Posts Tagged ‘kenneth james’

Visible Seam on a Non-Woven Paper

June 12, 2018

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Digital ImageWallpaper manufacturers are printing more and more patterns on non-woven substrates, a somewhat puffy and tear-resistant material. These papers generally don’t expand when they get wet with paste, and don’t shrink. Another feature is that they can supposedly be stripped off the wall easily, in one piece, simply by pulling.

When I put up the first strips in this powder room, I marveled at how nicely the paper went up, and how totally invisible the seams were.

Then, as the paper dried, I noticed fine lines showing at some of the seams. That means that the paper probably did shrink a little, and because it’s a dark color, the color of the backing shows up. This is disappointing. The client didn’t seem to notice, so (so far) all is good.

This is a Kenneth James design, #FD54432

Another 3-D Wallpaper Book – You’ll Think the Paper is Three Inches Thick!

July 24, 2015
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I went to open the cover of this wallpaper selection book, and I swear, my hand was groping for something it thought was 3″ thick … The illusion is that deceiving!!

The book is called Venue, the designer is Kenneth James, and it’s made by Eijffinger. The book has many variations of patterns, and lots of photos of room sets – but my camera didn’t do them justice. If you want something to really bring a cutting edge to your contemporary style home, and dazzle your friends, (and totally befuddle that guest who’s unsteady from a little too much imbibing), you NEED to check out this book!

Contact my favorite wallpaper source, Dorota Hartwig, at Southwestern Paint near the Rice Village (Houston), (713) 520-6262.

Really Fancy Mirror on a Simple Trellis Wallpaper

January 16, 2014

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Digital ImageThe second photo shows the “kill point,” or final corner, which usually is a mis-match. Today it matched perfectly. That only happens about once every two-three years!

This wallpaper pattern is by Kenneth James, on a non-woven substrate, pattern #FD54432

Bye-Bye Drab – Hello Bright and Cheerful

November 3, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThe previous homeowners envisioned their house to be something of a ranch in West Texas. They had chili peppers and armadillos and other western motifs painted on their walls, which were the color of Texas dust. It was a good look, and nicely done, but not what my clients wanted.

The wife is something of a Hollywood Glam girl, and, with this lively and bright wallpaper pattern and her crystal chandelier and accompanying mirrored accessories, she certainly got the look!

In the photo of the armadillo, he is being covered up with joint compound, which I am using to smooth out the textured wall. The second-to-last photo shows the last corner (a.k.a “kill point”), which is almost always a mis-match. I think I disguised the unmatched corner pretty well!

This wallpaper is a Kenneth James design for Brewster Wallcoverings, pattern #FD 66536.

Flaw of the Day – Bashed Edges

September 5, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageSo I spent all yesterday and half of today smoothing textured walls in a master bathroom in the Heights. Primed the walls, then lugged in my table, 40-pound bucket of paste, tools, etc., then opened the rolls of paper to find this – banged edges. Come on, Brewster, just put a little bubble wrap in the bottom of the box before throwing it on the truck and into the hands of hasty and clumsy delivery guys.

This paper is thick and spongy, one of the new “non-woven” backings manufacturers are rushing to use these days. With a thinner paper product, minor bangs will often dry flat. But with this N-W material, the dents are here to stay. The paper also creases easily during handling.

Because it’s a shimmery finish on a relatively plain pattern, these imperfections will really show. I didn’t want to put it up, and the client agreed.

I feel confident that reordering the same thing will result in more banged edges and unusable paper, so I recommended that she choose something entirely different, preferably not one of those danged non-woven papers.

This wallpaper was from HGTV’s line, available at Sherwin Williams stores. The actual paper was by designer Kenneth James and manufactured by Brewster. Pattern # F66547.

Updated Damask on a Bedroom Accent Wall

December 14, 2012

Digital Image Digital Image Before and After: In the first photo, you can see the original chocolate brown wall color, which I thought was lovely, but the homeowners hated. Behind the bed to the left are sample paint swatches they tested on the wall – before agreeing that wallpaper was a much better solution!

