Posts Tagged ‘Rice Village’

Perky Trees in a Shared Bathroom

March 23, 2016
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“The decision to go with wallpaper was a hard-sell,” said the husband. His previous knowledge of wallpaper was the flowery sort of stuff that your grandmother had. But the wife wanted some pattern and color for this bathroom that is share by a pre-school girl and an adjoining guest bedroom, in their remodeled 1920’s bungalow in the Houston Heights. She found this fun tree design at Sherwin-Williams.

Once the paper started going up, Hubby was sold!

Originally, the walls were all white, plus white wainscoting on the lower 3′ and white tile on the mirror wall. Clearly, the wallpaper brought personality and fun, and a bit of color to the space.

The couple was originally debating leaving two short walls that flanked the mirror wall painted white. During our initial consultation, I pointed out that that would leave too many disparate elements in the room – paint, tile, paneling, mirror, wallpaper. I suggested they put the wallpaper on all the walls, including bringing it onto those two walls that surrounded the mirror wall. It turned out to be the right choice. (Sorry – no photo.)

I also plotted the pattern placement so that both of those walls mirrored one another, and both had a half inch of blue space between the trees and the tile, and the trees on both walls were at the same height. It’s something you would not consciously notice when looking in the mirror, but your mind’s eye would sense that the area is equal and balanced.

This wallpaper is by Brewster, in their A Street Prints line. It is a non-woven material and a paste-the-wall product. The homeowners bought it from the Sherwin Williams store on University in the Rice Village – the store I deal with the most. It was nice to work with, but, like many non-woven wallpapers, it was stiff and somewhat argumentative when turning corners or doing detailed work like cutting around intricate moldings.

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So Realistic, You Want to Reach Out and Touch!

August 23, 2015
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Wow! Talk about fooling the eye! I was at the wallpaper store this morning, picking up paper for a client. I was in a hurry to get off to my job. But the sales gal said I had – HAD – to look at this new wallpaper sample book she had received. Boy, am I glad I did!

This book is called 3D, I forget the manufacturer, but Dorota, the seller person, can get it for you.

Anyway, these are some of the most realistic and intriguing wallpaper patterns I have seen! They truly look like they are three-dimensional. They have paper that mimics brick, stone, wood, logs, honey combs, quilted walls, floating circles, George Jetson-era “amboeas,” and fun-house I-can’t-tell-which-way-is-up designs.

I’ve seen other similar attempts before, but this book is truly fabulous. You don’t notice that the texture is not real, until you get really, really close. They are a fabulous fake / faux! These papers would be fantastic in a contemporary home, for someone who likes mid-century modern, or for someone who wants a rustic look.

If you are interested in adding the illusion of three-dimensional design to your home, contact Dorota Hartwig at Southwestern Paint near the Rice Village (Houston), (713) 520-6262.

Another 3-D Wallpaper Book – You’ll Think the Paper is Three Inches Thick!

July 24, 2015
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I went to open the cover of this wallpaper selection book, and I swear, my hand was groping for something it thought was 3″ thick … The illusion is that deceiving!!

The book is called Venue, the designer is Kenneth James, and it’s made by Eijffinger. The book has many variations of patterns, and lots of photos of room sets – but my camera didn’t do them justice. If you want something to really bring a cutting edge to your contemporary style home, and dazzle your friends, (and totally befuddle that guest who’s unsteady from a little too much imbibing), you NEED to check out this book!

Contact my favorite wallpaper source, Dorota Hartwig, at Southwestern Paint near the Rice Village (Houston), (713) 520-6262.

Beautiful Chinoiserie Compliments Tile and Marble Sink

May 24, 2015
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When I first consulted with this homeowner to measure the powder room, she had samples of two wallpapers she was considering, including this one but in a different color. She mentioned that she was concerned about the wallpaper colors coordinating with the marble vessel sink, the tile, and the vanity. Well, I didn’t think that either of her original choices looked good in her room.

So we thumbed through the book and found this Chinoiserie (Oriental themed pattern) which was one of her first choices, but in a different color. This version with soft aqua, tan, gold, and orange has just the right tones to accent the marble sink, as well as the reddish vanity and the tan tile. To make it better, in the adjoining room, she has a rusty orange sofa sitting in front of a pale aqua wall, so this wallpaper in the powder room helps pull both rooms together.

This wallpaper is by Thibaut Designs, one of my favorite manufacturers, Pattern #T-8604, “Ting Yuan,” and was bought at the Sherwin-Williams store on University in the Rice Village.  I hung it in the powder room of a newish home in the Museum District of Houston.

Faux Cork / Tree Bark, in an Art Niche

January 5, 2015

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Digital ImageI positively LOVE this paper! And, I have to admit, when I first saw and handled it, I thought it was authentic cork or birch bark. But, it’s a faux product, made from vinyl.

When I first consulted with this young couple in the Rice Village / South Hampton area, they wanted something for the back wall of their art niche, to serve as a backdrop to their art collection, without overwhelming. I showed them some silver & gold cork that I have put in a number of art niches. They liked the idea, and then went shopping…

What they ended up with was this less-glitzy, more-natural cork look-alike, made from vinyl. It handled beautifully, will hold up well, and, even though there is no pattern match, the seams are barely noticeable. I think this is a much better background for their art than something shiny and showy.

