Posts Tagged ‘oak forest’

Berlin Wall Graffiti Wallpaper Today!

October 30, 2015

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Wow – isn’t this a cool wallpaper! This is a photograph of a section of the Berlin Wall, complete with graffiti. I hung this in a home office in a brand new, contemporary style home in Oak Forest, in Houston, and, boy – in a house with all white walls, it sure energizes the space!

It is produced as a photo mural by Photo Wall, and is custom made to fit this wall. It came in seven panels, with six of them being 17 3/4″ wide, and the last being a mere 2 3/4″ wide. I wish the homeowner had told me she was using a photo mural, because I would have liked to have helped her measure and order. It turned out that the mural was the proper height (including sufficient extra for trimming at top and bottom), but was a 5″ short for the width of the wall. (Note to self: Always have a professional measure the space, before ordering wallpaper.)

With a custom-made product, you can’t just go and order an extra piece that is 5″ wide. The pattern won’t match, the color will be off, and there will be a delay and possible extra expense in getting that last strip up. Ordering a whole new mural would be expensive, for replicating materials and labor.

So we opted to hang the mural in the center of the wall, splitting the difference and leaving 2 1/2″ of uncovered wall on either side of the mural. I suggested the homeowner have her carpenter apply molding around the edges, to look like a picture frame or window casing, and she liked that idea.

This mural was digitally printed, and came on a non-woven substrate, and was a paste-the-wall product. It was very difficult to get this stiff, plasticy material to wrap around the rounded, bull-nosed edges of the window, and I had to do some tricks with this mercifully forgiving pattern, to get the four corners to look good. I won’t go into all the details, but, bottom line, the window, and the room, look fantastic!

Last photo – I thought this was cute – Photo Wall even included a set of wallpaper installing tools, and even included a packet of powdered paste. They make a DIY-friendly* product, and are affordable, too boot. *Note: With these 12′ high walls, and that complicated window, this particular project would not be considered “DIY-friendly.”

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Oval Geometric Stripe in a Powder Room

September 23, 2015
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This oval and knotted geometric design in indigo on white is clean and crisp, and it has both a modern and a nautical feel.

I hung this in a large powder room with 12′ high ceilings in a new home in the Oak Forest neighborhood of Houston. Those 12′ high walls tended to get off-plumb / bowed in the center (where the sheets of drywall were joined), and, with a rigid, specific design like this, there were some real challenges in getting the pattern to match in the corners. Two of those corners took me a half an hour each – but I got ‘er done, and you can’t detect any pattern mis-match.

The wallpaper is printed on a non-woven substrate, and is designed to strip off the wall easily and in one piece, when it’s time to redecorate.

This geometric stripe is by A Street Prints, by Brewster (the manufacturer), and was bought from Wallpapers to Go, which is now named Luxury Wall Décor, and is in Stafford, a southwestern suburb of Houston. http://www.brewsterwallcovering.com/2625-21835-indigo-geometric-stripe.aspx.

Soft and Serene Entry in Oak Forest

September 21, 2015
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Here is an entry in a typical ’60’s – ’70’s ranch style home in a tidy neighborhood to the west of Oak Forest, in Houston. Originally, the top 2/3 of the walls was papered in a flocked (three-dimensional velvet-like) stripe in black and gold. When the previous homeowners hung new wallpaper, they skim-floated over the flocked paper (because it can be the Devil to get off), and then coated it with a clear sealer. Which is fine, and pretty much what I would have done, except that the joint compound (smoothing material) shrinks, and so it’s best to do two coats. Since they did only one coat, some of the ridges between the stripes remained, and these showed under the new wallpaper they put up.

The current homeowners stripped off that top layer of wallpaper, and intended to hang their new pattern, but realized it was beyond them, so they called me. Wise decision!

In the first photo, you see the wall as it looked once they stripped off the top layer of wallpaper. In the second photo, I have skim-floated and sanded the wall so it is smooth, and then applied a coat of sealer (I used Gardz, by Zinsser, a penetrating primer which is exceptional on porous surfaces like this) mixed with a little 1-2-3, also by Zinsser, to add some white pigment.)

In the third and fourth photos, you see the new paper. This pattern is a medium scale damask with a little “raised ink” texture, in white on pale gold. The lady of the house has an extremely good eye for decorating, and her style is pretty much pale neutrals and sparse, clean settings. This entry, which is open to the living room and dining room, enhances that look.

This wallpaper pattern is by WallQuest, in their EcoChic line, is made of a thin non-woven material with raised ink. It was very nice to work with, and it is designed to strip off the wall easily and in one piece, when it’s time to redecorate. It 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.

Finished Dining Room

August 24, 2015
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Pictures shot on a rainy day = dark photos. Sorry. But I was tickled to have been able to see this room … You see, I hung this paper last year, in the dining area of a newly-married couple in a home in Oak Forest. When I leave, the walls are beautiful, but the room is not finished, so, when I went back today to hang paper in another room (they’re having their first baby, and I got to paper the nursery!), I got a look at how the dining room turned out.

The photo does not do it justice. This gal has a wonderful knack for design, and she has a bit of sass and glamor, too. There is a little sparkle in the wallpaper, and some sparkle in her throw pillows and on a few other accents around the room. I love the way she uses the bright turquoise vases to toss in a little unexpected accent color.

Period-Authentic Pattern in a Powder Room

June 16, 2015
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When I first visited with this homeowner, she showed me some wallpaper patterns she was considering. I looked at the style of her home, the antique furniture she had, her affinity for things old, and her “sweet” sentimentality toward decorating, and suggested she look at the designs offered by Trustworth Studios. http://trustworth.com/wallpaper.shtml

She and I were both thrilled when she took my advice. This beautiful wallpaper pattern is by Trustworth Studios, who specializes in recreating authentic designs by turn-of-the-century artists, including C.F.A. Voysey. This one is called “The Brambley.” (I have their “Bat and Poppy” pattern in my own powder room … do a Search here to find photos.)

