Posts Tagged ‘anthropologie’

Hiring a Pro – Worth It? a.k.a. Fake News

April 13, 2018

Here’s a stupid piece of unreasearched and incorrect “advice” found on purewow.com. The article is about home services that are worth paying for, and some that are not.

Quote: “Obsessed with the temporary kind—like this rose-petal pattern from Anthropologie—but worried you’ll botch the project? Don’t be. With the right tools (read: a quality measuring tape and heavy books to flatten out any paper curls), you’ve got this. Just block off a few hours in the afternoon.”

Just about every word is wrong. First, that paper by Anthropologie is not “temporary,” but rather “easily removable.” Second, if you want to tackle hanging wallpaper, you’re going to need a heck of a lot more tools than a tape measure. Like about $100’s worth. Not to mention primer, paste, etc. Third, “heavy books to flatten out curls” ?! No comment needed. Next, if I can’t hang a room in “a few hours,” how would a novice manage to? Last, by the condition of the un-smooth and un-primed wall they are planning to put the paper on, you can tell they are not concerned about how the finished job looks.

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Wild Color for Twin Baby Girls

April 6, 2018


No soft pink ribbons and polka-dots for these two baby girls… This mom wanted a room full of color! This is a mural, so there are no repeating design elements. It came in eight panels. But the wall was narrower than the eight panels, so the homeowner chose to eliminate the right and the left panels. The width of the remaining six panels worked out perfectly with the width of the wall.

The mom wanted this mural to “float” on the wall, so I did some measuring and line-drawing and plotted to move it in from each side and up from the floor by 6.” You can see my white wallpaper primer inside the area where the mural is to go. A 2″ wooden frame will be built around the outside of the mural. That will leave 4″ of painted wall around the whole thing, effectively letting it “float” on the wall. I plotted the height so the wooden frame would line up with the top of the doorway to the right.

In the third photo, I am using the red vertical beam from my laser level as a guild for trimming that right edge 6″ from the end of the wall.

This mural was bought through Anthropologie, and is made by York, in their Sure Strip line. It was prepasted, easy to hang, and is designed to strip off the wall easily and in one piece when it’s time to redecorate.

Little Girl’s Room is Full of Ants!

March 10, 2018



The bottom of these walls are covered in beautiful block paneling. Originally, the top of this bedroom belonging to a little girl in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston was painted tan. Tan’s a nice, safe color – but it’s bland and boring and is totally not up to the energy and zeal for life of a toddler.

Interior designer Rachel Goetz found this cool watercolor-like design from Anthropologie. It’s colorful and fun, and, if you look closely, there are hidden grasshoppers, butterflies, and ants!

The wallpaper is in the Sure Strip line made by York, one of my favorite papers – but this Ant pattern (also called “Watercolor Peony”) is only available through Anthropologie. It’s pre-pasted, and very thin, and no worries about curling seams. Sure Strip is designed to come off the wall easily later, when you’re ready to redecorate.

Wild, Crazy, Colorful, Fun – A Bold Step for a Heights Powder Room

February 16, 2018


I hung this in the powder room of a beautifully renovated and modernized 1912 Spanish-style home in the Houston Heights. The homeowners love color. Unfortunately, the contractor left everything white and washed out. See first photo.

Never fear! Wallpaper came to the rescue – and in a BIG WAY! This super bold and mega colorful “Expanded Floral” pattern by Anthropologie ramped up the Wow Factor in their powder room.

This home will be on the Historic Heights Home Tour this spring. Come on by and see it!

Etched Arcadia Mural On A Bedroom Accent Wall

December 29, 2017


The young couple who lives in this home in the Westbury neighborhood of Houston loves the modern contemporary look – everything in the home is all about straight lines, open spaces, clean, crisp, and sharp.

The bold pattern and Old World theme of this “Etched Arcacia” mural on an accent wall in the master bedroom is a great foil to all that simplicity. Yet the simple black & white color scheme and the straight lines that make up the design (look closely at the photos) coordinate perfectly with the modern design elements in the rest of the home.

This product comes as a pre-pasted, 8-panel mural, 12′ wide by 9′ high (I cut it shorter to fit the 8′ ceiling in this 50-year old ranch style home). In the first photo, you can spot the mural all rolled up in its package, on the left side of the bed. It is made by Sure-Strip, one of my favorite brands (manufactured by York). It was bought on-line from Anthropologie.

Making A Statement Coming Up The Stairs

October 7, 2016
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The lady of the house (a “tall skinny house” in the Houston Heights neighborhood), has a super eye for decorating, and the first floor looks like it was decorated by a highly-trained professional interior designer – but it is all the work of the homeowner.