It’s a Kenneth James pattern by Brewster, # 601-58443, a metalic silver on a murky muddy smokey blue, non-woven goods.

It’s a mix of traditional and contemporary, and the homeowners loved it. I’m trying to talk them into putting some kind of metalic paper inside their tray ceiling, to pull it all together.

Flaw of the Day – Mismatched Pattern

December 8, 2012

Digital Image Can you see how the pattern match is off, in this damask pattern? Looks to me like the trimmer should have cut off an additional 1/16″ of an inch or so. Time to call in the homeowner and discuss options – send it all back, delay the job, risk getting the same problem again. Or accept it as is and live with the relatively minor flaws. He went for putting it up and getting their room finished.

Out of 15 strips (3 per each of 5 double roll bolts), six displayed this mismatch. I needed 10 strips to do the accent wall, so I used nine good strips, and was forced to use one of the bad ones. The mismatch was slight, and it was only on one seam, not in a real noticeable spot. From a distance, no one could tell.

(And the homeowner was a little excited that he had made my daily blog!)

Kenneth James wallpaper pattern by Brewster, Wall Pro #601-58443

Bedroom Accent Wall

November 11, 2012

Accent walls behind the headboard in a bedroom are a big trend right now. It’s a great way to get a lot of WOW for a little money. By doing only one wall, the paper becomes an accent and a focus, but does not overwhelm the room, as this large pattern most surely would if it were on all four walls. And you’re only paying for material and labor for one wall, which is much less than if the whole room were done.

I hung this one recently. I’ve been hanging a lot of Kenneth James patterns lately, and this is one. From Brewster. Pattern # FD58468.

This is some of their “easy to hang, easy to remove” non-woven “green” stuff. It performed OK on this one flat wall, but, since it’s quite stiff, it would be difficult to use in a bathroom or kitchen, where it would have to be cut around details like sinks, toilets and molding, or asked to fold around corners and fur-downs.

Then again, when it’s time to change it, since it’s on a very rugged substrate, simply loosen one corner, pull, and the whole strip will come off in one piece.  There should be no scraps left on the wall, and no damage done to the wall’s surface.  Can’t beat that.

Flaw of the Day – a Splice!

September 12, 2012

About 3′ from the begining of this double roll of paper came this surprise – a splice! What happens is, the manufacturer runs out of paper before rolling on the full yardage of paper. So, to ensure the customer gets a full double roll, the manufacturer splices on some more paper. They try to do this as un-noticeably as possible.

But, as you can see, with this very thick paper on a non-woven stock (more of the industry’s attempts at making “green” merchandise), the pieced in section is VERY noticeable, and would make a definately visible 20 1/2″ wide bump under the paper.

In addition, even though the manufacturer includes extra yardage to make up for the messed up piece, it doesn’t mean you get the full amount you would have if the piece hadn’t been spliced in. Particularly when there is a long repeat, such as with this paper.

What I mean is, for this job, I needed ten 9′ strips. From each double roll, I usually get three such strips. But if the first 3 feet are unuseable due to this patch, then I have to unroll a lot more paper to get my first 9′ strip. Then I cut off more to match the pattern in preperation for the second 9′ strip. Once that is cut off, there is a mighty good chance that there will not be enough remaining on the roll for my third 9′ strip.

So you can easily see that simply throwing a few extra feet of wallpaper doesn’t really make up for the manufacturer’s failure to print enough paper in the first place.

Incidentally, this was the same paper that had to be returned a month or so ago, causing a long delay for the homeowners before the new paper came, because of a printing flaw that mismatched the pattern. Additionally, the homeowner was unhappy with the fact that the extraordinarily thick, spongy paper resulted in somewhat visible seams – not to mention the few places where edges were bashed during shipping…such edges don’t always lie down flat.

Note: Once I removed my 100 watt work light bulb and replaced the lower-wattage light fixture, and turned the fixture so it pointed down instead of up (where it illuminated the most offensive seam), the overall effect was much more pleasing.

Here is the pattern: Kenneth James for Paper Pro, #FD58477

It was purchased through Dorota at Southwestern Paint (713 520-6262, who also helped with the batch that had to be returned.