Posts Tagged ‘old-world’

Overlaying Modern and Traditional

July 20, 2018


The original red wallpaper in this tiny under-the-stairs powder room in a classically styled 1917 home in the Rice University area of Houston was fine enough. But it darkened the room, it didn’t suit the new homeowner’s taste, and it had become stained (see water splashes around the faucet handle on the right.)

The second photo shows the room after the old paper has been stripped off, little areas of the walls have been patched, and primer has been applied.

The new orange animal print on a white background greatly brightens the room. I love the gutsy way this homeowner has combined a modern pattern with old-world features, such as the elegant gilded mirror and the engraved gold tone towel ring and toilet paper holder (not shown).

She’s included contemporary elements, too – note the modern art hanging over the toilet. She also found a beautiful hand towel embroidered in bright orange with the family name’s initial. These little details are the crowning touch!

This homeowner is a friend of another gal I did wallpaper for a couple of times, who lives a few blocks away. I love it when people pass my name back and forth!

This wallpaper pattern is by Thibaut Designs, and was bought from my favorite source for good quality, product knowledge, expert service, and competitive price – Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint on Bissonnet near Kirby. (713) 520-6262 or dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com. She is great at helping you find just the perfect paper! Discuss your project and make an appointment before heading over to see her.

Etched Arcadia Mural On A Bedroom Accent Wall

December 29, 2017


The young couple who lives in this home in the Westbury neighborhood of Houston loves the modern contemporary look – everything in the home is all about straight lines, open spaces, clean, crisp, and sharp.

The bold pattern and Old World theme of this “Etched Arcacia” mural on an accent wall in the master bedroom is a great foil to all that simplicity. Yet the simple black & white color scheme and the straight lines that make up the design (look closely at the photos) coordinate perfectly with the modern design elements in the rest of the home.

This product comes as a pre-pasted, 8-panel mural, 12′ wide by 9′ high (I cut it shorter to fit the 8′ ceiling in this 50-year old ranch style home). In the first photo, you can spot the mural all rolled up in its package, on the left side of the bed. It is made by Sure-Strip, one of my favorite brands (manufactured by York). It was bought on-line from Anthropologie.

Beautiful Traditional Pattern in a West University Dining Room

July 18, 2015
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Wow, do I love this room! It’s all about classic and traditional. This is a dining room in a new home in West University Place (central Houston). During our first consultation, the homeowners showed me a wallpaper selection book with a pattern they were originally considering – a somewhat similar theme, but with medallions on a light background plopped rhythmically across the walls. I told them I thought it looked too “polka-dotty.”

They put some thought into my comment, and, when I came back to hang the paper, here is what they ended up choosing. MUCH better option! The tone-on-tone paper fills the space better, and more calmly, and the old-world feel looks fantastic in this fairly-formal-but-not-stuffy home.

This wallpaper pattern is by Designer Wallpaper, was positively delightful to work with, 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.

Old World Pattern in a Brand New House

July 1, 2015
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This weathered and worn-looking pattern is the perfect fit for a powder room in a brand new home in Bellaire (Houston), that has many old-world features, such as stone floors, carved stone fireplaces, wide distressed dark wood flooring, iron grillwork, cathedral vaulted ceilings, lantern style light fixtures, and more. An ornate, antique mirror will hang over the sink. (I hope they send me a photo!!)

The color in the second photo got washed out, but you can see how the color and timeworn finish on the door compliment the wallpaper superbly. The paper has a little bit of glitter, and a little bit of texture, which add a nice element of glitzy-but-shabby (in a shabby chic sort of way).

This wallpaper pattern is called Audrey and is by Fabricut.