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Secondhand Rose – Vintage Wallpaper + Linoleum in NYC’s Tribeca

Shelterrific blogged about where to shop in New York City’s Tribeca the other day, did you happen to read that? Mentioned in the post was a real gem of a place called Secondhand Rose, they claim to stock the largest collection of vintage wallpaper in the world – over 1,000 patterns! Next time I’m in NYC, this place is a definite stop for me. I’m so happy that Shelterrific blogged about them!

As I browsed Secondhand Rose, my knees weakened when I learned that they also stock vintage linoleum. It’s not exactly trendy or slick, but I’m absolutely crazy about vintage lineoleum flooring anyway. It’s so rare, quirky, a bit tacky, but overall – utterly charming. Aside from being known as “40 year flooring” due to its durability, vintage linoleum is art in itself, very colorful, not as serious as modern linoleum in it’s typical neutral patterns. In fact, I’d love to see someone develop a modern take on vintage linoleum. Patterns that are just as bright and bold, but a more current take.

If I had a summer home, I’d definitely consider installing some in a bathroom or kitchen. I love this geometric pattern in blue and red, I can totally picture it an all white kitchen with sky blue walls, white molding, and a shiny fire engine red toaster with a stack of mixing bowls on the counter to match.

So…Vintage linoleum – Your thoughts?

(images from secondhand rose)

Posted in flooring, shopping, travel, vintage, walls on September 13, 2006

Tapettitalo – Vintage Finnish Wallpaper

I recently heard about a wallpaper shop in Helsinki with all of these gorgeous Finnish patterns from Pihlgren + Ritola, the shop is called Tapettitalo (the House of Wallpaper in Finnish).

Part of their website is in English, and it’s quite educational so I suggest flipping through it and reading what they have to say about the history of wallpaper in Finland. They carry Pihlgren + Ritola, the oldest working wallpaper manufacturer in Finland.

Some of my favorites include: Cherry Tree #69 212, The most beautiful of the Skylarks #64 673, and my total favorite – Night of the Skylarks #69 659. This would be beautiful in a long hallway leading into a sunny yellow room.

How to order: Tapettitalo will provide you with wallpaper samples and they’ll even ship to Estonia, UK, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Germany and the USA. If you live in another country, contact them directly – they may consider shipping there as well. They accept wire transfer, major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard) and checks. You can find pricing information here.

Thanks for the tip, Mevrouw!


(images from tapettitalo)

Posted in vintage, walls on July 22, 2006

Funkis – Inspirational Eye Candy from Down Under

Something old, something new. Something shocking, full of hue.


Ah. So many fun vintage and modern prints from Australian based Funkis. Wallpaper, textiles, ceramics, lamps… I enjoyed the sheer experience of simply looking through their website at all of the lush patterns. I pulled together a few that I really liked, and focused a little on black and white since that will be a big Fall/Winter trend this year – black and white with a pop of color, like red, is totally on the charts and oh so pretty. Here’s some eye candy for you. Pull some images from their site and put together some eye candy inspiration for yourself. It’s fun to group patterns in clusters of four or six, train your eyes on color combinations, and if you have a color printer, print out your creations and tack them to your idea board.


(images from funkis)

Posted in vintage, walls on July 21, 2006

The Gilded Room

The Gilded Room refers to themselves as, “Bon Bons for the Home” and with all of their delicate pieces, I can see why. With chic antiques and decorative accessories, your little heart will go pitter pat if you love mixing a few upscale antiques in with your modern decor like I do.

I only like very few antiques, I can’t imagine my home filled with them, however I’ve always wanted a little French gustavian settee like this one. It’s perfect for placing in a foyer with a chandelier overhead, resting it’s dainty legs on gleaming hardwood floors and a round table in the center of the foyer, beneath the chandelier, with a huge arrangment of fresh cut flowers. Do you have these vivid visuals in your head of rooms you’d love to have in your home? For me, it’s a grand entryway with a chandelier and a french settee.

To give it a bit of a modern take, I’m imaging this settee in glossy teal with black and white floral upholstery – something very dramatic to make the right ‘first’ impression. I’d also love to have it in simple white, with a modern navy and white print, maybe something from Hable Construction or Judy Ross, for example. I like the all white one shown as well, especially in a room with teal wallpaper with a metallic floral or bird motiff – very Elle Decor, don’t you think?

Ah… To own a French settee, that is something that I definitely plan on picking up one of these days… When I have a foyer that is large enough to accomodate one, that is. For now, it’s back to dreaming of settees and sweet little boudoir chairs at The Gilded Room.

(images from the gilded room)

Posted in furniture, vintage on July 12, 2006

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