Posts Tagged ‘ranch style home’

Why Live With White When You Can Have COLOR?!

July 5, 2015
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Recently, I have hung wallpaper in several homes in which all the rooms – ALL the rooms – are painted white. That’s a good look – for people who like that look. But I would much rather see some color, even if it’s a pale tan or off-white. Even a little color helps define your spaces, and it really shows off decorative moldings.

These homeowners are not afraid of color. The addition to their home includes a TV room, powder room, and master bedroom and bath. They painted the woodwork a rich, chocolate brown. And just look at their choice of wallpaper for the powder room… The color in the first photo is true – it positively GLOWS! The next two photos are dark, but they show the pretty and playful design.

This wallpaper pattern is called “Sheffield” and is by Thibaut Designs, and was wonderful to work with. I hung it in a mid-century modern ranch-style home in Timber Grove Manor in Houston.

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Transforming a City Home Into a British Pub

April 9, 2015

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This Memorial-area couple had a vision, and, boy, did they make it happen. This is the dining room of a ’60’s ranch-style home. But they wanted to use it as a pool room / man cave / pub. Friends kept telling them to make it sleek and contemporary, as is in vogue right now. But the homeowners followed their hearts, and created this very unique and authentic room.

That is real brick applied to the far wall. There is a dark, rustic wooden floor, and dark brown crown molding that resembles old wooden beams. The same dark paint covers a chair rail. Below the chair rail is a thick texture that resembles the stucco on homes in 1500’s Sherwood Forest.

Next came the wallpaper – a classic toile of a hunt scene, in a reddish brown on cream, which perfectly compliments both the paint color and the brick wall. I totally love the way this room is coming together – all they need to do is add the pool table, maybe some tarnished brash light fixtures, haul in some comfy leather chairs, and then light the cigars!

This wallpaper is printed on a pulp stock, and is by the British company Sanderson, from the Toile Collection (“Toile” means a line drawing in one color on a plain background, usually depicting blissful scenes from rural life in Jolly Ole England.), pattern # 47-63268 “Fox Hunting.”

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.

Purple Power in a Dining Room

February 25, 2015

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This dining room with grey walls (the color in the photos is off) got a major hit of color and personality from this accent wall with a silvery medallion on a very dark purple background.

The wall had a fairly heavy texture, so I spent most of the day floating, sanding, vacuuming, and priming. Then plotting the layout of the pattern, coloring the seams, etc. When I finally got to put the paper up, that part went pretty fast – probably and hour and a half, for seven full-length strips.

I placed the medallions at the top of the wall, and centered the motif so when the family places a buffet in front of the wall, it will look smartly balanced. It worked out that the medallions were intact (not cut off) and exactly the same width on either side of the wall. (See fourth photo.)

This was a non-woven material, and a paste-the-wall product (instead of the customary paste-the-back-of-the-paper).

Many of these non-woven papers are thick and spongy, and that thickness often makes the seams fairly visible (Do a Search – upper right corner.), especially on such a dark paper printed on a white substrate. So I used a special marker to CAREFULLY color the edges of each strip, from the back to avoid getting ink on the surface. This worked great, so when the seams butted together, no white showed (last photo), nor was there a noticeable ridge or difference in thickness at the seams, which often happens with thick non-woven papers. I am very happy with the way these seams turned out.

I hung this wallpaper in a dining room of a nicely updated 1964 ranch style home of a young family in the Meyerland area of Houston. This wallpaper 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.

Textured Grey Paper Modernizes a Hall Bath

December 13, 2014

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Here is a textured contemporary pattern in grey, that I hung in a hall bathroom in a ’60’s home in Tower Oaks (Eldrige Parkway & Fallbrook), a suburb of Houston near Highway 290 and Highway 6.

The homeowners had remodeled the bathroom, but had run into all sorts of snafus, and the project had run on for the better part of a year. When it came time for wallpaper, the contractor said he would have his guy hang it, but he never showed. So the wife called me. She left the cutest message … She is a native Houstonian, lived in Meyerland, and so, of course, knows all about me. How flattering is that?! The idea that I’ve been around so long, that anyone with any history in this city knows about me! I admit, I have not erased that phone message! 🙂

Anyway, the room was in pretty good shape, but some of the workers’ Sheetrock work needed sanding, plus there was some flaking paint. I could have hung over it as it was, but I thought it would look better if the walls were perfectly smooth, and I wanted to get rid of the flaky paint, to reduce the chance of the wall de-laminating and the wallpaper coming off. So I scraped off the flaky stuff, then skim-floated all the walls, needing just a very thin coat, which was nice because it dried faster than floating over a typical textured wall. Sanded, primed, and then got the paper up.

The rest of the house is pretty traditional, but this room has gone modern. The cabinets are dark, and straight-lined, with square silver knobs, and the floor is dark tile with grain-like lines running through it – very contemporary.

The wallpaper is by Rauch, a German company.

I have worked all over the greater Houston metropolitan area, but had never been to this subdivision before. I love seeing and exploring new places, especially neighborhoods. This subdivision has HUGE trees (hence the name), and the lots, likewise, are HUGE, with the smallest being 1/2 acre, and the largest maybe 2 acres. I saw one or two new, large homes, but the vast majority are typical ranch-style homes from the 1960’s, and moderately priced, too. … Well, there is a reason for that. They are not on the Houston grid, so do not have city services like water or trash pick-up, to name a few. Still, it’s like living in the country, but within a half hour of downtown. (IF they ever get done with construction on Hwy 290 😉 )

“To the Hunt” Wallpaper

November 4, 2014

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Here’s a classic sort of pattern – hounds and horses and men in stockings on the hunt.

I hung this in an upstairs bathroom in a 1965 ranch-style house in the Meyerland area. The bathroom had been totally redone, with new travertine tile on the walls and floor, a brown granite countertop, dark brown cabinets, and a 24″ long x 10″ wide trough-style sink with dual chrome pump-style faucets.

The overall look was fantastic – snug, classic, and a taste of British refinement; a perfect complement to the den across the hall, which had mounted hunting trophies and other outdoorsy and sporting décor.

The wallpaper is by Cary Lind for York Wallcoverings, and was bought on-line from For the Love of Wallpaper, which sells a lot of vintage patterns, dating back from 5-30 years.

Note that the manufacturer took the care to print this dark paper on a dark substrate, reducing the chance of seeing white edges, if the paper should shrink at little at the seams (which is pretty common.)