I had such a nice exchange with Victoria Cramsie at PaperBoy recently, I have to share some of her wallpaper designs for boys. These papers are made by Robert Hamlin-Wright at his small factory in Norfolk, England and they’re made to order, so after you place your order it will take 4-6 weeks for it to arrive. This hand screen printed wallpaper is FSC accredited sustainable forest paper, in a nutshell this means, “Your paper has come from a forest that is managed to the highest standards to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations“.
Victoria’s wallpaper is geared towards boys, as you can tell, but I still liked it enough to share it here on decor8 despite how little I show kid’s design. These photos feature Victoria and her two boys, Rory and Archie, another sweet thing about homegrown companies is when family members are photographed in some of the product shots, don’t you think?
Here is what inspired Victoria’s line: “Her boys outgrew their nursery style room and needed a place that they (and their mother) could be proud of. So she thought about what made a beautiful house. A place with a few lovely, classic things. A place with designs and materials that sing. That’s filled with colors and shapes that have a sense of harmony and intrigue. That makes you feel somehow calmer, more comfortable. As if the world is really rather fine. Somewhere that might even make you smile. And she thought wouldn’t it be great if you could find designs that did this for the boys? But she couldn’t find any. She was looking for boys’ wallpaper that felt handmade, but wasn’t folksy or whimsical or twee. Something more pleasing than tacky, standard licensed wares. But affordable, too. Something classic, even iconic, but with an edge. Modern, but with room for nostalgia. Enough fun for little kids yet cool enough for bigger ones. And lovely enough to fit in with a beautiful, grown-up design scheme. Well made, slightly subversive. And funny. So she gave up looking and started to create. She liked the handmade look so she drew images by hand. The boys she asked liked ‘edgy’ images, from graffiti to slightly scary skeletons. And more classic images like pets, puppets and dinosaurs. And they responded in a surprisingly sophisticated way to color, simplicity and texture. She came up with designs that would appeal to boys from preschool to teens. Something for after the fluffy bunny stage that would see them through until they painted their bedrooms black.”
Bravo, Victoria! So many successful business are born out of frustration — you can’t find what you want out there so you create it yourself. Then you learn that so many others were in fact looking for the same thing. I guess the moral of this story is to spend less time complaining and more time doing, right? If something is lacking out there, and you are passionate and talented enough to fill it, then by golly – do it!
Congrats on your new line!
Based in Rio, Gecko Stickers are decorative decals created by several different designers commissioned by Gecko so the selection spans many different sizes, styles and colorways that are both affordable and accessible – they ship worldwide. I don’t use a lot of wall stickers in my home, I have a simple bird on a light switch in my hallway and that’s about it for me. But I would consider adding them to my windows as a quick seasonal decoration or if I had kids, I’d allow my little ones have them around their bedroom. They are also really sweet on organizing canisters and glassware.
There are so many wall sticker designers out there and it makes me wonder, do you buy them? Where do you stick ‘em? On the walls, tiles, appliances, windows, furniture, or? I’d like to try some inside the glass doors of my china cabinet, perhaps full lace sheets that are very subtle so that I can stuff more in the cabinet without anyone seeing inside. :) I know, a lazy solution, I am still procrastinating when it comes to organizing my cabinet. With family coming over tomorrow and a festival to attend on Sunday, I may have the procrastination gods on my side allowing me to get to it next week, instead. :)
But yes, back to the stickers. Do you use them and if so, where?
(images: gecko stickers)
I was speaking just this morning with a publicist based in Paris who reps interiors and contemporary crafts companies and she told me about a few of her clients, this post is about the first one: Les Invasions Ephemeres. (The post to follow will be about the second one.) I first wrote about Les Invasions Ephemeres a few years ago, if you recall, this Parisian company is owned by designers Sofia Antonovich and Pierre-Yves Toudic and they design decals. Here are a few of their latest decals that premiered at the Maison&Objet design fair in Paris today. You can stick them on anything, walls, pocket mirrors, tables…
Please take a look at their most creative website too… so dreamy and sweet.
(images: les invasions ephemeres)
Have you checked out Graham & Brown’s new wallpaper called Essence? I love how their publicist described it in her email to me this morning and since it’s such a nice description I think I’ll let her tell you about it… “Statement florals, soft shimmering trails and bold graphic stripes come together to create a collection that allows you to instantly revitalize a home. A truly sumptuous color palette introducing damson, crimson, taupe and sand alongside cream, duck egg and chocolate mixed with shimmering metallics offer both dramatic and subtle tones for a sophisticated backdrop.” Isn’t that such an inviting write-up? Now look at the photos and pick your favorite. I’ll tell you mine below… :)
Okay so have you picked a favorite? Mine is the second image because the flowers are whimsical and remind me of balloons and floating away… I imagine this paper in a bedroom on the wall behind the bed only to symbolize floating… as in, off to sleep. Which one do you fancy? Why?
(images: graham & brown)