Posts Tagged ‘eco-chic’

Modernizing, But Staying True to Colonial Roots

November 10, 2016
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This 1958 ranch-style home overlooking the jogging trail along Braes Bayou in central Houston has a strong Colonial flavor, and that is reiterated by the collection of antique furniture and accessories. In the powder room, the previous sweet tan-on-cream toile wallpaper pattern fit in perfectly.

But, over years of raising kids and careless splashing of water onto the wallpaper, some of the seams were curling (see first photo and my previous post). And, come late 2016, the homeowner was ready to update the home and bring in a more modern feel. But she didn’t want to fight the bones of the house.

She shopped at my favorite store (see below) and found the perfect pattern! A trellis is a classic design, dating back hundreds of years. But this version edges toward a contemporary feel. And the color is perfect with the unique shade of the woodwork.

I engineered the room so that the trellis pattern would be centered on the sink / faucet, and so it would look nicely balanced around the mirror and light sconces (4th photo).

The homeowner was ecstatic. She kept saying that it looked even better than she hoped it would.

This is my third time to paper this powder room, over 15-20 years. I have seen their kids grow up! 🙂

This wallpaper is by Wallquest, in their EcoChic line. I like this brand a lot. This paper was bought at a discounted 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.

Pretty in Purple

October 13, 2015
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The young owners of this newish home in the Houston Heights inherited a guest bedroom that had been drenched in a bright lavender color. They liked the color, but wanted to brighten and enliven the room, but also tone down all that pinky-purple. They also have an eye on a room that would work for a nursery down the road …

I suggested they visit Dorota (see below), and she helped them find this pattern. The color couldn’t be more perfect with the paint on the walls, and the pattern is lively, and it’s charming, without being overly sweet. It’s a grey day, and my cheapie camera is not showing the true colors of this beautiful paper – and I forgot to take a shot of the painted walls, to show how nicely the colors compliment one another. But, trust me, this is one of the best coordinated rooms I’ve seen.

Atypically, they did not do just one accent wall, but two walls opposite one another. I don’t always suggest this approach, but I have to agree this time, it looks fantastic.

I loved working with this wallpaper. It is part of the Eco Chic line, by Wall Quest, 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.

Tailored Geometric Going Up

September 25, 2013

Digital ImageThis wallpaper is by Eco Chic, going in a master bathroom. It’s amazing how it changes the room, once it starts going around counter tops and doors and windows.

I call this sort of pattern a “handsome” look, rather than “pretty.” So if you’ve got a man sharing the room, and he won’t go for frilly, this is a good option.

Clouds on the Sky, Apple of Daddy’s Eye

November 15, 2012

This Wallquest paper from the Eco-Chic line went in the bathroom adjoining a nursery. (The baby girl is due in a few weeks.)

There is a stylized tree pattern on the walls, and a coordinating cloud wallpaper for the ceiling. It’s all about PINK!

I normally don’t like wallpaper on the ceiling, because I think it crunches the ceiling down on you. But this light color and minimum pattern, along with the 9′ heigh ceilings, worked just fine.

Speaking of pink, a little aside… The sliding doors of the closet in this bedroom had been removed, leaving the shallow closet open to the room. But this was totally OK, because the closet was so darned CUTE!

All the clothing was wee bitty baby sized, hung neatly in rows, or folded in tidy stacks. The shelves held pretty baby things, and some were “staged” … an attractive shopping bag by itself set at an angle in a cubbyhole with a stuffed doll in front to set it off – that sort of thing.

And everything in that closet was PINK!