Posts Tagged ‘antonia vella’

Shiny Geometric Print Fills a Wall and Brightens the Space

June 20, 2017

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The walls in this newish home in the Rice Military neighborhood of Houston are painted a light brown, and someone had painted this wall in the dining area a darker brown. This made it an “accent wall” – but it wasn’t very interesting.

The homeowner knew that some pattern and shimmer would bring life to the room. She chose this interlocking geometric design in a shiny brassy finish on a lightly textured bronze colored background that coordinates very nicely with the painted walls.

Wow, did this change things! The fluid design interjects personality and a modern feel into the dining and living area, while the glossy lines give a jolt of excitement. You see this wall as soon as you enter the main area of the house, and it really sets a bright, lively, sophisticated feel for the home.

This wallpaper is in the Antonia Vella line by York. It is a somewhat heavy solid vinyl embossed with texture, on a non-woven backing. It was important to not let any paste touch the front of the paper, because the textured surface would grab and hold the paste, which would show and look bad for – well, for as long as the paper is up on the wall. Other than that, the paper was surprisingly lovely to work with.

Those windows with the rounded edges, however, were not so accommodating. It took me four hours to hang this wall, and most of that time was spent on the windows. Too complicated to explain the tedious and exacting process, but it was well worth it, because the finished accent wall looks fabulous.

This wallpaper pattern is by York Wall, and was bought at below retail price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. She is great at helping you find just the perfect paper! Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

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Glass Bead Wallpaper in a Powder Room

May 21, 2017

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So, O.K., it’s a hard room to photograph. All I can show you is the papered wall behind the beautiful light fixture and the really cool mirror.

This wallpaper is embedded with tiny glass beads, which give it dimension, texture and sparkle. In the 2nd photo, you can see how the beads shimmer when the light hits them.

This wallpaper is by Antonia Vella, for York Wallcoverings. It is a non-woven material and is a paste-the-wall product. It is very thick and stiff, and difficult to manipulate, and very hard to cut through, especially the beads. Used lots of razor blades today.

I hung it in a powder room in the Rice Military neighborhood of Houston. The interior designer is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope designs.

Wallpapering an Art Niche

May 18, 2017

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I went to this home to measure a powder room. But as I walked out of the powder room, I saw this art niche. Art niches are just made for wallpaper. So I suggested the idea to the homeowner – and she loved it.

She chose the same paper for the art niche as was used in the powder room, which helps give the home a cohesive look.

This is a textured, glass bead wallpaper in a muted color scheme. It serves as a backdrop, not a focal point, so the statue really stands out. Note that there is a tall base for the statue, that will raise it up so it fills the art niche more effectively.

The wallpaper is by Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings. The home is a townhome in the Rice Military area of Houston. The interior designer for the job is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope designs.

Classic Trellis in a Montrose Powder Room

September 5, 2015
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I didn’t take a “before” picture, because the bathroom, clad in safe khaki paint, was depressingly boring. The new wallpaper changed all that!

Trellises are a popular pattern these days. I’ve hung this before in tan-on-white, black-on-white, and in hot-pink-on-white. This homeowner opted for a chocolate-brown-on-white. You can see that it looks fantastic in this powder room. The material was very nice to work with, too.

This wallpaper pattern is by Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Manufacturer’s Seam Trimming & Pattern Placement

December 9, 2014

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In the first photo, you see the right edge of a roll of wallpaper. Most of the time, the pattern crosses the seam, and has to be matched up with the coordinating part of the pattern on the next strip of paper.

Here, the factory has cut the paper so the seam does not bisect any part of the pattern. I LOVE this!! It gives me the flexibility to move the pattern up or down the wall, as needed.

You see, almost all ceiling lines are not level, and if you hang your paper true-to-plumb, and match the pattern horizontally from strip to strip, you could end up with a pattern motif moving up or down the wall diagonally, instead of hugging the ceiling line.

Because of that, I generally will not place a prominent design element at the top of the wall, but instead will put something that will be less noticeable, in case the ceiling starts go to crooked. However, with this particular pattern’s seams having been cut in between the striped trellis design, I was able to position every strip so that the diamond motif was at the top of the wall. See Photos 2 & 3.

This wallpaper pattern is by Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

CUTE Girl’s Bathroom

October 30, 2014

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Several years ago, I papered this young girl’s bathroom in West University Place with a sweet yellow and navy floral stripe. It served her well while she was little, but now, as a pre-teen, she needed something a little zippier. This fuchsia trellis really fills the bill.

When the gal came home from school, she loved it!

This wallpaper pattern is by Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Centering the Pattern on a Non-Symetrical Wall

September 29, 2014

Digital ImageSome wallpaper patterns with a dominant feature look best when centered on the main wall.  Some of my NGPP (National Guild of Professional Paperhangers) buddies insist that a pattern must be centered on the wall. That works well if there is going to be a bed or buffet also centered on the wall. But what do you do if you’re hanging paper in a bathroom, and the main wall is the toilet wall, and the plumber failed to get the toilet set smack-center?  (It’s not necessarily his fault; sometimes the placement of the floor joists dictate where they plumbing for the toilet can go.)

In this case, I chose to center the pattern on the toilet, even though it meant that the pattern would fall unevenly in each corner. As you can see from the strong vertical line shooting from ceiling to dead-center of the toilet, this was the best option!

Or, maybe you’d rather see the pattern centered on the wall, so the “Y’s” are equal on both the right and left sides – What do you think?

This fun geometric pattern is by Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, and was hung in a contemporary new home in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.

Hot Pink Lattice & Dots for a Teen Gal’s Bedroom

April 19, 2014

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Lattice in bedroom: The wallpaper pattern is #CM2382 by designer Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, one of my favorite manufacturers.

Pink polka dots on silver in adjoining bathroom: #RB4286 from the Sure Strip line by York Wallcoverings. It’s one of their newer non-woven substrates, intended to strip off the wall easily and in one piece, when you’re ready to redecorate.

I did this bedroom and bathroom almost a year ago. Interestingly, I was back this week to do their powder room and the boys’ bathrooms.

The Mirror Trick

December 26, 2013

Digital ImageHere’s a cool little trick. If I am hanging wallpaper that is going to abut a mirror, it’s fun to plot the layout so that HALF the design ends at the mirror.

The fun part is that the mirror reflects the other half of the design, and it looks like it continues on uninterrupted into the mirror.

This fun geometric design is by Antonia Vella for York Wallcoverings, and was hung in a powder room in the Montrose neighborhood.

Here’s What Happens When You Hang a Geometric Pattern on Walls That Are Not Plumb / Square

October 3, 2013

Digital ImageHere we are, turning a corner in a powder room in the Montrose neighborhood. The walls were out of plumb; off by more than half an inch from the top to the bottom – with a bulge in the center, to boot!

In this kind of situation, with crooked walls and a very regimented wallpaper pattern, there is no way you can avoid or hide the resulting mismatch.

Luckily, this only happened once in this room. The opposite corner was nicely plumb, and the piece on the next wall matched perfectly.

It’s a busy enough pattern that one might not even notice the mis-matched design in this one corner.

The pattern is by Antonia Vella, for York Wallcoverings