They were not home while I was working, and I could not resist “staging” the scene by placing a few of their decorative items in the niche, to surprise them when they come home. They both loved it!

This faux cork wallpaper is by York Wallcoverings 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.

Sometimes It’s Not the Paper – It’s the Overall Effect

October 31, 2014

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I have to admit, when I first saw this paper rolled up in the package, I wasn’t excited about it. But as I began hanging the paper, I began to like it more and more. I realized that, in some rooms, it’s not the PATTERN that is important, but the way the wallpaper pattern and color fit into the OVERALL EFFECT of the room.

This wallpaper design is by Candice Olson for York Wallcoverings, and was purchased at Sherwin Williams on University in the Rice Village. It’s on a non-woven substrate, and should hold up very well over the years, and then, when time to redecorate, it is made to strip off the wall easily. I hung it in a large powder room in Bellaire. It replaced a very plain dark charcoal paper, and, boy, did it brighten it up!

The whole room was redone, including new tile floor, new vanity and natural stone countertop (the water spots will disappear as it dries, by the way, and they will have countertop sealed to prevent future spotting, and the caulk at the outer edges of the backsplash will dry clear), shiny chrome faucet and towel bars, and a cool modern style chrome light fixture.

Cherry Blossoms Make for a Very Pretty Bathroom

May 10, 2014

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Digital ImageThis beautiful pattern is serene, yet just a little beachy, in the master bathroom of this League City home not far from Galveston Island. Previously, the walls were just plain boring paint, and the room felt empty and had no character.

I also put some light aqua & natural fiber grasscloth in an art niche just outside the bedroom door. The homeowner said, “I LOVE it. Now I want to find another room to paper!” (She did. 🙂 )

I spent four days here, smoothing the textured walls, priming, and hanging the wallpaper.

This pattern is by Schumacher, and was sold by Dorota at Southwestern Paint near the Rice Village in Houston. She is wonderful at helping you zero in on just the right pattern, and her prices are lower than ‘most anywhere else. By appointment. dorotasouthwestern@hotmail.com (713) 520-6262

Five-Gallon Bucket Opener

March 18, 2014

Digital ImageFive gallon buckets of wallpaper paste (or anything else, for that matter) are heavy, and it involves quite a wrestling match to remove the sealed lid. There are all kinds of gadgets to make that easier. Some are large, heavy, and look like lug wrenches.

Here is a pic of the one I use. I like it a lot. The “V” notch at the tip is for cutting the plastic band that locks the lid to the bucket, and the weirdly angled part is used to pry the lid off the bucket.

This tool is pretty priceless to me. Years ago, it was given to me free by a former manager of the Sherwin-Williams where I shop most, on University in the Rice Village.

Wallpaepring a Refrigerator Alcove

November 25, 2013

Digital ImageDigital ImageDigital ImageI hung wallpaper in this breakfast room / kitchen in a 1930 home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston two years ago. The wallpaper and interior design work came from Venetian Blind & Floor, near the Rice Village shopping district, a very good place to buy carpeting, wooden flooring, tile, countertops, drapes, and other decorating needs.

Their huge built-in refrigerator died recently, and was replaced with a really tiny one. Since the small refrigerator doesn’t fill the alcove, all the unwallpapered space inside the alcove shows.

So, with the less-than-one-double-roll-bolt of left over paper, I measured, split, spliced, plotted, and pasted, and managed to get paper on the side walls and on the 8″ on either side of the back wall that the new refrigerator didn’t cover.

I wouldn’t normally put wallpaper on the top of the alcove, but since that area was not painted, and since the original wallpaper recessed a little into that area, there pretty much was no option but to put wallpaper there, too.

I matched the stripes on the ceiling to the stripes on the two side walls. The stripes on the back wall could be matched in one corner (not shown), but in the second corner (shown in the last photo), there had to be a mis-match. A corner is a good place to put a mis-match, especially with a stripe, as it won’t be noticed much.

Also, since we were running out of wallpaper, there is a mis-match on the back wall, near the right corner (shown in photo). I think I disguised it pretty well. Can you find it?

Note: The wallpaper doesn’t go all the way to the floor because the refrigerator will hide that part – and because we simply didn’t have enough paper! The blue tape is holding up white corner molding that we glued to the outside corners of the alcove. It will be removed once the adhesive is dried.

Wallpapers To Go – CLOSED!

February 2, 2011

This is shocking to me… I heard some weeks ago that the Katy, Texas Wallpapers To Go store was closing. But yesterday I got the news that the very popular Rice Village store had closed, too. I couldn’t believe it, so I phoned their number, and got a phone company recording offering to redirect me to “other similar businesses in the area.”

This is sad, and it’s shocking. Wallpaper To Go filled a good niche, as they are about the only place left in the Houston area (aside from The Wallpaper Store up on FM 1960) that had wallpaper in stock, for people, particularly DIY’ers, who want to run in, make a selection, and install it the same day.

It’s also a sad indicator of the times. With the economy sluggish and with the slump in wallpaper sales in recent years, it could mean the Wallpapers To Go company simply could not withstand the downturn in sales.

It’s too bad they couldn’t stick it out a few more months, because wallpaper is back in style big time. My business is booming. But sometimes, it’s a corporate decision made by big wigs out of state, irregardless of what sales are like here in Houston.

I’m sorry to see the stores close, and wish their employees the best in their future endeavors.