Posts Tagged ‘cottage grove’

UnBEARably Cute

August 31, 2017

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Here’s something cleverly fun for a little boy who’s coming in a couple of months.  Bear paws and bear faces.  What could be cuter?!  The color coordinates beautifully with the blue paint chosen for the walls and ceiling.

This wallpaper is by Dwell Studios and is in the Sure Strip line, one of my favorite wallpaper brands.  It is pre-pasted and easy to work with, thin and hugs the wall tightly, seams are invisible.  And, when it’s designed to strip off the wall easily and in one piece with no damage to the wall.

I hung this in a baby boy’s nursery in the Cottage Grove neighborhood of Houston.


Small Diamond Pattern on a Master Bedroom Accent Wall

July 12, 2014

Digital ImageThis soothing pattern went on the headboard wall of a large master bedroom in the Cottage Grove neighborhood in Houston. The other walls were painted a lightish shade of the same neutral grey in the wallpaper.

This wallpaper was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Jazzing Up a Stairway

July 10, 2014

Digital ImageSome people see the ceiling as a “fifth wall.” Well, this family in the Cottage Grove neighborhood of Houston sees the stairway as another wall! Heading up and to the left are 14 more risers that I papered.

It took several hours, longer than I expected, and I learned on the second step that risers were not all the same width. 😦 I engineered it so there would be a vertical white line smack in the middle of each riser, with the “arrows” in the center pointing up.

This wallpaper is by Spoonflower, an on-line company with lots of cute patterns. Some of these new boutique manufacturers put out some pretty wonky papers, but Spoonflower is lovely to work with. You overlap the seams, which is a little unusual, and which leaves a ridge, but that is barely noticeable, and the overlapping eliminates the worry about drying and shrinking and gapping at the seams.

If You Choose a Plain Paper, Expect to See the Seams

March 13, 2014

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Digital ImageThese days, textured papers are all the rage. This is a heavily textured vinyl on a woven fabric backing (something like cheesecloth, but firmer). Just be aware that on patterns like this, the seams almost always will show.

Note that I am breaking one of my own rules, and hanging the paper over a lightly textured wall. The paper is heavy enough that the wall’s texture won’t show, but the texture does interfere with the seams’ ability to pull tightly to the wall. Be certain that I discussed this with the clients before proceeding, and they OK’d it. Also note that I have striped a matching paint behind where the seams will fall, so that if there are slight gaps at the seams (there were), the white primer won’t show.

Back to the visible seams…In these photos, two things are going on. In the first shot, you notice the seam a little, because the textured pattern has no way to match from one strip to the next. So you are always going to see a little of a break where the bumps or colors do not match the panel next to it.

The second thing is, from a distance, you see a little bit of paneling, or shading. This happens when the color along the right edge of a strip does not match what’s along the left edge of the strip to it’s right.

To minimize this, I did what we call “reverse hanging” – I hang one strip right side up, and the next strip is hung upside down. That way, the right side of a strip is hung next to itself, so there is not a dramatic color break. You do, however, end up with a somewhat striped effect. But that’s usually only visible in at a distance, and only in some lighting conditions.

Yes, a little confusing. But it’s a good way to deal with solid patterns like this, and it minimizes the color differences.

This accent wall went in a bedroom in a new home in Cottage Grove, Houston. I’ll be back soon to hang paper in their living room.