Posts Tagged ‘guest bedroom’

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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Fun, Colorful, Playful Wallpaper

October 21, 2016
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Today I worked in a nicely re-done home in the Houston Heights. (Last year, I did their hall bathroom.) The home is a nice mix of true-to-period bungalow and mid-century modern – with a lot of cream and grey (including the bathroom I did last year).

I was tickled to see the homeowners choose this fun pattern for the guest bedroom. In many bedrooms, just the headboard wall (an accent wall) is papered. When you do this, you can get away with a lot of drama and color. But when all the walls are papered, as in this home, it’s best to keep the feel much more subtle.

The color is bright orange, but the pattern is composed of skinny line drawings in a single color on a white background, so the look is not overly bold and does not overwhelm the room.

The wife is a clothing designer, so she understands color, texture, pattern – I think she hit the nail on the head, with this pattern.

This wallpaper design is called “Feather,” and is by Serena & Lily, an on-line company. Their paper is truly lovely to work with, and will hold up nicely in this guest bedroom.

“Iconic” Martinique Banana Leaf Wallpaper

August 20, 2016

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This “Martinique” (French island in the Caribbean), wallpaper pattern is the exact same as was used in the ’40’s in the Beverly Hills Hotel – and on TV shows like Friends and the Golden Girls, and in celebrities’ homes, and on a Mariah Carey album cover, to name a few. I have hung it several times – it is retro, it is timeless, and people love it.

It is also expensive. And thus there are knock-offs. Most of the knock-offs are easier to hang. This one was not.

While most wallpapers these days come pre-trimmed by the factory, this paper came with a selvedge edge, which I had to trim off by hand with a 6′ straight edge and plenty of sharp razor blades. I spent maybe an hour and a half just trimming the edges off six strips of wallpaper. And the trim mark arrows printed by the manufacturer were not distinct, so it was hard to tell exactly where to cut, which means it was easy to get an edge that was not perfectly straight. That means you can get perfectly butted seams, but also what we call “gaps and overlaps.” In addition, the pattern was not perfectly matched by the manufacturer, so there were some slight mis-matches once on the wall. Luckily, the pattern is busy enough that these are pretty disguised.

The paper had a thick vinyl coating that was difficult to cut. The thick manila paper backing sucked up paste, leaving little to hold the paper to the wall. The paper backing opposed the vinyl surface, causing curling at the seams. I added extra paste, I added more moisture, I striped the wall behind seams with paste, but I still had seams that wanted to curl up a little. Usually, once the paper is good and dry, the seams give up their moisture and that causes them to shrink, and then they pull tight to the wall. By the time I left, most of the seams were tight and flat.

In the end, the finished wall looks fantastic, and the homeowner loves it.

I put this bright and bold “Martinique” wallpaper pattern on an accent (headboard) wall in a guest bedroom in a new home in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston.

Perky Trees in a Shared Bathroom

March 23, 2016
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“The decision to go with wallpaper was a hard-sell,” said the husband. His previous knowledge of wallpaper was the flowery sort of stuff that your grandmother had. But the wife wanted some pattern and color for this bathroom that is share by a pre-school girl and an adjoining guest bedroom, in their remodeled 1920’s bungalow in the Houston Heights. She found this fun tree design at Sherwin-Williams.

Once the paper started going up, Hubby was sold!

Originally, the walls were all white, plus white wainscoting on the lower 3′ and white tile on the mirror wall. Clearly, the wallpaper brought personality and fun, and a bit of color to the space.

The couple was originally debating leaving two short walls that flanked the mirror wall painted white. During our initial consultation, I pointed out that that would leave too many disparate elements in the room – paint, tile, paneling, mirror, wallpaper. I suggested they put the wallpaper on all the walls, including bringing it onto those two walls that surrounded the mirror wall. It turned out to be the right choice. (Sorry – no photo.)

I also plotted the pattern placement so that both of those walls mirrored one another, and both had a half inch of blue space between the trees and the tile, and the trees on both walls were at the same height. It’s something you would not consciously notice when looking in the mirror, but your mind’s eye would sense that the area is equal and balanced.

This wallpaper is by Brewster, in their A Street Prints line. It is a non-woven material and a paste-the-wall product. The homeowners bought it from the Sherwin Williams store on University in the Rice Village – the store I deal with the most. It was nice to work with, but, like many non-woven wallpapers, it was stiff and somewhat argumentative when turning corners or doing detailed work like cutting around intricate moldings.

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.

Cole & Son “Woods”

October 4, 2013

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This wallpaper pattern went in a guest bedroom, on just one wall. The look is enhanced by the tree outside the large window.