Posts Tagged ‘wainscotting’

Candice Olson Wallpaper in a Home Office

April 12, 2017

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This home in the far west end of Spring Branch (Houston) has the typical 60’s era ranch-style home floor plan. But the passage between the dining room and the kitchen had been walled over. Plus, the new homeowner wanted a home office. So she decided to turn the former dining room into her office.

The bottom wainscoting is painted deep navy blue. This “ink blot” pattern by Candicd Olson for York Wallcoverings is a bold and daring, but very well-suited, choice. The homeowner love it.

Once this went up in the home office, she looked at the adjoining living room with it’s painted walls and said, “I think I need wallpaper in here, too – this room is starting to look pretty blahhh.”

One photo shows my first strip centered on the wall. This makes a nice backdrop for the sofa, and other furnishings that will be moved into the room later.

This wallpaper pattern is by York Wallcoverings, and was bought at below retail price from 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.

The Galveston Home Tour

May 17, 2011

As I do every year, I attended the Galveston Home Tour yesterday. As usual, all the homes were fantastic.

In one of the homes, the homeowners had taken great pains to recreate what would have been in an authentic Victorian home. I was thrilled to see the wallpaper they had chosen – easily recognizable to people like me who love these papers – Bradbury & Bradbury brand papers.

This company makes reproductions of actual patterns from “the old days,” including Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and more. The patterns and colors are truly stunning. In many instances, they are meant to be layered, meaning that there will be a wall pattern, then a dado or soffit or wainscotting, then a border, and maybe some other sort of trim.

Check them out at: http://www.bradbury.com/

What was in the front room of this home looks quite similar to what is in the upper right corner of the web site’s home page.

The papers are of the finest quality, and often include metalic gold in the ink. They are untrimmed, meaning the installer has to hand-trim each seam. Layering the intricate borders and dados is even more involved.