Posts Tagged ‘flora’

Some Patterns are More Fun to Hang than Others

August 17, 2018


Wow! What a cool pattern, and super fun colors – I couldn’t wait to hang it!

This wild dragon and flora wallpaper on a silver metallic background went in a largish powder room in a new townhome in the north Heights neighborhood of Houston. The single guy homeowner went through a maddening number of choices before finally settling on this one. Boy, is it a great one!

The paper was a little testy to work with, though. It is a thick and stiff and somewhat spongy non-woven material which was difficult to manipulate around features like the light fixture and the vanity top. In addition, the metallic surface was very prone to creasing.

The wall-mounted light fixture could not be removed, and I knew that working the paper around it would result in visible creases. My solution was to split the strip horizontally right where it would land on the light fixture. This made it easier for me to make relief cuts and to ease the wallpaper around the fixture.

I used similar techniques in other areas of the room.

The paper is a lot more vivid and colorful than the photos show. All that teal and chartreuse and silver, and the relentless swirling tails and scales and leaves combine to make one mesmerizing room! A mirror with a wide, dark brown frame set it off.

This wallpaper pattern is by York, in their Dwell Studios line, 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 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.

Small Print, Shimmery Finish Brightens a Powder Room

September 2, 2016
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This ’90’s home in West University Place (Houston) is being remodeled, and the homeowners wanted the wallpaper put up before the plumbing fixtures went into the room. I was happy, because it is sooo much easier to hang paper when you don’t have to work around the toilet and sink. The vanity is particularly tricky, because it stands on four tall legs and is open underneath, so you have to cut around the legs and pipes.

This small pattern and two-tone color scheme does not overwhelm the room, but adds sparkle and personality. The homeowner and I decided it would look better on that sloped part of the ceiling, even though there is no crown molding at the top.

This pattern is by G P & J Baker, a British manufacturer, called “Flora,” pattern # PW 4507. It is a thick, somewhat stiff, and somewhat spongy non-woven material, and is a paste-the- wall product.