Posts Tagged ‘convention’

Wallpaper Convention in Cincinnati – Art Deco Hotel

September 19, 2019


I just got back from a week upping my skill-set at the Wallcovering Installers Association’s annual convention, this year held in Cincinnati. We stayed downtown at the Hilton Netherland hotel.

The hotel opened in 1931, and was built in the Art Deco style. This place is an amazing testament to the glory of that fantastic, fanciful design style! … And everything is intact (not torn down, like they do in Houston to any building over 30 years old).

Enjoy the photos!

The last photo is not Art Deco – it’s a picture of the roof of the building, showing large tubs of potted flowers, surrounded by beehives. The large outbuilding on the right bears a painted sign, something like “Bee House.”

The hotel uses the honey in its restaurant.

Historic Wallpaper in 1883 Byers-Evans House in Denver

September 25, 2018


Before the 2018 Wallcovering Installers Association annual convention started in Denver last week, I took a few extra days to see the mountains and city. I toured this 100+ year old home and, of course, grooved on the wallpaper. The papers in the first two rooms are reproductions, made from scraps of the original paper that were uncovered during renovations, and then meticulously recreated. The ceiling paper is similar to designs made by Bradbury & Bradbury today (popular with owners of Victorian or Edwardian properties, such as in Galveston).

The brown paper is the real deal – authentic paper from a 1912 renovation to the property.

2017 WIA Wallpaperhanger’s Convention

September 12, 2017

I am just back from nearly a week at the 2017 Wallcovering Installers Association annual convention.

Such a wonderful learning experience!  We had back-to-back classes on wallpaper hanging technique, new materials, business, social media, estimating, and much more, plus walls and materials to practice what we’d learned.

Always fun to meet my colleagues from around the country, and some from Canada and Australia, too!  Close to a hundred of us, including several first-timers.

By the end of the week, we all feel like old friends.  Best of all is all the new information, and the networking communication, we come home with.