You know all about my ongoing obsession with Liberty fabrics but did you know that their is also an entire Liberty paint collection? Oh yes. Meet Liberty paint from Colour & Paint in the UK. I really love the colors in this collection and needless to say, the paint palette expertly matches their print colorways for the perfect interior mix. In love! And I would venture to try these paints off the walls too so on a cabinet, mantle surround, trimwork around or inside of a door or door frame or to add new life to old wooden kitchen cupboards or shelves in a townhouse or country home. Ah.
These paints are available in four color stories: Mineral, Garden, Foliage and Wildflower with at least 35 colors that I could count. The Foliage collection is definitely my favorite closely followed by Mineral since I love those muddy neutrals. Beige is far from boring if you know how to expertly mix colors, textures and materials – you can create magic.
And for those of you who love Liberty, you have to catch these craft projects that my dear friend Sania Pell directed and styled for the Liberty Craft Blog last year along with the photography of Joanna Henderson – perfect for the season! Here is the blog post on the Liberty blog with full details. Too good to not use and love this year, too. Look at these….
Today the Christmas markets began in my city and we went with little Aidan and he smiled big as we strolled through the first part of them. We’ll go for the second half tomorrow with his cousin, aunt and uncle. It’s such a magical time of the year in Germany – I just love it! To all of my friends in the states, enjoy Thanksgiving and eat some Turkey and stuffing for me!
(images: liberty, colour and paint, joanna henderson)
Want to see some embarrassing before photos of my home followed by some inspiring after ones? Okay so I’m totally psyched to share this with you because I love, love, love working on decorating projects and this wallpaper project, which I’ve teamed up with Aimee Wilder in Brooklyn on, is just bananas. Or in this case, pineapples. Remember this paper from the other day?
That’s what has transformed my entry. But truthfully, outside of designing my son’s nursery before his arrival this year, I’ve not done much of anything in my home except think about things I need to do before I lose my mind. Despite my love of motherhood, I also love my home. I can’t deal when rooms are upside down or incomplete, this makes me feel chaotic in my head. Can you relate? Home is my sanctuary, my place of love, peace, dreams and aspirations. If it’s a cluttered dump or piled with half-finished projects, I can’t give 100% to my family, friends or job.
And you know that expression, don’t do anything half ass – use your whole ass.
So I decided to use ALL of mine and work on a project this week that has been annoying me the most – my depressingly unwelcoming entryway. But first. Three truths.
- I rent.
- We aren’t moving anytime soon.
- I have to live my life NOW because none of us are getting any younger.
BAM! All are challenges and inspirations. And they affected this project. I think the hardest thing is to pay for stuff in a rental that you can’t take with you when you move. But unless you imagine having the same wallpaper on your walls for the REST OF YOUR LIFE then wallpaper really isn’t as hard to commit to as you may think. Sure, it’s an investment. But it’s a bigger emotional investment to come home to a space that doesn’t have YOU written all over it. That is depressing. It drains you.
I have this philosophy that I’ve written in my books already but in case you missed it, I believe that if you make your home a great place, even if it’s a rental, you will become more successful in other areas of your life. That may sound really far out, but in my life, it’s just how it is. I have always been the most productive, the slimmest, had the most money and been the most energetic when I lived in a space that was decorated and organized well. My hope is that this wallpaper will make me rich and thin. (smile)
I’m also not one to wait until I own my home before I properly decorate it. Never have been. I remember gut renovating my first apartment when I was 22 years old living on my own in Boston. While I won’t install something like a new bathroom into a rental, I am willing to work on smallish projects that have major impact. Like paint and wallpaper. And while wallpaper and installation aren’t cheap by any means, it is so worth it to do at least one complete room in a home and/or a feature wall somewhere. I have one wall in my tiny half bath with wallpaper and now, my entryway in giant golden pineapples – and to borrow from Jerry MaGuire – It “completes me”.
Am I crazy? Yup. Positively mad.
But that’s a good thing because crazy people take risks and have more fun. Just like no one ever wrote a song about a skinny flat butt, no one ever wrote a hit song, film script or book about a normal person doing normal things. Bleh. We all crave a little crazy.
Where I’m from (I grew up in South Carolina), a pineapple was the welcoming fruit. It meant hello, we love ya, have some iced tea on our front porch, tell us about your day. We had a brass pineapple door knocker (always). We had a brass pineapple on own living room bookcase because that was the 80s, brass was were it was at. I’ve never not lived in a home without a pineapple somewhere – until now. I gave away my gorgeous white ceramic pineapple to a friend before I relocated to Germany and I’ve missed having it around. Seeing one always made me think happy thoughts associated with home and love. My fruity talisman. And now I have a billion of them! The moment I step into my home I’m greeted with an explosive reminder of warmth, welcome and love. Everywhere. It’s bonkers and I love it. When I walk in, my view sure has changed from before…
Above: The view from the main stairwell into our apartment after I’ve opened our double doors.
