Posts Tagged ‘designers guild’

A Taste of Africa

June 9, 2018
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The father in this family is from Africa, and they had a lot of African crafts and artwork in the home. They have lived in several large European cities, and have come back to Houston to settle down. The mom wants to freshen and update the house. This faux crocodile print goes nicely with the artwork in the home.

The wallpaper is by Designers Guild, and is on a non-woven substrate and is a paste-the-wall product. It went on one wall in the living room.

Interestingly, the homeowner had me put the same pattern in a guest bedroom, but in a soft teal color. But that room has mirrored end tables, mercury glass lamps, frilly bedclothes, and a clear Lucite chair topped with an eye-catching furry pillow. In a glitzy, gutsy, feminine sort of way, it is stunning! (Sorry, no photos 😦 ) Same paper, but the look is completely different.

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Bringing Dull Grey to Life

November 26, 2017


This homeowner in the Galleria / Highland Village area of Houston is from Madrid, and had this wallpaper in her home there. She loved it.

When the family moved to Houston, she brought the paper with her. Well, first there was a detour to London, England, to pick up the paper from where it is made.

The new house is beautiful, but it was dark, with lots of grey and grey-based colors everywhere. The kitchen even had a wall painted in chalkboard paint – an oppressing mass of solid black.

The new wallpaper, called Madam Butterfly (by Designers Guild), adds a happy feel of uplifted cherry buds and blossoms, and a cherry color palate of both light and bold pinks.

The colors work together beautifully. There is just enough pink to compliment the grey cabinets, without being too cartoonish or girly. The design looks like swoops of water color paint – like a Japanese painting. And I love the upward movement of the tree blossoms.

In addition, the adjoining rooms all have accents of the hot pink color, from sofa pillows to artwork to vases to a divine hot pink divan sitting center stage in the family room.

Laying Out A Mural

November 23, 2017


You can’t count on the manufacturer putting the parts of a wallpaper mural into the box in the correct order.

Here I have spread the separate strips of the mural out on the floor, to be sure they are arranged in the right sequence, before I take them to the wall.

This mural was unique, because it does have a repeating pattern (as opposed to a landscape or other scene). And the pattern spread over a width wider than the standard 41″ or 54.” Rather than make the installer struggle with extra-wide strips of paper (and shipping the material in a reaaaaly long tube), the manufacturer cut the mural into easily-managed 17.5″ wide strips.

This Madam Butterfly pattern is by Designers Guild, a British brand, is a non-woven material, and was installed with the paste-the-wall method.

Misty, Foggy Wall Transformation

October 1, 2015
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This is a really cool look that is getting a lot of attention these days. The color fades from light to dark as the pattern goes from ceiling to floor. What a surreal effect!

I hung this in the master bedroom of a renovated bungalow in the Houston Heights.

The homeowner originally wanted the “Graphite” color way, which is a misty grey. It was pretty, but I looked out her bedroom window to the beautiful, verdant back yard, and encouraged her to go with the green. A couple of her friends echoed the sentiment, so she ended up going with the green. I think it was just the right choice!

This product is packaged as a 4-panel mural, and the strips must be hung in sequence, from left to right. This wall took three of the 4-panel sets. I plotted so that three panels fell to the left of the windows, and then one whole set of four was used in the section over and under the windows (only a little is shown in the photos). The window area resulted in a lot of waste – all of the paper that fell in the 6′ high area of the windows). The other panel set was used on the wall to the right of the windows – I used three of the four panels on this wall.

I liked the way this worked out, because I was able to keep strips from the same bolts touching one another on each of these three wall sections, minimizing the possibility of paneling. In this way, also, I was able to use the 4-panel sets economically and with minimal waste or color difference.

Besides plotting the use of each panel, we had to plot where to place the pattern. We had 8′ high walls, but 9’6″ high panels. This meant throwing away approximately 22″ of length from each strip. Hmmm…. Do I take that from the top, from the bottom, or split the difference?

For decisions like this, it’s best to get the homeowner’s input. So I called her at work and had her come home to consult. We spread the paper out on my table, held it up to the wall, and butted strips next to one another. We decided that the white area was less important, so I could cut off more at the ceiling line. We also felt that it looked better to have the break line where the color division starts to fall about 1/3 of the way down the wall, but still not lining up with the top of the window molding. This meant I would cut off about 14″ from the top, and that left about 8″ to be trimmed off at the baseboard. As you can see, the balancing turned out very nicely.

This wallpaper is printed on a non-woven substrate, and is a paste-the-wall product. It is somewhat thick, it is stiff, and was a little difficult to work into corners and areas where it needed to be trimmed around window moldings. The seams show a little in the light colored areas, but that is pretty typical of thick non-woven papers. The seams are much less visible in the green sections. From a distance, you don’t notice any of this, and the overall look is fantastic. I would even say mystical.

This wallpaper is by Designers Guild, is called Saraille Grass, 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.

Wallpaper and Victoria

April 5, 2011

The March/April issue of Victoria Magazine has, on page 23, in its “Favorite Things” column, a beautiful photgraph of colorful bolts of fabric and wallpaper.

“Celebrate the splendor of spring in all its colorful glory with oversize floral pattens and sumptuous silks.

“Influenced by 18th century rococo design, “Amalienborg” fabrics in Rouge and Celadon feature larger-than-life painterly flowers enhanced with shapely metallic leaves and stems printed on cotton.

“Gleaming with gold metallic designs and white floral garlands atop shimmering silk, the Garilande Clover fabric captures the artful grandeur of the season.

“Well suited for curtains, loose covers, and upholstery, these three fabrics from Designers Guild also coordinate with matching wallpaper.”