Posts Tagged ‘sienna plantation’

Patterned, Textured Grasscloth in a Dining Area

February 4, 2015

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image
A couple of shots of the two walls I hung today, a grasscloth with a damask-like pattern applied to it. This is somewhat unique, as most grasscloths are simply color and texture, but no pattern.

I love how this wallpaper is adding warmth and character to this room. The damask makes it elegant, yet the woven texture of the grasscloth adds a warmth and even a rustic feel – which go nicely with the rough-hewn dining table. Note how the chair upholstery coordinates with the grasscloth, too.

This wallpaper is by Thibaut Designs, and was hung in the eating area of a home in Sienna Plantation, near Sugarland and Pearland, near Houston.

Tricky Grasscloth Job

February 1, 2015

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image
OK, to you, it’s a beautiful entry cloaked in the warm color and texture of grasscloth. But there is a LOT of work that went into this – 2 1/2 days, in fact, not counting the day and a half to prep the space. Just the wall with the windows took FIVE HOURS.

There are several complicating factors. The bull nosed edges are always tough to trim around, and to get stiff grasscloth to bend and conform to. Bullnosed corners are tricky, too, because paper does not cut squarely like it does with squared corners and turns. The windows that need to have the paper wrapped into the recessed area can be time consuming. (there is a distant photo and a close up photo, but they are not next to one another, sorry). The curved wall presents challenges in keeping the paper straight and free of wrinkles. There was another very tricky strip that is not pictured, details too complicated to explain. Toss in some decorative molding to cut around. And the math and extra cutting required to balance the strips on each wall – centering the strips and trimming them to all be the same width. I included a few pictures of plain walls, so you can see the beautiful color and texture.

This particular grasscloth is uncharacteristically thin and malleable, and, to be honest, I don’t think this job would have turned out nearly as well as it did, if the homeowner had chosed a typical stiff grasscloth. The homeowners love it. And, I admit, I am proud of how it turned out.

This grasscloth was purchased through a decorator, and was hung in the entry way of a new home in Sienna Plantation, between Sugarland and Pearland, near Houston.

Grasscloth in an Entry, Bullnosed Edges

January 30, 2015

Digital Image

Digital Image

Digital Image
Here’s one of those jobs that’s easy to look at, but you don’t realize how difficult and time consuming it was to hang. It took a full day to hang this one wall, with its recessed door niche, and the short pieces under the curved stairwell.

This product is grasscloth, and it helps that, unlike most grasscloth wallpapers, it’s particularly thin and pliable. This helps it conform to the bull-nosed edges and curves in this new home in Sienna Plantation south of Houston.

Bull-nosed edges have been all the rage in new construction for about 10 years now. They are nice to look at, lending a softer look to the home. But they are the devil to hang wallpaper on, because you can’t see or feel where you’re supposed to trim it, and because strips of straight wallpaper don’t want to conform to curved walls and edges.

But paperhangers have their box of tricks, and, even though it took a lot of time, I got this wall to look great. I still have three other walls in this entry to hang. I am allowing three days total for this job (plus another day and a half for prep).