Posts Tagged ‘fleur-de-lis’

Happy Humming Birds Take the Hum-Drum Out of a Heights Powder Room

August 2, 2018

The light murky-green color of the original wallpaper pattern in this under-the-stairs powder room in the north Heights neighborhood of Houston coordinated nicely with the paint in the main rooms of the house. But the tiny fleur-de-lis pattern was way too small to do any justice to the room. The new homeowner never liked it and, after four years in the home, decided it was time for a change.

This new hummingbird pattern by Thibaut is called “Augustine.” It is one of my favorite designs, as well as one of my favorite products to work with.

As you can see, it fills the wall space much better, it is light and bright and airy, and it adds a pleasing upward movement – the whole overall effect is uplifting.

Also, the colorway is perfect with the room’s beautiful stained glass window.

When I first consulted with the homeowners, I showed them samples of more contemporary designs. They were not sold. Then I looked at their historically styled home, with it’s Victorian accents and classic furnishings. So I pulled out my more traditional file – and they zeroed in on this pattern right away.

Perfect choice! Indeed, this pattern dates back more than a hundred years. In fact, the goods come 18.5″ wide, as opposed to the typical 20.5″ wide, and I’m told that that is because it is printed on the same exact printing presses they used back in the 1800’s.

It is printed using the raised-ink process, it comes pre-pasted, it is a joy to work with, it doesn’t shrink when it dries, it hugs the wall tightly and is easy to work around corners, and should stay nice and flat under most home conditions for decades.

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, and was bought from my favorite source for good quality, product knowledge, expert service, and competitive price – Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or She is great at helping you find just the perfect paper! Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Kitchen Transformation

June 29, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageBefore. This is a typical kitchen in a typical ’70’s ranch style home, with a typical, plain, uninspired narrow stripe wallpaper, with a dark border around the top. Gee, when was the last time I hung a border? About 1975?? The room has a bland feeling and a sense of a vast openness, like a void.

After. This is not what I’d call a typical kitchen paper. The fleur-de-lis pattern really added class to this space. The room is now warm and inviting, and there’s a sense of structure to the space.

Note also that the darker color shows off the white furniture and woodwork better, too.

York Wallcoverings #PS3872

Open Kitchen Transformation

February 21, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageBefore and After.

This kitchen, with it’s handsome dark cabinetry and smart stainless steel appliances, is open to the living room. The living room walls and furniture are mostly tan, with natural stone in tans and greys surrounding the fireplace.

The homeowners, a young newly-married couple, wanted something that would not go out of date, and had originally selected a cabbage rose sort of floral pattern. They had the wallpaper selection books at their home when I came to measure and bid the job. Now, my deal is, if people have already bought their paper, I find something neutral to say, like, “Oh, it goes nicely with your tile.” But if they have not yet ordered their paper, if they ask me, I will give my honest opinion.

These folks hadn’t ordered that cabbage rose pattern yet – thank goodness. So I (tactfully) tried to steer them to something else.

Yes, cabbage roses will always be in style. But they are better suited to a bedroom – your grandmothers’ bedroom. I suggested a soft colored geometric, but the couple thought that would be too trendy, and soon go out of style. Probably true. I threw a few more suggestions out there, and showed a few samples that I carry with me, then left them to decide for themselves.

When I arrived today to do the installation, I was pleased to see that they had given up on the idea of a floral, and instead chosen this classic fleur-de-lis pattern. It’s a traditional design that will never go out of style, yet it’s modern enough to fit in this young couple’s new townhome, the pattern and scale fill the space well, and the brown and tan tones are spot-on to complement both the dark cabinets and the paint and stone in the adjoining living room. Honestly, they couldn’t have picked a better choice.

They also had me paper the 3′ high area below the bowed breakfast bar. This helped distinguish the eating area from the living area, carried the pattern through to different parts of the room, and added texture and color to this often-overlooked area. The paper is one of the new “non-woven” materials, so it should hold up well to kicks and scrapes that could occur as people sit at at the bar.

The finished room looked fantastic, and the homeowners were very pleased.