Posts Tagged ‘pamela hope’

Getting Very Femininidity In Here

March 9, 2017

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The homeowner calls this her “Lady’s Library.” It’s easy to see why – the room about the most frilly and feminine that I’ve ever done!

The bookshelves are backed with a light colored, finely-textured grasscloth in a lovely lavender shade. The walls are covered in a “swoopy” pattern, also in lavender, reminiscent of velvet curtains in theaters during the Victorian era.

The grasscloth is by Schumacher (#5004724), and the wallpaper is in the Ronald Redding line by Wallquest (#CB1209). The interior designer is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs, based right here in Houston.

Subtle Damask in a Rice Village Powder Room

September 3, 2016

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A damask is a timeless design, and will never go out of style – even when it’s been jazzed up with a pearly shimmer.

I hung this in the powder room of a newish home that straddles the Houston neighborhoods of the Rice Village, Montrose, and the Museum District. The interior designer is Pamela O’Brien of Pamela Hope Designs. The wallpaper is by Designer Wallpapers, and was nice to work with.

The room itself presented some challenges, particularly the obtuse angles to the right of the sink, not to mention the un-plumb corners, wavy corners, and bowed walls.

I’m glad I had the designer order a little extra wallpaper, because I used three full strips and a whole lot of waste, to go around those two angled corners you see in the third photo. I needed the extra paper to make the pattern match in the corners as true as possible. We were lucky that this paper had a somewhat “scratchy” look, so a little mismatch would hardly be noticeable.

The pearlized finish also made it very difficult to see the design, or to be sure I had lined up the pattern match correctly.

Of course, that’s just what I fret about. Which other people never see. The homeowner loves the new powder room, and will spend the holiday weekend getting the mirror and artwork back up on the walls.

Multi-Colored, Finely-Textured Grasscloth in a Guest Bath

April 3, 2014

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Digital ImageI definitely apologize for the dark photos – that’s what you get, I guess, when you pay $20 for an off-the-rack job at CVS. 😦

Anyway, this finely textured grasscloth by York Wallcoverings (#DV3840) went up beautifully, in a pretty complicated / chopped-up downstairs bathroom in a contemporary new home in the Heights. It took me nearly 11 hours to prime and hang the 10 single rolls of paper!

All the paper was the same run, but, to avoid shading / paneling (do a Search on my blog) as much as possible, I plotted the layout so all the paper on a given wall came off the same bolt of paper. This uses a little more paper, but it’s well worth it.

There was only one instance of paneling, where I had to use one short strip from a different bolt. But it was over a door near a corner, so not very noticeable. Most of the seams had virtually no shading or paneling, as you see in the photo with the towel bar.

I say the finished room looks like a jewel box, because of the jewel-tone colors and the slight sheen in the paper, and, as you can see – even in an embarrassingly dark photo – it goes magnificently with the black granite countertop and the multi-colored glass vessel sink.

The interior designer on this job was Pamela O’Brien, of Pamela Hope Designs http://www.pamelahopedesigns.com/ . Her style is elegant, but down to earth and easy to live with, plus, she’s a doll to work with!

Vahallan Linear Block Wallpaper

May 16, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageThis week I’m hanging some Vahallan paper in a 2-room powder room. This is some cool stuff. It has a faux finish, and is wrinkly. The wrinkles flatten when the paper dries, but you still see the wrinkled effect.

Instead of coming in rolls, Vahallan paper comes in pieces. For this installation, the pieces are rectangles and squares, of various sizes. They also make random shaped pieces, with torn edges. Plus, you can cut or tear pieces to fit an area, if need be. In the top photo, you see the pieces stacked by size, and spread out so I can see which ones I want to use.

When dry, the rectangles look like blocks of exotic stone on the wall, and the torn pieces look like lizard skin. Very cool, and it’s certain that no one else in your neighborhood has this stuff!

The rectangles are overlapped on the wall, mixing large and small. When they dry, they shrink, and you can see the outline of the piece below it showing through. It looks better to have a random pattern, than to try to line them up perfectly. In addition, some go vertically and some go horizontally. See photos 3 & 4.

It also looks best if the pieces are not overlapped all in the same direction. That would leave the effect of fish scales, so there is some plotting required to get the random look.

Another cool thing is that you can start or stop anywhere in the room. With regular wallpaper, if you want to stop for the day, you have to end up in a corner. But with this stuff, you can put a piece anywhere you feel like it, and start and end anywhere, anytime.

This particular pattern is from Vahallan’s “Linear Collection,” which has a striated design. I made sure to vary the direction of the different blocks, to avoid a monotonous room.

Here is the link to the Vahallan website: http://vahallan.com/vahallan/

This room is a project of Pamela O’Brien or Pamela Hope Designs. Pamela works in the greater Houston area, and is a lovely person to work with, and her interiors are gorgeous without being stuffy, definitely suited to modern living and busy families. http://www.pamelahopedesigns.com/