This transformation was done by removing an ugly unused radiator from the right wall, stripping old wood chip wallpaper off the walls and replacing it pineapples and getting an inexpensive pendant from a local shop, handmade in Thailand. Now I can’t wait to finish the room with furniture, a rug, coat hook, etc. I’ll show you the finished room soon! But doesn’t it make a huge difference to add a little wallpaper?
Designer: Aimee Wilder
Wallpaper: Piña Sola
Note: You can order a sample, single roll, double roll, or a gorgeous sheet of it if you don’t want to wallpaper with it but frame instead which would be gorgeous. Please note: I didn’t install the paper myself, I hired out for the work, so if you ask me questions about installation I’m not your girl. All I can say is that this is the most gorgeous paper and in person it’s even more stunning than in my snapshots.
I’d like to thank Aimee Wilder and her team for sponsoring this project by donating this beautiful wallpaper. I contacted them with my idea and they were so supportive and lovely, which gave even more good energy to the project. Thank you ladies!
SO DO YOU LIKE IT?
(images: holly becker for decor8)
I love the gorgeous wallpaper care package that Abigail and her husband Ryan from Abigail Ryan design in Belfast sent over yesterday! I immediately tore into the pretty box (which was wrapped in wallpaper) and upon seeing their samples, I literally gasped. I love these hand-illustrated papers and the fresh and fabulous colorways. I immediately thought, “neon pink washi tape!”, so I grabbed a roll and stuck them to my wooden cabinet so I could show you how stunning they are. I think neon really works with these papers so if I were to design a room using one, I would definitely have a neon accent somewhere in the room.
Inspired by flowers, Abigail hand-illustrated four wallpapers using two patterns and four colorways: Flamingo, Powder Puff, Maraschino and Margarita. I love how vibrant these are! Abigail and Ryan Bell started their company based in Ireland back in 2009. Their products are sold at Liberty in London, Fenwick on Bond Street and have been featured in high end design mags like Elle Decoration and Livingetc.
They’ll be launching their Spring/Summer collection, which includes this wallpaper along with throw pillows and table linens, at Pulse at booth LP58 (wish I could go, this will be an amazing show!) from May 12-14 so if you are in London, do head over to Earls Court and pay them a visit. And in a few weeks, they will be available online so bookmark their site and visit them towards the end of May to place your order! I just ordered 4 rolls for a project, I’ll show you the results eventually… :)
What do you think? Which is your favorite?
(images: holly becker for decor8)
Are you still loving the whole wallpaper comeback? I remember when it first started regaining popularity again around ’04/05 and I was just getting started as a decorator and freelance journalist. Today, the trend is no longer a passing phase but in full bloom and seems to have real staying power. I was writing a piece for Oprah.com about wallpaper and trends, etc. and came across the work of Flat Vernacular in Elle Decor and had to show you this gorgeousness. Are you familiar with Flat Vernacular? I wasn’t either until this morning and now I really dig their work. Check out what founder, Payton, did to a bedroom with her STICKERS below- yeah stickers, lovely, right?
You can see more of this NYC townhouse here. Yowser! So cool! Payton Cosell Turner lives in Brooklyn and is the granddaughter of the late sportscaster Howard Cosell (I remember him so well growing up with my father watching sports on tv). She is also the lady behind Payton Cosell Turner Design (mostly wall stickers) and co-founder of Flat Vernacular, a bespoke wallpaper company that she runs with artist Brian Kaspr.
I was really drawn to these patterns (wallpaper) from FV below… Fun and funky! I don’t know if I’d have these in my home, it really depends I guess, but my mother had metallic gold wallpaper just like the first one shown below in our living room when I was a little girl, I remember her picking it out with her interior designer who later became her best friend and a huge decorating inspiration to little me back when I was around 6 years old. I never forgot my first home or the design of it – my father designed it and had it built and my mother hired a designer to help her decorate it – it was split level so we had 4 levels of living space. I just remember loving it so much because my mother loved that home – she had so much passion for decorating, gardening and landscape design as well as all of the flower arrangements she made, oil paintings she did to adorn the walls and her bold color choices of avocado, red, black, gold and indigo blue. She had NO fear. That’s a good thing, I think, to have no fear when decorating your home. To just go with it. I think Kelly Wearstler does that in her designs and while they’re not for everyone, you can’t help but think she is the coolest lady on the planet for executing such (often) outrageous ideas with so much confidence. My mother was the same, she was confident and just went for it and to think she was only 31 years old when she was hiring an interior designer to help her pick metallic wallpapers makes me smile. I love that.
From that Elle Decor story about Payton, I also happened to find Juell, whom I featured in my earlier post today. I love the web, so many beautiful things to find made by some exceptionally talented people. These wallpapers above are so dramatic – total statement makers and very edgy – love it.
What do you think? Can you imagine using any of these patterns in your home? Would you stick a million stickers to your wall to create a pattern similar to the top images? All I can think about are my old collections of Mrs Grossman’s stickers from the late 80s!
(images: elle decor/flat vernacular)