Archive for February, 2016

More of the Custom-Made Paper – Sink / Countertop Shot

February 5, 2016

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Robert Miller asked for more photos, so here you go…

Custom-Made Wallpaper in Blocks

February 4, 2016
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Photos: Before, During, Done, and a Close-Up.

This is in a home office in a 1957 house in River Oaks (Houston). The home has traditional elegant features, and also very contemporary features and accessories, making for an interesting mix. The homeowner was looking for something different for his office (formerly everything (walls, moldings, ceiling) was painted brown). He had a few ideas that we discussed, and then I suggested this pieced paper by Stoney Brook Wallcoverings http://www.stoneybrookpaper.com/. He loved the concept immediately.

This paper is custom-made to suit the homeowner’s color choices, and also to fit the dimensions of the wall space. I had to measure meticulously, and then calculate how many blocks of which dimensions would be needed to cover the walls, while keeping a homogeneous look around all the walls with varying dimensions. A die was custom-made to dimensions that would give the best use of material, and then 300 sheets of paper, each being 14″ x 26″ were stamped out.

My job is then to trim each sheet to an appropriate height, so that all blocks tiered on the walls are equal in size. I also plotted the layout so that the blocks on each wall are centered in the middle of the wall. Then, of course, the blocks are pasted and applied to the wall, in a staggered, brick-like pattern. Unlike many of the Stoney Brook products, this one is not overlapped, but butted at the seams.

There is a lot of math involved, and careful measuring and potting before cutting. All that is taking a lot of time. Actually putting the paper on the wall is going fairly quickly.

I am very pleased with this product. Unlike many non-woven wallpaper substrates which are stiff and thick and contrary, this one is thin and malleable, making it easy to maneuver into place, and it hugs the wall nicely.

Stoney Brook is a pieced wallcovering (torn or blocks) similar to the more trendy product made by Vahallan, but much lower in price, more easily accessible, and much more customer-friendly. IMO

Beautiful Hand-Painted Mural by Zuber

February 3, 2016
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This week, I am working in a circa 1957 half-modern, half-elegant home in River Oaks. In the entry and hallway is this hand-painted mural, original to the home. It is by the French company Zuber, and was custom made to fit the individual walls, and quite pricy.

The details are fantastic, and the colors are still vivid. It is true honor to be able to see this wonderful, classic, work of art.

Wallet-Friendly Rivets

February 2, 2016
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These homeowners loved the look of the “Rivets” by Phillip Jeffries. (Google it) But that product is way pricy. The interior designer found this similar pattern in a good quality paper, at a much more pocket-friendly price.

I hung this on an accent wall in the bedroom of a pre-teen boy, in a new home in Cypress (NW Houston). The furniture in the room is what you’d call “industrial contemporary” – all brushed / distressed metal, clean lines, with an urban edge. The wallpaper is the perfect backdrop!

The interior designer is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs, and the wallpaper manufacturer is Thibaut, one of my favorite brands.