Posts Tagged ‘houston heights’

Master Bedroom Feature Wall – White on Soft Blue

October 9, 2015

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This pup looks like he’s in a 1930’s Hollywood glamor movie shot, doesn’t he?

The owners of this newish home in the Houston Heights were originally looking at a smaller design that was sort of a blue pen-and-ink drawing on a white background. At our initial consultation, I told them I thought the fist-sized scale was too timid, and that the thin ink lines were too frail for such a large wall (it’s about 15′ wide by 10′ high).

After consulting with Dorota (see below), they chose this pattern. This is a much better choice! The size of the motif stands up to the dimensions of the wall, and holds its own against the tufted headboard without overpowering it. The color harmonizes perfectly with the paint on the other three walls, and the overall look is fantastic.

Even Bob gives his approval. 🙂

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, #839-T-158, and was bought at a discounted price from Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.


Charcoal Phillip Jeffries Grasscloth in a Master Bedroom

June 18, 2015
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These days, I am papering so many accent walls, it was a refreshing change this week to put paper on all four walls of a master bedroom in a newly remodeled 1913 cottage in the Houston Heights. All the furniture and rugs in the room are white, and the bedside tables are smoky silver. The wallpaper is smoky charcoal in color, with a slight sheen to it – which the homeowner was not expecting. But when the paper went up, she really loved the satiny silky look, and it really set off the rest of the room. There is an immense crystal chandelier hanging from the ceiling, and it is positively riveting when set against the dark shimmery wallpaper.

This grasscloth is by designer Phillip Jeffries, which is a fairly high-end brand. Yet, like most grasscloths, this natural material is subject to color variations, such as shading and paneling (see Photos 2 & 3). Because the uneven color is often more concentrated on the outer edges of the wallpaper, sometimes it’s helpful to trim off those edges (Photo 4). But, as you can see, there will virtually always still be color variations from one strip to the next.

Because the seams on grasscloth are so readily visible, I also like to trim the material to fit the wall (balancing). In other words, instead of hanging two strips that are 36″ wide and one that is 10″ wide, I will trim the strips to all be 27 3/8″ wide. That gives a more balanced look. This plotting and measuring and trimming takes a lot more time, but I think the uniform look of the finished wall is worth it.

On dark papers like this, and because grasscloth does not always meet together at the seams perfectly, I like to stripe paint of a matching color under the seams (Photo 5), to hide any gaps that might appear between the strips.

The interior designer on this job is Rachel Goetz.  I like her decorating style, as well as the ease of working with her, very much.

Wallpaper on the Heights Home Tour

April 14, 2015

I attended the Heights Home Tour yesterday, which showcased six homes. My favorite was a new home built in a traditional style – meaning, nice decorative woodwork, granite countertops, hardwood floors, tile in bathrooms, no mid-century modern looks (which were popular in many of the other homes). And this home happened to be part of the Gallery Furniture family. And, yes, all the furniture in it came from Gallery Furniture.

Another thing I loved about this home is that it had fair amount of wallpaper in it, all very nicely hung. There was a cute pen-and-ink drawing of dogs hanging in the back entry hall. There was a beautiful silver cork with a white leaf pattern stenciled on it in the master bathroom and potty. Another bathroom had a soft grey wallpaper, the laundry room had a paper that looked textured from a distance but actually wasn’t, another room had a patterned grasscloth, and, finally, in the “man cave” in the garage apartment, there was a fine grasscloth over all the walls. I was impressed that this grasscloth did not display the color variations (shading and paneling) that is common, so it had a very nice, uniform, textured look.

Of course, hundreds of tour-goers saw those rooms and how lovely they are, and will surely be clamoring for wallpaper in their own homes. 🙂

Wallpaper as Art

October 25, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThese homeowners in the Houston Heights have been wanting to add art to their home, but after buying a few prints and oil paintings, they wanted something different and more dramatic. They came upon these designs by Carl Robinson for Seabrook Wallpaper (a really, really cool book – please see my previous post, or do a Search on the web), and chose this colorful, wall-filling, mind-impacting powerhouse.

The second photo shows the wall before, then two shots of in-progress, then the final outcome. The photos or murals don’t always fill the entire wall, so the manufacturer offers companion papers that will fill the rest of the space on your wall … in this case, it’s the grey striated paper in photos #4 & #5. You can see how it runs along the left side of the wall, and in the last photo, it runs along the bottom.

The last photo shows the finished wall, unfortunately, in fading light. It was stunning, and when the husband came home, he kept walking into the room, and spent a long time standing in front of the color-splashed wall.

Most men hardly even notice new decorating in their homes, so here is proof that this dramatic wall treatment really packs a punch!

From Plain and Boring to Subdued and Stunning

July 13, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageThis wallpaper went in the small hall bathroom of a 1910 bungalow in the Houston Heights.

It’s a subtle pattern and color, but changed the room dramatically, by adding character and warmth, while still feeling clean and Digital Imagesleek.

It’s Thibaut 839-T-1838