Posts Tagged ‘elizabeth mann’

A Soft Backdrop Wallpaper

September 29, 2016
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Located in River Oaks (Houston), this 1940 home had been completely gutted and renovated. Now the whole house has a serene, clean, open look. The living room was originally painted a semi-gloss white. It went with the look, but was rather sterile.

Interior decorator Elizabeth Mann helped the homeowner find this wallpaper, in a soft, mossy green, with narrow vertical blocks of irregular shape and shade. It was custom made, and was sold by the yard (instead of by the roll). Like many high-end papers, it had to be hand-trimmed, to remove the selvedge edge, as you see in the last photo.

The gentle color and subtle pattern are just enough to snug up the room, and will be a wonderful backdrop for furniture and artwork.

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Pink Flamingos Again Today, in Another Little Girl’s Bathroom

December 10, 2015
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This pink painted bathroom is cute for a little girl – but plenty boring. The mother is an interior designer, and wanted to jazz up the room with this adorable flamingo pattern. In fact, I hung this same wallpaper two months ago in another little girl’s bathroom.

The family is planning to pull out and replace that window. If I had known this, I would not have hung the wallpaper today. It’s quite likely that replacing the window will damage the wallpaper, and some of the surrounding wall. Luckily, this wall is short and narrow, and the wallpaper is made to strip off easily, so hopefully if the new wooden trim does not cover damaged areas well enough, it will be relatively simple for me to redo that wall.

I hung this in a completely remodeled home in Tanglewood, Houston. It is by Cole & Son, a British company, and is a paste-the-wall product on a non-woven substrate. The interior designer is Elizabeth Mann.

Tight Geometric Expands a Small Bathroom

August 13, 2015
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Here is a small geometric pattern in a honeycomb sort of style. I hung this in the bathroom of a school-aged boy in a 1940 home in River Oaks – where just about every single other thing was white.

Navy blue can be considered a neutral color, so it adds color and personality, without overwhelming the home’s calm theme, like red or green or yellow would.

The interior designer for this job is Elizabeth Mann, and the wallpaper is a paper-backed vinyl (scrubble, which is great for a home with young kids!), by Thibaut Designs.

Man’s Best Friend – On Wallpaper

August 11, 2015
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A grade-school-aged boy uses this bathroom, and he was so excited about his new wallpaper! It’s called “Best Friend,” and is by Thibaut Designs.

The interior designer for this River Oaks home of a young family is Elizabeth Mann.

Fog-Hued, Finely-Textured Grasscloth in a Formal Dining Room

August 5, 2015
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The photos aren’t great, but the room looks fantastic. This is a 1940 home in River Oaks. Although it’s a formal dining room, and the chandelier screams “fancy, traditional, classic,” I love the way the interior designer (Elizabeth Mann) used furniture with a decidedly contemporary feel. The slightly shiny, finely-textured grasscloth, in the color of a foggy day, is the perfect backdrop, and helps balance the glitz with the sleek.

The grasscloth is by Phillip Jeffries.

Finely Textured Phillip Jefferies Grasscloth in a Dining Room

July 12, 2015
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Here is a light silvery tan-grey grasscloth with a fine texture, going up on all four walls in a dining room of a very nicely gutted-and-renovated home in River Oaks. It’s by Phillip Jeffries. The wallpaper is adding a sleek but serene look to the room – sort of like standing in a cloud.

For the most part, this paper is very homogenous in color, and the seams don’t show as much as with many natural products. There is some difference in color between the two strips on one wall (third photo), but this is pretty typical for grasscloth. You can also see a color difference in the strip over the window in the top photo. These color differences are called “paneling,” and are not a defect, but are considered part of the inherent natural beauty of the natural fibers and materials used to make these products.

The interior designer on this job is Elizabeth Mann elizabeth.e.mann@gmail.com

Happily All A-Twitter in a Powder Room

June 28, 2015
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Here’s a cheery pattern for a powder room! This wallpaper is by Schumacher, and is called “A Twitter.” This is the second home I’ve hung it in.

Typical of wrapping and shipping, there was a smudge near the top of one roll, from packaging. And typical of Schumacher these days, there were a number of specks of ink stuck into the paper. Most were small enough to be insignificant, but some caused me to throw away some yardage of paper.

The walls in this room were very crooked and bowed, and I had to pull some tricks out of my hat to keep the pattern looking matched and straight.

The interior designer for this job in River Oaks (Houston) is Elizabeth Mann of Hattaras Interiors. Please e-mail me if you would like her contact information.

Almost Like Aesop’s Fables

June 25, 2015
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This cute bunny rabbit pattern looks like something out of a fairy tale! It went in the bathroom of a 15-month old girl. It’s suited to her age, but it will still be appropriate as she grows. It’s neutral color keeps it from being too “girly,” which is good, as this bathroom is also used by two boys, as well as guests to the home.

This wallpaper is by the British company Peony & Sage. It is printed on the newish non-woven substrate and is a paste-the-wall product, also a newish concept. The interior designer on this job is Elizabeth Mann, based in Houston. If you’ve got young kids and want a beautiful home that works with a busy family, she’s your gal. Send me a “Comment” and I’ll put you in touch.