“Whoot” Owls by Trustworth in a’30’s Heights Bungalow

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English designer CFA Voysey created wallpaper during the Arts & Crafts period of the 1920’s – 1930’s. Trustworth Studios produces renditions of his patterns that are historicaly accurate, yet suited for the modern American home. This owl-themed pattern is called “Whoot.”

I hung this in a 1930’s bungalow home in a historical district in the Houston neighborhood called the Heights. The homeowner loved it so much, and had such limited space, that she put it in her one unclaimed area – the bedroom hallway. Note the niche for the telephone. Back in those days, homes had ONE telephone (if they were lucky and had the means), and it was in an area accessable to all family members – which meant that there was little privacy while one was talking on the phone.

The paper has to be hand-pasted, and also hand-trimmed to remove the selvedge, which you see happening in the 2nd to last photo.

The ceilings in this room (as well as many / most of the physical elements) were very un-level and un-flat. So I knew I couldn’t plan to have a certain element (like the owl’s head) appear at the ceiling line, because I knew that the changing ceiling line would distort the pattern as it moved horizontally across the room. This also allowed me to plot the baby owls’ settings.

So, instead, I dropped the owls’ heads down to fall below the ceiling line. That way, no owls’ heads get cut off, and, if the ceiling line line moves up and down a little (It DOES!), no one will notice the difference between a half an orange flower at the top of the wall, and a three-quarters of an orange flower in the same. And both the owls and their babies in the nests are perfectly centered, vertically, over the doors.

Too technical?? Here it is, revised.
I also measured and plotted so that the adult owls, and the baby owls in their nests, would be centered vertically in the two short drops above the doors.

This wallpaper is by Trustworth Studios, and is printed to order. It comes with selvedge-edge, which has to be trimmed of by hand (see photo), making sure that the pattern will match one strip to the next.

I love working with Trustworth papers. The product is positively a dream to work with. It trims nicely, seams are invisible, it’s malleable enough to “moosh” it into place when needed, there is no staining, paste residue wipes off, theren’s no abrading or bleeding, although pricy, it’s customer-friendly and easy to purchase (no store or designer needed), and such beautiful patterns!


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