Usually, I plan to have a certain element of the pattern hit the top of the wall at the ceiling line. What ends up at the bottom of the wall is not too important, because, really – who’s looking at the wallpaper at the floor?! But this room had a chair rail mid-way down the wall, so the bottom of the strip would be very visible. In the top photo, you see how I have placed a certain motif at the top of the wall. And, in the second photo, you see how I plotted it so that a whole element of the pattern lands at the bottom of the wall (which is the top of the chair rail, and fairly near eye-level). In this way, whole elements of the pattern appear at the top of the wall, and at eye-level, for a pleasing effect, and nothing gets chopped in half.

Note: Not all wall heights and pattern repeats work out this nicely, but when they do, it makes for a nicer effect.

In the third photo, you see the true color of the paper. (I have no idea why the first pictures show the paper as grey – it is not – it is blue, as C.F.A. Voysey originally created it.) You also see the selvedge edge, like you have in fabric when sewing clothing. This has to be trimmed off by hand, carefully and with special equipment, and a lot of time and patience.

Their papers take a little more work, but I absolutely love working with them. The trim marks are true, the paper trims nicely, the paper manipulates into place much better than most, the paper does not shrink (no gapping at the seams), the seams are invisible, it works with standard wallpaper pastes, and, if need be (I did not need to) paste can be washed off the surface with no problems.

The last photo is my ending point. In this powder room, in a new Oak Forest home, there was no “hidden” corner, so a mis-matched pattern in any corner would have been very visible. But the space over the door was only about a foot high, it was 10′ up, and decorative molding stuck out from the wall, pretty much hiding that area. So I kept the pattern true in all four corners, and put the ending point – which always ends in a mis-match – over the door, using a little creative scissors work to disguise the mis-match. It looks darned good, if I do say so myself. 🙂

Murky Background With Random Gold Metallic Stars on Oak Forest Dining Room Ceiling

June 12, 2015
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This homeowner had a good grasp of what she wanted for wallpaper in her new home. When she showed me photos of the antique furniture and Old-World artwork in her existing home, I suggested she look at the wallpapers made by a few specialty companies. I was thrilled when she took my suggestions – and she was, too. Because she found some truly fantastic and unique patterns to put in her home. (See yesterday’s post.)

This beautiful deep teal wallpaper with a random pattern of metallic stars is made by the Bradbury & Bradbury company in California, who specializes in reproducing or recreating authentic patterns from the Vicrorian, Arts & Crafts, and Moderninistic eras.

The paper is harder than most, because it comes with a selvedge edge that has to be trimmed off (painstakingly and time-consumeadly) by hand, and it calls for special paste. And putting wallpaper on a ceiling is trickier than it sounds.

Still, this job went well, and the client was very pleased.

Muted But Whimsical Baby’s Room

June 2, 2015
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This storybook-feeling wallpaper went on an accent wall behind a crib for a soon-to-be-born baby girl. The pattern is an especially good choice because it is not too “babyish” and will grow with the child. Also, the neutral taupe color can be accented with just about any other color – navy blue, pink, green, bright orange, or even brown or black, making it quite versatile and long-lived.

I hung this in a baby’s room in Oak Forest, in Houston. It is by Brewster, from the Chesapeake line, one of their Easy Walls papers. It was pre-pasted and a dream to work with, seams practically invisible. (The dark splotches in the photo will disappear a the paper dries.)

Textured Paintable Wallpaper Evokes the Age of Art Nouveau

May 21, 2015
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Here is another textured, paintable wallpaper, also by the Anaglypta company (#RD803). However, whereas the paper I hung yesterday in the same house was paper and had a waffled back (Anaglypta “Original”), this one is made of expanded vinyl. I found this one easier to work with, and I liked its performance better.

The pattern reminds you of the dados (area under a chair rail) that were popular in the early 1900’s, in the style of Art Nouveau.

I hung this on the bottom of the walls in a dining room in Oak Forest. Once it’s good and dry, it will be painted, and then the homeowner, who is quite artistic, will go over it with a glaze, which will stick to the lower areas, creating an aged effect. I will get photos of the finished room when I go back next month to hang some more wallpaper.

Addendum:  The bottom photo was taken three weeks later, when I went to do two other rooms.  Here you see how the painted and glazed faux-finish turned out.  In the whole-room setting, it looks fantastic!

Anaglypta Textured Paintable Wallpaper in a Hall Bath

May 20, 2015
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This week, I am working in a new home in the Oak Forest neighborhood of Houston. The homeowners have a lot of antique furniture, and much of the house is designed to reflect their taste.

In the upstairs bath, I hung this textured wallpaper, which is reminiscent of the pressed-tin tiles that were used on walls an ceilings a century ago. It is designed to be painted, and then that is followed with a thin glaze, which is wiped on and then wiped off, leaving a little in the recessed areas, which accentuates the texture in the pattern. It’s a really cool look, and much more affordable than the real pressed tin.

The homeowner chose the Anaglypta brand, which is pretty much the grandfather of textured, reproduction wallpapers. Other companies make similar products.

Grasscloth Gives an Asian Feel to an Entry

February 26, 2015

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Natural-toned grasscloth set into these wooden panels lend a very Asian feel to this entry in a 1961 ranch style home in Oak Forest. The home features other Asian-inspired elements, too, like siding shoji screen doors, large uncovered windows, and bonsai trees in the garden.

There was very little shading or paneling (color variations) with this grasscloth, and that makes me happy. This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, 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.