Posts Tagged ‘mirrors’

Black , White , and Gold Geometric on Dining Room Accent Wall

May 11, 2023
Arrrgh. Another boring all-white room.
So much warmth and character – with a modern edge – added by wallpaper on just this one wall .  I do think that this pattern on all four walls would have been a bit ‘enclosed’ feeling.  So a single accent wall – which is visible from the entry – is the perfect choice.
There is a definite Art Deco / 1930’s vibe to this pattern .
The room has other gold features (plant stands, mirrors), so the metallic look of this pattern pulls all that together .
The metallic areas are shiny , so it’s important that I spent the first day here smoothing the textured walls , because that texture would show under the new paper and look bad. 
This paper arrives nicely rolled up , with no creases in the inner part of the roll / bolt , and every inch was useable . Compare this to the problems and wasted material I’ve had with Rifle Paper recently – do a Search to read previous posts .
The pattern is called Beau Gatsby and is by Graham & Brown , a company I like a lot.  This is a non-woven material and is designed to strip off the wall easily and with no damage when you redecorate.  Many of their NW papers are soft and flexible , but this one was rather crisp and stiff , which is a little more difficult to work with.  I usually prefer to paste the paper , which makes it more supple .  But today I decided to paste the wall , which is a fast and clean way to install wallpaper.
The home is in the Timbergrove area of the Heights neighborhood in Houston . 

Artichokes In Master Bathroom

February 1, 2023
This bathroom is part of an addition to a 1940 home on the near east side of Houston. The drywall is new. As I requested, the painters did not apply any coatings . Here you see I’m priming the walls with my primer made specifically for wallpaper – Roman Pro 977 Ultra Prime .
Done. The vanity will be pushed against this wall , and lighted mirrors will be hung over it. Keep fingers crossed that the electrician doesn’t mess up the wallpaper while installing the mirrors .
I think this pattern looks like a tapestry .
This paper went up beautifully . The seams are practically invisible from a foot away.
I love the slight raised ink texture of this surface print wallpaper .
Artichoke is made by Serena & Lily . I really like just about all of their papers .

Client Lets Me Know What To Keep

November 9, 2021

Once the new wallpaper is up, this homeowner wants to rehang her artwork, mirrors, and curtains in the same spots they were originally. So she has left the hangers and nails in place, and marked which ones she wants to keep.

When I put up the new paper, I will be able to put the hangers back in their proper spots, and she can hang her items where they belong.

Note that it’s important to not write on the walls with ink or marker – it will bleed through and stain the wallpaper. So pencil or sticky notes are perfect.

Soft, Sweet, and Wistful for Children’s Bathroom

February 25, 2021

Before my baby blue primer hit the walls, this hall bathroom was all white – white walls, white tile, white vanity and mirrors and sink. Just a little bit of light grey color, and a simple white line drawing on this wallpaper do wonders to give this room warmth and personality. The design reminds me of a fairy tale. The family is bowled over by the change!

The paper is by Borastapeter, a Scandinavian company. It is a superb product – washable, easy to strip off when it’s time to redecorate, soft and supple enough to make hanging it in tight areas easier, seams are virtually invisible, non-woven material so can be hung via the paste-the-wall method (I pasted the paper instead).

The interior designer for this job is Stacie Cokinos of Cokinos Design. The home is in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Houston.

Example of Why Wallpaper Should Be the LAST Thing You Have Done

May 29, 2014

Sometimes I hate opening my e-mail. Tonight I got this not-too-welcomed note: Hi Julie – “Re the master bath you papered last month, we had mirror installers come out this last Monday and they screwed up the wall when hanging the 2 mirrors above the 2 sinks. So, I need to check your availability to come out and fix the wall above the 2 sinks. I think there is enough wall paper for the 2 areas. Thanks, J.M.”

Mirrors (and vanities, and cabinets, and bathtubs, and lots of other things) are big and heavy and unwieldy, and even big burly guys can have trouble maneuvering them into place without hitting walls or woodwork or BRAND NEW WALLPAPER.

Sigh.