and flimsier, not to mention heavier. Plus, this was a 10.5′ drop, so when I unbooked (unfolded) the paper, even though I was trying hard to keep it from falling, the bottom end dropped a little bit with a jolt, and the sheet tore apart.

Cork wallpaper has a rough finish, and the tear was way up near the ceiling; I thought I could disguise the tear and salvage the strip. It worked great – I was able to push the pieces together, and the tear was not noticeable at all.

Here’s how it turned out:

Railroading a Textured Paintable Wallpaper

December 16, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageIn the top picture, the wallpaper is at the top of the wall, and the bottom half of the wall is primed and awaiting paper.

This unusual wallpaper pattern had a stripe along one edge, a thin sprinkling of flowers next to the stripe, then a denser concentration of flowers as you moved to the opposite side. Unlike most patterns, it was not intended to be matched to the next strip. In addition, the textured vinyl paper is meant to be painted, and then finished with a glaze, which would leave more color in the recessed areas and less on the raised areas.

To use this pattern most effectively on the accent wall in a guest bedroom (and because the homeowner is an innovative thinker), it worked out best to railroad the wallpaper (run horizontally).

The wall was 105″ high, and the wallpaper was 41″ wide. To balance the width of the strips, I trimmed each to 35″ wide, leaving the stripe on one side, and cutting off a little of the dense flowers on the opposite side.

Light coming at an angle really accentuates the texture of this wallpaper, and it will look even better when the paint and glaze are applied.

Balancing A Window

December 15, 2013


I centered this wallpaper pattern on the wall to the right (not pictured), because there would be a buffet table on that wall, as a focal point. But after you center the pattern once, then it pretty well falls as it will, as you go around the rest of the room.

As I came up to the windows, the medallion pattern was fairly close to falling in the center of the wall between the two windows, but not exactly. I wanted to make it fall in the center, if I possibly could.

What I did was to add about a half an inch width of paper above the window on the right. That was enough to extend the design, so the medallion fell smack down the center in between the two windows.

This wallpaper pattern is by Designer Wallpaper (by Seabrook) #JV80107

December 14, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageFirst, my apologies for the dark photos. There simply is not always a lot of light when I’m working!

Here is how a family room in the West University area was enlivened and warmed up, with the simple addition of four strips of grey-taupe grasscloth wallpaper, on the backs of a set of built-in bookshelves, which flank the fireplace.

The texture and color work really well with furniture in the room, which is a sort of shabby chic French Scandinavian style in a muddy taupe color.

The first pic is the “before” shot – just primer on the back of the shelves. The last photo is a good shot of the grasscloth. And it also shows how the manufacturer skimped on giving the standard 36″ width of material!

Bedroom Accent Wall

December 13, 2013

Bedroom Accent WallHere’s an accent wall in a master bedroom I did for a young family in the Katy area this week.

I like her choice, because the wallpaper pattern is up-to-date but not trendy, so it will stay fashionable for a long while. It’s also subtle, so it doesn’t overwhelm the room; a good choice for a room you want to feel calm and restful.

The Power of Eye-Popping PINK!

December 11, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageThis 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 Always call and make an appointment before heading over.

My Helper at Work Today

December 10, 2013

Digital ImageThis family had the most friendly cats. I enjoyed the company.

Classic Trellis Pattern in a Heights Bathroom

December 8, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThis 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.

Nicely Nautical

December 7, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageI 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

Traversing One of Houston’s Uncanny Ditches

December 6, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageThis 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!