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Walnut Wallpaper (+ Paper Ideas For You!)

Norinne DeGal, owner of Walnut Wallpaper out of Los Angeles, stocks papers like no other. Gone are the days of shopping papers that are ‘trade-only’ or amazingly country (in a bad way). If it’s modern cool you’re looking for, you can shop Walnut and find all the big names, from Twenty2 to Cole & Son, Allegra Hicks, Mibo, Neisha Crosland, Osborne & Little, and Mod Green Pod, to name only a few. She also stocks Palace Papers, which are my flavor of the moment, here’s a peek:

Palace Papers


On the website, you can browse papers by color, style, designer, or featured papers, which I love because if my heart screams for something in blue, I can search the aqua or blue collection and find exactly what I’m looking for. Or, if I’m craving a geometric print, I can search under geometrics. It’s so easy!

The same geometric print in two different colors. Lovely!


Walnut is located at 7220 Beverly Blvd, Suite 201, in LA or you can check out their website and email them if you’re interested in placing an order. Their email addy is contact {at} walnutwallpaper {dot} com. We need something like this in Boston – badly. We don’t have a modern wallpaper boutique that isn’t for the trade only…


Wallpaper tips: Purchase a few feet to mount on fore core and frame for the wall, or install it directly on the wall and frame it out with moldings. Cover a desk or table top (like a coffee table – looks gorgeous), create a room divider, closet doors, collage on a single wall using all of your favorite wallpaper scraps cut into neat squares, or paper a tiny room or a single wall in your home. It’s also beautiful inside of a walk-in closet. Use it on the ceiling (see image below). Remove the shelves and paper the interior of a bookcase, put the shelves back in place, and voila! A completely new look. You can use it as contact paper for kitchen cabinets. Wallpaper possibilities are endless…

Add wallpaper to the ceiling for high impact.

Or on a closet door (via the lovely Posie)

Cut squares of your favorite patterns and paste on the wall (via Lena’s inspiring blog)

Paper only one wall to make a statement.


(images from walnut wallpaper, posie, lena, and palace papers)

Posted in tips, walls on March 04, 2007

DIY Project: Transforming a Grass Rug

We’ve all seen them, those wannabe-real grass mats. Have you considered designing your own template, tracing it on the back of the mat, and cutting your way to a new look?


Dutch magazine 101 Woonideeen has a template on their website (.pdf) that you can download, enlarge, and use to create a fresh take on an otherwise boring mat. You can also try animal shapes, from a bunny to a dog, or even insects, like a butterfly. The directions here are in Dutch, but I’m thinking you can use a silver metallic marker because the backing is usually black, and trace the outline of what you want the shape to be. Then cut it out. Presto!

Has anyone tried this project?

(images from 101 woonideeen)

Posted in diy, round-up, tips on March 02, 2007

Real Simple Reports: Mixing Florals

I really enjoyed the feature in Real Simple on mixing florals with patterns; I think they nailed it when they said, “Mix them with colorful stripes, polka dots, and gingham checks in complementary tones.” That really sums up the process, the key word being ‘complementary’.

Many fear the process of mixing various patterns and prints in a room. Layering is actually quite painless. Grab a color wheel and a good book on color combinations, and/or take a color theory class at your local art school. Introducing yourself to new ideas via classroom instruction enhances your life in so many ways, especially in the cold months, it helps fight creative stagnation and feelings of depression. You’ll also make new friends and tap into parts of yourself you never knew existed.


Of course, visual learning through the pages of your favorite magazines doesn’t hurt, either. The more you expose yourself to beauty and good design, the more your brain starts to pull all the pieces together and you find your own creative voice, you develop your own ‘eye’ for style. I do believe that people are born with talent, but I also think developing a good eye can be trained if you’re not one who was born with the ability to effortlessly throw things together to result in something pleasing. Try, try, try, again!