But she thought that coming up the stairs to the second floor, the upstairs just looked boring. This short hallway is what you see as you walk up the stairs. With the beautiful woodwork and paint, it’s attractive, but it is boring. The homeowner found this fun palm-frond pattern via Anthropologie, and knew it would be perfect for this space.

She mentioned putting it on the ceiling, too, and I tried to talk her out of it, because I think that wallpaper on the ceiling crunches the ceiling down and makes the space claustrophobic. I also had not included the ceiling when I measured the room, so I didn’t think we would have enough paper to cover that additional surface.

But I could tell that she really wanted the paper on the ceiling, so I did some plotting and measuring and engineering, and managed to cover the ceiling and the walls with the paper that we had.

Once it was up, and when I stood on the stairs and looked forward, I have to admit – the gal’s decorating sense was spot-on – papering the ceiling was the perfect treatment!

One reason the pattern works so well here is because of the white crown molding breaking up the pattern on the walls from the pattern on the ceiling. If there were no crown molding, and the palm fronds on the walls connected to the fronds on the ceiling, I think it would have been too busy. (We also would not have had enough paper, due to having to match the pattern on the wall so it lines up with the pattern on the ceiling, which would have eaten up a lot more paper.)

This wallpaper is pre-pasted, and is in the Sure-Strip line (which I really like) by York Wallcoverings, and was purchased through Anthropologie.

Smoothing a Textured Wall

November 3, 2015
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The wall texture you see by the light switch is pretty typical of new homes in the Katy suburb of Houston, and actually a little lighter than many builders use. These bumps would show under the new wallpaper, and also cause potential problems with adhesion at the seams, so I had to smooth the surface. To do that, I trowel on joint compound, which we just call “mud,” and which is something like plaster. The process is called “floating,” or “skim coating.”

It takes a while to dry, which can be sped up by using fans, and also by having the air conditioning or heat, plus the house fan, cranked up in the house to pull humidity from the air. Sometimes it needs overnight to dry completely. A heat gun is the final encouragement for stubborn spots. In the second photo, the mud has been applied and dried, and is waiting to be sanded.

The dust from sanding is like fine flour, and drifts onto everything, so it’s important to take steps to keep it off the homeowner’s furnishings – and out of the smoke detector!

I use an abrasive flexible sponge (not shown) to do the sanding by hand, and it goes pretty quickly. Once the sanding is done, the walls (and floor!) need to be vacuumed, and then the walls get wiped down with a damp sponge, to remove any remaining dust. This is a crucial step, because anything (wallpaper, paint, decals) applied over a dusty wall will delaminate and fall right off.

Once the walls are dry again, a primer is applied. When I have newly floated walls, which are porous, I like to prime with Gardz, a thin sealer that soaks into the surface and dries hard and intact. Gardz dries clear, which is why, in the fifth photo, the wall is smooth but you still see some of the paint from the wall underneath.

The last shot shows the pretty new wallpaper, free of bumps or distractions, and with a solid surface to cling to.

This wallpaper is called “Watercolor Peony” and is by Anthropologie.

Watercolor Peony in Girl’s Bedroom

October 29, 2015

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What a dream of a room, for a sweet little girl! This is a typical tract home in the Katy suburb of Houston, but it has been kicked up a notch in the daughter’s room. The board and batten paneling was added recently, and reaches up to the 7′ height of the doors. This high paneling is a very rich and elegant look. The 2′ high wall space above that had texture typical of the new suburban homes in that area, which I smoothed out before hanging the wallpaper (see other post). One wall of the room angles inward (see other post).

The wallpaper pattern is called “Watercolor Peony” and is by Anthropologie. It looks like real watercolor, and the hues are bright and glowing. I wish I had taken a close up of it. It’s just perfect with the white metal bed, and pink bedding, and other furnishings in this little girl’s room.

Here’s How the ’70’s Update Turned Out

January 25, 2015

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OK, here is the same room, clothed in lively blue & white paper from Anthropologie. The homeowner found this wallpaper on-line and fell in love with it. It really transforms the room!

In the last photo, I humbly invite you to note that the pattern is perfectly centered, left-to-right, as well as top-to-bottom. It also lines up perfectly with the pattern on the fur down above. This was no accident – I spent a lot of time plotting and measuring and engineering how to get this to work out. I figured the homeowners would have something pretty sitting on this built-in buffet – an antique tea set, a beautiful mirror – so I wanted to balance the pattern so it would accentuate whatever they placed in the recessed area.