(images from real simple)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, diy, tips on February 28, 2007

Blueprint: Sweet 5 Finds

Blueprint arrived over the weekend, but for those of you who do not yet have a copy, I promise this sneak peak won’t be a spoiler. I’m sure lots of you have your subscription copy anyway, so let’s discuss!

This is a surprisingly solid issue, given their first two issues created lots o’ chatter in the blogosphere about its lack of cohesion, over-priced finds, and ‘been there done that’ products and ideas. Some of you were split down the middle, not knowing what to think.

This time, you’ll see a sharp, refreshing contrast. Everything works. It’s vibrant. The styling, gorgeous typography, Marthaesque layout, well-written, informative content — it’s a full course meal. A beautiful collection of things, from entertaining tips to peep toe flats and gorgeous rooms that are well arranged and attainable. I was glad to see Editor-in-Chief Sarah Humphreys bare a bit of her soul with a home tour of her newly decorated 307 sq. ft. foot West Village pad (does everyone live in the village these days?!). It was designed by three Blueprint editors. That was quite cool, at least according to me.

Here are a few tear sheets from my issue, heading straight for my look book.

Find 01. Holly Waterfield’s office space and West Village (see what I mean!) boutique, Camp, are featured. I love how she layers her collections, everything with such care, creating warmth and charm. Here’s her desk…


Find 02. Using job jackets as frames. Brilliant. When I worked in town, I used the black ones constantly to insert project plans in for one wall, and next to my computer, photos I’d taken to perk me up. I had no clue that they were available in a myriad of colors, and to use them in the home as art, well that’s just clever! Some Blueprint tips: Insert lightweight children’s books that you love, vintage magazine covers, kids art, food labels, origami papers, calendar pages (letterpressed or illustrated), greeting cards or postcards, digital photos, and seed packages. I’d like to add favorite textiles, wallpaper, stamps, and current magazines (or just their covers) that you find inspiring to their list. Blueprint lists Lineco as a resource, but their website doesn’t show these jackets, so you have to call them. I suggest googling “job jackets” or “job ticket holders” until you find what you need. You can also try Filmguard, they carry them in several primary colors, or try Media Street.


Find 03. This was an exciting find. Polaroids neatly arranged on the wall with acid-free double-stick tape behind a plexiglas sheet. I want to run out and buy a polaroid camera right now. Everything old is new again, including polaroids. Another major find in this photo is that killer stainless-steel table. I love metal tables, but hadn’t known about this resource until now. Visit Restaurant Services online for affordable metal, this one starts at $281.

Find 04. Oh the Parsons table. Margaret Russell calls it the little black dress of interior design, the one piece everyone should own. I’m on board. But it’s not the Parsons that I’m interested in here. It’s that photo over it. It’s an oversized picture of an Italian beach scene that the homeowners love, and not in a small way, either. It’s large and in charge. Mounted on gatorfoam board (which Blueprint assures us is stronger than foam core), you can mount it with velcro tabs from the office store. Turn your favorite image into art for as little as $100 at Duggal. Love!

Find 05. Sarah’s apartment. Great spread, lots of ideas, loads of detail (even a floor plan), and beautiful photos. I love her new shelving systems, styled as perfectly as you’d expect from Martha staffers, and her superb sofa and fabric divider between the kitchen and living room space. Not shown, but worth a mention, is her iMac cozy. I actually started designing these about 8 years ago for friends and then, when the new sexy iMacs came out, saw no need to keep producing them because most people feel Apple is like Prada, it makes a statement. Seeing her iMac cozy made me rethink all this… It’s back to the machine for me!


With talk of a new Blueprint Saturday afternoon Block Party on the Style Network, their own blog due to roll out soon, and the Blueprint radio hour, Tuesdays at noon EST on the Martha Stewart Living Radio channel 112 on Sirius, it looks like Blueprint is ready to dig in. They even plan to roll out 6 issues this year, so it doesn’t look like Blueprint is fading into the sunset, but building for a very strong, and confident, delivery for ’07.

(images from blueprint)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, tips on February 22, 2007

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